NovoTHOR testimonial: Julie Fuhrman

Julie Fuhrman“I am in my early fifties, and suffer from joint and muscle pain caused from multiple injuries, physical work, as well as nerve damage pain in my leg and foot (sprains, broken bones, surgeries). The pain had caused so much discomfort that I had gone from living an active lifestyle to sitting with heat, ice and medication to deal with the discomfort. As a result from the pain and lack of mobility I had gained 30 pounds, and felt hopeless to feel better.

I met Steve at Complete Health and Wellness, as a friend had recommended Cryotherapy. Steve talked to me about my issues and highly recommended I try the NovoTHOR pod. He laid out a treatment plan of 2-3 session per week for 4-6 weeks. He promised results that I thought were unrealistic.

I began the NovoTHOR sessions as recommended, and before I was halfway through the treatment plan I experienced dramatic results. I felt so much better, with a change in attitude as the discomfort started to dissipate. I began walking more and the desire to sit and eat went away with the pain and discomfort.

After 6 sessions I had lost 1 inch in my thigh, 1/4 inch in my knee, and 1/2 inch in my calve and to top it off I had lost pounds!

Upon completion of my NovoTHOR sessions I lost 10 inches overall, 22 pounds, and I am pain free with no discomfort from neuropathy. I am back in the gym and I have my life back as a result of the “Magic Bed”. Thank you NovoTHOR!!”

Julie Fuhrman

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Course Testimonial: Dr Minnie Freudenthal

Dr Minnie Freudenthal“As Jane O’Connor, Osteopath in Leamington Spa, said: If there’s someone who knows everything about laser therapy it’s James! I found the course useful to understand the principles of laser therapy. It also gave me a wide perspective of actual and future applications of laser. Of course there will still be a lot to learn as I start using this technology in my patients. James is a lively speaker.”

Dr Minnie Freudenthal
Medical Doctor
Lisbon, Portugal

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LLLT / Photobiomodulation cures acute thrombocytopenia in mice

Zhang et al showed that whole body 810nm laser 100mW/cm2, 30J/cm2 cures acute thrombocytopenia in mice.

Thrombocytopenia is a common hematologic disorder that is managed primarily by platelet transfusions. They showed that noninvasive whole-body illumination cures acute thrombocytopenia triggered by g-irradiation within 2 weeks in mice, as opposed to a 5-week recovery time required in controls.

The low-level laser (LLL) also greatly accelerated platelet regeneration in the presence of anti-CD41 antibody that binds and depletes platelets, and prevented a severe drop in platelet count caused by a common chemo-therapeutic drug.

They conclude: this safe, drug-free, donor-independent modality represents a paradigm shift in the prophylaxis and treatment of thrombocytopenia.

Full abstract and paper here

As you know we are investigating the many possible benefits of whole body treatment PBM with our NovoTHOR light pod

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Meagan.W – Dallas, TX, USA

National Level WeightlifterMeagan is a National Level Weightlifter who competes frequently. See her story and experience below after sessions on the NovoTHOR whole-body light pod. PR stands for Personal Record.

Wednesday 3/16:
Muscle Snatch Triple off a riser: PR working weight at 42 kg… Up 5 kilos from last week where I could only hit 37kg for working weight.

Thursday 3/17:
My 3/6 front squat/back squat combo I added 3 kilos from the previous Thursday- which is the most working I’ve ever done for this exercise at 91kg.

THEN I went on to do several reps of cleans and hit a 95kg Clean PR (9 kilos more than I did last week- heaviest clean I hit last week was 86kg.) This was halfway through my workout after doing a total of 117 reps. In Weightlifting a lot of volume can make your body feel tired & wrecked, so there was no explanation for why I was able to hit a PR on this exercise when my legs were fried.

Saturday 3/19: I hit a 3 kilo PR on my Power Clean & Jerk at 83kg

Sunday 3/20:
I added 2 kilos to my snatch triples from the blocks (59kg) from last week where I could only do 57kg.

I also did the most working weight I’ve ever done for Clean & Jerk Doubles at 83kg.

Monday 3/21:
Sumo Deadlift triple: 127kg PR (up 5 kilos from last Monday 3/14 I only could hit 122kg for 3)

Snatch Deadlift 5 rep: PR working weight for 5 at 91kg (2 kilos more than last Monday.)

Push Press+Push Jerk + Split Jerk Complex: 75kg (up 2kg from last Monday’s workout)

This part of my training cycle has been very strength intensive, so for me to even be coming close to hitting PRs is a huge deal. My body should be more fatigued and worn down from the strength work, but I actually feel recovered and fresh.

