Tinnitus And The Brain

Tinnitus and the brain

By Rafaele Joudry

 

Tinnitus is the condition where a phantom noise is heard inside the head with no external cause. The noise can be anything form ringing to buzzing, roaring, whistling, popping or clanging. Ringing is the most common. The sound may come on gradually or suddenly and it may be intermittent or constant.

Tinnitus is the name of the condition or symptom, so while there may be many causes, if you have noise in your head, it is called tinnitus, just as a pain in your head is called a headache, regardless of the cause.

 

For many years tinnitus was considered untreatable and the advice given by doctors and tinnitus associations was simply “you will have to learn to live with it.”

 

However, many pioneering researchers have been quietly working on this problem so it is no longer necessary to take a fatalistic attitude. Several treatments are now available which may help different individuals.

 

Though tinnitus is generally caused by damage to the ear, either through noise exposure, injury, illness or drug side effects, this article focuses on the more complex question of how the brain is involved.

 

One possible cause of tinnitus is an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour on the auditory nerve. A specialist will perform tests to eliminate this possibility and if an acoustic neuroma is present, will monitor the tumour and may recommend surgery. However, this condition is relatively rare and there are many other possible causes of tinnitus.

 

 

The limbic system

Respected Sydney ENT, Professor Gibson, explains the role of the limbic system in tinnitus. The limbic system is the part of the brain that generates primitive, instinctive emotions, those ones which occur before reasoned thinking even has a chance to start.

 

Whilst tinnitus is usually generated first by noise damage, it then travels to the limbic system, which acts as a big amplifier. Most international tinnitus experts are now focusing on the limbic system as a major player in the tinnitus cycle.

 

We can understand the role of the limbic system better by looking at a couple of examples. When an animal gets scared its ears pop up and this actually increases its level of hearing because of the extra amplification given by the brain. In humans this is the mechanism that makes us “spooky.” Imagine you are walking along through a graveyard and somebody, a friend, goes “Boo” and you clutch your skin. It’s not because your ears are working better, it’s because your brain amplifies the sound. The problem, as Professor Gibson explains, is that the tinnitus will be more or less amplified by activity in the limbic system, so depending on how focused you are on that sound, the sound will become louder or softer. If you’re threatened by the sound then the brain makes it louder. Therefore those who are alarmed or distressed by their tinnitus will find that it becomes worse.

 

Counselling and cognitive retraining helps you to re-evaluate the tinnitus as an unimportant sound. The limbic system, that part of the brain concerned with emotion and learning, can then be calmed, and the perpetual sound may decrease or even disappear. Meditation or other forms of mental training such as bio feedback, tai chi or chi gung can achieve similar effects, as can calming activities such as Sound Therapy or a relaxing holiday.

 

Chronic pain syndrome

Chiropractic neurologist Ted Carrick has created a new and exciting field of treatment, sensory therapy, which stays away from drugs or surgery. He treats neurological disorders through non invasive intervention using the sensory pathways, kinaesthetic, auditory, visual and vestibular (balance). Along with chronic pain specialists, he asks the question, “why does the pain continue long after the injury occurred?”

 

The answer seems to lie in the fact that all our body parts are constantly sending signals to the brain along our nerve pathways. However, when a body part, say a foot, is injured, that foot stops sending those messages that were letting the brain know, “yes, I’m here, I have five toes, I’m bearing weight, I’m OK” etc. When those familiar messages cease, the brain assumes the foot has been injured or there is something wrong, so it creates another signal, a distress signal, called “pain.” In the healing process, if the foot does not regain full function, if there is scarring, or nerves have been severed, or there is damage that doesn’t heal, the normal signals never resume, so it is possible that the pain signal will continue on and on. Experts now think that the same thing may be happening with tinnitus. Perhaps part of the ear is damaged, say by industrial deafness, so a sound signal is missing in certain frequencies. The brain has to compensate for that lack of signal, so replaces it with tinnitus.

 

Chronic tinnitus

There is a parallel between chronic tinnitus and chronic pain. One simple form of sensory therapy, which has been found helpful for both chronic pain and tinnitus, is Sound Therapy. Sound is a direct and easy way to stimulate the brain. A French ENT, Dr Tomatis, used highly filtered classical music with augmented high frequencies to produce global brain reactivation. It has been observed that this regular stimulation which reconnects many parts of the brain, seems to provide the necessary signal so the brain can let go of its repetitive chronic pain or tinnitus signal. Those with chronic pain from old injuries or phantom pain from amputation have achieved complete relief through Sound Therapy, as have those with long term chronic tinnitus.

 

 

Hyperactive brain cells

Eric Jordan, a hearing specialist in the UK, performed trials with Sound Therapy to measure its effect on tinnitus. After testing numerous patients over a two year period he concluded that 90% of them gained relief from Sound Therapy. He attributed this success primarily to the fact that Sound Therapy calmed hyperactive brain cells, also helping to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. He found that it was much more effective than tinnitus maskers, a technique commonly offered by audiologists where an external sound distracts the attention away form the internal tinnitus.

 

Sound Therapy

Several researchers have developed ways of treating the ears with sound. The first method was the tinnitus masker which was developed by a doctor who had tinnitus himself. He noticed that when he was standing beside a fountain he could not hear his tinnitus and this gave him a sense of relief. He then developed a little device that could be worn in the ear to develop a sound that would match and drown out the tinnitus. This provided temporary relief, but only while the device was being worn.

 

A more effective treatment was developed accidentally by Dr Alfred Tomatis, the inventor of Sound Therapy. His method, intended originally to help singers sing better, stimulates the ear with a range of frequencies within the complex structure of classical music. Because this music is stimulating and pleasant for the brain, it activates many different parts of the brain simultaneously.

 

The limbic system is involved as the emotions are engaged by the music, the sensory pathways are activated due to the extra stimulation of the high frequencies. The ear is connected via the cranial nerves to all the other senses and many internal organs including the heart and the digestive system. Therefore stimulating the ear with music engages numerous brain centres in a harmonised way. The entire nervous system is both calmed and enlivened, creating a better environment in which the body can heal from a troubling, stress related condition like tinnitus.

 

Ordinary music would not achieve this to the same extent. It is the specific filtering applied by Dr Tomatis to the sound that brings about a new gymnastic response of the ear, opening sensory pathways and activating brain systems that may have fallen into limited usage. Therefore the therapy helps to interrupt patterns of chronic worry, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, insomnia and depression. All these conditions are related to inadequate performance of certain sensory pathways or brain systems, and may sometimes be linked to tinnitus as well.

 

Sound Therapy can be used as a portable system at home, making it affordable and convenient. The full details on how the program was developed and can be used to treat tinnitus are available in the book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your brain, by the Australian author and educator, Rafaele Joudry. She has also written a recovery handbook for tinnitus sufferers, Triumph Over Tinnitus, which documents many case histories and delves in to a variety of available treatments for tinnitus.

 

The books are available through libraries, bookstores or from Sound Therapy International, Phone: 1300 55 77 96 website: www.soundtherapyinternational.com

Sound Therapy Helps Anxiety And Depression

Sound Therapy helps anxiety and depression

 

We hear about depression being the emerging epidemic of the 21st Century.

Clinical depression with its symptoms of despair, guilt, exhaustion and anxiety is affecting increasing numbers of people. Severe sufferers find it hard to become motivated or enthusiastic about life.

 

Rising rates of teen suicide are an alarming warning that depression is growing rapidly. Current trends show that by 2020 depression will be a greater threat to human health than heart disease or cancer.

The good news is, new solutions are now available to families in Sydney’s west which can make these problems much more manageable.

 

The spiral begins, according to counsellor, Karen Quinn of Change Counselling in Blacktown, because people don’t know how to deal with life’s problems. This leaves them feeling anxious, depressed and out of control.

 

Karen has a special interest in helping families in the western suburbs. She explained that troubled family break-ups or conflict in relationships can leave people with a lot of unresolved feelings. “This affects our quality of relationships at work or play. Strong and troubled feelings come out in our behaviour and negative patterns repeat themselves,” she said.

 

Post natal depression, experienced by up to 14% of women, may result from hormonal changes and difficulties adjusting to new demands. Sometimes what’s holding us back is unfinished business like past or current emotional traumas. “Counselling can help you when you are ready and motivated,” says Karen.

 

Karen helps her clients to become more aware and learn new ways of dealing with tricky situations. She has found ways of speeding up the process, so a lot can be achieved in a short time. “I introduce my clients to Sound Therapy,” she explained, “because it helps reorganise your reaction to early memories, clears your thinking and makes you calmer and happier! It is a drug free treatment that can bring relief and also helps to address the deeper issues.”

 

Sound Therapy is a home based listening program that is pleasant and easy to do. Karen Quinn at Change Counselling is happy to receive enquiries from people in need of help. Ph 02 9676 4333.

 

 

 

Sound Therapy For Children With Hearing Loss

Sound Therapy for children with hearing loss

 

In the world of hearing impairment very little attention is given to the possibility of actually improving natural ear function. Today, parents of hearing impaired children are well informed about hearing aids and special educational options but not much attention is paid to the question of whether the child’s hearing could be improved through natural means. With the greater emphasis on prevention and holistic care moving into many fields of health, it is time to explore what can be done to help the ear function better.

 

Rafaele Joudry, founder and Director of Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd is the author of two books on Sound Therapy and a booklet for children entitled Listening Helps Learning. Rafaele has a commitment to assisting adults and children to improve their hearing and learning ability through natural means.

 

“Improved aural functioning is a possibility for some children and adults if the right supportive therapies are given,” says Rafaele. Her research has indicated that in some cases chiropractic treatment or cranial osteopathy can have a major impact on hearing loss in a child. A misalignment of the neck or cranial damage from birth can put undue pressure on the cranial nerves which can be quickly remedied with a few treatments.

 

Nutrition is also an important factor in hearing. All organs depend on the right balance of nutrients, enzymes and minerals for their optimum functioning. Ensuring these are available at all stages of development is particularly crucial when assisting a child with a sensory deficiency such as hearing loss. According to Rafaele Joudry, the ear is a very nutrient rich organ which needs high concentrations of anti oxidants and the right balance of trace minerals to work at optimum function. The difficulty of getting children to eat all the right foods is well known, so Sound Therapy International also recommends a selection of supplements to complement the Sound Therapy program. If young people get the right nutrients this has been found to have significant impact on hearing levels in some cases.[1]

 

The most specific and relevant therapy for hearing improvement is Sound Therapy. The French ear specialist, Dr AA Tomatis developed, throughout his lifetime, a listening program which assists ear function and auditory perception. [2] The program, known simply as Sound Therapy is now used or recommended by almost two hundred  practitioners in Australia. It can be used at home or school, while travelling sleeping, reading or during other normal daily activities. Different practitioners find a variety of uses and benefits for the program.

 

Julia Dive, a mum and casual tutor says: “I’m passionate about Sound Therapy because it works, because it helps my son and because it helps me and I think because of the way I came into working with children with learning problems. The direction I took with that is fairly unique. Sound Therapy fits in really well with all the other things I’ve learned about the vestibular system and how important your balance and all your other senses are in learning to read and write. If you don’t have certain things in place, reading and writing becomes too hard, you can’t do it.  Sound Therapy helps to establish some of those pathways that for some reason or other, some children miss out on establishing. Essentially I’m passionate about education, and so I guess I’m passionate about Sound Therapy because I see it as a prime tool for helping kids who aren’t being able to reach their educational potential.”

 

 

Helen Milbourne, a former infant primary school teacher now owns and operates the Albury/Wodonga GymbaROO Centre. Helen immediately saw many potential applications for Sound Therapy for children: eg.  poor sleep, emotional problems, speech problems and many sensory/motor skill challenges as well as hearing issues.

