Tuesday, May 14, 2019


                         Dr. Hanli Lui demonstrating PBM Helmet at Boston Veterans Health Center

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The United Nations International Day of Light, on May 16, commemorates the first successful use of a laser.  This year, there is much to celebrate.

Awareness and acceptance of Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy have witnessed historic strides over the last twelve months, saving lives and bringing hope to millions.

PBM Therapy is the process where infra-red and near infrared light, when directed at parts of the body with the right intensity, stimulates mitochondria to repair and restore cell function and reduce inflammation.  It is a natural process aiding a natural process within our body’s 37 trillion cells. 

PBM Therapy’s efficacy is now supported by over 700 Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) and 4,000 lab research studies, many published in leading scientific journals, including the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. 

During this past year, evidence of PBM Therapy’s viability as a pain treatment option was presented at medical conferences, to the U.S. Congress, and to the White House as a potential solution to the opioid crisis.

PBM Therapy’s use is rapidly expanding in three important medical areas.

On May 9, 2019, Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, opened the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force meeting by declaring, “We cannot solve America’s Opioid Crisis without solving America’s Pain Crisis”. 

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study estimated that over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  This is costing them $600 billion a year in medical treatments. Science Daily and the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) documented America’s annual costs of chronic pain at $635 billion, including lost productivity. Those turning to opioids and other pain medications, legal and illegal, encounter death and disabilities, adding another $504 billion a year to the cost of pain in America, according the Council of Economic Advisors.

PBM Therapy’s role in effectively managing pain and reducing the need for opioids, is being embraced by an expanding number of policy officials, scientists, and healthcare professionals.  The legions of patients whose lives have been saved using light therapy are building the case for adopting this innovative technology. 

The Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA) was signed into law on October 24, 2018.  It mandated the federal government assess using technology solutions to manage pain.

PBM Therapy’s role in treating and preventing the terrible side effects of cancer chemotherapy and stem cell transplants is being officially recognized and accepted.  The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has successfully treated 850 cancer patients to significantly reduce oral mucositis, one of the worst side effects of cancer treatment.  Patients who had to suspend cancer treatment to recover their ability to digest food, are now progression free survivors thanks to PBM Therapy.   St. Jude’s Children’s Medical Research Hospital is currently implementing PBM Therapy for its pediatric oncology patients.

This June, the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is officially recommending PBM Therapy as the Standard of Care treatment for side effects relating to high dose chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and stem cell transplants.  This is the first international endorsement of PBM Therapy’s effectiveness.

PBM Therapy is becoming the treatment of choice to help America’s veterans.

PBM Therapy is successfully helping Veterans at the Boston Veterans Healthcare System.  The ground breaking work of Dr. Marnie Naeser, has documented PBM Therapy’s effectiveness in treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), and Parkinson’s Disease.

Based upon the results in Boston, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, and the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia, are implementing similar programs for treating pain, reducing opioid use, and treating neurological conditions. They, and other Veterans’ Medical Centers, are assessing PBM Therapy for improving wound healing.

On April 24, 2019, the television show “Seal Team” featured a veteran suffering from combat-related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) asking a Veteran’s Hospital doctor about using “Photobiomodulation” to treat his condition.  This was PBM’s first popular culture reference. 

PBM Therapy is starting to move beyond the early-adopter circles of medical research to become an evidence-based treatment option for mainstream healthcare providers.  The coming years promise further dramatic advances in research and acceptance.  

The Day of Light is heralding the Age of Light.

Friday, May 3, 2019


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While U.S. politicians and the media are mud wrestling over the 2016 and 2020 elections China is resetting the global chess board.

China’s President Xi JinPing was just in Paris for the Global Governance Forum.  He assured European leaders that his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a universal good and poses no threat to the West.

China launched the BRI in 2013 as a massive infrastructure project establishing the ancient Silk Road as the epicenter of 21st Century transport and trade.  China has recruited 125 nations to participate and pledged $150 billion a year to make it a reality.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker all praised Xi’s leadership in global development.

Xi’s European sojourn follows his three-day BRI conference in Beijing, attended by representatives of the 125 nations involved in China’s epic venture.

China is methodically implementing an aggressive and comprehensive strategy to become the world’s dominate economic power by 2050.  In 2018, the 19th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress openly espoused this goal.

