Journal Article: Targeting the body to protect the brain: introducing neuroprotection with remotely-applied near infrared light. Link
This research article was published on 10 March 2015 in the journal, Neural Regeneration Research, by Daniel Johnstone, John Mitrofanis and Jonathan Stone, all from the University of Sydney.
Here’s a summary.
While the causes of many diseases are not known, the diseased cells all do have systems to repair themselves. Research into the use of red and near infrared light on damaged cells has shown that the light can stimulate these cells into starting the repair processes.
We have registered a not-for-profit association. We have some more administrative things to do to get it all ready for action, but it is underway.
Our aim is for this association to:
develop and manufacture effective and low-cost light devices
make the devices available for purchase through the association
put all profits and donations into medical research – randomised case studies are the gold standard, but they are expensive things to run.
We had hoped that all the light devices (including Elizas) could be gifted through the association, but if this is ever possible, it is a long way into the future.
We are currently working on different models of light hats, and when we think we have identified the best we can do, we will seek funding for the development of a light hat that looks, um, civilised. Eliza bucket hats have been a great way to prototype our ideas and adapt findings from ongoing research, but they are not aesthetically pleasing…
This is an early model of a one-wavelength Eliza. You can see that it refuses to lose its inner bucketness.
The elastic strap helps hold the Eliza on the head, with the back tilted back onto the base of the skull and the front just above eyebrow levels. It doesn’t matter if the red light gets into the eyes. I find it more comfortable to be able read or watch television while wearing an Eliza.
Despite its less than-magnificent-appearance, it gives a good spread of light around the head, and the foil insert reflects the lights a little. It all helps.
The instructions have been posted on the blog. Check out the DIY page on the main menu.