One who has singularly impressed me with great research and tenacity of scholarship over decades is Dr. Michael Hamblin Ph.D., Photodynamic Therapy researcher, Harvard Medical School. Mankind…if we can still use that perhaps politically insensitive word!…will thank this academic, originating my neck of woods…Great Britain! He is typical, apparently absentminded associate professor of dermatology…but there is nothing absent in his precise train of thought! We are perhaps disastrously misinformed, and under informed, about Photobiomodulation therapy. Hamblin also principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He understands Ideal Wavelength For Photodynamic Therapy! Reason I pay attention!
From him we learn salient facts: Infrared therapy part of photobiomodulation, that includes light from all wavelengths: visible and spectral, ultraviolet, blue, green, red and into near, mid, and far-infrared wavelengths. Near infra-red starts at 750 nanometers (nm), and goes to 1,200 nm. Near- infrared in lower range has good body penetration and beneficial. Some biological benefit from far infrared…often found in saunas or heat lamps…pertinent to ‘effects’ on biology and properties of structured water, seems affect positively our ion pathways.
BUT red and near infrared really interests me and Ideal Wavelength For Photodynamic Therapy!
Wavelengths target the COO, or cytochrome c oxidase in our mitochondria. Hamblin believes COO fueled by both food and sunlight. Light therefore helps cells optimize use of food, also seems to combine and optimize well with modest amounts of exercise! This is good news for seniors using photomodulation to arrest Alzheimer’s. Absence natural light exposure…therapeutic light answer. Northern Sunlight Health Disaster article explains! Hamblin: “…optimal wavelength for stimulating COO lies in two regions, red at 630 to 660 nm, and near-infrared at 810 to 830 nm. Multiple studies have also failed to detect a difference between red light (660 nm) and near-infrared (810, 830) and the mid-600s and all of the wavelengths in the low 800s appear to have the same biological impact…” This means red light at 630-660 nm will provide the same mitochondrial benefits as the near-infrared range of 810 to 830 nm. Curiously enough, 730 nm does virtually nothing. Hamblin theory…is that the absorption spectrum of COO has two peaks: one in the mid-600s and one at around 800…Ideal Wavelength For Photodynamic Therapy!