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Methylene Blue Combined with LED Light Therapy

Oct 03, 2022 10:05AM ● By Linda Sechrist

Doreen DeStefano, Doctor of Nursing Practice, owner of Root Causes, in Ft. Myers, has be

en using a combination of LED light therapy with a pharmaceutical known as methylene blue on herself and her dementia patients for six months. “I wanted to try it to let my patients know how they can expect to feel, which is calmer, more focused for longer periods of time, improved memory and better recall,” says DeStefano.

She has also prescribed the combination for her patients with brain cancer. “Methylene blue is known for stopping the Warburg Effect, which is a hallmark of cancer that refers to the preference of cancer cells to metabolize glucose without oxygen rather than in the presence of oxygen, contributing to chemoresistance. It stops the metabolic progress. Methylene blue is used to treat glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord,” advises DeStefano.

As for how she discovered that using LED light therapy, which is delivered in the form of a helmet worn on the head, was more beneficial than prescribing methylene blue by itself, she replies, “I’m always looking for good research on protocols to combine for the good of my patients. I was researching protocols to meet my dementia patient’s needs and for things they could do at home to help their brain. I wanted things that they could combine with their hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which they generally do for four to six weeks. Many choose to continue the hyperbaric oxygen therapy longer because the results are cumulative.

"Methylene blue is prescribed for antiaging. It has a reparative action on the brain. The biohackers use methylene blue for multiple sclerosis and it’s fantastic for depression and anxiety, but you can’t use it if you are on an antidepressant, because it has side effects."

Researchers have shown that the infrared light therapy might have the potential to help people living with dementia. A pilot study, led by Dr. Paul Chazot, Durham University, UK, and Dr. Gordon Dougal, of Maculume Ltd., found improvements in the memory, motor function and processing skills of healthy people with normal intellectual function for their age.

Root Causes is located in Kenwood Office Park, 12734 Kenwood Ln., Ste. 84, in Fort Myers. Call 239-347-9234 to make an appointment. For more information, visit

Root Causes Holistic Health and Medicine - 12734 KENWOOD LANE  84 Fort Myers FL

Root Causes Holistic Health and Medicine - 12734 KENWOOD LANE , 84, Fort Myers, FL

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