A new branch of medicine?

 
 

A partial list of disorders that have responded within 2 visits

For centuries before big pharma, medical knowledge advanced in lurches. Physicians shared their unexpected findings through case histories, sometimes called “n-of-1“ studies. Analysis of the case data exemplifies the basic methods of “machine learning”.

For example, Semmelweis (1840s) showed that washing hands could save lives. But his demonstrations have not led to full acceptance. Despite antibiotics, Health care-associated infections remain a leading cause in 98,000 deaths per year (268 per day).

Dr. Finsen received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1903 for his uses of blue and red light. Today, red dominates studies and light-based therapies. The fixed wavelengths of lasers and LEDs made it easy to follow pharma’s led into examining how one wavelength might relieve one disorder at a time. The pre-defined study methods exemplify “programmed learning”.

Thousands of studies confirm that red wavelengths “work” for musculoskeletal pain. But what about the rest of the spectrum?

Machine learning

PhotoMed’s team started with a problem. They wondered, is it 1, 2, or a sequence of wavelengths that might “work” to relieve pain that won’t quit? Adding to the problem, which disorders might respond to different wavelengths?

For 18 years, PhotoMed sponsored studies recorded case histories including physiological responses to wavelengths throughout the visible spectrum. Without a hypothesis, collecting data was the best that they could do. They quickly learned that texts on pain didn’t suggest that chronic pain could end. Or, end in a flash.

Efficient access to all visible wavelengths, a few at a time, enables finding ones that “work”. No single wavelength works for everyone.

Efficient access to all visible wavelengths, a few at a time, enables finding ones that “work”. No single wavelength works for everyone.

 

Until recently, the team didn’t know that they were developing tools and collecting data for machine learning. Today, the data might help answer new questions. Questions that weren’t likely to be asked before being able to examine real-time data.

Did PhotoMed’s therapy prompt that?

We don’t have a clue how the body works it magic to restore its functions.

At the risk of looking ridiculous, the list only includes disorders that have been documented by the Instant Verification System™ to respond to PhotoMed’s therapy. The study volunteers were real-world people and were not cherry-picked for specific disorders. Most were not expected to respond because they had not achieved lasting benefit from previous attempts.

Please note that the following list includes the disorder names as reported by the study volunteers. The aim was to prompt improved functioning. The reader may decide whether the impaired functions might be associated with the reported disorder.

Could it really be the Switch Back-to-normal Function branch of medicine? By normal we mean that the improved functions self-maintain after therapy ends. Some call that homeostasis.

Evidence of the event accrues while improved functions persist after therapy ends. That is, the body self-maintains improved functions, but may be limited by bio-mechanical reasons.

Evidence of the event accrues while improved functions persist after therapy ends. That is, the body self-maintains improved functions, but may be limited by bio-mechanical reasons.

 

The volunteers frequently arrived with reports of multiple sites of pain and impairments. The timing of the responses for different impairments might suggest independence or possible associations among the reported disorders.

The good news is that the real-time raw data may be re-examined to help answer new questions. That’s machine learning in action. Or, is it quantum biology?


The List

 

The list is organized by impaired innate functions: Sensory, Motor, Skin temperature, Wounds

Some disorders include multiple symptoms and signs (what you can measure) that may resolve at different times.

Sensory impairments

  • Loss of sensation in fingers or toes

  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)

  • Post-surgical pain

  • Post-chemotherapy pain

  • Neuropathy from other causes, such as stroke or spinal cord injury

  • Sympathetically mediated (or maintained) pain

  • Post-herpetic pain (shingles)

  • Phantom pain in missing limbs and reconstructed skin

  • Mirror-neuron synesthesia

     

Motor impairments

  • Loss of grip strength and movement

  • Arthritis

  • “Frozen” joint movements

  • Lost range-of-motion

  • Loss of movement after stroke (therapy helps overcome “learned” non-use)

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Scoliosis

  • Loss of coordination in gait & swallowing, and choreic movements from Huntington’s disease

 

Skin temperature

  • Abnormally cold or hot hands, with or without pain

  • Thermoregulation, gut, bowel, and bladder function after spinal cord injury

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)

  • Raynaud's syndrome

Wounds

  • Restart non-healing wounds at any stage

  • Accelerate slow-healing wounds

  • Diabetic foot ulcers and loss of sensation

  • Venous stasis ulcers, bed sores

  • Improve scars, keloids

 

More than 500 people volunteered in studies to learn if PhotoMed’s therapy might relieve their pain. The studies at 6 sites included people with disorders which were not expected to improve.

Volunteers frequently tried to explain what had just happened inside their bodies. There were touching moments when they said, “I feel normal again…”. Their comments helped our team recognize that they were observing and recording the event when the body goes back-to-normal.

After 2500 years of pain as a puzzle, could going back-to-normal become a new branch of medicine?


 
 
 

Disclaimer: The benefits listed on this website are based upon data collected during development of PhotoMed’s products. The methods, Vari-Chrome® Pro, and Instant Verification System™ are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The term “normal” refers to a functional state maintained by the body in the absence of a medication or therapy.