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Medical Anthropology and Lifestyle Changes with Sydney Ross Singer

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In today’s Flashback Friday episode, Jason Hartman talks to medical anthropologist and author Sydney Ross Singer. They talk about everyday lifestyle choices and cultural beliefs that may be factoring in some illnesses such as migraine, obesity, and breast cancer. Sydney also shares the NASA studies that confirm gravity’s effect on fluid pressure in the brain and other parts of the body. He advises that a lifestyle change can prevent and cure many diseases and conditions, especially chronic conditions.

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Jason Hartman 3:36
My pleasure to welcome Sydney Ross singer to the show. He is the author of several books, and he’s a medical anthropologist, and we’re going to talk about various lifestyle changes that any of us can make, and things that are making us sick out there that we may not realize, and I know some of these things in this interview today will surprise you. He’ll give out his website. It’s killer culture calm, but he’ll give that out again later in the show. And Sydney. Welcome. How are you?

Sydney Ross Singer 4:02
I’m fine. Jason, thank you for having me. Thanks

Jason Hartman 4:04
for joining us. Where are you located?

Sydney Ross Singer 4:06
I’m on the Big Island of Hawaii on the east side having a beautiful sunny trade one day today.

Jason Hartman 4:11
What a beautiful place. Well tell us a little bit about your background and what it is you do?

Sydney Ross Singer 4:15
Well, what I do is I’m sort of an out of the box kind of person. I have background in medicine, anthropology and biochemistry. I was in graduate PhD programs and all that. But I integrated all of them to be what I call an applied medical anthropologist and what I do is I look at ourselves on our culture, and I find out what it does that’s making us sick, because you know, most of the causes of death in first world and disease is our lifestyle. I mean, that’s recognized by everyone. But these lifestyles are usually things that you’re not even aware of. Most of the time you see lifestyle, the people they think exercise, diet, you know, basic things like that, but I’m talking about things that are We take for granted the way we sleep, the way we dress, whether we we vocalize or not how we go about our lives I’ll talk about I picked some specific examples, because in this show, I wanted to share with the listeners, some new research that we’re doing on various diseases, from thyroid disease to all sorts of brain problems and breast cancer and everything.

Jason Hartman 5:22
Fantastic. Where would you like to start? We I think one of the most interesting parts of of what you’ve done recently, is your new information on sleep, right?

Sydney Ross Singer 5:30
Yes, well, we’ve been the sleep research has become so fascinating and so important, because we keep on seeing more conditions that’s related to, and what it is, is that in our culture, people are basically sleeping too flat for too long. And by too flat, I mean, we have we’re head is down without enough elevation. And we already know in science and medicine, that when you raise the head of the bed, like in an adjustable bed, when you’re in a hospital, they raise the beds, because there are a lot of conditions that that helps like acid reflux, after brain surgery or trauma, it improves circulation. And that’s because when your body is vertical versus horizontal, there are different impacts on on brain search on brain circulation due to gravity. You know, gravity is always pulling our fluids down. And when you’re standing upright, your heart is below your head and has to pump blood up to your brain. And gravity resists that. And then once it goes through the brain, it has to drain back to the heart. And gravity assists that. Well, when you lie down, the heart and head are on the same level. So there’s no gravity assistance any longer to drainage of the brain, and there’s no gravity resistance to the pressure of the brain. So what we feel in the morning, after a night of lying down is typically your whole face and head are getting pressurized overnight.

Jason Hartman 6:54
Is that why you’re puffy in the morning? Absolutely. And it’s puffy,

Sydney Ross Singer 6:57
everything in the head is puffy.

Jason Hartman 6:59
And you know what’s interesting, an anesthesiologist, friend of mine told me that people who have brain tumors and so forth will tend to get headaches in the morning when they first wake up maybe as a result of that blood flow issue. But here’s, here’s where I don’t know what to think of what you’re saying. Because the ancient Egyptians used to think that you should raise your feet. And you’re kind of saying the opposite. Not that they’re right. Modern science is wrong.

Sydney Ross Singer 7:23
Well, I think I think you want to raise your feet as well. The ideal position for sleep would be like in a recliner, or in a

Jason Hartman 7:31
zero gravity chair, or maybe back sort of shape.

