Team GR: We’re always open minded to new therapeutic developments to help kids with autism, so when Dr. Foss mentioned he was researching Low Level Light Therapy, we were eager to learn more.
Is Low Level Light Therapy Right For Autism?
by Dr. David Foss
I began researching how cold laser or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) could help children with autism a few months ago and was astonished at what I learned. I will try and make this post easy to understand and how this efficient therapy can make a huge difference in your child’s recovery.
What is low level light therapy?
Low Level Light Therapy involves exposing cells or tissue to low levels of red laser light. It is referred to as “cold” or “low level” because the light energy is lower compared to other lasers that are used for ablation and cutting.
How does low level light therapy work?
Most simply stated, the laser light gives damaged cells and tissues the energy they need to heal and regenerate. Research demonstrates the lasers do this by enhancing mitochondrial ATP production. This healing and regeneration takes place on any tissue that gets exposed to the light, i.e. brain, gut, liver.
LLLT has been shown to increase neurogenesis, reduce inflammation, decrease free radicals and oxidative stress in the brain and increase blood flow and oxygen consumption in the frontal cortex. What is even more amazing is that a therapeutic dose of cold laser therapy is only 5 minutes!
I was also surprised to find that there are thousands of published articles in PubMed on LLLT and various health conditions.
How can the laser potentially help your family?
Augmentation of cognitive brain functions with transcranial lasers
Transcranial low-level laser therapy enhances learning, memory, and neuroprogenitor cells after traumatic brain injury in mice
Low-level laser therapy (810 nm) protects primary cortical neurons against excitotoxicity in vitro.
- Mitochondrial dysfunction, low ATP production:
Mitochondrial respiratory chain defects in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
- Compromised immune system
The Nuts and Bolts of Low-level Laser Light Therapy
After researching and experiencing how the laser works, I purchased one for my office and haven’t looked back. I will say that it is important to use a high-quality laser, as there are several lower quality and less effective lasers on the market. Erchonia makes the world’s best lasers. Their lasers are FDA approved medical devices and Erchonia does most all the research you will find in PubMed. Take a serious look into this therapy. It is time efficient, cost effective and it works! It’s as simple as shining a little light on the brain, or anything else you’d like to heal!