- Small plastic lid
- Small piece of rigid plastic
- DC 12v power plug connector/adaptor (female) for LED strips
- LED strip connector
- Red LED strip – 5 metre roll
- Foil “fabric”
- Aluminum multiseal tape
- Small cable ties
- Piece of sponge, 20cm x 20cm x ~1.cm depth. In inches, 8” x 8” x ½-¾ inch
- 12 volt power plug, 1.5-2 amps.
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- Sharp pointed knife
- Sharp scissors
- Small screwdrivers
- Wire cutters can be useful
Instructions for making a one wavelength Eliza, a bucket red light hat are underway. They will be published as a document rather than as blog posts.
The symptoms of Parkinson's Disease appear when the dopamine levels in the brain decline. Dopamine is produced in the brain in the Substantia Nigra, which is located deep in the brain, and is one of the parts of a bigger area called the "basal ganglia".
In Parkinson's, the cells of the Substantia Nigra lose power and their dopamine production slowly declines.
The images below show where the Substantia Nigra is located. The images are taken from different angles and collectively show just how deep inside the brain this area is.
Look for the light blue blob.
Looking at the brain from the front:
Looking at the brain from the side:
Looking at the brain from the top:
Looking at the brain from the back:
These images came from the app 3D Brain.
While writing out the instructions to make light hats from buckets, I’ve been musing on the lives of the 2-wavelength light hats we have made since 2016.
What have the light hats been doing since we gave them away?
Quite a lot, it seems.
- One went to Europe at the beginning of 2017, and floated down the Rhine, sampling the local beer.
- Three went wandering in outback Australia. One came home but two are still out there, somewhere in the wilds of Western Australia.
- One did a presentation to a Parkinson’s Support Group in February 2017. The participants were not impressed by the bucket’s attire but they were impressed by what its two wavelengths had been doing.
- One is based in regional NSW but travels all over Australia, packed in a carry-on bag with socks and jocks stuffed inside the bucket next to the switch box.
- The others are quietly working at home. They might be planning grand adventures – who knows.
I’ve just written up the story of our red/near infrared light hats.
It started in 2015 with a lampshade from an Op-shop and ends with a bucket. More
It’s been longer than intended since the blog was updated. During this time, a new article by John Mitrofanis was published in April 2017, called Why and how does light therapy offer neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease? You can download it here: Link.
This is a great article with much detail explained with great clarity. Even better, it is only two pages.
It poses two critical questions:
- Can red/near infrared light protect brain cells from dying?
- If yes, then how does the light do that?
Continue reading “Can red light stop brain cells from dying?”
Early versions of our devices used LEDs of a single wavelength. Different wavelengths were tried over time, but in the early cases each device featured LEDs of a single type (and therefore wavelength).
John’s research planted the idea that multiple wavelengths could improve the outcomes being achieved, so we started making devices with two or more types of LED.