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Old 01-18-11, 06:55 PM   #1
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this is really weird.

Earbuds Beat Depression by Shining Lights Into Your Brain

  • By Charlie Sorrel
  • January 12, 2011
  • 6:33 am


The concept for the Valkee sounds like the worst kind of snake-oil: It’s a little box that combats the dark blues of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with bright lights. Nothing new there, except it shines the lights into your head through your ears.
Winter depression, in the form of SAD, has been treated with bright lights since forever. Researchers at the University of Oulu, Finland, say t’s not the eyes that need the light, it’s the brain. The ear canal is a convenient hole in the head through which to shine light, so the Valkee uses a pair of earbuds to light up the inside of your head, and stimulate photo-sensitive parts of the gray matter.
That’s the theory at least. Tests run at the University of Oulu confirm its efficacy, offering relief to nine out of 10 subjects with a daily 8- to 12-minute dose for four weeks. And not everyone is as skeptical as me. Valkee has received angel investment from such smart people as Esther Dyson and ex-Nokia boss Anssi Vanjoki.
Proper clinical trials are running now, which further inspires confidence. And for those in northern climes, where the winter months can bring nights that last weeks not hours, this 185-euro light box could prove to be a life saver. Available now.

(article from wired.com's website)
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Old 01-18-11, 06:58 PM   #2
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thats just odd...

I get really down when its winter, badly..
i tried buying lightbulbs that emit extra UV light, but it did bugger all i think. Maybe a tanning bed with UV light might do the trick
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Old 01-28-11, 03:50 PM   #3
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Naaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... that's gotta be an April Fools joke!!
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Hey, I've heard of weirder stuff. I tried tanning when I lived in perpetually gloomy Portland Oregon, which was far worse to my perception then when I lived in Anchorage Alaska. Portland is always gloomy, all year. I'm not sure if the tanning beds helped as much as I had imagined they would, but it seemed helpful. I wonder if these ear bud things could work. Your brain isn't hanging out straight down the ear tubes like you could stick a tube down there and hit it. Your ear drum is in the way for one thing. I mean, anyone who has stuck a cutip a little too far down in their ear can tell you how bad that felt. Still, a cool idea.
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thats just odd...

I get really down when its winter, badly..
i tried buying lightbulbs that emit extra UV light, but it did bugger all i think. Maybe a tanning bed with UV light might do the trick
I use a "sunrise lamp" during the winter ... makes my brain think it is light earlier, and it helps me get up when it's still dark out. CRAWLS ..... SLOWLY ..... OUT ..... OF ..... BED.

It may not show up on scientific tests, but I think chocolate helps too.
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lol oldlady.

That is a weird article btw.
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