China’s “New Era” strategy echoes the mercantile policies of the 18th Century and 19th Century imperialism.  Its world view builds on lessons learned during the Cold War.

During the Cold War the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. globally competed for strategic resources and control of sea routes.  The Soviets were driven by a Communist world view to forcibly take over the world and crush Western Democracy and freedom.  Soviet military and intelligence assets toppled governments, supported insurgencies, and undermined Western resolve.

The U.S. responded with a tepid “containment” strategy that ceded large swaths of the world to communist tyranny.  Soviet “agents of influence” obfuscated true intentions by labeling Communist guerilla bands “agrarian reformers”.  Liberal allies were recruited in government, academia, and the media to confuse issues, overcomplicate solutions, and bungle counter measures. 

Both East and West framed much of their efforts as economic reform or development.  The communists destroyed whole populations with murder and starvation.  The West killed with kindness.  Liberal academicians, instead of business people, ran development agencies that spent trillions on poorly conceived and implemented projects.  The Developing World is littered with empty buildings, rusting tractors, and environmentally damaged landscapes.

Is it any wonder that China’s approach is making headway?

Starting in 2000, China began pouring money into highly targeted projects in Africa.  They either directly built and ran the project or offered enticing loans.

The direct approach was for China to takeover a natural resource, such as a mine, take over the port for shipping the resource, and building rail and road links between them.  Chinese workers run everything.  There is no effort to employ or engage “host county nationals” (HNCs).  One by one, China has solidified control over strategic mineral resources and ports throughout Africa.

When direct control is not immediately available, China initiated “Debt Trap Diplomacy” (DTD).

The most recent DTD vestige is China gaining control of the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

Mombasa is the third largest port in Africa.  China’s long-term power play started with loaning the Kenya government funds to develop the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The SGR links to the new Inland Container Depot in Nairobi, which receives, and dispatches, freight hauled on the new cargo trains from Mombasa.  Earlier this year, China called in its loan, which it knew Kenya could not afford. In one act, China now owns a key port on the Indian Ocean and its supportive infrastructure.
The Mombasa seizure follows other China DTD activities.  In December 2017, the Sri Lankan government lost the port of Hambantota to China, for a lease period of 99 years.  This happened after failing to repay billions of dollars in loans.

China remains unchallenged on making its 2050 vision a reality.

This is because the United States has no idea what it should be doing in the world.

Starting with the Spanish-American War, America had a very clear idea of its role in the world.  John Philip Sousa’s composed his famous “Stars and Stripes Forever” to honor Admiral Dewey’s victory against the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay.  It embodied the patriotic fervor that would propel America for the next ninety-four years. 

Theodore Roosevelt earned a Nobel Peace Prize for settling the Russo-Japanese War.  “The Yanks are Coming” heralded America’s entry into World War I.  On December 29, 1940, Franklin Roosevelt declared the U.S. the “arsenal of democracy” to help stem the tide of tyranny and lead to winning World War II.  Ronald Reagan described the U.S. as the “shining city on the hill” to serve as a beacon of hope, inspiring millions to topple the Soviet Empire.

America has had no actionable global strategy since the Berlin Wall fell. 

China has filled the void.  

Thursday, April 25, 2019


West Virginia Convention - Wheeling 1861


The origins of West Virginia, its current challenges, and its political dynamics are all embodied in a unique case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1870.

In Virginia v. West Virginia, 78 U.S. 11 Wall. 39 39 (1870) 78 U.S. (11 Wall.) 39 two counties demanded to be reinstated into Virginia.  The Court ultimately prevented Berkeley and Jefferson Counties from returning to Virginia.  In the process, the Civil War and the battlefield origins of West Virginia were reviewed in detail.  Three Justices dissented, asserting that the birth of West Virginia was chaotic and violated the rights of local citizens in the Eastern Panhandle.

The three judge dissent reveals origins of the state’s current political tensions.  Citizens in the Eastern Panhandle continue to agitate against the highly centralized state government.

Virginian political leaders initiated a process to succeed from the Union in January 1861.  As a Commonwealth, Virginia gave deference to county representation.  Initially, the 152 delegates were solidly pro-Union.  However, old regional rivalries surfaced.

