Red Light Therapy For Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: How I Lowered my Thyroid Antibodies by 2300+ points

Updated: Sep 2

Over 14 years ago, I was given my first autoimmune diagnosis--Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

At the time, I didn't truly grasp the implications, or that Hashimoto's would only be the first of many autoimmune diagnoses (you see, autoimmune diseases are all mediated by the same mechanism, such that one autoimmune disease oftentimes begets another if the root causes remain unaddressed).

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid condition where your own immune system attacks and progressively destroys the thyroid gland, a butterfly shaped organ located in the neck.

Untreated, Hashimoto's thyroiditis ultimately leads to an underactive thyroid gland or hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's, in fact, is responsible for 90% of cases of hypothyroidism. Although Hashimoto's is much more common in women, according to some estimates, up to 40 percent of the population suffers from at least some degree of thyroid dysfunction.

Hypothyroidism can cause widespread bodily dysfunction, since thyroid hormones regulate every single cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Although symptoms can be diffuse and non-specific, fatigue and lethargy, weight gain, constipation, depression, weak and brittle nails, and hair loss are common hallmarks of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism also predisposes you to development of other autoimmune conditions and downstream sequelae, as happened in my case, alongside development of related conditions including goiter and thyroid nodules.

The Conventional Approach to Hashimoto's

According to conventional medicine, there is no cure for Hashimoto's, no way to arrest the underlying autoimmune mechanism, and no reason to even re-measure autoantibodies after initial assessment (I disagree vehemently on all counts, but we will save that for another day!).

The only solution they offer is synthetic thyroid replacement hormone with Synthroid (levothyroxine) or one of its generic counterparts, which only contains T4, presenting a host of difficulties for those who have difficulty converting the inactive prohormone into T3, the metabolically active, bioavailable thyroid hormone.

Because the endocrinologists I saw were not well-versed in strategies to lower thyroid autoantibodies, improve thyroid biomarkers, and address the underlying root causes of thyroid dysfunction in the first place, the bad advice I was offered by these specialists was to wait until my thyroid was "killed off" by my body, at which point I would have to take Synthroid for life (and only once my TSH went outside a reference range that functional, naturopathic and integrative medical doctors recognize as far too lax).

They also recommended I monitor my thyroid nodules via thyroid ultrasound every six months (my thyroid nodules all eventually spontaneously resorbed with the lifestyle measures I implemented, but that's a story for another day!)

Aside from this, there were myriad flaws in the allopathic approach that was recommended to me, chief among these that the biomedical paradigm fails to see the body as an interconnected whole (for example, the way in which gut health can affect endocrine axes), to acknowledge the effect of the environment upon health (for example, the way in which exposures like toxic mold, chlorine, or fluoride may suppress thyroid function), or to recommend evidence-based, targeted approaches (for example, HPA axis supporting supplements, preferential inclusion of fat soluble vitamins in the diet, or photobiomodulation) to support thyroid health while root causes of hypothyroidism are uncovered and mitigated.

A comprehensive approach to correcting thyroid dysfunction is beyond the scope of this article (though I do provide some more tips near the end!). For the purposes of this discussion, I will concentrate on one of many evidence-based targeted approaches with which I am now well-acquainted -- one that I wish had been recommended to me by these endocrinologists years ago -- and one that may have at the most, saved me years of progressive deterioration in thyroid health or at the very least, helped to support my thyroid as I implemented other approaches to ameliorate the autoimmune attack and restore euthyroid function.

This approach is known as photobiomodulation, or red light therapy.

How It Works: Red Light Therapy & Mitochondrial Health

The concept of light affecting our biology has been around for thousands of years, but red light therapy (RLT), is the latest incarnation. Discovered almost 50 years ago by Endre Mester in Hungary, red light therapy is also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) (you may also see it appear in the scientific literature as "low level laser therapy" or LLLT).

Red light therapy is nonthermal light therapy using nonionizing forms of light sources that expose you to wavelengths that give your mitochondria a boost.

Our cells (except for red blood cells) house thousands of mitochondria, which many hypothesize originated as ancient bacteria that in evolutionary history, were engulfed via endocytosis by another species of prokaryote, becoming incorporated into the cytoplasm (search the endosymbiotic theory!)

