Nutrition and the Ear


The ear is often referred to as the most energy hungry organ of the body. All parts of the ear require high quantities of nutrients to function properly and to avoid degenerative problems such as hearing loss or tinnitus.

The nerves can only successfully fire the precise signals at the millisecond intervals required to accurately transmit a sound if the right elements and enzymes are present:

  • the electrical stability of the cochlea depends upon the presence of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and on a correct balance of necessary enzymes, fatty acids and amino acids.
  • slight disturbances in the equilibrium of enzymes can lead to the death of some of the cilia, the tiny hair-like cells which convert the sound waves to electrical impulses relayed by the auditory nerve.

The delicate balance of this system can be upset by:

  • insufficient oxygen due to poor circulation in the inner ear
  • a deficiency in the trace minerals essential for enzyme activity
  • a toxic overload being carried by the body
  • excessive free radical activity.

The health benefits of good quality nutritional supplementation are far reaching. Not only can it prevent chronic disease over the long term, it can also improve the health of the skin, gums and organs as well as improving digestion and circulation, reducing stress and boosting energy and general well being.

For optimal ear health, we recommend colloidal minerals and antioxidants as a minimum. Broad spectrum multivitamins and liquid oxygen supplements are other good choices.

Colloidal Minerals

Colloidal minerals are very minute particles which have already been absorbed and processed by plants. They come in a liquid form and are readily able to be absorbed by the human body, estimated to be 90% more available to the body than other types of mineral supplements.

A good colloidal mineral will contain at least 60 different minerals.

Super Antioxidants

Over the last few decades many new sources of anti oxidants have been discovered:

  • the 1st generation, vitamins A, C and E, will work for 3 hours in the body
  • the 2nd generation, found in grape seed extract, pine bark extract and Ginkgo biloba, will last 2 – 3 times longer
  • the 3rd generation (circuminoids) have now been discovered and will last for up to 3 days.

A good anti oxidant supplement will contain all of these ingredients.

Alkalise your way to optimal health


I am a firm believer in treating the root cause of a problem rather than band-aiding the symptoms. That’s one of the reasons why I work with Sound Therapy, as one simple method helps rehabilitate the ear and calm the nervous system with the nett result being positive impact in areas from tinnitus through to ADHD. So when I come across other ways of helping truly the body heal itself, I get excited. Learning how alkalising one’s body overcomes a large plethora of diseases, including cancer, obesity, diabetes and chronic fatigue, I have to tell you – I was more excited than I have been in ages!

I first came across the concept of alkalising while listening to peak performance coach Anthony Robbins’ CD set “Get the Edge”. His explanation of how our blood needs to maintain an optimal pH level in the same way that our body needs to maintain an optimal temperature made a lot of sense. That pH level is 7.345, which is slightly alkaline. However, all our bodily processes produce acids, so to maintain a slightly alkaline pH level, we need to ingest primarily alkaline foods. An acid inner environment is what causes cancer and germs to thrive, and leads to obesity as the body tries to surround the excess acid with fat to stop the acid from eating through our organs.

Wondering if this would also assist the disorders I most commonly see in my Sound Therapy clients, I started doing some google searching, and most notably found a reference to the fact that Edgar Cayce regularly pointed to a toxic system being the root cause of tinnitus.

So I started looking further into this – how does one adopt an alkaline diet? The first thing I found was an alkaline cookbook produced by a health professional in Melbourne who had heard Anthony Robbins speak at one of his seminars. So I ordered that, and started getting a hold of the ingredients I needed. At the back of her book I saw she referenced “The pH Miracle“, so my next step was to track that down. All I can say is… wow!

Alkaline cook book

I purchased both “The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health” and “The pH Miracle for Weight Loss” (both by Dr Robert Young and Shelley Redford Young). I read the latter first (as it arrived first). It explained extremely well how a western diet is high in acids, and that none of the popular diets around will work long time because they too are high in acids. It’s not “fat” in the diet that is the issue – fat is a symptom rather than a cause. It is acid. So if you don’t address the acid problem, you can’t successfully address a “fat” problem. The first book goes into more detail about why you need to remove various foods and drinks from your diet, and introduce others.

