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.
Sunday 1st July, 2018
9.00 – 9.45 am – Prof Liisa
9.45 -10.30 am – Prof John
Workshop 1 & 2,
The Larwill Studio, Art Series Hotels, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville, Vic 3052. Map
These two lectures are free to the public, but you will need to book as numbers are limited.
Book your seat:
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.
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.
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.
Sore toes and bunions – again, put your feet up on the bed or sofa, but this time perch the Eliza light hat over your offending foot.
Sore wrists and fingers – sit wherever you like, but put your hand in the bucket and let the red light shine on your hand.
If you use the red lights daily on sore parts of your anatomy, you will most likely find that the pain levels starts to recede. It’s the daily use that makes it work, so persist with it. Why put up with pain, if there is a way to reduce it without the use of medication.
This whole red light adventure started with a very painful and arthritic knee (more). I still use the lights daily on that knee. It is not acting like an arthritic knee, and I have long ceased using pain medication.
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?
A few people have asked how long a light hat should be worn.
A previous post about the Goldilocks Effect is really important to read, as it describes the research on the odd effect of too much red light.
More red light is not better – it can make things worse. Neurones are finicky fellows and we must respect this.
So how long should you wear an Eliza light hat, or any kind of red/near infrared light on the head? As everyone’s light hat is different, it is impossible to give absolutely firm advice. But based on what I’ve observed over the time of making many and varied light hats, I’d suggest the following considerations.
I’ve had a number of people tell me that conversations with their GP or specialist about red and near infrared lights haven’t gone well. One chap took his newly-made Eliza to show his neurologist, who roared with laughter and said that it would be very handy at Christmas.
I remember my reaction when patients brought in newspaper clippings about the latest and greatest cure for something – I’d keep a smile on my face and inwardly groan.
If you are getting less than supportive noises from your doctors, don’t get cranky with them, because they are trying to protect you. There are lots of charlatans and snake oil merchants out there, and people with chronic diseases are easy targets. They are worried that you and your family are going to be taken in by costly rubbish. If you read about the beginnings of my learning about red lights, here, you’ll see that I was also very skeptical.
So what can you do?
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