Is there such a thing as music immunity?
It sort of depends on your definition of music immunity. But there appears to be quite a bit of significant research that backs up how beneficial it is to listen to and play music.
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And I’m calling it music immunity because I like the sound of it.
(See what I did there?)
Anyway…there’s a peer reviewed journal, Brain Behavior and Immunity, that deals with (get yourself a cup of coffee, this is gonna be a long word) psychoneuroimmunology. Just a nine syllable way of saying they study the connections between psychology, your nervous system, and your immune system.
And according to them there are some pretty cool effects of listening to music. At least potentially. But some of their research shows how music can directly have a positive effect on biomarkers and hormone levels.
Immunoglobin A, an antibody that plays a crucial role in the immune function of mucous membranes, seems to really enjoy music. And that’s especially cool. Because your body needs optimum function of those mucous membranes in order to be able to fight off pesky germs.
Sure, this isn’t all that important right now. But who knows? It might come in handy some day. (Do you detect a bit of tongue-in-cheek, there?)
Oh yeah, some more of that research seems to show a reduction in cortisol levels by listening to music. You know what that’s connected to, right? Yeah, belly fat. Music and less belly fat? Who knew?
I’ll tell you right now, I’m not up on drugs. I don’t know the names of many of them, or what they do, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. But apparently there’s an anti-anxiety drug called diazepam. And another study by the Journal of Music therapy led to one of their researches saying music can be as effective as diazepam in dealing with anxiety.
And check out these benefits for chemotherapy patients…
Another part of that study showed how listening to 20 minutes of live music had several measured benefits. Like reduced anxiety, fear, fatigue, relaxation, and diastolic blood pressure.
Now, I don’t know what type of live music they listened to. But I’m guessing it wasn’t heavy metal or rap. And maybe that’s just my thinly disguised bias showing. But I doubt it.
Here’s my recommendation. During these disconnected times, listen to more music. And, of course, stay tuned to my Rhyme and Reason Podcast. Because I share music on there. But I don’t rap or metallize my songs. Just so you know.
Listen to music to build
Your immune system; stay fulfilled.
And what could it hurt, to attend a concert
By someone who is musically skilled?
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