Sydney Ross Singer 7:34
Well, your buttocks is should be the lowest point like you’d like your back in a dentist’s chair. Yeah, right,

Jason Hartman 7:39
right, which is like a zero ground

Sydney Ross Singer 7:41
and your feet are up. And that’s in your budget should be the lowest spot and a hammock is a traditional way that people have slept for a long time. orangutangs use hammocks, I mean a hammock, you also want to be on your back, because and that’s easier when you’re elevated people being on their backs when they’re flat, it’s very uncomfortable. But we’re not supposed to be flat because of this pressure issue. And by the way, as soon as you raise the bed, like several inches, the head of the bed and make like a little incline plane, the circulation is tremendously improved. And they’ve already discovered this in space medicine

Jason Hartman 8:13
certainly holds for for acid reflux, too. Oh, absolutely.

Sydney Ross Singer 8:17
Yeah, you know,

Jason Hartman 8:18
but here’s the problem, though. I think most people sleep on their side. I know I do. Now, I’m glad you know, hearing this, I’m glad to say I have an adjustable bed that I you know, I purchased, you know, select comfort bed and got the adjustable option on it. And, you know, I used to love it to watch TV and so forth. But I no longer have a TV in my bedroom. Which is probably better anyway. But you know, good for reading. But I like to sleep on my side. What do you do? How do you train yourself to be a back sleeper? Well, that’s

Sydney Ross Singer 8:44
a very good question. And it’s the best thing is to start off with children sleeping on their back, but it’s hard to break your habits. Now sleeping on the side. Why is that bad? First of all, think realize you’re going to spend a third of your life on in that position. And there’s a lot of weight in your body leaning on whatever it is on the bottom. Have you ever walked awakened with numb arms? Jason? I mean, like, Oh, yeah, well, that’s because of the compression cutting off the circulation. And you do that year after year and you lean on your wrist, you lean on your elbow, you’re going to get compression injuries so people can get carpal tunnel problems, they can get nerve impingement and pain that they don’t realize where is this coming from. Also, let’s say your right side sleeper, and you’re leaning on your right arm as you’re sleeping well your appendix is on your right side, you could be pushing your arm right into your appendix, you could be affecting your internal circulation as organs lean on other things. Now if you’re so both sides, you got a problem just with your torso and your arms and and then your legs. If you’re compressing as you lean on your side, your legs are going to compress your testicles and you’re going to be basically cutting off circulation to your prostate and all that area.

Jason Hartman 9:50
So that was that way you know like the chiropractor’s want you to sleep with a little pillow between your knees.

Sydney Ross Singer 9:55
Yeah, that would help with the circulation there. Yes. And sitting in chairs for too long. conclaves prostate congestion and problems. So, you know, realize that putting our legs together is not good for men. And you know, even for women, it probably isn’t a good thing. But then you go up to the head, you leaning on what side of your face is down that side, the year is going to get compressed and children and adults will get all sorts of ear problems. So kids have middle ear infections and all sorts of ear, you just put them on their back, get them off their ear, they’re leaning on the ear, your eye that’s down will usually be the worst side, if you have any ocular differences. Like for glasses, the eye that’s down is usually the worst side, your nose will start to bend away from the downside because you’re pressing on it on the pillow. Belly sleeping is the worst because the head neck

Jason Hartman 10:44
is tearing out. That’s just

Sydney Ross Singer 10:46
Yeah, well, yes. And as soon as you turn your head to the side, pressure in your brain goes up. I mean, they’ve done studies on this, you got everything I’m telling you actually is known by space medicine, but they don’t talk to regular doctors because in zero gravity in space, fluid shifts to the head because there’s no gravity resistance and drain. So astronauts get all sorts of problems, they get urine problems, they get migraines, and migraines is very important. We did a study on migraines was the original head elevation study we did. And what we figured is the migraine is actually a defense mechanism. Because what happens with a migraine and it’s in the morning, so stuff that’s in the morning, you know, is from something you did overnight. So it’s a good hint that it’s a nighttime sleep problem. So you wake up with this headache that’s throbbing and blood is pulsing through your head, your arteries open up, what it is, is a brain flush, because when you down all night congested like this, the pressure builds in your head, the fluid gets stagnant, the circulation is not good. It’s got to push itself through to circulate rather than having gravity help circulate. And then this the fluid becomes low and oxygen low and sugar. And your brain is congested, you break up, you’re groggy, you’re not clear minded. And the only way for your brain, it’s it, there are centers in the brain that can really have starve from this. And dysfunction, including things like in your pituitary, I mean, think about what’s going on in your brain, you have hormone regulation going on, as well as the central nervous system and all that system is being pressurized and toxic and, and it’s just not functioning well because of constant pressure every day. So it’s going to affect all sorts of things well for your brain to cope, it often will do a migraine, which is a brain flush, and people feel better, because the only way you’re going to replace the brain fluid is by pushing it with fresh fluid. So migraines have been shown, in fact to be protective against degenerative brain diseases, because it is like a defense mechanism. We have people raise their beds, they migraines went away after decades of migraines, these were chronic migraines, nothing would help these people, they raised their bed, and within a couple of days, even the next morning, they feel better, their migraines went away, it was incredible, you got to try that. Because this is what it’s what it is, is our beds used to be a lot more saggy in the middle. The old bed mattresses were sagging or the springs are sagging. Now we’re really into flat beds. And we as a culture into flat sleeping. And Jason, like you said, you have an adjustable bed, but yet you sleep with it down. I

