Magical Medical Tour: Radio GaGa

Glenn Wollman

In the era of pads, pods, berries and droids, the radio has become obsolete, except for a few of us troglodytes. The other day I had my radio on as background for the soundtrack of my life and I realized it was not on my station. Someone had moved the dial. As I was tuning back to my station I started thinking about the clarity of the first signal, the static and noise as I shifted, and finally the new signal. I knew I was back on my station once I heard Queen singing “Radio Ga Ga”.

It was a quasi profound moment when my scientific mind started thinking about Signal to Noise Ratio, a measurement used to define how much a signal has been distorted or corrupted by noise; or the level of desired signal over background noise.

It made me realize how important it is, while listening, reading or watching the news, to determine whether it is signal or noise. This also applies when we are meditating, trying to sleep, or having a conversation. Sometimes signals may be clear but they are the wrong signals or just plain noise, especially when they are coming from the body, mind, or the environment.

Are we receiving and sending clear signals – or is it noise?

Stay tuned for the next blog covering other aspects of my Magical Medical Tour:

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    Glenn Wollman, MD, has always been at the leading edge of medicine. He helped pioneer the specialty of Emergency Medicine and, at the same time, also developed and ran one of the first hospital-based Integrative Medicine programs in the Unitied…

    12 Responses to “Magical Medical Tour: Radio GaGa”

    1. Jannisue says:

      We all have too much static on our lines, the good news is that it is just a perceptual shift away to complete peace. Blessings Jannisue

    2. Meg says:

      What an interesting thought. I am looking for examples, and will probably spend the day deciding what’s noise and what’s signal!Thank you for another inspiring blog post.

    3. aloha Dr. Glenn! i hope to see you one of these days again. let me know if there’s anything i can do to synergize with what YOU’re doing! best wishes, Daniel

    4. joanne chuvalo says:

      love the direction you have taken…am proud of your work..

    5. Love your quasi profound moment, or near epiphany experience (nee)! I apply your logic to body awareness and movement as well. Am I aware of my posture, movements, work-out movements, or am I just going through the motions out of patterning, blindly. Also, it is very interesting to see the relationship of muscle tension and emotion. Over the years in practice, I see how muscles hold onto emotions, and affect ones posture. Look at a sad or a depressed person. Sunken chest, round shouldered, forward head carriage. A Happy person by contrast, has chest out, head held high and shoulders back. Now we can ask the question, “Am I storing noise in my muscles or signals”? Excellent quasi profound moment. Thanks for sharing!

    6. Dennis DeMarco says:

      I hope you plan on elaborating on how to fine tune the ability to separate noise from signal. Sometimes it’s disguised. As to being a troglodyte, you certainly dress better than one and your place is definitely not a cave.

    7. R. Kapp, MD says:

      Profound idea. Filter out the noise and allow space for the music of life.
      Keep up the good work.

    8. I have known the man for a long time and if the truth be told, his first “signals” were received high up on a lifeguard tower , chanting native american phrases while presiding over a most progressive summer camp waterfront!

      As for his choice of attire, let’s just say it has evolved……

    9. Tiffany Hill says:

      What about past and present? Would the present moment be pure signal?

    10. @ Hillary ~ What past? That was Zen: This is Tao!

    11. sorry, meant Tiffiany, not Hillary.

    12. julienielsen says:

      This leads me to take a step back and re-evaluate my communication skills. I have a feeling my signal has often been distorted or at times even extinguished by noise.
      Thank you for the insight.

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