A lot has been written about the connections between Hashimoto’s and gluten, environmental toxins, leaky gut, etc. However, very little has been discussed about the potential use for Cold Laser therapy, even though several recent research studies found some promising results.
Hashimoto’s antibodies can lead to destruction of thyroid tissue, which can result not only in the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, but also changes in thyroid appearance on ultrasound, and the presence of abnormal blood markers.
Currently, most traditional medical treatments aim to control the symptoms or get the TSH and T4 into the medical normal range while often ignoring the underlying root causes and the destruction that occurs in the gland.
The exciting thing about these studies on lasers and their effects on the thyroid is that they appear to not only trigger tissue regeneration, they also seem to help normalize function and decrease the need for medications, without any side effects.
The most recent study comes out of the July 2015 edition of the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology. In this study, the thyroid glands of rats were damaged with gamma radiation, and then were treated with low level laser of 632 nanometers for 6 sessions. The study concluded that the laser improved the rat’s thyroid function, liver function, antioxidant levels, and blood cell markers. No side effects were noted. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25975382
The August 2014 edition of the journal Photomedicine and Laser Surgery found that cold laser treatment to patients with autoimmune thyroid disease significantly increased levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25101534) Why is this important? The August 1991 edition of the Journal of Autoimmunity found that TGF-β1 could calm down and suppress auto immune attacks, and that it may even prove helpful in causing remission of Graves disease. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1777015)
Patients with autoimmune thyroid disease often have altered blood flow within the thyroid. The 2012 journal ISRN Endocrinology found that 10 laser treatments improved blood flow within the thyroid, as visualized with Dopplar ultrasound. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23316383)
But perhaps the most exciting study I came across was in the August 2010 journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Patients were given 10 treatments over 5 weeks. They found that all patients needed less thyroid medication, including 47% who did not require any medication through the 9-month follow-up. Can you imagine being able to go 9 months without needing thyroid medication?
Furthermore, the medication dosage needed in the other participants decreased, and remained decreased even 9 months later. TPOAb (thyroid antibody) levels also decreased, and thyroid tissue appearance improved on ultrasound. This means that thyroid tissue damaged by auto immune attacks was actually getting repaired with laser stimulation. Again, no side effects were noted. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20662037)
These are just a few of the exciting studies that support the use of lasers in thyroid disease, but the applications go even beyond just the thyroid. As far back as December 1993, there was a far reaching study from Japan in the Keio Journal of Medicine that found that laser therapy on cancer cells “inhibits growth and increases cell-specific destruction”, and that “other immune system-related diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, some forms of eczema, asthma and asthma-related ulceration, have responded well to” laser therapy. I found numerous other studies that also suggested that cold laser was effective even for helping with thyroid cancers. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8126975)
So let’s review what these studies found. Cold laser therapy was shown to:
Reduce TPO antibody levels
Reduce the need for T4 medications in a majority of patients, even 9 months after treatment, and eliminate the need in nearly half the patients in one study
Increase the amount of cellular antioxidants such as glutathione
Improve thyroid tissue and vascularization on ultrasound examination
Increase levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), which calms down the auto immune activity and may have the potential to cause remission of Graves’ disease
Decrease the activity of inflammatory molecules such as nuclear factor kappa beta and interleukin 6
Stimulate the repair of tissue damaged by the thyroid auto immune attack
Have no side effects
These are all pretty powerful findings. I was surprised to find the data going back over 20 years supporting cold laser’s use on auto immune diseases, considering that most of us have never heard about it in mainstream media or from our doctors.
Obviously more studies are needed, but the current research suggests that lasers may provide significant help for the growing numbers of auto immune thyroid patients out there. Have any of you out there tried this therapy or heard about it from your doctor? If you have, please comment with what your results have been.
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This information is for informational purposes only and should not replace the diagnosis and treatment of your qualified healthcare professional. Do not undertake using a laser on yourself without proper evaluation and supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. As always, Dr Gair recommends that you seek the help of a healthcare professional trained in functional medicine and following their advice.
Inflammation is controlled by our Immune System (which is controlled by our brain)
80% of our Immune System is located around our digestive tract (gut)
Our lifestyle is either activating the “ON” switch of inflammation or activating the balanced On/Off regulation of Wellness
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) aka photo biomodulation is a powerful tool to turn off excessive inflammation and the lasers we use at Renovare are FDA level 1a cleared (the most stringent research-based approval available) to reduce nociceptive chronic pain ANYWHERE in the body.
The resolution of inflammation is fibrosis (scar tissue) that creates joint and fascial restriction and chronic pain. These tissues need to glide and slide to close the pain gate and keep us flexible and pain-free.
Resolution of inflammation in the lung (from asthma, infection, pneumonia, COVID, COVID vaccines) is fibrosis leading to scarring and lung damage.
Spinal adjusting/manipulation of joints and soft tissue is required to improve the mechanical integrity lost from fibrosis to create the neuro sequence closing the pain gate & restoring healing and health.