Delegates from the western counties of Virginia raised the issue of unequal political power with the eastern sections of the state.  This east-west divide had been simmering since the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829.  That State Constitution required a property qualification for voting. This disenfranchised many yeoman farmers in the more mountainous western counties. It also embraced counting slaves on a three-fifths basis for apportioning representation. Every county beyond the Alleghenies, except one, rejected the 1829 constitution, which still passed with overwhelming eastern support. The issue of regional inequality erupted again during the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851. 

On the morning of April 12, 1861, Confederate cannons opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. After the Fort’s surrender on April 13, President Lincoln issued a call for 75,000 volunteers to forcibly return the rebellious states to the Union.  This was enough for the succession proponents in the Virginia Convention to prevail on April 17, 1861.

A formal vote, by county, was scheduled for May 23, 1861. Successionists took matters into their own hands and attacked the Federal Arsenal in Harpers Ferry on the evening of April 18.

The Eastern Panhandle became the site for over 60 Civil War Battles.  Local communities descended into chaos as Union and Confederate armies competed for control of this critical north-south gateway.  Some towns changed hands dozens of times.   

Pro-Union forces in western Virginia formed a separate state in June 1861.  Former Virginia Governor, and Confederate General, Henry Wise reported that, “The Kanawha Valley is wholly traitorous…You cannot persuade these people that Virginia can or ever will reconquer the northwest.”

Early in the Civil War, Union forces solidified control of northern Virginia (Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax). President Lincoln and the U.S. Congress merged this Unionist beachhead with the western counties as the “free” state of Virginia. 

On August 20, 1861, Lincoln empowered this military-backed civilian entity to establishment the separate state of West Virginia from the pro-Union western counties that opted-out of the Succession Convention.

A “free” state convention met in Wheeling, November 26, 1861, and drafted the "Constitution of West Virginia". It designated forty-four counties, "formerly part of the State of Virginia," to be "included in and form part of the State of West Virginia." The Counties of Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, Frederick, Berkeley, and Jefferson were not named as part of the state.

The new West Virginia constitution left open the possibility of adding additional counties:

“if a majority of the votes cast at the election or elections held as provided in the schedule hereof, in the district composed of the Counties of Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire, and Morgan, shall be in favor of the adoption of this constitution, the said four counties shall be included in and form part of the State of West Virginia, and if the same shall be so included, and a majority of the votes cast at the said election or elections, in the district composed of Berkeley, Jefferson, and Frederick, shall be in favor of the adoption of this constitution, then the three last-named counties shall also be included in and form part of the State of West Virginia."

Under the terms of this Constitution, an inclusion vote was held on the first Thursday in April,1862, for citizens in the original forty-four counties, and those living in Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire, and Morgan.

Significantly, no one in the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, or Frederick voted on the matter, because:

"from the 1st of June, 1861, to the 1st of March, 1862, during which time these proceedings for the formation of a new state were held, those counties were in the possession and under the absolute control of the forces of the Confederate States, and that an attempt to hold meetings in them to promote the formation of the new state would have been followed by immediate arrest and imprisonment."

A series of laws were passed within the “free” state of Virginia authorizing the military-backed State Legislature to certify popular support for counties being added to the new state of “West Virginia”. On January 31, 1863, the “free” state of Virginia gave consent for the counties of Berkeley and Jefferson to be transferred to the State of West Virginia.  Frederick County, still under Confederate control, remained in the old Virginia.

At the national level, an enabling act was approved by President Lincoln on December 31, 1862 for admitting West Virginia, on the condition that a provision for the gradual abolition of slavery be inserted in the state constitution.

The West Virginia state convention reconvened on February 12, 1863, and passed a new constitution including the abolition provision. The revised constitution was adopted on March 26, 1863.  On April 20, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation admitting West Virginia as the 35th state effective on June 20, 1863.

West Virginians in the eastern panhandle bridled under being forcibly included in a Union state.  Rumors were rampant that the owners of the B&O Railroad engineered their inclusion because they did not want their rail line going through a southern state.  This led to the 1870 Supreme Court decision. As recently as the 1990s, the Mayor of Charles Town, the county seat of Jefferson County, explored reopening the case.

Unlike its origins, West Virginia choose not to be a Commonwealth.  It remains one of the most centralized state governments in America, possibly for maintaining unity among entrenched regional interests.  Only recently did the West Virginia legislature authorize limited home rule for certain municipalities.  The power of counties to control growth and levy impact fees is less than 20 years old.