The more she looked into Sound Therapy, the more she realised that by listening to this wonderful filtered music the brain is being stimulated and getting just as much of a workout as she was giving the children at GymbaROO. By offering Sound Therapy as well, she says, the children get a sort of “double whammy.”

 

Donna Alder, a teacher of  hearing impaired children says:

          “The children’s poetry tape has been a Godsend for my hearing impaired students. They love it! Their attention spans have increased dramatically since they have been listening regularly to the tape. My one very hyperactive youngster has settled down to her schoolwork because she knows she can listen to the tape as soon as she’s finished. The tape has become a reward!

          “It’s amazing to me that for the 35 years that I have been teaching hearing impaired children, this is the first auditory training tape that uses only speech to which the children can listen comfortably. Patricia’s speech is articulate and soothing. You have chosen the poems carefully so that they are amusing and hold the children’s interest as well.”

 

Here are a few answers to questions often posed about Sound Therapy and hearing loss.

 

Will Sound Therapy help severe hearing loss?

This is a difficult question as each case of hearing loss is completely unique, and so is the individual’s potential to heal. To take a position of optimism, if there is some hearing, then it may be possible to improve that hearing to some extent, especially in a young person. Every little bit of residual hearing is important to the hearing impaired person, so improving that even a little bit is worthwhile. The only way to improve ear function is to provide the ear with the right chemical (nutritional) and vibrational (sound) stimulus. The natural way to do this is with natural supplements and high frequency sound. These two inputs will work synergistically, meaning that each augments the impact of the other. People with severe hearing loss have reported improvements through Sound Therapy. Not only does it stimulate the actual ear function, the muscles and the cilia, it also reduces stress, gives a sense of being centred and makes concentration on the auditory stimulus easier.

 

Will Sound Therapy help someone with a cochlear implant?

We do not know the answer to this question yet, as we have not had direct feedback from implant users. However, since implant users can enjoy music, it is quite possible that Sound Therapy could help in the process of retraining the brain and adjusting to auditory stimulus. We have yet to see the results when some implant users decide to try Sound Therapy.

 

Why does Sound Therapy focus mainly on high frequencies?

Because the high frequencies are usually lost first, and because they are the most crucial for understanding speech and the subtle meaning — the mood of speech. The human ear can potentially hear up to 16,000 Hertz, or 20,000 at the very highest. It is these very high sounds that are particularly emphasised in Sound Therapy as they give most stimulation to the ear and also improve brain energy and auditory perception.

 

Why don’t they test for frequencies between 8k and 16k?

Hearing tests normally only go as high as 8,000 Hz for two reasons. One is that they are primarily concerned with sounds in the speech range which is mostly below 8,000 Hz. The other is that if a sound above 8,000 Hz is played too loud it can potentially damage the ear. Sound Therapy is never played very loud, but even at an inaudible level, the higher frequencies are stimulating the cilia and improving the responsiveness of the auditory system.

 

If someone has a loss above 8,000 Hz they would not seem deaf but their audio sensitivity and musical appreciation would be reduced. Sound Therapy can re-awaken the perception of these high frequencies and listeners with ‘normal’ hearing are often amazed and the sense of expanded auditory awareness they discover.

 

How does Sound Therapy help conductive hearing loss?

By exercising and strengthening the middle ear muscles. The hammer and stirrup muscles play an important role, according to Dr Tomatis, in controlling the type of sounds that reach the inner ear.[3] It has also been noted that those with difficulty equalizing their ear pressure or a persistent sense of blockage and fullness in the head achieve relief through Sound Therapy, once the middle ear muscles have regained their proper tone. This verifies Tomatis’s claim that Sound Therapy has a direct impact on middle ear function.

 

How does Sound Therapy help sensorineural hearing loss?

By gently stimulating the cilia and restoring their function. Sound Therapy is unique because it is the only place, apart from natural sounds such as birdsongs and frogs, where we hear concentrated doses of high frequency sounds at low volume. Most of the sound we hear today is machine noise which is nearly always in the low frequencies. Sound Therapy differs from nature sounds because it uses classical music made up of complex melodies, rhythms and harmonies, and is also rich in high frequencies, which have then been further augmented by the special recording program. Though clinically controlled experiments have not yet been done on hearing loss, sufficient numbers of listeners have reported improved hearing to indicate that Sound Therapy does achieve this in some cases.[4]

 

 

If I or my child uses a hearing aid how can we use Sound Therapy?

You can either listen with or without your hearing aid. It is recommended to use the aid about 50% of the time, depending on preference. By starting out with the aid you allow the muscles to be stimulated. Listening without the aid is also beneficial as this means more of the very high frequencies, above the range of the hearing aid, will get through.

 

For more information on how Sound Therapy can be applied to hearing issues for both children and adults, and how to obtain and use the program, readers are referred to the following books.

 

Why Aren’t I learning? by Rafaele Joudry

Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain  by Patricia Joudry and Rafaele Joudry

Triumph Over Tinnitus by Rafaele Joudry

 

These can be obtained through your local bookstore or from Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd. Phone (international +612) ( Aust 02) 4234-4534 or 1300 55 77 96

info@soundtherapyinternational.com

www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

 

 

 


[1] Yannik, Jr. Ph.D., Paul, Natural Relief from Tinnitus: Latest Discoveries in the Biochemistry of

[2] Tomatis, A.A. The Conscious Ear. Station Hill Press. New York, 1991.

 

[3] Tomatis, Ibid.

[4] Joudry, Patricia, and Joudry, Rafaele, Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain, Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd, Sydney 2001

 

Sound Therapy A Sensory Access To Higher Consciousness

Sound Therapy

A sensory access to higher consciousness

By Rafaele Joudry

 

We are in the physical body for a reason. This limited, mundane existence gives us concrete experience of cause and effect, which develops our strength, our wisdom and our soul.

 

We have been given extraordinary sensory pathways to enable us to learn about this world, and through it, about universal laws. Each of these sensory pathways can be developed as a route to higher consciousness. Some forms of meditation teach to focus on a candle, or an imaginary point of light, and through the intensifying of that light, samadhi comes. Other techniques use the physical senses, as in yoga or Vipassana meditation, and the more awareness is channelled through the physical sense, the more it leads to the opening of consciousness. Many forms of meditation use the mantra, or prayer, or sacred song to open up spiritual levels of our being. The sound current, reported by those who have reached a higher level of attunement, can be followed to cosmic consciousness.

 

Now a new technology is available to assist with opening on the auditory plane and speed spiritual development. Sound Therapy works in a very physical way by retraining the ear to be  responsive the full range of frequencies, especially the high frequencies. To be able to let the high frequencies into the inner ear, the muscles of the middle ear must be flexible and in good shape, so Sound Therapy provides a gymnastic workout for the middle ear muscles. This can cause a little mild pain, but it soon passes and often gives way to brighter, clearer hearing and a new sense of energy and aliveness. Once the ear is open, listeners report deeper meditations, increased intuitiveness and better memory.

 

Readers who use the method have reported their clairvoyance being heightened to a new level, an opening of the crown and third eye chakra and an improvement to overall physical wellbeing which also helps to open the spirit. Clairvoyants with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) have had this clear up which meant going into a trance was easier.

 

Sound Therapy was developed by the brilliant ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr Alfred Tomatis who found he could improve the vocal range of singers by rehabilitating their ears. Now, the program is available in a portable form that is easy to use, takes no time and can enhance sleep, work, concentration and communication. It is used on a portable player with headphones, but played at very low volume so it is not distracting. In fact it gives a sense of brain integration which is very pleasant and makes it much easier to deal with stressful situations. One user remarked “As soon as I heard the music I felt as though someone had put a warm hand between two wet blankets in my brain.” The therapy helps to connect different parts of the brain and so brings untapped abilities to light.

 

For Reverend Sarsha Carpenter of The World Light Fellowship and founder of  The Self Empowerment Centre, Sound Therapy has made an enormous difference to her own healing journey.

 

Sarsha was introduced to Sound Therapy while studying for her psychology degree, to help her tinnitus which had left her house bound. Immediately Sarsha found she was sleeping through the night for the first time in years. Then her tinnitus faded and her dizzy spells, caused by Meniere’s syndrome, disappeared. She realized that her hearing had improved, when she asked her son to repair the blinker on the car that was making a strange clicking noise. He informed her that the noise had always been there, she just never heard it before!

 

A grave setback came when, in her final year of study, Sarsha had two strokes and lost her ability to speak. Doctors said she would never finish her degree. She listened to Sound Therapy 24 hours a day and in two months had made a full recovery and graduated the following December.

 

Sarsha now cares for her father, who has dementia. She started him on Sound Therapy and was amazed that he suddenly became a caring person, interested in hearing about her day. The workers at his day care centre also reported remarkable changes in his attitude and abilities.

 

Sarsha has also found that Sound Therapy has heightened her intuition and accuracy in tuning in to the spiritual plane. She finds that when her clients use Sound Therapy they open up more, making it possible to achieve healing at a deeper level.

For more information contact Rev Sarsha Carpenter 0414 914 197

 

 

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Rafaele Joudry asks is this yet another label, or a key to unlocking learning in the brain?

 

The past few decades have generated more and more labels to explain why children have difficulty learning. Dyslexia was replaced by ‘specific reading disorder’ or ‘visual processing disorder’ or dyspraxia. ADD became ADHD ‘inattentive’ or ‘hyperactive’ and now is also broken down into ‘Oppositional Defiance Disorder’ and ‘Conduct Disorder.’

Autism was extended to include Aperger’s, Higher Functioning Autism, Developmental Disintegrative Disorder, Retts disorder and eventually it was safer just to say ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder.’

Parents may be bewildered by the spectrum of labels and feel fear and apprehension when these start being applied to their child. What does this mean about his or her future potential, and how will it affect the way the child may be treated by the school and community?

 

Now we are hearing the term ‘Sensory Integration Dysfunction’. Is this yet another label for the experts to add to their bag of tricks, or does it perhaps represent a new level of our understanding of the whole neurological system?

 

Let us first look briefly at how the brain works. We have eight senses. ‘Eight!’ you exclaim. You may have thought there were only five: hearing, sight, smell taste and touch. New knowledge about the brain, however, requires that we add three more: Vestibular, Proprioception and Interoception. Vestibular is our sense of movement and balance which are detected in part of the inner ear called the semi circular canals. Proprioception is signals sent by our joint receptors to tell us the position and movement of our limbs. Interoception is the sense of our internal organs which lets us feel things like pain, nausea or butterflies in the tummy. These senses are every bit as important to our daily functioning and learning as the well known five.

 

Sensory information is constantly fed into the brain from our world and our body. All this information, it is now known, enters first through the cerebellum, a cauliflower shaped lobe, about the size of the fist, located at the back of the brain near the brain stem. This is by far the densest part of the brain, containing as many neurons as the entire rest of the brain. It has been called the ‘grand central station,’ for all incoming sensory signals must be processed in the cerebellum before being sent to the right cortical section or ‘department.’ Visual stimuli then goes to the visual cortex, auditory stimuli to the auditory cortex etc. At that point cortical function — i. e.  thinking — enables the person to interpret the stimuli and choose appropriate action. Unless all these billions of signals, arriving every second, are downloaded and integrated accurately, the final decision of how to act may not be the best one socially.

 

Sensory Integration Dysfunction is made up of a number of things. It may be an inability to recognize the ends of your body. Some children will overreact if someone touches them lightly. It may seem as if they are in another world so it takes a bit of effort to get them to communicate.  They tend not to move very well through space and may find it difficult to flow throughout the day.

