Clay Aiken – Don’t You Feel Better Already?

Dr. Miriam Stoppard is a businesswoman, journalist, broadcaster, writer, and most important, a medical doctor.  In 1998 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Stoppard has been at the forefront of the revolution in health information since she began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s.  She writes a column for the Daily Mirror in London. One of her columns was about how music has the power to heal.  I found it interesting.  I hope you do too.

10 Facts That Show Music Is Good For Your Health

Reduced depression
Listening to music can lift your mood, say researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine who found that soothing classical music reduced depression by up to 25 per cent.

Increased lung capacity
Dr Stoppard reveals research done by Professor Graham Welch of The University of London who, not surprisingly, found that we use more lung volume when we sing. This means our bodies get more oxygen.

Lower blood pressure
According to a study at the Harvard Medical School, the hearts of people listening to music worked less hard when they were listening to music while running on treadmills. This reduced their blood pressure.

Calmer babies
A California obstetrician has tracked the breathing of a 33-week fetus to the beat of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. He feels classical music can produce calmer babies.

Improved recovery from stroke
Listening to music following a stroke can help patients recover from brain damage, a study done by Helsinki University reveals.

Easing epilepsy
Research into adults suffering seizures has found that listening to Mozart, especially bursts of Sonata K448, decreased epileptic attacks. (We have also found out that that this piece of music can improve people’s spatial IQ.)

Better immunity
University of California researchers discovered that the levels of a protein that helps the body fight infections rose by 150 per cent during rehearsals of a Beethoven choral work and 240 per cent in the concert performance. This sounds like a great reason to join a local choir.

Pain relief
Dr Stoppard quotes a number of studies that show that listening to music can reduce the feeling of pain. This includes research by a German doctor who has studied 100,000 patients.  The doctor believes tailor-made music can reduce the quantity of painkillers needed by patients by 50 per cent.

Alzheimer’s help
Miami University’s School of Medicine discovered that blood levels of mood-enhancing chemicals rose significantly in Alzheimer’s patients exposed to music. These patients then slept better and became more active and co-operative.

Parkinson’s pick-up
Studies, says Dr Stoppard, show that music therapy makes a significant difference to the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s disease. The study states it helps reduce depression, anxiety and social isolation.

Music has always been an important part of my life.  Both my parents were musicians and both my sister and I became professional musicians.

I don’t have to be convinced that music soothes the soul so I can imagine that it helps our bodies too…especially if you listen to some beautiful music by my favorite singer, Clay Aiken.

Now….don’t you feel better already?

Do you believe that music is important to your health?

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Comments

  1. So glad I was able to attend this great tribute and experience Clay's wonderful performance in person! Thanks for posting this today.

  2. Oh yes I do believe that music soothes the soul. I lost my son tragically in 2009 and Clay's music was one thing than helped me get through those sad days.

  3. Music has always been a big part of my life. From the time I was young, my mom would have music on the radio. When I got old enough I bought a turntable & records to listen to my favorite recording artists. Music on the car radio keeps me alert on long drives and I guess increases my oxygen as I sing along to Clay's music.

  4. Yes, I always feel better when I listen to music, especially Clay's music, it really helps to fill the void in my heart after losing my husband in 2008, I listen to his music every day, love what it does for me. Thanks Musicfan xo

  5. Back in 2003, my husband was stricken with a stroke, while recovering at home we would listen to American Idol and was so moved by Mr. Clay Aiken, His voice,

    Back in 2003, my bedridden husband and I discovered American Idol. We are music lovers, it was an important part of our lives, We were so moved by a phenomenon named Clay Aiken. His " Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" made us smile, His "Solitaire" made us cry, His voice moved us and gave me beautiful memories about my late husband and me. In 2008, the fifth year after my husband's death, Clay's "Something About Us" became our song. Clay Aiken is a part of my life. I have never met him, but if I ever do. I want him to know how much he means to me, Musicfan, this articles you have found, has explained the emotions we all feel for this Man. Thank you

  6. yes i do feel better and i agree that music is indeed good for your health and my health especialy clays music idalso listen to americian idol and clays singing i was so amazed at clay and clay has been apart of my life also and solatare did make me cry i have never meet clay and if i ever do i want clay to know how much his singing and music mean to me music fan

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