Jason Hartman 13:15
do. Yeah,

Sydney Ross Singer 13:15
that’s because the culture has this side sleeping preference. And in Asian cultures, they have a back sleeping preference. And that’s why their heads around an hours are oblong, because we’re living on the head. And that changes the shape, you actually change your bones, your bone shape by the constant pressure and weight of your body. So you know in this is these are all facts. And in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, they know what happens is the head the kids have to be on their back. Because if you’re the head is turned to the side, as soon as you turn your neck, it compresses the neck veins that drain the brain and causes fluid buildup, it backs up and your head builds up pressure. So these kids can’t even lift their head when they’re infants they’re very, you know, just they need help. So you play some on their belly, they’re helpless to turn it over. So you have to put them on their back with their heads up, you should also elevate them slightly. And if you look at cultures that are not as westernized, they’ll often hang their babies in a hammock and their heads are up and the kid is comfortable. And oftentimes the baby will fall asleep on your shoulder you come down as soon as you do that, they start to wake up and cry that’s because they get their heads suddenly get pressurized and are comfortable. If you put them down instead in one of those baskets that hold the kid’s head up like that you could walk with them and so forth like a car seat type of thing. A little more of an incline uh, you know, so the kid is it’s comfortable and he’s not going adjustable bed position like I’m saying the child will probably not even wake up. It’s it’s just the head pressure is uncomfortable for the baby. So they recognize head position. And but this is an area of science that is tremendously under studied and under discussed because there’s you could do a wedge, you could do a couple extra pillows, you could put blocks under your bed to make an inclined plane. It’s not a big moneymaker. Sleep Apnea By the way, has been shown to be cured by head elevation. It’s it’s known, it’s again, I think the respiratory centers in the brainstem are getting too congested hypoxic, they’re not functioning right. And there’s actual, like, sudden death syndromes that people have while sleeping, which is caused by their respiratory centers failing. And I think it’s all due to this. Even acne is affected by this glaucoma. Eye pressure is known to be affected by head position. I mean, they

Jason Hartman 15:30
Okay, so so let me just let me just stop you, I believe you know, the question is, how do you do it? I mean, so the only thing is just sleep in that shape more like the zero gravity chair, you know, feet elevated, slightly head elevated, like you’re in a recliner, what anything else on that on,

Sydney Ross Singer 15:50
the other things to consider are you need, if your neck is tight, like you’ve had a neck injury, then the muscles in your neck are going to be pretty constricted, and that can cut down on brain circulation as well. Because when you have anything tight, the first things that are cut down on lymphatics, the second are veins, and third are arteries, because of the pressure issues. So if you anything tight around your neck, like tight collars with neck ties, and you see guys with their neck veins sticking out, look at that, look at that next time, you’re at a business meeting, how many guys have neck veins sticking out of their necks because of their tight collars, that’s cutting off brain circulation, and they’re having high brain pressure at those times, their eye pressure is high, There’s sinus, everything your whole head. So these are some other tips, you want to get good neck massages, neck adjustments, if you have chronic neck injury, you may have constant problems in your life associated with brain congestion. So elevation of the bed is something everyone should do. But on the other hand, if you have low blood pressure, and you need more brain pressure, at the end of the day, you know gravity does drain your whole body and your ankle starts to swell. It’s really just a simple gravity pulling thing fluid down. So if at the end of the day you have a headache, that’s usually a low pressure headache, that when you go lie down feels better. That’s how you confirm it’s a low pressure. In that case, you probably don’t want to have your bed elevated more than like 15 1015 degrees. The optimal is 30 degrees as as scientists have found out at NASA that’s optimal for both heart rate, the heartbeats better when you’re head of the when your torso is at a 30 degree incline than when you’re flat. And your brain circulates better. So

Jason Hartman 17:28
any tips on how to do it? And then let’s move on because there’s so much I want to cover with you.