I tell you what – reading the pH Miracle books have cured me of being a chocoholic! For the first time ever I looked at chocolate and though “Ugh!! There is no way I can eat that!” I never thought I’d see that day! I adopted the “Alkalarian” way of eating and drinking just under 3 weeks ago, and I’ve never felt better! I’ve lost several kilograms already, my head feels so clear, my arthritis has hardly caused me any pain… it’s really been surprising at just how quickly alkalising your body makes a difference.

I have since come across other people who have likewise switched to an alkaline diet, and they have reported the same – they feel so clear and healthy.

So my advice is – get a hold of one of the pH Miracle books and have a read. Even if you aim to ease into each of the changes gradually, it is well worth making a plan to move from a “standard” diet to an alkaline one. Your body will thank you for it!

Soothing children with Sound Therapy

Eva sleeping

When my children (aged 2 and 3) have difficulty settling at night, I have often found that using Sound Therapy soothes them and helps them get off to sleep. Even so, our experience last night totally blew me away.

Little Eva (our 2 year old) has been unwell for several days, and yesterday was the first day she hadn’t vomited, and had in fact regained the bulk of her energy. So much so, that she was literally bouncing off the walls, running everywhere, from 5 am until 9 pm, with only a 1.5 hour nap in the middle of the day. Getting her to stay in bed at 9 pm was met with much protest (we had put her to bed hours earlier, but she kept just hopping straight out of bed again), though she did fall asleep, only to wake up around midnight screaming.


She wasn’t in pain, and a cuddle didn’t help. Her cries sounded frustrated and a little distressed. We moved her to our room so she wouldn’t wake her sister, and she thrashed around on the bed, pushing us away – very odd behaviour for her indeed. The interesting thing was that if I asked her if she would like a drink, or if she wanted anything, she would pause momentarily to consider, and then resume screaming. She even refused a drink of milk, which is usually the thing that she finds most soothing to get off to sleep.

After a good 15 minutes of this, I finally figured she had just been over-stimulated during the day, and plugged a Sound Therapy CD into my ipillow. Well! The effect was instantaneous.

The minute the Sound Therapy music started coming through the pillow, she ceased her yells. She settled back into the pillow, and put her hands out for her milk. She drank her milk, announced “It’s finished!”, handed the cup back, rolled over, and in short order fell asleep with a smile on her face.

We were stunned.

I wish I’d thought of it 15 minutes earlier!

I think I better get some more ipillows…

Reflexology as effective as nasal irrigation for alleviation of chronic sinusitis

Sinus pain

With my Sound Therapy work, I regularly come across people who have problems with chronic sinusitis. So I was particularly interested by this bit of research I came across today:

“Reflexology massage” was found to be as effective as nasal irrigation for alleviation of chronic sinusitis in a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine study.

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing reports that “After two weeks of daily treatment, more than 70 percent of those who practiced either form of nasal douching reported improved symptoms. But surprisingly, the group that practiced reflexology massage – where pressure is applied to the feet or hands but may produce changes elsewhere in the body – appeared to fare equally well. The unexpected results for this technique may prompt further research.”

– Diane G. Heatley MD, Glen E. Leverson PhD, Kari E. McConnell RN, and Tony L. Kille (the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI) “Nasal Irrigation for the Alleviation of Sinonasal Symptoms,” presented Monday, September 25, 2000, at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting/Oto Expo, published in Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Jul;125(1):44-8

For those that haven’t tried reflexology before, it may be worth considering. If nothing else, you can enjoy a thoroughly relaxing hour while your feet are worked on.

Ear Infections and Sound Therapy

Ear pain

After having a few people, who had previously spoken to me about how well they were going with Sound Therapy and how noticeably their hearing, sleeping, Meniere’s and general well being had been improving in a matter of weeks with Sound Therapy, contact me to say they had developed an ear infection, felt rotten, and felt the Sound Therapy had been useless after all, I thought it worth discussing just what ear infections are, and what you should do if you do contract an ear infection while using Sound Therapy.

