Healing with Infrared Light

SunI have truly been amazed at the healing power of infrared light. It is not that I have some special coherent light device made with the technology of LEDs. It is just a plain ole heat lamp otherwise known as a brooder lamp for raising chicks. I wrote about the use of near infrared for healing back pain. In that article, I gave you links to the science of how it works and how to use the light. I believe the major benefit is adding cellular energy (ATP) to allow the natural healing processes to take place quicker. Here are three brief stories that I have seen firsthand with use infrared.

I had sprained my right wrist very severally.  I was not able to bend my hand passed vertical to my arm.  Normally a sprain like this would take days or weeks to heal.  I exposed the hand and wrist to the infrared light for about twenty minutes.  I held it close enough that I could feel the heat but not close enough to burn. During the exposure, a bright red line developed between my hand and wrist where the tissue had torn.  There was also a red spot that developed further up my wrist that was about an inch in diameter. I assumed this was injured tissue. The next morning I was able to have full use of my hand, but the wrist was still sore. By the second day, there was no indication of injury at all or the use of my hand had returned to normal.

I regularly have coffee in the morning, after spending an hour at the gym, with the folks at McDonalds. A welder sometimes joins us before he goes out for his work day.  He came in one morning with a limp. I asked what was wrong.  He described a knee injury. His doctor told him to stay out of work for two weeks to allow it to heal.  I suggested that he try the light.  ir-light-setuprHe told me that he had lots of this type of heat lamp as sometimes he used it to preheat the metal before welding. Two days later, he came in for coffee and was very excited. He said he was going back to work. He described his knee as no pain and normal function.

A family member had hernia surgery several months ago. He did not rest after the surgery to allow the wound to properly heal. He has a significant amount of scar tissue. If he stays on his feet for any length of time, he starts having severe pain. This happen recently during a visit with him. He had come back from our event for the afternoon and retired to his easy chair with a blanket pulled over this body. I went to the local Ace Hardware store and got a 250-watt heat lamp. I was amazed at the selection of sizes–farm country. The bulb was a GE. GE has caught on to the use of the lamp. It had directions on the side of the box that said normal exposure for personal body use was 20 to 30 minutes.

He exposed the scar tissue for about twenty minutes. A couple of hours later, I noticed he was down in the floor playing with his children. I asked if his pain was better. I was amazed at his description. Now understand, he has had this pain problem for months. He described his pain as a seven before using the heat lamp. At two hours later, he described his pain as a one–amazing.

I really don’t have a clue as to how this works other than what I described in my opening. However, you can bet that I will have an infrared light for my aches, pains, and injuries.  Scaring us from the sun over the last fifty years has been a serious health error.  –Pandemic Survivor

Advertisements

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis–Vitamin D Pathways

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints.   There are many types of arthritis, but they all seem to come from vitamin D deficiency.  Vitamin D deficiency results in many types of autoimmune diseases. At Vitamin D Deficiency Survivor, we have always encouraged you to be sure that your vitamin D levels are in the high normal range when trying to relieve these very serious diseases.  In this article, we present a case study of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis that was treated with Metadichol.

Here is the article heading and abstract from the paper recently published by the Journal of Arthritis.

 Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 06.13.42

Here is the link: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis: A Case Study, P. R. Raghavan, Journal of Arthritis

It is very interesting to note in this article that the patient improved in many markers for health.  C-reactive protein (CRP) is a very important marker and signals an inflammation effect for many pathways of health.   In this study, the patient had a CRP of 1.1 that rose three years later, at baseline before treatment, to 83.  After sixteen weeks of treatment, the patient returned to his normal level—see figure 4.6.  This means that inflammation from all sources was reduced.

The treatment used in this study was Metadichol.  Metadichol is a nanoemulsion of naturally occurring policosanol. The nanoemulsion of policosanol is more easily absorbed and fines its way into the cells where it acts along vitamin D pathways, and the proper expression of many disease related genes (over 700 genes). 

I had arthritis in my pointing finger on my left hand for many years.  With high levels of vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals, it had still not returned to normal.  In three months with treatment of Metadichol, it returned to its normal size and there was no more pain.  Prior, it had been twenty-five percent larger than my right-hand finger.  My sister had significant pain in her knee that she had been told was from arthritis. She described it as very painful.  After treatment with Metadichol for three days, she reported that the pain was reduced by fifty percent.  I know that she was supplementing with a significant amount of vitamin D3. 

