Course Testimonial: Gloria E. Monzon, R.D.H.

Gloria E. Monzon, R.D.H.“With over 25 years in dental laser training, I have attended many courses on PBMT. As I see it, James Carroll is the premier presenter in this industry. He not only provides excellent education, but also does the tough ground work to document the science and clinical studies to support his curriculum. He has partnered with many diverse fields of the health industry to implement the light as a healing instrument. Exploring the versatility of photobiomodulation is exciting and the results are incredible.

This was my fifth opportunity to attend James Carroll’s presentation, and I will continue to attend and learn. Mark and Jennifer are also extremely knowledgeable and provide invaluable support.

Thank you so much for the amazing course.

Gloria E. Monzon
Registered Dental Hygienist
San Jose, California”

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Maryellen Ammons

Maryellen Ammons: Owner, Infinity Healing“I recently opened a wellness center geared toward athletes and toward supporting people with lyme disease/chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia. I was very intrigued by the NovoTHOR bed because I understand the basic science of Near Infrared/Red UV Light and because my lyme was successfully treated with a similar IV therapy. I also knew that this was a cutting edge technology that could really help people at the mitochondria level and it would help them increase their energy levels.

I was debating about buying the bed because it is more expensive than other therapies, however I am extremely glad that I decided to make the investment.

I have only been open for a month and a half and people are seeing and experiencing real results. They report increased energy levels, better sleep, clearer thinking and even better hormonal patterns. I had to add a 220v plug, but that was the extent of the facility change. It runs on minimal electricity and requires little to no manual labor to use.

We start people slowly and work them up to the right amount for them. The fact that it requires little manual labor to run allows me the time to talk to and work with the client so they get the maximum results possible. That’s true healing.

The NovoTHOR bed has also been one of the cornerstone therapies from a revenue perspective. We were able to cover our operating costs and start to pay back the equipment in the first month through this and a few other therapies.

Lastly, the backend support from NovoTHOR has been outstanding. They have always made themselves available for questions and have provided excellent, quality information on the use of the bed.

I would definitely buy from NovoTHOR again.

Maryellen Ammons
Owner, Infinity Healing
Lusby, Maryland, USA”

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LumiThera Named Most Innovative And Promising Medtech & E-Health Company At Biovision 2017

The LT-300 LED ophthalmologic instrument station provides a multi-wavelength approach to treating ocular disease.LumiThera® Inc., a clinical stage medical device company focused on delivering non-invasive photobiomodulation (PBM) therapies for ocular disorders and disease, today announced it has been awarded the prestigious “MOST INNOVATIVE AND PROMISING MEDTECH & E-HEALTH COMPANY” during Biovision 2017 in Lyon, France.

This is great news for patients suffering from dry AMD who have no other treatment alternatives!

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LumiThera Named Most Innovative And Promising Medtech & E-Health Company At Biovision 2017

Disclosure: I am an investor in Lumithera a) because it successfully treats an unmet medical need, (dry AMD) b) I think it will be the first billion dollar photobiomodulation company.

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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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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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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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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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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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Shepherd University has introduced Photobiomodulation to their advanced practice nurses and faculty members

Dr. Robert Bowen, left, describes PBM therapy while James Carroll, founder and CEO of THOR Photomedicine demonstrates how the therapy works on Barbara Sherman’s neck during an interactive training course Wednesday, at Shepherd University.

Shepherd University in partnership with the Photobiomodulation Therapy Foundation, announced its new health education initiative Wednesday during a day-long workshop, which introduced PBM, or photobiomodulation, to Shepherd’s advanced practice nurses and faculty members. It is considered the first step in bringing the application of light-based treatments into the nursing curriculum.

“PBM is important to West Virginians,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey, acting dean for and chair of the Department of Nursing Education, in a press release. “Our state leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. PBM’s effectiveness in treating pain can create a viable alternative treatment that will help reduce dependence on addictive and dangerous medications.”

