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Re: Can a laser cure depression? SLS

Posted by Hugh on February 9, 2019, at 18:05:14

In reply to Re: Can a laser cure depression? Hugh, posted by SLS on February 9, 2019, at 12:39:14

Hi Scott,

These powerful lasers have been tested on animal cadavers. (I think a goat might have been one of them.) The light penetrated the skull and went several centimeters into the brain, and it did no damage to the brain tissue. What the laser does is protect the brain.

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/neu.2017.5249

There is some danger of eye damage from these lasers. That's why people who receive this treatment wear eye protection.

I've spoken on the phone with Larry Morries of Neuro-Laser Foundation in Denver and with Harold Kraft, MD in Santa Monica, California. Both men were very helpful. Morries is working with Harvard on using lasers to treat depression.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4777909/

In Denver, they like to spread out the laser treatments for depression, anxiety, TBI, and PTSD over a period of about eight weeks.

https://www.tbi.care/patients/what-is-nilt/

In Santa Monica, Dr. Kraft uses a laser that's more powerful than the one used in Denver, and he believes in using a shorter, more intensive treatment schedule. He conducts his treatments five times a week for two or three weeks. Kraft treats PTSD and TBI. I don't know if Kraft will treat people with depression or bipolar disorder unless they've also suffered a head injury. He told me that he'd treat my depression, since it could be related to two concussions I suffered as a child.

Here's a slide show about Dr. Kraft's laser therapy:

https://www.slideshare.net/HaroldKraft/cte-tbi-ptsd-athletes


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