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Exideal LED Therapy
The CScout Japan blog has posted about a new health/beauty product from Japan. It's called the Exideal. It's basically a panel of LED lights that you're supposed to sit in front of as it flickers and pulses. The company claims that the LED light will "“permeate the vitamins and collagen in your skin and make you beautiful from the inside”. This will set you back around $900.

I suspect you could probably receive the same health benefits from sitting in front of a regular lightbulb for a few minutes a day, and that would be a lot cheaper. (via OhGizmo)

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Posted by The Curator on Fri Oct 12, 2007
Those Japanese are SO silly! Clearly, this thing won't work unless you attach LifeWave patches to it.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Oct 12, 2007  at  05:10 AM
Of course they need to use the Lifewave skin cream as well.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Fri Oct 12, 2007  at  07:48 AM
WANT!!!
Posted by outeast  in  prague  on  Fri Oct 12, 2007  at  10:06 AM
Absolutely, Cap. I mean, EVERYONE knows the patches are only half as placebic without the CREAM. Sheesh.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Oct 12, 2007  at  05:28 PM
Since the light from an LED can't penetrate the skin, this is obviously a scam. The real thing is a special light bulb I invented that uses no light that you can see, which excites the neurons in the fingernails and hair. These then transmit the energy down to the cells in the deep inside of the body and trigger them into releasing a chemical I call "Sc20am07" which will guarantee that your life will continue without any of the bad side effects of "milleniumarism" and is guaranteed to provide wealth untold. Only $99.95, with $27.97 S&H, cash or money order only please.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Fri Oct 12, 2007  at  07:36 PM
Actually, we own something similar to this. They are infrared LEDs, which are visible with basic cameras. It looks like half of them are off, but I looked with my cameraphone, and they all were on. I used it for 9 minutes, twice a day, and my acne almost completely disappeared, and I felt better overall. It works, and there are cheaper versions of this out there.
Posted by shootinshark  on  Mon Oct 15, 2007  at  06:15 PM
What if the flashing lights cause an epileptic seisure? Do you get your money back?
Posted by Jo  in  Australia  on  Fri Oct 19, 2007  at  07:57 PM
You guys have no idea. There have thousands of studies into light therapy that prove that red light is beneficial (Such as this link to a NASA Study). http://www.onyxmedical.com/html/NASA.html

You can't get the same effect from a light bulb because the red light that is emitted mixes with other colors making it useless
Posted by Jim  in  here  on  Wed Oct 31, 2007  at  12:02 AM
Which is why, I suppose, red lights are used in the various "red light districts", strictly for the health benefits. Red lights are useful in preserving night vision and pure white light is useful against SAD, but if red light is so useful, how come these thousands of studies haven't made it into the public awareness? Besides, using these lights like this contributes to Global Warming!! Therefore anyone who buys one of these is evil!
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Oct 31, 2007  at  12:28 AM
A quick scan of the opening paras of that review article suggests that this form of light therapy is being mooted for use in space, where astronauts suffer from muscular tissue degeneration becauise they are in an alien environment without exposure to the natural light we are evolved to live with.

Even if the science here is correct (and applicable in a normal environment as well as in space), I'm not sure why that would make further exposure to light at the cited wavelengths beneficial on Earth: I can see why quintupled DNA synthesis would be a Good Thing in an environment where synthesis was inhibited (which this article suggests is the case in space), and potentially in the treatment of very specific types of injury or disease, but why should it be so for a healthy person in the environment to which we are adapted?

I should have thought that it is at least equally likely that such increases in DNA synthesis, if they occur at all with such therapy, would be detrimental to health. Certainly we know of many conditions where excess cell growth is less than positive: cancer, for a prominent example.

Of course, there is also the question of whether these specific products actually emit light at the precise wavelengths required to have any effect at all... If they do, then the possibility that these LED arrays would have such a potentially harmful effect makes in imperative that they NOT be marketed without the same levels of laboratory and clinical trials that would be required of any other potentially powerful medication. IMO, anyone using these arrays while knowing of these potential effects is not just gullible but stupid.
Posted by outeast  in  prague  on  Wed Oct 31, 2007  at  05:43 AM
It's also worth noting that the product claim here is that the LED light will "permeate the vitamins and collagen in your skin and make you beautiful from the inside", not that it will stimulate massively increased cell replication...
Posted by outeast  in  prague  on  Wed Oct 31, 2007  at  05:46 AM
Hmmmm, interesting use of LED lights.
Posted by LED Lighting Bulbs  on  Mon May 10, 2010  at  06:51 AM
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