A very interesting email arrived today, querying the effect of red LED lights on eyes.
It is all about the wavelength, not the type of light.
Red and near infrared wavelengths are not harmful to the eyes.
In fact, red wavelengths (especially 670nm, a deep red colour) are showing promise as a treatment for Age-related Macular Degeneration, a devastating progressive eye condition.
The lead researcher is Prof Glen Jeffery, professor of neuroscience at University College London.
Here’s a list of Prof Jeffrey’s publications.
And here’s a link to one of his articles.
If you are planning to make your own light hat device, make sure that you purchase red LEDs. There are LED strips available with lots of colours – avoid these as a rainbow isn’t helpful.
You just want red or near infrared wavelengths.
Some wonderful photos of a recent Cossack construction. The creator put the LED strips on the inside of the Cossack, and this required the use of lots and lots of cable ties.
Fortunately, the creator didn’t cut the ends of the cable ties, making for a very fine porcupine or echidna.
Sincere thanks for permission to post these photos.
Cutting to size:
The perfect Cossack frame:
The LED strip was installed inside (outside is probably easier) and held with cable ties:
It is fabulous!
Transcranial red light can improve Parkinson’s disease symptoms. This article calls for increased recognition of the huge potential of Photobiomodulation as a safe, home-based therapy in neurodegenerative diseases.
The article Exploring the use of transcranial photobiomodulation in Parkinson’s disease patients has just been published in the journal Neural Regeneration Research.
It is based on the work of Dr Frank Nicklason, Dr Catherine Hamilton, Prof John Mitrofanis, Nabil el Massri and David Hamilton.
This article provides a strong argument for faster action in clinical trials. The improvements being experienced and documented by daily light hat users provide convincing and exciting evidence that red lights on the brain do something good. Continue reading “Hot off the press…”
Trans-cranial red light can improve REM or dream sleep disruption in people with Parkinson’s Disease.
For spouses of people with Parkinson’s, the above quote can be a threat.
We have a protective mechanism that stops the body moving during dream or REM sleep. So while you are dreaming about running away from an enraged grizzly bear, your body is still.
One of the many awful things about Parkinson’s is that can disrupt this protective mechanism during dream sleep. This means that when the grizzly bear is chasing, your body is no longer still. You are running as fast as you can while lying in bed.
If your spouse is lying next to you, it is like war has broken out. Your frantic running from the grizzly bear results in an eruption of kicking and thrashing. You are fast asleep but your spouse has had a rude awakening.
Daily light hat use can stop warfare during dream sleep.
There has been a steady increase in the number of spouses reporting that the outbreaks of war have stopped following daily use of red light. As well, the person with Parkinson’s feels that sleep is of a better quality.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
One of the reports came from a chap who had the DBS procedure. He was initially apprehensive about using an Eliza because of his DBS, but there is no good scientific reason to suspect that there would be any adverse reaction.
His dream sleep has resumed being peaceful, and he is much happier with improved sleep. And so is his wife.
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. Continue reading “Multi-purpose Eliza”