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Biophotonics is an emerging field that uses light energy to heal diseases like cancer. Various universities are currently studying biophotonics in terms of its usefulness at diagnosing cancer though there is evidence that biophotonics could also be used to cure cancer.
Biophotonics is the science of how light interacts with cells and tissues. Biophotonics or Light Therapy uses different wavelengths of light in combination with other substances (such as herbal essences) or by themselves to achieve a variety of health goals from diagnosis to treatment. There are different biophotonic therapy technologies and apparatuses currently on the market for both home or professional use. Some of these devices have been tested more extensively than others. A number of no-chemo cancer treatment clinics use biophotonic devices as helper therapies for cancer treatments .
At the Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering Department at the University of Illinois, professor Stephen Boppart is studying novel, non-invasive ways to use biophotonics to diagnose cancer. He works at the Biophotonics Imaging Lab at the Beckman Institute with a technology called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which functions a lot like ultrasound. The main difference is that it uses light instead of sound to image tissues and structures on a microscopic scale .
Researchers at the University of California, led by principal investigator Pradip Mascharak, have also been developing a special skin patch that contains ruthenium nitrosyls. The patch would be placed on the skin near the site of malignancies and the chemicals contained in the patch would be activated by specific wavelengths of light to deliver nitric oxide to the cancer cells. The nitric oxide is able to kill cancer cells without causing pain at the tumor site .
HALO Therapy is a vibrational medicine tool that was developed by a man named Michael Thomas to cure himself of cancer. Michael Thomas was a chemist and an herbalist who worked in the cosmetics industry. Prior to developing the HALO system, he created cosmetics formulations for name brand companies. The HALO device is said to deliver light photons to the body that have been charged with the vibrational frequency of specific botanical and amino “essences”. The machine shines a frequency of ultraviolet light through glass vials filled with the “essences” of herbs, plants, and amino acids to deliver the energetic properties of these natural substances directly into the body. High output violet LEDs are radiated through liquid-filled vials of proprietary healing botanical formulas designed to boost the body’s natural healing response .
Washington University researchers have developed a phototherapy treatment protocol that shines light directly onto tumor cells in the body after patients ingest sugar combined with radioactive fluorine and light-sensitive, anti-cancer nano-particles. Because cancer cells feed off of sugar and easily absorb it, the combination of the nano-particles and radioactive fluorine make it possible for doctors to watch, via PET scan, as cancer cells are killed by the light-activated nanoparticles .
The little clip that doctors put on patients’ fingers to measure blood oxygenation levels and heart rate is a biophotonics tool that’s fairly well-known in conventional medicine, but otherwise biophotonics is an emerging field. Most of the current scientific research in universities has focused on using biophotonics to diagnose disease rather than for treatment . Only a few biophotonics therapies have attempted to treat diseases such as cancer . Getting these to become well-known and widely used is a major challenge because the public has been taught to treat cancer and other diseases using pills and surgeries. Patients have not been conditioned by the media to think of light as a viable treatment method. In order for biophotonics medicine to become competitive with other cancer treatment methods, the public would have to be retrained to think of light as a source of healing.
Safety and Effectiveness
At-home biophotonics devices such as the HALO system carry few risks of side-effects, but this device has a short history, little or no scientific research to back up its claims of healing, and only a few anecdotal stories of its success are available online. That’s not to say that the system doesn’t work, but rather that it’s viability hasn’t been established.
The safety and effectiveness of biophotonics for cancer treatment hasn’t been established scientifically though, intuitively, it seems that these treatments would be relatively harmless. Biophotonics is a new field and while the scientific community often squelches the research of new, possibly effective cancer treatments, anecdotal evidence often springs up online around treatments that individuals try and find effective. Many of the biophotonics devices currently available haven’t been tested extensively by individuals or by doctors to determine whether they’re safe or effective.
How Biophotonics Is Administered
Because biophotonic medicine is fairly new, administration varies, but in all cases, there is some form of light energy used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health issue. For example, a device called the Pharmanex S3 bioPhotonic measures a patient’s health profile in terms of the anti-oxidant levels in their body by bouncing blue 478 nanometer light waves off the patient’s skin. This wavelength of light bounces off carotenoid molecules to produce a different wavelength of light at 518 nm. The Pharmanex S3 can then count the number of carotenoid molecules in the skin to sample and deliver an assessment of the patient’s nutritional status based on these results .
Researchers at the University of California have developed light therapies that involve the use skin patch that releases nitric oxide when activated by a specific wavelength of light. Researchers at Washington University have developed a phototherapy method that penetrates deep into the body to shine light directly on to cancerous cells .
Another technology developed in Australia by Global Health Clinics involves light therapy that causes relaxation. The Ajna Light System is aimed toward seated or supine patients to create a deep state of relaxation using hypnotherapy and trance-inducing principles. This treatment has been used on cancer patients to address emotional/spiritual aspects of healing .
HALO Therapy is administered by shining light through vials of herbal or amino acid “essences”. The at-home HALO kit comes with a hand-held light and glass vials filled with various essences along with a manual on which vials to use for different health conditions. HALO light is aimed at the ear or sublingually (under the tongue) for 30 to 45 seconds .
Biophotonics imaging and diagnostics are performed in a variety of ways. Some technologies may shine light waves onto or through tissue samples while others use blood samples to diagnose disease. Still other diagnostic tools, like the Pharmanex S3 may be aimed at a patient’s hand for a few seconds .
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