 

For example, say your boy has been branded difficult and aggressive, and keeps getting hauled up to the headmaster’s office for hitting other kids. Maybe he is a little poorly co-ordinated and kids tease him in the playground. During recess, Smarty pants comes up and yells ‘boo’ from behind, while his offsider waves his arms in front of your boy’s face At the same time his mate accidentally bumps into the boy’s shoulder throwing him off balance. Suppose your boy’s cerebellum isn’t quite firing the way it should. Suddenly he has to process an unexpected noise, quick movement close up in his visual field, being bumped, which jars his tactile receptors, and being thrown off balance which creates havoc in his vestibular system. Not having time to integrate all this stimuli and work out what it means, a fear reaction is triggered in the limbic system, the seat of instinctive emotions in the brain. He automatically hits out at his classmates, and ends up again being branded as a trouble maker.

 

Of course these difficulties with processing incoming sensory input make it very hard to handle the learning environment. There are always distractions and multiple stimuli in a classroom. Unless these can be assimilated and processed instantaneously it is so easy to get left behind, ridiculed and left out. It is much easier to play up, so often learning difficulties are mistaken for behaviour problems.

 

How can you help your child, when his brain simply isn’t able to give him information in a fast and orderly enough manner for him to handle our amazingly complex world?

 

Carmella Kendrick-Smith has been through the experience of helping her child to improve his sensory integration. At preschool it was noticed that her son was having problems moving from one activity to the next. It was almost as though the switch was off so he couldn’t hear the teachers instructions if she asked him to move on to another activity. Carmella  was concerned that when he went to kindergarten it would be very hard for him to cope in a larger environment.

 

When David started kindergarten, which was at the local primary school, he went into an environment that was much more stimulating and overwhelming than the Montessori  pre-school he had been in. From day one the teacher was very concerned with his aggressiveness. She said he couldn’t cope in the playground, was falling over and claiming to be pushed.

 

Carmella was told that her son had Sensory Integration Dysfunction in his final year of preschool. It was recommended that he see a particular occupational therapist who recommended that he receive at least 12 sessions of occupational therapy in conjunction with Sound Therapy.

 

Carmella’s first reaction was to be very concerned because she thought it was something that was permanent and could not be fixed. She had noticed that he was different to her eldest child in that he was less physical and didn’t seem to like touch. He never sought out hugs and kisses but Carmella thought this was just his personality and didn’t realize he had a problem with people touching him in a light way.

 

She was very concerned however that he was going to be branded a ‘naughty boy’, because she realized that he had a tendency to lash out and overreact if he was approached from behind.

 

Carmella had never heard of Sensory Integration Disorder so she decided to inform herself and went to the library and borrowed a book called Why Aren’t I learning? which she found was a useful resource book on sensory integration treatments including Sound Therapy. Doing this reading helped as it made her realize that sensory integration is taken seriously by professionals.

 

Her son started Sound Therapy at home which she found was the most convenient and cost effective way to do it. The program involved him listening through headphones to specially filtered stories and music that stimulate and rehabilitate not only the ear but the whole auditory system. She would put the headphones on and take them off once he’d fallen asleep.  She found that he would actually seek it out and enjoyed going from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales to the Aboriginal stories and even reciting some of the poems.

 

Carmella quickly noticed that home became more peaceful. The changes in her son were that he was able to feel and see in a better way.  It seemed that his senses were actually responding differently. She reports that he now communicates better, is more focused and can move more freely from one activity to the next, without the previous high levels of frustration on his part. She no longer fears that he will have to be labelled a naughty boy.  She realizes that his previous behaviour was due to a lot of pain that he was going through, the frustration of not being understood and not wanting to be bumped and touched lightly.

 

Carmella says ‘I believe he’s less hostile because he’s happier with himself. He now reacts differently to touch and he realizes that deep pressure hugs are good for him.’

 

She is also aware that his auditory receptivity has improved noticeably. ‘In the past you would talk to him and it was almost as though he wasn’t aware that you were trying to communicate whereas now it’s getting through to him a lot quicker and he does give the eye contact, which he never did before.’

 

In the early years, David had a set of the classic symptoms which so often seem to accompany learning and behaviour problems. He had chronic ear infections from when he was born. He has allergies, hay fever, croup, and has had his tonsils and his adenoids out.

 

Every winter he would be on antibiotics and Carmella now believes that a lot of damage occurred then.  She thinks Sound Therapy has opened up his ears and repaired a lot of the damage which probably explains why he is now responding better to people talking to him.  At the same time the occupational therapist worked on the vestibular system through movement activities and helped him to understand his body better and to be more grounded and stable.

 

The field of sensory integration gives new insight into many of the commonly known learning difficulties. Not only that, but it offers up treatment methods that are non invasive, drug free and harmless, because they simply use the body’s own sensory pathways to provide a therapeutic stimuli to the brain.

Sensory Integration Disorder was first identified by the occupational therapist, A. Jean Ayres Ph D, about forty years ago. Dr  Ayres led her profession in developing intervention strategies through physical therapy programs. Her work is outlined in the fascinating and highly accessible book The Out of Synch Child,  by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA. Kranowitz describes how Sensory Integration Dysfunction plays a significant part in ADHD, autism and learning difficulties.

Other pioneering educational specialists have added to our understanding of how to treat this disorder with different forms of sensory input, in particular Sound Therapy. Dr Tomatis discovered the vital role that the ear plays in our co-ordination, and how that affects learning as a whole. His life work was to develop a method of filtering sound so it provides a gymnastic rehabilitation to the ear muscles.

Dr Levinson, a world renowned psychiatrist and neurologist, also did ground-breaking work in the 1970s and 1980s on the role of the vestibular system and the cerebellum in learning difficulties. After examining over 35,000 subjects, Levinson concluded that 90% of learning problems originate in the ear.

Dr Levinson states: ‘ Only inner ear/cerebellar vestibular mechanisms can explain all the signs and symptoms characterizing ADD/ADHD, dyslexia/LD mood/anxiety, psychosomatic and balance/co-ordination/rhythmic disorders.’

Carmella says of her experience, ‘It’s made me feel good that I’ve been proactive in assisting David get to where he should be, and that is taking in all the senses in a good way. I feel very good that we have some safe and non invasive therapies that have made a difference. Its a safety net for him, and I feel very good about it.’

 

Rafaele Joudry is the author of the new book, Why Aren’t I learning: Listening is the key to overcoming learning difficulties. For more information visit www.soundtherapyinternational.com

Mozart Is Sound Therapy

Mozart is Sound Therapy

 

 

The music of Mozart has gained great attention in recent years for its supposed therapeutic benefits, yet it is still a minority of Australians who actively seek out classical music. Two crusaders for the public benefit of classical music have teamed up to bring Mozart into new realms within Australia. The following is based on a discussion between Rafaele Joudry and Michael Clark.

 

Rafaele Joudry is founder and Director of Sound Therapy International, an organization devoted to bringing Sound Therapy to the masses, in the form of a home based listening program based on the work of the pioneering French ear specialist, Dr Tomatis.

 

Michael Clark is the Founder and Artistic and Musical Director of the newly formed orchestra, the Sydney Mozart Players. Originally from Bathurst, Michael undertook this ambitions project of forming a new orchestra after a very successful ten year musical career in Europe as a conductor and pianist. He was engaged as repititeur at London’s Covent Garden and was acclaimed for his readings of Mozart and Verdi when he conducted at opera houses throughout Germany.

His wish now is to contribute in a more significant way to his home country, not only to carve out a niche for himself but to expand the community’s interest in classical music and create performing opportunities for the many other talented musicians.

 

Having noticed a dirth of opportunities to hear live music in Sydney he says “ There’s a need in a lot of parts of Sydney, the western parts of Sydney, the regional areas as well, Bathurst, Orange, so forth.” He believes audiences are crying out for live music events.  The orchestra will also provide opportunities for the development and exposure of local artists.  Michael says, “There’s so many musicians, soloists, even other conductors that are missing a platform to perform regularly, and to record. There’s a real need for this in Australia and I’m making that platform.”

 

Michael cuts a dashing figure with his tall stature and brilliant red hair. His modest and unassuming, yet confident manner makes it easy to believe he will succeed with this ambitious undertaking. So far, he has received  a wonderful response from all parties. “The musicians have been very excited about the project and the audiences have been great,” he says. Other conductors of standing such as Richard Bonynge   SP?, Patrick Thomas, have also been very supportive and very complimentary about what the new orchestra is doing.”

 

Michael’s initial interest in the work of  Mozart stemmed from his response to the movie, Amadeus, which came out when he was nine years old. He says, “ I’d seen the movie and as a child I’d thought it was so amazing, because that’s exactly what Mozart is all about, this amazing music created in such a joyful way. And looking back on it and seeing it again recently, I was impressed that  the people who worked on the music in that movie were very good. Neville Mariner I respect very, very much. His group, St Martin In The Fields, which he established 30 years ago, does a magnificent job, especially with Mozart. The music in the movie was magnificent. But the more I look into the music of Mozart the more genius I see in it and the more freshness, the more — just amazing amount of energy in the music.”

 

Michael shared particular thoughts on the unique genius of Mozart. “It’s not necessarily just the sounds that go together to make music. What’s also in the composition, is an intrinsic energy in the way he put notes together. And so another composer, if they’re not doing it as well, is not going to provide the listener with such a high octave of — such a high level of resonance or energy in what they put out. It’s like comparing a Ferrari to a VW. They both go along the road, but one’s outputting a much higher level of perfection and tightness in the way it’s produced.

 

Michael points out that “Mozart sounds quite simple when you listen to it, but when you come to perform it, there are certain things that aren’t simple about the way it’s made up. The structure of the phrases is not simple, it’s not obvious where the new phrase begins. So, it’s actually, I wouldn’t say uneven, but it’s actually structured in a very asymmetrical way. And you would never expect that, listening to it, because it sounds so right, so it’s like a tree. It just doesn’t go straight up and down, there’s some way that it grows that’s not symmetrical, it’s actually organic. And this element of organic construction actually makes great music.”

 

To produce music like this, Michael believes that Mozart had to be working beyond the level of the intellect, certainly without planning. He was a prolific composer for his 35 years, producing a quantity of material unparalleled by any other composer.

 

“But he certainly did it from instinct,” says Michael. “He had such an instinctual feel for the construction of the music and it just came out of him. Someone like Beethoven thought about it, so he’d write something down but then he’d change it and he’d take out a bar here and put a note there. But Mozart basically wrote it like a channeller. So even when you see the difficulties and mess that he had in his life, he still was able to focus and channel the music, and write it down.”

 

In wanting to bring his music to new sections of the community, Michael Clark has some innovative ideas on presentation. In order to make the concerts more dynamic and alive, particularly for younger audiences, The Mozart Players integrates theatrical lighting with the music. Michael says, “ I think the use of colours and lighting can actually bring the audio and visual into sync for people. The visual stimulation  helps the aural recognition of the energy of the music and focuses that listener. Because not all people are aural, some need a largely visual stimulus as well.”

 

Michael may have touched on a key factor which has been explored until now only in the field of learning difficulties, where much has been learned about brain processes and integration. Specialists are discovering how links between different sensory systems are crucial in our overall learning ability. The ear specialist, Dr Tomatis 50 years ago in France, pioneered a method of treating dyslexia using specially recorded tracks of Mozart. Filtered classical music improved ear function and auditory processing, yet amazingly this also assisted the ability to correctly see and interpret the written word.

 

Rafaele Joudry, Director of the Sydney based company, Sound Therapy International,  has made the Tomatis method of Sound Therapy accessible to thousands of people with a portable listening system on cassette tape. Rafaele says, “with Sound Therapy we are integrating all the senses, but particularly the auditory and visual. Tomatis pointed out that the ocular-motor nerve, which controls eye tracking, is surrounded and controlled by the auditory nerve, so you cannot really stimulate one sensory system without affecting others.”