Sydney Ross Singer 17:32
Oh yeah, well, you just try it and keep people aware. If you wake up in the middle of the night and the wrong position, go back on your back. And if you’re conscious of it and really just are committed to it, you’ll find that it’ll just change your life in a very short period of time.

Jason Hartman 17:45
So besides sleeping, what else can people do?

Sydney Ross Singer 17:48
Well, the the other issues, of course, tight clothing and we’re known internationally for our work with breast cancer and the link between breast cancer and constrictive brassieres. And what’s happening is tight clothing of any form. It causes compression injuries on your body and the first thing it does is compression lymphatic system, which is the circulatory pathway of your immune system and drains the the lymph fluid out of your tissues. And so whenever you are, whenever you are anything tight, it’s impairing these tiny lymphatic vessels that drain these tissues and leads to lymph nodes which filter the fluid and white blood cells are produced there and it’s your immune system, if you but with the bra, the breasts which have to drain most of their fluid to the armpit lymph nodes are restricted and the compression causes this fluid backup the lymph fluid can’t properly drain. And you could see that there’s compression if you take the bra off and you see red marks around your shoulders and around your breasts and you know that shows that it’s too tight if you have red marks and indentations on your skin after taking anything on socks. girdles pants, you shouldn’t even wear girdles, of course it’s but they sort of seem to be coming back. Anything tight.

Jason Hartman 19:02
Yeah, I was I was gonna say to you, what about the old the old Victorian days of all the ladies wearing the corsets that must have been

Sydney Ross Singer 19:08
killing them. They were killing women for centuries, women used to bind their feet in China for like 1000 years and it causes necrosis of the of the toes, literally, the toes would just rot. And men would change the wrapping on their women’s feet. And this was an erotic thing for them. And that was going on for centuries. So we have caught what happens with the culture is we try to change nature. And we we eroticized that, and then it becomes a fashion. But as soon as we try to change nature, we’ve changed the way we work. And there’s a design and the way we work and it’s and we’re supposed to work a certain way we heal and we’re fantastic machines that work properly. Except if you get in the way with this stupid programming that our culture gives us that breasts need to be higher and look a certain way or bottoms need to look a certain way. Our heads need to look a certain Way, many people have altered their body shape for from, you know, since there’s culture, and it causes disease, you know, it just interferes with your body’s natural mechanisms.

Jason Hartman 20:09
What I had a guest on my show before that talked about the chemicals used in the production of modern clothing nowadays, you know, yeah, non iron clothing, I’ve come to love those non iron shirts, I have some pretty bad chemicals rubbing against my skin,

Sydney Ross Singer 20:24
of course, and I think the chemical pollution is really bad in our world. But what if our bodies circulate properly, a lot of these chemicals, will course through our bodies, and we’ll get rid of them. That’s why we’re all not dropping like flies everywhere, but we are sick. I mean, this country is full of cancers, and all of this, but the problem is, our circulation is not adequate. I think in order to get rid of all these poisons, a avoid them, for sure be and that’s in your food, pesticides, herbicides, all sorts of things you don’t realize you’re eating the plastics, lining, the containers, the plastics, and everything. All of these need are toxic, and they need to get out of your body. One of the things that’s interesting is toxins cause obesity. These pesticides are known to cause obesity because our body stores them in fat, and slowly eliminates them or they’re killing us too fast to meet the fat soluble. So our body, that cells absorb these as a buffer to keep these poisons out of the circulation in huge quantities and to slowly eliminate them. And the more toxins we take in the more fat we need to store this stuff. And that’s one of the contributors to our obesity epidemic. And this effect, just just google pesticides, and obesity.

Jason Hartman 21:37
A big question on all this stuff, is really how do we flush these things out? Because I think if you’re going to live anywhere close to the modern world, you know, and even in nature, there are toxins to but let’s just take the modern world, you’re going to come in contact with so many various toxins. How do we flush them? How do we do a better job of, you know, not avoiding them, but just getting them out? If they get in?

