LLLT / Low level laser therapy and the rise and fall of modern medicine

I have been reading The rise and fall of modern medicine by James Le Fanu, I’m just 30% in and am encouraged by how hard it is to introduce a radically new drug / medical procedure. Why encouraged? because LLLT has been a long time coming and occasionally I wonder if perhaps it will never gain universal clinical acceptance. Le Fanus book reminds us that penicillin, cortisone, open-heart surgery, kidney transplants and hip joint replacements (to name just a few) all took decades of refinement, practice and persuasion to achieve mainstream use just like LLLT

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9 Responses to LLLT / Low level laser therapy and the rise and fall of modern medicine

  1. Jo T N Murphy says:

    I am secretary/treasurer for the NZ Therapeutic Laser Assn Inc (1998). I use my own laser and LED every second or third day for myofascial pain and to reduce unflammation in worn joints – including TMJ. I really appreciate your newsletter, research paper indicators, and new technology news. I make sure our members receive this information from me. They do not want to be listed (understandably) as all are busy with their own practices and professional crises!! Keep the information coming. Hope to be able to attend a training session again soon. Cheers! Jo M.

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  3. Viviana Bonansea says:

    Hi James , is TRUE , everything takes time , decades to be accept by the people … Im trying to show to my patients the benefits of LLL BUT they are so manipulates with western medicine that is very difficult ! , even de main problem that Im dealing doing Home Health is PAIN …… keep in touch !!! see you next year in Australia hopefully ….Hello to your wife and family !!

  4. Jan Tunér says:

    And in the next edition of the book he can add the most recent Nobel laureate in chemistry Quite a few of these winners have been laughed at and even scorned. You must kiss a lot of frogs to win a prince! LLLT is the unknown prince.

  5. Clive Wilton says:

    We have spoken about this and yes, I agree 100% with your comments.
    Like I mentioned and the book Outliers also highlights, everything depends on many variables such as time, place, opportunities and Thor LLLT has most certainly got its time to come. Shortly !!!

    Lets keep going for it and spreading the word.


  6. Liam says:

    I always go straight to the bottom line … hence the expression … all very interesting but ….

  7. Marjorie Talacko says:

    I am a hand therapist and still find LLLT a great adjunct. presented at the NAALT conference in arizona a few years back. Main use for me is with peripheral nerve injuries and i find it cuts the recovery time in half. this can be a critical factor for the small muscles of the arm and hand that will degenerate without innervation after a while. can be effective with tendonitis diagnoses but there are other adjunct things i can do; for nerve injuries, it’s benefit is unique and important. one problem in my workplace is that i can only do case series, case studies, not double blinded studies.

  8. marina consuelo vitale says:

    It’s rather difficult change the mind of people and, in particularly, of colleagues… But I believe in LLLT and we have the results: it’s not a dream but a reality !!!

  9. A. Mannion says:

    I am very enthusiatic about LLLT having used it for years on a variety of mostly musculosekeletal condition in my practice. More recently, I have had a dramatic improvement in my own very troublesome tinnitus which had been present for almost 3 years. Much remains to be learned but the future is exciting.

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