I am a Consultant Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Physician who assessed LED photo stimulation technology in 2001 for a different business. This luxury lifestyle report contains no confidential scientific and business information pertaining to that professional assessment.
It’s all Greek to Me
Lets get to the chase: a LightStim light bed that costs more than a BMW luxury sedan. What’s it all about, Alfie?
Therapy with light goes back to the Ancient Greeks (who else?) when it was propounded that sunlight was beneficial to health (heliotherapy). Today, we know that Vitamin D is produced in the skin with exposure to sunlight but we also know about the harmful ultraviolet UV rays.
In 1903, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Niels Ryberg Finsen “in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science”.
Today, we use phototherapy for newborn babies with jaundice.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is used to treat some skin tumours; a liquid drug is applied to the skin. The drug collects in the tumor cells over several hours or days to make the cells very sensitive to certain types of light. A special red light is then focused on the tumor(s), which kills the cells. Researchers also noted that it stimulated skin tissue to regenerate and improve the appearance of the skin. Circulation is increased and fibroblastic activity, collagen production and healing are promoted. This effect has produced positive results in the treatment of rosacea, anti-aging and sun damage.
In Space, the weightless environment slows cellular growth, in part because it depends on gravity. NASA examined the use of light to penetrate deep into tissues and found it stimulated cell growth and promoted healing in zero-G environments. LED Light Therapy is an FDA-approved cosmetic procedure using medical devices, which by definition, are non-invasive and non-abrasive.
Red LED Light helps to encourage collagen production and healing in the skin. It helps to increase blood and oxygen flow to the skin and capillaries, therefore increasing cellular metabolism and strengthening the capillary walls. It stimulates gradual healing by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic activity. Red LED Therapy is also used to treat scars and rosacea.
Blue LED Light Therapy is effective with difficult acne cases where an ongoing acne treatment appears to have stalled. In clinical studies, blue light has been shown to generate singlet oxygen which attacks the bacteria that causes acne.
Previously, LightStim produced hand held LED devices for home use and larger LED panels for “professional” use by beauticians or dermatologists.
Taking the concept to another level, the LightStim LED Bed is a soothing, natural and non-invasive treatment that promotes total body wellness and peak physiological function by utilizing the power of LightStim MultiWave® Patented Technology.
It is the first LED Bed to gain Over-The-Counter FDA Clearance to be sold for temporary relief of muscle, joint, and arthritic pain and increase local blood circulation.
I think it has a chance of working better without the ‘modesty towel’ but obviously, we can’t show the real treatment photographs! 🙂
Composed of 18,240 LEDs designed to rejuvenate, repair and energize every cell in the body.
Full-body sized bed, measuring 86 inches (218cm) in length (including headrest), 40 inches (102cm) in width, and 18 inches (46cm) in height.
LightStim MultiWave® Patented Technology simultaneously emits multiple wavelengths (colours) of light.
LightStim cite “Studies Show That LED Light Therapy Can Help To:
Increase the cell’s production of the body’s fuel source, ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)
Increase production of NO (Nitric Oxide)
Accelerate wound healing, reduce bruising, redness and swelling
Protect against cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes
Prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals
Decrease exercise induced muscle fatigue
Improve post-exercise recovery and promote muscle regeneration
Release endorphins to inhibit pain
Protect skin from UV damage”
Steve Marchese, CEO of LightStim, exhorts the product’s medicinal values saying it’s been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to treat muscle aches and pains. It helps with arthritic pain, improves the effects of Viagra and promotes blood flow. The facial LED panels can help reduce wrinkles. “You get off the bed and feel a conservative euphoria,” he said, “I get off the bed in the morning and say, ‘Shit’s going to go right today.'”
I cannot comment professionally about those claims except to say that the products comply with current FDA regulations for Medical Devices that do not require marketing approval or assessment.
If you can afford $65,000 for a bed, even one that glows in Technicolor, you probably don’t care.
You know that not that many people can afford this sort of luxury….
Excerpts of FDA letter to LightStim:
“We have reviewed your Section 5 10(k) premarket notification of intent to market the device referenced above and have determined the device is substantially equivalent (for the indications for use stated in the enclosure) to legally marketed predicate devices marketed in interstate commerce prior to May 28, 1976, the enactment date of the Medical Device Amendments, or to devices that have been reclassified in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Act) that do not require approval of a premarket approval application (PMA).
You may, therefore, market the device, subject to the general controls provisions of the Act. The general controls provisions of the Act include requirements for annual registration, listing of devices, good manufacturing practice, labeling, and prohibitions against misbranding and adulteration.
Please note: CDRH does not evaluate information related to contract liability warranties. We remind you; however, that device labeling must be truthful and not misleading.
Please be advised that FDA’s issuance of a substantial equivalence determination does not mean that FDA has made a determination that your device complies with other requirements of the Act or any Federal statutes and regulations administered by other Federal agencies.”
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).