My first use of Zoloft, prescribed for chronic fatigue syndrome (fibromyalgia), produced an alarming mental event: I had total recall of words arriving very fast into my consciousness from my memory with only a dim awareness that I should know what they mean, but with no ability to order them to produce coherent thought or to control them. The distressing incident lasted for a couple of minutes. I now understand that experience as a sudden loss of left-brain dominance over the memories in my right-brain that disabled the normal activity of Wernicke’s area in my left-brain. Wernicke’s area organizes words into sentences. Whatever else the Zoloft had done to my brain, it had disabled the muscle in my right middle ear that controls left-brain dominance.

People have been lured into thinking extensively about the chemistry of the brain without knowing the physics of how sound energy impacts the ears and the brain. Even doctors and psychiatrists do not know the ways that the ear controls the body’s neurology. However, basic knowledge about the ear’s influence on the nervous system has been available to researchers for half a century. I found Alfred Tomatis’ learning about the ear’s control of the muscles of the larynx in his book The Ear and the Voice, and built on it.

The rise of pharmaceutical “easy answers” to nental illnesses and behaviour problems dampened the search for the origins of those kinds of behaviour. We now have a state of psychiatric patient care that is like walking into a dark house while knowing about the chemistry of light as fire, but not about the physics of electricity. As Robert Whitaker [1] informs us, psychoactive medications have vastly increased the incidence of mental illness.

A very few people realize they could use high-frequency music to cure serious mental illness because they have used music therapy to cure less serious behaviour problems. Most people think music is a way of soothing or cheering people and delighting those with a musical bent. If you tune into music by singing and listening to high-frequency music, you are likely to to repair and maintain a nervous system that carries electrical impulses at the speed of sound.

How does that work?

High-frequency music exercises the stapedius muscle in the middle ear making it stronger. When that tiny muscle is stronger, it controls the movement of the third bone of hearing against the oval window where the stream of high-frequency sound energy is transmitted to the inner ear. If the muscle is too severely damaged, it may not be recoverable. However, Daniel’s recovery from at least eight drug-induced episodes of schizophrenia, which at first were heavily medicated, gives reason for hope to those who have been harmed by their psychoactive medications. The same hope extends to those who have been harmed by street drugs.

My study, Ear Function in SSRI Withdrawal, of 107 subjects who provided data online about their symptoms following the withdrawal of their SSRIs and other psychoactive medications, provides further reasons for optimism. This study revealed that the symptoms of people during withdrawal from SSRIs, and their residual symptoms following withdrawal, are identical to the symptoms of people diagnosed with dyslexia, chronic fatigue, depression, OCD, bipolarity, or schizophrenia. Likely, high-frequency music could accelerate the SSRI withdrawal and recovery process by supporting the damaged stapedius muscles. When you consider that many of the reasons for prescribing SSRIs are symptoms (listed in Appendix A of that study) that have been shown to be responsive to music, it seem likely that music also may heal those conditions for which the SSRIs were prescribed.

Because Daniel’s schizophrenia was drug- and medication-induced, my discoveries—made through his episodes of impairment—bridge a gap in the work of Tomatis and of his colleague Bérard. They also have given me insights into SSRI withdrawal syndrome. The full study of 107 subjects who stopped taking SSRIs, looking at their withdrawal symptoms and their residual symptoms, is available at:

[1] Robert Whitaker elaborates on the damage done to people by SSRIs and other psychoactive medications in Anatomy of an Epidemic (New York: Crown, 2010).
See also the informative blog of Bob Fiddaman at

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