Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Infra red can halt Alzheimers. Light therapy the biggest and cheapest untapped health resource.

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Photobiomodulation: The Role of Light in Preventing and Potentially Halting Alzheimer’s Disease

By Dr. Mercola

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans.1Projections suggest it will affect 1 in 4 Americans in the next 20 years, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes and, by 2050, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to triple.2,3

Already, more than half a million Americans die from the disease each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer.4,5Worst of all, there are no effective drug treatments available. So what can you do to avoid becoming another statistic?

In this interview, Dr. Lew Lim shares his expertise in the use of near-infrared therapy to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and how you can use light therapy to radically reduce your risk.

How Photobiomodulation Influences Brain Activity

Reza Zomorrodi, Ph.D., one of the top neuro-electrophysiologists in Canada, works with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto.

Zomorrodi is also working with Lim on producing cutting edge brain imagery to better understand why some people are responding better and faster to the treatment than others.

Using an electroencephalogram (EEG) and a photostimulation device invented by Lim called Vielight Neuro, which emits near-infrared light (810 nanometers), they’re able to explore the effect of the photostimulation in the brain, and the changes that occur over the light spectrum.

The near-infrared device consists of four modules of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), held together with light metal frames that are placed on top of your head, with the LEDs pointed at specific regions on your scalp.

It also has an intranasal LED that targets the hippocampal area. In alpha mode, these LEDs emit pulsed light at 10 hertz or 10 pulses per second. Ten hertz was the frequency selected based on animal studies showing it helps accelerate neuron recovery in brain injured animals.

The mechanism of the effect created by this photostimulation device appears to be related to the interaction between the light and mitochondria to produce cellular energy, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and other activating factors.

Lim recently introduced gamma frequency, which is 40 hertz (40 cycles per second) into the brain. Gamma is present while your brain is consolidating memory, helping it to minimize or prevent overactivity.

Recent animal research has shown the gamma frequency even significantly reduces amyloid plaques (associated with Alzheimer’s) in the brain.7

Lim hopes that by targeting the hippocampus and other targeted areas of the brain with gamma frequency, where memory consolidation takes place, he may be able to achieve better outcomes in people with more advanced Alzheimer’s — people for whom there is currently no hope whatsoever.

Photobiomodulation Literally Increases Brain Power

For a live demonstration of this procedure, known as photobiomodulation, please see the featured video. In summary, the subject is fitted with 19 electrodes that measure the brain activity with EEG brain mapping software.

The baseline frequency for a relaxed, awake subject is alpha. You can also see the actual location of the activity inside the brain of the subject. Green image means the brain activity is in normal range. Red means it’s higher than normal, and blue indicates lower than normal activity.

After recording five to 10 minutes of rest EEG to establish the baseline activity of the brain, the photostimulation, which administers near-infrared light, is turned on. You can then observe the change in brain frequency (activity) on the EEG.

By Modulating Brain Frequencies, You Can Improve Cognition

In other words, what they’re measuring is the frequency of the electrical signals coming from the brain itself, which is a consequence of the light therapy. They’re not measuring the light entering the brain. Now, when you modulate one frequency, you also affect other frequencies, for better or worse, as they’re all interconnected.

Near-Infrared Is a Source of Fuel for Your Body

Near-infrared light is thought to work by interacting with cytochrome c oxidase (COO) — one of the proteins in the inner mitochondrial membrane and a member of the electron transport chain. COO is a chromophore — a molecule that attracts and feeds on light.

When you eat food, the nutrients nourish your cells and provide fuel for biological functions. But this actually occurs indirectly, and food is not your body’s sole source of fuel. Light is also a source. The macronutrients you get from your food are broken down in your gut. From there, they enter your bloodstream, which allows them to circulate throughout your body, nourishing all of your body’s cells.

A key component that allows this system to work is that essential ingredients like fats and glucose are broken down into pyruvate that feeds your mitochondria, thereby allowing the mitochondria to process electrons to generate the ATP required for all of these biological processes.

As for light as a source of fuel, about 40 percent of the energy in sunlight is near-infrared. Unfortunately, few clinicians have any idea that light is a powerful fuel for your body. In my view, this ignorance is one of the reasons why Alzheimer’s disease is skyrocketing in prevalence, as so many are routinely avoiding sensible sun exposure.