West Virginia’s turbulent genesis, and its Charleston-centric political power, has led to the state earning a reputation for corruption and incompetence.  “Democrats are controlled by the coal mining unions; Republicans are controlled by the coal mining executives” observed a Republican legislator. 

The state is challenged in finding its economic bearings as coal use declines.  It lacks internet access (West Virginia has the worst connectivity of the fifty states, while neighboring Virginia has the best).  Teacher unions and a bloated state bureaucracy make West Virginia one of the most expensive per-student school systems in the country, while consistently placing 49 or 50 in academic achievement.  The state steadily loses population, except for the eastern panhandle and the state Capitol of Charleston. 

Except for recent Presidential elections, Democrats dominate the state.  In 2016, Republicans won control of both the House of Delegates and the State Senate for the first time in 82 years.  In Jefferson County, formed in 1803, it took until 2004 for the first Republican Clerk to be elected. The first Republican Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney was elected in 2018.

Monday, March 25, 2019


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Terrible things are happening to America.

The fundamental underpinnings of what makes America America are being directly assaulted.

President Ronald Reagan warned, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

We are in the extinction generation.

Democrats winning the U.S. House of Representatives ignited a firestorm of proposals to remake America into a centralized state.  The Green New Deal is a full-scale assault on America’s economic future and a Washington power grab of epic proportions. The payment of Reparations is a vapid applause line based on pure lunacy.  

Other proposals are from the Democrat playbook for achieving perpetual power – instant voter registration, blurring the lines regarding citizenship, amnesty for illegals, and letting felons vote.

Overreaching on policy is predictable after a major electoral win.  Extremes, from either end of the political spectrum, are destined to disintergrate on the rocks and shoals that our Founders embedded in our foundational documents to perpetually preserve and protect our nation.

More troubling are the proposals gaining traction from the increasingly radical pronouncements of Democrats running for President in 2020.  These proposals seek to eviscerate our foundational documents, eliminating structures that assured our nation’s survival since 1789.

Under the banner of “fairness”, proposals for eliminating the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court, basing Senate seats on population, and lowering the voter age to 16 , are gaining currency.

Leftists have repeatedly tried to erase America’s foundations.  FDR’s future “Brain Trust” met with Lenin in 1921, and Stalin in 1927, to develop a strategic approach to dismantling the U.S. economy and establish a socialist America.  Rexford Tugwell, one of FDR’s top economists and architect of his agriculture policy, developed a “Constitution for the Newstates of America”.  The Tugwell Constitution, and its elimination of federalism, remained at the periphery of leftist discourse until recently.  Tugwell’s vision of an all-powerful central government mirror the current proposals taking center stage among Democrat candidates.

The latest Pew Research Center survey shows that 55 percent of Americans support eliminating the Electoral College.  A Harris poll shows that nearly half of Millennials and “Generation Z” want to live in a socialist country.

Under the banner of “political correctness”, the defining touch stones of the people, places, and events that shaped America are being erased.  Recently, George Washington University students pushed to eliminate their George Washington “colonial” mascot as being racist.

Statues of non-confederate soldiers, and even monuments to people named “Lee”, who are not related to Robert E. Lee, have been vandalized.

How is this possible?

Ignorance and Indoctrination.

Since the late 1960’s liberals have made controlling educational content a strategic goal.  This movement accelerated in the 1970s and has been on a steady march ever since.  Conservatives have occasionally sounded warning bells, but they have never effectively mounted a sustained counter campaign. 

Losing this asymmetrical struggle fosters growing public support for scrapping the world’s greatest democratic republic. 

This happens when civics is relegated to just one half of a year for the entire Kindergarten through High School curriculum.  The Annenberg Public Policy Center documented that only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government.

History is being shrunk to cover only events that occurred after 1200 AD. Large swarths of historical events and figures have been eliminated.  Last November, the Texas State Board of Education voted to remove 450 historical figures. This includes significant individuals like John Hancock. The National Assessment of Educational Progress reported that only 18 percent of High School graduates are proficient in American history.  

The result is younger Americans having no idea how their government works and why it was established that way.  Not learning about what happened before 1200 removes all the great religions of the world.  Not knowing about Greece and Rome cripple any understanding of the roots of democracy, civic institutions, and public discourse.  Deprived of knowledge and understanding, loyalty to our system of government vanishes. 

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that only 27 percent of Americans under 45 would pass the citizenship exam.  A Scott Rasmussen poll discovered that 50 percent of Americans think our constitutional rights are given by the government and are subject to change.  America is sailing into the danger zone.

