Follow up on the Valkee device that shines light in your ears.

This post is a follow up to something one of our researchers wrote two years ago about a device called the “Valkee” that shines light into your ears using a device that looks a lot like an iPod. The device supposedly cures seasonal affective disorder and is now being marketed in the USA. I felt … Read moreFollow up on the Valkee device that shines light in your ears.

How to avoid jet lag while travelling

We’ve written a few posts in the past (#1, #2) about using light therapy to regulate your circadian rhythms. As a person who has a hard time with the Portland winters, I regularly use light therapy in the fall and winter to avoid the winter blues. Light therapy is a very well proven treatment for … Read moreHow to avoid jet lag while travelling

Can Light in the Ears Cure the Winter Blues or Do You Need a Hole in Your Head?

Here in Portland, seasonal depression, commonly called the Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is relatively common. Up to 20% of the population in the rainy Pacific Northwest may be impacted. I’ve written more extensively in another blog about the Winter Blues and how light boxes are an effective treatment. It’s not available in the … Read moreCan Light in the Ears Cure the Winter Blues or Do You Need a Hole in Your Head?

Why you shouldn’t buy a light therapy device from Costco (how to find a good light therapy device)

Here in Portland, up to 20-30% of the population suffers from decreased mood and fatigue during the dark and cloudy days of winter. This has been called the “winter blues” and more serious variants of this are typically called Seasonal Affective Disorder.  By a long shot, the most well researched and effective treatment for this … Read moreWhy you shouldn’t buy a light therapy device from Costco (how to find a good light therapy device)

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