Sound Therapy cannot cause an ear infection

An ear infection is caused by a bacteria or a virus. An ear infection cannot be caused by sound!

  • If the ear canal is affected (otitis externa), the infection is a dry inflamation.
  • If the middle ear is infected (otitis media), this normally dry, air-filled part of the ear can be filled with fluid (mucus). A middle ear infection is more commonly associated with a cold or other upper respiratory tract infection, where the germs have reached the middle ear via the Eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to to the back of the throat.

Imagine you have started going to the gym, and after a few weeks of regular work outs, you get the flu. You wouldn’t think working out at the gym has caused your flu (though you may have picked up the virus while at the gym) and decide to completely quit working out as a result! You would rest, let your body heal, and once you are feeling better, you would resume working out at the gym, perhaps needing to build up slowly until you have regained your previous stamina.

Sound Therapy is like a work out for the ear, and likewise, you would need to take a temporary break while you recover. You shouldn’t give up Sound Therapy altogether over a minor set back like an ear infection.

What should you do if you get an ear infection

  • See a doctor to get your infection checked out. If you have a bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics.
  • Don’t use Sound Therapy while your ears are infected. Let your ears rest and heal. You may like to give your immune system a boost with supplementation if you don’t do so regularly.
  • Once your infection has healed, gradually build up your Sound Therapy again. Wipe your ear pieces with alcohol before using them to avoid potentially reinfecting your ears. Start with the 1st album, and just do 10 – 30 mins of listening initially. Gradually increase your hours until you are comfortably able to listen for the same time you previously used the program for daily.

If in doubt, please contact me to discuss how best to adjust your Sound Therapy program to help your ear recover after an ear infection.

Take responsibility for your health

Meditating outdoors

Our bodies are incredibly resilient. With our modern lifestyle, our bodies are fed food with little nutritional content, are exposed to all sorts of chemical and noise pollution, and often don’t receive enough sleep or exercise. It’s little wonder that people – even young children – are experiencing more and more health and developmental problems. Really, it’s a marvel that we survive as long as we do, but the human body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself, if we let it.

These days taking responsibility for ones own actions is becoming rare. We have a lot of things competing for our time, and our own health is often placed at the bottom of the list. In this time of instant gratification, if we don’t see results quickly, we are quick to abandon a treatment or lifestyle change. We have been conditioned to hand responsibility for our health to a doctor or specialist (as the “expert”) rather than being supported in learning and making the necessary changes for ourselves. When we don’t feel that personal responsibility, it is easy to blame someone else, even if we didn’t give it enough time, or follow their advice. Taking responsibility for our own health – making a true commitment to making any necessary changes in our lifestyle and realising that we alone can truly make it happen – takes courage. Doing it properly takes a lot of thought and planning, so that our attempts won’t fail as surely as a new year’s resolution to “lose weight” or “get healthy” does.

So how do you take responsibility for getting your health back on track?

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Work out a detailed plan of action for how you are going to tackle your health, using the following as a guide.