The PgE2 (Prostaglandin E2) Inflammation Pathway involves:
Eicosanoids – inflammatory prostaglandins: our Omega 3/6 ratio controls this signaling pathway to a large extent
The same cascade that creates inflammation creates cancer
Too much Omega 6 high linoleic vegetable oil drives inflammation – the wrong fats may be even worse than too much sugar
Quality Omega 3 EPA-DHA Fish oil dampens inflammation
Low level lasers dampen inflammation with NO SIDE EFFECTS, only side benefits like:
Systemic Energy Boost – Give Your Cells Back the Energy of Your Youth!
Reduced Swelling & Inflammation and Pain Relief
Accelerated Tissue Regeneration
Activation of anti-aging/longevity pathways
Improved blood flow to promote accelerated healing & repair
Neurogenesis – making new nerve cells
Mitochondrial Biogenesis – making new mitochondria
Stem cell production and integration
Healing of Leaky Gut and Leaky Brain
Promote all antioxidant systems including glutathione
Protects from free-radical damage
Increased parasympathetic activity/Vagal stimulation for calm, peaceful, digestion, detox, and reduced inflammation
Repair and protect against DNA & RNA damage & telomere shortening
Decrease stress hormones and promote youth hormones like HGH
Healing with No Drugs, No Surgery, No Side-Effects
635 nm Red Lasers (LLLT) knocks out COX /prostaglandin, IL-18, & TNF Cytokine pain pathways. Violet lasers knock out IL-6 cytokine pain pathway.
Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is the most powerful Cytokine “ON” switch for inflammation and is converted in the liver to hsCRP, a key inflammation heart attack & stroke risk lab marker that appears on lab test panels.
405 nm Violet Laser knocks out the IL-6 Cytokine pathway especially well
635 nm Red Laser knock out IL-18
Both lasers turn on IL-10 – an ideal combination
VAT is an Inflammation Factory
Visceral (around the abdominal organs) Adipose (fat) Tissue is abbreviated as VAT. This is often called the “Fat that Kills” since it strongly elevates heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, chronic pain, and chronic disease risk. VAT turns on inflammation dramatically.
VAT can be stubborn and resistant to most weight loss programs. What works is repairing our Metabolism to correct Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome
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The Microbiome is currently one of the most intensely researched areas in science. PubMed, the NIH federal library of medical research, shows over 86,000 results for published research papers on our Microbiome, almost all of it in the last five years.
What is our Microbiome?
What are practical steps to support our microbiome and our immune system so we can stay well in challenging times:
It is the 100 Trillion non-human cells that live in us and on us. It is the “germs” that live on our skin (2 million per ½ inch square on our forearm), in our mouth, our sinuses, our bloodstream, our gut and everywhere inside and outside our body. In fact, our human cells are outnumbered by the “germs” that make up our Microbiome. In reality, we are 100 Trillion “germs” covered in human skin.
Most of these “germs” are bacteria and viruses that seek to coexist peacefully with us and promote our health and wellbeing. Most of them live in our gut, especially in our Large Intestine. They play critical roles in digestion, metabolism, immune health, brain health, and store 98% of all the genetic information (DNA) we need to stay healthy and thrive. In fact, our mitochondria talk to our gut bacteria. We need a healthy microbiome to have healthy mitochondria, the foundation of energy and Wellness!
Staying Well In Covid
If our immune system can handle 100 trillion germs in and on us, can it also handle the common cold, flu, or Covid virus? Of course – as long as we take care of our immune system so it is working reasonably well. What would happen if we put as much time, effort, and energy into boosting our Microbiome and immune Wellness as we do to masking, distancing, and worrying?
The less your food has been doctored, the less you need a doctor. Minimize eating food that has been processed or doctored. Go light on dead food that comes from “food coffins” – the boxes, cans, and plastic that entombs dead food. Eat more of the “fresh stuff”.
Eat what your body likes rather than what you like. We tend to like the sugary “junk food” loaded with excitotoxic taste enhancers that excite our brain neurons to death. They also starve our microbiome “rainforest” of the critical fiber it depends on. A piece of cake feeds only us and makes us old, fat, and sick. A piece of broccoli feeds both our body and our microbiome to keep us lean, energized, and youthful.
Fix your metabolism. When is works, you have a “thin person” microbiome. When it is in trouble, we often develop a “fat person” microbiome. Fixing your metabolism often requires a “solve the puzzle” approach involving optimizing our mitochondria, gut health, brain balance, eating smart & supplementing to fit our unique genetic needs, optimize sleep, and detox. Get guidance from experienced professionals like we have at Renovare if you need help in this area.
Feed Your Microbiome Diversity. Repairing our microbiome diversity is critical to restoring Wellness. An important indicator of a healthy microbiome is Great bowel movements. This means at least 2/day, formed dark brown, don’t float, no straining, and almost no need to toilet tissue to clean after. Here are the practical steps:
Eat the Rainbow. Strive to eat 9 colors or fresh/frozen veggies or fruits per day. Always go heavy on veggies and much lighter on fruit.
