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Music Boosts the Immune System of Cancer Patients in New Study



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A new study suggests that listening to music may in fact help to boost the immune system of cancer patients

This article originally appeared on Pulse Radio

Music is ultimately energy, which is transferred via waves of vibrations in the air. And as the waves reach the body, the energy is transferred to the water molecules. An excellent way to observe this transfer can be found in the study of cymatics, which allows a visual representation of the music to be seen.

Over hundreds of years, humans have studied sound waves and music in order to gain a better understanding of the way music impacts people's emotions. Dr Daisy Fancourt of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London once stated that: "historically, music has been likened to an auditive cheesecake: an exquisite confection crafted to tickle our senses, a treat, but ultimately useless.”


While her candid approach at describing the importance of music is humorous, is it not true that music can alter your emotions and ultimately change your perspective of any scenario? Can a happy song not brighten up your day and lift your mood?

Studies have shown that music can give you goosebumps and create deep emotions within human beings and too, can aid in the development of the brains of babies.

Dr Fancourt has discovered that there is a link between music and stress hormones, and music can indeed have an impact on different mental health issues. Conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and even just a low mood can be eased with the use of music.

There are two hormones secreted in stressful situations, cortisol and adrenaline and the levels of these two hormones are increased within the body to help deal with the effects of stress. While our ancestors would use the flight or flight mechanism to evade danger, these hormones are still found in modern-day human beings; though the dangers we are faced with in this day and age are more psychological than physical.

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