(Dr. Veronique DeSaulniers) In today’s world, stress comes in many shapes and sizes. Responsibilities, relationship issues, financial strain, and health challenges all add to the toxic mix that can lead to a stressed-out mind and body. The relationship between stress and ill health is a vicious, albeit common, cycle.
“If the body is in perfect balance, there isn’t much of a problem,” says Tsonwin Hai, professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry at Ohio State University. “When the body gets stressed, that changes the immune system. And the immune system is a double-edged sword.”
Understand why ignored chronic stress can be life-threatening
When the immune system becomes compromised due to stress, cancer cells, including breast cancer cells, can to take hold, according to Hai, who was the senior author of an Ohio State University study which demonstrated how stress makes AFT3 immune cells malfunction.
In fact, there is increasing evidence that stress may specifically increase the risk of breast cancer as well as speed up the growth of breast cancer tumors.
The good news is that the opposite is also true: When you reduce your stress, immune function increases and the risk of cancer can and often is reduced. Of the hundreds of stress-reduction modalities out there, one of the most powerful (and also one of the lesser known) is sound therapy.
What is sound therapy and how can it help me?
Sound therapy is based on the concept that all matter is composed of and therefore responds to certain frequencies of energy.
“In Chinese medicine, they call it qi, in India, prana – the life energy that comes in through the breath. Chanting and sound work taps into and intensifies that energy, ” says the late Dr. Mitchel Gaynor, whose pioneering work in blending traditional oncology with alternative modalities was evidenced in numerous books, including The Healing Power of Sound.
The works of the late Dr. Masaru Emoto proved that sound vibrations can have an effect on water, which is significant since the human body is made up of 60 to 70 % water. New findings in physics based on string theory also prove that cells respond directly to vibration, i.e. sound, and it is now common knowledge that listening to pleasing sounds reduces cortisol and ACTH, both immune system-impairing stress hormones that have a negative effect on “natural killer cells.”
And, as we all know, natural killer cells normally combat the growth of cancer cells.
In fact, a study done through the Meadville Medical Center’s Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, Pennsylvania on 111 age-specific men and women found that the ancient practice of group drumming increased killer cell activity and increased dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)-to-cortisol ratios. In addressing their findings in the publication Alternative Health Journal, the authors of the study stated that “drumming is a complex composite intervention with the potential to modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuro-immune parameters in a direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response.”
What does the latest scientific evidence reveal about sound therapy
The latest evidence of the power of sound on living organisms was released just this month when researchers with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California were able to control brain function in a worm through amplified ultrasound frequencies. The Salk study was based on the principles of optogenetics, which used light instead of sound. Light, however, cannot penetrate through tissue. Sound, on the other hand, can (sonograms are based on this principle).
“This could be a big advantage when you want to stimulate a region deep in the brain,” said Stuart Ibsen, the study’s principle author. Could this research eventually lead to a more strategic use of sound to influence other organs in the body? Only time will tell.
One important principle is behind sound therapy
Practitioners of sound therapy produce certain kinds of sound frequencies that influence the body and mind for stress reduction, as a part of a meditation practice, for group empowerment and, most importantly, for healing on all levels.
Singing, working with tuning forks (such as in Accutonics), group drumming practice and listening to soothing music can relax the mind, decompress stress and produce other healing effects that modern medicine is just now beginning to discover.
According to the book Music Medicine by Christine Stevens, founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, both listening and playing music are evidence-based methods that not only reduce stress and enhance the immune system but also help build a sense of community that can lead to individual healing.
“At the most fundamental level,” says Dr. Gaynor, “it’s a matter of shifting your perspective, of looking in a new way at the events and patterns in your life that used to cause stress and fear. I call it finding your ‘inner harmony’ or your ‘inner peace,’ – and that has real physiological effects.”
About the Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com