 

In the early nineties world headlines reported the amazing discovery that Mozart made children smarter. Researchers found that if students listened to Mozart before their exams they performed better. They were only reporting what Dr Tomatis had been saying for forty years, that Mozart improves brain function. But Tomatis was achieving this at a more concentrated level with his filtering technique, points out Rafaele Joudry.  When used continuously, for several hours a day over a period of a few weeks, the filtered music has been found to rebuild brain pathways, stimulate cortical activity, improve memory, concentration and language abilities.  It also assists voice quality, musical appreciation, verbal expression and conceptual skills.

 

Those parents who have introduced Sound Therapy to their children and teenagers have been amazed at the improvements in attitude, academic performance, sleep patterns and self esteem. The fact that the program uses classical music is seen as a hindrance to some, since teenagers don’t usually go for it. However, according to Rafaele Joudry who has worked in the field for nearly fourteen years, contrary to expectations, those who try Sound Therapy often get hooked on the benefits and modify their musical taste.

 

One of the aims of the Mozart Players is to take Mozart into the schools and to attract younger audiences to their concerts. Michael says “ I think the stigma or the misconception of classical music has to be lifted, and this only begins if we educate young people so that this music becomes more accessible and they see groups of musicians or singers or pianists. They see them perform and they think, ‘yes this is a great thing.’ It’s not just a toffee nosed concern but something that they can grasp, that they can appreciate and actually listen to and enjoy.” 

 

Michael also wishes to use the medium of video to make classical music a more immediate experience.

“I think children or young people seeing a video of a live performance experience a different relationship to an orchestra and to classical music. Then when they’re introduced into the concert hall and see actual concerts they have a different attitude, they have recognition of what’s happening, they know what’s happening because they’ve seen it up close through a video.”

 

Rafaele Joudry and Michael Clark are currently collaborating on the production of a new video to be released on VHS and DVD about the therapeutic possibilities of Sound Therapy, the work of Dr Tomatis and the involvement of the Sydney Mozart Players in this work.

 

Sound Therapy has great potential application in schools to assist with learning and the structural development of the brain. In addition it offers surprising benefits for those with hearing problems. Michael’s first contact with Sound Therapy was through his father who used the program to overcome his tinnitus, (the name given to a condition of persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears.)

 

Michael’s father, who was an engineer and building inspector in Bathurst,  had suffered from an industrial tinnitus for many years. Michael relates how his father had put up with this constant ringing for 20 years or more, almost as long as he can remember. He had tried various methods to try and repair the damage or get some relief  but had no success until he came across the Sound Therapy method. He read  Rafaele Joudry’s books on Sound Therapy and tinnitus very thoroughly, and after much deliberation, decided to try the tapes. He did his work while he was listening, which he did religiously, as much as he could, for the time suggested which was 300 hours. He experienced initially great improvement and gradually total betterment of his tinnitus, “and he seems to be very energetic and pretty happy about everything,” according to his son. Michael noticed another significant difference in his father after he used Sound Therapy, which was that he could now attend a social function and follow the conversation instead of being isolated by his inability to sort out the mix of voices. Michael’s mother also found that the tapes helped her to sleep better.

 

Due to these personal experiences, Michael is very enthusiastic about this therapy which has helped many thousands of people. He is intrigued by the ideas behind it, the concept and the scientific basis. “The fact that it is so easy to use in its portable form makes it really practical and terrific for people,” he says.

 

As an expression of his total support for the Sound Therapy program, Michael has agreed for the Music from the Mozart Players concerts to be used in future Sound Therapy recordings. He says “ Well I support the venture totally and I like the idea of our music being used in the tapes. I think to maximize the effect of the therapy its important that the music that’s used should be as good as possible, which I hope our music is. And the energy contained in the music can also go towards any healing process.”

 

In order to fully preserve the energy inherent in the music, Sound Therapy has always been produced using analogue recording methods. This is an area where musicians and engineers sometimes differ.

Michael says, “ There’s long been an argument, analogue versus digital. I think the difference can be measured by a number of things. If someone looks at the pure technical aspects of it, of an analogue tape or a digital comparison, certain results come up. And one can say digital has these and these qualities and picks up this and this sound and analogue only goes to these levels of hertz and so forth. But that’s actually a very cerebral view and only looks at the scientific values that are associated with measuring things. It actually ignores the qualities which people can pick up. An analogue tape however, being a physical substance, being an actual metal or magnetic substance, can be influenced by sound, by surroundings, by everything, and therefore, in my opinion can actually absorb more of the energy and transmit that from the recording source that it comes from. A digital source being zeroes and ones, can only actually pick up what information it receives and it doesn’t have a physical source of recording. So the argument can be seen in both ways and that aspect of the quality can be heard differently from the two sources.

 

“ I’ve listened to a lot of music played on various sources. For instance, if you hear an old 78 record played on an old gramophone, now the sound quality is not particularly good as far as what we judge good these days, but the level of energy in the sound that it produces is incredible. It’s like you get in the throat of the person singing or you’re transported into the very core of that. And why is that? For me it’s because it’s a physical thing. I’ve listened then to old recordings that were obviously done in analogue version, either from cut records or analogue tape and they’ve been converted into CD. I find these still have that intrinsic energy in them and I can only, from my perception, explain that perhaps it’s because of the recording process. I’ve heard now obviously a lot of digitally remastered recorded work in the last, few years since it’s existed. I’m finding a lot of these new recordings to be lacking in energy. I’m finding that there’s a dryness to the energy that it’s transmitting. One can say, yes it sounds good, very clean, even perfect, but  a certain energy is missing. And what are we trying to do here? Actually transmitting energy!”

 

Rafaele adds to this discussion a debate that she held for many years with her mother, Patricia Joudry, who was the originator of the portable Tomatis method.  She says, “My mother used to have very strong opinions about computers, which she never learned to use. We’re both writers, and we’d joke about how people would say  ‘well computers are so great because you can move things around.’ Its true, its very convenient with all the cutting and pasting on the screen, but you can easily lose the flow of the original inspiration that came through. My writing never has the flow that my mother’s did. She never moved things around on a computer, she just listened to the muse, a bit like Mozart! And I wonder if that’s what may be happening with the level of fiddling around that can be done in studio digital recording?”

 

Michael agrees that it could be. “And there certainly is often a lot of adjustment, trying to find that warmth in the recording or find the sound that may be lacking. Unfortunately we often think because it’s new technology, that can’t be avoided. We have the telephone, we love the telephone, it’s handy — a mobile phone, everyone goes for it. We get a computer and we’re excited by this idea of technology. But stop for a moment and think what you get from it and maybe you make another judgement.”

 

Sound Therapy approaches sound from an entirely different level to other audio systems. The Tomatis method grew from discoveries that Dr Tomatis made about the effect of the mother’s voice on the unborn child. Earlier researchers had established that if baby birds did not hear their mothers sing before they were hatched, they would never learn to sing later. This raised questions about the foetal development of the auditory system in humans. The listening program that Tomatis developed is designed to give the listener an experience of rebirth through sound. Brain pathways that may have been established but not fully developed for emotional or cognitive developmental reasons, can be accessed and reactivated with the highly filtered Mozart. This reenactment of pre natal listening means Sound Therapy is impacting the nervous system at a more profound and structural level than any other sound experience. For this reason the quality of the sound and its direct, energetic impact on nerve impulses is of paramount importance. Rafaele believes that only a person with a highly developed ear, a highly sensitive person or a talented musician can have the sensitivity to evaluate the potential impact of different recording methods.

 

Michael Clark states, “I think it’s possible that staying with analogue recordings can actually boost the intrinsic energy or retain the intrinsic energy in the recording and therefore give the edge and the beauty and the love that’s in a sound coming to a Sound Therapy listener, which is what we all want. It’s sort of like this idea about the mother’s voice that Tomatis wrote about. The mother’s voice when in the womb, it doesn’t sound like much probably but it has some intrinsic quality of energy or love that we all need. So that’s one of the things that you may be interfering with if you bring in a digital signal.”

 

Sound Therapy International will be making analogue recordings of  Sydney Mozart Players concerts for exclusive release as Sound Therapy programs.

 

The Sydney Mozart Players’ gala opening concert takes place on October 26th at Angel Place Sydney. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketek. For more information visit www.mozartplayers.com

For more information on Sound Therapy and their products, courses and practitioner training program contact Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd. Phone 02 9665-1777 or visit www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

References

1.       Joudry, P. and Joudry, R. Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain. Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd, Sydney 1999

2.       Joudry, R. Sound Therapy Manual for Practitioners, Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd, Sydney 2000

3.       Joudry, R. Triumph Over Tinnitus, Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd, Sydney 2001.

4.       Rauscher, Frances, Shaw, Gordon, and Ky, Katherine, Nature, Vol. 365 (1993): 611, cited in Campbell, Don, The Mozart Effect, Hodder Stoughton, New York, 1997.

5.       Rauscher, Frances, Shaw, Gordon, and Ky, Katherine, Neuroscience Letters, Vol. 185 (1995): 44-47, cited in Campbell, Don, The Mozart Effect, Hodder Stoughton, New York, 1997.

6.       Stutt, Howard A, The Tomatis Method: A Review of Current Research. McGill University, 1983.

 

 

Menieres Treating Menieres With Sound Therapy

Treating Meniere’s with Sound Therapy

 

What causes Meniere’s? At a purely physiological level it is related to an excess of fluid in the vestibular system which controls our balance. But this does not explain why the attacks are sudden. A French ear specialist, Dr Alfred Tomatis, came up with a unique theory on how Sound Therapy helps to alleviate Meniere’s Syndrome.

 

Dr. Tomatis proposed that Menieres’s vertigo is due to a sudden change in the tension of the stirrup muscle. He believed that the excess pressure in the vestibular system (the semicircular canals) was caused by spasms or twitches in the stirrup muscle. The stirrup muscle is one of the middle ear muscles and its role is to regulate the pressure on the inner ear fluid.

 

The footplate of the stirrup presses on the oval window, the membrane which separates the middle ear from the inner ear chamber. This muscle may be subject to involuntary twitches, like any other muscle in the body. Such twitching would radically alter the fluid pressure in the inner ear chambers. Therefore when the stirrup muscle goes into spasm, there is a sudden change in the pressure in the inner ear fluid, causing a disturbance like a sudden storm to pass through the semi-circular canals, thus causing havoc with the balance mechanism.

 

This communicates to the brain via the vestibular branch of the auditory nerve, that there is sudden movement of the head, which gives the patient the feeling that the world is spinning or falling away beneath them. Dr Tomatis designed a treatment program which creates a general rehabilitation for the ear by activating the middle ear muscles. It has many different benefits, and one of them is the significant relief that it can offer to Menieres’ sufferers.

 

It is believed that the re-toning of the stirrup muscle achieved by Sound Therapy means that the pressure on the inner ear chambers is properly balanced and the sudden changes and resulting dizziness subside. Tomatis explains that once the stirrup muscle has been rehabilitated with the regular exercise provided by the Sound Therapy program, it no longer goes into spasm and the Meniere’s attacks do not recur

Sound Therapy also impacts on various parts of the brain, producing better interconnections and coordinated sensory integration. It may be therefore that Sound Therapy impacts on Meniere’s in other ways through its direct effect on the brain.

 

Now available as a self help program, thousands can have access to this therapy who could not afford the cost and inconvenience of traveling to a clinic. No consultation is necessary, but a book by Rafaele Joudry explains how to use the program at home.

 

Sound Therapy helps sufferers of tinnitus and vertigo in the following ways:

·         rehabilitates the ear, resulting in the reduction or stopping of the tinnitus in many cases.

·         improves sleep

·         reduces stress

·         reduces or eliminates dizzy attacks

·         improves energy levels and the ability to communicate, thus encouraging the person to take up activities and stop focusing on the tinnitus.

 

 

  I felt like I was falling through the floor

Lee Heffele, an orchardist from West Australia shared her story also.

