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Patient invents light-therapy device

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-12-15 16:22

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The product consists of a light therapy device that employs white Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology for treatment of a variety of light-deprived conditions such as SAD.

After being diagnosed, he refused to follow the standard treatment. “I politely declined the offer to put me on Prozac, and as luck would have it, this forward-thinking shrink invited me to try bright light therapy. At the time, I was a complete skeptic, "Sounds like snake-oil to me!" But I was also desperate. And the first day, as I sat in front of this big clunky 'light box' for a half hour, I felt like something was literally receding out of my body – to my amazement, my energy came back, the fog in my head cleared and suddenly, the glass was half-full again instead of half-empty. I felt like I was back in L.A. I dismissed my instant response as the 'placebo effect' – wishful thinking -- and stopped using the light. But my symptoms returned with a vengeance. So I switched it back on – and got my life back. (Only later did I come to understand that this powerful reaction to the bright light was due to two changes taking place in my body: the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin being suppressed and the 'feel-good' neurotransmitter serotonin being elevated”, the inventor explained.

The Litebook also holds promise for potentially helping cancer patients suffering from the fatigue often brought on by chemotherapy treatment— A symptom that is similar in many ways to the feeling that results from severe jet lag. In much the same way that the product can reset a traveler’s internal body clock, the device has the potential to “reset” a patient’s body clock and help to improve energy, sleep and overall quality of life.

Larry developed the world’s first portable LED light-therapy device and is now bring sold in more than 50 countries, according to the company’s official website.

Adapted from: https://www.litebook.com/founders-message

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Larry Pederson lives in USA, was born in Canada, and suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. Larry invented a solution for this condition in 1999, and founded in own company - The Litebook® - to produce the device, in 2000.

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