Mental clarity vs brain fog

The term brain fog is not an official medical term, but we all know what it means, and we have all experienced it. Serious and creative thinking is hard enough to do at the best of times, but when brain fog descends, it is even more difficult. Unfortunately brain foggery seems to happen more often as we get older which is even more frustrating…

Having permanent brain fog is how many people describe their experience with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Thinking back to the article described in a recent blog post about the brain being like an orchestra, cognitive function is one of the networks of neurones described. It’s hard to define just how important this network is to each and every one of us.

In neurodegenerative disorders, the cognitive function network eventually starts to lose its power and potency, and has difficulty doing its own work, let alone working effectively with all the other brain networks. To the owner of such a brain, thinking becomes foggy and soggy.

Improvement in thinking is one of the most common outcomes described by people with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease after they have started using daily transcranial red and near infrared lights, whether the DIY Cossack or the more sophisticated and powerful Coronet.

There is increasing evidence that daily lights help people with cognitive impairment improve their ability to think and cope. And there is evidence that daily lights also helps people without neurodegenerative diseases.

I often find that the partner of the person with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s tries out the DIY Cossack or Coronet just for fun – and find it helpful. This leads to discussions about a daily light schedule to suit both parties. Most couples come to an amicable arrangement…


The lovely photo of the lightbulb in the light is by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

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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