Lee has used many different approaches to helping her hearing over the years. She has modified her diet and had chelation therapy. She found that chelation helped a lot. (Chelation is a treatment that uses concentrated nutrients to unblock arteries).

Lee describes her experience with Meniere’s as horrific. She says, “I think anyone that has Meniere’s would say it’s horrific, if they have the severe one. I ended up in the hospital, on one occasion because I couldn’t stop vomiting and you feel as though you are falling through the floor. You are lying on the floor and you are hanging onto the floor virtually in terror because you feel as if you are flying backwards. It’s the balance in the middle ear that’s effected, and it’s terrifying, to the point where I was almost suicidal at one stage. No one can describe it, you have to experience it.”

Lee got to the stage where she was getting an attack once a week. It would take a week to get over it and then she would get another one.

The attacks would last for about two or three hours and then she would be ill for a week.

Lee obtained the Sound Therapy tapes and used them constantly. She took it to the shopping centre, wherever she was she had it going. And it brought incredible relief. It is now several years later, and Lee remembers that using the Sound Therapy at that time stopped her Meniere’s attacks entirely.

Its like a new life

Darrell Johnson, a listener from  Saskatchewan in Canada gave the following report on the treatment:

“About four years ago I started getting ringing in the left ear, followed by light-headedness and dizziness. Sometimes I couldn’t stand without falling. This I was getting about once a month, then twice a month, soon twice a week and not long later three or four times a day. My doctor told me I had Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a problem of the inner ear past the stirrup. There wasn’t much that could be done; I would just have to put up with it. Being my age was 53, I knew I would be quite some time putting up with this problem.

“Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkmanä and tapes. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sound Therapy has done for me. I am never dragged out and tired any more. I can stay up very late at night and still get up rested early in the morning. Also, I don’t get uptight and stressed about the little setbacks of the day, but can just relax and take them in my stride. I even find it easier to talk to people — am not so shy! It’s like a new life.”

 

 

Her advice to someone else with Meniere’s would be definitely to try it. “It can’t do any harm, like all natural therapy it can’t hurt you, and it could very well help.”

 

To receive a free information pack contact Sound Therapy International

Phone 13 55 77 96

info@soundtherapyinternational.com

www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

Environmental Health For Chidren

Environmental health for children

By Rafaele Joudry

 

Protecting your baby from toxic and dangerous interventions

Mothers who took thalidomide did not know until their babies were born that the drug would cause birth defects. The last generation of people who took to smoking cigarettes did not know what a serious health hazard they would prove to be. All the workers who installed asbestos in the 1950s, 60s and 70s did not know they were setting themselves up for mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Likewise, mothers today do not know the implications for their children’s future health, when undertaking procedures such as ultrasound and vaccinations. There is sufficient evidence that these procedures may be harmful, to warrant every parent undertaking careful investigation before deciding if they will expose their children to these procedures. A few hours of research beforehand could save years of remedial therapy and thousands of dollars. It is my hope that many parents will read the following sections in time to make their own informed decisions at least for their next child.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology is based upon ultra high-frequency sound waves, which bombard the child in the womb at an extremely high rate of speed. To get an idea of what this may do, think of the situation where a woman with an extremely high voice can break a glass by singing an extremely high-pitched note.  That is an example of what just ONE relatively slow sound wave can do.  Ultrasound is super high frequency, which may have more detrimental effects. Ultrasound waves in laboratory experiments have been known to damage chromosomes, produce internal cellular heat which damages cells, retard the normal development of cells, and many other phenomena.

According to the World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Report, ‘It is not clear at this time whether ultrasound foetal monitoring is beneficial to the mother or foetus in terms of pregnancy outcome…If there is no generally acknowledged benefit to the monitoring, there is no reason to expose patients to increased cost and risk.  The question of benefit has not yet been resolved…and the potential for delayed effects has been virtually ignored.’

Ultrasound technology carries potential risks which have not yet been evaluated, yet it is assumed to be completely safe and doctors are telling women that there is no risk. Having an ultrasound is not essential to a healthy pregnancy.  However, most doctors are trained to use expensive technology and not trained to use hands-on skills. The fault is not with the doctors, but in the way they are trained.

Before you allow an ultrasound to be done on you, do some research, thoroughly question your healthcare provider about safety as well as the value of the information which would be received from doing the procedure.  Don’t be afraid to refuse the test if you are not comfortable with the information you have discovered.  It is your legal right to refuse any tests you do not want.

Evidence has been uncovered by scientists suggesting that ultrasound scans on pregnant women cause brain damage in their unborn babies. Several studies done in the 1990s hinted at this. In the most comprehensive study yet on the effect of the scanning, doctors have found that men born to mothers who underwent scanning were more likely to show signs of subtle brain damage.

Research has suggested that subtle brain damage can cause people who ought genetically to be right-handed to become left-handed. In addition, these people face a higher risk of conditions ranging from learning difficulties to epilepsy.

A team of Swedish scientists compared almost 7,000 men whose mothers underwent scanning in the 1970s, with 170,000 men whose mothers did not, looking for differences in the rates of left- and right-handedness. The team found that men whose mothers had scans were significantly more likely to be left-handed than normal,  pointing to a higher rate of brain damage while in the womb. Crucially, the biggest difference was found among those born after 1975, when doctors introduced a second scan later in pregnancy. Such men were 32 percent more likely to be left-handed than those in the control group. Premature babies are five times more likely than normal to be left-handed. According to the Swedish researchers, the human brain undergoes critical development until relatively late in pregnancy, making it vulnerable to damage. In addition, the male brain is especially at risk, as it continues to develop later than the female brain.

Ultrasound scans in late pregnancy are now routine in many countries. It appears that as many as one in 50 male foetuses pre-natally exposed to ultrasound is affected.[1]

The growing evidence that ultrasound affects unborn babies may cast new  light on the puzzling rise in left-handedness over recent years. In Britain, the rate has more than doubled, from five per cent in the 1920s to eleven per cent today. Researchers have estimated that only twenty per cent of this rise can be put down to the suppression of left-handedness among the older generation.

Dr Francis Duck of the British Medical Ultrasound Society said, ‘When the first study suggesting a link came out, it was possible to ignore it, but now this is the third,’ he said. ‘What it demonstrates is the need to investigate the link further, and to look at possible mechanisms.’

Other research by scientists at University College, Dublin, confirmed the findings of earlier American research that ultrasound tissue-heating creates changes in cells and can cause bleeding in mouse intestines.

Patrick Brennan, who led the research, said, ‘It has been assumed for a long time that ultrasound has no effect on cells. We now have grounds to question that assumption.’ Four and a half hours after the mice were exposed, the rate of cell division had reduced by twenty two percent and the rate of programmed cell death had approximately doubled. Mr Brennan believes there will be similar effects in humans.[2]

Although supposedly said to work with sound waves, ultrasound waves are not in the audible range, so their high frequency is not natural to the body.  Dr. Mendelsohn wrote, ‘Ultrasound produces at least two biological effects—heat and a process called ‘cavitation’, in which bubbles are created that expand and contract in response to sound waves.  The first time I saw this cavitation process in action, a chiropractor turned on the therapeutic ultrasound machine in his office and placed a few drops of water on the part of the machine that was applied to the patient.  I wish every reader…could have been with me to watch that water suddenly boil and bubble’[3]

Dr. Mendelsohn has done extensive investigations to learn the truth about ultrasound. He eventually ortained copies of documents researching the procedure, which anyone may receive by writing to: WHO Publications Center, 49 Sheridan Ave., Albany, NY 12210, asking for ‘Environmental Health Criteria 22: Ultrasound.’  Experiments cited in these documents indicated reduced foetal weight and reduced foetal organ weight in animals who received ultrasound.  Researchers are noticing a small but definite reduction in newborn birth rate among human infants exposed to ultrasound.  There is evidence that the immune systems of laboratory animals exposed to the procedure are affected.  The procedure also affects the blood platelets which allow the blood to clot.  This could lead to problems with circulation because of travelling blood clots. Of even greater concern, changes in the structure and composition of cells, including genetic material, have been suspected.  In experiments with animals, these changes have resulted in defective embryos with a variety of problems. Much more is not known, than is known, and researchers postulate that it may be twenty years before we really know the problems incurred by ultrasound, including the possibility of cancer and, most commonly suspected, leukaemia.  The mother might also experience congenital malformations.[4]

Reading this information, one cannot but suspect that the increasing use of ultrasound is responsible in part for the increase in learning difficulties today.

The vexed question of vaccination

Vaccination is a complex and emotion-fraught question which all parents must address. My mistake was not arming myself with information sooner. My parents were well-informed on issues concerning natural health and stopped vaccinating their children in my early childhood, so I received fewer vaccinations than most.

However, I failed to fully investigate the reasons and pass on the knowledge about the dangers to my foster daughter, in time. Her active, healthy boy returned from his first round of vaccination with respiratory disturbances and fretful behaviour which had not been there previously. After the second round of vaccinations at eighteen months, his symptoms worsened. As he became a toddler, behavioural abnormalities showed up which were finally diagnosed as ADHD. His mother then informed herself, found supportive professionals and did not vaccinate her second child, who shows none of these behavioural disorders.

This alerted me sufficiently, and I decided to seek out well-informed scientific information. I went to visit one of Australia’s leading authorities on the subject of vaccination, Dr Viera Scheibner, who lives in the Blue Mountains. My eyes boggled as I walked into Dr Scheibner’s archive room. On the shelves were two hundred magazine holders, each containing about thirty scientific articles on vaccination, and another two hundred ring binders containing more articles. I asked if she had read them all; she had.  It was clear that she is a true authority on the subject.

Of Slavic origin, Dr Scheibner holds a PhD in Natural Sciences.  After an eminent scientific career, during which she published three books and some ninety scientific papers in refereed scientific journals in Australia and overseas, her study of babies’ breathing patterns and cot death in the mid 1980s clearly pointed to vaccines as being behind the majority of cot deaths. Together with Leif Karlsson, an electronics engineer, she developed Cotwatch, a breathing monitor to be used for babies thought to be at risk of cot death or ‘sudden infant death syndrome’ (SIDS). The team soon realised that the Cotwatch was sounding alarms when babies were affected by a range of stressful events, the most prominent being vaccination.  In her own words, ‘It took over three years of research before we looked at each other and said, “Vaccines are killing babies”’. This introduced her to the subject of vaccination, which she has, as a result, been avidly studying ever since.

Despite extensive examination of orthodox medical research published on vaccines over the past one hundred years, Dr Scheibner told me she could find no scientific evidence that these injections of highly noxious substances prevent diseases. To the contrary, she found that they increase susceptibility to them, in addition to causing a host of immune disorders and other damage to the body, including the brain. She was therefore forced to conclude that they represent nothing but a medical assault on the immune system. Having vaccinated her own two daughters when she was a young mother (and also, more recently, having insisted on being given a tetanus vaccine herself) this was not easy to come to terms with.

Numerous other doctors who are true investigators in their own right, in that they are willing to go outside their standard medical education and search out their own evidence, have reached the same conclusions. Here are some quotes from some of these experts, featured in the video: Vaccination: ‘The hidden truth’[5]

‘… [my daughter’s] symptoms were intensifying after each vaccine…So I wrote to the governments and got figures.…I realised there was a lot of information that we were being told… which wasn’t true…’ Dr Isaac Golden—Homoeopath, Teacher, Author: ‘Vaccination: A Review of Risks and Alternatives’

‘They say openly in the [medical] legal system that if you advise against vaccination the A.M.A. will push to deregister.…These are symptoms that, if they were seen in a child who had not just been vaccinated, all us doctors would be a little concerned that this child perhaps had a type of viral meningitis. We wouldn’t just sit back and say, ‘That’s fine. Take some Panadol and it will go away.’  Dr Robyn Cosford—Medical Doctor

‘It is a well documented fact that the incidence and mortality from infectious diseases fell by 90% well before any vaccine was even introduced…This is not a rare occurrence. Epidemics in fully vaccinated populations are a rule rather than an exception….So [in the U.S.] they mandated vaccination and it resulted in a three-fold increase in whooping cough…’ —Dr Viera Scheibner, Ph D Principle Research Scientist (Ret.), Cotwatch Monitor researcher.

