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
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Our energy comes from our mitochondria which are tiny energy factories packed into our cells – we have 2000 mitochondria packed into the tiny cells of each heart and brain cell.
How well our cell energy factories (mitochondria) generate ATP (the fuel that powers us) determines our biologic age.
We can’t change our chronological age (number of birthdays) unless we lie (not that anyone we know would ever do that) 🙂
We can change our biologic age – the age we function. We all know people who are age 50 but look and feel age 80 as well as people age 80 who look and feel age 50. My Dad is a great example of the latter.
A key part of aging is losing many of our precious mitochondria. To make matters worse, our remaining mitochondria suffer damage leading to an energy deficit. Remember, Wellness is energy, energy, energy. To sum it up:
number of mitochondria in each cell
Health & efficiency of those mitochondria
We are as Young as Our Mitochondria!
What can we do to support our mitochondria?
We can improve the Well ness & functional efficiency of the mitochondria we have.
We can make new mitochondria (biogenesis) – at any age!
Improving the Efficiency of Our Mitochondria
If we are not making energy efficiently, we are instead making fat & destructive free radicals. Here are some steps that are proven to work:
635 nm wavelength red coherent laser therapy. The Erchonia professional grade cold lasers (do not generate harmful heating) are the most effective available anywhere to do this – with the research to back it up. These healing lasers boost energy production by our mitochondria between 40 and 50%. An amazing “battery charge”. This laser photonic energy also triggers multiple anti-aging cellular pathways. The violet and red laser combination we use also trigger making new mitochondria.
Eat nutrient dense whole foods and avoid processed foods.
Avoid the nasty mitochondrial poison, glyphosate (Roundup), which is sprayed on our crops and concentrated in our vegetables, meats, and processed food. Eating organic is phenomenally important to minimize exposure. The average American has 1 pound of this toxin in their body – no wonder we are so fat, sick, tired, anxious, depressed, and inflamed.
Eat less sugar and fruit – high levels are toxic to our mitochondria and metabolism.
Eat more Veggies, quality protein, and healthy fats: Olive, Coconut, Avocado, MCT oil are good sources.
Supplement smart – the Core 4:
A high-grade Multiple Vitamin/Mineral like Mega Multi Pro
A bioavailable source of high potency magnesium like Acti-mag
Vitamin K2-D3 at optimal dose based on blood lab testing
A high quality, clean, bioavailable Omega 3 like Omega Pure 1300 Pro which is 320% better absorbed than regular fish oil.
7. Advanced Supplementation:
A probiotic like MegaSpore Biotic to support our Microbiome – the 100 TRILLION bacteria/microbes that live mostly in our gut. Did you know that our Microbiome talks to our Mitochondria? We MUST have a healthy, diverse, balanced Microbiome for our Mitochondria to work well.
Time-released Alpha Lipoic Acid. I use ALA-Max which we have found to be the most effective form.
A bioactive high-grade methylated resveratrol. I take our Resveratin Plus (Resveratrol/Pterostilbene Complex) to activate the Sirtuin pathways to turn off the aging cell signaling pathways.
Coenzyme Ql0 I CoQl0 I ubiquinone – we especially like the more active Ubiquinone form.
Pyrroloquinoline Quinone I PQQ I Methoxatin
8. Intermittent fasting: I use green tea, MCT oil, and Collagen protein in my breakfast drink on my workout days. It increases my strength up to 20%. This carb fasting approach triggers ketosis so I am burning fat for fuel which is much more efficient than burning sugar leading to my increased muscle strength & efficiency.
9. High intensity interval training – I combine fasting with my NOW-T exercise sessions 2X/week with Austin in our clinic. It takes just 15 minutes of variable resistance training 2X/week to powerfully activate the anti-aging pathways while boosting mitochondrial wellness.
10. Exposure to cold. I use cold (cool in the summer here) showers and cold immersions in our unheated swimming pool in the winter.
11. Great quality and quantity of deep, restful sleep is profoundly important for our mitochondrial health and wellness.
12. Effective relaxation techniques – especially meditation
13. Get enough Sunlight while avoiding sunburns – we are “solar powered”.
Making New Mitochondria
This is called mitochondrial biogenesis and can be turned on at any age. Most of what works to improve the efficiency of our Mitochondria also works to trigger biogenesis. Here are the top triggers for making new mitochondria:
High intensity interval training – I combine fasting with my NOW-T sessions 2X/week with Austin in our clinic. Takes just 15 minutes of variable resistance training 2X/week to powerfully activate the anti-aging pathways while boosting mitochondrial wellness.
Supplement with bioactive methylated Resveratrol (pterostilbene)
Our quality of sleep determines our Wellness perhaps more than any other factor. Lack of sleep can kill. Vehicle crashes from drowsy driving exceed those from BOTH drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs combined.
After being awake for 19 hours, drivers were as impaired as those legally drunk. Getting behind the wheel with 4 hours or less and you are 11.5 times more likely to crash. Four hours of sleep and being drunk is the worst increasing the risk 30X.
Great sleep lifts all boats in the harbor and is the best anti-inflammatory known for both the brain and body. It is the anti-aging miracle that heals both body and brain.
What is great sleep?
Fall asleep easily without need for a drug.
Stay asleep though the night with no interruptions.
Awake rested, recharged and ready to go.
A balance of NREM sleep and REM sleep
NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is deep delta wave sleep that allow our brain to prune away connections no longer being used, detox and flush away toxins, and normalize inflammation and swelling. Lack of NREM sleep leads to poor memory and dementia symptoms. Laser or other stimulation to the prefrontal cortex can enhance this critical form of sleep.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep allows making new connections. While dreaming, the “theatre of our mind” combines memories in new and remarkably creative combinations. It solidifies movement patterns like the new piano piece or basketball shot so by morning, we “have it down”. Poor REM sleep is often demonstrated by someone who can’t remember if they dreamed and is also linked with a high risk of dementia. Thiamine 50 support this type of sleep.
Lack of sufficient quality and quantity of sleep leads to memory and function losses just like dementia. In fact, you can create dementia through poor sleep.
NREM deep sleep activates the deep cleaning, glymphatic cleaning and detox system that flushes out chemical toxins, adenosine, tau protein, amyloid, and other toxic proteins linked with dementia.
This is so important that just one night of poor sleep creates a prediabetic condition the next day and can lead to binging on up to 40% more junk food carbs than normal.
What helps us get to sleep?
Our circadian rhythm helps us wake up and fall asleep on schedule when working properly. We need sunlight on our face and just 5 minutes of exercise to set our circadian clock in the morning. In the evening, it is ideal to eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime. Also really important to turn off computers, phones, TV, and any other electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime – 2 hours is better.
Lastly, avoid “junk light” especially in the evening. LED lights, computers, TV’s, and phones emit harsh blue frequencies that rev the brain making quality sleep unlikely. Wearing “True Dark” twilight glasses at least one hour before bed blocks 4 different sleep harming wavelengths of light. Ideal is wearing our True Darks when the sun goes down. https://truedark.com/twilights/
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
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