Red light therapy can have a profound effect on health and wellness because mitochondria, intracellular organelles known as the "powerhouses of the cell," are quintessential to the healthy functioning of every cell, tissue, and organ. In fact, compromised mitochondrial function is implicated in almost every chronic disease, including migraine headaches, autoimmune disorders, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Mitochondria are foundational to health and longevity. Conversely, diseases manifest when mitochondrial health suffers.

By optimizing energy production in the mitochondria, red light therapy may help lead to restoration of energy dynamics at the cellular level.

Mechanism: How Red Light Therapy Works

At a mechanistic level, there is a specific chromophore in your mitochondria known as cytochrome c oxidase which accepts the red and near infrared light to help with electron shuttling, enhance the production of the cellular energy currency known as ATP, and even facilitate release of nitric oxide (NO).

Most photobiomodulation devices deliver two different wavelengths:

  • Red Light (660 nm): part of the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum; readily absorbed by surface tissues and cells (penetrates about 0.5", no deeper than the epidermis and dermis), so traditionally used to enhance skin health and promote wound healing

  • Near Infrared (850nm): invisible to the human eye; deeper penetration (1.5"-2") to support recovery and inflammation reduction and stimulate an effect in the deeper tissues such as the bone, joints, organs, and brain

Red light therapy (RLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM) is capable of reducing inflammation systemically, anywhere mitochondria (our energy powerhouses of the cells) are present.

Evidence suggests it is a powerful tool to reduce systemic inflammation, stimulate healing, produce analgesic (pain-relieving) effects, and mitigate swelling and inflammation.

It works via inhibiting enzymes central to the production of inflammatory mediators like COX-1 and COX-2, which is why studies have shown that RLT can produce anti-inflammatory effects comparable to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) without the dangerous side effects.

Conditions Improved by Red Light Therapy

Because red light therapy is safe, non-invasive, low risk, and has a host of potential applications, it has rightfully taken the biohacking community by storm.

Some of the conditions in which red light therapy may have utility---or have evidence suggesting efficacy in the peer-reviewed scientific literature--are the following:

  • athletic performance

  • bone and joint health

  • gut health

  • hair health

  • anxiety and depression

  • brain and cognitive health

  • wound healing and skin health

  • oral health

  • pain relief

  • inflammation reduction

  • immune support

  • reproductive health and dysmenorrhea

  • thyroid health

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of conditions which may be benefited by red light therapy. Because these wavelengths of light improve mitochondrial function--which are foundational to good cellular health--the possibilities for red light are immense.

However, this is for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice so be sure to consult your licensed functional or naturopathic physician for contraindications to us elf red light therapy.

Red Light Therapy in Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Personally, red light therapy has been most helpful for combatting acne, activating my parasympathetic (rest, digest, restore) nervous system and facilitating, better sleep, and reducing pain and inflammation.

One of the biggest benefits I’ve experienced, however, is that of red light therapy, alongside other holistic therapies, helped reduce my Hashimoto’s thyroid antibodies by almost 2300 points and contributed to across-the-board improvement in my thyroid hormone parameters.

My antibody (thyroid peroxidase or TPO, a key autoantibody that should be assessed alongside thyroglobulin or TG on thyroid panels) levels have since waxed and waned slightly and still are not negative altogether. There have been minor increases anytime I have had a toxic mold exposure, as damaging mycotoxins are one of the upstream causes of my own autoimmune conditions. However, my TPO antibodies are much lower than when I was originally diagnosed with Hashimoto's and now however somewhere around 200--a VAST improvement compared to where I started.

Moreover, because TPO positivity oftentimes precedes development of overt hypothyroidism down the road, it is reasonable to theorize that red light therapy may be used to mitigate autoantibody increases and prevent progression to a hypothyroid state.

Studies on Red Light Therapy & Hashimoto's thyroiditis

In one longitudinal, randomized, placebo-controlled study, a team of researchers found that using red light therapy may even negate the need for thyroid meds.⁣

Each subject with Hashimoto's was randomized to receive either 10 sessions of either low level laser therapy (LLLT) or a placebo treatment. Study subjects exhibited reductions in levels of thyroid antibodies (TPO), demonstrating a potential amelioration in the autoimmune mechanism of tissue destruction.⁣

After red light therapy, the need for the synthetic thyroid replacement hormone with levothyroxine declined precipitously, and in some cases went away altogether. ⁣The average dosage of levothyroxine, in fact, required by the placebo group that went without treatment was almost 3-fold higher than that of the treatment group. ⁣

During the 9-month post-light therapy follow-up, 47% of participants in the light therapy group no longer required treatment with levothyroxine.

