Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Doctors in the US have come up with a ‘lung flute’ which, when played twice a day, can relieve potentially fatal lung congestion. Read more here.
Amazing. Now we know why players of the didjeridoo are so healthy. The cross-polination of medicine and the arts is a field ripe for further exploration and development.
Good point Rob. If there is a sound underlying principle, it will have been serendipitously encountered elsewhere in history and in other cultures.
Ironic that money-making middlemen have inserted themselves into the equation, and that people are gullible enough to unthinkingly buy into that. I guess for some segments of the population, whose health is wrecked to the point of being reliant on medicine, it is necessary to insert checks-and-balances into the equation to ensure accountability in health insurance reimbursements etc.
But for those not caught up in that death-trap (by the time one is reliant on medicine to live, that’s it man, one is on the way out, no matter how much denial one devises), the real trick is to consider the principles behind the issue, and find ordinary ways to insert those principles into everyday life.
The people to really pay attention to, as one goes through life, are healthy old people, who have consciously done this throughout their lives.
In the case of many lung diseases, by far the best thing a person could do is stop smoking in time to recover, or better still never take it up. My friend Karla gave up smoking around the time she met me (circa 1987), and took up running with me. I remember her coughing up phlegm in the early days as her airways increasingly cleared.
Here is another clip explaining this device.
On a separate matter, I am in the market for dialogue with an archaeologist or anthropologist who is familiar with researching and thinking about the origins of musical instruments. I have an hypothesis I am attempting to address, the answer to which will rely on a bit of – sane – thinking outside the square, although good anthropologists are familiar with the sort of outside-the-square thinking I have in mind. I suspect the data to test my hypothesis already exists, but I suspect it exists in at least two disparate fields.
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