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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

Borrowed Light: The Natural Way to Improve Direct Supervision

Envision this: Within two years of a correctional facility’s construction, staff and inmate attitudes have soared; construction and operational costs have been reduced; security and conditions of confinement have improved; and the facility’s presence has improved area property values, boosted local business and become a symbol of community pride. Pipe dream? No; it is reality … Read more

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Life under Fluorescent Light Is Harming Prisoners & Staff Alike

After years of trying to bring proper light to an English prison, Michaele Wynn-Jones, asks why the authorities seem content to subject people to such glare and gloom. Imagine living up to 23 hours a day in a confined space the size of the average bathroom complete with open toilet, under a humming fluorescent tube … Read more

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An Open Trial of Morning Light Therapy for Treatment of Antepartum (Pregnancy) Depression

OBJECTIVE: About 5% of pregnant women meet criteria for major depression. No pharmacotherapy is specifically approved for antepartum depression; novel treatment approaches may be welcome. The authors explored the use of morning bright light therapy for antepartum depression. METHOD: An open trial of bright light therapy in an A-B-A design was conducted for 3-5 weeks … Read more

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PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) Linked to Lack of Light

Prominent PMS researcher, Barbara Parry, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, recently established that premenstrual syndrome is related to light and that phototherapy can alleviate PMS symptoms. Dr. Parry identified a woman in southern California who has PMS only during the winter. Parry used specially designed lights to regulate the woman’s serotonin levels … Read more

Postoperative Pain Reduced

Sunlight may reduce postoperative pain and need for pain-relieving medications. Scientists enrolled 89 patients who had spinal surgery into a study and randomly assigned the patients to rooms that were sunny or dimly lighted. Subjects in the lighter rooms received 46 percent more sunlight per day than those in the darker rooms. Patients in the … Read more

A Study into the Effects of Light on Children of Elementary School Age – A Case of Daylight Robbery

Executive Summary Yes! Light affects people in some surprising ways. Some would even go so far as to say that light is nutritious. In order to get a firmer grasp on some of these effects of light on people, a study of the effects of light on children of elementary school age was undertaken by … Read more

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Full Spectrum Classroom Light & Sickness in Pupils

Sir, – The number of days children at the Green Street Elementary School, Brattleboro, Vermont, were off sick fell significantly after distorted spectrum fluorescent (DSF) was replaced by full-spectrum fluorescent (FSF) light. As an experiment the DSF light in three classrooms at this school, where pupils are 5-9 years old, was replaced by FSF light … Read more