The author is very excited about the increase in bone mass density (BMD). This is nothing new to those that understands how vitamin D and minerals work to increase bone mass. Here is a post that I did in 2010 showing that an adequate amount of vitamin D increases bone mass.  The post is about a warning from the FDA for bisphosphonate drugs.  Here is also a link to the paper showing a 23% increase in BMD with vitamin D3 in a nursing home. 

Vitamins and minerals and other nutrients do not work in isolation for health.  It is an adequate amount of all nutrients that is important for health.  We have lost a significant intake of policosanol from processed foods.  Policosanol occurs in the sunny parts of plants, and it occurs at high levels on the husk of seeds and grains.   Think how we have lost access to this vital nutrient by not chewing the husk off foods.  Dr. Raghavan has presented us a solution to this modern problem of processed foods.
–Mark Pegram

Metadichol—Use for Metabolic Disease

Sym DiabeticMetadichol was reported last year as being effective for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in case studies.  Two issues for diabetes are insulin resistance and obesity.  A target that is now being researched for metabolic disease is GPR-120.  In research by others, GPR-120 agonist has been found effective in anti-inflammatory, insulin sensitization, and anti-obesity effects.  Metadichol has been found as a GPR-120 agonist.

The paper, Metadichol® A Novel Nano Lipid; GPR-120 Agonist, reaches the conclusion that: “Metadichol has the potential to serve in mitigating diabetes with a broad spectrum of activity and with a safety that with [of]no toxicity at doses of up to 5000 mg/kg [20-22]. Metadichol is a far [more] effective substitute to prescription drugs, which have been largely ineffective in diabetes and have many side effects that add to health care costs.”

Here is a link for you to download the paper: GPR-120 Agonist Metadichol

Mark Pegram

Citation: Raghavan P.R. Metadichol® A Novel Nano Lipid; GPR 120 Agonist. Int J Diabetes Complications. 2017; 1-3.

A Gpr120-selective agonist improves insulin resistance and chronic inflammation in obese mice.   Nat Med. 2014 Aug;20(8):942-7. doi: 10.1038/nm.3614. Epub 2014 Jul 6  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24997608

Metadichol as a MRSA Treatment—Case Study

Antibiotic resistant superbugs have been associated with an excess of adverse health conditions. MRSA, a drug-resistant bacterium, is associated with skin disorders such as abscesses and wound infections. The bacteria are also linked to the onset of pneumonia and can ultimately result in sepsis (bloodstream infections).  MRSA infections account for 18,650 deaths in the U.S. in 2005 (Over 80,000 invasive MRSA infections and 11,285 related deaths per year in 2011).

Once again, Metadichol has been effective in treating a very serious disease.  In the case study, the patient used only Metadichol to treat the MRSA infection.  It took only 21 days for it to be completely healed.  Please fill free to download the case study as a pdf file: MRSA-Final

“Metadichol® and MRSA Infections: A Case Report” PR Raghavan, Raghavan, J Infect Dis Ther 2017, 5:2
Abstract
Metadichol® is a nanoemulsion of long-chain alcohols called as Policosanol and is present in foods such as rice, sugar cane, wheat, and peanuts. Metadichol® acts on Nuclear Vitamin D receptors (VDR) that have a ubiquitous presence in cells and tissues of the body to stimulate the immune system and inhibit a variety of disease processes, resulting from viral, bacterial and parasitic infections. Infectious agents can cause disease by avoiding normal host defense mechanisms or by subverting them to promote their replication. They do so by blocking VDR receptor that is responsible for innate immunity, and this suppression of the immune response leads to persistent infections.

We present a case study of a patient who had acquired MRSA infections and how Metadichol® by its actions on the VDR has resolved the problem of this deadly disease without any side effects.

 You may find all the articles and papers for download about Metadichol and various health conditions on my website.

MRSA is a very serious infection that is very difficult to treat.  I had a community acquired infection that started in February of 2009.  After many rounds of doxycycline, here is photo in the infected area in June (The infection is over an inch across). MRSA Photo 2 The infection persisted until I was on doxycycline for a continuous period from August through October (I don’t even want to think about what that did to my microbiome.).  The infection was very painful.  Unfortunately, there was no other treatment available at the time.   I had the infection for nine months and I was lucky that it did not enter my bloodstream.  I was fully replete in serum vitamin D with a level of over 80 ng/ml, 25(OH)D.  The action of the bacteria blocking the VDR is apparent.  If my level of vitamin D had not been high normal, I would hate to think of the outcome as sepsis was a real possibility.