This is all thanks to the NovoTHOR light pod.

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Literature watch update: End 2014

130 new LLLT papers for you including a systematic review on shoulder tendinopathies, a lovely article review in an orthopaedics journal by Howard Cotler, four systematic reviews on orthodontic tooth movement, a trial showing LEDs improve sperm motility, another systematic review on oral mucositis and much more.

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BMJ snubs LLLT for neck pain again, but gives drugs with no evidence a pass

As reported here in 2013 there are no licensed drugs for non-specific neck pain because “there isn’t much specific research that shows drugs help neck pain”. For LLLT/PBM however, there are at least 16 (mostly positive) RCTs and a positive systematic review  published in The Lancet. Despite this unequivocal evidence, the 2014 revised patient advice leaflet from the BMJ fails to mention LLLT/PBM but states “your doctor may recommend one or more of the following” and goes on to list pain killers, NSAIDs, antidepressants and muscle relaxants”.

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Pubmed to adopt “Photobiomodulation Therapy” as a MeSH term

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) plans to adopt “Photobiomodulation Therapy” (PBMT) as an official MeSH term in November 2015.

Why this is important?

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THOR LLLT presentation at United Nations – Global Health Impact Forum

This 15 minute video starts with an overview of Photobiomodulation and low level light therapy. Later in the presentation James introduces the Lumithera treatment for Dry Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

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Transcranial LLLT for Chronic mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The VA, Boston University and Harvard Medical School published the results of a Transcranial LLLT (LED) pilot study on mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Incredibly; TBI is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI, 50,000 people die as a consequence, 230,000 are hospitalized and an estimated 5.3 million currently live with a permanent TBI-related disability (because there is no cure). This study showed significant improvement in Executive Function, Verbal Learning, Long Delay Free Recall and fewer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Participants and family reported better ability to perform social, interpersonal, and occupational functions. This was a small pilot study on just eleven patients with chronic mTBI, there was no placebo control group so further studies are necessary to truly establish the effect size.

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More Class IV laser therapy misinformation

More Class IV laser therapy misinformationThe paper “High-intensity versus low-level laser therapy in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial” Kheshie et al 2014 pitches the 3B BTL laser against the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser. The results appear to show that the HIRO class IV “High intensity laser” was more effective than the “Low Level Laser”. HOWEVER, the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser was delivered over a large area (not adequately defined but approx 100cm2 by my estimation) so the intensity was actually very low (about 13mW/cm2 which is less than most LED systems), and the 3B BTL “Low Level Laser” was actually very high (4 x 200mW small, high intensity beams) and were held stationary on the patella for over half an hour, YES, HALF AN HOUR IN ONE SPOT! This is insane.

This paper leads people to think that the class IV Hiro laser was more effective because it was higher intensity when in fact the beam distribution meant the average intensity distribution was low (13mW/cm2). The 3B laser was not so effective because it was held stationary such that it would cause an overdose. If the 3B laser treatment had been delivered in using same scanning technique as the class IV then they would likely have achieved the same result. (I am not a fan of scanning because you can never be sure how much energy you have delivered to an area, better to use a low intensity device and hold it still in my view).

This paper misdirects the reader towards favouring class IV lasers rather than 3b or LED by misinforming the reader.

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Low Level Laser (LLLT) “regenerates teeth”

Low level laser regenerates teeth TV, radio and newspapers all over the world got very excited last week reporting that “laser regenerates teeth” following a Harvard study. The study showed that LLLT stimulates the stem cells resident in the tooth pulp to form dentin (for details click below). This is the highest profile announcement for any LLLT paper ever and will add significant awareness and credibility for everyone in the field. Congratulations and huge thanks to the author Dr Praveen Arany B.D.S., M.D.S., M.M.Sc., Ph.D. who is now a Clinical Investigator at NIH.

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Class IV laser dose concern. An update from Prof. Jan Bjordal. World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT)

The title of last months PMLS editorial was Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) Dosage Recommendations. Written by the Scientific Secretary Prof. Jan Bjordal. He describes how far we have come and the importance of the WALT dosage recommendations. No abstract is available for editorials so I have prepared one for you below. Continue reading

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Class IV laser treatments take longer than 3B lasers

A paper titled ”The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Class IV (10 W) Laser Treatment for Epicondylitis” [ref] showed that 10 Watt Class IV laser (mixed 8W 970nm, 2W 810) was successful in reducing pain and improving function in an RCT with 15 patients, and that there was good statistical significance at 6 months following a course of 6 treatments.

