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The influence of music on plants and our kids !!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by mssunitha2001, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. mssunitha2001

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    If you pay attention, nature often will tell you what is beneficial for you and your family to lead healthy lives. It is fascinating to watch how nature responds to changes in the environment. Nature has told us which types of music that she likes through some very interesting experiments with plants and animals. The nice thing about these studies is that you can try most of them yourself at home. These experiments also serve as good science projects for school or science fairs.

    [​IMG]The Dance of Plants
    A researcher named Dorothy Retallack did some pioneering studies into the effects of different kinds of music on plants.

    Using strictly controlled conditions, she kept her plants in large closed cabinets where light, temperature and air were automatically regulated. She found that in under four weeks, three hours a day of acid rock, playing through a speaker in the side of the cabinet was found to stunt the growth of and damage philodendrons, squash, and corn plants.

    Retallack also studied groups of petunias exposed to two radio stations. One station was a semi-classical station and one was a rock station. At the end of the second week, the petunias exposed to the rock music were leaning away from the speaker and growing erratically while the petunias listening to the classical station were all leaning toward the speaker. All the plants exposed to the rock station died within a month.

    A third experiment was conducted with some fascinating results. Retallack used groups of beans, squash, corn, morning glory and coleus plants. These plants were divided up into groups that had the music of Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge played to them; another group had contemporary avant-garde atonal music played to it; another group was kept in silence and an additional group had peaceful devotional music played to it.

    Retallack found that after ten days, the group exposed to Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge (hard rock music for those not aware of these musical groups) were all leaning away from the speaker and after three weeks these plants were all stunted and dying. The plants exposed to the avant-garde atonal music were leaning 15 degrees away from the speaker but they had medium sized roots. The plants left in silence had the longest roots of these three groups and grew the highest. However, the last group that had the devotional music played to it produced plants that not only grew two inches taller than the plants left in silence, but they grew toward the speaker! I think nature was making a statement here.

    Some other fascinating research was done by Dr. T. C. Singh, the head of the Department of Botany at Anamalia University in India. Dr. Singh discovered that classical music caused plants to grow twice as fast as plants not exposed to classical music. He then went a step further and found that a music instrument creating sound waves will cause the protoplasm of cells (the fluid medium inside all cells - plant, animal, human) to increase its motion. Dr. Singh found that violins produced the most movement of the protoplasm.

    Another discovery of Dr. Singh has far-reaching implications.

    When he tracked the plants that showed vigorous growth in response to the music, he found that later generations of their seeds produced plants that also showed increased growth. Think of the implications!

    This means that the music somehow altered the chromosomes of the plants! What could this mean for music that is harmful for the plant - or for our bodies? Some of the animal studies shed even more light on this subject.


    [​IMG]Body, Mind and Spirit
    There's all sorts of fascinating research and wisdom available about the many ways that music affects your kids (and yourself) but it can be difficult to find.

    For example, did you know that:

    * Certain kinds of music are energizing for your children's minds and can help them learn much faster, and even help them digest their food better. Other types of music actually drain energy from your children's brains and bodies and can actually affect their hormone levels (this is especially a problem with teens).

    * Certain frequencies of sound are beneficial to your children's bodies and are more often present in certain instruments and in works by certain composers.

    * There are certain kinds of music from certain composers that can help in your home with everything from household chores to soothing a crying baby, enhancing homework, creative writing, math - you name it!

    * Music affects cell protoplasm and even chromosomes. Consider what you are passing on to your children and their children.

    * Listening to music by a certain composer has been shown to temporarily increase students' IQ scores.

    * There is a moral component of music that is totally separate and independent of any lyrics and significantly impacts your children.

    * Educators and researchers are finding direct relationships between music and television habits and the mental, verbal and behavioral development of our children.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2010

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