Sherry Rogers, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in environmental medicine Board Certified in Environmental Medicine as well as charter
Board Certified in Family Practice, a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.
Dr. Rogers is the author of over 16 books on environmental illness and finding the root causes and cure of diseases. She has published over 20 scientific papers, as well as written for many of the current periodical and text book chapters. She served on medical journal editorial boards, and has given over 100 lectures to physicians in six countries, and more in over 42 years of medical practice.
This article is posted with permission from Dr. Sherry Rogers. The article appears in the October 2011 issue of Total Wellness, a monthly newsletter published by Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D.
Are You Headed For Surgery? Wait!
Are you about to throw in the towel for a chronically swelling knee, a bad back, shoulder pain or any other new joint? Or do you have painful diabetic neuropathy, loss of sensation, nearly gangrenous toes, or non-healing leg ulcers? Don’t despair. You may be able to heal them. If that sounds preposterous, it’s only because there is so much more that you don’t know about. So let’s take a quantum leap.
By now you know that everything in the body is not only chemical, but at a deeper level it’s electrical. In fact every organ, every enzyme, every component of a cell has an electrical frequency of its own. In Pain Free In 6 Weeks I gave the evidence of how soldiers returning from battle who had non-union leg fractures were healed using the correct frequencies. Prior to this these fractures were pinned, plated, and casted, yet they would never knit together and heal.
One of the ways I put myself through medical school was living in the VA Hospital and covering the clinical laboratory solo every sixth night. Little did I appreciate how famous the laboratory across the hall from my room would become. For it was the home of Dr. Robert Becker, one of the world’s physicians who found that applying the correct frequency to bone cells turned on the chemistry of healing. Now we know how to use this for improving even more conditions, like diabetic neuropathy (whether it’s in the early stages with severe pain or the later stages with loss of sensation), areas of poor circulation and ulcers, poorly healed burns, erectile dysfunction, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and even glaucoma. Let me give you a little background.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good” (Gen 1:3). But I didn’t know that He had designed light so that it could also be used for healing! I do know that giving you the science first is not the way to entice you to read on, but if you’re like me, I needed a lot of scientific evidence before I could begin to believe the healing miracles that I saw. So let’s start, backwards.
Light has a spectrum from short wavelengths all the way up to very long wavelengths. And having wavelengths means that it also has different energies or frequencies. God has programmed receptors for light in living organisms. Plants use light for photosynthesis to grow. Animals have receptors for light in the visual part of the brain, the eye (for circadian rhythms of sleep cycles, etc,), plus photoreceptors are in the skin for making the hormone vitamin D. But more exciting regarding His phenomenally unfathomable molecular biochemistry of the body is that inside cells we also have enzymes like NAD and cytochrome C oxidase that respond to light and specific frequencies.
Physicists have learned that they could harness the energies of light through laser technology. High frequencies of lasers are more precise than a surgeon’s knife and can cauterize at the same time to stop bleeding. Low frequency levels of lasers have been used to heal, but they are not without side effects and the machines are very expensive and require training.
This is where the LED (light emitting diode) comes into play. Compared to laser, it is safer, cheaper, easier to use, there is no risk of eye damage (in fact it is used to heal eyes), it penetrates a broader surface area at once, it is gentler, without side effects, and has greater healing energy. If you are a skeptic like me, who has seen scores of useless devices and supplements, you’re probably saying about now, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everything sounds too good to be true.
Proof of Lumen Power
“You say LED light protects the toxic eye. Let’s see the proof”. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is notorious for causing blindness, as many prohibition era medical case histories have confirmed. It does so by changing into formaldehyde, which is highly toxic to the optic nerve in the retina (back) of the eye. After testing their vision, researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin injected methanol into rats.
One group of rats was left alone while the other group was treated with the LED pad over their eyes, only three times in the next two days. The untreated rats lost so much vision that they could hardly recognize light. In those that had only three treatments of LED laid over their toxic eyes, their vision was markedly better, 72% of normal. There’s nothing in medicine that can protect from toxicity like that.
And you guessed it. When the researchers did microscopic examination of the retinas, inside the cells of the untreated animals the mitochondria (which you are now becoming experts in) were swollen and abnormally disrupted. But for, the LED-treated animals, their mitochondria in retinal cells looked normal under the microscope. The LED in only three treatments saved the eye cells from permanent damage from this notoriously toxic chemical. Where is a drug in all of medicine that can do that?
Further studies by the same researchers showed that they could give one of the most potent toxins in the world and reverse its damage inside cells. Tetrodotoxin causes death by poisoning the enzyme, cytochrome C oxidase, again inside cellular mitochondria where energy is made. Once the enzyme cytochrome C oxidase is poisoned or deficient in copper, the mitochondria are powerless to make the energy needed to sustain life. But the LED reversed the damage to cytochrome C oxidase.
This detox enzyme, cytochrome C oxidase, is actually turned on by light in the far-red (visible) to near infrared spectra (as it strongly absorbs this stimulating energy). This energy transfusion in turn increases electron transfer in the mitochondria, leading to making increased energy needed for healing.
