THEORETICAL FUNDAMENTALS

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MUSIC + BRAIN
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Chronomedicine

Music as a Harmonic
Medical Data Carrier

The Special Status of the
Ear in the Organism

The Ear as a
Medical Instrument

The Significance of the
Soul to Medicine

The Significance of
our Consciousness
to Medicine

The Significance of the
Soul to Human Evolution

Scientists of Tuebingen discover the Brain Regions responsible for
Self Awareness

The Future of Pharmaceutics

Peter Hübner

 

 






Peter Hübner - Micro Music Laboratories
Prof. Dr. med. Horst Koeditz — The Ear as a Medical Instrument
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Heal­ing via the senses is the pre­domi­nant theme of the day. There­fore, in the first part of my talk, I would like to try to give you an un­der­stand­ing of the po­ten­tial of our sen­sory or­gan, the ear, as a ma­jor medi­cal in­flu­ence. In the sec­ond part, I will then con­cen­trate on the spe­cial theme of the first half of the morn­ing: the ap­pli­ca­tion of Medi­cal Reso­nance Ther­apy Mu­sic in sci­en­tific medi­cine.


First, we will take the ex­tent of the ears medi­cal in­flu­ence,

for which I would like to cite a prac­ti­cal ex­ample which oc­curs daily. A doc­tor is called to an emer­gency in a dis­co­theque, and di­ag­no­ses an acute cir­cu­la­tory dis­or­der: dis­tur­bances of the blood sup­ply in toes and fin­gers, pale skin, high blood pres­sure and dis­tur­bances of the car­diac rhythm the cause: over­load­ing the brain with too loud and un­natu­rally struc­tured mu­sic. The brain has not been able to with­stand the mas­sive as­sault of cha­otic bio­elec­tro­mag­netic sig­nals from the ear, its own func­tions are im­paired and, as a re­sult, it is un­able to main­tain regu­la­tion of the or­gan­ism: the disco-goer be­comes an emer­gency medi­cal case.

The ex­ample clearly shows: via the ear and its neu­ral con­nec­tions to the brain, mu­sic has an im­me­di­ate physio­logi­cal ef­fect on our en­tire or­gan­ism. The ear and the mu­sic can be abused from a health point of view as in the case above or, how­ever, ex­ploited for re­in­forc­ing the health, as in the case of Medi­cal Reso­nance Ther­apy Mu­sic.

Our ear as­sumes a spe­cial status in our or­gan­ism in nu­mer­ous re­spects. Of all the or­gans in our body, it is the first to de­velop to its full size: still within the mothers womb, our in­ner ear has reached its full size by the time it is four months old and, by this time, it has al­ready be­gun to func­tion, be­com­ing for the foe­tus the first bridge for ex­peri­ences from the out­side world.
“The audi­tory nerve is the first nerve to be­come fully op­era­tional and, within the nerv­ous sys­tem, is also the nerve which gen­er­ally main­tains its func­tion to the last.”

The ear con­verts in­com­ing sound waves into bio­elec­tro­mag­netic sig­nals, which it trans­mits to the cere­bral cor­tex.

Thus, whilst still in the womb, the ear al­ready sup­plies the brain with bio­elec­tro­mag­netic en­ergy and or­ders of im­pulse se­ries, and to­day some re­search­ers say that this has a de­fini­tive role in de­ter­min­ing the fur­ther matu­ra­tion of the brain.

The audi­tory nerve is the first nerve to be­come fully op­era­tional and, within the nerv­ous sys­tem, is also the nerve which gen­er­ally main­tains its func­tion to the last.
“The ear
en­ergy cen­ter
for our brain”
When all other brain func­tions have ceased to react to ex­ter­nal stimu­la­tion and no longer show any rec­og­niz­able signs of life, this nerve can still be func­tion­ing and in­di­cate to the doc­tor that the per­son is still alive.

The au­di­olo­gist Pro­fes­sor Tomatis from Paris has shown very well that the ear is a kind of en­ergy cen­ter for our brain. As such, our hear­ing has the task of sup­ply­ing our cere­bral cor­tex with en­ergy simi­lar to the way in which a dy­namo charges up a cars bat­tery. In or­der to live, our brain needs sugar and oxy­gen, but with that alone it is still far from be­ing able to think.

For this func­tion, it needs a dif­fer­ent kind of sus­te­nance: in­vigo­rat­ing stim­uli, which reach it from all of the sen­sory or­gans as the con­duc­tion of elec­tri­cal po­ten­tials. The most im­por­tant sen­sory or­gan for this is our ear, which is in­volved in the sup­ply of around 90% of the en­ergy for our cere­bral cor­tex!

Now the bio­elec­tro­mag­netic im­pulses which ema­nate from the sen­sory or­gans and ar­rive at the cere­bral cor­tex are of ab­so­lu­tely de­ci­sive sig­nifi­cance for cross-link­ing the brain cells into cir­cuits. If, dur­ing cer­tain pe­ri­ods of growth, these im­pulses fail or if they are re­duced in qual­ity, cer­tain cross-link­ing will ei­ther be re­stricted or will not take place at all.

By way of ac­knowl­edg­ing the sig­nifi­cance of the brain for our health, I would like to quote Hippocrates, who said: Let it be known, your ill­nesses and your health, your sad­ness and your joys all of them come from your brain.
“It is un­be­liev­able,
how much en­ergy
the soul is able
to be­stow upon the body”

Wilhelm von Hum­boldt
Ger­manys lead­ing ex­po­nent of psy­cho­so­matic medi­cine Vik­tor von Weizsaecker es­tab­lished four dec­ades ago: A hu­man be­ing re­sponds to an ex­peri­ence with which he is un­able to cope, with ill­ness. Body and soul can rep­re­sent one an­other. The body speaks, when the soul is no longer able to do so. This also ex­plains why a happy per­son be­comes ill less often and re­cu­per­ates more quickly than the mis­an­thrope does.
Thus, via the senses, we have di­rect ac­cess to the cen­tral nerv­ous sys­tem. The bio­elec­tro­mag­netic im­pulses have an ef­fect on the cen­tral nerv­ous sys­tem, for one via their en­ergy lev­els and for an­other via their struc­ture. Re­search must have re­gard to both as­pects.


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