In 1837, Horace Mann established the concept that public education was not about learning a trade, but about learning to be a citizen.  We must re-establish that goal or America’s civic culture will cease to exist.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


SWaN Investors have done a masterful job orchestrating an “echo chamber” of positive media.  Countless Letters to the Editor purportedly from Harpers Ferry “residents”, news releases, and unsubstantiated assertions, have flooded local media.

SWaN’s goal is to stampede four of the seven voting Members of the Harpers Ferry Town Council to ignore, bend, and invent rules in order to give the out-of-state billionaires everything they desire as quickly as possible.

Facts and laws must drive the decision that will shape the next century of Harpers Ferry. 

The first reality check is to remember that the Hill Top Hotel was fully operational the day SWaN bought it.  Tour groups filled its rooms, hungry customers lined up for Hill Top’s famous fried chicken and buffet, and community groups regularly met there. 

The second reality check is to remember that it was SWaN, no one else, who closed the Hill Top Hotel. They asserted that Hill Top must be completely torn down.  To validate their assertion, SWaN allowed Hill Top to become derelict.  No repairs occurred, windows were broken, and water seeped in, collapsing the hotel’s front facade.  Those saddened by Hill Top’s current state of disrepair should remember who is responsible.

The third reality check is that the Town of Harpers Ferry owns the roads and undeveloped paper streets that SWaN so desperately craves.  These streets were laid out by War Department engineers under President George Washington.  They were officially documented in the 1869 War Department plat.  These streets are not “fake”.  They contribute to the integrity of Harpers Ferry’s Historic District, which was established by the Department of Interior in 1976.  Harpers Ferry’s Town Ordinances do not allow for the sale or transfer of these streets to anyone. The 2016 Ordinance amendment was only intended for disposing of Personal Property. No street has ever been given, sold, or ceded to anyone since 1790.  No amount of undocumented assertions changes this.

The fourth reality check is SWaN’s heavy-handed efforts to control public access to the Promontory.  Armed thugs brandishing guns have accosted members of the community when they are on paved portions of East Ridge and Columbia Streets.  In one instance, Harpers Ferry police had to order a SWaN thug to “stand down” and retreat to actual SWaN property.  SWaN refuses to release its “Security and Safety” Policy that will dictate when the community can access the Promontory.  Their secret policy could all but eliminate access. 

SWaN’s proposed land swap of their nearly vertical property for all the adjoining paper streets would bankrupt Harpers Ferry.  Accessing the Promontory using a massive zig-zagging wooden stairway would generate lawsuits and costs for making the 45% incline comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  No-one in a wheel chair, on crutches, or infirm may be able to enjoy one of our region’s greatest vistas.

The fifth reality check is that the number of Harpers Ferry visitors has increased since Hill Top Hotel closed in March 2008.  That year 260,000 visitors entered the Park.  In 2017, there were 342,534 Park visitors, an increase of 31.7 percent.  Since Hill Top closed, Harpers Ferry has been listed as one of America’s top tourist destinations in countless travel magazines and websites.  Harpers Ferry is certainly not a dying ghost town portrayed by SWaN’s acolytes.

The final reality check is about the true nature of SWaN and its proponents.  None of those appearing at Town meetings, or writing as “residents”, were involved, in any way, with the thirty preservation initiatives, since 1988, that saved the historic and scenic resources of the Harpers Ferry area from being destroyed. None of SWaN’s “community” proponents helped with the 50th Anniversary of the Park, the Centennial of the Second Niagara Movement, or any of the Sesquicentennial commemorations of the John Brown Raid or the area’s Civil War battles. 

No one from SWaN even had the decency to attend the funeral of Bill Stanhagen, the person who sold Hill Top to SWaN.

These are the realities of the Hill Top project, and its supporters. 

Hopefully, they will be aired during the March 9 Town Workshop on the Concept Plan.

Scot Faulkner is President of Friends of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and co-chaired the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Park.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Congressional Briefing on Ending Opioid Use by
treating pain using Photobiomodulation
Rayburn House Office Building
October 11, 2018

Mr. Chairman, members of Congress ladies and gentlemen. I am James Carroll, CEO and founder of THOR Photomedicine.

I am sure are all too aware there is an opioid crisis. A hundred million adults in the United States are affected by chronic pain and $600 billion a year is spent on in health care, direct health care costs and lost productivity because of pain.

