Red and near infrared lights – can they help degenerative neurological diseases?
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.
The couple who made the first light hat from the blog instructions (more) reminded me that an Eliza (or in their case, a Daffodil) is more than just an item for use on the head.
Sore knees – put your feet up on the sofa, bring your heel towards your bottom and put your foot in a place that affords a comfortable bend to your knee. Then perch the Eliza on the top of your bended knee and let the light shine around the knee. Continue reading “Multi-purpose Eliza”
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. Continue reading “Rudolph”
We have had multiple separate reports about sleep improvements (usually from spouses) and there is an exciting consistency in these reports.
We are getting more reports about improvement in sleep for people with Parkinson’s Disease using red lights on a daily basis.
One Eliza-user has given permission for me to quote his wife’s description:
“I have noticed a vast improvement in his sleep. Prior to him starting the light therapy, he was having very restless sleep at night. He was suffering insomnia and he often lashed out in very jerky uncontrolled movements during sleep. He now sleeps very soundly and the sudden uncontrolled movements have stopped completely. As a result he has more energy during the day.
We are particularly thrilled about his improved sleep as this not only impacted on him but also on me. His medication has not changed at all.”
REM sleep disorder is a well-known part of the Parkinson’s Disease progression; it is very disruptive and distressing for the individual and partner. It seems that the red lights have an effect on REM sleep, and somehow sooth it.
We have had multiple separate reports about sleep improvements (usually from spouses) and there is an exciting consistency in these reports. A soothing sleep is good for all.