A science-based perspective on the healing power of music

Imagine, just for a moment, that you’ve been poisoned. Now imagine someone telling you that taking more of the same poison will speed your recovery. Would you believe them?

Of course not.

Yet, this logical contradiction has left scientists puzzled and wanting to understand why people with depression claim to feel better after listening to sad music. The answer lies in how our minds process painful emotions; a process which modern society has taught us to forcefully resist.

Having suffered with chronic depression for my entire life I can attest that a hefty dose of sad music can do wonders…

The internet is in an uproar again this week after President Donald Trump, while speaking at a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser on Tuesday, made claims that wind turbines cause cancer.

“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75% in value,” Trump said. “And they say the noise causes cancer, you tell me that one, okay?”

While the absurdity of Trump’s latest assertions has left most Democrats bewildered, his ideas are neither new nor are they of his own making.

To be clear, the “windmills” President Trump referred to are not windmills at all. They are wind turbines, which convert wind power into electricity. The snafu naturally led to the #WindmillsCauseCancer thread trending on Twitter this week.

A battle over the…

David J. Hawke

David is a freelance writer on issues in mental health, psychology, environment, and natural healing.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store