Thank you Dr. Raghavan for developing this unique nanoemulsion that is basically a food substance in a form that is easily absorbed.  MRSA cases in the US are on decline as hospitals and gyms are more caring about sanitized surfaces that prevent spread of the infection.  In 2009, it was not unusual to see gym members walk away without wiping down equipment.  With new awareness of MRSA, all members at my gym wipe down the equipment before and after use.  Please be aware of areas of possible exposure, especially gyms and hospitals.    –Pandemic Survivor

Back Pain Reduced with Near Infrared

I recently wrote about all of the nutrients and other needs for repairing cartilage to heal back pain. I also wrote about the necessity for sunlight.  A new revelation about near infrared light has now increased my understanding of the need for sun exposure for healing back pain. The exposure of near infrared light (NIR) is as critical as the exposure to the ultra violet light (UV). It is interesting to note that NIR and UV are not visible light but are found in the full spectrum of sunlight.

My first understanding about sun exposure for healing came in a very serendipitously manner. Some years ago, I was telling the owner of a book store about my return to health with nutrients.  I had explained to him that my cartilage had healed and relieved the stress on my nerve roots in my back.  He related a story to me that was a real surprise.  His mother was having back pain.  She had spent the spring and summer in her garden and her back pain had resolved.  She had grown an inch during this period and thought that was the reason for the back-pain relief.  I did not understand how just being outdoors could help the cartilage repair.  I thought then that it was exercise, the consumption of vegetables from her garden, and the increased amount of vitamin D from the sun.

The new revelation is this paper by George D. Gale: Infrared therapy for chronic low back pain, a randomized control trial. In this trial, patients from a clinic were randomly assigned to the treatment group or the placebo group.  The treatment group was given infrared light treatment in the wavelength of 800 nm to 1200 nm.  The placebo group was wearing the same exposure apparatus without the power connected.  The patients were asked to rate their pain on the numerical rating scale (NRS) of 0-10.  At the beginning of the trail the average on the NRS was 7 for both groups. In seven weeks, the treatment group’s pain was reduced to an average of 3, while there was no significant change in the placebo group.  What an amazing discovery of a low-cost and easily-applied treatment with significant results and no adverse effects.

Since this was so successful, I suggested this treatment to several members of a coffee group that are suffering from chronic back pain and they did not want to try my nutritional suggestions.  I suggested the 250w, single infrared light that you can get at any hardware store.  The method used was from this article by Wendy Myers.  In just a few weeks, they related to me how significantly the light had helped their pain.  There is also a welder that occasionally comes in the morning for coffee.  He said that he had hurt his knee and the doctor told him that he should stay out of work for two weeks.  I told him about the infrared light.  Two days later he returned to say that his knee pain had healed and he was going back to work—amazing.

Here is my infrared light setup that I use when experiencing aches and pains from exercising.  It is amazing how the aches and pains go away in a short period. I should also note that my eye floater that I reported in earlier post from over exposure to LEDs is completely gone with the NIR. IR Light Setup

There is science to support these findings.  It appears that full spectrum light does many things to our biology.  I recently reread Health and Light by John N. Ott.  This photo-biologist is the person that pioneered time-lapsed videos of plants, as they grew, for Walt Disney.  He also discovered many effects of full spectrum light on animals and humans.  This included his hip being healed after he broke his prescription sun glasses and went back to plain glass lenses.  He had his hip x-rayed to show the improvement from prior x-rays to be sure that he was just not imaging his healing.  He was denied many times for funding for research projects in association with many universities.  With this taking place in the 1950s through the 1980s, it makes you wonder why the medical profession scared us from the sun for the last sixty years.  Here is an eight-minute video describing his work. Ott believes that light through the eye, impacting the pineal gland, is responsible for balancing hormones. 

Dr. Michael R. Hamblin of Harvard University wrote a summary of the use of low level light therapy for treatment—Mechanism of Low Level Light Therapy.  He describes how low level light (near infrared) affects many areas of our health: increased ATP production, wound healing, tissue repair, prevention of tissue death, relief of inflammation, pain, edema, acute injuries, chronic disease, neurogenic pain, neurological problems, and amelioration of damage after heart attacks, stroke, nerve injury, and retinal toxicity. At the end of the paper, he provides a link to pub med with thousands of research papers on the use of light for treatment.  Many of the papers are about the use of lasers, but the real healing comes from full spectrum light.

