Michael Jackson's Doctor Charged
Today, with the trial of Dr. Conrad going on; the accusations of his illegal administration of "Propofol," a powerful surgical drug, the understanding of how powerful music is, is more more important than ever.
How tragic that the brilliant Michael Jackson did not know how to use beautiful music to help himself relax and fall asleep when it was finally time to sleep. Yes, drugs are probably a faster way to fall asleep, but unfortunately, this was never what Mother Nature intended.
Now you probably don't have the kinds of pressures and intensity in your life that Michael Jackson had, but still, some nights are harder to fall asleep and stay asleep than others. As a therapist, I hear many stories about the sleep difficulties people encounter. I always teach them vocal toning, listening to slow, instrumental music through headphones, and mantras that help to clear the mind of the day's worries and fears.
This also brings up the whole issue of propofol and its importance in surgery. Propofol is used thousands of times a day around the world, but only for surgery. When it is being administered, the doctor is not supposed to leave the patient's side. Dr. Conrad not only left Michael's side, but apparently was gone for quite a while.
Any drug out there is only as good and as effective as the doctor administering it or prescribing it. Music can definitely enhance the benefits of most medicines and in some cases can do the job of relaxing by itself. We just need to educate both patients and medical professionals about how to use it!
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|Surgery and Music Blog|
Preparing for anesthesia during surgery: Common Fears in Surgery, Dangers and Side-effects of anesthesia
Recently, the Chicago Tribune posted
an interesting article about people who are quite fearful of
anesthesia during surgery. They don’t mention the use of music, but
of course that is one of the most helpful ways to calm yourself and
require less anesthesia.
|Brain and Music Blog|
What Makes A Song Popular?
I received a message that I would like to share with you. Bobby sent it after reading our August Ezine:
I read your lead article and it "clicked" with me as I thought about what makes me like a particular song. You wrote that is was probably due to powerful events, major milestones, perhaps a chemical reaction, or a "hook" called entrainment. You completed the ezine with the Dr. Daniel Levitan interview video.
I sat down with YouTube.com and started building a list of songs that I enjoy or have had a strong influence in my life. That list is now over 120.
When I look it over, I find the first record my Dad let me have, my wedding song, High School dances, the college years, the songs my kids played, my wife's favorites, current favorites, and yes the sad moments, the songs that remind us of our Mom and Dad.
It has become a nightly event to play a few selections before sleep.
I have enclosed my list with the hope that others will send you their list. I am in my 60's, grew up in the mid-west, 3 children, from a Northern European background. I bet my list will differ greatly from every other list you receive!"
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I have posted "Bobby's list". I found his
list extremely fascinating and
thought you might also. If you have built such a list of your own,
I would love to see it!
Partial List of Bobby's Favorite Songs
Complete List of Favorite Songs
|Alice H. Cash|
For nearly two decades, I've been helping people use the music that
they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness
am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold
a Masters degree in piano performance, a Ph.D. in
musicology and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work. I
am also a licensed clinical social worker. I work with people and
diagnoses of all kinds, enabling them to find healing, acceptance and
I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine."
See you next month!!