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The Healing Power of Love – A True Story

The Healing Power of Love – A True Story

This true animal-experiment story led to an amazing realization that urges us to rethink the value of animal testing. Investigators at Ohio State University were researching the effects of diet-induced atherosclerosis in rabbits. All was going well–which, in this case, means the rabbits were getting diseased–in all studies except one. Find out what these researchers discovered here:

The researchers were able to induce atherosclerosis by feeding rabbits high-cholesterol diets, but one group inexplicably had 60 percent less atherosclerosis. The experimenters were baffled and tried to find the responsible factor. Nothing they tried proved to be it–not diet, not room temperature, not anything they could change and measure.

Finally they discovered that the particular researcher in charge of that group really liked rabbits. He would talk to them, pet them, give them lots of love. So the experimenters staged other experiments in which control rabbits were ignored while other groups were cuddled and talked to while all other variables were kept the same. Sure enough, in every case the rabbits that had been loved had at least 60 percent less incidence of atherosclerosis than those that were not shown affection. Atherosclerosis, by the way, is statistically the disease that kills the most Americans.

The lesson here is that love is powerful medicine. Love and compassion are necessary to us all and can even affect research. Caring and loving feelings can reach out and affect diseases and create healing–even when you are experimentally trying to induce illness.

Read more: Spirit, Inspiration

Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Stephanie Laland. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 2005).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:45PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013


4:53PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

I really don't understand what is the point of writing the same sentence over and over again, Teresa W. .................

I truly believe in this story. I know that I can feel love, and I feel the love of others.
The comforting sensations of feeling loved, can heal mind and body :)
Thanks, Annie !

8:34AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:58PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Thanks Annie.

7:22AM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Love really doesn't exist.

7:22AM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

It can't be true in the first place.

7:52AM PDT on May 6, 2010


10:42PM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

Love Makes The World Go Round with out what would we have ...Hate !

4:22AM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

Of course, some people call sex 'love', but that doesn't heal and one may catch a sexually-transmitted disease.

4:22AM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

Of course, some people call sex 'love', but that doesn't heal and one may catch a sexually-transmitted disease.

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Thank you for the info!

The baby put up a good case, but the bulldog was just not being very open-minded.


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