Dr. Gerald Pollack’s work on structured water and how it affects life is amazing. This includes an exclusion zone that enlarges with infrared light at the boundaries of cells and organelles inside the cells.  This boundary layer creates a charged zone of negative ions.  He even shows how this creates a battery storage for electrical charge. He also shows how it increases blood flow and the effect on proteins to make them more active (Think about hemoglobin’s oxygen carrying capacity of a folded cell versus a fully extended cell.) when exposed to infrared light.  He is also a proponent of grounding or connecting our bodies to the earth to balance our electrical charge. Here is his TED video—Water, Cells, and Life.

Ultra violet light, visible light, and near infrared light or the full spectrum of sunlight are all necessary for health.  You do not have to decide if getting your vitamin D by supplementation is as effective as obtaining it from sunlight.  Exposure to sunlight is not just about Vitamin D.  The exposure to sunlight provides us with many other benefits that science is yet to discover.  The next time the doctor suggest a drug that makes you photosensitive, be very careful and ask if there is another treatment option.  What about the sunglasses you are wearing whenever you go in the sun.  Is that causing your hip to fail as reported by Dr. Ott? Is too much blue light from LED bulbs without full spectrum light damaging your eyes?  –Pandemic Survivor

Failure of the US to Protect Citizen’s Health

Ill

It was March 2010 and I had just come home to have lunch.  I flipped on the TV and there was Sander Levin, acting Chair of the US Ways and Means Committee after Charles Rangel had stepped aside during his entanglement with the House Ethics Committee. President Obama was in the process of signing the Affordable Health Care.  Obama had asked the Ways and Means Committee to once again to review the economics of the bill.  A reporter stuck his microphone into the face of Levin, “Have you considered universal healthcare?”  Without pause, Levin responded, “I don’t think that the US Economy could handle the loss of five million jobs.” He snapped around, in military fashion, and marched away.

The loss of jobs comment startled me.  What jobs was he referring to? That is when I started to research how health payments were made in the US.  Most Americans don’t have a clue about the economics of healthcare and I certainly didn’t.  It turns out that he was referring to health insurance jobs.  Here is Trump’s dilemma in trying to appeal Obamacare.  The loss of jobs versus providing a health plan for Americans that they can afford and that will not crash the economy. Consider that healthcare accounts for almost twenty percent of the US economy.

Nancy Pelosi’s comment about eighty-five percent of insurance payments going toward health treatment is just a big fat lie.  No insurance company or any other business for that matter could stay afloat if it had to pay out eighty-five percent of its income for external cost.  The real number for the percentage of payment for treatment and pharmaceutical cost is close to fifty-five according to a Yale social economist. In other words, for every dollar that you give to an insurance company, only fifty-five cents is paid to providers and pharmaceuticals.

The health insurance business then falls into the category of a protection racket. The mob comes into your place of business and asks for twenty percent of your sales so that you will not have any break-ins. Compare:  Give me twenty percent of your GDP and I’ll assure that you get health treatment.  All of this with the protection of the US Congress.  How many of you would like to have Congress tell your clients that they must buy your product?  How many of you would like to have a monopoly in a state for your product?  Only health insurance and Major League Baseball have monopolies.

Health insurance allows you to be “ill at ease.”

How did we get into this mess? It is a long and boring story of government treating its citizens like cows to be harvested for income.  Consider that a cow has its greatest value when it reaches its maximum weight.  Just like cows, we have our largest value to insurance companies when we reach end-of-life health cost at our maturity. Most people think that health cost is bad for insurance companies.  It is just the opposite.  The larger cost of healthcare means a larger amount of sales for insurance companies. I had the opportunity to play golf with a CEO of a large health insurance company.  I said to him, “I had about eighty thousand dollars in health insurance payments for treatment of my back pain over the last decade.  Does that mean you had about one hundred sixty thousand in sales to cover that cost?”  He replied in the affirmative. My research numbers were confirmed.

Manufacturing jobs build wealth.  Insurance jobs are not service jobs and do not build wealth.  It only takes away from the wellbeing of the population long term, just like other protection rackets.  Government has sent our manufacturing jobs elsewhere while replacing them with insurance jobs.  If we do go to universal healthcare quickly, we would plunge the economy into recession, if not economic depression. This is the present dilemma for Congress as they try to determine what to do with the failed Obamacare.  How would you replace five to eight million health insurance jobs (The number of health insurance jobs have grown under Obamacare which was the intention of the bill)?  Other economically similar countries all have universal healthcare that was started in the 1960s when Lyndon Johnson threw us into an economic storm with his “Great Society.”  Universal healthcare is why countries like Canada have healthcare cost that are almost half of what it is in the US—no health insurance jobs.

