Turbocharging Your Cells With Red Light Therapy

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Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by Bev (WI) on 10/19/2020
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I got a clear front infrared heat lamp from the hardware store on the advice of Ray Peat PhD. Used it on my son with bad congestion and asthma symptoms at the age of 4 which began just after his first birthday. This happened with every cold resulting in antibiotics, nebulizers every 3 hours and steroids which stunted his growth.

I put it on his back as much as I could. I then went to a red one, which didn't disrupt his sleep [also used eye mask]. Put him on his side on the couch, clamped to a chair, used a light colored cotton blanket. Infrared will go through white or light colored fabric. He never needed another nebulizer, steroids etc though he did require the light treatments for years everytime he got a cold. It saved my life because the sleep deprivation I got from doing the nebulizers was contributing to my own ill health. Have used it for knee pain, wounds, eczema with great results, anything needing cell regeneration. The Phillips brand is the best. Others have fluoride coating which when heated you can inhale.

Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by ORH (Ten Mile, TN) on 10/22/2020

HI U OLE PATOOTS, ORH here, and since I have no takers to explain this new phenomenon called Red Light........ I will take this on. At Ga Tech and all universities, when the professor has no clue, then he says.... this is a phenomenon. So I declare Red Light is a phenomenon. Nobody knows sheet about it, but it is the greatest thing going. Why? Heck, they have no clue, but I sleep better. A pint of whisky and you too will sleep better . So here goes what I have learned researching the net.

What does Red Light do? It does the following; Celular function, Inflamation, Sleep, Blood Flow, Memory, Weight Loss, Balance, Recovery, and Skin. Wow...... where do I get a bucket of this stuff? It is far better than https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadacol of my youth. What I can say about this light .... not wave length, effects lots of stuff. One is sleep. My HI DOLLAR FEMF device turns on the goggle red lights at dark and the blue lights in the mornings. So maybe they know something. Red for sleep, blue for awake. I think there is something to Red Light and few understand why, nor which Red light works. So all can post to their hearts content, but it means nothing until we understand the science. Did a Vit C IV with Vit B complex this morning, so I will probably live another week, I did that so I can aggravate D one more week.


Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by ORH (TEN MILE , TN) on 10/20/2020

MARGRET, I do not know what therabulbs are. Suggest you research Phillips at 250 watts as that what works for me. You in Tn and the Co-ops have them for the chicks in the early winter. I bought an egg incubator last year because I knew we would be in a bind and have to live like PawPaw. So I can use these lights to raise chicks or to cure my health ails. Suggest you coat your body with MgCl before you get under your lights. That will put magnesium into you without the bowel problem. You will love it. Suggest you consider your skin as as way to better health. It bypasses your digestive system and causes no grief. Whatever goes on your skin, goes into your body. Simple as that.


Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by ORH (TEN MILE , TN) on 10/18/2020

HI U D,,,,,,,,, just got your e mail on Red Light. Read it once but, did not get what wave length you are speaking.

A fine woman called me a year ago from Colorado and knew me from my rants on EC. She suggested I modify my sauna from a natural and FIR to a NIR and told me why. I did that so I am already into what you call red light. I get into the shower and spray down with MgCl and the get before the red lights for 10 minutes front and 10 minutes back. I then do my sink things so I get at least 30 minutes of transdermal magnesium. I then shower. I promise you that I am rejuvenated as best an old man can be. You have more skin than any other thing and all need to use it to your advantage. D, I used to look like Tom Crews, but that was awhile back. Now, I look like an 84 year old. Some folks tell me that I don't look 84, but fat folks don't wrinkle. It's called collagen.

Anyways, you have my attention. I now know that NEAR INFRA RED will penetrate your body far more than any other wave length. It gets to your organs. I try to pull every trick known to man to stay above ground. I think you have a good thought here but have turned it into a commercial instead of science. If I know Bill, Art and others, they will take this to where it needs to go. We don't need to know what to buy, but the science behind this red light. Start my EDTA Chelation again tomorrow, and taking the doctor some of our apples, muscadines and veggies. I BROWN NOSE when necessary. He is not only my doctor, he is my friend. All need a doctor friend.


EC: Thanks for your feedback, ORH. Yes, I need to add a section to the article on infrared vs red light therapy. Just like you said, infrared penetrates deeper than red light. There was one article I found about ideally having a device that combined the two.

Side Effects
Posted by Philip Dawes (England) on 10/20/2020

I am not a medical doctor, but am deeply interested in alternative health systems as opposed to mainstream medicine, which I consider corrupt. That aside, colour therapy or colour healing goes back thousand of years. In its modern modality a hundred years ago, colour healing was practiced using an incandescent light bulb shining through different coloured glass sheets for specific health conditions. This colour healing system produced very positive health benefits and cures. But then the 'modern' corrupt medical system in America used its powers to destroy people who practiced colour healing. The rest is history.

The Dermalux Red Light Machine that you used uses banks of LED lights, which 'may' have been the cause of your dry eyes. LED light has been scientifically proven to be harmful to biological life - humans included. LEDs give off negative radiations, causing some sensitive people to develop migraine or other health conditions. Therefore, the traditional incandescent lamp with a red filter is more harmonious and beneficial for biological life - humans included. You could try one in your own home and test its effect - and it won't cost you much to buy.

Alzheimer's and Dementia
Posted by Art (California) on 10/18/2020 1670 posts
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Hi Deirdre!

Great article!

Red light therapy is used for more than all that you listed. Many people claim it is also useful in Alzheimer's disease / dementia as well as for Parkinson's disease! It is also supposed to be helpful to improve sleep. These type of red lights are installed inside a helmet type device and are warn for specific amounts of time each use.

