Allow me to preface this article with a little bit of backstory about myself. I believe that from the day I was born music has been a part of me. My greatest desire from the time I could reach the keys on a piano was to be able to play one. For my eighth birthday I received the most wonderful gift ever, a beautiful Everett upright piano.
Now I have been playing for 56 years (I am the Grandma half of Talk For Me Tees)! On Tuesdays I am able to play a Yamaha Grand piano at a hospital nearby. The piano is located in the lobby area and the sound rises to all three levels of doctors offices and patient rooms. Those who belong to the piano guild believe in the healing powers of music and are happy to volunteer as pianists.
You may be thinking WHAT could this possibly have to do with food allergies?!
Maybe nothing, but think with me for a minute what it might! A few years ago I read a book called 'The Mozart Effect'. An excellent book that you all might enjoy. It was an easy read and introduced me to some of the physical effects that music, especially that of the masters like Mozart, have on our bodies and minds.
It is something that probably all of us have experienced at some time in our lives. Music that has made us experience chills, relaxation, emotion, or perhaps agitation and depression. Music seems to be able to change our mood almost quicker than anything else. I know for myself I am super sensitive to music and have to choose carefully or I may find myself thinking, feeling or acting in ways that I would rather not.
Although we have always been able to feel these emotional changes when listening to music it is only recently that doctors and scientists are able to see and study the physiological changes that take place in our minds, bodies, and cells when we listen to different kinds of music and sound. They are now able to record and study these changes and you might be surprised, and more careful when selecting music to listen to, after reading some of their findings.
Let me share with you just two I find astounding. As a member of a family with a devastating history of breast cancer I found a study done by Fabian Maman hopeful and amazing. Fabien began as a professional jazz musician who noticed the effect of his music while working. He then began a serious study of this observation. Later he met Hélène Grimal, a senior researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris. They devoted a year-and-a-half to the study of the effects of sound on normal and malignant cells. Using drums, gongs, flutes, guitar, bass and a xylophone, they investigated the effects of sound on healthy blood cells, haemoglobin, and the 'Hela' cancer cell from the uterus. " Fabien says, 'Near the end of the scale, usually around the seventh interval, the cancer cells exploded. It appears that the cancer cells were not able to support a progressive accumulation of frequencies. 'The healthy cells appeared supple and able to freely receive, absorb and return the energy. In contrast, the cancer cells appeared inflexible and immutable in their structure." In experimental sessions on actual cancer patients, the music produced equally astonishing results. Female volunteers with breast cancer were taught to tone the whole scale, using a violin to keep a base note for 21 minutes at a time. They spent 31/2 hours a day doing this for a month. One woman's tumour disappeared completely.
A second study was conducted by Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist. He began by scientifically studying water, pure water, frozen and then photographed in it's crystalline state. Over a four year period he studied over 10,000 photographs under a microscope. Although all were different they all had a similar shape. Following is a brief summary of his study from 'The Message of Water'.
"Tap water from Japanese cities generally would not form complete crystals. Tap water from London formed no crystals at all. Spring water generally produced the most beautiful crystals, as did water from holy places such as Lourdes."
Masaru Emoto's next experiment was playing music to water. He placed distilled water in between two speakers and played one piece of music fully at normal volume. Then he froze the water.
Classical music produced beautiful crystals of slightly different colours. Healing music, a Tibetan mantra and folk music also produced beautiful crystals. Heavy metal music produced a pattern that looked like a crystal that had exploded into a thousand pieces. Japanese pop music produced ugly square-shaped crystals rather then the normal hexagonal ones.
Wow!!!, since our bodies are made up of 70% water, does anyone else feel different about the kind of music they want to listen to now!
There are many more studies that are being conducted on the effects of music on the body including ones on alzheimers and ones on rheumatism. From these studies we can conclude that music does not seem to be exclusive in its effects on the body but instead inclusive, thus bringing me to my original question. Could music be contributing to food allergies or oppositely could it be used as a treatment for them? No scientific evidence is available at this time that I was able to find. Perhaps no one has thought yet to do a study, and perhaps since thus far we don't seem to have real conclusive evidence as to why food allergies have become so much more serious and prevalent now is the time to start one.
I for one believe that good music that makes us feel happy, calm and enlightened can't help but make our bodies more strong and healthy. I also believe that music that makes us feel agitated, angry and aggressive probably does not. The picture accompanying this article is our little peanut Mazzy who has a peanut allergy. She will continue to be vigilant in avoiding her allergen and will also always carry her epipens, but in the future if studies show evidence that music can have an effect on food allergies she will be ahead of the game. Thank you for thinking with me, maybe just listening to my ramblings, or perhaps switching up your playlist, but for this afternoon... just go listen to some Mozart!