Researchers write, "These findings suggest that LLLT was effective at improving thyroid function, promoting reduced TPOAb-mediated autoimmunity and increasing thyroid echogenicity in patients with CAT [chronic autoimmune thyroiditis] hypothyroidism" (Hofling & Chavantes, 2013).

They also allude to the possibility that red light therapy undertaken earlier on, before acute disease has manifested, may decrease risk of progression to an overt hypothyroid state:

"We found that LLLT (low-level laser therapy) improved thyroid function, as measured by a reduction in the mean dose required for LT4 replacement therapy... Perhaps, using this approach at an early stage can reduce the incidence of overt hypothyroidism" (Hofling & Chavantes, 2013).

In another 2014 study cited by Dr. Belkowski in his Ebook, 347 women with subclinical hypothyroidism underwent treatment with 10 red light therapy sessions. Whereas the average TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was 9.1mIU/L at baseline, far outside normal parameters, the average TSH post-treatment was 2.2 mIU/L, with TSH normalizing in 97% of the female subjects (Smelova & Golovneva, 2018).

Practical Application of Red Light Therapy

Depending on the target area and condition you are treating, there will be slightly different treatment protocols.

I personally recommend the lifetime subscription to the "Red Light Therapy Treatment Protocols" Ebook by Dr. Mike Belkowski alluded to, which is a comprehensive 170 page book summarizing what the scientific literature substantiates in terms of using red light therapy for different medical conditions.

He's done the legwork in terms of cataloguing the ideal frequency, optimal treatment time, type of light exposure (red, NIR, or combo) and target area by condition.

For instance, I learned interesting pearls like the fact that t-PBM delivered to the right forehead was shown to be more effective for amelioration of depression symptoms than PBM to the left forehead, and that NIR was most effective in studies to depression symptoms in order to achieve deeper penetrance through the skull to target underlying brain tissue.

Another fascinating tidbit was the study BioLight conducted in concert with Biostrap biosensor wearable technology. They discovered that one 10-minute full-body BioLight session led to a 122% increase in High Frequency HRV (heart rate variability, a measure of the relaxation response or activation of the parasympathetic nervous system). The book presents tons of compelling and useful data of this nature, which is why I highly recommend it as a companion guide to your use of red light therapy.

Though I recommend consulting your physician prior to using any modality, Dr. Belkowski states that all of of protocols provided in his eBook can be used for infants, kids, teenagers, adults and pets alike.

How I Use Red Light Therapy in My Own Healing Journey

In general, I use red light therapy 10-30 minutes per day on most days, when I am in climates or seasons where I cannot obtain full body exposure to the same wavelengths from the sun at sunrise and sunset.

When I have lived in the desert or tropics, where sun exposure is plentiful, I opt for the real thing at dawn and dusk as much as possible to obtain the same healing wavelengths.

For thyroid health specifically, I make sure to target the device 6" to 12" away from my thyroid gland and use a combination of both red and near infrared, per Dr. Belkowski's recommendations. His recommended treatment time according to his reading of the literature is brief, only 2 to 5 minutes per day. I oftentimes do more as I am targeting a host of issues beyond thyroid health. For instance, some of the ways in which I've personally used red light therapy over the years include:

- over my eye for styes / when I had blepharitis*

- over ovary for ovarian cyst pain

- over pelvis for menstrual cramps

- over face for wound healing & acne

- over décolletage for anti-aging benefits

- over kidney when I was experiencing kidney pain resultant from toxic mold exposure

- over abdomen for gastrointestinal upset

- over knees and hips for joint pain

- in the mouth cavity to support oral health (using the Guardian+)

- anywhere to support mitochondrial health

It's also important to note that more/longer is not necessarily better when it comes to red light therapy, as it operates by inducing hormetic effects. Hormesis, according to the literature, is a "dose-response phenomenon characterized by low-dose stimulation and high-dose inhibition" (Kouda & Iki, 2010). Other hormetic stimuli include fasting and exercise, which work by creating stress the body then has to compensate for and overcome. While small exposures are helpful, when done in excess, these hormetic stressors can be damaging. Red light therapy induces a temporary increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) that is adaptive in small doses, but would be damaging in excess.