The claim by class IV laser manufacturers is that class IV lasers are better (faster, deeper and more effective) than Class 3b and LED systems. Conversely the 3B laser and LED manufacturers argue that less power density is more effective because delivering energy too quickly can overdose tissues and class IV lasers might burn the skin.

Throughout this paper there are marketing messages claiming the advantages  of shorter treatment times than low power LLLT systems and of course the title shouts “10 Watt Class IV laser” just in case the reader is in any doubt that more power is what you need.

Regular readers of this column know my obsession with irradiation parameters, particularly dose rate effects (W/cm2) and will not be surprised to learn that I deconstruced the irradiation parameters used in this trial . Surprise, surprise they were the same low irradiance levels typically used by 3B lasers and LED systems, if not less and the treatment time was longer too.

Yes, it was a 10 Watt laser and yes, 3,000 joules was delivered, however it had a  large beam area and treatment was delivered over (45cm2) in a “painting fashion”. The fluence (dose) was 6.6 Joules/cm2 and the power density was a tiny 22mW/cm2, consequently  treatment time was a hefty 5 mins.

The average irradiance was not disclosed in the paper and the reader is directed to think that more power is quicker.

P.S.  research trials with 3B lasers are typically 30 seconds to 3 mins and our recommended treatment is 1 min with a large LED cluster to the lateral epicondyle and 30 seconds for any related trigger points.

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New video interview. Very good I think. Ron is articulate and a straight down the middle guy.

It would be nice if human hospitals could give the LLLT attention Ron gives his animal patients.

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THOR at Harvard MIT

David Sengeh has been developing powered limbs at MIT for amputees (like the bionic man). Where the powered limb attaches to the body (the stump of the original leg) it gets very sore. David has been using our standard THOR products to heal the stump and reduce pain. It works very well, though it takes a lot of time to treat the whole area. I am in Boston now to help David start clinical trials with a new device we designed that will treat the whole stump. The amputee puts the the leg stump into the LED treatment cylinder and gets a complete treatment in just one minute :-)


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The THOR LLLT Treatment Library

Available only to people who have attended a THOR training course in the last 3 years. All treatments are based on our four step method which includes treatment of the injury, trigger points, lymphatics and nerve roots.

Take a look to see how it works and let us know what you think.

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Renee Grandieri, MS, APRN

Renee Grandieri, MS, APRN“As a medical professional for over 25 years, I initially had some skepticism about “The NovoThor pod“. I have a severe case of psoriasis that affects my skin and joints. Winter is the worse time of year for me, so I tried the NovoThor pod. After 3 treatments there was significant improvement, by the sixth treatment my arms were totally clear. IT WORKS!

The staff at Complete Health and Wellness are pleasant, professional and understanding, Steve is the greatest.
In my private practice I now refer to Complete Health & Wellness for various conditions (PTSD, Fibromyalgia, baldness, any inflammatory issues, and did I mention I lost a few pounds as a side effect!) I strongly suggest you try Complete Health & Wellness.”

Renee Grandieri MS, APRN
Chief Operating Officer
Partida-Corona Medical Center

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NovoTHOR testimonial update: Ann Busby

Ann Busby“When I first started with the NovoThor around a year ago, I had fibromyalgia pain (all over), arthritis pain (all over, particularly in the Lumbar section of the low back), and was fatigued so bad that I spent most of the day in bed. I was not interested, nor was I able, to do anything.

Of course, living that way brought depression big time. I wasn’t as bad as some, but worse than others. At first, I noticed that my feet weren’t hurting as much as usual. I mentioned this to Valerie, who said she’d noticed the same, and was able to wear her heels without the usual discomfort (yeah!).

Next I noticed that I was starting to get my energy back. Nothing like wanting to do cartwheels, but able to go to the movies with my friend, and do things with Bob, my husband. The increase in energy has become significant. I want to walk again (not from here to the car, but take walks). I want to do more-I just can’t believe my bed lies vacant, awaiting me, and I have no interest in being there!

My overall pain has decreased fairly significantly. My back is still a mess, but other joints don’t bother me as much as they did months ago. I’m still taking pain pills, but not as many-and that’s significant for me.

But it’s the energy return that’s so exciting! People who haven’t seen me in a while say I look great, that I’m smiling, my eyes are sparkling, I’m walking less stiffly. I feel overall hugely better, have lost 20 pounds, and it’s showing on the outside! The Rays of Hope have actually been the Rays of Miracles for me.

