Cancer Hijacks the Microbiome to Glut Itself on Sugar

Cancer Hijacks the Microbiome to Glut Itself on Glucose

Source: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Cancer needs energy to drive its out-of-control growth. It gets energy in the form of glucose, in fact consuming so much glucose that one method for imaging cancer simply looks for areas of extreme glucose consumption — where there is consumption, there is cancer. But how does cancer get this glucose? A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today in the journal Cancer Cell shows that leukemia undercuts the ability of normal cells to consume glucose, thus leaving more glucose available to feed its own growth.

“Leukemia cells create a diabetic-like condition that reduces glucose going to normal cells, and as a consequence, there is more glucose available for the leukemia cells. Literally, they are stealing glucose from normal cells to drive growth of the tumor,” says Craig Jordan, PhD, investigator at University of Colorado Cancer Center, division chief of the Division of Hematology and the Nancy Carroll Allen Professor of Hematology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Like diabetes, cancer’s strategies depend on insulin. Healthy cells need insulin to use glucose. In diabetes, either the pancreas under-produces insulin or tissues cannot not respond to insulin and so cells are left starved for energy while glucose builds up in the blood. The current study shows that leukemia goes about creating similar conditions of glucose buildup in two ways.

First, tumor cells trick fat cells into over-producing a protein called IGFBP1. This protein makes healthy cells less sensitive to insulin, meaning that when IGFBP1 is high, it takes more insulin to use glucose than it does when IGFBP1 is low. Unless the supply of insulin goes up, high IGFBP1 means that the glucose consumption of healthy cells goes down. (This protein may also be a link in the chain connecting cancer and obesity: The more fat cells, the more IGFBP1, and the more glucose is available to the cancer.)

Of course, cancer has a second strategy that ensures insulin production does not go up to meet the need created by increased IGFBP1. In fact, cancers turn insulin production down. In large part, they do this in the gut.

“In the course of doing this systemic analysis, we realized that some of the factors that help regulate glucose are made by the gut or bacteria in the gut. We looked there and found that the composition of the microbiome in leukemic animals was different than in control mice,” Jordan says.

One major difference in the guts of leukemic mice was the lack of a specific kind of bacteria known as bacteroids. These bacteroids produce short-chain fatty acids that in turn feed the health of cells lining your gut. Without bacteroids, gut health suffers. And the current study shows that without bacteroids, gut health suffers in ways that specifically aid cancer.

One way is the loss of hormones called incretins. When blood glucose gets high, for example after you eat, your gut releases incretins, which tamp down blood glucose, reducing it back into the normal range. Working through the gut, leukemia inactivates these incretins, allowing blood glucose to remain higher than it should. Leukemia also nixes the activity of serotonin. Serotonin is well-known as a “feel good” chemical that helps to regulate mood and is found in many antidepressants. But serotonin is also essential for the manufacture of insulin in the pancreas, and by attacking serotonin, leukemia reduces insulin production (and thus, down the line, glucose use).

The result of less insulin secretion and less insulin sensitivity is that cancer undercuts healthy cells’ use of insulin from both sides: Healthy cells need more insulin, just as there is less insulin available. Less insulin use by healthy cells leaves more glucose for the cancer.

“It’s a classic parasite trick: Take advantage of something the host does and subvert it for your own purposes,” Jordan says.

Interestingly, just as a parasite might eat a host’s food leading to malnourishment, cancer’s energy theft may play a role in the fatigue and weight loss common in cancer patients.

“The fairly prevalent observation is that cancer patients have a condition called cachexia, basically wasting away — you lose weight. If cancers are inducing systemic changes that result in depletion of normal energy stores, this could be part of that story,” Jordan says.

However, Jordan and colleagues including first author Haobin Ye, PhD, not only showed how leukemia dysregulates healthy cells’ glucose consumption, but also showed how to “re-regulate” this consumption.

“When we administered agents to recalibrate the glucose system, we found that we could restore glucose regulation and slow the growth of leukemia cells,” Ye says.

These “agents” were surprisingly low-tech. One was serotonin. Another was tributyrin, a fatty acid found in butter and other foods. Serotonin supplementation replaced the serotonin nixed by leukemia and tributyrin helped to replace the short-chain fatty acids that were absent due to loss of bacteroids.