Sydney Ross Singer 22:03
Well, you have to be you have to just have good circulation exercise, don’t wear anything tied to a lot of massage, keep your body limber. And mostly, you know, I think sometimes a lot of it is your attitude. I think if you think something is going to be poisonous to you, you’re going to react to it that way. And some people are so hyper sensitized. You can do this with hypnosis in the way it is hypnosis. When people are so conditioned to feeling a certain way about chemicals, that they could be hyper hypersensitive, and then react to it. And then the same person if their minds were changed, to not be hypersensitive to that they won’t react. Like I know under hypnosis, I was told by a hypnotist hypnotized his wife to eat an an onion that he said was an apple. And she took it and ate it with no problems. But it was a delicious apple. And then he gave her an apple and told her was an onion. And she couldn’t she was tearing and it was incredible. So the power of the mind has to be considered here.

Jason Hartman 23:04
So So becoming completely compulsive about all of this stuff. That’s the problem. You know, everyone hears the show, and they want to go out and like change their whole life and be totally compulsive. And you know, I have an ex girlfriend, I tease her I say you have orthorexia. And maybe you probably know what orthorexia is, but maybe our listeners don’t know, it’s, it’s someone who’s obsessed with eating organic foods and just eat their diet. They become crazy with it.

Sydney Ross Singer 23:32
It’s a religion after a while, I think. And I think there’s a lot of people who prey on that. And I think, you know, prey on it in terms of products. And they they’re preying on fear like everybody else. And I think in these very difficult times where people don’t know who to trust, and they’re very skeptical and very afraid of everything, you know, they have to calm down. And I think you want to avoid these things. I live in Hawaii to get away from it. Okay, and and i and i give people an opportunity at our self study retreat center here to get away from it and try lifestyle changes because it’s sometimes hard in the context of the real mainland world. But what you need to try are what we call self studies, which are lifestyle changes on yourself, that you then see, these are risk free and cost free. You know, you just like let me wear looser clothes and see how I feel and get rid of my bra for a month and see how I feel. Let me raise my bed. I’ll tell you a few more. But these are things you need to try. And we give them to people on our website, killer culture, calm self studies, this is what you do. This is what you can expect and we support them in these. It’s it’s very important to take your life into your own hands, and not really trust anything but your own feelings and instincts on what feels right. And that’s the beauty of it. Our bodies really know what feels good for us and what feels bad. And if we learn to listen to that, we could avoid a lot of these pitfalls. But you don’t want to be so worried and anxious and adrenalized about everything that you’re stressed out to where you’re already reaction is so out of proportion to the problem that we give ourselves these psychological, you know psychosomatic problems that could be extremely debilitating. And and it doesn’t mean it isn’t real. I mean, it feels extremely real, but it’s a hypersensitivity. And if it’s hypersensitive, you know, it’s your brain, it’s dealing with its psychological because there’s no functional, significant benefit to our bodies, overreacting to things, we’re supposed to react in a way that survival focus that helps us survive, if something disables us, it’s not helping us. So our reactions that are hypersensitivities are really a combination of a normal reaction that’s amped up with a lot of fear and psychological stuff. And I think people need to combat fear down so they can really listen to their bodies accurately and not be so sensitive. But some people probably going to say, well, you don’t really understand how sensitive I am. But I really do when I’ve been through that myself with hypersensitivities. And I saw on myself how I was connected to my stress level, my stress level goes down, my hypersensitivities go down, and I’m able to cope in the world when my stress level is up. I could be like, I have problems like everybody else. So I recognize that in myself, and I try to keep my stress down. And I try to see my symptoms as a reaction to stress.

Jason Hartman 26:15
Yeah, you mentioned you know, in terms of getting rid of toxins, you mentioned yoga, you know, certainly eating right, drinking a lot of water, I suppose would be a great thing.

Sydney Ross Singer 26:25
It depends on what kind of water you probably you don’t want to drink the ionized water, that’s a real problem. A lot of people are drinking demineralized water, which can really mess up your your electrolyte balance, and it could deplete you of minerals. And this idea that you have to drink like eight glasses of purified water every day. I don’t believe in any regimens like that. I think it’s good to keep hydrated and know the signs of dehydration. But you want to hydrate with things that have electrolytes into juices and mineral water and more natural sources of liquid, not deionized demineralized through a filter that’s very modern and not natural type.

