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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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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

Stress Effects on Focus and Learning

Focus, Memory and Learning

Stress has a specific effect on both focus and memory. Focus and memory are the beginning steps to studying and learning. Your body functions either in growth function or protection function. When your body is responding to_59620534_jex_1376668_de27-1 danger, your growth function shuts down as protection function takes over making focus and memory difficult. Continue reading

Chiropractic Adjustment of an Infant

I am often met with surprise when people hear me say I adjust infants. “Why would an infant need to be adjusted?” is the question that usually follows.  As surprising and unusual as it may seem, it makes perfect sense to have your infant checked by a pediatric chiropractor trained and experienced in chiropractic care for infants.

Today’s birthing practices are harder on infants than most realize. A mother lying on her back doesn’t have gravity to help her birth her baby. With the standard birth practices babies stay in the birth canal longer and need more intervention such as the doctor assisting by pulling the baby’s head, the use of forceps or vacuum distraction. Continue reading

Sugar and Your Health

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

I am often asked if sugar is really bad for kids. After all isn’t sugar a part of all children’s lives? Well the answer is, it is.  Sugar can seriously affect your health. It can cause damaged blood vessels and high cholesterol as well as arthritic joints and degeneration of brain tissue. Processed sugar may taste good but it is an enemy of our bodies. All carbohydrates turn to sugar on our mouth or stomach. The food that starts out as sugar when eaten in excess creates problems for our bodies and our children’s bodies. For optimal health, it’s best to ask, “How much sugar does my body need?”  Rather than, “How much can I eat without getting sick or fat?”

What is sugar?

Sugar cane was first used by people in the islands of the south Pacific, where it grew naturally.  Their recorded use of sugar cane to enhance the flavor of food dates back to 20,000 BC.  India was the first country to extract cane juice to make the first true sugar, which they called “gur” (loosely translated as “tasting sweet”).  Today, sugar is made from cane or beets that are crushed and dissolved in water.  The raw syrup is boiled down to a concentrate, to where some crystallizes; the remaining black/brown syrupy mixture is molasses.  The crystals are processed several times and refined to increase the purity, resulting in the white crystals we know as table sugar.  The whiteness is not due to bleaching.  White table sugar is called sucrose.Sugar

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The Importance of Crawling for an Infant

By Dr Cynthia Horner

All parents want their infants and children to progress as quickly as possible in their motor and intellectual development.  Although each child has their own developmental timetable there are some stages of neurological development that are important such as crawling and the disappearance of what is termed primitive reflexes  Each stage of movement molds the nervous system in a different way. Pushing a child to progress too quickly may cause them to skip a stage or not fully benefit from a stage of  imagesdevelopment.

 

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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

Do Unimmunized Children Pose a Threat to Their Community?

By Dr. Cynthia Horner

The CDC and the AMA have the opinion that parents who choose not to vaccinate pose a health risk to the community. Their theory isinfant that everyone is safe from disease only because everyone is vaccinated. They believe unimmunized children support or transport contagious diseases. Many believe not vaccinating puts the entire society at risk. It has been said that vaccinating your children is a moral obligation and those who choose not to vaccinate are acting selfishly. These same people recognize that there are risks but feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Who chooses not to vaccinate? It is not the poor, lazy or uneducated but fairly well educated, active members and contributors to communities who are questioning and hesitating when it comes to the routine vaccination schedule for their children. These are educators, professors, government officials, physicians, health professionals and attorneys who are asking these questions: Continue reading

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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