Treatment for cancer
From a study of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro the Fifth Symphony may help cure cancer. The survey analysed MCF-7 cells which are linked to breast cancer. By exposing these cells to the famous theme, one in five cancer cells eventually died. They began their work with the Mozart effect, which caused no change in the cells, but Beethoven’s music killed an average of 20% of the cancer cells, besides causing a decrease in size and granularity.7
Treatment for distress
To experience Beethoven’s symphony numbers three, five, six, seven and nine are like experiencing a complete lifetime of feeling and movement. For many, Beethoven’s music broadens relationships and awakens compassion and the desire for universal brotherhood. For nervous exhaustion, we need the deep serene beauty of the Variations from Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata. If music arouses a pleasurable emotion, it will promote the flow of digestive juices and this flow causes a more thorough digestion. Our stomach is a very sensitive organ that reacts quickly to emotional changes. Unpleasant emotions bring about certain changes which give rise to distress. Music is the best antidote for unpleasantness at the dinner table. Digestion is influenced by two factors: glands and nerves. Music acts upon both. It has a marked effect on the glands causing either an increase or decrease of secretions.
In Beethoven’s music lies a world of experience – of heartache and of exhilarating, electric victory. It is a cry from the heart, a shout of triumph, an ode to joy. And according to Michael Walsh, music critic for Time Magazine, he is a composer for all moods, all tastes, all seasons.8
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