Has Anyone Here Had Experience w/Light Therapy Products?

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Another dreary overcast day at the end of this miserable overlong winter...

While I've never been clinically diagnosed, I'm pretty sure that my productivity is impacted by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I tend to go into "siege mode" every winter; the months of short, dark days are really a personal trial for me. I've often considered purchasing a Light Therapy Box, but the decision never seems to make it to the top of my actionable priorities.

Just curious if any fellow Warriors have had experience (good/bad/indifferent) using one?

If they work as advertised, it would be a less drastic solution than moving to a tropical country (although that option's still on the table )

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance...
#experience #light therapy #products #seasonal affectv disorder #therapy #w or light
  • You can get light therapy boxes at Costco for under 150$. Definitely worth a try.

    Also, there are a lot of how-to's on the net about making your own. They have good research behind them, which is why medical professionals recommend them quite readily.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
      @ Mr. Goof Off ~ you're right about location. I actually moved to San Diego for six years, in large part because of the climate (70~75% total sunshine).

      SD was great... except for the high cost of living, low local wages (too close to Mexico), soulless suburban sprawl, earthquakes, wildfires... did I miss anything? :p

      Seriously though, I don't think I wanna go through another Northeast winter without active countermeasures.

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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Yes, years ago when I lived in Ohio. I think at the time they were called full spectrum lights? They did help but the year after trying them I moved south where sunny days were more common.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    I have not tried the light . I am pretty sure i suffer from Sad as well as other conditions. I am more effected by the warm air of the seasons than the change in light. Up here in the Boston area . The last few springs and fals have been rough or non existent. We have literally gone from needing the heater on to needing AC on back to needing heaters on. I need to move to some island populated with asian women . That would help My seasonal affected disorder .
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  • Profile picture of the author Caritas

    Take vitamin D3 (the "3" matters) to compensate for the lack of sunshine. D3 is used by your bones and many systems in your body. There is quite a bit of information on the net.

    The importance of D3 has been known for decades and taking 1000 units or more is not uncommon, especially in the winter.

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    • Profile picture of the author Michele24k
      I second D3. I lived in Washington State for a while, and never experienced SAD, despite the weather. The past few years home on the East Coast however, really affected me. The short days, combined with a dreary office environment did me in; I didn't start feeling myself until April. Last winter I started taking D3, and it has made a TREMENDOUS difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richgirl
    Hi, Yes I have one, and it does work, but you have to sit by it for up to an hour a day, pref am. You can now get led blue light ones that work quicker. Patrick Holford, a UK Brain-Bio specialist and nutritionist recommends buying a full spectrum light bulb and looking at it on and off for 3 mins a day (cost about $15), may be worth a try?

    I found that going for a daily walk (even 10 mins) in wintery sunshine and exercising helps, (before the total slugginess kicks in!), and also taking tyrosine 1,000 mg a day (the military use it to improve mental and physical performance & it stops the blues). But in my experience, the light definitely helps, as do sunbeds (though bad for the skin!). Hope that helps!

    Caritas - interesting tip re 'D3' - will investigate, thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Caritas
      Hello Richgirl:

      D3 is also known to prime your immune system. In other words, without enough of it, your immune system is essentially compromised.

      For other another easy and very effective way to improve your health watch the Project Camelot interview with Jim Humble that Kneb Knebaih posted in his " - Must WATCH Films! What They Won't Show You On Television" (post #21).

      Also, search Dr. David Brownstein (MD) on youtube. I know that a public lecture of his on the importance of iodine is there (or parts thereof). He also has information about the importance of natural, unrefined salt (It's properly balanced for the body.) and natural hormones as well as other topics on his site. (His name leads you to his web site. I recently received two sets of his books and videos as gifts.)

      Decreasing iodine levels in the population correspond to falling iodine amounts in the food supply. For example, bromine replaced iodine in commercial baking starting in the 1970's and many crops, including fruits and vegetables, are tainted with bromine either from the water or pesticides. Plus, bromine is in many manufactured goods such as new cars and clothes.

      So instead of having enough iodine in our bodies, we have toxic bromine instead. Fortunately, taking the right kind iodine also flushes out the bromine.