*Eye Caveat: When it comes to eye health or treatment of any condition, be sure you consult your ophthalmologist prior to use. As discussed in Dr. Belkowski's Ebook, some studies suggest efficacy of red light therapy in improving cone receptor function, visual acuity and macular perimetry in macular degeneration, reduce oxidative stress in retinal pigment epithelium, improve ocular inflammatory disease states, and even protect against light-induced states, however, treatment duration is much more brief and as such, ensure you consult

Which Brand of Red Light Therapy?

There are many brands of red light therapy on the market, and investing in a full body light panel is no small expense, which is why navigating the red light space can be so daunting.

I formerly used a well-known, popular brand but ended up switching as I learned more about two overlooked facets of red light therapy: flicker rate and emission of EMFs (non-native electromagnetic frequencies). Although everyone has their own non-negotiables and priorities for red light therapy, these were important to me for the reasons I'll describe below. Be wary of cheap brands on Amazon that may have high flicker rate and high EMF emissions, especially if you're sensitive, like me, to these exposures!

Here are the main reasons it was a no brainer to choose BioLight Shop for my larger panels and oral red light devices. You can save sitewide 10% off when you apply my affiliate code, "ALI" with purchase.

  • BioLight panels incorporate the lowest light flicker on the market (1Hz) (the majority of panels on market have flicker rate of 40-60Hz)

  • They also tout the lowest EMF emission (0.0 µT @ 4”)

  • Patent-pending Dual LED technology: all panels can produce both red or near-infrared (NIR) light

  • Highest irradiance on the market: up to 130mW/cm² @ 6", 106mW/cm² @ 12"

  • Provides the therapeutic wavelengths of 660nm (red) & 850nm (infrared)

  • Comes equipped with a programmable timer

Why High Irradiance?

In terms of a higher light irradiance, a higher light irradiance allows you to be further away from the device, enabling the light to spread and cover more of your body (which is very important if you have a smaller device), without sacrificing light power and penetration depth. When talking to Dr. Belkowski, the founder of BioLight, I also learned that a a higher light irradiance is also preferable for targeting deep tissues, especially neurological tissues (ie. brain, nerves, spinal cord) as well as the heart, gut, muscle recovery etc.

A higher light irradiance penetrates deeper and will get more Joules (light energy) to those deep tissues, which ultimately leads to a better likelihood of efficacy and more rapidly obtained results.

Why Dual LED?

Another selling point for BioLight was their dual LED light panels--in other words, all panels can produce both red or near-infrared (NIR) light, whereas every other panel on the market has LEDs that can produce red or NIR light; not both.

This feature extremely beneficial when carrying out red light therapy treatments with all red light (ie. skin treatments) or all NIR light (ie. muscle, joints, brain, organs, etc.) because it offers twice as many LEDs producing that red or NIR light relative to other brands. That ensures maximal coverage of the area you are targeting compared to the sporadic light exposure from the various light patterns other panels deliver.

Also, having twice as many LEDs producing light (for all red or all NIR light settings) creates more efficient treatment sessions since the body will be absorbing more light energy at a given time.

Why Low Flicker?

Flicker--fluctuation in the brightness of light--can be deleterious, even if imperceptible or invisible to the naked eye. Flicker can both be damaging to the eyes and brain and degrade levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter of motivation. Flicker does not disrupt the delivery of red light to the skin, but it is an unnatural input for the brain, as we would not encounter a natural light source flickering on and off many times per second.

Some are more sensitive to flicker than others--if you're adversely affected by fluorescent lights in big box stores like I am, chances are, you are sensitive to it.

The frequency of flicker is measured in Hertz (Hz) and defined as one cycle per second, such that a flicker rate of 40-60 Hz, typically of most red light therapy devices, means that they flicker 40-60 times per second. BioLight devices have a low flicker rate of 1 Hz, which pales in comparison to this 40-60 Hz measurement of most red light therapy devices.

