Light Therapy

As anyone who has studied biology can tell you, the human body is an amazing, complex machine that requires an astounding number of processes to work together in order to function properly.  For many people, most of the time our bodies generally do what they are supposed to do without us even thinking about it.  There are many factors, both inside and outside our body, that can derail the system and make us sick, or make us feel pain, or generally make our bodies work at less than their peak performance.  Light therapy helps to address some of these factors in a safe, effective, and non-invasive way.

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, said, “it is the unqualified result of all my experience with the sick that, second only to their need of fresh air, is their need of light; that, after a close room, what hurts them most is a dark room and that it is not only light but direct sunlight they want.”  She also wrote that, “the craving for ‘the return of the day’, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light.

The benefits of light therapy (be it red light therapy, blue light therapy, infrared light therapy, laser light therapy) come down to several key factors.  These include the wavelengths of light used, the frequencies the light is pulsed at, and the amount of light available. 

Wavelength of Light

Not all wavelengths of light are beneficial.  Many wavelengths (DIAGRAM?) do not do anything.  Some are harmful.  For example, we have all experienced the painful effects of UV rays causing a sunburn.  At the same time, our bodies were made to use light.  There are many examples in nature, one of the most dramatic is the way natural light is used to treat jaundice in newborn babies (PICTURE?).   According to mountains of research, the most effective and beneficial spectrums of light are in the 600nm to 800nm range, with light in the 700nm range found to be neutral.  Light in the 600s is red, and light in the 800s is near-infrared.  Life Light incorporates two wavelengths in the 600s and two wavelengths in the 800s.  Other devices typically use only one or two wavelengths. 

The wavelength used has a significant impact.  Ultra Violet light (UV light) 10nm to 380 nm, is very harmful and is the number one cause of skin cancer.  Blue light (in the 450-495nm) can damage the skin and eyes.  

Pulse Frequency of the Light

A key aspect of effective light therapy is pulse width modulation.  Essentially, light can be flashed at different speeds, think of turning a light switch on and off either slowly or quickly.  The light itself is still the same, but the speed at which it is flashed or pulsed changes.  Pulsing the light at certain frequencies has a significant impact on how the light is received and used by cells. 

Dr. Charles McGee, in discussing the findings of Dr. Nogier, said “He must have been astounded by the orderliness of a pattern he discovered. He found that specific body tissues were in resonance with specific frequencies according to their embryologic origin. … I believe this single finding will one day be recognized as one of the greatest discoveries of medicine, possibly worth a Nobel Prize for Nogier.

This is another area where most light therapy devices fall far short of their potential.  On most devices light is either on or off, there is no pulsing.  On some devices light is pulsed across maybe 1 to 5 frequencies.  Life Light devices utilize 46 different frequencies spread across 26 different protocols. 

Amount of Light

The amount of light available to your cells is also a major component of effective light therapy.  Standing in the sun, for example, will expose you to many beneficial, neutral, and harmful wavelengths of light.  Even with some of the harmful wavelengths, exposure to natural sunlight is important for our health.  Light therapy devices focus a higher concentration of the most beneficial wavelengths of light into the areas most needed for your body to heal.  Life Light offers more diodes (light sources) per square inch than any other device on the market.  Life Light can do this in a cost-effective way by implementing the technological advances in LED’s.

Why LED’s? 

LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) are a newer technology than laser.  LED’s are microchips that allow specific wavelengths of light to be delivered safely.  Life Light uses custom LED’s that maximize the deployment of light to where it’s needed most.  Most other LED devices on the market use LEDs that are bulb shaped so they lose a lot of light out of the sides.  The therapeutic benefits and depth of penetration of light are based on the wavelength of light and the frequency the light is flashed at.  Laser has no advantages over Life Light LEDs, in fact laser has some distinct disadvantages.  Lasers have to be constantly moved around so they don’t cause damage to tissue, they require the use of an employee to administer treatment,  and they have extremely limited coverage.  By using pads full of lights, Life Light can safely cover entire areas of the body and make sure the light gets to where it needs to go.

What can we treat?

Life Light Therapy helps to optimize cellular activity.  Your whole body is made up of cells.  That means Life Light can show you positive results across a huge range of conditions.  If all that Life Light can do sounds too good to be true, it’s actually your own body that is amazing.  Life Light is helping your cells do what they were already meant to do.  When your cells are operating with the right amount of energy it is truly amazing what can they can accomplish.