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Music Medicine: Sound At A Cellular Level: Dr. Lee Bartel (Transcript)

And what we found at the end of that study was that. We again saw significant reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms in 52% of the patients. Symptoms improved on average by 40%. So some had considerably more improvement, some had somewhat less.

The next study, which is already funded, will again use brain imaging. And in this case, we’ll also do a blood draw to look at the effect on gene expression, proteomics and on inflammatory markers.

I can’t talk about all the exciting applications, one we’re just analyzing now with major depressive disorder, initially seeing some very good results. My colleagues at Laurier University have done some good studies with Parkinson’s.

My colleague at University of Toronto has even shown that vibration can increase bone cell density.

One thing that I’m excited about in just starting is with blood flow. Dr. Arkady Uryash in Miami has done some pioneering work on this and has developed a device that you’re going to attach to the rest or to the chest.

And so we’re using sound that I’ve created in a study at an L.A. to reduce the impact of stroke with sound stimulation. We’re just working on a proposal to reduce the risk of heart failure.

In this next video, I’m going to show you briefly how quickly this effect happens. So at the start of this video, we’ve got the cell phone type device attached, that size, to this person’s wrist, the blue indicates normal blood flow level.

And once the device gets turned on, you will see very quickly that the yellow and the red will increase as blood flow starts to increase in this hand. So this is an area of research that we’re just starting to do intensively and I think has real promise for some very serious cardiac and blood flow treatments.

Fifty-five years ago, I was working sticky and sweet by listening to crickets in the honey house. And I could never have foreseen that the questions I was asking about crickets and belts might turn into music medicine.

I could not have foreseen that the idea of that came from this cricket could start to create sound that might impact cells in your body, that stimulating cells with sound can reduce the risk and impact of health problems like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia and depression.

But what I do foresee now in the not too distant future is that when a doctor encounters something like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s or depression, they might take out their prescription pads and write a prescription for sound stimulation.

And that’s music medicine at the cellular level.

Thank you.


Resources for Further Reading:

The Transformative Power of Classical Music: Benjamin Zander (Transcript)

Einstein, Tagore & Music: Nitin Sawhney & Nicki Wells at TEDxSalford (Transcript)

Understanding mental illness through music: Loretta Notareschi at TEDxMileHighWomen (Transcript)

Revolution is the Sound of Your Heart Still Beating: Dominique Christina at TEDxMileHigh (Transcript)

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