The group calls the combination Ser-Tri therapy. And they show that it is more than a theory. Ser-Tri therapy led to the recovery of insulin levels and reduction of IGFPB1. And leukemic mice treated with Ser-Tri therapy lived longer than those without. Twenty-two days after leukemia was introduced in mice, all of the untreated mice had died, while more than half of the mice treated with Ser-Tri were still alive.

The continuing line of work shows that cancer may depend on the ability to out-compete healthy cells for limited energy. Healthy tissues have strategies to regulate insulin, glucose and other factors controlling energy consumption; cancer cells have strategies to subvert this regulation with the goal of making more energy available for their own use.

“We now have evidence that what we observed in our mouse models is also true for leukemia patients.” Ye says.

Understanding these mechanisms that cancer uses to unbalance the body’s system of energy in their favor is helping doctors and researchers learn to thumb the scale in favor of healthy cells.

“This furthers the notion that you can do things systemically to disfavor leukemia cells and favor normal tissue,” Jordan says. “This could be part of limiting growth of tumors.”


Source: Garth Sundem – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Original Research: Abstract for “Subversion of Systemic Glucose Metabolism as a Mechanism to Support the Growth of Leukemia Cells” by Haobin Ye, Biniam Adane, Nabilah Khan, Erica Alexeev, Nichole Nusbacher, Mohammad Minhajuddin, Brett M. Stevens, Amanda C. Winters, Xi Lin, John M. Ashton, Enkhtsetseg Purev, Lianping Xing, Daniel A. Pollyea, Catherine A. Lozupone, Natalie J. Serkova, Sean P. Colgan, and Craig T. Jordan in Cancer Cell. Published September 27 2018.

Vitamin C inhibits synthesis of a molecule essential for bacteria survival

Vitamin C inhibits the synthesis of a molecule essential for bacteria survival

That vitamin C, an anti-oxidant agent, boosts and strengthens immunity is well known. Its ability to speed-up recovery from tuberculosis and impede the TB causing bacteria from causing disease, and even kill the bacteria in culture at high concentration are also known. Now, a study by a team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has found the molecular mechanism by which vitamin C impedes and even kills Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic bacterium that belongs to the same genus as the TB-causing mycobacteria. The results were published in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters.

Stress response

During times of stress or hostile conditions, such as increased temperature and presence of antibiotics, bacteria tend to come together and form a biofilm to protect themselves. The stress response pathway is crucial for bacteria to survive during hostile conditions. So blocking this pathway is a sure way of killing the bacteria.

In mycobacterium, the (p)ppGpp (Guanosine pentaphospahte or Guanosine tetraphosphate) is a key molecule in the stress response pathway. The (p)ppGpp is synthesised by Rel protein, which in turn is made by the Rel gene.

The team led by Dipankar Chatterji from the Molecular Biophysics Unit at IISc looked at the effects of vitamin C on the stress response pathway. “We chose vitamin C because its structure is similar to (p)ppGpp,” says Prof. Chatterji. “So we hypothesised that vitamin C should be competing to bind to the Rel enzyme and inhibiting (p)ppGpp synthesis.”

To test their hypothesis, the researchers conducted experiments using M. smegmatis. M. smegmatis is used as a model organism for TB-causing Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Role of vitamin C

In vitro studies showed “significant” inhibition of (p)ppGpp synthesis in the presence of vitamin C. The inhibition level was seen to increase as the vitamin C concentration increased. The more the vitamin C concentration, the greater the possibility of vitamin C binding to the Rel enzyme, thus inhibiting (p)ppGpp synthesis. At about 10 mM concentration, the synthesis of (p)ppGpp molecule was completely inhibited.

The binding of vitamin C to the Rel enzyme is weak and this explains why high concentration of vitamin C is needed to inhibit (p)ppGpp synthesis.

“Using Mycobacterial cells we found that 1 mM of vitamin C produced 50% inhibition in (p)ppGpp synthesis. Vitamin C is able to get inside cells and inhibit (p)ppGpp synthesis,” says Kirtimaan Syal from IISc, the first author of the paper.

When 2 mM of vitamin C was added, “significant” defect in biofilm formation was seen. There was more than 50% reduction in viability of cells in a matter of four days when M. smegmatis was treated with 2mM of vitamin C. The viability of cells reduced even further with time, raising the possibility of therapeutic implications.

