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Jacob Stegenga: Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice

Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.

May 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Oliver Sacks: Why We Need Gardens

In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical ‘therapy’ to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.

May 10, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: The Italians Making Music on Balconies Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker

Italians have now been at home for nine days, and, from Bologna to Rome, they have invited their neighbors to engage in what they call a “Flash Mob Sonoro,” or a sound flash mob.

March 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

Donna M. Cox: The power of a song in a strange land

“they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.” — Frederick Douglass

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Louise Bogan: Musician

Now with great ease, and slow,
The thumb, the finger, the strong
Delicate hand plucks the long
String it was born to know.

January 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: A Love Poem for Lonely Prime Numbers

Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. He also has a complaint about Paper People. Here are two lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.

November 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Treating Depression With Diet And Exercise

Can a combination of an anti-inflammatory diet and aerobic exercise help prevent depression?

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Way of Giants

In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Judith A. Brice: Berries, Bittersweet

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things… “Kindness” — Naomi Shihab Nye . After they’d split my brain, mended the artery that burst asunder and left … Continue reading

December 29, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: What Does the Universe Sound Like? A Musical Tour

. Is outer space really the silent and lifeless place it’s often depicted to be? Perhaps not. Astrophysicist and musician Matt Russo takes us on a journey through the cosmos, … Continue reading

November 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Music as Medicine

Dr. Michael Greger explains how music works better than anti-anxiety drugs, Mozart can reduce allergic reactions, and listening to your favorite tunes can significantly affect your testosterone levels. . — … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

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