‘Babies are injected with bits of animal, bacteria, viral DNA. They can be incorporated into the human genome.…Why is it that only since the ‘40s have autism, brain damage come about? Because this was when immunisation was introduced to a large extent.…Vaccines are a billion dollar industry, and there are at least a billion good reasons there why it’s continued.’

Dr Peter Baratosy—Medical Doctor, Author: ‘There is Always An Alternative’

‘Even once they’ve stopped vaccinating, residue results through infertility, arthritic conditions,… dogs have one seventh of the length of a generation that a human does, so what we are seeing in dogs today is what we will see in the future with humans, and that’s a really frightening thing.’  Ashleigh Oulton—
Registered Dog Breeder:

‘Before he (Louis Pasteur—the “father of modern medicine” and originator of the Germ Theory of disease) died, he changed his mind. He ended up saying it’s not the germ, but the conditions within the body…’ Ian Sinclair—Natural Health Lecturer, Author ‘Vaccination: The Hidden Facts’

‘They don’t tell us that if your child misses the whooping cough vaccine it is less likely to develop asthma, …measles vaccine…inflammatory bowel disease, Hepatitis B or Hib vaccine …diabetes, …rubella vaccine …arthritis…’

‘I call it a cultural trance .…Most health experts… very rarely read their own professional journals—most of them are so busy….We believe health is not bought in a bottle or a syringe. Health is a direct result of healthful living, and natural health, there is no other sort.’ Greg Beattie—Father of 7 children, Author ‘Vaccination: A Parent’s Dilemma’

The evidence against vaccination

In our life times we were taught, and passively believed, that vaccination was a good thing and that it reduced disease.

Statistics were offered which showed a decrease in disease which was attributed to vaccination. In fact, deaths had already declined by more than 90% during the 20th century before vaccines were introduced. The main reason for the decline was, in fact, improved sanitation and better living conditions.

There has been no properly run, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial to prove the effectiveness of vaccination. This will not occur because the pharmaceutical industries control all of the research and have too much to lose, since vaccination is a billion dollar industry.

Many articles in medical journals present evidence that vaccination works, and claim effectiveness. However, unbiased independent researchers who have examined the evidence have noted that many unscientific methods were used in these studies.

These include:

§  The use of toxic injections used in the placebo group

§  Comparing groups which historically did not vaccinate, ignoring the fact that the reasons for this may pollute the evidence such as:

o    May have been already immune-suppressed

o    Low socio-economic status, leaving them more susceptible to disease due to poor nutrition and living conditions

o    Excluding participants on other technicalities which may falsely influence the statistics

For those who will look, there are vast amounts of statistical evidence that vaccination is harmful. This is not widely published, and has been gathered by dedicated doctors who place their commitment to the truth ahead of their acceptability and recognition by the normal circles of the medical establishment. Dr Viera Scheibner cites the following evidence that disease outbreaks actually increased dramatically after the introduction of vaccines.

§  Whooping cough has been rising in the US since 1978, when vaccination was mandated for school entry.

§  The incidence of cot death dropped in Japan when the DPT vaccine was stopped.

§  Measles, which had virtually died out in Europe, rose again when measles vaccination programs were started.

§  Vaccines which the mother received herself in childhood, weaken the tranplacentally-transmitted immunity that should be passed on from mother to baby.

Vaccines are known to contain bacteria, viruses (or their protein envelopes) and a number of toxins with specific neurotoxic activity. An injected vaccine doesn’t go through the immune system. It actually gets direct access to vital organs. There is no natural filtration.

According to Dr Scheibner, the entire precept on which the theory of vaccination is based, is in error. The fact that the body produces antibodies in response to the vaccine, is the evidence used to say that immunity has been achieved. This is a false assumption, and a gross oversimplification of how the immune system actually works. For example, for immunity to be created there must be activation of the secretory antibody IgA, which plays an important role in the whole process. This, and many other processes which occur in the outer levels of defence, are bypassed by injections, leaving the immune system damaged and compromised instead.

In a properly functioning immune system, after a disease has been contracted, the person becomes immune to that disease. However, it has been found that vaccine recipients are not only still as susceptible to the illness, but that they can contract it more than once.

Development of the immune system is retarded by vaccines, so that by adolescence it has only reached the stage it should be at in childhood. This immune damage means that only those who have been vaccinated are contracting atypical forms of the disease—where the disease heads straight for the internal organs, bypassing the mouth, nose throat and respiratory system which are designed as the body’s natural immune defence system.

Oral vaccines do not eliminate this problem, as Dr Scheibner explains:

‘…What would be the difference between natural infection, which is through the gastro-intestinal system, particularly in polio, and the oral polio vaccine? The difference is this. When you get the natural infection, you get 10 cells of bacteria or 10 pieces of crystals of viruses. This is published. Vaccines contain billions of organisms, so it’s like a septic shock. It’s a massive overdose of infective material.’[6]

Dr Scheibner says that what vaccination achieves is sensitisation, not immunization. Sensitisation is really the opposite of immunisation. Sensitisation, also called Anaphylaxis, creates increased susceptibility by confusing the immune system. Interestingly, immunologists themselves are becoming more uncomfortable about the fact that vaccine injections can only stimulate a significant IgG antibody response if they include toxic sensitising substances, referred to as ‘adjuvants’, in the concoction.[7]

Vaccination can in fact lead to the development of auto-immune diseases, because of this confusion. What happens is that the immune system’s detection ability is damaged so it cannot identify the ‘good guys’ from the ‘bad guys’, resulting in the body attacking its own cells.

The importance of information

Dr Scheibner believes in having full knowledge, and insists that it is imperative that parents educate themselves about the whole issue, because, as she says:

‘Some of them may continue vaccinating their children. Or the other children in the family, thinking that it only happens to one in a million, which is not true. Every child is affected. Vaccinated children are not the same as unvaccinated. There is some damage in all of them. Allergies are number one. Or eating problems, mild digestive problems, it still is totally unnecessary.’

A network of concerned parents and professionals have dedicated themselves to making this information available to the public. The Australian Vaccination Network[8] is an association which provides up-to-date information—that is not biased by pharmaceutical company interests—on the latest knowledge and research into the effects of vaccinations, alternatives and remedial therapies to deal with vaccinations’ after-effects. Thanks to the internet, it is now easy for families to access this health-saving information. If you are convinced that you do not want to vaccinate, visit www.avn.org.au to learn more about the AVN and their resources. Their magazine, Informed Choice, is an excellent resource for parents and practitioners wishing to keep informed.

If you need to know more in order to make the right decision for you, a very informative website on vaccination, which includes easy to understand scientific articles and many resource books and videos, is www.vaccination.inoz.com . There you can order the video, ‘Vaccination: The Hidden Truth’. This is a highly informative exposé of the facts about vaccination, with interviews by over twelve doctors, researchers and parents who have in-depth knowledge of the issue. The flier for the video asks, ‘Should we shoot first and ask questions later?’ Parents who like to make their own decisions will want to see this video before giving their children any further vaccines.

The medical and educational establishments exert great pressure on parents to vaccinate. It is very hard for a parent who is less educated than their doctor to refute apparently well-informed arguments put forward by a medical practitioner; and not to be intimidated when the day care centre says they must vaccinate. However, it is constitutionally illegal for vaccination to be mandated. A form stating conscientious objection, which must be signed by a sympathetic medical practitioner, will give the child access to educational facilities. Parents can join the AVN to get the necessary resources and referrals. Go to www.avn.org.au and then click on related links and then conscientious and medical exemption forms.  However, be aware that if you take one of these forms to an average medical practitioner they may try to persuade you to vaccinate. The form requires that they inform you of the potential risks of not vaccinating your child. Most parents will need to find a supportive practitioner to give moral support if they are to go against the sanctioned medical position.

As a person armed with such extensive information about vaccination, Dr Scheibner is concerned about the fact that most parents simply believe what their family doctor tells them, when in most cases the doctor is simply following the established medical line with very little information. ‘We also need to tell the doctors,’ she says ‘ because they get a very limited education, and they believe anything they are told.’ Dr Scheibner’s concern is well-founded as she has confronted this ignorance in many settings, including courts of law. She explained to me in our interview:

 ‘As an example, the United States keeps publishing that there are only 12 cases of vaccine-caused poliomyelitis in the United States per year. One GP said that to me and I said ‘And you believe it?’ Learn to ask that question – ‘And you believe it?’  Well, don’t believe it. Because they only mark one in every 154 cases of vaccine-caused poliomyelitis per year. From the statistics I have examined, I estimate that the United States must have 12,000 cases of vaccine-caused poliomyelitis. And that’s about the size of it. Well, I said 12; you know—they just lost some zeros.  They feel better like there’s some truth in it.’

For more information on this subject read the very informative article, ‘Do vaccines protect against diseases at all?’ by Bronwyn Hancock 1999.[9]

Shaken baby syndrome

The following is an excerpt from work by Dr Viera Scheibner on her extensive research and advocation work in the area of so-called ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome.’

‘Recently there has been quite an ‘epidemic’ of the so-called ‘shaken baby syndrome’. Parents, usually the fathers, or other care-givers such as nannies have increasingly been accused of shaking a baby to the point of causing permanent brain damage and death. Why? Is there an unprecedented increase in the number of people who commit infanticide or have an ambition to seriously hurt babies? Or is there something more sinister at play?
Some time ago I started getting requests from lawyers or the accused parents themselves for expert reports. A close study of the history of these cases revealed something distinctly sinister: in every single case, the symptoms appeared shortly after the baby’s vaccinations.
While investigating the personal medical history of these babies based on the care-givers’ diaries and medical records, I quickly established that these babies were given one or more of the series of so-called routine shots—hepatitis B, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), polio and HiB (Haemophilus influenzae type B) —shortly before they developed symptoms of illness resulting in serious brain damage or death.
The usual scenario is that a baby is born and does well initially. At the usual age of about two months it is administered the first series of vaccines as above. (Sometimes a hepatitis B injection is given shortly after birth while the mother and child are still in hospital. However, a great number of babies now die within days or within two to four weeks of birth after hepatitis B vaccination, as documented by the records of the VAERS [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System] in the USA.) So, the baby stops progressing, starts deteriorating, and usually develops signs of respiratory tract infection. Then comes the second and third injections, and tragedy strikes: the child may cry intensely and inconsolably, may stop feeding properly, vomit, have difficulty swallowing, become irritable, stop sleeping, and may develop convulsions with accelerating progressive deterioration of its condition and mainly its brain function.

This deterioration may be fast, or may slowly inch in until the parents notice that something is very wrong with their child and then rush it to the doctor or hospital. Interestingly, they are invariably asked when the baby was immunised. On learning that the baby was indeed ‘immunised’, the parents may be reassured that its symptoms will all clear up. They are sent home with the advice, ‘Give your baby Panadol’. If they persist in considering the baby’s reaction serious, they may be labelled as anxious parents or trouble-makers. So the parents go home, and the child remains in a serious condition or dies.
Until recently, the vaccine death would have just been labelled ‘sudden infant death’, particularly if the symptoms and pathological findings were minimal. However, nowadays, with an alarmingly increasing frequency, the parents (or at least one of them, usually the father) may be accused of shaking the baby to death. The accused may even ‘confess’ to shaking the baby, giving the reason, for example, that having found the baby lying still and not breathing and/or with a glazed look in its eyes, they shook it gently—as is only natural—in their attempt to revive it. Sometimes, ironically, they save the baby’s life, only to be accused of causing the internal injuries that made the baby stop breathing in the first place, and which in fact were already present when they shook the baby to revive it.’[10]

Our choices

This information about the potentially damaging effects of chemical toxins, ultrasound and vaccination, will inevitably bring grief, remorse and anger to parents who find out too late what they might have avoided. However, it is better to be informed than not. On the encouraging side, the reports in Chapter 8 detail the positive changes which can be achieved in healing children with supportive therapies. 