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THOR in the news at Shepherd University

Shepherd University announces new strategic health education initiative.

Shepherd University and the PBM Foundation will tackle healing in a different way, by bringing the science and application of light-based treatments into their curriculum.

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Course Testimonial: Dimitris Strakas D.D.S., MSc., PhD

Dimitris Strakas D.D.S., MSc., PhD“A big applause to all THOR team for their professionalism, work and commitment in the field of Laser Therapy. All professionals wishing to become part of the LLLT world should see this training as a mandatory first step. Thank you.”

Dimitris Strakas
Thessaloniki, Greece

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Course Testimonial: Elaine Cooper

Elaine Cooper“FANTASTIC day. James is a great presenter, and this kit is just amazing. Non invasive, no drugs needed, it can help with so many things, it is just brilliant. We have also just enrolled our first trial patient here at Southampton into the LITEFORM trial, so we will be starting treatment very shortly, exciting times.

Thank you again for a great day. I learned so much about what these machines are capable of, I hope you sells millions!! We just need the NHS to wake up now, and realise this could save them thousands!!
Best wishes and Happy new year.”

Elaine Cooper
Radiotherapy Clinical Trials Assistant
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Tremona Road, Southampton

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Chris Cooksey

To whom it may concern:

Chris CookseyI am a 42 year old former professional Motocross racer, I have suffered a laundry list of injuries throughout my career (over 20 surgeries, a toe amputation and a knee due for knee replacement). I would list all my injuries, but I don’t want to write a 3000 word document. I have struggled with opiates in the past as they allow temporary relief but have side effects and a potential for addiction. Opiates as a long term solution seems like death sentence. Unfortunately most doctors don’t consider alternative treatments rather than pills and surgery. I have searched for relief from my chronic arthritis without using pain pills and their horrendous side effects. Some treatments offer minor benefits, but most just offer a placebo effect at a high price.

Chris Cooksey - former professional Motocross racerAfter hearing Tony Robbins mention the pain relief and healing aspects of the Novothor Light bed I researched a location in Henderson, NV. This led me to Complete Health and Wellness, from my first visit Steve and his crew have given me thorough explanations and realistic expectations. My expectations have greatly exceeded what I could have imagined. My body feels like I am 25 again, in addition I have lost body fat and seem to be in a better mood. I am so grateful that Complete Health and Wellness offers this treatment and I will share my experience with my fellow Motorcycle racers. Opiate addiction among Motorcycle Racers is at epidemic level and this alternative could save lives. It might seem excessive to say this will save lives, but anything that gives chronic pain sufferers relief without drugs will save lives.


Chris Cooksey

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Susan Brooks RN,BSN,MS,MS,APRN

Susan Brooks RN,BSN,MS,MS,APRNI was asked to write about my experience with the Thor Light Bed as a recent user. When I was first treated with the system, I must admit I was somewhat skeptical. I was walking with a cane and the damage to the right knee was so bad that my very conservative orthopedic surgeon agreed to place an artificial knee whenever I completed the pre-surgery testing. As is often the case, it would take a few months to complete the tests and schedule the surgery. Over the last couple of years, cortisone and other injections had been tried and although some improvement was noted, it was short-lived and not totally effective.

Through a chance encounter I met Steve at Complete Health and Wellness and agreed to try the Thor light bed. Initially I did notice that I was more comfortable and the time under the light was very restful and refreshing.

After 1 treatment, the knee started to improve I was able to get around without the cane. Interestingly, I did lose some weight in the process, I noticed my skin was clearer and in general I felt better as did the knee.
Because the Thor Light Bed has become a regular part of my weekly activities I totally endorse its use for anyone who has joint pain.

I have extensive experience in the medical field and believe that PBM therapy could be a great help to those with similar symptoms as myself.

Susan Brooks RN,BSN,MS,MS,APRN
Nevada, USA

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