I (Dr. Gerhart) have suffered with chronic low-level nagging pain in my neck, shoulders, midback, low back and legs for many years. I have invested thousands in deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Gua Sha adhesion release, and every other therapy you can think of. While most have helped, nothing has reversed the scar tissue & adhesions to create the deep, long-lasting improvements I really wanted.
I had a large collection of adhesions, scar tissue, and tender trigger points. My fascia and muscle layers were glued together into a nasty mess (red cross hatch lines in graphic below) resulting in chronic pain. Healthy muscle & fascia fibers are in blue.
Scar tissue can pinch, twist, squeeze nerves triggering chronic pain. Scar tissue itself can be up to a 1000X more pain sensitive than healthy tissue. Enter Pulsed Wave Therapy (aka Radial Shock Wave Therapy) which works by:
Signaling our cells to turn on major healing and repair pathways via mechanobiology – an exciting new field of research.
Turning off chronic pain and inflammation cycles to Close the Pain Gate
Age reversing effect via Stem Cell formation & activation for youthful vitality in our stiff, tight, injured areas including cartilage regeneration.
Can even reverse calcification in tendons, ligaments, and muscles especially in the shoulder.
Activating revolutionary cell communication via mechanotransduction
Creating new bone & blood vessels to support youthful muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.
Increases cell energy for healing
Releasing Substance P – a key neurotransmitter responsible for turning off pain
Personally, I have experienced more pain relief & softening of hard knots than I thought possible with my initial therapy sessions. I can’t wait to get more.
Our Pulsed Wave Therapy unit has FDA approval for a large number of conditions:
Each therapy session takes about 20 minutes to treat one area for a fee of 79. Adding laser therapy if needed adds a synergistic even more profound healing effect for a fee of 97. Just 4-6 sessions typically needed to effectively treat a problem area for lasting results.
The goal during the therapy is a little mild pain for lots of gain as the sound waves activate our cellular healing. Possible temporary after-effects: mild swelling, redness, light bruising (MUCH less than Gua Sha), & soreness after treatment (esp. first treatment). Use of heat, stretching, and light exercise after is helpful. Add ice only if soreness is more than mild. Rev. 20210827 Reference: International Journal of SurgeryVolume 24, Part B, December 2015, Pages 147-153. Shock wave as biological therapeutic tool: From mechanical stimulation to recovery and healing, through mechanotransduction
We are as young (or old) as our cytoplasm. The quality of our structured water intracellular gel determines the health and function of our mitochondria, cell, and entire body and brain in profound ways.
Our medical science establishment has been focused on the nucleus and the DNA within with failed results for chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, …
The past 20 years of research into Epigenetics has shown us that the influence of the cell nucleus and DNA is quite limited in chronic disease – 10 -20%. The environmental influences that affect the cell are 80 -90%.
We are now learning that the cell cytoplasm (intracellular structured water/gel) that surround the nucleus that houses our mitochondria and cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, vinculin) is a profound reflection of environmental influences on cell health.
How can we affect this?
Our thoughts, feelings, and relationships
Our time in nature
grounding in nature
Sunlight, NIR sauna
Movement – an active lifestyle
Exercise, NOW-T, HIIT
Structured water, low deuterium water
PWT, Ultrasound, Pulsed Magnetic Field therapy
Supplements: Drainage Detox Homeopathic, L-glutamine, Ashwaghanda, ALA Max CR, Resveratrol, NAD+Gold, ATP Ignite, Nitric Balance, CoQ Max Ubiquinol,
Adversely affected by harmful, synthetic EMF – eg. 5G, microwaves
FEAR, Worry, ANXIETY, Depression, self-hatred are profoundly harmful
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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Cutting edge research in cellular genetics is showing us that aging is not normal or inevitable. In fact, the top research labs are showing us that Aging is a disease that can be prevented, slowed, and potentially even reversed.
Most of us are going to live longer than we think. Are we going to live better – enjoying high level energy, fitness, and a happy brain throughout our lifespan?
Is there any point in keeping our bodies alive if our brain is failing & we FEEL decrepit & even older than our age?
Is suffering with decay, degeneration, inflammation, pain, fatigue, and depression really living? Is it inevitable? This “accelerated aging & decay” is the root problem.
Extending our health span – so we enjoy high level energy and youthful vitality to the very end of our lifespan is the most important. Imagine, no chronic disease, no need for drugs, no doctor visits for disease problems, no suffering in a nursing home.
It is also about staying healthy to beyond age 100 or beyond age 120 and living our passion and making a difference in the world – right up to the end of our lifespan.