In the early literature, vitamin C deficiency was associated with pneumonia. After its identification, a number of studies investigated the effects of vitamin C on diverse infections. A total of 148 animal studies indicated that vitamin C may alleviate or prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. The most extensively studied human infection is the common cold. Vitamin C administration does not decrease the average incidence of colds in the general population, yet it halved the number of colds in physically active people. Regularly administered vitamin C has shortened the duration of colds, indicating a biological effect. However, the role of vitamin C in common cold treatment is unclear. Two controlled trials found a statistically significant dose–response, for the duration of common cold symptoms, with up to 6–8 g/day of vitamin C. Thus, the negative findings of some therapeutic common cold studies might be explained by the low doses of 3–4 g/day of vitamin C. Three controlled trials found that vitamin C prevented pneumonia. Two controlled trials found a treatment benefit of vitamin C for pneumonia patients. One controlled trial reported treatment benefits for tetanus patients. The effects of vitamin C against infections should be investigated further.

Vitamin C Has Effects on the Immune System

Vitamin C levels in white blood cells are tens of times higher than in plasma, which may indicate functional roles of the vitamin in these immune system cells. Vitamin C has been shown to affect the functions of phagocytes, production of interferon, replication of viruses, and maturation of T-lymphocytes, etc. in laboratory studies [,,,,]. Some of the effects of vitamin C on the immune system may be non-specific and in some cases other antioxidants had similar effects.

The Diverse Biochemical, Physiological, and Psychological Effects of Vitamin C

Biochemistry textbooks usually mention the role of vitamin C in collagen hydroxylation. However, the survival time of vitamin C deficient guinea pigs was extended by carnitine [] and by glutathione [], which indicates that scurvy is not solely explained by defects in collagen hydroxylation, and it is not clear whether hydroxylation is important at all in explaining scurvy []. Vitamin C participates in the enzymatic synthesis of dopamine, carnitine, a number of neuroendocrine peptides, etc. [,,,,]. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, as mentioned above.

Experimentally induced vitamin C deficiency leads to depression and fatigue [,]. Recently, vitamin C was reported to improve the mood of acutely hospitalized patients [,]. Such effects cannot be explained by collagen metabolism, and vitamin C effects on the immune system are not plausible explanations either. Instead, the effects of vitamin C on the neuroendocrine system or carnitine metabolism might explain such effects. Thus, if vitamin C has beneficial effects on patients with infections, that does not unambiguously indicate that these effects are mediated by the immune system per se.

The Effects of Antioxidants against Infections May Be Heterogeneous

It is quite a common assumption that the effects of vitamins are uniform. Thus, if there is benefit, it is often assumed that the same benefit applies to all people. However, it seems much more likely that the effects of vitamins, including vitamin C, vary between people depending on biology and their lifestyle. Thus, it is possible that there are benefits (or harms) restricted to special conditions or to particular people. In the case of vitamin E, there is very strong evidence for the heterogeneity in its effects on pneumonia [,] and on the common cold []. Although the factors modifying the effects of vitamin E cannot be extrapolated to vitamin C, it seems probable that there is comparable heterogeneity in the effects of vitamin C.

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Ultrasound kills bacteria , frequency and music killing cancer cells

I believe in the healing power of heat, vibrations and frequencies, sound, music, and light. Our nerves can be healed by light energy and sound. Each organism, human cell or cancer cell has unique frequency that can grow or die when subjected to different frequencies.


After over a year of searching, Holland found the exact frequency that would shatter the cancer cells. Interestingly, two frequencies, one high and one low but both in “harmonic resonance” with each other, seemed to do the trick. … Pancreatic cancer cells were destroyed at between 100,000 and 300,000 Hz.

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Sonication of bacterial suspensions at a frequency of 20 kHz induces an initial decline in cell numbers for E. coli and Kl. pneumonia during the first 5 min, which can be ascribed to the sensitivity of bacterial strains to ultrasonic treatment. There was a continuous reduction in the number of live cells over 15 min sonication (Joyce et al. 2003). However, at the higher frequency of 580 kHz, an initial increase was observed which was more pronounced in Kl. pneumonia, which is because of the deagglomeration effects of power ultrasound (Duckhouse et al. 2004).

