Please Help Us Test a 2500 Year Old Pythagorean Hypothesis: 'Music Is Medicine'

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 'Music Is Medicine': Ancient Pythagorean Hypothesis Undergoes Scientific Scrutiny

Could music provide a non-invasive way to stimulate healing and promote longevity within human blood? An innovative new crowd-funded project sets out to test a 2500 year old hypothesis...

What an interesting question posed by my colleague John Stuart Reid! Now, in collaboration with Systome Biomeda project which has already made important contributions to the biomedical and life sciences in general, and with, an organisation dedicated to supporting musicians, the power of music to create biological transformation will finally be tested. John is the inventor of the legendary cymascope, a device that makes sound visible in remarkably beautiful and intellectually profound detail. You can learn more about these important new developments in our recent press release: Cymatics, the science of visible sound, has just taken a giant leap into the future.


John has tirelessly and selflessly dedicated his life to the exciting new science of cymatics (the study of wave phenomena, especially sound, and their visual representations), including it’s real world implications and applications to healing. He and his lovely wife Annaleise, who is herself a sound healing practitioner, wrote a brilliant article on the topic for us recently:  Rediscovering the Art and Science of Sound Therapy.

Remarkably, the question addressed in John's proposed experiment goes all the way back to Pythagoras.


Pythagoras believed that music could be used “in the place of medicine”* yet, to our knowledge, this important premise has never before been tested.  John’s proposed series of blood experiments are designed to discover if music and specific sonic test frequencies have medical properties. Indeed, we've been gathering research on the healing power of musical sound for GreenMedInfo's research database for some time now. You can check out the results of this investigation on a page dedicated to the topic here. (*According Iamblichus, one of Pythagoras's biographers.)


We live in such an exciting time! With thought leaders like John leading the charge, we can now use hard science to test ancient hypotheses related to natural healing modalities like sound healing.


Obviously, this is not the type of experiment that will receive tons of pharmaceutical or institutional funding, due to the fact that sound healing can be administered for free and will never (and probably should never) be patentable.

That’s why we are reaching out to our loyal followers -- who love and appreciate the need for independent science and journalism --  for crowd-funding support to back this genuinely groundbreaking new experiment. All it will take is a few hundred supporters to donate a few dollars to make this experiment happen. You can jump right to it here, or read on for more exciting details below....


Above is an example of the power of the cymascope to render visible for the first time sound phenomena, such as piano notes. 


What is the context of this research?

Many studies have demonstrated a link between organogenesis and sonic frequencies. 1Many other studies show the efficacy of therapeutic ultrasound and audible sound in supporting human illness.2


It is reasonable to hypothesize that the underlying mechanisms by which audible sound and ultrasound support plant growth and human illnesses may also influence the longevity of human blood cells, which is the primary focus of our proposed experiment. (Re notes 1 & 2, for references see additional information section.)

What is the significance of this project?

If specific genres of music could be shown to extend the life of blood cells, versus the possible negative effects of noise on blood cell mortality, it may radically alter the listening habits of individuals and the environments in which they immerse themselves. The results may also provide a better understanding of noise exposure in the workplace. In addition, this initial experiment will provide a foundation for future experiments planned to help identify the medical mechanisms that underpin sound therapy, a drug-free modality that is showing potential in the support of many forms of illness. Support the effort here.

What are the goals of the project?

To establish if different genres of music, or specific frequencies of pure sound, influence blood cell longevity and to test if exposure to noise negatively affects blood cell mortality.


Whole blood, in vitro, will be exposed to a variety of music genres in addition to a range of pure frequencies and different types of noise. Two incubators will be employed, one with in-built audio transducer, driven by an external sound source, and one without transducer as a control, each containing petrie dishes containing whole blood and reagent.


An automatic cell counter will be used to test blood samples from both incubators at set intervals. The entire experiment will be repeated three times to obtain a pattern of results. Support the effort here.




Equipment and management are essential for project completion. We require a microscope slide heater and temperature controller, two mini incubators, an automatic cell counter and supplies of blood and reagent. Our laboratory already has a Nikon microscope and digital camera that will be used to capture images, both still and video, during progress of the experiment. One of the mini incubators will be custom modified to introduce a transducer, to be driven from a variety of signal sources including music CD's, a frequency generator and a white noise generator. Support the effort here

Endorsed by my father, Sungchul Ji

"I enthusiastically endorse the proposed experiments on human blood using the newly invented digital CymaScope that can image sound-induced water wave patterns with or without solutes such as blood cells and proteins. Because of the extreme sensitivity of water molecules to sound vibrations and their molecular environmental changes, it is highly likely that the digital CymaScope images of blood when analyzed quantitatively using the Planckian Distribution Equation will reveal the effects of music on the physiological states of blood cells."


Sungchul Ji

Sungchul Ji

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., USA.

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Following acquisition of funding, the deadline of which is Feb 2nd, we anticipate acquiring items of needed equipment that are not currently in our laboratory during January 2018, following which we expect to set up and run the experiment during February 2018. Support the effort here



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Additional study information

Many studies have demonstrated a link between aspects of plant growth, for example organogenesis, and sonic frequencies. Here are two examples of many: (Re note 1 from the context introduction) :


There are also many papers that show the efficacy of therapeutic ultrasound in stimulating cell division in humans. Here are four examples of many. (Re note 2 from the context introduction) :

Dyson, M. Mechanisms involved in therapeutic ultrasound. Physiotherapy 73(3):116-120, 1987.

Dyson, M., Luke, D.A.: Induction of mast cell degranulation in skin by ultrasound, IEEE Trans. Ultrasonics. Ferroelectrics Frequency Control UFFC-33:194, 1986.

Hogan, R.D., Burke, K.M., and Franklin, T.D.: The effect of ultrasound on microvascular hemodynamics in skeletal muscle: effects during ischemia, Microvasc. Res. 23:370, 1982.

Pilla, A.A., Figueiredo, M., Nasser, P., et al: Non-invasive low intensity pulsed ultrasound: a potent accelerator of bone repair, Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, 1990.


Here are four studies regarding the use of audible sound in support of a variety of illnesses:


In addition to the above references we have empirical evidence that sound imprints cymatically (visible sound patterns) on the surface membranes of cells, an example of which can be seen in our Aloe Vera plant cell video:


Since most animal cells feature an array of Integral Membrane Proteins it seems likely that such IMP’s will be mechanically stimulated by any incident sound field, which may prove to be an important part of the mechanism whereby cells in a G0 phase (causing illness in a specific bodily system) can be stimulated into the G1 phase, leading to mitosis and wellness. IMP sonic stimulation will be investigated in future planned experiments.

While we have no biological research to back up what is, essentially, an intuitive hunch that the presence of specific sound frequencies may extend the normal lifespan of blood cells, it seems reasonable to hypothesize that the underlying mechanisms by which audible sound and ultrasound support a wide range of illnesses and physical trauma may also extend the life of blood cells. Some of the greatest discoveries in science have been the result of intuitive hunches.

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