Matt DeBow © 2006
Specific colors of light have been shown to heal injured tissue. Humans must innately know this because many ancient cultures made use of the sun as a remedy for illnesses. The Atharva-Veda, a sacred Indian book written 3400 years ago mentions using seed extracts as a sunlight activation agent. Four hundred years later the ancient Greeks were known to have practiced heliotherapy, a whole-body exposure to sunlight for health restoration. Greek philosopher Pythagoras may have been the first to use color therapy. In 1672 Sir Isaac Newton using a prism discovered that light consists of the colors of the rainbow. For more than fifty years maternity wards use of blue light for the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia also know as jaundice. In 1905 Albert Einstein published several papers on theoretical physics. He proposed that light energy was transmitted in small amounts called “quanta”, later to be renamed “photons”.
In 1960 the first laser was developed at the Hughes Research Laboratory in Malibu, California. This engineering marvel was able to isolate photons into a single wave called monochromatic light. This discovery led to many innovations in science and technology, but not many early developers thought low wattage lasers could benefit living tissue and that stigma still continues today. By the early 70’s Russian scientists were experimenting with monochromatic light waves on living tissue getting surprising results. It is said that Russian Olympic athletes use “biostimulation” to heal faster and remain in competition after injuries.
In space even a small nick will not heal. Prolonged weightlessness reduces the body’s ability to repair itself which leads to health risks in space. NASA’s Donald J. Stilwell is responsible for cultivating new medical technology for NASA that utilizes biostimulation. This technology was recently adopted by the US Military for use in submarines. NASA, the US Navy and some Veteran’s hospitals successfully treat afflictions with medical tools FDA (Federal Drug Administration) regulators have never seen. The FDA approvals for biostimulation devices have been recent and many are classified in the (NSR) non significant risk category.
The mechanism of biostimulation was not well understood in its early inception. Today the mechanistic actions are beginning to be understood. Specific color waves of light stimulate a biochemical reaction that stabilizes cell function. What is definite about this innovation is it does not mask the symptoms, its fixes the problem. The technology accelerates wound healing of injured tissue while reducing pain, increasing circulation, restoring normal range of motion and improving the overall quality of life. It is effective for: pain relief, sciatica, diabetic lesion repair, nerve regeneration, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, sports injuries, tendonitis, dermal ulcers, oral lesions, acne, psoriasis, eczema, burns, stretch marks, removal of facial lines/wrinkles, bed sores, ligament sprains/strains, lymphedema and fibromyalgia to name only a few conditions. There are also cases of positive secondary health effects that were not intended but occurred concurrently with the light treatments such as: blood sugar stabilization, rectifying of irregular sleep patterns and people claim that their energy and activity levels are increased.
Light is absorbed by the photo-receptor within each cell. The illuminated tissue increases blood flow helping to carry vitamins and nutrients into the areas where they are needed. As a result of the increased blood flow, toxins and by-products are taken away from the suffering tissue quickly, amongst many other accelerated metabolic actions. Monochromic light also activates enzymes, collagen and stimulates the release of the chemical ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the major carrier of energy to cells. All food turns to ATP before it is utilized by cells. Thus allowing the cell to perform normally and function at full capacity once again.
Fritz Albert Popp a West German Chemist and Physicist found that living cells radiate light. This light is considerably lower intensity than the bio-luminescent emanation emitted by fireflies. This bio-photon emission correlates with cellular biological and physiological functions. Joseph Tafur M.D. working at Scripps Medical Center La Jolla, California feels that biostimulation is utilizing an unrecognized optical regulatory system of photo-communication. It seems that cells communicate with one another via light emissions and specific waves are part of that language.
One of the earliest innovators of biostimulation was Tiina Karu Ph. D. Karu is the Director of Laser Biology and Medicine at the Institute of Laser Technology in Russia. She has successfully pushed this technology forward by developing studies and disseminating her research data to the world. Karu feels that photo-acceptors at the molecular level when triggered cause a series of biological actions which include increases in DNA-RNA synthesis. Research discovered that the best healing results from light within ranges from red (600nm) to infrared (1100nm). Continuous light is said to increase the blood flow and reduce swelling, wherein a pulsed light stimulates and activates molecules.