Results presented in Figs 3 and 4 illustrate a significant effect for low-frequency ultrasound on bacterial cell viability (Joyce et al. 2003). Tests with a 20 kHz probe illustrate a greater effect on cell viability compared with a 40 kHz bath.

It has been widely reported that the acoustic frequency is an important factor which influences size and formation of cavitation bubbles (Mason 1999Mason and Lorimer 2001). For low ultrasonic frequencies (20 kHz) entering a reaction solution, large cavitation bubbles will form which on collapse generate high energy. However, at higher frequencies (580 kHz), the acoustic cycle is shorter thus giving less time for cavitation bubble formation. Hence, the bubbles are smaller and collapse with less energy (Joyce et al. 2003). Therefore, bacterial suspensions treated with 20 kHz ultrasound experience significantly larger mechanical and thermal effects than those treated at 580 kHz, whereas the reverse is true for the chemical effects arising from free radical formation.

The sensitivity of bacteria to sonication is affected by medium composition, viscosity, sound transfer and power distribution within the reaction solution. However, other solution components such as organic solvents will slowly decompose during sonication, providing minor contributions to sonochemical reactions (Tiehm et al. 2001Lee et al. 2009). It has also been reported that the shape of bacteria has a significant effect on their sensitivity to ultrasonic treatments. Generally, large bacteria are more sensitive to sonication than small bacteria because of the large surface area subjected to ultrasound. Cocci/spherical bacteria are more resistance to sonication treatments than bacilli/rod shaped bacteria.

The results herein indicate a significant reduction in live/viable bacterial cell numbers after 15 min treatment at low frequencies. The inactivation with a 20 kHz probe was greater than with a 40 kHz bath. This indicates that the direct insertion of an ultrasonic probe tip into the reaction suspension provides more direct and powerful energy to the system. Although flow cytometry data were comparable to viable plate count techniques, the percentage of live cells appeared higher. This observation is considered to be almost certainly because of the ability of flow cytometry to identify and count bacteria as single cells, whereas viable plate counts only enumerate colony forming units (CFUs) which can be either single bacterial cells or agglomerates of cells.

Flow cytometry has an additional advantage over more traditional viable plate counts; in that, this method quantifies bacterial cells into different population (live/viable and dead). This increases our understanding on bacterial viability in terms of metabolic activity and cell wall integrity i.e. viable but nonculturable populations.


The effect of power ultrasound treatment on bacterial viability was a combination of declumping and inactivation but the overall effect is dependent on the frequency employed. Plate count methods have shown that exposure of E. coli and Kl. pneumonia suspensions to ultrasound in the lower frequency range (20–40 kHz) results in an immediate and continuous reduction in CFUs. When a higher frequency (580 kHz) is employed at a similar acoustic intensity, plate counts reveal within the first 5 min a declumping effect in both E. coli and Kl. pneumonia but the overall effect on both species over a longer period of 15 min was a small reduction in CFUs. The reduction at 580 kHz was significantly less than that obtained at lower frequencies (20 and 40 kHz).

Following ultrasonic treatment, flow cytometry facilitates rapid sorting of bacterial cells into different populations of live/viable cells and dead cells (Foladori et al. 2007). This methodology has been compared with more conventional techniques using viable plate counts. Results indicate flow cytometry has a greater sensitivity (up to fivefold) compared with viable plate counts. At lower frequencies of 20 and 40 kHz, both E. coli and Kl. pneumonia showed a significant decline in bacterial cell numbers by both methods. High-frequency ultrasound (580 kHz) shows little inactivation of these bacteria by either method. However, viable plate counts reveal an initial deagglomeration of the bacteria which is not visible using flow cytometry. It is suggested that the flow system employed in the flow cytometry provides sufficient turbulence to deagglomerate bacterial clumps, so that only single cells are enumerated.

TEM images clearly illustrate ultrasonic treatments have a significant effect on bacterial cell structure.


This work was supported by Iraqi ministry of higher education (CA 290 1.02.2007). Authors thank Mr Ian Portman (Biological Department, Warwick University) for TEM assistance and Dr Aftab Hussain (Coventry University) for flow cytometry assistance.

