Brain Health

Light and Neuroprotection – Parkinsons and Beyond

Posted in Brain Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

This is a really wonderful review of how light is received by the body both directly and indirectly to help with cell regeneration in the brain and entire body. Impact Factor for 2016 is 1.769 Click here to view optimized website for mobile devices Journal is indexed with PubMed and Science Citation Index Expanded Table of Contents PERSPECTIVE Year : 2017 | Volume : 12 | Issue : 4 | Page : 574-575 Why and how does light therapy offer neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease? John Mitrofanis Ph.D. Department of Anatomy F13, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia Date of Acceptance 27-Mar-2017 Date of Web Publication 4-May-2017 Correspondence Address: John Mitrofanis...

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Stroke Recovery & Light

Posted in Brain Health, Heart Health

Profound results with red light and stroke recovery – This study found that shining red LED onto the head “generated a significantly smaller infarct size and improvements in neurological function based on neurologic test score.” They found “LED therapy profoundly reduced neuroinflammatory responses.” “LED therapy also decreased cell death.” To reduce tissue damage and reduce brain inflammation they applied red light on the head 2 times a day for 30 minutes a time for 3 days starting 4 days after a stroke.   Low-level light emitting diode (LED) therapy suppresses inflammasome-mediated brain damage in experimental ischemic...

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Inflammation & Light

Posted in Athletic Performance & Injury Recovery, Brain Health, Decreasing Pain, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Inch loss and metabolism, Lungs

Using light therapy to help the body lower inflammation in this research from Harvard. AIMS Biophys. 2017;4(3):337-361. doi: 10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337. Epub 2017 May 19. Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation. Hamblin MR1,2,3. Author information Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) also known as low-level level laser therapy is the use of red and near-infrared light to stimulate healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. The primary chromophores have been identified as cytochrome c oxidase in mitochondria, and calcium ion channels (possibly mediated by light absorption by opsins). Secondary effects of photon absorption...

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Good Light & Bad Light for the Brain

Posted in Brain Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Brain health, dopamine levels and light. Wow! This study found that flourescent lighting sources induced neurodegeneration lowering dopamine levels by as much as 30% in the brain of mice while near infrared light was beneficial to the brain and helped it maintain healthy levels of dopamine. Low dopamine is found in Parkinsons and other neurodegenerative diseases. This was with only 3 months of exposure. Powerful insight – “light can be detrimental or beneficial to DA neurons in SN, depending on the source and wavelength.” SHINE WITH THE RIGHT LIGHT Brain Res. 2017 May 1;1662:87-101. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.02.026. Epub 2017 Mar 2. Fluorescent...

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Near Infrared Light Affects Mood and Cognition

Posted in Brain Health, Mood Support

Interesting how this study shines near infrared light through the skull of beagles to induce changes in the cellular metabolism in the brain.  The measured increased metabolic energy in the brain affects mood and cognition. Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Feb 9. doi: 10.1089/pho.2016.4238. [Epub ahead of print] Effects of Near-Infrared Light on Cerebral Bioenergetics Measured with Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Mintzopoulos D1, Gillis TE1, Tedford CE2, Kaufman MJ1. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: Cerebral photobiomodulation (PBM) improves mood and cognition. Cerebral metabolic enhancement is a mechanism proposed to underlie PBM effects. No PBM studies to...

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Light & Brain Disorders

Posted in Brain Health, Mood Support

BBA Clin. 2016 Oct 1;6:113-124. eCollection 2016. Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders. Hamblin MR1. Author information Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. One of the organ systems of the human body that is most necessary to life, and whose optimum functioning is most worried about by humankind in general, is the brain. The brain suffers from many different disorders that can be classified into three broad groupings: traumatic events (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and...

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Red and Infrared Light Go Deep Into the Brain

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Phys Med Biol. 2015 Apr 7;60(7):2921-37. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/60/7/2921. Epub 2015 Mar 19. Red and NIR light dosimetry in the human deep brain. Pitzschke A1, Lovisa B, Seydoux O, Zellweger M, Pfleiderer M, Tardy Y, Wagnières G. Author information 1Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland. Abstract Photobiomodulation (PBM) appears promising to treat the hallmarks of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in cellular or animal models. We measured light propagation in different areas of PD-relevant deep brain tissue during transcranial, transsphenoidal illumination (at 671 and 808 nm) of a cadaver...

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Depression, Inflammation and Brain Health

Posted in Brain Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide, Mood Support

Neurophotonics. 2016 Jul;3(3):031404. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.3.3.031404. Epub 2016 Mar 4. Review of transcranial photobiomodulation for major depressive disorder: targeting brain metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurogenesis. Cassano P1, Petrie SR2, Hamblin MR3, Henderson TA4, Iosifescu DV5. Author information Abstract We examined the use of near-infrared and red radiation (photobiomodulation, PBM) for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). While still experimental, preliminary data on the use of PBM for brain disorders are promising. PBM is low-cost with potential for wide dissemination; further research on PBM is sorely needed. We found clinical and...

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Parkinsons, Deep Brain Health & Light

Posted in Brain Health, How Light Energy is Being Used Worldwide

Exciting to see how deeply Red and Near Infrared light can penetrate into the brain tissue.  The authors find promising to use light to support those with Parkinson’s or other neurodegenerative diseases.   We have personally seen several people with Parkinson’s respond well to using light energy applied over their eyes and sinuses.  Check their experiences out the testimonials section of this site. Phys Med Biol. 2015 Apr 7;60(7):2921-37. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/60/7/2921. Epub 2015 Mar 19. Red and NIR light dosimetry in the human deep brain. Pitzschke A1, Lovisa B, Seydoux O, Zellweger M, Pfleiderer M, Tardy Y, Wagnières G. Author information Abstract...

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