Friday, November 09, 2012
I happen to be a member of an organization called the 'Audio Engineers' Society'. We are an international group of audio enthusiasts. Some are just musicians, some are electronic technicians, some are true egg head physics doctors. One of the topics that comes up frequently (play on words) is that noise creates a negative impact on people. It adversely effects our health. It creates stress. We are living in increasingly artificially noisy environments. If you take evolution even the slightest bit seriously, then you may already understand that in our none too distant past, our sonic environment only made bass frequencies during a stampede. That is a life or death situation. It elicits a fight or flight hormonal cascade. Cars, trucks, sirens, horns, the sardine effect of city living: all are noise sources
. Basically, we haven't had enough life cycles to have eliminated the stress response to these sounds. I'm not so sure that we should, after all, if I hear a stampede coming, I want the adrenalin to get the hell out of the way.
Noise = Stress= Fight or flight= Adrenalin + Cortisol + Insulin + Testosterone= Fat Storing hormones + Male pattern fat storage + = Metabolic syndrome =Insulin resistance = PCOS + Diabetes (type two) = Exhaustion + Foggy thinking + Infertility + Great difficulty losing weight = Low self esteem + no motivation to even try to solve your own problems.
Thats not a very cheery equation.
Its a good thing that I can take action to lower my stress level: Yoga
, epsom salt baths, petting your cat
, and eating a diet high in vegetables
can help one cope with stress.