Music

Your Favorite Song May Help Heal What Ails You

…scientific evidence to support your desire to listen to your favorite music every day... Yes, Dr. Michael Miller, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland studied the effect of music on your heart and presented his findings at a recent meeting of…

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The Healing Power of Music

…year for me, it also reminded me about the tremendous healing power of music. Listening to music raises the positive vibrational energy of your body’s cells and balances your autonomic nervous system. Research also shows that music has a positive affect on the brain, helping you both mentally and physically…

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Share Your Love on Valentine's Day

…to a not-so-perfect health history. But not Dean! Dean plays the trumpet and sings Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett songs at his church. His love of music and the support of his church has given him the strength and fortitude to face numerous health challenges with a positive attitude. Here is his story…

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The Best Holiday Gift of All

…holidays aren’t about the food or the gifts. They’re about being resplendent in music, togetherness, and feeling connected to one another through our spiritual roots and heritages. Whatever your favorite holiday music (ours is Mary, Did You Know?), food, or family and spiritual traditions are, I wish…

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My Advice to the Presidential Candidates—and to You

…they’re under. For one it may be prayer and meditation that helps, for another it might be a blend of supplements or listening to 10 minutes of soothing music. In all cases I would urge them to exercise every day. Whatever the remedy may be, I’d encourage them—and I encourage you—to find “stress-busters”…

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8 Health-Boosting Secrets From My Life

…remove as many toxins as possible. 8. Relax and enjoy life! I practice prayer, reading, meditation, Thai yoga therapy, listening to soft classical music, fly fishing, walking, cooking, and eating with my wife, playing with my grandkids and the dog, and allowing myself to laugh, express anger, and cry…

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Heart Risk Factors and Stress

…problems, heart attacks and stroke, blindness, and neurodegenerative disorders. So, whatever assuages your stress, be it meditation, T’ai chi, yoga, music, dance, fly fishing, or what have you, make it an important part of your day. Your very life may depend on it! For more information on heart risk factors…

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Secrets for Conquering Attention Deficit Disorder, Naturally

…foods. Also include yogurt, whole fruit (organic juice or juice made from fresh, organic fruit in juicer), and eggs with DHA. * Harness the power of music therapy. Listen to Mozart and have the child use headphones to drown out distractions and provide an object to “fiddle with” to help with focusing…

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Spa Vacations Benefit Your Heart, Even If You're at Home

…just like they would at a spa. * Enjoy a relaxing bath with an infusion of aromatic oils. Turn down the lights, light a candle or two, play relaxing music, and lay back with your head on a bath pillow—allowing yourself to decompress. * Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge filled with fresh slices of…

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The Health Benefits of Saunas

…spend a half hour or more, but it has taken me time to get to that temperature and duration. (In fact, my sauna even has a CD player for my “Zen” music.) Those with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure can experience the health benefits of saunas, but should do at lower temperatures and…

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Relax, Relax, Relax

…attack and stroke. That's why it is so critical that you engage in tension-relieving practices. Some of my favorite include yoga, prayer, listening to music, massage, and meditation. You may also consider learning T'ai chi or qigong if a convenient class becomes available. And, of course, exercise is always…

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Civil War History of Stress and Heart Disease

…taking my kids to visit Civil War battlefields between New England and Atlanta, Ga. But it took this summer's muster—and hearing the marching band music that originated as far back as the American Revolution—to help me envision the sounds on the battleground. I listened to the antique musket-fire,…

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When You’re the Caregiver, Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

…do activities you enjoy, whether it's golf, lunch with a friend, reading a good book, strolling the park or an art gallery, listening to favorite music, or attending an event. * Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need a nurse to come in, a friend or family member who can lend a hand, or…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure Week 4: Get Centered

…tolerable. For example, if you have a long commute to work, you might use your time in the car to listen to an engaging radio talk show, your favorite music, or an audiobook. 2) Get proper rest. When you’re fatigued, it’s easy to become stressed. Be sure to get adequate sleep every night, and take a…

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Postoperative Resistance Training

…drugs you may have needed during your operative course. In fact, Dr. Sinatra believes that the perks of resistance training is a major reason that music conductors—who use and swing their arms without any real weights attached save their “sticks”—have such an incredible longevity when compared…

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Heartbreak’s Emotional Stress Can Affect You Physically

…else, you break outside your own self-absorption. * Take 30 minutes a day for you. Be with yourself: take a long bath, meditate, read or listen to music. Let down your defenses, free your emotional side. Give yourself permission to cry, laugh, play—whatever action you’ve been holding back. * Laugh…

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