Although his daughter remains unresponsive and can breathe only with the aid of a ventilator, Bobby Brown – who is making all the decisions regarding Bobbi Kristina’s care, says he is not ready to give up hope. He is right there by her side as any father knows how to do. The concerned dad also knows how to do something else: sing.
“We’ll sing ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ ‘Amazing Grace,’ but also some of Whitney’s songs,” a relative told PEOPLE Magazine this week. “We’ve been singing ‘Greatest Love of All.’ Bobby has sung that to her too.”
In many settings, music has been used to help heal. In fact, in a hospital intensive-care unit, patients on ventilators who listen to music of their choice actually relax, while those who don’t hear music grow more tense. Research suggests that the brain responds to music almost as if it were medicine. It may regulate some body functions, synchronize motor skills, stimulate the mind—even make us smarter.
Clinical studies and anecdotal evidence from music therapists suggest that the sound of music:
-improves mobility of people with Parkinson’s disease
-reduces the need for sedatives and pain relievers during and after surgery
-decreases nausea during chemotherapy
-helps patients participate in medical treatment that shortens hospital stays
-lowers blood pressure
The best part is that to take advantage of music’s healing power, you don’t need to take a prescription to your local music store. You don’t even have to go to the music store at all. The home remedies you need are probably already in your music collection.
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“If America thinks she is dead, they will stop praying,” says a Brown family member. “And at this point, we want people to pray for a miracle.”
Bobbi Kristina’s Family Believes In The Healing Power Of Music was originally published on blackdoctor.org