"Clinical researchers at the U.C.L.A. School of Nursing in Los Angeles, and at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, found that
premature babies gained weight faster and were able to use oxygen more efficiently when they listened to soothing music mixed with voices
or womb sounds. At Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Regional Medical Center, premature and low-birth-weight infants exposed to an hour and a
half of soothing vocal music each day averaged only 11 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, compared with 16 days for a control group.
At Baltimore's St. Agnes Hospital, classical music was provided in the critical-care units. Half an hour of music produced the same effect
as ten milligrams of Valium, says Dr. Raymond Bahr, head of the coronary-care unit.
How does music help? Some studies show it can lower blood pressure, basal-metabolism and respiration rates, thus lessening physiological
responses to stress. Other studies suggest music may help increase production of endorphins (natural pain relievers) and S-IgA (Salivary
immunoglobulin A). S-IgA speeds healing, reduces the danger of infections, and controls the heart rate. Studies indicate both hemispheres
of the brain are involved in processing music. Dr. Sacks explains, The neurological basis of musical responses is robust and may even
survive damage to both hemispheres (Music's Surprising Power to Heal, 8/92 Reader's Digest)."
- You will notice that nowhere in these two paragraphs appears any mention of rock music and its effects on the unborn. They only
tested "soothing music", no experiment was performed with rock music. Bad science produces erroneous results!
- The amniotic fluid along with several layers tissue in a mother's womb would definitely be a very effective sonic damper - protecting
the unborn child from damaging sound levels even in the loudest of rock concerts.
- My daughter was exposed to Christian rock in the womb. She prefers it to other types of music, including secular rock! "Jesus Freak"
works very well as a lullaby - if we attempt to use soft music she very often fusses.
- Do I really want my child listening to music that produces the same effect as Valium??? Valium is a traquilizer - why should my child
need a tranquilizer? She doesn't have any stress and can cope perfectly well with the world. Even if it costs me a little sleep and
aggravation, I would prefer her to be alert and learning with a keen intellect at all times, not drugged into submission.
- I don't think the use of chemicals such as Valium should be expoused as desirable in any Christian essay. I would say to anybody
taking Valium to get off the dope, face life as it is, lay your problems at the foot of the cross - grow up, get off spiritual babyfood,
and start being effective in the kingdom of God instead of drugging yourself and bellyaching about how unfair life is and how big your
problems are. GET A LIFE! A new one in Christ, that is! Christ is completely sufficient to handle those problems. Period.