Stayin’ Alive: How Music May Influence Your Medical Treatment. According to officials at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, select rhythmic songs can help first responders and people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation administer hands-on CPR at the proper speed needed for it to be successful. For that to happen, each compression on the chest of a victim needs to be at about 100 beats a minute. A Playlist to Re-Spark a Heart Of course, “Stayin’ Alive” isn’t the only Baby Boomer-era song that could be a vital 100-beat aid in performing life-saving CPR. Health officials say such preparation can be invaluable. A study conducted by the Medical Journal of Australia, designed to explore the effects of rock and classical music on surgical speed, accuracy, and perceived distraction, showed a definite downside to loud rock. In fact, they didn’t even use real surgeons. Instead, more than 350 men and women who had no prior medical experience were selected to see what effects music had in the operating room. Each of the subjects performed “surgery” on the character “Cavity Sam” by using the popular board game “Operation” and removing three “organs.” While performing their “surgical” operations, the subjects were made to listen to the sounds of an actual operating room, classic music like Mozart and loud rock like AC/DC songs. The results showed that listening to rock music impaired men, but not women.
I have just returned from a journey, camping in one of the remote mountain areas of Peru. It was an amazing experience that I only dreamed of, especially since I am in my 60s and didn’t think I was strong enough to make the journey.
I also created many excuses as to why I couldn’t go – money, being too busy – you know, all those roadblocks you put up when you are hemmed in by your routine.
Having lived the country life and missing it terribly, my mentor recommended taking big vacations in nature as often as I could. That was the impetus to take this trip to Peru.
Surrounded in breathtaking beauty – snowcapped mountains and crystal clear lakes – new horizons and insights emerged about what it means to live fully engaged in a different landscape.
You know, living in today’s world is filled with challenges, globally and in our own lives. We are flooded with messages daily that create fear and uncertainty of the future, leaving us with a sense of hopelessness, powerlessness and sometimes isolation.
Here’s what nature does to meet some of those challenges.
Nature Places You in the Present Moment
In nature, there is no news, no phones or texts or emails, no to-do lists. Experiences that seemed so significant melt away when…