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Cholesterol in Blood Vessels – Cause and Cure

By Cynthia Horner

Cholesterol and triglycerides are words even second graders know. Why do some people have a high amount of cholesterol and or triglycerides in their blood vessels?

First let’s make it clear high amounts of triglycerides and cholesterol in the body are not from eating too much saturated fat!  All medical authorities agree that the buildup of cholesterol in the form of plaque on artery walls is caused by the body responding to inflammation and damage to the artery walls. plaque in artery

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How to Have Smarter Kids

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

What is intelligence?download

Intelligence is the ability to problem solve by remembering past successes and failures and imagining possibilities for the future. Intelligence is supposed to make it easier to navigate living in our world. Intelligence is measured by IQ tests, but IQ tests do not measure:

  • creative intelligence
  • practical intelligence
  • interpersonal intelligence
  • bodily kinesthetic intelligence

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Classical Music’s Effect on Health

I often have wondered if classical music effects our health. I had heard that playing the harp is good for the player’s health because one pulls the strings toward their body creating a vibrating frequency that promotes good health. We have all heard of the ‘Mozart Effect’. Well Elisabeth Thompson is a home schooled high school student and patient at my office. She wrote an intriguing paper on the effects of classical music on health that with her permission I post here.

 

Classical Music and Health

By Elisabeth Thompson

Classical music is timeless for a reason. The effects of playing or listening to it are widely unknown. Studies and experiments show listening and playing to classical music can help children’s brain development and overall health. Classical music doesn’t make anyone smarter, but based on the way it is used and enjoyed; it can create a better atmosphere for a young brain to prosper. Playing and listening to classical music gives people a calm environment, releases healthy hormones and affects memorization neural pathways.

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Classical Music has a Calming Effect

People that are introduced to classical music early have a better chance of faster cognitive development due to the atmosphere that it creates. Whether or not a child is mentally capable or not, releasing tension from the body through music is effective because music literally touches almost every part of the body. “The roots of the auditory nerves are more widely distributed and possess more extensive connections than those of any other nerves” (Olpin 6). This means that the nerves carrying the electrical signals of sound are touching almost every part of the body, not just the brain. So, by listening or participating in the music, the brain receives the signal which is carried out to help calm the rest of the body as well.

Classical Music’s Effect on Whole Body Health

Classical music is proven to help digestion, circulation, nutrition absorption, and respiration. It wouldn’t help those things, unless it first helped the brain. In order for those bodily functions to become more efficient, the brain has to run smoother to tell the body what to do. Similarly, for children who may be disabled, there is a program called Medical Resonance Therapy Music. This therapy uses specific melodies that excite cells through resonance which renews the cell and, in turn, the whole body (Olpin 8).The meaning behind this is straight-forward, but not simple. Basically, music (preferably classical) is played to a patient, and the vibrations or frequencies of the notes resonates within the cells of the patient’s body. The resonance of the notes restores the cell to its former state of being. This all plays a role in the calming effect of classical music because as it soaks into the body through the brain, it not only calms the body, but also restores the body.

Classical Music and the Brain

This next point all depends on whether or not someone likes classical music or not, but if one does classical music makes people happy and happy people are healthier. Researchers did a study on the brain and hormones and they did ligand- based PET. When music was being played, the scans showed that music releases dopamine in the dorsal and ventral striatum. Dopamine is known as the pleasure chemical in the brain; these regions of the brain are associated with pleasure, no matter what the pleasure stimuli is (Lehrer 2). This means that if people like classical music, and it is played to them that dopamine is released into their body making them actually feel pleasure.images Pleasure makes people temporarily happier, and happy people are healthier because it gives them a time frame to wind down and let their bodies heal and rest. On the same note, the reason the dopamine is released is because “it is the suspenseful tension of music (arising out of our unfulfilled expectations) that is the source of the music’s feeling” (Lehrer 5). What this means is that the climax of a specific song builds up a listener’s anticipation, which is when the most dopamine is released. Dopamine is not only the pleasure chemical but also the reward chemical, so when the climax of the song is approaching, the dopamine is released and the arrival of the climax is the listener’s reward. Hormones have the power to make a healthier person, and music has the power to make healthier hormones.