49,000  people from opioids in 2017, 19,000 of which were from prescribed opioids for pain relief.

So we believe that Photobiomodulation therapy can help reduce the prescribing of opioid medication for pain relief and we wish to draw attention to the Congress and health care policymakers, NIH and CMS, about this potentially valuable tool.

I will start at the beginning, what is photobiomodulation therapy?

Some of you may have seen a TV show in the past called Star Trek.

On Star Trek when somebody was injured they would be taken to sickbay, and the doctor would get out a laser beam and aim it at the injury, and the patients would heal instantly, well that is photobiomodulation.

It is not as fast as on TV, we don't heal people instantly, but you get the idea, we shine a special kind of light on people, and they get better more quickly.

So what is this Photobiomodulation?

Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy previously known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of monochromatic light which means light of one color, and if we have light at the right color (or to use the technical phrase the right wavelength) and if the light is of the right intensity, and if we aim it in the right place, for the right amount of time, then we can increase the speed of tissue repair, we can reduce inflammation and edema, and we can induce an analgesic effect.

Most of the published clinical evidence is on musculoskeletal pain (sprains and strains and creaky joints), but there is also evidence for its effect on neuropathic pain, non-healing wounds and oral mucositis a severe side effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for which opioids are often prescribed.

Treatments look like this, usually directly to the skin or an injury and it can be intraoral, it can be extraoral, we can do some remote treatments as well.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is not a heat therapy, the effects on the body are more like photosynthesis in plants because humans and animals will photosynthesize, and you know this already but you not have thought about it before, but you know when we go out in the sun we change color, that is a form of photosynthesis, and we use light to help synthesize vitamin D, and you may know that in hospitals they treat premature babies with blue light to prevent neonatal jaundice, and you may know that dermatologists  use ultraviolet light for treating psoriasis and vitiligo, so we should not be surprised if light has some other effects on the body.

Normally you and patients and many doctors will associate lasers in medicine with cutting and cauterizing tissue. The good news is that not all lasers are dangerous,  some of them are more dangerous than others and that's because there are different classes of lasers. 

Class one lasers are inherently safe, they are used in supermarkets for reading barcodes and nobody gets hurt. The medical lasers you are probably thinking of are Class 4 lasers, they're the ones that have a thermal effect.

PBM Therapy uses Class 3B lasers, they have no harmful effects on skin or clothing but they are potentially hazardous to the eyes. So everybody should be wearing laser safety glasses when PBM lasers are being used, but PBM Therapy also utilizes light-emitting diodes (LEDs), they have some similar qualities to lasers but they also have they have no harmful effects and are usually safe for the eyes.

For the sake of this presentation, we are going to assume that lasers and LEDs do the same thing because mostly they do, we do not have time today to explain when it is best to use lasers or when it might be best to use LEDs.

There are 500 randomized placebo control clinical trials published on PBM and yet most people in medicine have never even heard of it.

There are over 4,000 laboratory studies looking at the mechanism of action and dose-response, and about thirty peer-reviewed research papers are published every month in this field.

Some of the popular medical applications of PBM Therapy include: hard to heal wounds (such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers and pressure sores), musculoskeletal pain such as tendinopathies, neck pain (as reviewed here in The Lancet).

Reduced use of opioids for Post-operative pain. Postherpetic Neuralgia one of the worst pains that you can get. It’s chronic persistence hypersensitivity and in some patients and its really severe,  people can’t wear shirts and they can’t lie down, they can’t bear to be touched, it drives some people to suicide. At the end of the study 95% of patients discontinued all medication. At 6-month follow-up 80% maintained their reduction in pain.

Oral mucositis is a painful, debilitating side effect of high dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy often requiring opioids for pain control. Thirty-three clinical trials (RCTs) have shown PBM Therapy to be effective in reducing the incidence and severity of oral mucositis.

The Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) recommend the use of PBM Therapy for treating oral mucositis, and in the United Kingdom the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence  (NICE) recommend cancer patients receive this treatment in the UK National Health Service (NHS).

It has been shown in one long term follow-up Oral Mucositis study on 108 patients followed up to 8 years that the active PBM threated group had better long term (cancer) progression-free survival than those in the placebo group.

How can one medicine treat so many different diseases?

