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Healing Sounds

The Healing Gifts of Sound

Whether we are conscious of it or not, sound surrounds us virtually every moment of the day. There are good sounds – ones that soothe, calm, heal, energize or simply make us smile – and those which have the opposite effect, stressing both body and mind – think sirens, jackhammers, lawnmowers and so on. With its power to create both positive and negative responses throughout the body, it’s important to be conscious of the types of sound we’re exposing ourselves to every day.

Why Rhythm Is Important to Your Health

Why Rhythm Is Important to Your Health

Growing up white in Apartheid South Africa in the 50's and 60's, my exposure to African culture was through my maid and I was lucky enough to be introduced to the beautiful music and rhythms which are integral to African culture. Music was blaring from her radio all day and this instilled in me a love for the rhythm and beats of African music. I became an avid lover of music, in particular world music, and music and rhythm became an essential part of my life. But it was only in the last 10 years, after I had already been practicing medicine for 20 years, that I realized the importance of rhythm to health.