Archive | June, 2014

Ultraviolet A & B Benefits

In his book Light: Medicine of the Future, Jacob Liberman, OD, PhD, documents ten benefits of ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B (UV-A and UV-B). The following points are a synopsis of his research.   UV light activates the synthesis of vitamin D, which is a prerequisite for the absorption of calcium and other minerals from … Read more

Use of Bright Lighting in Senior Care Facilities Associated with Some Improvement in Dementia Symptoms

The use of daytime bright lighting to improve the circadian rhythm of elderly persons was associated with modest improvement in symptoms of dementia, and the addition of the use of melatonin resulted in improved sleep. “In elderly patients with dementia, cognitive decline is frequently accompanied by disturbances of mood, behavior, sleep, and activities of daily … Read more

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Bright Light plus Melatonin in Elderly Patients with Dementia

An inexpensive combination treatment has modest positive effects. Many patients with dementia have disturbed sleep–wake cycles along with deteriorating cognition, mood, and behavioral organization. These researchers investigated the effects of bright light and melatonin, two major synchronizers of the circadian pacemaker, in 189 residents of 12 Dutch assisted-care facilities. Facilities were randomized to provide daytime … Read more

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Sunny Hospital Rooms Expedite Recovery from Severe & Refractory Depressions.

Bright light therapy is an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder, an uncommon condition marked by mild winter depression. Bright lights have been used as adjuncts in the pharmacological treatment of other types of depressive illness. The rooms in our psychiatric inpatient unit are so placed that half are bright and sunny and the rest … Read more

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A Seasonal Pattern of Hospital Medication Errors in Alaska

Specific behavioral consequences of seasonal affective disorder have not been closely examined. Length of daylight is evaluated in relation to medication errors in a medical center located in the far north. Factors such as numbers of patient admissions, discharges, and deaths were controlled with data collected in Anchorage, Alaska, over 5 consecutive years, 1985-89. These … Read more

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Pediatric Seasonal Affective Disorder

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of light therapy for the treatment of pediatric seasonal affective disorder (SAD). METHOD: 28 children (aged 7 to 17 years) at two geographically distinct sites were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of bright-light treatment. Subjects initially entered a week-long baseline period during which they wore dark glasses for … Read more

ipRGC, the Newfound Eye Cells that Sense Night Day

The eye’s retina contains light receptors known as cones and rods. These receptors receive light, convert it to chemical energy, and activate the nerves that send messages to the brain. They were thought to be the only photoreceptors in the retina. “When we began to do our work, we knew there might have been a … Read more

Light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

“For many patients with SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder], light therapy should be regarded as a first-line treatment, given its high success and acceptance rate.” Journal of the American Medical Association, v. 270, #22, pp. 2717-20   For more information, please contact: Sunshine Sciences   PO Box 19917 Boulder, CO 80308 303 834-9161   Info@SunshineSciences.com

Scientific Breakthrough ~ Blue Wavelengths Suppress Melatonin

Several very recent studies, most notably research from a team headed by Dr. George Brainard at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, have identified the specific wavelengths of blue light, 446-477nm, that are crucial in suppressing melatonin production in humans.1, 2, 3, 4 As Dr. Brainard notes, “This discovery will have an immediate impact on … Read more

PTSD: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

While typically associated with soldiers who have been in military combat, any event that causes fear and stress can trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A natural disaster such as Superstorm Sandy or an earthquake, or a crisis such as the Boston Marathon bombing or 9/11, can spark an incident of PTSD. Sexual or physical abuse … Read more