Musea Reader, this issue has 3 parts. Two for your health, and one for the health of music.  The first "LARRY"S SUGAR PILLS" is a one act courtroom 'drama'. See if Larry ends up in jail for selling his miracle pills. Then something for the health of the world of music, the NPR 200 SONG MUSIC CHALLENGE. Be a part of music history and be a bit revolutionary too. Then finally from my sci side, SLEEP a new hypothesis about why we sleep . If right changing how we sleep may cure more than anyone could have imagined!!!  Then let me know what you think. Thanks - editor Tom.


LARRY'S SUGAR PILLS (One act play.)

Scene: Courtroom.

Characters:  Judge , Lawyer for the prosecution, Defendant Larry, Narrator.

Scenery: Judge's bench, two tables, and a witness stand.

(Narrator adds his comments from off stage.)


"Call your first witness,"said the Judge.

The lawyer looked out and saw just one.

"Is he of L's Pills in the court here?

Larry looked at the two and said, "For sure."

"Take the stand and then the oath."

Larry arose and did both.

"Are you the president and CEO

of L's Pills and Larry Pill Co.?"

"I am I am I admit it's so.

"Does Larry's Pills make Larry's Pills?"

"Yes we do. 'It cures your ills'."

"Would you read the label and it's claims?"

"This'll cure almost anything!"

"Now the contents listed there under..."

"Contains 100% first grade sugar."

"So you admit the ingredients are

only sugar and nothing more?"

"Yes indeed, that's all you need.

We had a sugar coating but I'm the first to say

That seemed redundant, and got in the way.

So we went with fundamentals and kept it pure

Ingredients sugar and nothing more."

"What are the side affects of prolonged use?"

"Prolonged application leads to decay of tooth,

but benefits are many and see that paper stack..."

"Please Mr Larry, we'll get to that...

What do they cost, how much per dose?"

"It's ten dollars a bottle, a dollar per pill.

I recommend 4 per day at most.

But more if your doctor says you're ill.

Take as needed is the best way to go.

Take as needed until you are well.

They also taste good, so take some extra

and they'll prevent problems that beset ya."

"Larry, If I may address you so.

Isn't this just like an M&M dose?"

Yes you may, as you wish.

But ours contains no additives.

Beware of the cheaper brand generics.

You could be stuck with mostly corn syrups!"

"Why an "X marked on each one?"

"Best grade of sugar we can find."

Your answers are clever, and so is your wit.

But seriously Larry tell me this.

Why shouldn't you be in jail,

for peddling pills that can't cure ills!!!"


(The lights come down till they spotlight only Larry as he gives his soliloquy. As the lights have slowly dimmed he has retrieved a large stack of papers from the defendant's table. The soliloquy is not in verse.)


The science world is new to most... (Larry clutches his hands in a serious high manner, and grows in stature as this speech continues). And few know the ways of testing medicines or any health product with efficacy claims.  Studies must be made. And they must be honest with no preconceived notions. They must be designed so that they neither favor nor disfavor the pill, potion, or salve, under scrutiny. they must be objective, not biased.


To do this a time honored method is followed by all.  It's called the' scientific method'.

A claim is made. A test is set up. An experiment is performed, and data is collected.  In every case there must be peer review and the test must be verifiable. That means other scientists must check the results of the papers, and they must get the same results when they repeat the experiments.


Now to tests. They usually involve 3 groups. The first group, Group A, is given the medicine in the test. The second group, group B, is given SUGAR pills that look exactly like the pills in Group A.This is called a 'placebo' - though that is not a brand name. And the third group, group C is not given anything at all. All three groups are monitored, and the results are written up.

This stack in front of me contains hundreds of such experiments. I offer them as evidence - exhibit A -Z, a 100 times over, so to speak. In each case the sugar pill or placebo - similar to our product in every way - cures a certain percentage of each group taking it.

On the top is a study for pain. Next is one for hypertension. There are tests here for Parkinson's disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, depression, asthma, irritable-bowel syndrome, ... the list goes on and on and on. The placebo effect is written up in countless assorted science journals. I have twenty here.


In every case the results are astounding. Many in the group taking the sugar pills, get cured from taking sugar pills. They don't just stay the same. They GET CURED!!!


