Prof John’s presentation at the recent Melbourne conference covered two areas:
- the development of the research into red &near infrared light and Parkinson’s disease; and
- the results of recent case-studies of four Tasmanians using Eliza light hats.
I’m not able to post the exact presentation he gave a few weeks ago, but I am able to give you detailed notes that I took on 6 December 2016, when Prof John spoke to the group of people involved in the Eliza activities in Tasmania. These notes cover point (1) above.
The information Prof John covered in point (2) has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and when that article appears, I’ll be able to post it on the blog. That might not be for a few months, so keep watch on the blog. Continue reading “Prof John Mitrofanis presentation”
Explains LLLT, Photobiomodulation and PBM.
You will have come across the various names for the use of red and near infrared lights. Michael Hamblin, one of the lead researchers in the area, has summarised the terminology changes beautifully in a recent article called (somewhat dauntingly) Mechanisms and Mitochondrial Redox Signalling in Photobiomodulation. Click here to read the full article.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Almost 50 years ago in Hungary, Endre Mester found by accident, that a low power red laser noticeably improved wound healing.
It was initially thought that light delivered by a laser was the key factor in the wound healing, and so the term Low Level Laser Therapy, abbreviated to LLLT, was developed.
If you put “LLLT” in your favourite search engine, you’ll find a lot of references will pop up.
Continue reading “Red light definitions”
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”
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.
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.