Posted by: OCI | May 20, 2009

Sing a Song of Protection

Wildwood‘s recent health newsletter dealt with a current fear: H1N1 or Swine Flu. We’re inundated with reports, but most news articles give us little advice on how to personally prevent the flu. Their article, Flu Prevention, does just that. And all of their suggestions are simple things that each one of us can do every day.

Here’s one remedy most have never thought of:

Sing or hum a song. Not only does singing improve one’s mood, but humming and singing can actually prove therapeutic! Concentrations of nitric oxide in healthy sinuses are high and nasal nitric oxide is known to be increased 15- to 20-fold by humming, compared with quietly exhaling. Nasal nitric oxide is known to be broadly antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial. Ask God’s creatures. Starlings, who are robust singers, exhibit enhanced immunity when compared to their counterparts, non-robust singers. Studies show that singing also increases IgA in the saliva. IgA is a class of antibodies that guard the mucus membranes in the body, including the respiratory mucosa.  Of course, you might not want to sing around others if you have an upper respiratory tract infection since it could spread your germs, but otherwise, singing will improve your breathing capacity, reduce stress, and probably lift your spirits! Incidentally, listening to choral music reduces the hormone cortisol which exerts immunosuppressant effects when produced in excessive amounts. A merry heart, indeed, does good like a medicine.

Discover more natural remedies to fight viruses.

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Responses

  1. Hi, this is a colaboration info health public, i read and consult the
    “Committee on Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic, Institute of Medicine”,this is a medical textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of epidemic and pandemic influenza (download PDF).
    http://mediccall.blogspot.com/2009/06/antivirals-for-pandemic-influenza.html


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