The Rise of LaserTech
Recent advances in laser technology have been absolutely incredible. The power of light is being deployed in the form of lasers for splitting and researching new subatomic particles, is instrumental in the development of tractor beams and used for the redirection of lightning bolts.
What personally impressed me the most however was an experience I had last year while accompanying a friend who underwent photobiomodulation therapy (“PBM”) using laser light, a suitable treatment for a wide range of diseases and disorders, pioneered by a highly specialized medical group in Germany. To me they’d deserve a nobel prize and are absolute geniuses at what they do (usually booked out well in advance and with a global list of patients waiting to travel there — so do let me know if I can help).
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Medical Laser Therapy
As this subject merits a number of articles, I would like to recommend my friend’s Substack which goes very deep into the workings of e.g. photobiomodulation therapy:
Without light, there would be no life on earth. During billions of years of evolution, almost all living beings developed in dependence with sunlight and other detectable but sometimes less noticeable frequencies across the huge spectrum of creation:
The process of photosynthesis, without which there would be no plants on earth, is the most prominent mechanism of how light facilitates life. The human body also requires natural sunlight and its rhythm to function properly. The effects of light on the endogenous production of vitamin D and melatonin are well known, and the circadian rhythm is crucial for the release of hormones, which in turn decisively influences our health and well-being.
The increasing understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the beneficial effects of light on the human body has led to the development of new solutions which can apply therapeutic dosages of light in medical clinics and at home.
Examples include devices for laser acupuncture, tinnitus, cold sores, skin disorders (i.e. acne, eczema, smaller scars and wounds), hayfever, and many more.
Laser Light Bands
There has also been a surge of so-called “laser light bands” which you can wear similar to a watch. They provide non-invasive irradiation of blood through the blood vessels at the wrist, whereby they deliver systemic effects. These include stimulation of the immune system, a reduction of systemic inflammations, increased cellular and thus overall energy, improved blood supply and oxygenation, as well as anti-aging effects via the stimulation of stem cells and nitric oxide.
Their function is based on our body's ability to absorb light energy through photon receptors, e.g. the enzyme cytochrome c oxidase in our mitochondria.
You can buy them all over the internet but after trying many different types, there is only one model I can truly recommend — the EndoLight® by Weber Medical Systems.
I’ve been using it for a few months now and was very impressed with the results in terms of autophagy and stem cell activation during my fasting week earlier in the year.
EndoLight provides light irradiation of the circulating blood via the arteries in the wrist for an effect on the entire body and is ideally used daily for 30 minutes.
On a systemic level, each wavelength/color exerts its own benefits:
When red and infrared laser light is absorbed by Cytochrome-C-Oxidase at complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, it stimulates ATP production leading to increased energy and improvement of cardiac measures and circulation. It is also able to support neuronal functions in the CNS and improve immune defenses through its actions on NK, T-helper, and T-suppressor cells.
When blue laser light is introduced into the bloodstream, it is readily absorbed by porphyrins and hemoglobin and improves microcirculation and perfusion of oxygen uptake by increasing nitric oxide (NO) production. Furthermore, it activates telomerase, significantly slowing the degradation of telomeres which play a role in longevity and “slow-aging” whilst having very beneficial anti inflammation effects. It also increases the release of hemoglobin-nitric oxide (hBNO) and destroys a wide range of bacteria in the blood.
When green laser light is introduced into the bloodstream, it binds to hemoglobin and increases oxygen supply by detaching adhesive hemoglobin from the vessel walls. It stimulates sodium-potassium-ATPase of the erythrocyte membrane while stimulating the mitochondria (cytochrome-c-reductase at complex III). Green light also leads to steric conformation change of hemoglobin molecules with a 20% increased uptake of oxygen and increased ATP production by approximately 30%.
Yellow laser light improves serotonin and vitamin D metabolism. It also has anti-depressive and digestive effects. In the context of photodynamic therapies, it is effective for treating infectious diseases.
The light-sensitive receptors in our cells absorb the different wavelengths of light and our body uses this light to produce energy (ATP), strengthen the immune system, improve blood circulation and oxygenation, decrease inflammations, and promote other beneficial processes.
Typical medical indications of photobiomodulation therapy include internal diseases (diabetes, chronic liver and kidney diseases), metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, (chronic) inflammation, autoimmune diseases, weakened immune system, prevention and better-aging, depression, fatigue syndrome and burn-out, concentration disorders as well as general performance increase and better regeneration after exercise.
Photosensitive Food Supplements
The clue however is to combine laser light irradiation of your bloodstream with the intake of light-sensitive substances or “photosensitive” food supplements. They react to light of specific wavelengths, leading to the increased efficacy of those supplements, for example:
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