It is never too late for a child, or even an adult, to improve. Nature and the human body are incredibly resilient, always striving to heal, always recreating cells, always processing and clearing out foreign matter which the immune system rejects. Given half a chance, remarkable healing happens. So please be heartened by the new knowledge you have, by the fact that you have choices every day as to which chemicals, foods and other stimuli your family will be exposed to. Use this information to exercise those choices and help to create a toxin-free, naturally nurturing environment for your loved ones.

Rafaele Joudry is the founder and director of Sound Therapy International and the author of three books on Sound Therapy, including, Why Aren’t I Learning? Listening is the Key to Overcoming Learning Difficulties. Contact: Sound Therapy International, Phone (Int+612) (Aust 02) 4234-4534 or 1300 55 77 96

info@soundtherapyinternational.com

 www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 


[1] Matthews, R. ‘Ultrasound Scans Linked to Brain Damage in Babies’, Journal Epidemiology  (Dec 9, 2001) 12:618 http://educate-yourself.org/cn/2001/ultrasoundandbraindamage19dec01.shtml

[2] Uhlig, R. ‘Ultrasound Scans May Harm Unborn Babies’, New Scientist, Issue 1476 (10 June 1999).

[3] Christopher, J.R. Every Woman’s Herbal. Quoting from: The People’s Doctor, Vol.7, No. 11. 3. cited on http://educate-yourself.org/cn/2001/ultrasoundandbraindamage19dec01.shtml

[4] Ibid.

[5]  Vaccination: The Hidden Truth, Should we shoot first and ask questions later? www.vaccination.inoz.com

[6] Scheibner, V. Interview at Blackheath, transcribed by Rafaele Joudry. 2002.

[7] ‘Dirty Secrets’, New Scientist, Nov 1996, cited on www.avn.org.au

[8]  Australian Vaccination Network   www.avn.org.au

[9] Hancock, B. ‘Vaccination, A Fatal Error’ www.vaccination.inoz.com

Behavioural Problems in Childhood: The link to vaccination, by Viera Scheibner Ph. D. www.vaccination.inoz.com

[10]Scheibner, V. ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ www.vaccination.inoz.com

Doctors Use Mozart

Doctors Use Mozart

Ngare Ring lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and practiced for many years as a speech pathologist, before being struck by a mysterious 21st century disease.  She says “from one day to the next, my energy disappeared and I was baffled as to the cause of the problem.”  But the disease, despite its debilitating effects, has proven to have changed her life for the better.

Ngare’s father, the late Dr. Frank Ellis (1912-1974) used to play Mozart and other composers to his patients during surgery when they were under local anaesthetic.  He found that the music soothed and calmed them, making the experience much more comfortable and even pleasant.  He adopted this procedure after spending time in the USA with the famous ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dr. Morris Cottle, who loved music and began the practice of using music during surgery.  This was in the 1950s and the music he used was on a large reel-to-reel tape player.  Many music connoisseurs still claim this is the best sound reproduction system ever invented.

Dr. Frank Ellis was one of Australia’s leading ENT (ear nose and throat) surgeons between the 1950’s and 1970’s and was president of the Otolarygological Society of Australia for a time.  He was a pioneer in Australia in the use of microsurgery to remove austic neuromas (benign tumours of the auditory nerve).

Ngare was led to speech pathology due to her father and a lifetime interest in language which, she remembers, began even as a toddler.  She believes that she was very fortunate to have been raised on classical music as it has greatly enriched her experience of speech and language.  While working in California, she was able to combine her interest in language and learning with her fascination for foreign languages and became fluent enough in Spanish to work as a bilingual Special Education teacher with immigrant children from Mexico.

Ngare worked as a speech pathologist/special educator all her life until 1995 when she found that several amalgam dental fillings were cracked and she was advised by her dentist to have the fillings replaced.  Being ill informed, like many dentists, on the dangers of mercury in the amalgam; the dentist removed her fillings without taking precautions to protect her from the toxic effects of gases and particles that were released during the drilling process.  He then replaced her fillings with fresh mercury amalgam, which increased the level of toxicity.  That was when Ngare’s energy disappeared and, from one day to the next she, was faced with an enduring and inexplicable illness: including lethargy, migraine headaches and vision problems.  Ngare was told by another dentist, who finally diagnosed her problem, that she had a very severe case of mercury poisoning along with gangrenous areas in her jawbone where wisdom teeth had been extracted.  Because of all this she was also showing signs of early Multiple Sclerosis.

She sought help from many practitioners, and while pharmaceutical medicine made her condition worse, she received some relief from chiropractic and naturopathic treatment.  But the beginning of the real turnaround came when she discovered Sound Therapy.  Prior to this, Ngare undertook some rebirthing sessions in the hope of getting to the cause of her problems.  One day the therapist asked her “tell me what you love most in the world.”  Ngare was surprised to notice that the first three things she mentioned all had to do with music.  During the rebirthing session, Ngare had what she describes as an incredible out-of-body experience where she saw herself sliding into a pool, surrounded by beautiful music.  It was this experience that renewed her great interest in music and which eventually led to her discovery of Sound Therapy.

It was soon after the rebirthing experience that she came across the book “The Mozart Effect” by Don Campbell and from there was led to Sound Therapy, a portable self help listening program based on the work of the French ENT Specialist, Dr. Alfred Tomatis.  Ngare read with fascination of the work of Dr. Tomatis who, using the reel-to-reel tape machines of the 1950s devised a listening program which not only could improve speech and language function and was a highly effective treatment for learning difficulties, but also helped to stimulate brain pathways and replenish energy systems in the body.  Plagued as she was by chronic fatigue and constant severe migraine headaches related to heavy metal poisoning, Ngare was eager for anything that could give her back her vitality.  She began using the Sound Therapy tapes and very soon her energy started to improve.  The filtered music also gave her a feeling of hope and, from this time on, she was led to all the other things she needed.  Beginning Sound Therapy was a real turning point for Ngare.

Along with a new sense of positivity, Ngare found she had an incredible new musical awareness.  She says “I always loved music, but now I can’t live without it.  It opens my heart.”

Dr. Tomatis, who knew of the healing power of Mozart for learning and emotional healing long before it was scientifically tested and proven, said “Mozart is a good mother.”

Given courage to seek further healing, Ngare found a Holistic dentist who replaced her amalgam fillings with the new composite type, but this time used proper protective measures such as rubber dams, oxygen supply, proper sequencing to reduce the battery-like effect of dissimilar metals in the mouth (mercury fillings and gold caps) and, of course, safe disposal of the amalgam material.  She experienced immediate improvement in her health once the mercury fillings were removed.  She also continued to benefit from Sound Therapy and began introducing the method to her family and clients.  Ngare says that all members of her family have seen remarkable improvements from the therapy.  Her husband has experienced a lowering of blood pressure and, with the reduced stress, he is like a different man.  He no longer gets upset about minor things and sleeps like a baby for the first time in years.  He uses the Sound Therapy while working in front of the computer.  “One of the great benefits”, explains Ngare “is that you don’t have to concentrate on the therapy as it works on your ear at an unconscious level, so it is very suitable for busy people.”

Ngare’s mother, aged 86, had severe insomnia for many years, but now it is rare for her to have any sleeping problem.  Her hearing has also improved; she had a loss of high frequencies in her left ear, which is no longer apparent.  She now looks and acts like a woman 20 years younger than her actual age!

Ngare’s sister has been through some very stressful years.  Since using Sound Therapy, she has become much more positive and is sleeping a lot better.  She says: “I can cope with just about anything these days thanks to Sound Therapy.  I keeps me calm and centred.”  Ngare’s twin nieces who are typical of identical twins, being very emotionally, close have also been through trying times; so Ngare suggested they try Sound Therapy.  One of them took up the listening and, as a result, her grandmother describes her as “a different girl.”  She now has a much more positive attitude, is sleeping better and no longer waking every night at 2 am.

Ngare is particularly excited by the possibility of using Sound Therapy in conjunction with speech pathology.  Having had to give up her practice due to her illness, she intends to resume it in a new form, combined with Sound Therapy.  Ngare loved her work but found there were some clients she simply could not help.  Coming from a medical tradition of using Mozart in the surgery, Ngare is undeterred by convention, for she has experienced first hand the remarkable healing power of music and is determined to gain for Sound Therapy the recognition it deserves in her field.

This article was written in 2001. Ngare is now retired and prefers not to take enquiries.

For more information please contact Sound Therapy International 02) 4234-4534 or 1300 55 77 96

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A Non Pharmeceutical Treatment For ADD AVN

 

A Non-pharmaceutical Treatment for ADD

Sound Therapy in the Treatment of Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Delayed Speech, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Today more and more parents are looking for non pharmaceutical treatments for the increasing levels of learning difficulties affecting their children. Creating a toxin free environment is of vital importance so that growing children do not become overloaded with chemicals that the liver cannot process. Early exposure to chemicals is being linked to developmental delays and learning disorders.

In addition to good nutrition and assistance with detoxification, a very important aspect of treatment, too often overlooked by learning difficulty specialists is treatment through auditory retraining, or Sound Therapy.  This treatment is now available as a home based therapeutic listening program which assists listening, brain function and language development. Evidence points to the potential benefit of Sound Therapy in counteracting today’s environmental assaults on the developing child. Dr Veira Scheibner, who is well known for her extensive research in the vaccination field, suggests that Sound Therapy is an important treatment to assist the child’s brain to recover from the damage caused by vaccination or other environmental toxins.

  Why the ear

Dr Tomatis the ear specialist and originator of Sound Therapy said “We read with our ears.” This theory is founded upon the fact that the ear is the only primary sense organ which is registered at all three levels of the brain, the brain stem, mid brain and cortex. In contrast the visual sense is seated only in the cortex. It is for this reason that Tomatis believed that perceptual problems often need to be addressed through the auditory function.

Julia, Dive, a tutor specialising in Sound Therapy explains the importance of listening when a child is learning to read: “if children can’t hear the sounds, if they can’t relate a sound to the symbol, then they have trouble having it register in their head and then relating that sound again to that symbol next time they see it. They need to able to understand, see the letter, hear the letter and reproduce the sound of that letter next time they see it. And then they need to be able to blend that letter in with all the other letters that form a word and be able to reproduce that sound again. And Sound Therapy, I think actually helps that process of what happens after the sound goes into the head and then where it goes inside your brain and what your brain does with it and how it spits it back out again at the other side.”

For this complex decoding process to occur, millions of brain connections are needed. Susan Greenfield, a leading educator on the human brain, explains that axons and dendrites, the tiny filaments which enable communication between the neurones, are created in response to stimulation of the brain. This stimulus could simply be from thinking about something of interest, or it could be a sound, particularly a high frequency sound. Dr Alfred Tomatis who developed the Sound Therapy program in the 1950s, made crucial discoveries on the neurological and psychological fronts. These included the fact that the brain needs a concentrated input of high frequency sound in order to function at maximum potential, and that the baby’s brain develops much of its basic structure from hearing language while still in utero. The growing foetus actually hears the mothers voice.