Each day, eat one of the Root Veggies, eat two of the prebiotic foods, and at least one forkful of a fermented food from the lists below
Fermented Food with Live culture (in refrigerator section)
Sauerkraut (Wild Brine, Bubbles brands, etc)
Onion, Garlic, Leeks
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sweet Potatoes, Yams
When we take care of our Microbiome, it takes care of us
When things first broke loose in March, I had some fear and uncertainty. Doing the research with due diligence to understand what was really happening helped me come to term with the real issues and move beyond fear. This is what I have come to understand:
While reducing exposure matters, boosting our immune system matters far more. My understanding is that a stronger immune system is over 90% of the focus and avoiding exposure is much less.
Reducing exposure to an air-borne virus – flu, common cold, or COVID 19 – is extremely difficult. Masks and distancing have very limited effect.
Optimizing Vitamin D blood levels has a profound effect on immune Wellness. The published paper in the journal Nutrients 2020,12,2757 suggests that up to 90% of all COVID deaths are from Vitamin D insufficiency.
Sunlight, sleep, stress management, exercise as well as eliminating junk food and sugary drinks and replacing with a variety of fresh vegetables and nutrient dense foods also help.
Fear, Fear, Fear is the virus that is most harmful.
With few exceptions, those who are dying with COVID are those within 6 months of dying from other causes – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, multi-system organ failure.
We are 100 Trillion viruses, bacteria, and other germs covered in human skin. Our human cells are outnumbered by the “germs” that live in and on us called our Microbiome. Many of these “germs” are critically important to our healthy and immune Wellness. Learning to take care of our Microbiome is profoundly important for immune Wellness.
Our misguided efforts to protect the elderly have unleashed a cruel epidemic of anxiety, depression, loneliness, isolation in which many fear being imprisoned in assisted living “prisons”. Many are losing their will to live and dying from isolation. This feels like “cruel and unusual punishment”.
In summary, I feel no fear as I treat patients and am exposed in countless ways to those with the flu, common cold, and COVID 19 virus. My immune system has been keeping me healthy for over 60 years. When I take reasonably good care of my immune system, it takes great care of me.
I am open to a safe and effective vaccine. What do we know about the two COVID vaccines available?
Both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are only tested and approved to reduce symptoms of cough and fever from COVID. They are not tested or approved to reduce infection or transmission. How is this any better than a bottle of Theraflu? The masking and distancing requirements after the vaccine are not eliminated. Does this sound like it is effective?
These COVID vaccines use synthetic reverse RNA for the first time ever in humans. This is an experimental gene-altering drug. Do I want to be a “guinea pig” test subject for this potentially high-risk experiment? We won’t know the full effects for years.
The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorizations (EAU) but not yet full vaccine licenses. Under federal law 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3 “Emergency Use Authorization” means that any product with this designation must be voluntary. These COVID vaccines cannot be mandatory because they are experimental.
4.The side effects are significant: 653 Deaths + 12,044 Other Injuries reported Following COVID Vaccine as of February 4th as reported by the CDC. Research shows only 10% of vaccine injuries are reported so the numbers are likely far higher.
5.The side effects can be serious: Aside from sudden death within hours or days,10,11,12,13,14 examples of side effects among survivors of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines include:
Persistent malaise15,16 and extreme exhaustion17
Severe allergic, including anaphylactic reactions18,19,20
Many say they “feel weird” and that they “don’t feel like myself.” Dizziness, racing heart and extreme high blood pressure seem to be a common complaint, as is severe, chronic seemingly “unbreakable” headache that does not respond to medication. Many describe the pain they feel in their body as “being run over by a bus” or “being beaten with a bat.”
Some report swollen and painful lymph nodes, severe muscle pain and gastrointestinal issues. Symptoms mimicking stroke are being reported, even though CT scans show nothing of concern. One such report is from a 19-year-old girl. Several report lethal heart attacks claiming the lives of someone they love.
Psychological effects are also starting to creep in. One woman who is on chemotherapy reports “mood changes with intermittent periods of elation and mild euphoria.” Bouts of anxiety, depression, brain fog, confusion and dissociation are also being reported, as is an inability to sleep.
One person reports having lost “the voice in my head,” which I suspect is the ability to hear yourself think. Another reports losing the ability to formulate words about half an hour after getting the first dose of vaccine, and a third reports “struggling for lost words.” Loss of taste and/or smell are also being reported, as well as taste alterations. Several say they have developed a metallic taste since their vaccination.
One pregnant woman reported spontaneous rupture of the amniotic sac resulting in premature delivery. Another woman’s baby was found to have no heartbeat two days after her vaccination and was delivered stillborn. Several describe effects suggesting vascular problems, such as skin blotchiness and fingers turning blue.
While people are hoping and praying their side effects will be temporary, a significant portion say they’re still struggling with the effects one or two weeks after their shot. Time will tell whether they turn out to be permanent, but considering the fact that the mRNA vaccines reprogram your DNA, there’s certainly the possibility that they might be long-lasting.
My personal decision is to avoid this vaccine – for me it doesn’t fit the criteria of safe and effective. For those who choose this experimental new gene therapy, my prayers are with them for safety and full recovery from side-effects. I am most concerned about the prospects for long-term autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases from this experimental gene therapy. Make your decision carefully based on all the facts and do not allow yourself to be coerced or forced into something that doesn’t seem right for you. Whatever you choose, we will support you in your decision.
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