New Times / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 34
Drum circles have great benefits
By Sean Shealy - Arroyo Grande
I feel the need to respond to Diane Smith’s letter (“Dear rational Shredder:” March 13), specifically her comment “Logic and rational thought is [vital] … I find it tragic that something … has driven the masses to the kind of hysteria that leads to …drum circles … .”
As a HealthRhythms facilitator, trained in this medical protocol developed by neurologist Barry Bittmann, I must appeal to Smith’s logic in evaluating the proven benefits of group drumming.
Overall, the published and reviewed research shows that group drumming improves the function of the immune and cardiovascular systems, reverses cellular stress, improves mood, reduces burnout rates among workers, and reduces anxiety, depression, and feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Bittmann’s own peer-reviewed research demonstrates the following:
• a statistically significant increase in the activity of natural killer cells, the white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer and virally-infected cells.
Aside from these objective measurements, I have also witnessed and experienced the personal transformations and emotional release brought about by drumming.