Music is a drug. Yeah, some people would like you to believe that. And think of it that way. But I don’t believe that’s a healthy way to think of it. And I DO believe music is good for you. I read a quote, supposedly from Bob Marley, where he said “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.” That’s sorta true.
There was a study done at Brunel University, in London, that said music might help reduce pain and anxiety for surgery patients. They performed and analyzed 72 “randomized controlled trials” with more than 7000 surgery patients. And those who listened to music after their surgery said they felt less pain and anxiety than those who didn’t listen to music. And the music listeners seemed to need less pain medication.
Plus, the music effect was even more powerful for the patients who got to choose the music they heard.
So, that example makes it look like music is a drug.
But I doubt there’ll be any doctors prescribing it since there’s no money to be made by doing so. Yeah, I’m a bit jaded when it comes to the medical community. But with good reason. Like a quote I read from Dr. Catharine Meads, with Medical News Today, that said, “If music was a drug, it would be marketable.” And she added, “Music is a noninvasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be made available to everyone undergoing surgery.” But I ask you. Has music ever been offered as a part of your health protocol?
That study at Brunel University isn’t an exception. There are plenty of other studies that show the positive effects music has against pain. Like a study, in Denmark, back in 2014, that showed how music could be beneficial for patients with fibromyalgia.
Patients, who suffered from that muscle and joint pain, listened to calm, relaxing music of their own choice. And their pain reduced while their functional mobility increased “significantly.” And they experienced “less pleasure from listening to their favorite son when given Naltrexone.” That’s a drug that blocks opioid signals. So that seems to further support the idea that music triggers the release of opioids to ease your pain.
As I read those reports, I noticed the researchers shy away from how and why music can have such positive effects against anxiety, pain, and mobility.
Data addicts tend to do that.
They say they “believe” that music might trigger release of opioids (your body’s natural pain relievers) in the brain. But they’re completely in the dark as to how that could be. My guess is that’s because feasible answers don’t line up with their evolutionary worldview. I mean, c’mon. How could opioids evolve? Imagine creatures suffering humongous headaches for millions of years while they waited for opioids to evolve in their bodies.
On second thought, don’t waste your time imagining that. Focus instead on the One with the answers to…
Why is the sky blue?
And why is the grass green?
Why is the sun gold?
What does it all mean?
Why is the air clear?
And why is the ground brown?
Why does the earth float and never fall down?
‘Cause God made skies.
He made them blue.
He made the world for me and you
And all because it pleased Him to.
God loves us through and through.
Why is a horse fast?
And why is a snail slow?
Why does it get cold when Northern winds blow?
Why is the sea green?
And why is the sand white?
And why is the day day?
Why is the night night?
Cause God made creatures big and small,
And sand and seas; He made them all.
And even if we trip and fall
God helps us to stand tall.
God’s love is always there.
His love will never die.
And so you can trust in Him
For all your questions why…
No-cost, low-cost, and premium ways you can help me spread the Word…
Tell everybody you know to Jump on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon
(emails with good stuff for Fa-Ree)
Get my Rhyme & Reason Podcast delivered right to your device. (also Fa-Ree)
Get digital Bible stuff from the same company I do.
Grab yourself an un-cool T-shirt
Or how about some music for believers, dreamers, and thinkers