Classical Music and Memoryimages (1)

Neurological pathways are just the way electrical signals travel through the brain and body, and music can help strengthen the memorization pathways in the brain.  No, music doesn’t make people smarter even Mozart. Using “Excitation at the time of learning” however can help people’s memorization because “Emotional arousal” enhances memory formation by positively influencing the period of neurobiological activity called consolidation that establishes a memory in the brain’” (Sorensen 5). So when people play positive music that enhances the attention on the brain, whatever that person is doing solidifies more deeply into their memory. Once more, this does depend of the enjoyment factor as well. When listeners are engaged in a dramatic symphony and reading a book, they are much more likely to remember what they read because it is an excitatory factor in the increment of time reading. Again, “If this was the case then Mozart has nothing to do with the effect” (Sorensen 6). This is true because it isn’t the composer himself, it depends on the kind of music the listener likes and it doesn’t make anyone smarter. It only brings out the potential already placed inside people’s brain.

So, when people are involved in classical music somehow, they are more likely to provide a healthy environment for their bodies because of the calming effect, hormones, and memory improvements. Classical music won’t make people smarter but it has healing components, helps mood and allows a good functioning atmosphere for workers and students alike. This doesn’t mean that all people should stock their homes with old classical CD’s and records, but it is a good tool to use for health.

Works Cited:

Lehrer, Jonah. “The Neuroscience of Music.” Wired. Conde Nast, 19 Jan. 2011. Web. 24 Apr.

Olpin, Michael, Hesson, Margie. Stress and the Environment. Bellmont: Wadsworth Cengage

Learning, 2013. Faculty.weber.edu. Web. 24 Apr. 2015. Sorensen, Lars. “Mozart on the Brain.”

Rutgars.edu. Rutgars Universtiy, 19 Nov. 2008. Web. 24

 

Gluten, Wheat and Inflammation

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

Is all this talk about gluten and being gluten free just hype, or is there something healthy about reducing gluten in your diet?

Gluten is a protein in the kernel of the head of the wheat plant. There is another protein that doesn’t get as much press gliadin. These proteins are also found in some other grains but not to the extent that they are found in wheat. Continue reading

Do You Really Need to Supplement Vitamin D?

by Dr. Cynthia Horner

The D Difference

The universal benefit from sunlight is its ability to activate the skin to produce vitamin D. There are three ways to get vitamin D, from food, from supplements and from the sun. Food supplies us with only small amounts of vitamin D therefore humans must count on the sun to allow their skin to produce vitamin D. Sun exposure has a positive effect on your health in that sun’s UVA and UVB rays are necessary for our bodies to make vitamin D.images Continue reading

Free Radicals, Antioxidants, Aging and Health

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

We hear a lot about antioxidants. They are in our food, supplements, make up, face and hand lotion and even in our soap. But  how do they effect our health and aging ? I found some interesting information on antioxidants that I simplified so all my readers could have a little better understanding of what this antioxidant hype is all about. Continue reading

Sleep Posture Important for a Good Night’s Sleep

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

In my last article How Sleep Creates Better Brain Function, I discussed why we sleep. In Part II, I will discuss healthy sleep postures and choices of pillows.

Sleep Postures

There are three good ways to sleep on your right side on your left side and on your back. Having a good sleep posture  can have a big impact on your health.

On your right side, on your left side or on your back.

On your right side, on your left side or on your back.

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How Sleep Creates Better Brain Function

By Dr Cynthia Horner

Part one of three:

We know that lack of sleep makes us old, fat, sick and stupid! We also know that sleep creates better brain function.During sleep our brains replay and process what we learned while awake. Sleep improves and refines thinking, learning, memory, reasoning, mood, dexterity and coordination.

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Some Real Causes of Breast Cancer

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

Why Are We Running For the Cure But  Running From The Cause?

Breast cancer in both men and women is a serious issue.  Yes, breast cancer does affect men also. My heart is touched by those whodownload have endured treatment or have had their breasts removed because of this disease.  What troubles me is the media’s and medical community’s avoidance to acknowledge that many of the causes of breast cancer are well known and therefore breast cancer could be reduced or prevented.

I am not a fan of Susan G. Komen for the cure and I am far from alone in this opinion. I will support breast cancer research and efforts to eliminate causes of breast cancer but I will not run to support a multi-million-dollar company with assets totaling over 390 million dollars . Only 20.9% of these funds were reportedly used in the 2009-2010 fiscal year for research, “for the cure.” Why don’t we close the barn door before the animals get out. I am all for doing as much to prevent the causes of breast cancer as cure it. Continue reading

Internet Addiction and Emotional Health

By Cynthia Horner

It has been called electronic cocaine. For some the convenience and fascination of connecting through emails, texting and social media has been blamed for depression, sleep disorders, anxiety and addiction. Some research has shown that one in eight internet users show at least one sign of an unhealthy attachment to the use of the web.

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