How I Personally Use Red Light Therapy

I have both the ReCharge+ (medium size model with an integrated table stand that rotates 360°, great for spot treatments and to place on a desk while you work) and the larger ReStore+ (pictured here, which comes with a minimalist floor stand that allows you to safely position the panel upright anywhere you want on the floor). For an idea of size comparison, the ReCharge+ comes 75 LEDs with while the ReStore has 300 LEDs.

I also have their most newly launched Guardian+ which is the very first oral device of its kind, with patent-pending technology that implements that implements dual LEDs, both red & near-infrared, in your mouth. Always consult your dentist, but it is noteworthy that there is robust evidence supporting red light therapy for oral health in a vast array of conditions, including gum pain, periodontal wound healing, post-surgical recovery, oral mucositis and more. It can also help modulate inflammation, improve circulation, and support mitochondrial and microbial health in the oral cavity.

The oral microbiota is foundational to systemic health, so I love including oral red light therapy in my daily routine. It's easy to pop in your mouth and do a five minute treatment while you get ready in the morning.

Time of Day To Use Red Light Therapy

In general, some red light therapy is better than no red light therapy, so work it in whenever easy and convenient for your schedule. If you live in a cold climate or are using red light for circadian rhythm regulation, however, it's best to use your red light during sunrise and sunset to mimic when you would be exposed to these wavelengths in nature.

This is the approach I take whenever I am in cold climates and cannot expose maximal skin at these hours to obtain these wavelengths. However, I'm not fanatical in adhering to any particular routine, and fit it in whenever it works for my schedule.

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Sauna Therapy Vs. Red Light Therapy

I get asked the question about the difference between infrared sauna and red light therapy A LOT, so I thought I would elaborate upon it here. Both sauna and red light therapy are evidence-based, clinically proven modalities are complementary in nature but rely on different mechanisms of action.

Most of the benefits of sauna therapy come from effecting an increase in core body temperature, via either infrared wavelengths or convection (warming the air within the sauna). The thermal stress induced on the body by sauna leads to activation of heat shock proteins, as well as specific cardiometabolic, immune, and detoxification benefits.

Infrared saunas predominately use mid- and far-infrared light, which generate a deep sweat and specifically help with detoxification, cardiovascular health, boost growth hormone production, augment heat shock proteins (HSPs). Whereas saunas rely upon heat, near infrared penetrates tissues much more effectively--red light therapy produces negligible heat and instead relies upon providing wavelengths of light to the body that energize the mitochondria and charge your cellular batteries.

The near infrared from red light therapy helps reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and optimizes the health and functioning of the mitochondria. All in all, there is some overlap in benefits procured by each of these modalities, but they work via different mechanisms and each confer some unique specific benefits as well--which is why I like using them in tandem.

Concluding Remarks: Red Light & Thyroid Health

It is my personal experience, and also reflected in the scientific literature, that red light therapy can be a helpful ally in addressing Hashimoto's thyroiditis. This condition, however, requires a multimodal approach with interventions addressing diet, lifestyle, and targeted supplementation. Most importantly, is arming yourself with strategies to identify and treat the root causes of the disease in the first place.

However, while unearthing these upstream antecedents, triggers, and mediators of thyroid disease, red light therapy can be used to reduce symptomatology and as the literature suggests, even potentially arrest the autoimmune process. This is not to detract from the importance of other equally importance diet and lifestyle interventions that may improve thyroid autoimmune pathophysiology, such as:

  • optimization of digestion, correction of gut dysbiosis, and treatment of any stealth infections

  • correcting leaky gut syndrome (also known as pathologic intestinal permeability)

  • repletion of any micronutrient deficiencies with a foods-first approach accompanied by appropriate targeted supplementation, where necessary

  • ensuring sufficiency of cofactors for proper thyroid function (iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, etc.)