We, at Larry's Pills, are the first to make the connection. Sugar cures! Chocolate helps!

Cupcakes benefit!!! We saw what no other scientists saw. It was the sugar in every case that was the ingredient that consistently cured just about everything !


My company felt it was OUR DUTY to bring this documented cure directly to the public.

That's Larry's Pills. We also have it in gumdrop form for the kids...

Well there's not much more to say. I think the case is closed.


(Lights have slowly been coming up during the end of the soliloquy. Larry folds his hands in his lap and waits for a verdict).


Judge and Lawyer  stare and are stunned.

They've listened to Larry. Has he won?

The judge comes alive. His gavel is raised

"Order in the court" . He hammers, then says,


After consideration of  this evidence,

There's only one verdict. from this bench -

Could I have some pills for my shoulder pain?

I'm afraid it acting up again!"


(Lawyer yells "Your Honor Please", Judge bangs his gavel, then rubs his sore shoulder, while Larry jumps up and down with glee. Then he takes a bottle of his pills and pours out two for the judge who takes them with water. Curtain).




Music lover  Please Send this E-mail to the addresses listed and/or any others you can think of. Be a part of musical history and a little revolutionary too! Thanks!


I am challenging NPR to a music challenge, "Trendy versus Indy",  "The Trendy-ist" versus the Big List, my Big List of 200 songs versus ANY 200 songs from them. This is the biggest music challenge in history!!!  Help support this fun music challenge  Put these addresses in your e-mail and send this post. Send to friends and add any comment you like. Pass the word. Music will finally be exciting again IF you can paste and click! History of the world is in your mouse!  ( Challenge goes for any corporate radio station or music media source - you choose too.),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Tom is right, let's have this music  challenge! Here it is.


When it comes to QUALITY in music is NPR up for the CHALLENGE?

NPR, it's time for a musical showdown. I challenge  NPR music writers, and both NPR music blogs: All Songs Considered, and Monitor Mix, to a musical challenge.(Or any music media source for that matter). You present your best  100-200 new songs, versus my BIG LIST - first best of world music from the net, list .


For every entry you choose to play or spotlight, I'll suggest a Big List alternative that I claim is better music. Then your listeners, readers can vote on their favorites.  Then I pick one, and you have to find an alternative that you claim is better music. II suggest that my back-to-basics music list will garner the most favorite votes and comments.


NPR, you can choose any new music you covered in the last year or two. It can be any type of music, any format, any style, from anywhere in the world. I'll find a song from The BIG LIST close to that style. both selections will be played and YOUR listeners can vote on their favorites.  The odds are on your side, but the music quality is on mine!


The Big List : or

search 'Musea 100 Plus'. If the internet is the world's first jukebox, this list is the first contents of that jukebox.  Call it the first "Outside  of the Box" set!


My contention is that there is a worldwide golden age of original great music going on now, none of which NPR or the mainstream seems to be  aware of. NPR ready for the challenge? 


SLEEP, A new hypothesis


By understanding why we sleep, we may resolve many chronic health and psychological problems. Many of these problems may be directly connected to sleep body temperature.


Introduction /Two sleep basics /Sleep as half of the daily digestion cycle. /Two major problem areas: wake to sleep and sleep to wake /Many underlying problems of sleep /Sleep temperature needs to be changed. /Three main clues  /Conscious awareness of how the body works, helps resolve the problems. /Two facts that support the overall hypothesis /Testing the Hypothesis.



Here is a hypothesis on why we sleep. There also seems to be a vast layer of health and psychological problems that come from sleep disorders, that until now were not known. By understanding why we sleep, we may start to resolve many of those chronic health and psychological problems. These problems may be solved by adjusting body temperature.

This hypothesis is based on looking at life as evolved forms of catabolic type or anabolic type processes. (See my other discussions). This way of looking at biochemistry may give many insights.



First there are two things everyone recognizes about sleep:

1. Sleep is VERY important. Whether its fruit flies, fish, cat, or humans , whether its seals and dolphins that sleep with alternate hemispheres of their brains asleep, or bears hibernating during the winter. No matter the way the creature sleeps, we know that without sleep it can die. Sleep has got to be something very important.