Aging is not inevitable – it can be prevented and even reversed
The DNA blueprint to be young is always present – even when we are old
Most of feeling “old” is not from DNA damage (our computer hard-drive) but from epigenetic problems (our software)
We have a software backup of youth – even when we are old
We activate this epigenetic software of youth through:
Intermittent fasting – this can be done easily with ketogenic fasting
High Intensity Interval Training – just 15 minutes 2X/week can do the job – especially when combined with Intermittent fasting.
Low Level Laser Therapy – the kind of lasers we use at Renovare have been shown to directly boost NAD+ and indirectly boost this anti-aging pathway as well.
Temperature challenges – get warm as in a sauna or summer in Arizona and then get cool as in a cold/cool shower or immersion in an unheated pool in the winter
Methylated Resveratrol – Resveratin Plus is what I use.
Nicotinomide Mononucleotide (NMN) – a NAD+ precursor – needs to be liposomal and combined with trimethylglycine to be most effective. NAD+ Gold from Quicksilver Scientific is best.
Time released Alpha Lipoic Acid. ALA Max is what I use.
Berberine, Burdock Root, Curcumin, Tumeric, and Quercitin.
Great sleep and stress management – Our Peaceful Brain Training Class is a fun, easy way to learn the tools that work best for you
Too much comfort, too much artificial, nutrient-deprived processed food, too little physical challenge, too much stress, too much sitting in the easy chair ACCELERATES our aging. We need some discomfort & challenge to stay youthful.
What if chronic pain, excessive inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, osteoporosis, and arthritis are just SYMPTOMS of accelerated aging & decay? What would happen if be changed our focus to ending this plague of accelerated aging & decay?
The good news is that research with identical twins shows us that only 20% of our aging and health-span is genetic. The rest is our lifestyle choices and is in our hands.
Dr. David Sinclair, Ph.D is a molecular geneticist, professor at Harvard, and leading researcher in aging. His research delves into why we age – the underlying cell mechanisms behind aging. In his excellent book, “Lifespan – Why we Age and What We Can Do About It” explains that aging is not caused by problems with our DNA. Rather, aging results from breakdown in our epigenetic cell repair programs for DNA.
Our genes containing the blueprints to make every protein & body part are the Hardware of our computer. Our epigenetics is the software. Without our software (epigenetics) working properly, our computer is just a heavy piece of frustrating junk.
Like our personal computer, our genetics (DNA) is the hard drive that stores the information and programs. Our epigenetics is our software that includes DNA repair programs. Much like hard drive disc repair programs, our epigenetic software must keep up with repairs or our software becomes corrupted and our computer “ages” and slips towards “dis-ease”.
In our cells, some DNA damage is inevitable and normal. This is not the cause of aging. We have complex DNA repair pathways called “epigenetics” that quickly and efficiently repair our DNA damage when working properly. Failure of these epigenetic “software” programs to keep up with needed “hardware” repairs leads to decay and aging.
You can also think of DNA like a beautiful Steinway Grand Piano. Our Epigenetics is the pianist – the piano player that determines & plays the songs as well as repairing & tuning our piano so we enjoy music (Wellness) rather than the noise, decay, decline, & disease of Aging. We need a skilled and healthy pianist to enjoy the music of Wellness for Life.
Dr. David Sinclair’s research-supported Information Theory of Aging describes aging as a breakdown of our epigenetic software triggered by lifestyle choices that fail to fit our unique needs. This leads to so much DNA damage that our software fails to keep up and our cells breakdown leading to the damage, inflammation, & decay that we call Aging. This is neither normal nor inevitable.
Dr. Sinclair’s lab has shown that there is a backup copy of youth in our cells. In mice, his lab has reset the youthful copy to reverse aging. With cloning, using a cell from an older animal results in a youthful “baby”, not an old baby for this reason.
We have 3 genes on the body that reverse our aging when we turn them on. Jelly fish do this all the time so they don’t age. We are learning to do this in mice, dogs, and even humans.
Three of the major age reversing genes that we all share are called Sirtuins, mTOR, and AMPK. These 3 genes are critical to maintain our youthful, healthy software(epigenome):
Especially effective at maintaining our youthful epigenomic software
Activated by methylated resveratrol (pterostilbene) concentrates
Activated by Nicotinomide Mononucleotide (NMN) – professional-grade supplements that are liposomal formulations combined with trimethylglycine appear the most effective. The formulation I trust and take personally is Quicksilver Scientific’s NAD+ Gold. NAD decline underlies accelerated aging and inflammation. Boosting NAD levels with NMN is key to support:
Improved mitochondrial function
High level stamina and youthful vigor
Cellular repair and protection
Improved Brain health: youthful memory, focus, and concentration
Harvard researchers have found that injecting NMN into old mice for just one week resulted in their mitochondria becoming like those of young mice. In fact, when NMN was first give to old mice, they broke the treadmill! The lab staff called it the “Great Mouse Treatmill Failure of 2017” when the old mice exceeded the tracking program limit of 3 kilometers – no mouse of any age had ever exceeded this before! Imagine being able to run an ultra-marathon as a senior citizen.