Meditech of Toronto uses a light emitting diode (LED) system that includes visible red and infrared light sources plus a laser for deeper penetration. Meditech innovations are credited to Fred Kahn M.D. Kahn working with leading scientists from around the globe has developed one of the most effective systems for biostimulation treatment. Kahn has not only developed the equipment and treatment protocols he also operates clinics that successfully treat various afflictions. Kahn in many incidences has averted surgical procedures on people who were scheduled to go under the knife, in cases such as: sciatica and joint operations. He has also had many cases wherein people suffering from advanced diabetic lesions who’s only choice was amputation. With no other options left they ended up at his medical clinic. Not only does he stop the antibiotic and pain medication, his system of treatment saves their limbs from surgical amputation. Professor at the New York Institute of Technology and Former President of the World Association for Laser Therapy Chukuka Enwemeka Ph.D. believes biostimulation could save health care systems billions of dollars annually.
Using monochromatic light medically is a new treatment modality. Scientists around the world are simultaneously advancing this photo-medical technology. Any kind of standard definition terminology has evaded its powerful presence. Most commonly known as biostimulation (bios) it has also been referred as: Soft Lasers, Low Power Lasers, Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT), Low Energy Lasers, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Cold Lasers, Low Energy Photon Therapy, Laser Photo Biostimulation, Photo-Stimulation, Photo-Bio Modulation and probably a few others. Some of the confusion stems from different delivery devices used to carry out the procedure. Lasers and LEDs are used in conjunction to obtain the best results in most cases. Referring to it as a laser therapy is incorrect only because that is inaccurate terminology. Bios which is short for biostimulation fits the bill. Bios includes both types of light no matter what delivery devices are being used (i.e. laser, or light emitting diodes).
Neurologist Dr. Harry T. Whelan is currently working with NASA and Quantum Devices, Inc of Barneveld, Wisconsin. They are jointly taking steps in the advancement of this new medical field. With NASA’s help, Quantum Devices has developed highly efficient LEDs for treatment. It is said some of their arrays emit light many times the brightness of the sun. When illuminating cultured cells from the newly developed LEDs they were able to grow muscle cells many times faster than in normal environmental conditions. Senior Neurosurgeon at Tel-Aviv University Dr. Shimon Rochkind has published several articles about his success at regenerating nerves with biostimulation. His studies show how this therapy accelerates and improves the growth of injured peripheral nerves.
Bios as a treatment modality has great potential for: physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapist, podiatrists, neurologists, cosmetologists, gynecologists, dentists, dermatologists, homeopaths, acupuncturist and massage therapists. Bios therapy is a safe non toxic, non invasive treatment with no known side effects, it is cost effective and a superior alternative to drugs and surgery. Patients in many cases are able to cease the use of medications including: analgesics, cortisone, pain killers and antibiotics to name just a few.
Kendric C. Smith Ph.D. Stanford, Professor Emeritus, has been studying photochemistry for longer than most people have been alive. He feels there are too many misconceptions about light. He believes that scientists are not doing their homework. Another point he emphasized was that light only simulates cell proliferation if the cells are damaged or growing poorly at the time of irradiation, thus, if the cell is fully functional there is nothing for the light to stimulate. Veterinarians have application flexibility with this new technology treating animals. This has been quickly adopted by equine racing trainers because it speeds healing time. Bios with lasers is also said to stimulate acupuncture points in the same fashion as needles. It is thought that light travels through the body’s meridian channels like fiber optic cable to reach internal areas and organs, giving the same benefits as the traditional treatment without penetrating the skin with needles. Monochromatic light in combination with light activating chemical agents designed for specific photon frequencies is called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). This changes the biological mechanism of the treatment.
A 28 year old safety playing for National Football League (NFL) had a non-resolving muscle tear. He had been treating the injury with traditional methods for weeks without resolution. This patient was restored to 100% functional capacity after six days of consecutive treatment using Meditech biostimulation protocols and equipment. Meditech has successfully treated diabetic lesions on patients previously incurable for years.
Many healthcare professionals are relentless in the prescribing of pharmacological solutions that only treat symptoms. This commonly believed system of treatment is masking serious problems overmedicating people and is widespread the elderly. Overmedicating alters our biological system negatively, affecting the immune system leading to toxicity, drug resistance and addiction in many cases. If one looks at the economic value and overwhelming results, bios could easily revolutionize the healthcare system. With the persistence of the leading doctors, scientists and innovators this technology’s momentum will guarantee its inevitable global acceptance. Medicine will then evolve to a simpler and economical light based system of health.