Choosing Sounds that Heal

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  • Episode Name: “Choosing Sounds that Heal”
  • Live Broadcast: July 18th, 2016 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time

Episode Replays: Mondays at 11:00 pm Pacific Time / 2:00 am Eastern Time and Sundays at 2:00 pm Pacific Time / 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Episode Summary Re-cap

Research shows that sound and music can help us heal. However, the types of sounds you listen to truly matter. Discover how to use music, nature sounds, and even your own voice to heal. Learn which sounds actually harm your health and which help you thrive.

Dr. Jeffrey ThompsonSpecial Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Thompson Dr. Jeffrey Thompson is the Founder/Director of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research in Carlsbad, California, a research center with a mission to “Heal the Body, heart, mind and Spirit through the Scientific Application of Sound.”

Dr. Thompson is considered the world’s premier sound healing researcher, brainwave -entrainment -expert, and high-tech personal transformation innovator. He is a physician/ musician, composer, inventor, educator and author. His work addresses harmony between the body/mind/spirit and is clinically proven to foster deep personal wellness.

Certified in multiple healthcare modalities, Dr. Thompson draws people internationally to his clinical practice and to his cutting-edge auditory, kinesthetic and visual therapeutic products and services.

Dr. Thompson has collaborated with experts, like Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay and Bernie Siegel as well as working with NASA, Scripps Hospital and several Fortune 500 Companies. | Facebook

Tips for Using Sound That Heal

Why Sound is So Healing – Sound is the first sense that comes online in our mother’s womb (when the fetus is about 16 – 24 weeks old), so it has a primal healing effect on us. Music also communicates emotion, so it can bring us into a certain emotional state. As early as the 1940s, it was discovered that musicians who played in hospital wards helped patients recover more quickly. Since then, there has been a great deal of research showing the benefits of sound healing.

Dr. John Diamond an early pioneer in holistic healing and music therapy in his own practice. He had this to say about sound healing:

“One day, well into the future, Music will at last become the Great Therapy. And the drums of this present age will then be acknowledged as the first instruments that helped Music to ultimately fulfill it’s long-anticipated promise.”

Examples of Sounds That Heal

  • Heartbeat – One of the first sounds we hear in the womb is our mother’s heartbeat. This and sounds like a heartbeat have a strengthening effect on health. A waltz has a beat that is similar to a heartbeat, which gives it healing benefits.
  • Nature Sounds and Your Own Voice – Sounds in nature are very healing. In Dr. Jeff’s work, he found that as he played a human voice faster, it sounded like crickets and then when he played that faster, it sounded like dolphins. The sounds that humans, animals and insects make, as part of nature, can be very healing.
  • Your own voice is the most healing of all because it has a unique set of harmonic overtones that sound like you. Your voice-print is akin to your finger print and you recognize it at the subconscious level.
  • Instruments – the cello and flute are two examples of instruments that make healing sounds.
  • Space Sounds – Dr. Jeff was able to get some NASA space sounds from a friend and found that space sounds could also be very healing. He realized that since there is no air in space, it may seem as if there is no sound, however, there is sound in space, it just needs something to express the vibration. Jeff has created a CD of NASA space sounds that have wonderful healing properties.
  • Other Examples – Some other examples of music that Dr. John Diamond found life-enhancing are: the music of Beethoven and Brahms, traditional jazz and songs from the 1920s and 1930s, like Ain’t She Sweet. Even traditional rock-‘n-roll and music by the Beatles have passed Diamond’s muscle tests.)

Sounds to Avoid

Backwards Heartbeat & Heavy Metal Music- Dr. Diamond’s research showed that when you play the sound of a heartbeat backward, it can adversely affect your health, making you crave things that destroy you. Heavy metal music may have had negative effects on people because the sound is similar to a backward heartbeat.

Playing A Voice Backwards – Jeff found voice tone played backward is awful as well. However, transforming your normal voice (not backward) into sound can be one of the most healing sounds you can experience.

Sound and Stress Relief or Homeostasis

Dr. Jeff first began measuring the healing effect of sound with kinesiology (muscle testing). Over time, he realized he could get accurate, real-time readings of sound’s effect on health with Heart Rate Variability (HRV) measures. He was able to see how the Autonomic Nervous System was doing live on a computer screen. This allowed him to track whether someone was in sympathetic mode (stress or fight or flight), parasympathetic mode (rest and digest) or homeostasis (the ideal for healing or zero stress).

The body works toward two principles (1) Survival and (2) Do no harm. It will go into homeostasis, where it can heal, only when these principles are met, which happens when it’s in homeostasis. Jeff has found that when he has a patient in his office, he can get a reading on what sounds will bring someone into homeostasis. He can then make a custom sound track to bring his patient into homeostasis, where they can heal.

Overall, your body knows what it wrong or out of balance. Sound can help your body heal because it sends a signal to “central command” in your brain so that it can reboot your body and prepare it to tap into it’s own healing capability.

Find More Healing Sounds

You can learn more about Dr. Jeff’s healing sound therapy, including a wide range of sound healing for things like sleep, relaxation, healing, creativity and more at You can also call his office to ask about sound healing tracks for specific conditions, like epilepsy and others.

In today’s show, we listened to:

  • Louise Hay speaking to her own voice processed electronically to music
  • Egg of Time CD – crickets
  • NASA Sounds CD – Saturn crickets

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