  • blood sugar balancing with a nutrient dense, low antigenicity, anti-inflammatory ancestrally appropriate diet with focus on inclusion of fat soluble vitamins from food based sources, such as pasture-raised eggs (if tolerated), wild-caught low mercury fatty fish, cod liver oil, and grass-fed organ meats/offal (if you can't stomach them, here is the desiccated organ complex I like)

  • inclusion of a diversity of plant polyphenols and fermentable substrate (fiber) to nourish the commensal flora of the gut

  • appropriate light environment and sun exposure to regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis

  • incorporation of grounding into daily routine alongside time in nature

  • emphasis on sleep hygiene, circadian rhythm restoration, and minimization of blue light at night

  • purification of air and water (especially critical to remove thyroid-interfering compounds like chlorine and fluoride)

  • investigation and remediation of any toxic exposures in the home environment, such as mold

  • replacing toxicant-laden cleaning supplies and personal care products with natural alternatives (here's the nontoxic, human-safe brand of cleaning agents I use)

  • movement practice, with a focus on restorative, low impact exercise tailored to the individual

  • nervous system regulation and vagus nerve rehabilitation where appropriate

  • strategic use of botanicals and nutraceuticals known to reduce autoantibodies or improve thyroid biomarkers, such as myo-inositol and selenium, vitamin D (preferably from sun), black seed oil, and/or my personal favorite, ashwagandha

  • thyroid hormone replacement under guidance of a naturopathic or integrative practitioner, where indicated--oftentimes individuals do better with natural desiccated porcine thyroid as opposed to synthetic levothyroxine

(This is far from an exhaustive list, but hopefully gives you a starting point for ideas to discuss in concert with your naturopathic, functional or integrative medicine practitioner.)

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Apart from these factors, another element of recovering from Hashimoto's that is emphasized in many spiritual communities and by mind-body practitioners is a focus on whether the afflicted person is speaking their truth. From an energetic perspective, thyroid dysfunction is often perceived as suppression of the throat chakra, situated in the thyroid gland which in traditional medical systems like Ayurveda, oversees communication and self-expression.

As you can see, here, red light therapy is not the end-all, be-all, and addressing Hashimoto's thyroiditis or any autoimmune disease in fact requires a mulit-pronged approach that often entails a complete diet, lifestyle and even mindset overhaul.

It is undeniable, however, that with consistent use of red light (as well as the other approaches mentioned here), both my thyroid autoantibodies have decreased significantly (by 2300 points!), my thyroid nodules have resorbed, and even other autoantibodies such as anti-dsDNA have reversed altogether. However, because I employ so many strategies at once, as is common in a holistic approach, it is difficult to disentangle the effects of one therapy versus another. There has been, however, a correlation between consistency of my use of red light and continued decreases in levels of my autoantibodies.

The need for evidence-based approaches to decrease autoimmune markers like TPO is paramount, given the tendency of one autoimmune disease to beget another. Individuals with one autoimmune disease have a significantly elevated risk of developing another, as was the case with me.

Red light therapy is just one tool in my arsenal--albeit an important one--to help improve my own Hashimoto's. You can purchase your own low EMF, low flicker red light therapy devices for your body and for oral treatments here and save 10% off when you apply my affiliate code "ALI".

Using red light is a no brainer in my book, because it's an evolutionarily compatible exposure we would have naturally received throughout human evolution, being exposed to the elements and living outdoors. Our modern-day lifestyle has disrupted our circadian rhythms such that we are inside when these beneficial wavelengths are available, and it's always divorced us from the source of these wavelengths--the sun (specifically, around sunrise and sunset).

Always do what resonates with your own intuition, and don't forget that if red light therapy is out of budget, you can get the real thing by practicing safe sun exposure and getting outside consistently with skin exposed at dawn and dusk. Red light is just an easier to implement, more convenient way to ensure you have access to red and near infrared light year round, especially if you live somewhere that's cold part of the year that precludes much clothes-free outdoor time.

If you have any questions, or would share to leave your personal experience with Hashimoto's or red light therapy, feel free to comment below or check out the ongoing discussion on my most recent Instagram post!


Nothing contained herein represents medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content on this website and my social media channels is for educational and informational purposes only. Always consult your licensed medical doctor prior to using red light therapy, implementing any diet, supplement, lifestyle change or health modality discussed.

Though some research presented here poses the possibility that use of red light therapy may negate the need for thyroid medication, never discontinue any prescription unless under the guidance of a licensed health practitioner. I always recommend re-measuring a comprehensive thyroid panel regularly, and especially while using red light therapy, to assess with your physician whether your dosage of thyroid replacement hormone needs to be modified.

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