Dr Veira Scheibner explains that Sound Therapy creates new brain connections, restoring some of the damage done by vaccination. Once the nutritional and detoxification aspects have been addressed, many practitioners believe Sound Therapy is an important tool for restoring neurological functioning.

Other leading specialists have reached the same conclusions as Tomatis about the importance of the ear in learning. Dr Levinson, author of Smart but Feeling Dumb has specialised in the clinical treatment of dyslexia and ADD for several decades and, like Tomatis, concludes that these problems are somehow related to the ear. His approach, however, is to treat the ear with pharmaceutical remedies, while Dr Tomatis treated it with sound.

 

Conditions treated successfully with Sound Therapy

Dyslexia. Word reversal, one of the typical symptoms of dyslexia, is according to Tomatis’s theory, linked to left ear dominance. Sound Therapy encourages right ear dominance, thereby improving the efficiency of the brain in delivering sounds directly to the left hemisphere which is primarily responsible for language.

ADD/ADHD Sound Therapy improves attention by increasing high frequency perception, processing speed, and the ability to inhibit action and therefore decide on the appropriateness of an action before jumping in.

Autism is typified by hyperacusis or phonophobia (sensitivity to or fear of loud sounds.). Sound Therapy increases the resilience of the ear in accommodating the full range of frequencies. It also improves language integration and increases the ability for meaningful communication.

Speech problems such as stuttering and delayed speech development are frequently remedied by Sound Therapy. If there have been ear problems or emotional problems at a crucial stage of development, neural patterning may be interrupted. Sound Therapy stimulates the process of speech patterning and allows listeners to catch up with speech development.

Down’s syndrome. Research in recent years has shown that hearing problems play a major role in the disabilities experienced by children with Down’s syndrome. As both hearing and auditory processing are improved, children with Down’s syndrome show significant social and learning improvements.

Pre natal development. Dr Tomatis investigated the role of sound in the unborn foetus and demonstrated that much of the neuronal patterning of the brain is laid down as a result of the child listening to its mother’s voice while in the womb. When the mother listens to high frequencies, her voice is stimulated, having a beneficial effect on the developing foetus.

 

Inner ear dysfunction

The ear has been described as “the Rome of the body,” because so many of the cranial nerves are linked to a some part of the ear. The auditory nerve has branches surrounding the ocular motor nerve, indicating its control of eye tracking. Dr Levinson says, “The inner ear system has been proven to direct and guide our eyes and tracking responses automatically during the reading process.”

Through thousands of case studies Levinson came to the realisation that in every case of dyslexia the unifying factor was inner ear dysfunction. He realised that dyslexia affects every aspect of ones life, auditory and visual processing as well as motor coordination and balance, both waking and sleeping. Hence, he says: “I came to view the inner-ear system as a fine-tuner for the entire sensory input and motor output system.” This led to understanding of the role of the cerebellum, which could be seen as the grand central station linking the local exchange of the inner ear to the final destination of the cortex.

 

The cerebellum

The cerebellum plays a significant role in sensory coordination, both visual and auditory, and has been dubbed by Susan Greenfield the ‘autopilot of the brain.’ Levinson believes that any learning difficulty associated with auditory processing problems is linked to the cerebellum.

The following graphic description of the cerebellum and its vital gate-keeping role in the human body is from a Scientific American article by R. Snider. With a group of outstanding neurophysiologists he reached these conclusions after completing a series of animal experiments.

 

“In the back of our skulls, perched upon the brain stem is a baseball sized, bean-bag shaped lump of grey and white brain tissue. This is the cerebellum, the “lesser brain.” In contrast to the cerebrum, where men have sought and found the centres of so many vital mental activities, the cerebellum remains a region of subtle and tantalising mystery, its function hidden from investigators….Its elusive signals have begun to tell us that, while the cerebellum itself directs no body functions, it operates as monitor and coordinator of  the brain’s other centres and as mediator between them and the body…”

 

Many other studies have corroborated the evidence for the inner ear dysfunction theory. When numerous dyslexics tested at four leading hospitals with electronystagmography (ENG), a special physiological inner-ear testing method, 90% showed definite evidence of inner-ear dysfunction.

 

 

Correspondence with Tomatis’s views

Levinson analysed 35,000 dyslexics, the largest sample ever he claims. He paid great and detailed attention to all symptoms he observed, and eventually wove the symptoms together into a new understanding of dyslexia. His conclusion was the same as Dr Tomatis’s, that dyslexia is caused by an inner ear dysfunction, which can affect capabilities in any or all of the following areas.

 

Reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, memory, direction, time, speech, hyperactivity, overactivity, impulsiveness, concentration and distractibility, ADD ADHD,  phobias and related mental behavioural disorders, balance and coordination.

 

ADD ADHD

Levinson found that ninety percent of children diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD have inner ear related problems similar to dyslexics. He therefore concludes that both dyslexia and ADD originate from the same cause, but have been slightly differently defined leading to different diagnoses. However, both have proved responsive to treatment with Sound Therapy, corroborating both Levinson and Tomatis’s view that finely tuned ear function is fundamental to learning.

 

Pre-Natal Listening

Dr Tomatis, made significant discoveries about the role of the ear and sound in the prenatal development of the brain. Sound is the first sense to develop fully in the womb. The foetus’s ear is ready to perceive sound at four and a half months. The baby listens to its mother’s heartbeat, respiration and digestive sounds. Dr.Tomatis believes that the baby can also hear the mother’s voice and becomes familiar with this sound before birth.

The sound of the mother’s voice with its familiar tone and rhythm is what provides continuity between the prenatal and post-natal worlds. The infant is particularly accustomed to the high frequency sounds of the voice as heard in the womb, and therefore is immediately reassured when presented with high frequency sounds filtered to a similar level.

When the mother listens to Sound Therapy during her pregnancy, the benefits she receives are passed on to the infant. The effects of listening for the mother are a soothing  of her whole system and a stimulation to the cortex of the brain from the high frequency sound.

The hormonal shift experienced by the mother at birth sometimes causes post natal depression. This can be greatly alleviated by the continued use of Sound Therapy after giving birth, as well as by herbal treatment to balance the hormones.

 

Dyslexia

The left hemisphere of the brain is the main center for processing language. In order for speech sounds to reach the brain efficiently the right ear must take a leading role in listening, because the right ear communicates most directly with the left brain hemisphere.

Dr. Tomatis contends that children with dyslexia have failed to achieve right ear dominance and that therefore the order in which they hear sound becomes jumbled. The balance between the two hemispheres of the brain is of fundamental importance in overcoming dyslexia. Both hemispheres play a role in processing language, but the roles they play are different. The eye must combine with the power and the quality of the ear to make sense of the written sounds. This co-ordination happens easily when the left hemisphere deals primarily with audition and the right hemisphere deals primarily with vision. In dyslexia, the route which allows for phonic analysis has been damaged. Sound Therapy restores the functioning of this route and eliminates the cause of the problem.

Sound Therapy stimulates and exercises the ear, teaching it to receive and interpret sound in an efficient manner. Music is a highly organised series of sounds that the ear has to analyse. Therefore, listening to music is an excellent way for a child to learn how to perceive sounds in an organised fashion, or in other words, to listen. The higher volume of sound to the right ear, which is built into all Sound Therapy recordings, means that the right ear is educated to be the directing ear. When this right ear dominance is achieved, the problem of reversal will frequently disappear.

 

Autism spectrum disorders

Many children with autism spectrum disorders exhibit extreme sensitivity to noise. Some frequencies are actually painful for them to hear. Dr. Tomatis suggests that in order to shut out painful sounds or other unwanted stimuli the child closes down the hearing mechanism so that certain sounds cannot penetrate the consciousness. On a physiological level, this closing off of the ear is achieved by a relaxation of the muscles of the middle ear. Over time, these muscles lose their tonicity. Sounds are then imprecisely perceived and as a result incorrectly analysed.

Sound Therapy offers a child with autism the opportunity to re-open the listening capacity. The fluctuating sounds produced by the Electronic Ear gradually exercise and tone the ear muscles, teaching the ear to respond to and recognise the full range of frequencies. As this happens, communication takes on new meanings and the child begins to respond where before he or she was unreachable.

          Sound Therapy recreates the pre-birth experience of audition and enables emotional contact to be made first with the mother and then with other people.

Children with autism respond to Sound Therapy by showing a greater interest in making contact and communicating with the people around them. Interactions with their family members become more affectionate and appropriate. There is often increased eye contact and the children have a longer attention span.

 

Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  are believed to be caused by a deficiency in the transmission system which relays messages between cells in various parts of the brain.

The majority of children with ADD/ADHD have auditory reception problems. Although they can hear they cannot make sense of what they hear, because the ear and the brain are not working efficiently to process the sound. They have difficulty tuning out unwanted input and focusing on selected sounds.

It is this indiscriminate reception of auditory input which leads to the inability to concentrate on a selected topic for any length of time. Where hyperactivity is part of the child’s condition, there are additional problems of impulsiveness, behavioural problems and poor social skills.

Sound Therapy provides this rehabilitation for the ear and re-organises the auditory transmission in the brain. This process reduces stress and tension in the whole nervous system as the child becomes able to attend to a chosen stimulus instead of being constantly distracted by every sound in the environment.

Very dramatic results can be achieved with Sound Therapy for children with ADD/ADHD. The first change to be observed will be a marked decrease in activity (for overactive children) while under active children will become more energised. As the listening discrimination is retrained, memory and concentration improves so that learning can be achieved with a great deal less effort. Sleep and appetite problems are resolved as the whole system becomes calmer and less erratic. The behavioural difficulties, such as impulsiveness and aggression, are now brought down to a manageable level. The child is now able to pay attention in class and to understand and follow instructions and is motivated to communicate and learn.

 

Speech Problems

Unless there is a deformity in the vocal apparatus, most speech difficulties are caused by some interference or distortion in auditory reception. Although the hearing may test as normal, the relaying of verbal information to the brain may be impaired. Hearing your own voice is a source of constant feedback while speaking and any confusion in the sequence of received sounds can cause confusion in speech output. The results can be substitutions of one sound for another, stumbling over words or a flat and toneless voice.

Most people use the left hemisphere of the brain as the primary integrating centre for language. Some studies have shown that stutterers process language primarily in the right hemisphere or a mixture of the two. The right hemisphere is less efficient for processing auditory information, so the result is problems in the timing of speech output such as stuttering.

Speech difficulties frequently lead to problems in other areas where language is used, such as reading and writing. The element which is the basis for all these skills is the ability to hear and process sound accurately.

Dr. Tomatis made an important discovery about the relatedness of the ear to the voice. He established that the larynx emits only those harmonics that the ear hears. A lack of tone in the voice indicates a lack of tone in the hearing. Sound Therapy fine tunes the hearing and restores the ability to hear missing frequencies.

 

Sound Therapy is flexible, portable, easy and fun

Listening can be done during sleep, play, homework or travel. If the child wishes to listen at school, parents can ask for the consent of the teacher. This will likely be granted, as listening in the classroom will often help the child to concentrate and perform better.

Sound Therapy is used on a personal cassette player with headphones.

The total listening time required for most children to receive the full benefit from the program is approximately 100 hours.  Most children have an instinctive response to the acoustic stimulation of Sound Therapy and will take to the listening keenly.

Close to two hundred practitioners in Australia now recommend the method. However, the portable program means that parents can use Sound Therapy at home without needing to see a practitioner.

In its portable form, Sound Therapy is affordable, portable, easy, harmless and requires no special testing or supervision.

 

For more information on Sound Therapy readers are referred to the book: Why Aren’t I Learning? : Listening is the Key to Overcoming Learning Difficulties,  by Rafaele Joudry

 

This can be obtained through your local bookstore or from Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd. Phone Sydney 02 9317 3799 1300 55 77 96 or

 

info@soundthrapyinternational.com

www.soundtherapyinternational.com