  • Be honest about what the health or developmental issue is that you are facing. What are the consequences if things don’t change?
    • For weight loss, remaining overweight can lead to developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which can in turn lead to an earlier death.
    • For an issue such as tinnitus, while the condition won’t directly lead to other problems, it can adversely affect one’s mental health, and in severe cases, lead to thoughts of suicide.
  • Research all the possible contributing factors. Are there any other underlying health conditions which compound the problem? Seek medical advice and tests so you can get a clear picture of where things are at. Also research what side effects there are of any medications you may be taking, and how anything you eat, drink, smoke or put on your body might impact the issue.
    • For weight – aside from the obvious lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, there are medical conditions which can impact it to. For women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a prevalent but under diagnosed condition which has hormonal imbalances and possible insulin resistance which contribute to difficulty maintaining a healthy weight.
    • For tinnitus, a wide range of triggers exist – as well as noise damage, a wide range of medications and substances including caffeine and MSG can exacerbate it. Smoking (either tobacco or marijuana) can also contribute, as can simply being tired or stressed! You would also want to rule out any physical issues such as wax blockage in the ear.
  • Consider what other factors may place obstacles in your path. Do you have any travel plans which may disrupt planned lifestyle changes? Are you able to get sufficient sleep and time to relax? Are there stressors in your work or family life which can complicate things?
  • Seek solutions for overcoming each of the contributing factors and obstacles. What changes can you personally make? What will you need to seek help from a professional for?
  • Create a realistic plan for tackling each of the factors. Start with small steps if necessary, and think about how you will get back on track if you experience a setback. Set a series of small goals to help keep you on track. Be specific with your action plan, such as “starting tomorrow, I will walk around Lake Monger for half an hour after work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Belinda” or “starting on Monday, I will listen to Sound Therapy while eating my breakfast and eating my dinner”.
  • Identify who will support you along the way. Ensure you have someone you can talk to to provide motivation and encouragement, be it family, friends, health professionals, and people on forums / social network groups / in associations going through the same thing.
  • Schedule time for YOU. The best laid plans won’t help if you don’t factor in time to do whatever is needed, be it taking medication, getting exercise, listening to Sound Therapy, or even getting enough sleep!
    • Tip: Set daily reminders on your computer calendar system or mobile phone to turn on your Sound Therapy, get up and go for a 15 minutes walk, or stop what you are doing and go to bed.

If you do suffer a set back along the way, it’s ok! Don’t write it off as a failure, but refer to your plan to get back on track as soon as you can. You can do it!

Surround yourself with music

Listening to music

I have recently started reading the autobiography of French ear specialist Dr Alfred Tomatis (whose work Sound Therapy is based on).

“The Conscious Ear: My Life of Transformation Through Listening” is a fascinating read – I’m currently halfway through it – and one part in particular struck a chord with me. Alfred’s father was a singer, and he noted:

“When my father came to Paris I was bathed in music, saturated but happy. While I went about my business, he sat down at the piano and worked… Ever since then, I have worked to the sound of music. When I write my books, when I fling my theories on paper, or meditate pen in hand, I always fill my study with Mozart or some Gregorian chant. I need this acoustic recharge. Moreover, my studies have enabled me to understand music’s workings and appreciate its effects in the most objective way. To some, it may seems to be a whim, but I recommend surrounds oneself with music. It energizes you, just as reading aloud does.”

While I didn’t come across the work of Dr Tomatis until I was 26, I too found at a young age that I operated better if I was surrounded by music. As a baby, my mother put my bassinet in the lounge room and left classical music playing while I slept during the day. She wouldn’t consciously have known about what is now called the “Mozart Effect”, but she certainly did me a big favour! (Now there are classical music CDs marketed for precisely that – using the Mozart Effect on babies.)

I got my first walkman in 1986 when I was 9 years old. It was handed down from my father, and I thought it was the best thing ever. After that time, I was never without music. I always had music going on a radio/cassette player while I was doing my homework and studying, and I found it helped me focus tremendously. It didn’t matter what type of music it was, as long as it was music I enjoyed – even hard rock and heavy metal. With music on, I could focus for hours on my studies. I think my mother was a little concerned at just how much time I spent tucked away in my room, but I was perfectly happy. It got me through high school a year ahead, and by 19 I had completed a degree in physics, and added a second science degree 3 years later.

These days I have 2 young children, and even from 2 years of age they have requested music, in the car and in the home, to be going as much as possible. While I don’t subject them to the rock music I enjoy, they love children’s songs in english and spanish (especially ones they can dance to), and at night they find “mummy’s music” (the filtered classical music of Sound Therapy through an ipillow) to be very soothing if they are having trouble getting to sleep.

I’m certainly more productive and more at ease with some form of music going – even if it’s music I don’t particularly care for, such as rap, at a low level in the background. More than just entertainment, music really is an integral part of life. I think one of the best gifts we can give our children is to foster a love of music in them too. Surround them in music – sing to them, play an instrument while they dance, or play a CD. Viva la musica!