Johannes Brahms (pronounced [joːˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]) (7 May 1833 — 3 April 1897), was a German composer and pianist, one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader of the musical scene. In his lifetime, Brahms’s popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.
Brahms composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he gave the first performance of many of his own works; he also worked with the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim. Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed many of his works and left some of them unpublished.
Brahms was at once a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Baroque and Classical masters. He was a master of counterpoint, the complex and highly disciplined method of composition for which Bach is famous, and also of development, a compositional ethos pioneered by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Beethoven. Brahms aimed to honour the “purity” of these venerable “German” structures and advance them into a Romantic idiom, in the process creating bold new approaches to harmony and melody. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as the progressive Arnold Schoenberg and the conservative Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms’s works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.
(Natural News) When people are faced with a serious ailment, their tendency is to go to a hospital and have themselves checked by a general practitioner. They then take the medication prescribed by the doctor and hope everything will be alright. These people, on the other hand, took a different direction when it came to searching for a cure.
Meet 45-year-old Suffolk, England hotel manager Nicole Green, who had been diagnosed in 2008 with multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurological disease that is characterized by vision impairment and a loss of motor control. She reportedly cured herself with a diet of flax seeds and fish. Then there‘s 52-year-old West Wycombe retired civil servant Bill Rogers, who, instead of taking statins to regulate his cholesterol levels, turned to food such as sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and soya.
This seems to suggest that having proper diet is as effective – perhaps even more – as ingesting commercial drugs when it comes to curbing the effects of a disorder or disease, or neutralizing a condition that can make your health take a turn for the worse.
A study that was recently conducted by Professor Giovanni de Gaetano of the Neuromed Institute in Pozzini, Italy concluded that people who were suffering from heart ailments who had a habit of eating vegetables, fish, nuts, and olive oil lessened their chances of dying a premature death by 37 percent. These are greater odds than those who take statins; their chances of dying a premature death were only lessened by 18 percent.
Physicians all over the world, however, are not aware of these findings and still believe in the power of medicine as the best way to cure ailments. In an urgent call to the Medical Schools Council and the General Medical Council to shed light on this matter, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a consultant cardiologist at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage in Hertfordshire, said, “There is little or no training at medical school or postgraduate level of the impact of nutrition on health.”
Nevertheless, some doctors are acknowledging the effect nutrition can have on health. For instance, University of Melbourne neuroepidemiologist Professor George Jelinek invested in a plant-based wholefood diet of seafood (for 20 milliliters to 30 ml or omega-3 fatty acids per day) and flax seed oil (for vitamin D) to cure his MS after he was diagnosed with it 18 years ago.
Another diet, this one for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), was conceptualized in 2012 by scientists at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The scientists advised patients with IBS to cut back on their intake of foods rich in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAP), which can be found in wheat products; fruits and vegetables such as celery, pears, peaches, leeks, apples, cabbage, onions, and plums; garlic; and dairy.
Twenty-nine-year-old Camberley, Surrey administrator Hannah Crossland-Scott, who had been suffering from IBS since she was 14, tried this diet. “The diet was terribly restrictive, but it was astonishing – within a week I’d noticed improvements and now I rarely get a flare-up if I avoid my trigger foods, such as dairy, onions, garlic, and melon, or anything with gluten.”
People with high cholesterol levels are told to lessen their fat and red meat intake and follow a Mediterranean diet. An alternative to this is the diet that was developed by nutritionist Ian Marber and Dr. Laura Corr, a cardiologist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which is composed of the ample intake of healthy oils such as olive oil, fiber, nuts, oats, soya, and foods that are rich in plant sterols, which are good for absorbing cholesterol into the body from the gut.
Speaking for the diet, Bristol Heart Institute interventional consultant cardiologist Dr. Julian Strange said: “We don’t have a huge amount of evidence that diets like this will make you live longer – unlike statins where there is hard evidence that they can reduce heart attack or stroke. But the diet may help you lower cholesterol.”
This kind of thinking – that food is a better cure than medication – is not new, and has already surfaced across the pond four years ago. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) in 2013 commissioned a study that made them believe that proper nutrition contributed to a better quality of life in the long-term. As such, they incorporated specific meal plans for different kinds of patients, and over the course of a year their diabetic clients saw their medical expenses decreasing by $12,000 per month.
“We get dramatic results because we care for the sickest clients. The potential for savings is much greater for these people,” MANNA’s director of policy and institutional affairs Ann Hoskins-Brown said.