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    With clarification from Dr. Crouch on the past controversy, is it time to make the move from bickering about LED's to putting more effort into their benefits? I know its been harmful to many of you, but for the benefit of the group you may have to let it go and be the bigger person now.

    I will own up and say that while I am a supportor of what *some* of Nase has said, I now admit that he can be very destructive to a group. Now its up to us to move on and carve our own path and get out of harms way. I could care less about all the arguing, everyone here just wants results!!!

    I personally have taken a chance on them, but only because the arguing had stopped and we started become more constructive about them. More people are showing interest now and my opinion is we should be focusing on results!

    Soooooo....I am excited about the possibility of using LED's (although still skeptical). Lets get more and more people reporting results. Lets work towards progression now. Just my opinion.

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    I will also say, I started yesterday using the all red unit from acne lamp. I am doing the right side of my face only so that I have a comparison. I just finished IPL and was going to wait, but I have become eager.

    My belief is more of us should try this approach (one side only). You cant do this with meds, not very realistic for IPL. I have done this with topicals to get a better gage. Your skin changes with many things, environment, stress, food, etc. You can *think* its doing better or worse, but unless you have something to compare to then you really dont know.

    I will be reporting my results in the coming months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozer2k
    With clarification from Dr. Crouch on the past controversy, is it time to make the move from bickering about LED's to putting more effort into their benefits? I know its been harmful to many of you, but for the benefit of the group you may have to let it go and be the bigger person now.
    I appreciate Dr. Crouch taking the time to clarify and I thank Jen for asking him to.

    As a vocal poster on things past and distracting, I have taken a pause to reevaluate my priorities and energies. I look forward to posting on my experiences with LED, and will focus on healing discussions.

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    This site is geared to veterinarians, as they have been using this since the early 70s. Anyone interested in LLLT should read articles regarding this usage, this is akin to animals 'trials' and has the most information. It also references human studies.

    http://www.emersonww.com/LaserFAQs.htm

    An excerpt:

    Q. Are there any negative effects from LLLT?

    A. In all the years that low level lasers have been tested in research and clinical applications, no adverse side effects or negative impacts have been reported. This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies lasers like the Respond Laser Therapy Systems as “Non-Significant Risk” devices, requiring a minimum of safety precautions. The only precaution is that which discourages direct viewing of the laser beam. Care should be exercised not to stare into the laser beam or to point it at the eyes, and the use of safety glasses is recommended.

    Q. How long have low level lasers been used for therapy?

    A. Low level lasers have been used by doctors in hospitals and clinics in Europe on both humans and animals since the early 1970’s. In fact, the first studies reporting positive effects of laser on wound healing in rats were reported by the Hungarian researcher Andre Mester as early as 1968. In the United States, therapeutic lasers have been used by veterinarians since the late 1970’s. Just recently the U.S. FDA has given marketing approval to laser therapy devices for human use, beginning the trend to widespread use of LLLT in the United States.

    Q. In simple terms, what does LLLT do?

    A. A huge amount of research data has been collected on the effects of laser therapy (over 2000 double-blind studies) both in laboratory and clinical settings. The following excerpts demonstrate some of the most significant results: (Check the bibliography if you would like to do some in-depth reading.)

    1. Wound healing is significantly improved by low level laser therapy, even non-healing wounds, thought to be due to the increased level of collagen brought about by laser treatment. Collagen, the chief constituent of connective tissue, is recognized as the most important ingredient in wound healing. See Dr. Andre F. Mester and Dr. Adam Mester, LLLT and Wound Healing, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 1989.

    2. Increases in blood flow by means of capillary and arterial widening of the lumen of blood vessels, vasodilatation. See Dr. Toshiaki Kami, Effects of Low Power Diode Lasers, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 1985. (Dr. Kami’s work also showed that the laser light significantly increased the formation of new capillary paths in treated areas, which resulted in increased circulation.)

    3. Marked improvement in re-establishment of the lymphatic system after trauma, resulting in reduction of swelling. This is due to the evacuation of dirty proteins by the regenerated lymphatic vessels. (See Dr. P.C. Lieven, The Influence of Laser on the Lymphatic Systems, Presented at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Eight Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas 4/25-4/28, 1988)

    4. Laser light stimulates release of the body’s own killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins Facilitating natural, long lasting pain relief. Dr. Wolfgang Rauermeister, Director of Pain Control Center at Parkwood Hospital, Massachusetts, USA has provided the best explanation of these pain reduction capabilities:
    “The laser light stimulates the release of the body’s own pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins from the brain, adrenal glands, and other areas, thus facilitating long lasting pain relief.”

    Low level laser therapy is an effective therapy, working in harmony with the body’s own healing and relieving mechanisms. There are no harmful side effects reported from laser therapy.

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