Mozart as Medicine

Mankind has been using music for the past 40,000 years.  Talk about sticky.  Anything that lasts that long must have incredible stickiness and power.


A group at a Super Spanish course responding to Baroque music.

In fact 40,000 years only relates to sophisticated music.  40,000 year old flutes have been found in Germany.

Music actually goes back 600,000 years.  Neanderthals and the first humans most likely enjoyed music.  Animals even use a sort of music.  For example, primates use tempos and pitch ranges to signify danger and safety about whether to approach or avoid certain areas.  They have emotional responses similar to human’s reaction to music.  Take the famous shower scene from the movie Psycho, Violin phrases create a response similar to screams, a clear danger sign for many animals.  In order to see how music affects us in this way, watch that Psycho shower scene scene at Youtube (1).  You’ll see how violins can set us on edge!

Music can enrich us.

Music has made a few people, like the Beatles,  Jimmy Buffet and Lady Gaga, really rich,  (see the 21 richest musicians below) (2).  There must be something to it!

Music helps us beyond money… it has been proven to even make us smarter.

Music is also a powerful medicine.

The article “Mozart as Medicine” (3) compared the calming effects of music versus a Valium-type drug midazolam (sold as Versed) and said: A study from Sweden sought to determine if relaxing music has a greater anxiety-reducing effect than a standard dose of midazolam.  Researchers whipped out some Kenny G, and the music worked significantly better than the drug.  Those listening to Mr. G had lower anxiety scores, heart rates, and blood pressures.  This is perhaps the first report of any anti-anxiety therapy working not only as well as, but even better than, benzodiazepine drugs.

These facts come from NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG, a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos.

That post goes on to show the subconscious power of music.

The article says: Well, if you take someone with a latex allergy and inject their skin with latex, they get a big, red, angry bump. But if you repeat the test after they’ve been listening to Mozart for 30 minutes, they develop a much smaller bump (as you can see in my video, Music as Medicine).  That is, they have less of an allergic reaction.

Banned from Marathons.  Scientific research has shown music has such influence on competitive performances that at times there has been a USA Track & Field ban on music during competition.

Music can even help us lose fat!

Music even super charges our metabolism. The research on music found that listening to music increases our metabolic rate so we burn an average of 27.6 more calories a day just lying in bed.

It is estimated that 3,436 to 3,752 calories creates a pound of fat. This means that if you do nothing but eat and exercise as you have been but listen to music, you’ll lose a pound every 4 and a half months or so.

Wait a minute…

Dance a little… even by yourself.  Throw in the exercise, and the weight loss may be more.  Plus listening to music can help you feel good so maybe, just maybe the right tune can help you avoid comfort food as well.


PS. Life of course is never quite as simple as turning on the music.  Researchers doing the latex allergy test found that the reducing effect on allergic responses may be specific to Mozart.  Music composed by Beethoven, Schubert, Hayden, and Brahms didn’t work. The subjects had the same reaction before and after listening to that music.  Music can be used as medicine, to make us smarter and stronger, but the key is knowing which music to use  for each benefit.

See below how we use specific types of music to help learn Spanish in just three days.

(1) Psycho shower scene

(2) 21 Richest Musicians

(3) Mozart as Medicine


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