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How To Use Low Level Light Therapy and Intranasal Light Therapy For Athletic Performance, Cognitive Enhancement & More.

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Several weeks ago, in the article, The Ultimate Guide To Using Light To Biohack Your Circadian Rhythms, Sleep Better & Beat Jet Lag Forever, I told you about an in-ear light phototherapy device called “The Human Charger“, which I've been experimenting with for everything from jet lag to a burst of pre-workout wakefulness.

Then, in the article, Pink Makes You Docile, Orange Makes You Buy Stuff, Red Makes You Mad: How To Use Color Light Therapy For Mood, Cognition, Healing & More, I taught you how to use something called chromotherapy to change your mood, deal with insomnia, or even treat a variety of health issues.

Finally, several days ago (probably because it appears I've lately been obsessed with light biohacks) one of my friends mentioned the word “photomedicine” to me.

This word photomedicine was a new term in my vernacular, but when I looked into it, I found that intranasal light therapy, which is literally light stimulation of blood capillaries in the nasal cavity, has been used for the past couple decades as a very non-invasive method to introduce therapeutic light energy into the human body, and there's actually a surprising amount of research on this form of nonionizing radiation on biological systems, including effects on cognitive performance, fighting free radicals, combatting Alzheimer's symptoms and more.

So for today's podcast, I hunted down an expert in photomedicine, also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), or low level light therapy. His name is Dr. Lew Lim, and Dr. Lim is the co-inventor of a wearable, intranasal light therapy device designed for home-use called the “Vielight”.

Dr. Lim is a Doctor of Naturopathy, has a Graduate Engineering Diploma, a MBA, and is a Chartered Accountant. He is also certified in Medical Neuroscience, Neurobiology and Human Physiology. He has obtained qualifications from University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, University of Chicago and University of Sheffield, UK and collaborates with Harvard Medical School and Boston University in research relating to the field of photobiomodulation.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why any athlete should pay close attention to the emerging field of photomedicine, particularly low level light therapy…

-Why the FDA has approved infrared therapy for everything from eliminating microbes and fungus in the human body to killing cancer cells…

-What happens to your cells (and specifically to your nitric oxide production) when your cells get exposed to low level light therapy…

-How to use intranasal light therapy as a way to “charge up your brain” prior to mentally demanding tasks…

-A biohack that combines red light therapy and infrared light therapy…

-Exactly when, how and how long to use low level light therapy and intranasal light therapy for everything from brain stimulation to sleep…

-And much more!

Resources from this episode:

-The HumanCharger (10% discount code is “BENG10HC”)

Vielight (10% discount code is “GREENFIELD”)

Lew's free, upcoming “World Summit of Integrative Medicine”

Applications of Intranasal Low Intensity Laser Therapy in Sports Medicine

Superpulsed Low-Level Laser Therapy Protects Skeletal Muscle of mdx Mice Against Damage, Inflammation and Morphological Changes Delaying Dystrophy Progression

Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy in the Development of Exercise-Induced Skeletal Muscle Fatigue and Changes in Biochemical Markers Related to Postexercise Recovery

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about Vielight, intranasal light therapy or anything else we discuss on this episode? Leave your thoughts below!


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28 thoughts on “How To Use Low Level Light Therapy and Intranasal Light Therapy For Athletic Performance, Cognitive Enhancement & More.

  1. My best friend was poisoned by CO at work by a bad chimney that clogged up. Since 12-11-2006 she has had very bad head pain in the left and right frontal areas of her head. Do you think the Intranasal Low Level Laser would help her ? Thank You Much For Your Time

    1. I am not a doctor and this is not to be taken, interpreted or construed as medical advice. Please talk with a licensed medical professional about this. These are just my own personal thoughts and not a prescription or a diagnosis or any form of health care whatsoever. However, the Vielight Neuro may be right up her alley…

  2. Ben,

    Is the VieLight Neuro to Human Charger comparison another apples to oranges contrast? I have been wanting to try LLT for my thyroid (Hashimoto’s) and M.S., but the VieLight has a hefty price tag! Wondering if Human Charger would have benefit? Thoughts?