We can also activate our age-reversing Sirtuin gene with:
Low level Laser therapy (LLLT) or healing cold lasers like our Erchonia PL-T, FX 405, or EVRL lasers.
The graphic below shows how the LLLT stimulus activates receptors leading to elevated sirtuin (Sirt1) activating the anti-aging effects of making brand new mitochondria (mitochondrial biogenesis), apoptosis (getting rid of decrepit old cells that create disease), and cell protecting anti-oxidant effects.
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 increased muscle strength & efficiency.
High intensity interval training – I combine intermittent keto 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.
The mTOR/mTORC1 gene pathway (shown above) integrates the signals between food availability and cell growth.
Food available = cell growth. Too much food available = too much growth leading to:
Atherosclerotic heart disease
Dementia – esp. Alzheimer’s type
Polycystic ovarian disease
Insulin resistance and most of the chronic diseases of decay and aging.
No food available = stop growing and start repairing. We NEED a break from food. Intermittent fasting is a simple, painless way to activate this critical anti-aging signaling.
Inhibiting mTOR turns on the “stop growing and start repairing” switch. Nutrients that also do this include:
AMPK is our master switch for metabolism. It is our “Fat Switch” – when turned on we burn fat for fuel, when turned off we store fat. Critical AMPK activating nutrients include: resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Berberine, Burdock Root, Rose Hips, Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s are made from fiber by a healthy microbiome). Exercise esp. high intensity interval training and fasting also activate this critical youth promoting pathway. My favorite supplements to turn on our AMPK “Fat burning” switch are Glycoberine MX and ALA Max (time released high potency Alpha Lipoic Acid)
For the first time in the history of the world, we have more people over age 65 than children under the age of 5. What are we going to do with an ever-aging population that is decaying with an ever-growing list of chronic diseases headed towards a nursing home? We are facing the bankruptcy of not only our health care systems but our entire economy. This is in addition to the massive pain and suffering of those decaying through excessive inflammation, exhaustion, depression, and dementia. We MUST reverse the terrible decay & aging that plagues our aging population.
Much common muscle and joint pain is actually Neuropathic pain. This means superficial nerves just under the skin become compressed by tight muscles, fascial adhesions (scar tissue), overuse, and trauma triggering inflammation of the shallow nerves. Our nerves are sensitive since the Nervi Nervorum innervates the surface of the nerve and senses compression and irritation. This nerve irritation and swelling can then trigger:
Neurogenic inflammation= irritated nerve triggers inflammation of tissues around it creating vasodilation(swelling), a red flare response, heat, and pain.
Inflammation of nerve endings in area controlled by the nerve.
Irritation of spinal cord
Chronic pain cycles in brain and spinal cord
Limbic system activation which triggers fight or flight toxic stress response upsetting our critical autonomic control system causing’
Anxiety and loss of peaceful calm
Turn off our healing and repair response
Poor digestion and detoxification
Allergy and autoimmune problems a Excessive inflammation
Exaggerated and persistent pain
These areas of surface nerve neurogenic inflammation can feel like trigger points, active acupuncture points, and tender, ropy, tight tissue areas.
We can treat these with negative pressure, gentle positive pressure, prologel, and therapeutic healing lasers. Effective treatment creates at least 50% pain relief in just minutes. Long-term relief involves solving the puzzle of why you suffer with chronic pain. Junk food, gluten, diet sodas, poor sleep, high stress, poor muscle tone, low Vitamin D, low electrolytes, and high EMF exposures are just a few triggers of chronic pain
Effective treatment of Neurogenic inflammation of superficial sensors nerves can be a game changer. We have 13 types of pain receptors. Until now, the critical ASIC receptors have been ignored. Prologel is formulated to turn off this critical ASIC pain as well as the TRPA and TRPV receptors. Rubbing Prologel into your pain producing areas each AM & PM or more often as home care works with our in-office treatment and laser therapies for home care.
These 2 products are available for sale in our clinic:
Original PAIN RELIEF formula will turn off the ASIC, TRPA, TRPV pain
PAIN RELIEF formula plus 1000 mg Broad spectrum CBD high concentration with extra effectiveness for the TRPV pain receptor. Good for cold weather change pain relief.
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