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Mache Seibel Talks about Using Music and Song (HLOL #2)

Helen Osborne talks with Mache Seibel about using music and song

Mache Seibel, MD educates people about health and wellness. Some days his tools are a stethoscope and prescription pad. Other days, they include a microphone and guitar. Dr. Seibel is a practicing physician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. He also is known as “Doc Rock,” a composer and performer who records music with health messages as part of his business, HealthRock.

In this Health Literacy Out Loud podcast, Dr. Seibel talks with Helen Osborne about using music and song as a tool of health communication. Topics include:

  • How music and song stimulates the brain
  • Ways clinicians (even non-musical ones) can use music
  • Songs with health messages for all people of all ages
  • Music as entertainment, education, and call to action

Mache Seibel sings most of the songs on this Health Literacy Out Loud podcast. His daughter, Sherry Seibel, sings “Mirror Set Me Free.” To hear more or order the full versions, please go to the HealthRock website at http://www.healthrock.com

More ways to learn:

  • Huron, D. “Science & Music: Lost in music.” Nature 453; 22 May 2008.
  • Osborne, H. “In Other Words…Using Music and Song as Tools of Health Communication.” On Call Magazine, March 24, 2008. Available at http://www.boston.com/jobs/healthcare/oncall/ and http://www.healthliteracy.com/article.asp?PageID=719
  • Peterson DA, Thaut MH. “Music increases frontal EEG coherence during verbal learning.” 2006; 412(3):217-221. Neuroscience Letters
  • Seibel MM. “Health through music and song” Sexuality Reproduction & Menopause. 2006; 4(2):46-47.

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 40, 41.

Adam Weiss Talks about Podcasting (HLOL #1)

Adam Weiss is a successful educational podcaster and podcast consultant. An expert interviewer and communicator, he aims to show that podcasting is more about story, presentation, and technique than fancy gear and tech toys.

He was the creator and of the popular Current Science & Technology Podcast for the Museum of Science in Boston, which he hosted for more than two years. He has also created the critically acclaimed Boston Behind the Scenes Podcast as well as the newly-launched Puzzle Podcast.

In this Health Literacy Out Loud podcast, Adam Weiss talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • What podcasts are
  • How people can access and download podcasts
  • Why podcasts are an emerging and important tool of communication

More ways to learn:

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 33, 40, 42.

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