Light and neuroprotection

This medical journal article should have been posted ages ago. My apologies for being so slow in making it available to you.

Why and how does light therapy offer neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease? 

It is an excellent two-page article by Prof John Mitrofanis, and it summarises clearly how red and near infrared light work on the brain cells in Parkinson’s disease. Not only does light improve the function of the brain cells, it protects them, and gives them reasons to keep living and working.

Compare this with standard drug therapy for Parkinson’s – various forms of levodopa. Leovodopa drugs help remaining brain cells to function, but they do not protect them, or stop them from dying. This is the reason that levodopa drugs eventually lose their effectiveness – the drugs can only work if there are enough brain cells alive.

Red and near infrared light keep the brain cells alive, and promote new brain cells to be made. It is a significant difference.

Author: RedlightsontheBrain

Redlightsonthebrain is written by Catherine Hamilton, 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. All sales of the Coronet red light device support the work of Light Ahead Inc.

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