It's time for doctors to prescribe Flying Helicopter Therapy. Studies have shown that flying has positive psychological and physiological benefits. But can the flying helicopter cure compete with prescription drugs?
When Rich (not his real name) decided to retire after 30 years, he struggled with a host of problems: alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, to name only a few. Things started to turn around in 2013, when a friend took him on a helicopter ride. “If I hadn’t started flying, I'd probably be another sad statistic” says Rich. “The energy and adrenaline rush I felt allowed me to leave my negative thoughts on the ground.”
The idea of a flying cure isn’t new: in fact, it's very similar to what nature can do for your health. Groups like Outward Bound have been bringing people on expeditions for years, and we all know the psychological benefits of a simple walk in the woods. Now, let's see if we can find any scientific data to prove that flying a helicopter is a good cure. Can we find any scientific studies that put flying therapy on par with pharmaceutical treatments? If so, doctors could start prescribing it as a cheaper and safer alternative.
Someday, maybe we’ll get a discount from insurance companies by flying a certain amount of time flying—the same way non-smokers and runners get reduced rates. After weeks of research and phone calls to specialists on this matter, I couldn’t find much except one thing: they all agree that such an idea could reduce dependence on some medication and lower health care costs.
The closest study I found comes from UC Berkeley News. They found stimuli experienced during helicopter flight lowered levels of stress hormones cortisol, as well as inflammatory cytokines. Inflammation is common pathway for depression, heart disease and diabetes. The report states: Most people have the sense that after a good dose of the outdoors, they feel stronger and healthier—it should be very similar with the helicopter.
One specialist I could reach said: “If we could package the outdoors and helicopter flight, and call it a pharmaceutical, it would be sold widely.” In the meantime, my fellow helicopter friends, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that flying helps you stay in shape and keep your spirits up. It’s a simple way to stay grounded in stressful moments.
The other day, a friend was telling me that most of the time he flew with his wife, it would end in a dispute. And that’s no fun!
Looks like this is going to be a great trip: we just got the OK from Jean, Chief Manager at the Hipou Outfitter, a typical outfitter on the Indian reserve. They own a fantastic river located in Eastern Quebec. Jean tells us that the salmon is waiting for us, before saying: “Hurry up! We’re expecting y’all before sunset.”
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