    Much Thanks!

  3. Yeah, the cognitive effects are gonna be stellar. Going to see if I can get my parents using this if for no other reason than that.

    Can you spell out for me what you mean by “definite increase in vascularity overall”? You’ve addressed “gym dick” in other posts. I’m wondering if the NO release could cause an increase in general “hang” (or semis) or if it’s only noticed when erections are involved. Either way sounds great as I’ve been working with a lot of MD/NDs to figure out why (as, mechanically speaking, all’s functioning)I can get good flow (hanging soft or getting hard) when using Viagra/etc, but don’t see that kind of vascularity show up on any day-to-day. Not looking for this device to be a cure, but I’d be stoked to have a helpful natural supplement to what I’m already doing.

    1. Light therapy is a great way to inspire the body to heal & develop. I use a 11 watt L.E.D. Grow Plant light I got at a building supply store a company called Tao has great lights, near infrared heat lamps used in bathrooms penetrates deeper than any infrared source. The Warp10 L.E.D. tool I own was expensive & only half a watt strong. do research.

  4. It’s mentioned in here that the Vielight can act like Viagra for the brain…does that freeing-up of NO extend further south as well? I’m always a fan of increased vasodilation!

      1. RIGHT ON. That sounds great, man. Any chance you could respond to me in an email (or on here, if you’re game) with more details of what results you’ve seen? I’m wondering if you’ve noticed anything in the – for the sake of being G-rated – southern hemisphere. Specifically, are we talking increased vasodilation on a mild general scale or significant flow increase at times? And is this within a certain time window (e.g. within an hour of device usage) or just noticeable across the board?

        This is super helpful info, man. I’m young enough (your age, I assume) to where vasodilation shouldn’t be a concern, but I’m in a spot where I’m looking for any natural ways to increase it (while simultaneously looking into hormones, etc). Thanks for being a resource.

        1. I've noticed specifically:

          -Better sleep
          -Better focus, especially when used pre workout
          -Less "fuzziness" in the morning

          No HUGE increase in libido, but a definite increase in vascularity overall. And then there's the peace of mind that I'm using one of the most potent anti-Alzheimer's remedies science can offer.

  5. How would you compare the cleansing and healing benefits of the Vielight 633 or 655 devices compared to the Biomats you have discussed previously?

    1. Night and day. Biomat is a different wavelength of far infrared designed for detox/healing/relaxation and grounding/earthing, whereas the Vielight is more for nitric oxide/mitochondria. I personally use BOTH.

  6. I realise companies’ have a very high expense bringing a device to the market, and I appreciate them bringing such innovation to the public, however I do think these devices are hugely overpriced. They are LEDs, some simple microcircuitry and a power source. The science behind them is freely available on Pubmed. You can build these devices for 10s of dollars at home if you have amateur electronics skills.

    Happy to be told I am wrong by the makers and understand if they have advanced and proprietary tech in their devices.

    1. Apples and oranges. Vielight is more alpha brain wave stimulation. Halo is more for pre-exercise stimulation of motor cortex. If it's about exercise, then Halo is better. Vielight better for sleep or academic performance, etc. I use both.

          1. I have a Vielight Neuro. I use it, with the headgear, three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). I then use the Vielight without the headgear (i.e., just the inter-nasal attachment) on the other days. Is this a similar protocol you follow? I’m toying with the idea of using the Neuro with the headgear attachment Monday through Friday, but have read contradictory information suggesting to not use it daily. What are your thoughts and opinions?

  7. Interesting to hear the remarks about infrared treatment for male pattern baldness. Of course there is a more 'available' IR light source – the sun. So presumably baldness should be cureable by just taking your hat off and getting some rays and saving yourself the money.

  8. Did Dr Lew say that he was working with Harvard on research to CREATE superbugs? I actually rewound to hear that again and check that I had heard correctly. That doesn't sound good.

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