Infrared Light Triggers Cellular Repair

Photobiomodulation also improves oxygenation to your cells. One of the ways it does this is by releasing nitric oxide (NO) back into your body after being exposed to red and near-infrared rays. NO is a vasodilator that helps relax your blood vessels, lower your blood pressure and improve vascular health.

Interestingly, when you deliver red and infrared light to the mitochondria, it not only triggers NO release, it also promotes synthesizing of gene transcription factors that trigger cellular repair — and this is as true in the brain as anywhere else in your body. In fact, along with your heart, your brain is one of the most mitochondrial-dense tissues in your body, and therefore stand to benefit a great deal from infrared exposure.

Countries With The Highest Rates of Deaths From Dementia

Rank Country Deaths per 100,000 per year Sunlight Availability
1 Finland 54 Short
2 USA 46 Short
3 Canada 36 Short
4 Iceland 34 Short
5 Sweden 32 Short
6 Switzerland 32 Short
7 Norway 30 Short
8 Denmark 30 Short
9 The Netherlands 29 Short
10 Belgium 27 Short

Source: WorldAtlas.com8

Vitamin D and Light Exposure Appears Important for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Research showing that people living in northern latitudes have higher rates of death from dementia and Alzheimer’s than those living in sunnier areas suggest that vitamin D and/or sun exposure are important factors. The take-home message is to live further south.

That’s one of the reasons why I moved to Florida from Chicago. But even if you live in the sub-tropics you have to be outside and get adequate sun exposure on your bare skin to receive the benefits of light. This may be one of the simplest, least expensive preventive methods available. Alternatively, Lim’s work suggests photobiomodulation therapy may be an effective alternative.

Sun Versus Near-Infrared Lamps

While daily sun exposure is likely your best option, followed by specialized technology such as near-infrared treatments, other devices emitting the near-infrared spectrum may also be beneficial.  Be sure it’s 10 watts or less, and avoid keeping it stationary in any one area. As a general guideline, as soon as you feel warmth, move it. You do not need, nor necessarily want, heat when doing photobiomodulation. When asked for feedback on using sunlight or a near-infrared lamp as a preventive strategy, Lim says:

Take Control of Your Health With Sensible Light Therapy

It’s important to emphasize that near-infrared light or sunlight is not a magic bullet all by itself. But it’s a very important part of the answer that is vastly underappreciated. Another crucial component of Alzheimer’s prevention is getting your body to burn fat as its primary fuel, because that will very effectively fuel and nourish your mitochondria in addition to radically improving insulin resistance. I spell out the details of this in my latest book, “Fat for Fuel,” which comes out in May.

Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is a disease caused by dysfunctional mitochondria. That’s the reason why near-infrared works. It recharges your mitochondria, and the CCO specifically. If it didn’t work that way, you wouldn’t see the results demonstrated in the video above.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Humic & Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex

HerbAnomic’s Humic and Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex is a revolutionary New Humic and Fulvic Acid Complex designed to support your body at the cellular level. Our product has been thoroughly tested by an ISO/IEC Certified Lab for toxins and Heavy metals as well as for trace mineral content. We KNOW we have NO lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum etc. in our Formula. This Humic & Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral complex has high trace levels of naturally occurring Humic and Fulvic Acids as well as high trace levels of Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Potassium and more. There is a wide range of up to 70 trace minerals which occur naturally in our Complex at varying levels. We Choose to list the 8 substances which occur in higher trace levels on our supplement panel. We don’t claim a high number of minerals as other Humic and Fulvic Supplements do and leave you to guess which elements you’ll be getting. Order Your Humic Fulvic for Your Family by Clicking on this Link , or the Banner Below.

Our Formula is an exceptional value compared to other Humic Fulvic Minerals because...


It Always Tests at 9.5+ pH

Preservative and Chemical Free

Allergen Free

Comes From a Pure, Unpolluted, Organic Source

Is an Excellent Source for Trace Minerals

Is From Whole, Prehisoric Plant Based Origin Material With Ionic Minerals and Constituents

Highly Conductive/Full of Extra Electrons

Is a Full Spectrum Complex

Our Humic and Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex has Minerals, Amino Acids, Poly Electrolytes, Phytochemicals, Polyphenols, Bioflavonoids and Trace Vitamins included with the Humic and Fulvic Acid. Our Source material is high in these constituents, where other manufacturers use inferior materials.

Try Our Humic and Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex today. Order Yours Today by Following This Link.

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.