Everyone should follow this story as the benefits compared to the risks are huge.
Anyone get alzheimers,including the rich and famous.
Infra red light as shown in the helmet is not that difficult to reproduce and the device could no doubt be adapted to fit under a hat or cap easily
after all infra red light diodes are very cheap.
The only thing we don't know is what wavelength the light and what the intensity is or how many infra red light diodes are used.
The picture shows what looks like heats sinks as over a CPU with fan indicating that the infra red light diodes must be operating at high intensities
to penetrate the skull and hence need to be cooled.
Could someone PLEASE post the picture on this page so that everyone can see the helmet as the url address may change.
I have saved the web page on to my hard drive.
If this can be shown to work then I wonder if it would heal brain stroke victims.
Think about it.
I am very upset that my mother whom I love dearly suffered a hemorrhagic basal ganglia stroke on monday night and is in hospital.
She has full movement and is on a drip but spends all day sleeping or partially sleeping and will not speak although can say words.She has not eaten
anything since and I am worried.
An experimental helmet which scientists say could reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease within weeks of being used is to be tried out on
The strange-looking headgear - which has to be worn for ten minutes every day - bathes the brain with infra-red light and stimulates the growth of
Its creators believe it could reverse the symptoms of dementia - such as memory loss and anxiety - after only four weeks.
Alzheimer's disease charities last night described the treatment as "potentially life- changing" - but stressed that the research was still at the
very early stages.
round 700,000 Britons have dementia, with around 500,000 suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
The helmet is the creation of Dr Gordon Dougal, a director of Virulite, a medical research company based in County Durham.
It follows a study at the University of Sunderland which found infra-red light can reverse memory loss in mice.
Dr Dougal claims that only ten minutes under the hat a day is enough to have an effect.
"Currently all you can do with dementia is to slow down the rate of decay - this new process will not only stop that rate of decay but partially
reverse it," he said.
Low level infra-red red is thought to stimulate the growth of cells of all types of tissue and encourage their repair. It is able to penetrate the
skin and even get through the skull.
"The implications of this research at Sunderland are enormous - so much so that in the future we could be able to affect and change the rate at which
our bodies age," he said.
"We age because our cells lose the desire to regenerate and repair themselves. This ultimately results in cell death and decline of the organ
functions - for the brain resulting in memory decay and deterioration in general intellectual performance.
"But what if there was a technology that told the cells to repair themselves and that technology was something as simple as a specific wavelength of
The study at Sunderland found that exposing middle-aged mice to infrared light for six minutes a day for ten days improved their performance in a
three-dimensional maze. In the human trials, due to start this summer, the scientists will use levels of infra-red that occur naturally in
Neuroscientist Paul Chazot, who helped carry out the research, said: "The results are completely new - this has never been looked at before."
An Alzheimer's Society spokesman said: "A treatment that reverses the effects of dementia rather than just temporarily halting its symptoms could
change the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people. We look forward to further research to determine whether this technique could help improve
cognition in humans."
[edit on 25-1-2008 by esecallum]