Sound To Kill or Sound to Heal?

 Noise harms and even kills. There is nowwealth of evidence about the harmful effect of noise.


 


According to a 1999 U.S. Censusreport, Americans named noise as the number one problem in neighborhoods. Ofthe households surveyed, 11.3 percent stated that street or traffic noise wasbothersome, and 4.4 percent said it was so bad that they wanted to move. MoreAmericans are bothered by noise than by crime, odors and other problems listedunder "other bothersome conditions."


 


The European Union says:"Around 20% of the Union's population or close on 80 million people sufferfrom noise levels that scientists and health experts consider to be unacceptable,where most people become annoyed, where sleep is disturbed and where adversehealth effects are to be feared. An additional 170 million citizens are livingin so-called 'grey areas' where the noise levels are such to cause seriousannoyance during the daytime."


 


The World Health Organization says:"Traffic noise alone is harming the health of almost every third person inthe WHO European Region. One in five Europeans is regularly exposed to soundlevels at night that could significantly damage health."


 


The WHO is also the source for thestartling statistic about noise killing 200,000 people a year. Its findings(LARES report) estimate that 3 percent of deaths from ischemic heart diseaseresult from long-term exposure to noise. With 7 million deaths a year globally,that means 210,000 people are dying of noise every year.


 


The cost of noise to society isastronomical. The EU again: "Present economic estimates of the annualdamage in the EU due to environmental noise range from EUR 13 billion to 38billion. Elements that contribute are a reduction of housing prices, medicalcosts, reduced possibilities of land use and cost of lost labor days."(Future Noise Policy European Commission Green Paper 1996).


 


Then there is the effect of noise onsocial behavior. The U.S. report "Noise and its effects"(Administrative Conference of the United States, Alice Suter, 1991) says:"Even moderate noise levels can increase anxiety, decrease the incidenceof helping behavior, and increase the risk of hostile behavior in experimentalsubjects. These effects may, to some extent, help explain the"dehumanization" of today's urban environment."


 


Vibrational influences us – with significantimpact. In contrast to noise, music can be used as energy to heal, restore andenergize our bodies, minds and emotions. It can be specifically crafted forbeneficial effects on the body, mind and soul. Free soundhealing music isavailable at www.JillsWingsOfLight.com

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