You can have one of these devices in your home, since this LED red light and enzyme-boosting frequency have been combined and used for well over a decade as the Lumen. This small hand-held LED unit attached to pads of various sizes, called the Lumen, has been used to accelerate wound healing after surgery, after a heart attack, broken bones, non-union fractures, in diabetic mice, in burns, skin ulcers, resistant infections including teeth root infections, regenerate nerves, and stop pain. It has been used to destroy tumors, accelerate the healing of skin, muscle, nerve, tendon, cartilage, bone, carpel tunnel, plantar fasciitis dental and periodontal tissues.
So why am I so excited about this particular one? Because it empowers you and I more than ever to heal. In addition, it is FDA approved, and is the most efficacious, cost-effective and safest device I have seen in over 40 years of medicine. Luscious and I play tennis two hours a day six days a week, so we’ve had lots of opportunity to use it on friends and ourselves. On the other end of the spectrum, folks have rescued themselves from needless knee surgeries, diabetic ulcers and have staved off amputations. In fact I can’t imagine a home without one.
For example, one time during the aftermath of a hurricane I absentmindedly grabbed onto a frying pan handle that had been inside a 450-degree grill for 25 minutes. As a former emergency room physician I had immediate visions of skin grafts, tendon repairs and permanent tendon damage. I immediately alternated the Lumen, cycling with 20 minutes of ice. Within 4 hours my screamingly painful burned hand was painless and looked totally normal. The white blanched palm and fingers were pink. This is in stark contrast to a scar I still have from a quick touch of my wrist on an oven rack when I didn’t use the Lumen. And this was not nearly the intensity of the burn I had used the Lumen to heal.
As we age, our chances of developing hidden infection in tiny teeth roots increases exponentially. Having root canals, implants, extracted teeth (which leave cavitations), or cracks in teeth (especially around old fillings) all increase the chance of hidden infections. Therefore it makes a great deal of sense to wrap the Lumen pad around your mouth twice a day while you’re reading or watching TV. This can strengthen the immune function of the area, tighten the tiny ligaments that hold the teeth in, and ward off infection. Many of us have used it to avoid extraction. If this machine did nothing else, it would be important for everyone to have one just for this indication alone, since none of us wants to lose our teeth as we age. Yet everyone has pain at one time or another. Hips, knees, shoulders, and backs get tendonitis, fasciitis, bursitis, arthritis, burns, sprains, strains, ruptures, breaks, non-union or failure to heal fractures, localized chronic infections, falls, surgeries, auto accidents, and more.
The Lumen has a fascinating track record with pain relief after surgery or accidents, arthritis, accelerating the healing of sports injuries, healing of recalcitrant chronic problems like low back pain, shoulder and neck arthritis, herpes and regenerating nerves damaged by accidents or surgery. If you have diabetic ulcers or are contemplating amputation I would certainly check this out. For remember the New England Journal of Medicine article that showed a sham knee arthroscopy provided as much improvement as the real deal.
If the Lumen Doesn’t Work, What Are You Missing?
But remember because it works on the mitochondria, it cannot boost mitochondria that are deficient in nutrients like copper or zinc for example, or are starved by fatty acid and phosphatidylcholine deficiencies (this all clearly shows on the Cardio/ION).
Would I recommend using the Lumen for cancer? I can’t, merely because (1) I haven’t had the opportunity to check it for this, (2) have seen no clinical data, and (3) that is not its FDA indication. Having said that, if I had a cancer and had done the Cardio/ION, corrected nutrient deficiencies, identified and gotten rid of major toxins that caused the cancer, and was on a macrobiotic strict phase diet (start with You Are What You Ate, then proceed to The Cure Is In The Kitchen), the little scientist that lives inside me would be very tempted to evaluate it. In fact I can’t think of a medical reason not to use it, whereas a lot of evidence supports its use. Of course the closer to the surface the tumor is, the more benefit the Lumen is capable of.
For starters, because the Lumen revs up cytochrome C oxidase, a copper-requiring enzyme in mitochondria crucial for detoxification, it should be needed by all cancer patients. But remember, key is to have repaired the nutrient deficiencies that caused the cancer in the first place, and next to get rid of the toxicities that not only underlay cancer, but also eventually make it metastasize and make it chemotherapy resistant. For remember, if your mitochondria are poisoned (proven by over a dozen indicators on the Cardio/ION), they can’t make cytochrome C, necessary in turn for turning on the p53 gene that makes cancer cells commit suicide!
This is one more piece of evidence also demonstrating that if an oncologist isn’t starting with your Cardio/ ION, how in the world does he intend to help you cure your cancer? (unless of course, that isn’t the goal). Unfortunately most don’t even know what role cytochrome C plays in healing cancer. In fact, I’ve never met one who even knows the most rudimentary facts that I’ve referenced in TW that show why the carrot juicing in Wellness Against All Odds is so crucial. For Harvard researchers have shown that beta carotene also makes the p53 cancer gene go back to its normal function of killing cancer cells (2009 TW). Meanwhile, without making you a chemist, revving up cytochrome C is important for making cancer cells commit suicide (called apoptosis), one of several major mechanisms involved in cancer cure.
Why have I put all this information together this month? Because I have found in consultations with some of the most intelligent and conscientious readers that you never really appreciated how helpful this device can be. So my goal this month has been to lay as much evidence at your feet for the Lumen as I can, so that you don’t short-change your health by not having one. Treatment pads come in a variety of sizes, shapes and strengths. I frankly can’t imagine a home without a Lumen. And what a great gift!
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