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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    I am lucky enough to not have any issues with the weather, I live in the North Dakota so that is surprising. I would love to see what type of results that people have gotten from that light therapy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caritas

    Vitamin D3 has another major benefit: It is a major player in the creation of new red blood cells.

    New RBCs are plump and elastic so they easily enter the smallest capillaries. Older RBCs become elongated or become very small. They no longer have the necessary "bounce" and flexibility so they can cause damage (think sand in your veins) and are not able to work as well as they could initially. (Red blood cells are the oxygen carriers.)

    It takes about three months for your body to recreate your RBCs so you would need to take vitamin D3 for a few months to see the effect.

    I discovered this information a few years ago in a medical book (currently on loan to a friend) by a Dr. Passwater. I have also seen first hand how a seriously ill person's red blood cell count was improved by taking D3.

    Since MDs used blood tests to help them determine therapy, or eligibility for therapy, having a good RBC count could have other benefits as well.

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    • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
      @ Caritas ~ I appreciate your enthusiasm for vitamin D3. I am already aware of its benefits.

      In the OP I asked specifically about light boxes, NOT supplements.

      If you really feel like sharing more about D3, perhaps you could start a new thread? Otherwise, you might give some folks the (mistaken?) idea that you're just trying to bump your post count.


      ~ Hasan
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      • Profile picture of the author Caritas
        Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

        @ Caritas ~ I appreciate your enthusiasm for vitamin D3. I am already aware of its benefits.

        In the OP I asked specifically about light boxes, NOT supplements.

        If you really feel like sharing more about D3, perhaps you could start a new thread? Otherwise, you might give some folks the (mistaken?) idea that you're just trying to bump your post count.


        ~ Hasan

        Yes, mistaken. As I mentioned, I have had an "up close and personal" view of the benefits. That is why my enthusiasm runneth over.

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  • Profile picture of the author TheGreatestDay
    Hi. I have suffered with SAD (not officially diagnosed, but it's not hard to put it all together) and, about 3 years ago, I invested in a Lumie Sunrise alarm clock. Every morning 'the sun rises' on my bedside table and gently wakes me up. I have it set for about an hour before I have to get up and take in the light for that time. I love it and, whether I have beaten the problem myself or whether it is the lamp, I don't know for sure (probably a combination of the two). I also try to get out in the sunshine (keep in mind I live in England!) for a few minutes daily. I do know this though, EVERY DAY I wake up feeling happy :-)

    Have a great day!

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    • Profile picture of the author gcastagno
      The light therapy boxes are actually very good, though I would go for a bigger one instead of the smaller cheaper ones.. You get what you pay for.

      I am aware that they work and are not just a fad as I worked with mentally disabled children and some of them in the winter used to get a little more restless and actually cry for no reason. We found that light therapy and (sorry to bring this back into it ) along with a good vitamin D supplement actually did help.

      Another thing we realised is that during the colder winter month's, people become a little more sluggish and do not move around as much and this. along with lack of sunlight produces this feeling.

      Quite a lot of people actually drink less water during the colder month's and just a 2% decrease in hydration also has an effect on the body.

      After all that, in a nutshell, yes, they work
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicky Papers
    I got a for a few minutes in the tanning booth at the gym. Planet Fitness has free tanning. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    They definitely work! A relative and I both have one, and both of us (and our friends/loved ones, lol) notice a considerable difference in our attitudes, feelings and behaviours on days when we haven't used our lamp.

    Here's the kind I have, I really like it: http://www.electronichealing.co.uk/r.../golite_M2.jpg It's called a goLITE, and I got it as a gift so I'm not sure where exactly you can get it, but I'm sure if you can't find it in a big-box store, you can get it online.

    I try to incorporate it into my wake-up ritual by sitting at my desk and reading emails while it shines in the corner of my eye. It's very convenient for someone with our type of job.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeanmarie
    I tried the light but unfortunately it didn't work for me. It made me quite nausaus (sp) so they told me to move the light further away. Finally it got to the point that I had moved it so far away that it didn't work. I have heard that it has helped many people but unfortunately not me. I also live in OH so I really need it.

    Jean Pizzoferrato,
    AKA The Italian Princess

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