2. There are two main parts to sleep in humans:

NREM , not random eye movements, or slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, where the brain is less active. Most of sleep is in one aspect of the multiple stages of NREM sleep.  The other main part of sleep is REM, rapid eye movement sleep. REM sleep seems to have a lot of dreams. REM sleep makes up about 20% of total sleep time.



My hypothesis suggests that sleep is half of the daily digestion process for humans.  Here is a quick summary. The body has a daily digestion cycle that has two parts The first part is the wake phase. The second part is the sleep phase. Then the daily cycle repeats.


During the WAKE phase the person takes in food and breaks it down. This is mostly a phase of catabolic processes that digest the food for that day. This is followed by a SLEEP phase where the food is absorbed and used, and the body prepares waste out. This is mostly a phase of anabolic processes.


During the NREM part of the SLEEP phase, the person replenishes the body with nurturing and other anabolic processes. During the REM part of the Sleep phase, the person prepares the body for waste out. Then the person wakes and the cycle repeats.



There are two major problem areas: the transition from wake to sleep, and the transition from sleep to wake. The body makes a major adjustment at both of these times of the day. Note that deep sleep has 3 stages. That suggests that the transition from wake to sleep is a major change that comes about in stages.  Also note that waking from sleep can happen a number of times before the night's sleep is completely done. Both of these suggest that the transition phases are evolved, complex, and somewhat difficult for the body to do.




The digestion cycle pattern is set up in early childhood, and is almost impossible to change from then on. The digestion cycle is most likely based on the breast  milk feeding pattern between the mother and chlld. This sets up a food in and waste out pattern that becomes the digestion cycle. The overall problem to solve then, is that of a digestion cycle. That problem is resolved by resetting the daily digestion pattern into one that is more healthy.



To solve these problems we need to adjust the body temperature during sleep. The body temperature during sleep is either too high, or too low. First we adjust the body temperature during sleep, then the body heals itself. Note the deep sleep temperature is the one we are most consciously aware of. That means that if one feels 'hot' too much of the time, that person's deep sleep temperature is too hot and too high. If one feels 'cold' too much of the time, that person's deep sleep temperature is too cool and too low.



We have three main clues to help determine what the sleep problems are. Therefore when there are sleep problems OR any unresolved or hidden chronic problems, we should check these three things: sleep problems, body weight, and the overall dominant emotion.


1. Sleep Problems.

Check the two transition problem areas connected to sleep; where waking turns to sleep, and sleep turns to wake. Also check any problems from lack of sleep or problems during sleep.


2. Weight .

Underweight - deep sleep temperature is too low. Person often feels too 'cold'. To fix and resolve, raise deep sleep body temperature.


Overweight -  ddeep sleep temperature is too high. Person often feels too 'hot'.

To fix and resolve, lower deep sleep body temperature.


3. Emotion.

There seems to be a basic emotion connected to underweight, and another to overweight. Underweight = FEAR.  Overweight = ANGER. That means that every underweight person should have major fear issues that need to be resolved, and every overweight person should have major anger issues that need to be resolved. These emotional issues may be conscious or unconscious feelings.


By using these 3 clues we should begin to open the door on understanding  the many chronic health and psychological problems caused by sleep disorders.



The process of understanding how the daily cycle works, may actually go a long way in resetting the body temperature and resolving the inner conflicts. When the person understands what is causing his problems, the body seems to be more able to adjust the body temperature and resolve the problems.



1. IF sleep is a part of the metabolism cycle, and mainly concerned with processing that days food intake, then for those times when you have fasted, there should be less sleep. We know when we eat a big meal we feel sleepy - that suggests sleep helps process that food. But what about the other way? If we fast do we need less sleep? Doing a quick google of fasting and sleep, I found that that is exactly true. Those that fast need less sleep.

2. IF sleep is part of the metabolism cycle, and mainly concerned with processing that days food intake, then for those times when you eat more you should require more sleep to process that food. Example, after gorging themselves on a kill, lions will often sleep almost continuously for 2 or 3 days.



Test the hypothesis by testing its claims connected to sleep problems, weight problems, and dominant emotions. Stay healthy all!






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