Photobiomodulation: How light protects our memory
Photobiomodulation is a process that uses infrared light to stimulate our body. At an early age we learn that the sun is responsible for all life on earth. It should come as no surprise then, that research now suggests that a specific kind of light from the sun can help heal illnesses, stopping, or even reversing dementia or memory loss. Today, the search for a memory loss cure is often focused on a new drug. Photobiomodulation offers an approach that isn’t invasive and doesn’t rely on another medication.
What is Photobiomodulation or PBM?
We’ve all seen the spectrum of light from blue to red that’s created when white light shines through a prism. The band of light that’s just beyond the red that our eyes can see is called infrared and has very special properties that are key to sustaining life.
One of Infrared’s ‘special properties’ is that it can stimulate blood flow and the body’s own repair functions by increasing the available energy in our cells to make repairs and clear away damage. Understanding how Infrared can improve health and wellness has been the central focus of our research and treatment programs at Quietmind Foundation.
How Photobiomodulation helps memory loss
Since 2007, we have worked to understand how PBM and light therapy can improve memory loss in people with memory loss or dementia. To harness the power of infrared we use two light therapy devices: Cognitolite and Vielight.
Cognitolite was developed in the UK and studied by researchers at Durham University’s Department of Neuronal Physics. Quietmind has been studying this device for 13 years. The Cognitolite uses 1068nm pulsed infrared LEDs that covers the whole head and shines light into the eyes. Cognitolite uses 1100
Another device we use is the Vielight. It is much smaller and made in Malaysia and marketed from Canada. It was cleared by the FDA for general wellness. Quietmind has studied this device since 2015.
It has 5 powerful diodes compared to the Cognitolite’s 1100 LEDs and also has a diode that is inserted into one nostril to stimulate the nasal blood vessels. Our 13 years of clinical research experience has convinced us that combining neurofeedback and infrared light therapy using the Cognitolite or the Vielight, are worthwhile investments in healing and protecting our brain’s healthy functioning.
Have you or someone you know experienced memory loss?
Quietmind Foundation is recruiting subjects who are interested in joining a clinical trials using the Cognitolite device at home for 2 months.
This study shows how mitochondrial activity is directly involved in the deteriorating functioning of our primary energy metabolic system according to the study's primary author Kai C. Sonntag, MD, PhD,
"The observation that LOAD fibroblasts had a deficiency in the mitochondrial metabolic potential and an increase in the glycolytic activity to maintain energy supply is indicative of failing mitochondria and fits with current knowledge that aging cells increasingly suffer from oxidative stress that impairs their mitochondrial energy production".
Quietmind Fdn. is now conducting clinical trials with near infrared light therapy to help repair and sustain mitochondria in the brain to stop and help reverse dementia's cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Call 610-940-0488 for details.
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