ALSUntangled #60: light therapy

Richard Bedlack, Paul Barkhaus, Ben Barnes, Michael Bereman, Tulio Bertorini, Gregory Carter, Jesse Crayle, Sky Kihuwa-Mani, Robert Bowser, Pamela Kittrell, Christopher McDermott, Gary Pattee, Kristiana Salmon, Paul Wicks

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ALSUntangled reviews alternative and off-label treatments for people with ALS. Here we review light therapy. We show that it has theoretically plausible mechanisms, three flawed pre-clinical data, studies, and one incompletely documented case report supporting its use. We explain why further studies are needed to determine whether any specific light therapy protocol can help people with ALS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Light
  • alternative therapy
  • energy
  • epidemiology
  • ethics
  • therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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