When I first started working with red lights, I found a rather strange device that was being marketed for rhinitis (hayfever). It had two nasal prongs, each with a 660nm light at the end of it, battery operated. The blurb said that the lights were lasers, but they were really LEDs.

I bought a stack of these things and when we tried them, they were immediately christened Rudolph, as they created the perfect red-lit nose.

The first person to be given a Rudolph was of course Max with Parkinson’s Disease, my first guinea pig. All the people involved in the early days of the light adventures were given a Rudolph and instructed to use it at the same time as the one wavelength Eliza light hat.

It has only just occurred that I had neglected the value of the Rudolph, and I have not mentioned it at all in any of the posts.

So for all those of you using your red light Eliza, think adding a Rudolph to your red light armamentarium.

The photo shows the first Rudolph. The brand name is Bionase, but I’ve just done a quick search on various websites and you can buy exactly the the same device under different brand names. The prices vary considerably, so do look around before buying. (I paid $A8 for the one in the photo.)

I do recommend that you use Rudolph in a private spot at home. Observers of Rudolph-in-action cannot help making a comment about your nose and I can guarantee it won’t be complimentary…

Author: RedlightsontheBrain

Redlightsonthebrain is written by Catherine, a retired doctor on behalf of Light Ahead Inc, a Tasmanian-based not-for-profit organisation. Light Ahead Inc aims to help people to learn about neurogenerative diseases and the practical, safe and scientifically-based things that may be able to help. Part of this is to provide low-cost access to red light devices, hence the DIY instructions on this blog.

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