You know you shouldn’t believe anything that appears to do everything. PBM does not do everything, it treats one thing and it treats it very well, it is something scientists call it Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), doctors call it Oxidative Stress, and most patients would call them Free Radicals

Light has a profound effect on the production of ROS, but where do they come from? They come from mitochondria. So what are mitochondria? Well, mitochondria are often called the powerhouses of the cell. 

The short story is; when we're sick, injured, stressed or just old, our cells tend to be low on ATP,  high in oxidative stress, when we put PBM Therapy into patients it tips the balance in favor of more ATP and less oxidative stress, and under these circumstances patients get better and more quickly.

PBM Therapy is safe and effective for a wide range of medical conditions where drugs and surgery have failed. It is time for this proven procedure to be considered as a first line medical treatment.

This is not just another form of pain relief, it actually helps people heal.

For more information visit: www.CONGRESSPBM.com

James Carroll has been working on Photobiomodulation for over 30 years (since1987). He is a recognized authority on Photobiomodulation dose, dose rate effects and the measurement and reporting of parameters. He has written or co-authored 18 published academic papers and three books on Laser Photobiomodulation. His most recent appointments include: Biomedical Optics Society conference chair, Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, and Editorial Board of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. He also served on the World Association for Laser Therapy and the North American Association for Laser Therapy. James recently presented Photobiomodulation to the United Nations Global Health Impact Forum.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


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The solution to America’s Border Wall is hiding in plain sight.

Instead of fighting what may be a losing battle with Congress, President Trump should trigger a well-established, legal, and proven good management practice of “reallocating unused federal funds” to build America’s Border Wall.

All it will take to complete the next phase of the Border Wall is the stroke of President Trump’s pen and a push of a button from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The simple solution is mining “unobligated balances” throughout the Executive Branch.

Every year funds are allocated for federal projects and programs based on estimates. Congress adds money when those estimates fall short, even if caused by waste and fraud. Funds sit idle when spending is less than expected.

Families face this situation all the time. You take cash to buy fast food and have change left over. That change ends up in a coin jar. A family member eventually takes the coin jar to a bank or Coinstar to turn pennies, dimes, nickels, and quarters into easier spent dollars.

Presidents, since Lyndon Johnson, have funded their priorities mining these unobligated balances through the mechanism of a “budget sweep”. The President authorizes the Director of OMB to request Executive Branch Departments and Agencies to return unobligated and unexpended funds back to the Treasury.

Johnson funded his Great Society and the Vietnam War with the billions in “loose change” lying around Executive Branch Agencies. Nixon funded the Vietnam War. Carter funded expanding domestic programs. Reagan brought down the Soviet Empire. The Bushes fought their Iraq wars. Clinton juggled funds to stay within Republican Congressional budget limits.

Then something changed. During his eight years in office, President Obama allowed $914.8 billion in unexpended, unobligated, funds to pile-up across the federal government. He never did a budget sweep. This number continues to climb under President Trump, who has also not authorized a budget sweep.

Unexpended, unobligated funds are dutifully reported under “Assets and Balance Sheets” of the federal budget released each year by the Office of Management and Budget. These funds are documented, in detail, in every Department and Agency budget under the accounting code “1941”. For the current fiscal year, there is over $150 billion in “1941” unexpended, unobligated balances in the Defense Department alone.

An additional $1.028 trillion remains unexpended among general accounts, and $461 billion remains unspent in trust funds. While these funds are technically obligated, the fact that they languish for years raises questions about their use, management, and relevance.

There is, therefore, a total of $2.651 trillion in existing Executive Branch funds potentially available for immediate reallocation.

In June 2012, to his eternal credit, former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn issued a blistering report, “Money for Nothing” that exposed these funds for the first time. Unfortunately, not even conservative media covered it.

Senator Coburn documented this in his “Money for Nothing” report:

In total, the federal government is projected to end fiscal 2012 with more than $2 trillion in unexpended funds that will be carried over to next year, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget. While more than two-thirds of this amount is obligated for specific purposes, $687 billion remains unobligated, meaning it is essentially money for nothing."

The existence, processes, and uses of unexpended, unobligated funds were reported by the few conservatives among Trump’s Transition Team, to no avail. OMB officials were given detailed 1941 account spread sheets, as were several Cabinet Secretaries and their staffs. Nothing happened.

Trump must take control of the Border Wall project with processes and funds that already exist and are in plain sight.