Research underway at the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is investigating whether music might be able to fight cancer.
Dr. Márcia Alves Marques Capella and colleagues performed a series of tests in 2010, exposing dish-cultures of both healthy and cancerous cells to audio playbacks of various music genres. In repeated tests, Dr. Capella found that recordings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor destroyed around 20% of cancerous cells within a few days – yet the healthy cells were unharmed. A similar result was obtained with ‘Atmosphères' composed by György Ligeti in 1961. But, curiously perhaps, no measurable changes in cell growth were found for Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D major. Possible mechanisms which might have produced the results are as yet entirely unknown – though it's speculated that they could be related to the rhythm, frequency or intensity of the music. The team plans further tests beginning in April 2011 ...
via Brazilian scientists investigate Beethoven's cancer-fighting properties.
I wondered about this ten years ago in my article about Raymond Royal Rife's supposed cancer cure:
Does our Western Musical Scale Encode Lost Healing Arts?
What if ... the major scale was picked by the ancients because they knew the curative powers of certain frequencies in that scale? What if we have drifted off of the correct frequencies in all of these years? Look at the musical scale above, compare it to the frequencies that Rife claimed would vibrate cancer germs to death, and decide for yourself. Can these audio frequencies open some sort of secret door?
Here it is... in the right key... Some versions on youtube are wrongly pitch shifted so they are no longer in C minor.) I haven't checked it with a tuner, but this one just feels right and the person who uploaded it says ... " the video was wrong pichted because of it's age or what ever when it was downloaded on youtube.I just re-pitched the sound track into the true C minor!"
Beethoven symphony 5 in the real tune : C minor
Ah, but there is one lingering question... did Dr. Capella use the true C minor or the C# minor recording to kill the cancer? Hmmm...
Well, the true C just feels right. Here's the other composition that worked: