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
Based on our years of experience and training in functional medicine and functional neurology, we have created an Integrated Metabolism Repair program below:
Repair & Fat Burn Programs
Zerona FDA approved Fat burning laser sessions
30 min NOW-T and Power Plate session after Zerona session
Custom supplement, lifestyle, and support program to help you each step of the way in repairing your metabolism
The FDA approved Zerona Laser system energizes fat (adipose) cells to release their stored triglycerides (fat) into our circulatory system where they can be carried away to be burned as energy in our mitochondria.
An awesome quick and easy boost to fat loss in any area of the body
Contact US Today to Schedule an appointment at 623-776-0206
Many suffer with anxiety, depression, fatigue, Brain Fog, post-concussion brain injuries, or neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. Others suffer with attention deficit problems, hyperactivity, or autism symptoms.
Is there hope for improvements?
In our experience, the answer is usually “yes” as long as we work to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering.
The science of neuroplasticity tells us that our neurons (brain cells) can change (plasticity) more than we imagine. This means our brain can rewire even after a stroke or brain injury to take over the functions of the damaged areas in ways that can sometime seem miraculous. After years of abuse, neglect, and suffering, our brain has a remarkable ability to heal and change.
What does our brain need to rewire and heal?
Energy – we need our mitochondria to work really well to power the rewiring miracle of neuroplasticity. We have tools like healing lasers, frequency specific microcurrent, pulsed magnetic field therapy and a host of nutraceutical supplements to recharge our neurons and body.
Stimulation – we need activation of critical brain control centers – especially the parasympathetic controls centers located in our brain stem to dial back our stress response and turn on:
Healing and Repair
Calm and Peaceful
Digestion and Detox
Mitochondrial repair and regeneration
We use tools like unilateral spinal neurologic adjusting, Vagal stimulation therapies, and brain activation therapies.
Exercise – since neurons that fire together, wire together, we must use these new brain circuits we are creating or we lose them. Vagal stimulation exercises, Neuromodulation therapies, and sensory stimulation therapies can have especially powerful benefits.
In short, we need to “Solve the Puzzle” of why your brain is suffering to help create a “Happy Brain”
A consult or Foundation Visit is a great way to get started. Others who want learn even more about their brain start with a Brain Scan.
Call Renovare at (623) 776-0206 for more information
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
Renovare’s own Cassie Burton, founder of “Curiosity Junkie”, interviews founder and CEO of Renovare Wellness, Dr. Timothy Gerhart. This informative and empowering epidsode is based around Dr. Gerhart’s 5th and newest book “Creating an Invincible Immune System”. What does it take to stay healthy and happy? Listen and learn!!
What is an “Invincible Immune System”? It is an immune system that easily fends off viral (and other infectious) threats with potent antiviral/antimicrobial weapons. Then it quickly stops the attack to avoid damaging healthy tissue. It is vigilant and only responds when needed and maintains the complex balance between friendly microorganisms that live in and on us and the potential pathogens that could make us sick.
* What makes us sick is a weakened immune system combined with exposure to a “germ” trigger. Louis Pasteur, the famous microbiologist who discovered germs, is reported to have said that: “The germ is nothing, the terrain (immune system) is everything.”* Our wondrous, miraculous, incredible immune system is the difference. With the COVID-19 pandemic, over 25% (and rising with more testing) of those infected don’t get sick at all! Is now a great time to start creating a more “Invincible Immune System” so we stay in the “over 25%” group?* Let’s be real. Who has a “perfect” lifestyle to create an ideal “Invincible Immune System”? Likely no one. The good news is we don’t need perfect, we just need improvements to boost our immune balance while reducing our exposure to toxic stress, overwork, lack of sleep, toxins, and pathogens.
* Our medical disease care system appears stuck in the “wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and wait for a vaccine mode.” The question, “How do we boost our immune system to help us stay well regardless of the threat” is not being asked – or answered by the Centers for Disease control or the mainstream media.
* Join Dr. Gerhart and myself as we talk about what it takes to create an invincible immune system, to stay happy and healthy everyday.
* Taken from the Introduction of Dr. Timothy Gerhart’s book “Creating An Invincible Immune System” published in July 2020. To request a copy of “Creating An Invincible Immune System” contact: Http://BrainWellnessAZ.com Or call the Renovare Wellness By Design office @ 623-776-0206
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