It really does work…

I can understand the skepticism about the biological effect of red lights, because that’s where I started from. It seemed too good to be true. However, there is a wealth of excellent quality research out there, and the evidence is compelling that red and near infrared lights protect existing neurones, and can stimulate new neurones to be created, stimulate blood vessels to increase connections- neuroprotection, neurogenesis and angiogenesis.

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Couldn’t be bothered

For over three years now, I’ve been observing the effect of daily use of red/near infrared light hat devices on people with Parkinson’s disease.

I continue to be astonished at the way red/near infrared lights can improve the non-motor or non-movement symptoms – especially apathy. I think apathy is probably one of the most cruel of the many Parkinson’s symptoms.

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Cossack movie update

Make your own Cossack red light hat.

Making the Cossack Hat Frame*

Michael provided additional information for the DIY Cossack movie.

MEASURE THE CIRCUMFERENCE.

Take a generous length of the hat padding being used, and

  • Fit around the head like a head band.
  • Adjust to fit comfortably around the head and stick together with adhesive tape .
  • Don’t cut the foam yet!
  • Mark the join,
  • Add 2cm to make the band a bit looser, then
  • Cut the padding and tape the ends together to form a circle.

Adjust this head band for easy slip-on comfort and  for it to have a jaunty tilt towards the back of head. Once satisfied with this, measure the final length. This is the final basic circumference for the preparation of the wire mesh frame.

MEASURE THE HEIGHT OF THE HAT.

Like the circumference, this will depend on the individual.

Typically, 9 squares deep (=120mm) is a good height and allows for either an elastic suspension, or for some 6mm foam pads stuck to the top.

A simple paper or cardboard pattern helps to determine these dimensions.

  • Cut a paper pattern 150mm high and the above circumference.
  • Mark the 9 square(120mm) position, and
  • Tape the pattern into a hat shape.
  • Check the height to the top of the head, and
  • Cut the paper to the height needed to fit a padded top for the hat.

         * Wire ends are sharp and can cause cuts. So please wear gloves!

New research

I’m attaching a two-page report about new research into the effects of red lights (photobiomodulation) and on gait in Parkinson’s Disease.

The Spanish researchers separated the participants into two groups, one group having real 670nm red light exposure and the other having sham light exposure. The participants didn’t know whether they were getting the red light or the sham treatment.

All participants were assessed for different movement activities before and after the study period.

The participants given the sham treatment were no different at the end of the study time. The participants given the real photobiomodulation all improved in their walking and movement.

The researchers commented, “Our findings are in agreement with those of a previous study which that reported gait improvements in PD patients after trans-cranial photobiomodulation, as well as with other clinical studies that suggest that photobiomodulation could be a potential strategy against neurodegenerative diseases.”

Download the article.

Journal Article:
Santos L et al.,Photobiomodulation in Parkinson’s Disease: A randonized control trial, Brain Stimulation.

Brain cells

When I went to medical school, the belief was that you got your full quota of brain cells at birth. It was downhill from there, and you entered old age with not many brain cells left.

What a joy it is to know that this belief is a load of rubbish.

Here is a great article, summarising recent research on the birth of new brain cells during our lives.

It is a reminder that you use your brain or you lose it, so lifelong learning stimulates the birth of new brain cells.

I can recommend learning a musical instrument – you can do it at any age. Making music on your own instrument really makes your brain work, whether you are a beginner or an old hand at it.

And use your Eliza, Cossack or Coronet each day. Red and near infrared light stimulates the birth of new brain cells.

Tomatoes and coronets

I have been picking ripe tomatoes from the garden. Here are some of them on a white plate:

I wondered how close the 670nm coronet light was to tomato colour.

I put a coronet on a white plate and turned it on. This is the colour that come from the iPad camera:

In the kitchen, the red of the coronet looks pretty similar to the red of the tomatoes. The iPad camera makes the 670nm look pink. Most curious.

Here is the colour taken by Ron, who has real photographic skills and a real camera.

Much more tomato-like!