Does anyone know of any good online science-based resources on Red Light Therapy

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    Mar 07, 2009 11:41 PM GMT
    "Red light at 633nm is absorbed by the mitochondria of the cell and stimulates intracellular energy transfer (ATP) production for enhanced cell vitality and permeability, increased production of new collagen, and increased turnover of collagen and elastin fibers. Laboratory studies have shown that skin cells grow 150 – 200 percent faster when exposed to certain light wavelengths, and research has shown red light delivers powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissue."
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    Other than your exact paragraph and other salon claims, nothing so far, but I'll keep poking. Claims are that this reduces age spots and increases skin elasticity; the depth of the treatment would suggest that it would only work on the topmost layer(s) of skin and would have to be performed frequently to present any noticeable effects. It sounds discouragingly like a fad.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    This just doesn't sound scientifically correct. The visible spectrum doesn't permeate the epidermis, and therefore wouldn't reach the skeletal muscles to do anything.
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    Mar 08, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    calibro said...doesn't permeate the epidermis...
    The paragraph Cas is quoting is for skin therapy, not muscle therapy.
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    Ah. I assumed real jock and thought muscles icon_rolleyes.gif Umm... well, your epidermis is exposed to red light regardless, since it's a component of light from the sun. I don't see how getting a concentrated blast of the stuff gives your cells anything they don't already receive.
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    Mar 08, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    i only place i have found research about light therapy was on veterinarian sites. It was used to treat race horses.