We are now working with the development team at Independence Lighting (ILED) in Berwyn, PA to promote the development of innovative noninvasive non-drug treatment options for physical and behavioral symptoms of COVID-19 pandemic Our prior focus has been on studying treatments that employ infrared light and brainwave biofeedback for neuropsychiatric, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our goal is to help Independence LED create a save, low-cost, reliable and easily deployed device that can help reduce the chances of developing symptoms and reducing severity in those already infected.
We are seeking support for the initial basic science research we have proposed that will clarify the mechanisms that underlie treatment effectiveness. With the evidence from these studies ILED will then produce a device that can be scaled and distributed worldwide. You can review the basic science proposal here.
PBM Treatment Potential for COVID-19
There is a growing body of evidence showing that pulsed 1068nm infrared stimulation could serve as the basis for a safe, low-cost, non-drug, easily-deployed, noninvasive and home-based treatment for COVID-19. Current research evidence includes photobiomodulation as:
Please contact Dr. Marvin Berman 610-940-0488 for details.
I learned about neurofeedback in 1996 through the original Low Energy Neurotherapy System (LENS) developed by Len Ochs, PhD that delivered miniscule amounts of electromagnetic stimulation that was tied to the EEG's dominant frequency (DF). The DF was determined by sampling the EEG at 256 samples/sec and taking a running average of the measured frequencies between 1-30hz. The 'stimulation' that was delivered was offset above or below the DF.
I observed the DF behavior and noticed that there were consistent patterns in both its range and variability. I suggested using the DF with no offset so as to provide the patient with a mirror experience to evoke what is described as a mirroring transference in object relations theory. This experience of what is coming in from outside is the same as what is experienced inside would then offer the closest resonance to the intrauterine state. From there we can reconstruct a healthier pattern of relatedness that’s functionally grounded in optimizing neuro adaptiveness that can be operationally defined as the absolute DF range and variability with the range.
The recent white paper by Michael Hamblin, PhD and Lew Lim, Vielight Inc. CEO, discusses the potential value of near infrared light stimulation using continuous 810nm photobiomodulation (PBM) along with 633nm intranasal stimulation. There is compelling evidence in the scientific literature supporting the therapeutic value of light stimulation to promote tissue level healing and ongoing neuroprotection. Quietmind Foundation has been studying the clinical value of photobiomodulation using Vielight and other PBM devices over the past 15 years and we now strongly advocate its inclusion along with central and peripheral biofeedback training in the treatment of neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. The evidence presented in this paper lends support for using PBM as a treatment for COVID-19 and other localized and systemic infections.
QMF has already developed a research protocol and is seeking support to conduct studies that will provide evidence for the efficacy of PBM as a noninvasive treatment to boost immune response to COVID-19. We have been given a challenge grant that will match tax deductible donations up to $12,000 toward our goal of $45,000.
We are providing the X-plus, when they become available, with a 10% discount and no cost technical and clinical support. Please contact Dr. Marvin Berman for details at 610-940-0488.
Continuing the theme of what can we do right now to prevent infection with CV19, I want to stress the importance of aerobic exercise which stimulates the production of a powerful antioxidant "extracellular superoxide dismutase" (EcSOD). Exercise that increases breathing rate, depth and elevates heart rate will produce EcSOD. This is a very direct way we all can act to prevent infection and to improve our rate of recovery. I can attest to this from my own personal experience with recovering from CV19 infection last month. I practiced breathing techniques to deepen my intake to lower lobes, slowed my rate to 6 breaths a minute and climbed stairs in my South Philly row home (of which there are many) to get my heart rate up during my quarantine period. I think this routine along with infrared light stimulation and megadosing VitC and D helped me recover without heart, lung or kidney damage.
This review paper by Zhen Yan, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine underscores the potential value of exercise as a way to prevent and/or minimize the severity of COVID-19 infection. Quietmind Fdn. is offering consultation and support for people seeking to noninvasively promote their resistance to COVID-19 infection. Call Dr. Berman at 610-940-0488 for further information.
I'm now very happy to say I'm recovering from a rather severe COVID-19 infection that included spiking 103F fever and bacterial pneumonia and severe cough. I was very fortunate to have treatment resources available to fight off some of the more severe symptoms especially those related to respiratory distress. The things that were extremely helpful in my recovery have been the ability to treat myself with transcranial 1068nm photobiomodulation 4x/day and intensive VitC combined with antibiotic therapy and codeine suppressant for managing my cough.
The other critically important therapeutic resource was my ability to manage my respiration and avoid upper thoracic hyperventilation. The techniques that I used are based on the Butekyo method of respiration I learned over 20 years ago. I have taught these techniques to my clients and think it represents a core skill set for maintaining optimal health and more specifically, in the current context, supporting optimal resistance to COVID-19 infection. I'm certain that my ability to prevent hyperventilation and maintain fluid tidal flexibility in my lungs kept me from going into respiratory distress by maximizing my lung's CO2 levels. I specificallly practiced holding my breath and walking up and down my hallway, increasing my steps taken before feeling the urgent need for another breath. I repeated this both while moving and in lying down to maintain maximum parasympathetic tone and respiratory sinus arrhythmia.
The following video presentation by Alik Mullahmetov is in Russian with subtitles and is a very useful overview of the clinical application of the Buteyko techniques and theory as it relates to the prevention of COVID-19 symptom progression. I strongly urge everyone to take these ideas and put them to immediate use as an additional means of enhancing resistance to infection.
Feel free to contact me for additional consultation (610-940-0488) on the Buteyko and other respiration training including the (Freespira) respiration biofeedback training system
Here's the Buteyko training video:
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