“Bernie Sanders, firmly for universal health coverage, goes into a bar at a large hotel that is filled with insurance agents there for a convention.  Hoping to create as many problems as possible he yells; insurance agents are all crooks.  If you have a problem, just come up here right now.  A man came up and stuck a finger in Sanders’ face and told him to take it back.  Sanders asked him if he was an insurance agent.  The man replied, no I’m a crook.”

I am firmly a capitalist, but there are some things that I don’t think the large invisible hand of Adam Smith should be allowed to control.  That is anything that does not build wealth or health.  Health insurance and other protection rackets fall into this category.  We have had our freedom of life and pursuit of happiness taken away from us for our Government’s version of security.  We have neither. Sustaining institutions at the cost of the individuals they serve is evil (M. Scott Peck, “People of the Lie”).  Maintenance and growth of a large market is necessary for continued business growth.  With health insurance, the sicker the population, the better for business.  Government has colluded with health insurance companies through campaign contributions to pass laws and manipulate agencies under HHS to assure this happens.  HHS’s moto is “Markets before Mandates.”  Just consider now that we know through science that there would be one thousand less deaths a day the US through the elimination of vitamin D deficiency. This is to say nothing about the significant reduction in chronic disease.  Government has not acted because a reduction in this significant portion of GDP would send us into recession.

There is a way out, but media outlets must start telling the truth. The reason that they do not is because advertising is how they maintain income.  If they embarrass their health sector advertisers, business would be bad.  Our free press is necessary for our version of government to work.  The first thing that should happen is to set term limits for congressmen. If congressman acted for the people they represent instead of maintaining institutions, a lot of the ethics and moral issues would be resolved.  As congressmen vote for the people, then news stories would have to explain why, regardless of what their advertisers thought.

A survey was just recently published that put US life expectancy (an indicator of health) at 34th.  This is a result of manipulating science and economic forces to sustain the US economy at the cost of the health of its citizens.  In addition, there is moral decay because of all the pain citizens are suffering.  If we pay twice as much for health as any other country, why do we not have the best health in the world?  Evil . . . —Pandemic Survivor

Improved Longevity with Metadichol

Life Ext

Scientist at ETH Zurich and the Jena Hospital in Germany completed a study of over 40,000 genes and identified 30 that allowed for extended life span in worms, fish, and mice. Many of the genes extended life span by around 5%, but there was one gene that extended life by up to 25%: BCAT1.  Here’s the story.  It has long been a quest for humankind to extend life.  Here is a story of the Ponce de Leon’s of our era. There are several compounds that have been identified that impact the BACT1 gene.  A study is ongoing for the popular diabetes drug, Metformin, to extend life. To clarify, the BACT1 gene is responsible for catabolism of branched chain amino acids (BCAA).

When Metadichol (a nano version of policosanol) was compared to gabapentin and policosanol it was found to be 3000 times more effective than gabapentin in its impact on the BCAT1 gene.  Here is a link (pdf) to the paper “Improving Longevity with Metadichol by Inhibiting the BCAT1 Gene” for download Metadichol-BCAT1-paper .

It seems that the truth of extending life lies in the idea of having the least number of illnesses during your life.  I wrote an article about this some six years prior:  Filling Good, Looking Better.  In my reading, I think I came across this idea from Linus Pauling during the 70s in his book, “How to Live Longer and Feel Better.” Ideally, it is not just about extending life, the best solution is to have a healthy, vibrant life. Pauling promoted many ideas about how to be healthy (and by-the-way won two Nobel Prizes).  His largest push that he is remembered for is vitamin C.  His promotion of vitamin C has now been supported by modern research. However, he also promoted healthy eating and the reduction of sugar consumption, now a very modern idea.  He even did a study on prisoners to show that it was sugar and not fat that drove up cholesterol.  Long life by reducing disease appears to be the case for BCAAs as they impact your health on many levels.

The idea of extending life by reducing disease gets exciting when considering Metadichol. It appears to reduce disease on many different levels that just happen to include the metabolism of BCAA. Here are the many articles that I have written about Metadichol.  The beauty of Metadichol is that it is a food substance and not a drug and has no known side effects.

The idea is not to just extend your life span, it is to have a happy, healthy, and vibrant life.  To accomplish this: It is about understanding your emotions and living in flow; it is about eating a healthy diet that eliminates flour, sugar, and other processed foods; it is about getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals that are much higher than the RDAs of our government; it is about eliminating environmental toxins like nicotine, mercury, and the salt substitute MSG; and it is about eliminating the side effects from prescription drugs (In other words, stay healthy and don’t take prescription drugs).  To your healthy life that will allow you to live to 120 years old. –Pandemic Survivor