The Healing Power of Sound
by Constance Demby

Throughout the ages, sound and music, originally a highly developed science in the ancient mystery schools, have been used as vehicles for healing. This healing was based on concepts of life that recognized vibration as the fundamental creative force.

Sound and Light are the building blocks of the universe, the very framework upon which all of creation is hung. Every molecule of matter is intoning its tone. Every leaf, atom, particle, planet, galaxy, every cell in our body is humming it own tune. Even as we were being born, as our bodies were being formed a chord was being intoned, our own individual chord

From Sharing Health From the Heart Inc.“Royal Raymond Rife, a researcher in San Diego in the early part of the 20th century, sucessfully eliminated cancer and other diseases using an electronic device he invented that emitted specific frequencies…”

Dr. Hulda Clark, Ph.D., N.D., and author of The Cure For All Cancers, “studied the work of Rife and learned that every living creature has a vibration…”


Music affects the physical body in profound ways. Sound waves enter into our physical body and move atoms around, rearranging our cellular structure and putting us back in order. Music – in its higher forms – has the power to lower blood pressure, alter the breathing rate, reorganize and harmonize molecular structure, elevate mood, take us beyond the everyday world to the spiritual world, transform consciousness and ultimately liberate our spirit.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Nietzsche

Some music will actually diss-arrange or de-range the embodiment, and there have been studies done by Dorothy Retallack on plants to prove this. Dorothy placed three groups of plants in glass enclosures, and played various types of music to the plants for a period of 30 days. The first group of plants were played acid rock music, and actually leaned away from the speakers in an attempt to get away from the sounds, becoming disheveled, with stunted growth. The second group of plants listened to Bach and similar music, and experienced better than normal growth. The third group was played devotional music, and leaned towards the speakers, twining around the speaker wires to get closer to the sound. They had the most luxurious growth and most organized coherent patterns of all. Dorothy’s comment on the experiment, in regards to the first group of plants: “If this is what this music does to plants, what is it doing to our children?”

-From an energetic standpoint, the human body, when weakened or shifted from equilibrium, oscillates at a different and less harmonious frequency than when healthy. This abnormal frequency reflects a general state of cellular energetic imbalance within the physical body. When a weakened individual is unable to shift their energetic mode to the needed frequency a certain amount of subtle energetic help may be needed. When supplied with a dose of the needed energetic frequency, it allows the cellular bioenergetic systems to resonate in the proper vibrational mode, thereby throwing off the toxicities of the illness.
Richard Gerber, M.D. states in his book “Vibrational Medicine,”:

experiment with sound and magnetic frequencies

There is a report of doctors in the south of France who prescribe specific pieces of music to be listened to three times a day in place of medicine. There are reports of cows yielding more milk when played classical music in the barn. Higher consciousness music enhances life affirming decisions and results. Lower vibration music can direct the listener towards negative destructive thoughts and sometimes even suicide.

” A tone is a living cell… It is a microcosm reflecting faithfully the macrocosm, its laws, its center. A tone is a solar system.” – Dane Rudyar

Music holds the key to remembering our origin and reconnecting with source. Our spirit, regardless of nationality, creed, time or space recognizes sound as the doorway to the infinite. Hence, music is the universal language.

“Sound is God – Nada Brahma”.

The image on the right plots the frequencies against the relative magnitude of the sound of a didgeridoo. As you can see the strongest frequencies of a typical didj are in the 50-200 Hertz range (the two big spikes on the left) with several harmonics going up to about 1000Hertz. What is interesting is that the didj also seems to produce near infra-sound as is indicated by the small spike near 0 Hertz, especially if you consider that our brain waves are in the 2-20 hertz range.

Dis-ease, dis-harmony within the cells, is ultimately spiritual in nature. The separated self, feeling separate from Source, begins creating dis-ease-ment from this feeling of separateness. Certain kinds of music can help one remember that connection with Source, and the listener can only go as high, as deep and as wide as the composer went when receiving and composing the music.

“Through music, one can reach God.” Ravi Shankar


Vibration is the basis of life. Every sound you ever made echoes still. Sound waves never entirely disappear. Every part of our body has its own frequency. Resonance occurs when frequencies come into synchronization. Different frequencies influence genes and cells. Form is created by underlying vibration. A solid is actually a wave, created and organized by pulse.

