And I thought: We all know that music can change our mood, radically. Why has modern medicine focused so much on physically putting things into our body and neglected the mood altering qualities of music. If music can change our mood, surely there is potential for other healing changes. This is acknowledged. At Providence here in Anchorage they have a harpist who plays for patients in their rooms.
I know that there have been studies, say, that show that patients in hospital rooms with windows facing trees heal faster. But this approach is basically the fringe element of medicine and doctors mainly heal by putting chemicals into our bodies.
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There's already a journal called Music and Medicine. (Click on the image to go to the July 2011 table of contents.)
What if there was an institute with a $2 billion endowment to study the healing qualities of music?
Two billion you say? Wikipedia says there are 1210 billionaires in the world today. The top 20 from the Forbes list of billionaires have a total net worth of $641 Billion.
That's 20 people, who own $600 billion more than the Alaska Permanent Fund ($41.5 billion as of May 31, 2011). So, $2 billion isn't that much if only 20 people in the world have $641 billion.