Friday, June 27, 2008


This was sent to me and I thought it was very interesting.

Lessons from Rabbits

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."1

Scientists were studying the impact of a high-cholesterol diet on heart disease. To measure this effect, they fed a group of genetically similar rabbits the same high-cholesterol diet. To their amazement, half the rabbits developed heart troubles, while the others were normal, with no noticeable heart disease.

This outcome was not explainable, so they bought new rabbits and repeated the study. At the end of two weeks, they obtained the same results. Something was wrong with the research design, but they could not determine the unaccountable variable.

Eventually, they discovered that during the evening the assistant who fed and cared for the rabbits took the rabbits out of their cages and cuddled them and petted them while she changed their bedding and food. However, because she was short, she could not reach the rabbits on the top shelf, so they were simply fed and changed without being picked up. Sure enough, after two weeks, the rabbits on the top row all had heart disease, while the rabbits on the bottom row were healthy. The environment and diet were exactly the same. The only variable was expressed love through touching.2

I'm not suggesting that we ignore a healthy diet. Not at all! But every one of us also needs a healthy diet of love and affection if we are to be and stay healthy.


luvrte66 said...

Great entry, and I totally agree! There have been studies that have shown that holding and stroking a pet can actually lower blood pressure. There's a reason that you see dogs in hospitals on certain evenings--they are excellent therapy for some, and they often bring them in to help patients.

Take care,

rdautumnsage said...

Great post. I think it's healthy to have love and affection in our lives. (Hugs)Indigo

bojgill4375 said...

Hmmm Very interesting. Maybe stree with diet caused heart problem?? lol Great entry... I need to find someone to cuddle me. lol Have a wonderful weekend. Janie