A southern Eliza

A flowerpot was the inspiration.


It was cut down and turned into a very effective light hat.


It is so good to hear about the increasing population of Eliza light hats, and variations of Eliza light hats.

A number of people have made contact to say that taking on the task of making such a bizarre device was a challenge.

But having started, often with huge trepidation, it was not as difficult as it initially seemed.

The sense of achievement was itself therapeutic. And wearing a DIY Eliza gives enlightenment and amusement.

All power to DIY, eh?

Red lights on the hair follicles

Yesterday I caught up with one of my mates who uses an Eliza light hat for his Parkinson’s. He told me, with some quiet delight, that his grey hair had been slowly resuming its previous brown colour.

It reminded me of another mate, also using an Eliza for Parkinson’s whose previous bald head is now populated with a triumphant fuzz of hair.

Most Australians would have seen the advertisements starring Shane Warne promoting lasers as the way to rejuvenate hair. Ignore the adverts.

It seems that the hair-growing effect is nothing to do with the laser, and everything to do with the wavelength used in the laser. And of course, you can get the same wavelengths in LEDs. The Very Visible Red wavelengths (630-670nm) are the way to go.

If you have already made your Eliza with nice red LEDs, then daily use might just get that hair regrowing…

Redlightsonthebrain Forum

A few people have asked to be put into contact with others making Elizas and Daffodils at home. I’m told that a forum is just the thing to allow this to happen.

So the redlightsonthebrain forum has been set up. It is set up as a free site, so apologies in advance for any advertisements.

I’m the Admin, but I’m a novice forum-user, so anything could happen….oh well, we can only give it a try. If it is a disaster, it can be removed from existence.

 

Why have one Eliza when you can have two?

Life is full of revelations. In my case, this revelation is a slow realisation of the blatantly obvious.

I’ve been fretting over the instructions for a two-wavelength Eliza. These instructions will involve soldering and flash stuff like that. It’s OK for those who solder for pleasure, and who are at one with the finer points of electrical connections, but most Eliza-makers are happy to avoid unnecessary complications.

So, applying the KISS (keep it simple, stupid), I offer this pronouncement:

Make two Elizas (or Daffodils), one with the ~670nm LED strip and the other with a longer wavelength. While 810nm is the fashionable one, it has been difficult to get, whereas 850nm is much easier to find.

Then use the two light hats in sequence, one immediately following the other. I tend to use the ~670nm first, then the longer wavelength second. I’m not sure that it makes much difference which goes first, as long as one quickly follows the other.

The Goldilocks Effect…less is more.

I’ve had a few queries about using high powered LEDs, the logic being that if low powered LED strips can improve the health of neurons, then lots of low powered LEDs or high powered LEDs will do a better job. If only it were that simple…

Prof John Mitrofanis and others have shown very clearly that there is a Goldilocks Effect. They use a more scientific term, but it is the same thing.

1. Too little red/near-infrared light doesn’t do very much at all.

2. Too much red/near-infrared light can cause problems for the neurons.

3. The just-right amount of red/near-infrared light is perfect.

Prof John and his team have been able to define the “just-right” dose at the neuronal level in mice. But we have no such knowledge for humans. So we have to be cautious. Very cautious.

So, please don’t use high powered LEDs. Start at a low level of red light exposure, as we have done.

Remember that we are at the very beginning of understanding of trans-cranial lights. There continues to be wonderful research work being done and as it appears, I’ll let you know if and how this changes the approach to DIY light hats.

What I do know at this stage is: Less Is More.

Daffodil vs Eliza light hats

It is wonderful to hear about more Eliza light hats being made out of buckets. Those buckets sure are useful things.

I’ve heard from two people who are using plant pots. I did try using plant pots early on in my experiments, but the ones I bought had sloped or curved sides and I found it difficult to secure the LED strip without contorting it into a place it didn’t really want to be. However, others have been more successful, which is wonderful.

I had serious discussions with the first person to create a light hat from a plant pot.The topic was the appropriate name for the plant-pot-based light hat.

It clearly could not be Eliza because there was no bucket involved.

We agreed on Daffodil.

Click here for instructions to make your own Eliza light hat (or Daffodil)

Click here for information about tracking your progress.

Another Eliza is born

Congratulations to the maker of this very fine Eliza!

It is heartening to hear of more Eliza light hats being made at home.

For those who are apprehensive, take heart. It can be done. If you aren’t in a position to do the fiddly stuff yourself, then you will almost certainly have a mate who is prepared to help. Just ask.