Public lectures in Melbourne – 1 July 2018

If you live close to Melbourne, you have a rare opportunity to hear two excellent lectures about the effects of red light on the head* for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Who are the speakers:

Prof John Mitrofanis, University of Sydney and Prof Liisa Laakso, Griffith University

What are they talking about:

Prof John is giving an update on case studies of people with Parkinson’s Disease using red light hats on a daily basis.

Prof Liisa is presenting recent research evidence on the effects of red light in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

When:

Sunday 1st July, 2018

9.00 – 9.45 am – Prof Liisa

9.45 -10.30 am – Prof John

Where:

Workshop 1 & 2,

The Larwill Studio, Art Series Hotels, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville, Vic 3052. Map

Cost:

These two lectures are free to the public, but you will need to book as numbers are limited.

Book your seat:

Email: natalie.amla@outlook.com

Background:

These two public presentations have been coordinated by the Australian Medical Laser Association, AMLA, and is part of a two day conference called Photobiomodulation Therapy.

*The official term for red light on the head is PBMt, shorthand for trans-cranial photobiomodulation.

Elizas can be tweaked to suit

Here is a recently constructed Eliza, and a very fine job, too.

The standard design didn’t work for the head and neck of the new user. So the enterprising Eliza-maker did some creative tweaking to make it work.

If it is not comfortable, then don’t be afraid to tweak your Eliza.

Multi-purpose Eliza

Red light helps reduce painful joints.

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”

Rudolph

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”

A new Eliza

This is a beautifully made Eliza and beats any of my efforts. I am very taken with the pouring lip on the bucket and the way this space has been cleverly used to store the electrical bibs and bobs.

This Eliza has two wavelengths, and has a switch to flick from one to the other. Very very nicely made.

Many thanks to the maker and Eliza-owner for letting me post these great photos.

The two wavelengths have been squeezed into every available space.

The pouring lip has been cleverly usedOn the red wavelength. Beautiful colour!

And the near-infrared wavelength. You can only just see it as it is on the edge of visible light. But it will be felt!

Red lights and sleep

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.