Jason Hartman 27:01
So what about well, let’s talk about that for a minute. What about the various bottled waters? smartwater awkwafina, dishonor ehsani? You know, all the arrowhead all those brands of water out there that people grab a bottle and go on their way? Is there a preference there? I mean, are those deionized?

Sydney Ross Singer 27:18
Some of them? Well, I don’t know, each one has its own way, I’m sure and their own sales pitch. But you know, first of all, if it’s in plastic, you know, you’re getting plastic as an unintentional food additive. And that’s from the FDA. I once called them on that because I I smelled an old water bottle that was emptied and resealed under the sink. And I opened it up and smelled it and I was like blown over by the smell of plastic. And I thought Jeez, I drank this. So you know, you get more and more water than you think.

Jason Hartman 27:45
And the plastic the plastic leaching issue is really the issue of the hormones, right? Is that messing up hormone balance? And is that the you know, the feminization of society issue? I heard about that on the news a few years ago.

Sydney Ross Singer 27:58
Yeah, there’s they’re called xeno estrogens. And that means they mimic estrogens and their environmental chemicals. And a lot of them seem to do that. But that might just be one mechanism of their action. They they’re just not good for us. I mean, that’s why cancer is so prevalent. We live in a Petro chemically polluted world like crazy. And that’s like the standard anymore. People are so used to all of these health problems that that becomes normal.

Jason Hartman 28:22
Well, it’s a big industry, you know, cancer is big business, unfortunately.

Sydney Ross Singer 28:26
It is and I’ve run into that my with my dress to kill work and just getting them to even pay attention to these issues. When it’s not coming from it’s not it’s not giving any new treatments or surgery. And I mean, this is another thing take I want to mention some other issues for your listeners. Because there’s so many that we’ve discovered that are related to simple lifestyle. Take thyroid disease, thyroid, low thyroid is a major problem. And high thyroid, we think they’re all both related to vocalization. Now, this just show you how limited medicine can be sometimes the way they think. But the human body has a real functional significance to the way things are made and the the thyroid gland, which controls your metabolism and releases thyroxin that which is a hormone that gland is right beneath your Adam’s apple in your throat right which is the prominence that cartilage prominence in your throat is your Adam’s apple right beneath that on both sides of it like a butterfly is your thyroid gland. Now if you talk and feel yourself right over there, it vibrates. You’re vibrating your thyroid when you speak. Now the thyroid has the thyroxin stored inside of it in a gel type substance stored like a jelly and massage therapist know that if you massage the thyroid you make it release thyroxin so it can be mechanically stimulated to release hormones. And people there’s there’s already been a study that shows that people get vibrational injury to their thyroid, from things like heavy, loud music, especially with deep bass like if you go to raves. The low frequency noise can cause vibration. injury to your thyroid. And so Can people working in loud fact? What

Jason Hartman 30:03
is it do that vibrational industry? What’s the result of it? What happens to the person when

Sydney Ross Singer 30:08
you cells are getting are your cells are getting bombarded with intense vibration that causes mechanical injury to the membranes? And so it’s like you’re just it’s like an ultrasonic boom to yourselves.

Jason Hartman 30:21
You know, I actually heard that this is kind of interesting that you bring that up, because I actually heard years ago, that that as much as it annoys me, that bacey deep music that’s so popular nowadays, is actually good for you, because it vibrates your body and makes the cells move, and, you know, even makes limp move and circulation occur. You know, kind of like a Jacuzzi tub would be or a Jacuzzi pool, right?

