Recent research at MIT has shown that flickering light at 40Hz has the ability to substantially reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease, in the visual cortex of mice.
This treatment appears to work by inducing brain waves known as gamma oscillations, which the researchers discovered help the brain suppress beta amyloid production and invigorate cells responsible for destroying the plaques.
In a study of mice that were genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer’s but did not yet show any plaque accumulation or behavioral symptoms. Professor of Neuroscience Li-Huei Tsai and her colleagues found impaired gamma oscillations during patterns of activity that are essential for learning and memory while running a maze.
Next, the researchers stimulated gamma oscillations at 40 hertz in a brain region called the hippocampus, which is critical in memory formation and retrieval. These initial studies relied on a technique known as optogenetics, co-pioneered by Boyden, which allows scientists to control the activity of genetically modified neurons by shining light on them. Using this approach, the researchers stimulated certain brain cells known as interneurons, which then synchronize the gamma activity of excitatory neurons.
After an hour of stimulation at 40 hertz, the researchers found a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the levels of beta amyloid proteins in the hippocampus. Stimulation at other frequencies, ranging from 20 to 80 hertz, did not produce this decline.
While these are interesting results, there is no evidence yet that this is reproducable in humans. But if humans DO behave similarly to mice in response to this treatment, the potential is just enormous, because it’s so noninvasive, and it’s so accessible.
Perhaps it is interesting that 40Hz stimulation has also shown to increase the potential for lucid dreams. A lucid dream, if you haven’t heard of the phrase before, is a dream where you know that you’re dreaming. So the theory goes, if you’re aware that you’re dreaming, you can then exert some kind of control over your brain’s imagination, resulting in some very fun, wild, and vivid dreams.
Using the colouriser remote control, Pressing the Fn button followed by ‘2’ will cause the lamp to change to 40Hz modulation whist retaining all the normal colour changing and control functionality.
Reverting back to normal 136.1Hz ( invisible flicker ) is simply achieved by pressing the Fn button followed by ‘1’.