Drumming Therapy: Interview with Dr. Barry Bittman and Christine Stevens - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Drumming Therapy: Interview with Dr. Barry Bittman and Christine Stevens

Dr. Barry Bittman, M.D. Dr. Barry Bittman, M.D.
Christine Stevens Christine Stevens

ANGELA: Last week, we talked about the health benefits of music therapy, now we find out how drumming strengthens the mind-body connections.  Joining us are two pioneers of the scientific research based on Health Rhythms protocol: Doctor Barry Bittman and Christine Stevens. What is this health protocol, what is it all about?

CHRISTINE: Well, really, what we're looking for is ways to help people de-stress and connect one another in an ancient language that we all knew, which is music, and that's what this program is. It's been scientifically documented to show that what the ancient people always knew about drumming, music making and connecting a community can really help us in our modern lives today.

ANGELA: What does it actually do to your health and your spirit and your mind?

DR. BARRY BITTMAN: I think part of it's involving people in an opportunity to support each other to express themselves creatively in ways that perhaps they had never done before and most importantly, it brings people together. It bridges the differences between people and it allows for unparallel creative expression that really changes our biology and we've been able to demonstrate that on multiple occasions.

ANGELA:  Is there something you can show us that we can demonstrate and do I get to participate?

DR. BARRY BITTMAN:  Of course.

ANGELA:   Alright, great!

CHRISTINE:  So these drums from Remo Drums Company are wonderful. They're from recycled materials and they're weather resistance, we can even be drumming outside in the rain today.

ANGELA:   Oh good.

CHRISTINE:  This is also about communications so I'm gonna play and I'd like you to respond. Just copy what I play.

(Drumming...)

CHRISTINE:  Now you play something and I'll copy you.

ANGELA:   Okay, let's see.

(Drumming...)

CHRISTINE:  One, two, ready and ...stop.

DR. BARRY BITTMAN:  Not bad.

ANGELA:   Not bad?

CHRISTINE:  Wonderful job.

ANGELA:   What does it do for people who are under a lot of stress?

DR. BARRY BITTMAN: We've been able to show on multiple levels that by biologically and psycho sociably that we're able to reduce stress, even on the DNA level and what's exciting about this is that stress is one of those factors that contribute changes in us that lead to disease and by doing this, we can keep people healthy.

ANGELA:  Are there any particular diseases or conditions that benefit the most that you can think of?

DR. BARRY BITTMAN:  It's hard to say but from a realistic perspective, this type of strategy is being used for individuals facing the challenges of cancer; for people with cardiovascular disease meaning heart attacks and strokes and also for people with disorders like diabetes or chronic lung diseases.  So there's a wide range of individuals that can benefit and when we talk about group drumming, it works for small children, for adults and of course, for seniors.

ANGELA:  I remember doing something similar in music class when I was in elementary school but it seems like after elementary school was over, it kind of stops, so are we missing out on something as adults?

CHRISTINE:  I think we really are and I think that's enjoyment we all have as children. You know statistically, all two year olds love to make music. We all grew up banging on pots and pans, so that is definitely not something we're learning, it's something remembering.

ANGELA:  And you folks are in town for something special, a special conference, is that correct?

DR. BARRY BITTMAN: Yes, it's actually a training program for Health Rhythms and we've been fortunate enough to work with over a thousand health professionals around the country and in fact, around the world who are taking this back to their hospitals, clinics, rehab centers and really sharing the joy of making music with others.

ANGELA:  And the information is up on the screen so folks can see that Health Rhythms is at the Ala Moana Hotel. It continues through today and tomorrow (Monday, March 12th and Tuesday March 13th). For more information, you can log on to our website at todaykhnl.com.  Thank you both for coming and thanks for enlightening us with this great music.

DR. BARRY BITTMAN: Happy drumming

ANGELA:  Thanks.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Police fatally shoot suspect at Honolulu highrise

    Police fatally shoot suspect at Honolulu highrise

    Friday, September 21 2018 2:44 AM EDT2018-09-21 06:44:45 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    Police reportedly fatally shot a suspect after an operation at the Century Center building.

    More >>

    Police reportedly fatally shot a suspect after an operation at the Century Center building.

    More >>
  • Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

    Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

    Thursday, September 20 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-09-20 16:58:38 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-09-21 06:14:42 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico...
    Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession.More >>
    Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession.More >>
  • Telling men to 'step up,' Sen. Hirono strides into spotlight

    Telling men to 'step up,' Sen. Hirono strides into spotlight

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-09-20 22:29:45 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 1:52 AM EDT2018-09-21 05:52:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, is applauded by demonstrators as the arrive to speak to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nomi...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, is applauded by demonstrators as the arrive to speak to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nomi...
    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono steps into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in Christine Blasey Ford's defense.More >>
    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono steps into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in Christine Blasey Ford's defense.More >>
Powered by Frankly