Sydney Ross Singer 30:50
I know. And I’ve, I went to one just to feel it, and it does, your body is vibrating. But what you need to do is research something called vibro acoustic disease or VAD and what it is it’s related to low frequency noise LFM, they’re called, but VAD is a bad condition that what happens even if you get lung problems from these from heavy, low frequency noise, like in these places that vibrate you, the cilia, which are the cells on your on some of the hairs on some of your cells, actually cleave I mean, breaks them off. So they can’t, like in your, in your windpipe, we have these little hairs that brush the mucus up towards your throat. These things get cleaved by this type of sound, you know all your memories, you get inflamed, you get headaches and generalized inflammation and you can get joint pain. And you know, it’s it’s not a good thing. But that’s, that’s an example of how your thyroid is one of the first organs that will be affected by vibration because it’s like a gel inside. So if people medicine doesn’t even consider the issue of how the voice affects the thyroid, they think about how the thyroid affects the voice, especially for singers and things if they get a goiter, you know a swelling in their thyroid for iodine deficiency, or a tumor that can impinge on on the nerves leading to the vocal cords and all of that. So you actually get voice problems with a thyroid problem. But the opposite, which is getting a thyroid problem from either under utilizing your voice, which means you don’t stimulate it enough. And you get hypo and a lot of women who get hypothyroidism are living alone, they’re on the computer with chatting more mean internet chatting, not vocal chatting, we don’t sing any more together and in groups with more recent recipients of entertainment. So we become quieter. And I think those people are going to start suffering from hypothyroidism. And then there are people who yell and will have episodes of stress in their lives, and will really blow their thyroids by yelling too much. And that over vibrates and will cause a transient hyperthyroidism, too much thyroid in your system. And if you’re like yelling a lot, an example I had a neighbor who was moved into the neighborhood and he was yelling a car is driving to by on this rural road too fast. He didn’t want him to go so fast. So he was just yelling at him for months. And then he developed hypothyroidism and didn’t know about my my work in this. So he went to the doctor. And of course, what doctors will do is they’ll give you radioactive iodine to see if the thyroid takes it up to what degree and that indicates directivity. But that kills the thyroid. And they’ll give you more of that to burn out the third what she had done. And now he’s taking thyroid pills the rest of his life. So medicine often tries to have medical answers. Medicine and Surgery are of the the goals of medical care. And the just as if we went to a chiropractor adjustment, so the goals of chiropractic care, I mean, that’s the methods of these things. So the method of what I do is look at what are you doing? Are you singing? Are you speaking enough? Are you vocalizing enough to keep your thyroid properly stimulated. And if not, those are the kind of sub studies I would suggest, you know, seeing for 30 minutes, three times a day or hum or chant. All of that will be good for air rating and for lymphatic pumping, and for stimulating your thyroid. But so those are our, that’s an idea about the thyroid that people can really try on themselves would take probably a few weeks to see the difference because thyroid thyroxin takes a little while to kick in once your cells are stimulated by so you won’t see like next day results, but you might see it by next week, following week. More energy by singing more. And if you’ve done too much yelling, be quiet for a while give your voice and your thyroid a rest and with time they heal our bodies to heal.

Jason Hartman 34:41
But overall, the seeing and talking is actually good for your thyroid. Was that what you were saying? I normal amounts of it are okay. Yeah, I mean, so really quiet people may actually be damaging their thyroid.

Sydney Ross Singer 34:53
Yeah. And in fact, I got a nun that just emailed me that said that she hasn’t spoken for a very long time. She has thyroid issues and was very interested intrigued with this issue. Another issue and I’m hoping to do a study with nuns that’ll be kind of interesting on this, to find groups of people that either under or over utilize their voice. Now, Deaf mutes people who are born with Deaf mutism, they can’t speak or hear. They under vocalize obviously. And they’re known to develop thyroid problems by adolescence. They’re on thyroid medication because they just don’t get developed thyroids very well. So I think the stimulation of the with occasional talking and chanting and singing it, you know, think about how cultures would normally do that together, they sing together, they they make noise. That’s an important part of our health. It’s actually just vocalizing. So yeah, it is interesting, all these subtle ways in which our culture changes us.

Jason Hartman 35:51
Good stuff. Well, this is good to know, Sydney, give out your website, if you would, and tell people where they can learn more.

Sydney Ross Singer 35:56
Yes, killer culture calm and sign up for our sick times newsletter. Right now, we just sent one out, it’s about sleep position, giving people some tips on how to best change their sleep behaviors and how to make it work. And I encourage people to just join our community of you know, so it’s all about self awareness. Be aware of how you feel, listen to your body, and try to if anything goes wrong. The first thing you should ask is What am I doing to myself, that I could stop doing so my body can heal? Because that’s usually the problem is something that we’re getting in the way of normal health. And it’s the culture that makes us do it. So very good homies. Killer culture calm.

Jason Hartman 36:37
Excellent. Sydney Ross, singer, thank you so much for joining us today and sharing some of these tips with us. I am going to immediately try and change how I sleep beginning this evening. So excellent.

Sydney Ross Singer 36:48
Hope you let me know Jason.

Jason Hartman 36:50
All right. Thank you.

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