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Could Playing The Harp stop the Flu!?

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Nov 02, 2009 10:35 PM GMT

obviously it was all in my head. Or was it? Could it be the anti-microbacterial properties the plastic comb possesses, and the combination of brass and silver that boost your amunity? Anyway last week wasn't feeling so great, decided to pick up the harp and play, made me feel better. It was probley just getting the cool fresh outdoor air into my lungs that gave me that boost I needed. But wouldn't that be wicked cool if it did stop the Flu!?

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Nov 03, 2009 8:51 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Sorry, but I need clear, conclusive scientific evidence for that.

Nov 05, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i'd also need to sanitize my harps after playing sick, or revisit the misery later maybe.

fresh air and music likely can help one feel better when sick though!

Nov 08, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
blogward Replied:

Flu's a virus, not bacteria-borne. But waxing reed rivets with beeswax sure makes a harp taste nice. Maybe it'd be worth trying some (a minute smear of) tiger balm or something inside the cover plate - what other flavors would people experiment with?

Don't know how a coughing fit in the middle of a solo would go down, though.

Nov 09, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Having very recently battled swine flu, I can tell you, no it does not. I fought it for six weeks and I played quite a bit, since I couldn't do any repairs during that time. It does help keep your airway open, but has no affect on flu.

Nov 09, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
Joe L Replied:

It doesn't stop a cold. Now, I am going back to bed.

Nov 13, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
Joel H Replied:

I thought brass was antibacterial and antiviral. At least the copper in it is.

Nov 19, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

Depends if it is a wooden or plastic comb.

Nov 19, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Luckily I haven't caught what ever it was that my daughter had last week, but I do recall back when I was a hard core bicycle commuter when ever I felt something coming on, sore throat, stuffy nose, it seemed like a couple good full speed 35 minute dashes on the bike into work would usually put it in it's place. (Either that or the constant near death experiences with the traffic scared it out of me!)

A few good extended jam sessions might do a similar job but I'm counting more on the Guinness.

Harp content: It was catching the door prize (for the third time) on my bike commute that started me back into picking up the harp again. It helped me survive the year of healing and the 2 years of re-hab. Never knew you could drive a car and play harp all with one hand!

Dec 13, 2009 8:00 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

When I was 15 I cath chill very often. So when I start playing harp at 16 I stop chill for three years. Anyway my body used tobreath intense and I start to catch chill again.

Dec 15, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:


but it can stop the pain of post surgery. its better than morphine.

I brought my harp ( C ) with me to the hospital and in the evenings I would gust play real soft.

it had such a calming effect.

on the last day of my 4 day stint, the nurse saw my harp and got mad at me. She had heard

Jan 01, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

If I har a headache or if i get nervous it really help to practice for two hours or play a gig.

Jan 01, 2010 8:09 AM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

For me theproblem at 'flu times'isto keepmy intake of alcohol to a (acceptable) minimum and f.e. not allow to miss too much possible sleep (for a good jam)...both will mercilessly weaken the immunity if you do not pay attention to it... but i have no doubt that making musiccan be an immunity booster and thus help even against a flu, for me no need for'scientific evidence'...

@blueyes - certainly you CAN use music against pain (as well as stress) and it is really a 'drug' without too many negative side effects as long as you play softly/without amp and do not get in the hospital...'better than morphine'? - In your situation i had probably recommended both together for synergistic effects! ;)
Sorryabout that nurse but obviouslyeven professionals do not always know what's really good for you. ( bummer!)

Jan 10, 2010 9:39 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Yeah I'm pretty sure it's a psychosematic effect. However there are studies on the "healing properties" of music. There could very well be something to that. Perhaps because you were doing something you enjoy that you may associate with growth, personal strength, learning, empowering memories and ambition the stimulis temporarily masked the physically and psychologically aversive effects of your flu. Harp (and music in general) is good therapy :) Glad to hear you are better!

Jan 25, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I don't think that the harp can cure the common cold or even the flu. but it can make the lungs strong, and it can relax the mind and the soul. I am a germ o phobic, so any time I think im sick I will clean my harps and any think that my spite touches with cognac. Its hard at work, they gust don't seem to understand.

abner ( BluEyes, need job )

Jan 25, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:


Don't worry about germs on your harmonicas. If you just have a cold and goes ok you'll not can ill with the same illnes, you're already have immunity for this germs. You can find new germs from other people but not yours. BTW Most viruses and bacteries (except antrax) die when it's dry and warm in hours.

Jan 25, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I thought the warm and humidity keep germs going. Plus my germs multiply and change to keep me sick. when I have something fix, something else falls apart. im lucky that way. I had my neck done in 08, my right knee in 09 and it looks like my left knee is waiting in the wings. May be if I keep playing the harp all will come toghethr and be fixed.

Im just kidding, im sure if I were to spend my vast fortune I could find out if playing the harp will cure the common cold. now all I need is a vast fortune and smart friends that will work of food.

abner ( BluEyes, getting old sucks and it blows )

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