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Red and Near Infrared Light Therapy: Short and Sweet

What is Red and Near Infrared Light Therapy?

If you read or follow the works of Dr. Mercola (, Tony Robbins (, or another advocate of unconventional healing methods such as Dave Asprey ( from Bulletproof, you have likely heard about red and near infrared light therapy. Red and near infrared light therapy, or photobiomodulation, works on the part of your cell that creates energy resulting in increased ability for your cell to carry out its function. The part of your cell that red and near infrared light therapy directly affects is a protein in your mitochondria called cytochrome oxidase c (COC).   Without red and near infrared frequencies of light your mitochondrion energy production slows which can lead to a myriad of health issues due to build up of free radicals leading to oxidative stress. Increased oxidative stress leads to aging. As oxidative stress builds, fatigue sets in along with autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s hypothyroid or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.


Why Red and Near Infrared Therapy is More Important Than Ever

Exposure to red and near infrared is more important than ever before due to the fact that we are almost always clothed and when we are exposed to light it’s the blue end of the visible spectrum of light. The blue frequencies damage protiens in the cell which takes a huge amount of energy to rebuild. Cell energy required to rebuild these proteins is shunted away from other cellular healing programs that require energy. Blue frequencies are used in artificial lights for their brightness and energy efficiency. Although these shorter wavelength lights are more energy efficient and easier on our wallet, they cause havoc on our cells due to the abscence of red and near infrared light. The red and near infrared frequencies are the magical precusors of creating cell energy from the food that we eat. This part of human cellular respiration, electron transport chain of the mitochondria, is so important as it produces a majority of the cell’s energy.


Athletes Use of Red and Near Infrared Therapy

Many athletes and coaches looking for an edge on performance and recovery are using red and near infrared therapy. Recently, Dr. Mercola, a world renowned Doctor of Osteopathy, published an article ( on Olympic and Nike Oregon Project athletes use of red and near infrared therapy to speed post-exercise recovery. Red and near infrared therapy was used by top NFL prospects at this year’s NFL Combine and regarded as one of the top recovery methods available to athletes. Current NFL and New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard (instagram: @devonkennard), regularly uses red and near infrared as a means for recovery during his NFL season and his offseason recovery program.


Whether you are a professional athlete or just want to optimize your health, you will likely benefit from red and near infrared light therapy as our cells are starving for these specific frequencies of light that create energy from the food in our diet. Without RNIr, we end up with sluggish cells regardless of your nutrition. This deficit in cellular metabolism and energy overtime is what leads to obesity, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases such as the ones stated above.


What is the Duration and Frequency Recommendations?

4 minutes, 5 times per week has been found to be very effective. Yes, just 4 minutes per day and cost per treatment is less than a cup of Starbucks. After 3 months of RNIr therapy I had labs that revealed I no longer have markers for anemia, hypothyroid, and low testosterone, which I struggled with for over 5 years. If you’re interested in learning more, make an appointment by calling us at 480-656-6200!

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