Some of the most exciting and controversial research in the burgeoning field of alternative therapies has recently been introduced into Britain from France by Fabian Maman, a musician, acupuncturist and bio-energetician.
He recently told doctors and therapists at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre the results of initial research which he has been conducting with the biologist, Helene Grimal (of the University of Gusseau), which illustrates the effect of sound on cancer cells.
In a sequence of slides of cancer cells photographed while being subjected, at 60-second intervals, to a precise series of sound frequencies he showed that systematic destruction of the cancer cells occurred. Maman emphasised that healthy cells were not affected by such frequencies.
He pointed out that experiments with cancer cells contributed but a small illustrative part of his work with sound, the application of which should not be considered purely pathologically but rather from the positive aspects of sound as a therapeutic tool – possessing, he believes, remarkable stimulatory , regulatory and revitalising effects on the body.
Maman was introduced to the ancient science of sound (Kototama) by the Japanese Sensei Nakazono, who was a master of three ancient arts, akaido, acupuncture and pure sound therapy.
When they met, Maman was on tour with a group of musicians in America, several of whom became ill. Nakazono, in his capacity as acupuncturist, was called in to treat them. Maman was so impressed with his work that he later visited Japan and was subsequently taught all three arts. He learnt from Nakazono that the science of pure sound - no doubt by virtue of its acoustic nature- had never been written down and that though the knowledge dated back to antiquity its exact origins were unknown.
Maman later qualified and practiced as an acupuncturist in Paris and it was during this time that he was able to experiment with and refine the use of precise sound in its therapeutic aspects.
He explained that the technique of acupuncture works on the principle that there are longitudinal zones (meridians) traversing the body, forming a subtle energy carrying network. (The Chinese say the Life Force circulates thus). Acupuncturists tap in at certain focal points to this network in order to regulate internal organs – and the Maman, the musician, this system seemed remarkably like that of a stringed instrument such as the harp, with the acupuncture locus points the notes.
He began to experiment with imparting precise sound frequencies (instead of needles) into the acupuncture points and found that the results were just as effective. This prompted him to speculate about the exact effects of sound on the body and to try and show, more scientifically, what was happening at a fundamental or cellular level.
He teamed up with the biologist, Helene Grimal, and other researchers and began to examine microscopically and photograph, by Kirlian photography, what happened to blood cells when exposed to a chromatic scale of sound frequencies. (Kirlian photography was chosen because it is a technique which reveals the bio-energetic fields which exist around all living objects).
To their amazement they discovered that as they struck a note, colour suffused into the cells they were examining and the shape of the cells changed according to the note which was struck. (The notes were produced initially on a xylophone and later by a vibrophone).
Maman and Grimal deduced that what they were seeing was a direct affinity between the shape and the colour of the cell, the power of its biofield and the frequency of the note struck and that the effect was able to be reproduced, though never exactly, so as each living cell had its own individual quality, depending on a number of factors, such as the vitality and state of the human being whose blood cells they were examining.
Striking note C, for example, seemed to cause the cell to elongate; D proved to be a very strong frequency, with strong colours produced as well (Maman commented that the key of D used a lot in countries such as Brazil and Africa for certain magic rites), E produces a rounded shape and A (440 hertz) the standardised not of the tuning fork, inspires a pink colour. Maman says, "There is a mathematical relation between the frequency of the colour and the frequency of the sound.”
From the healthy cells they progressed to examining and photographing cancer cells as they were exposed to a chromatic scale of 12 ½ notes and half-notes. They noticed a systematic disorganisation of cellular material as they progressed up the scale until, between A (440 hertz) and B the cells normally exploded.
Research in its infancy, but as sometimes happens in lines of scientific investigation, Maman met a physicist J. Sternheimer, a pupil of J..P. Vigier Broglie, who was also researching pure sound and who claimed to have discovered the frequency at which elementary particles of matter vibrate.
In common with most of the small handful of researchers investigating pure sound throughout the world, Sternheimer is also a musician. He contends that elementary particles vibrate at frequencies entirely consistent with musical laws and that the world of matter can thus be regarded as an aspect of music. Sternheimer and Maman have already transposed the signature of certain key molecules into musical form and this represents a vast slowing down of these molecules, as the ear has an audible range of approximately 240-1,500 hertz and these frequencies are so high they vibrate 72 times faster (modulo 72) than the ear can hear.
Maman considers the health implications of this are two-fold: broadly, he sees a need to restore harmony and minimise dissonance (noise) in our acoustic environment; on a personal scale, slowed-down molecular musical themes may eventually be used to stimulate and regulate healthy cells in the human body and retrain and realign those which are unhealthy.
If, as both Maman and Sternheimer maintain, the human body is little more than a collection of vibrations extending into the bio-energy field which both permeates and surrounds its material form, then it is hardly surprising that sound vibration for good or ill, must have its effect.