They're a bit more expensive than the handheld unit shown in your article though at about double the price and higher.


Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by ORH (TEN MILE ) on 10/21/2020

HI U OLE PATOOTS, ORH here, this light thing has taken over by storm. I only know about FIR ( FAR INFARA RED) AND NIR ( NEAR INFRA RED). I use both in my sauna. This Red Light thing is new to me. D says it will make the old young again, so this caught my interest.

So who will step up and explain the difference. I understand FIR AND NIR, but not red light. I got a feeling if they cannot say what wave length it is.......then it is a scam, because that is the way light is measured. D flushed me on my last post. Maybe I'll get through this time. I think both Bill and Art can explain this. But I know this for fact....... do not mix up Red light with FIR and NIR. They are two different health things. Red light maybe the best thing since sliced bread, but I doubt it.


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Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 10/22/2020

Hi Phillip,

I just tested my new red light led therapy lamp, which I bought on Amazon, with a GaussMaster (AC Magnetic Field Meter) and it gave off absolutely NO EMFs . Can you explain what you mean by negative radiations? Thanks.

My device is has a number of small LED banks, by the way, and not a single bulb.

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Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 04/24/2022

Hi Deirdre,

An Electrical Engineer is here.

1) I do not know what Philip meant by "negative radiation".

2) There is no "negative radiation"; you either radiate, or you don't.

3) "Negative radiation" could be a scenario where you receive energy that is radiated in your direction.

4) These diodes *emit* light. No, we do not say they "radiate" light.

5) I think he was talking about one of the *negative* side effects of ordinary, common LEDs, I.e. the ones that are made and sold for the express purpose of replacing incandescent light bulbs.

6) I think he was talking about the "blue light hazard" (BLH). The issue with those ordinary, common LEDs is that the light spectrum they emit is different from that of the incandescent light bulbs. In other words, these ordinary LEDs emit way too much blue light. Or, to put it differently, as compared to the incandescent light bulb, the light emitted by these ordinary, common LEDs is more intense in the blue and violet end of the visible light spectrum.

7) The LEDs with the BLH tend to have a *negative* effect our circadian rhythms. The issue is, it is the blue light that controls our sleep cycles, therefore the correct exposure would be important for the maintenance of our circadian rhythms.

8) Due to this BLH, people also tend to complain of blood-shot eyes and headaches after continuous exposure to these ordinary, common LEDs. Additionally there is talk about cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, retinal changes, if there is high exposure, for even short periods of time.

However, 9) We should not generalize. LEDs are produced in a variety of shapes and sizes. Their manufacture is also based on many-many different technologies. Therefore it would be a mistake to assume that all LEDs are the same. Example: just because the ordinary, common replacement LED bulbs come with the blue light hazard, it would be a mistake to assume that, for example, the so called "red light LEDs" also emit blue light, and or they also come with the blue light hazard. No, they don't.

I hope this will help someone!

Recommended Brands
Posted by Frances (Cabarlah, Qld., Australia) on 10/18/2020
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I would like to mention a supplier in the UK, The Red Light Man. He was disappointed with what was available on the market at the time, so learned all he could and developed his own. Not the cheapest.

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Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 04/24/2022

Hi Janet,

> Where could I purchase an incandescent light with a red filter?

I do not and cannot speak for Philip... however I believe, in effect, his message was... there is nothing to buy... as you might already own an incandescent light bulb... and maybe a red plastic sheet, too, that can be used as a red filter.

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Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 04/24/2022

Hi Kim,

> Would anyone know why this was?

Because your salon wanted to save money, too, so they replaced their incandescent light bulbs with ordinary, common LEDs that are made and sold for the express purpose of replacing incandescent light bulbs. And these ordinary, common LEDs come with the blue light hazard. And the high intensity blue light gives you dry eyes.

Red Light Therapy Vs. Sun Gazing
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 10/20/2020 401 posts

Would Sungazing with eyes closed be like red light therapy?

I wonder if this accounts for the difference between sungazing and sungazing with your eyes closed - which is quite different and very red, in my experience.

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Posted by Kim (Liverpool, UK ) on 10/19/2020
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I was visited a salon that uses a dermalux red light machine, which are very expensive pieces....While it gave me great skin and definitely works in the collagen. However, I got dry eyes every time so stopped using it. That was even wearing goggles and covering my eyes with a flannel!

Would anyone know why this was?

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Posted by Janet (Tenn) on 10/21/2020

Where could I purchase an incandescent light with a red filter? Thanks so much for your response.

Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by Christopher (Il) on 10/20/2020

Hi! That's great to hear it has helped with congestion! Can you share which model by Phillips? As you mentioned others are coated with fluoride. Thanks!

Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by David (AK) on 10/18/2020

Can you use normal infra-red bulbs like you would find in bathrooms? Which ones specifically? What is the difference between Near-infra red and Far-infra red?

Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by Margaret (TN) on 10/19/2020

I turned my extra shower into nir sauna and I uses therabulbs. Don't know if I am allowed to use a link here but you can find them in search.

Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by Margaret (Tn) on 10/20/2020


Therabulb is a near infrared bulb. I was using Philips 250 watts before I switched to the therabulb. What is MgCl?

EC: MgCl = Magnesium Chloride

Red Light Therapy Vs. Infrared Therapy
Posted by Annette (New York) on 01/12/2023

Hello, Can you tell me what type of lamp you used? I am unable to find one that can withstand the 250W bulb. Thank you in advance

Recommended Brands
Posted by Maria Arroyo (FL) on 10/19/2020

What is your brand and when can I get more info?

Recommended Brands
Posted by Molly G (Texas) on 10/20/2020 6 posts

The Red Light Man and his products are found at https://redlightman.com.