Sound energy can be used to heal when entities vibrating at different frequencies come into resonance with one another. Sound can trigger memories, release past memories, stimulate joy.

The difference between physical matter and etheric matter is only a difference of frequency.
-Because of their differing inherent frequencies, physical and etheric matter can coexist in the same space, just as radio and TV waves can pass through the same space without interference.
Dr. Gerber

Find your inner hum in the center of your being and let it resonate through your body. Music mimics nature, the cells, the organs the internal workings of the body. Ideas are sound when they ring true. We each have a unique tone. Our body needs attunement. Our wounds must be opened to release.


Genesis tells us that God began the process of creation by speaking. He said, “Let there be light,” and the universe began


Is sound so powerful? Well, sound does more than ripple through our eardrums. We know it can be a dramatic destructive force-the high-pitched note that shatters a wineglass, the sonic boom that cracks plaster, the gunshot that sets off an avalanche.

Scientists are now researching sound’s impact on the brain. Certain kinds of classical music, like BachMozart and Beethoven, have a range of positive effects, including temporarily raising IQ, expanding memory and speeding learning. Some alternative medical practitioners are experimenting with using specific tones to heal the organs. Other researchers are looking at the effects of some of the sounds that originate in the human voice box-prayer and chanting

For centuries, mystics have been telling us that sound actually creates matter (A mystic is someone who seeks direct contact or union with God.) The mystics believe the world is a reflection of infinite combinations of sound patterns. They say that all things-from the biggest star to the smallest flower and even you and I-are coagulations of sound waves.

Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor is Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center, which is affiliated with New York Hospital. Since 1991, he has used sound as a complementary therapy, treating patients with crystal singing bowls, chanting, and music. Gaynor presents solid evidence of the medicinal capacities of sound across cultures and wisdom traditions. Examples include the vocalizations of shamans, the songlines of Australian aborigines, Hindu oceans of vibrations, the Kabbalistic belief that the universe reverberates with heavenly song, and the Sufi practice of sound as “food for the soul.”

This may be difficult to understand, let alone believe. But science has provided some corroboration for the mystics’ assertion. On a cosmic scale, there may be evidence that sound has left its imprint on the galaxies. Some scientists argue that the galaxies are not arranged at random but in a regular pattern of clusters. Now researchers are suggesting that it was primordial sound waves that helped create this pattern of clusters.

On a smaller scale, Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist, passed sound waves through various kinds of malleable matter, such as paste and sand. When we look at the patterns created by these waves, we can begin to imagine how creation by sound might occur.

The following video clips demonstrate how sound has the ability to create and animate three-dimensional shapes.

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How can sound and music be used for healing?

In order to understand this question, we must go back to understanding the basic principle of how sound can be used for healing. To do this, we must become aware of three things:

1. That everything in the universe is in a state of vibration. Everything is in motion and produces a sound or frequency. This includes the various parts of our body, organs, bones, tissue, etc.

2. When we are in a state of “sound” health, everything in our bodies is vibrating in resonance or harmony with itself. When something is vibrating out of harmony, we call this “disease”.

3. Sound is an energy that can entrain or change the vibrational rate of objects. Therefore, if something is vibrating out of tune or harmony, it is possible to create the correct, natural “resonant” frequency of the out of tune object, project it to that out of tune portion and cause it to vibrate back to its normal, healthy state.

I like to use the metaphor of the body being this wonderful orchestra that, when in a state of health, is playing this “Suite of the Self”, creating an overall harmonic of health. But what happens if the 2nd violin player looses their sheet music? They begin to play out of tune, out of rhythm, out of harmony. Pretty soon the entire string section sounds off. Pretty soon the whole orchestra sounds funky. This is what happens when imbalances or disease sets in. But what if it were possible to restore the sheet music back to this violin player? What if it were possible to project the correct resonant frequency back into the part of the body body and cause it vibrate back into health. This is the basic principle of using sound and music to heal.


And how could this be done?

There are a number of different ways to do this. The frequency, or frequencies, could be projected into the body via an instrument creating this sound. There are other devices, as well as different recordings and devices that either project the frequency into the body, or into the brain (via the ear). These seem to be effective as well.


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