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MICDS BY HELENA DE O. SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: Interesting news for the musically intrigued

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Interview with Kathy Lord

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Making Music 2 Music in My Life

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Music Therapy at Home

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Bibliography

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Music has been shown in more than one study that listening to music on a regular basis can help lower blood pressure. In a study in Maryland University, 28 adults (45-70 years of age) on high blood pressure, or hypertension, medication were asked to listen to thirty minutes of Classical music, Celtic music, or Raga music everyday while breathing slowly. (3, 5, 7) In a week, their blood pressure was down by 3.2 points, and in a month, their blood pressure was down by 4.4 points. (7) This can be an extremely helpful thing to these people, as sometimes medication and healthy eating cannot do enough, and can be expensive. (7) Music is an inexpensive, risk free form of aiding people with high blood pressure be relieved faster. Most of us already listen to music, who knew it could be such a helpful medical tool when

used on a regular basis? iPods do have a use after all. So go plug in, and relax to some tunes, its good for you.

Musical Premature Babies? Premature babies are thought to go through a lot of pain when healing. Though now in some hospitals, they have started playing music in the hopes that it'll put them at ease. (2) This is very interesting, because most of us would not think of music as a primitive form of

stress reliever. None of this has been made completely concrete yet, but it is a popular theory. Most of us would agree though, that if we could reduce the amount of pain and discomfort that premature babies face, we would sleep a lot better.


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Listening to music can make us feel in a state of bliss.

Interview with Kathy Lord Kathy Lord, the CoFounder of Music that Heals, a foundation that plays music for the ill, kindly shared her views on the subject of healing music with me. She found that in the past thirty years that she's been playing music, it brings people memories or fantasies, and that

feeling will often uplift someone and help them get over what's bringing them down, be it emotional or physical. (6) This is one of those things that you can’t deny. If anyone knows about this subject, it’s Kathy. The way she described how music heals, or how it takes us to an-

other time makes sense. We all have songs that remind us of people, times, places, feelings. It’s hard not to connect songs to memories.

Making Music Note: This newsletter was made while listening to old jazz and alternative rock.

Playing music has been known to help people concentrate. (3) It can help raise your selfesteem, and when your body synchs with the music it can make you calm or agitated, depending on the tune (3 and 10) Playing music is a

worthwhile pastime, hobby, and sometimes even what you make a living out of. Knowing that playing your instrument helps you feel better about yourself and helps you calm down or get hyped up hast to be useful information for

musicians out there. Maybe this is why MICDS has a music program? Should we invest more into it?

Music in My Life In my life, music has defiantly played a big part. I know that when big things like moving across continents and leaving all my friends behind happened, my iPod was defiantly a big ally in the

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healing process. Long airplane flights became therapy sessions. Playing the trumpet has also helped, because no matter where I live, I can always play that. Music can and has been one of

the few things that has been stable in my life. My iPod is my only friend that won’t move, that I wont move away from, and that can’t die!


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Music Therapy at Home

Want to test these Music Therapy theories out on yourself? Don’t have a pro-

fessional Musician “ According to at home? Well here are some ideas. Ac- Jonathan cording to Jonathan Goldman, Goldman, “Sonic “Sonic Tools” Tools” can help you can help you calm down. (10) One of those tools calm down.” is a singing bowl, which creates a lovely sound when you use a mallet to trace its edge.(10) You could

also go to websites like healingsounds.com or biosonics.com if you don't happen to have a singing bowl or tuning fork handy at your office desk.

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Bibliography 1.

American Music Therapy Association. Music Therapy Makes a Difference. 2009. 18 November 2009 <http://www.musictherapy.org/>.

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"Children: music may help premature babies.(Science Desk)(VITAL SIGNS)(Drawing)(Brief article)." The New York Times, June 2, 2009 v158 i54694 pD6(L). Science Resource Center. Gale. 02 November 2009 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/ servlet/SciRC?ste=1&docNum=CJ200946033>

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"Get tuned in: whether you listen to it or play it, music has been shown to ease pain and anxiety." Natural Health, June 2007 v37 i6 p15(2). Science Resource Center. Gale. 02 November 2009 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SciRC? ste=1&docNum=A164110830>

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"Jukebox.(SCENES AND SIGHTINGS FROM THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS AND BEYOND)(songs to fight AIDS)(Brief article)." Smithsonian, March 2008 v38 i12 p28(1). Science Resource Center. Gale. 02 November 2009 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SciRC?ste=1&docNum=A176588298>

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"Listen to the music.(What's Good For You: News from the world of natural health)(Brief article)." Natural Life, Sept-Oct 2008 p58(1). Science Resource Center. Gale. 02 November 2009 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SciRC? ste=1&docNum=A184132763>

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Lord, Kathy. Healthy Music Helena de Oliveira. November 2009.

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"Music to you heart.(Brief article)." Prevention, Oct 2008 v60 i10 p023. Science Resource Center. Gale. 02 November 2009 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SciRC?ste=1&docNum=A192647906>

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Rose, Charlie. Healthy Music Helena de Oliveira. November 2009.

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Thayer, Marc. Healthy Music Helena de Oliveira. November 2009.

10. "Tune in: discover the healing power of sound with singing bowls, tuning forks, and other musical instruments.(Natural Healing: holistic wellness solutions)." Natural Health, May 2009 v39 i5 p80(2). Science Resource Center. Gale. 02 Novem ber 2009 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SciRC?ste=1&docNum=A198713110> Images Almirall, Marizel. The Witch's Garden. 2009. November 2009 <http://www.thewitchsgarden.com/-%20New%20Folder/5%20singing%20bowl% 201.jpg>. Complete Wellbeing Publishing Private Limited. Complete Wellbeing. November 2009 <http://completewellbeing.com/static/img/ articles/2009/02/healing-energies-of-music-1.jpg>. Cultomedia Corp 2009. Cult of Mac. 2009. November 2009 <http://www.cultofmac.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/I pod_people_blue.gif>. JBANetwork, Inc. myNewsletterBuilder. 2009. November 2009 <http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/ex/template_content_corner/ex107/I mages/high_blood2.jpg>. The Science Museum. Science Museum. November 2009 <http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/babybrainscans/images/ wtebabeinc3lowEX.jpg>.

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American Music Therapy Association. Music Therapy Makes a Difference. 2009. 18 November 2009 <http://www.musictherapy.org/>.

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Lord, Kathy. Healthy Music Helena de Oliveira. November 2009.

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Rose, Charlie. Healthy Music Helena de Oliveira. November 2009.

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Thayer, Marc. Healthy Music Helena de Oliveira. November 2009.


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