I’m willing to give up 2 afternoons a week to go wherever the bed is. I need it-almost like a drug. But of course, it’s all good; there is not one negative return here. I’ve never been as excited about alternative therapy as I am now.

When I first met Valerie over 3 years ago, she’d come to our Fibromyalgia Support Group to tell us about her hand-held low level light therapy she was selling. Since I hurt too much in too many places, I couldn’t see spending that much money on something I had to hold over place that hurt. Somehow I knew that this technology would explode and start offering healing to all of us with visible and invisible illnesses. And I believe it is – it will be the next healing wave.

When she called me with great excitement over the bed, I was one of her first clients. My husband, Bob, has been going as well. Although he’s not showing the overall change I’m experiencing, he does look better. He’s able to do more than before Rays. We are converts absolutely! We wish we had that kind of money lying around to invest in the bed!

Thank you, Valerie for giving me my life back! I don’t know how to repay this special gift! You are a very special person to work so hard to help others with this technology. It has meant the world to me!”

Love, Ann Busby
Leader The Villages Fibromyalgia Support Group

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Testimonial: Christine Degenhardt, LMT, BBA

Christine Degenhardt, LMT, BBAHi Valerie,

Yesterday I went to a client’s home to give her a massage. She’s been a regular semi-weekly patient of mine since approximately 2004 and has become active in trying many new health modalities including yoga. She has been doing stretches for the past several years because she has had a restriction in her right thigh which would not allow her to get into a full Lotus position ever. I’ve tried massaging it free many times without success in the past.

This was her desire as far as what she hoped THOR could finally do for her. Since there is no such protocol for this issue, I was in a position to experiment a bit. With her in the stretch position (pulling bent knee to chest with foot crossed over to other knee) where she encountered the restriction, I had her point at the spot where it felt tight. I placed the 1 Watt laser on 2.5 on the spot and within 30 seconds she smiled and said “It’s weird, but the restriction just moved to another spot.” I placed the 1 W on the spot she indicated and again within 30 seconds she said it moved again. I moved to that spot and as it melted away her knee was now flat against her chest and she had FULL range in her right hip.

It was a total WOW moment and she said “It’s amazing how much you can feel it helping when you really have an issue!” Brad was so excited to hear this when I got home last night that he asked me to write a testimony of the experience to you. I love our THOR.

Massage Therapist

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Course Testimonial: Dr. Frank Pourrat

Dr. Frank Pourrat“Really a good learning course about Photobiomodulation. If possible, every orthodontist should attend this course. I recommended it!”

Dr. Frank Pourrat
Bordeaux, France

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Testimonial: Mrs. Clare Coxall

Pain relief with Photobiomodulation“I came with a completely open mind because I have been living with a lot of pain since I was 16. I am now 85 years old. I was in an accident which resulted in undiagnosed spinal issues which resulted in living with many discs out of alignment, deterioration, and constant pain. The most recent pain has been in my left shoulder; the muscles were trying to do something they were ill-equipped to do. The pain there has been constant and acute for more than 2 years.

So, when my brother suggested I try Josh’s Thor Laser therapy, I thought, ‘I have nothing to lose’. By the end of the session, I was out of pain, and even the next day, and even coming back to England and moving things and doing things I shouldn’t do. Still no pain 10 days later! I can feel it just starting to niggle back, so I am searching for someone to be able to give me the same treatment here. Then there was the shooting pain across my lower abdomen that I’d been dealing with as a consequence of an infection that I am fighting with antibiotics. By the end of the treatment, that pain had also disappeared and has not returned. Then there were my swollen legs and ankles, something that had never happened to me before, that happened as a result of my trans-Atlantic flight. I was so concerned about it. Again, the swelling went down the next day. I did a 10-hour trip the next day coming home and the swelling has not returned. That was the most amazing thing! All that in only one treatment!

I’ve been there, tried so many things over the years to get out of pain, and this is the most successful thing I’ve ever tried!”
Mrs. Clare Coxall
Somerset, UK

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Course Testimonial: Boris Golembo

Boris Golembo, Osteopath, N.D.“I attended the course for the second time, and it was very useful. Excellent presentation and clarification of many clinically important matters, review of latest research and applications, practical suggestions and more. I highly recommend attending the course at least once if you are going to use LLL therapy in your practice.”

Boris Golembo
Osteopath, N.D.
Victoria, Australia

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