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    Default 40Hz gamma Blue LED sessions for Alzheimers?

    Hi all,

    I'm sure some people saw this paper a few days ago. I have family and friends who are beginning to suffer from Alzheimers and this would be a phenomal experiment to test in them.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...nst-alzheimers

    Basically they pulsed blue LEDs at 40hz for an hour and Alzheimers protein aggregates were reduced significantly:

    After being given one hour of flickering light each day for a week, scientists saw a 60% reduction of harmful amyloid plaques in the brains of mice, and hope to replicate the results in humans.

    There seems to be impairment in gamma waves in the alzheimer brain and I assume this increased synchronization at the gamma range and brought it back?

    My question is 2 fold:

    1. Can the LEDs in Kasina flicker at 40Hz? I believe the mice were just in a cage with a single LED pulsing, so I don't think each eye was independent, but I can pull the entire study if anyone needs it to find out.

    2. What sort of audio would be helpful with a simple program running at 40Hz? I assume 40Hz is too wide for a binaural beat.

    This is not really specific to Kasina, but I own a Kasina, so any program that could be used on the Kasina would be helpful!

    Does such a program exist already? Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: 40Hz gamma Blue LED sessions for Alzheimers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beef2 View Post
    1. Can the LEDs in Kasina flicker at 40Hz?
    A KBS session can flicker lights up to 65hz. AudioStrobe can do up to 1000hz and SpectraStrobe hasn't been tested, but I would imagine it's in the same ballpark as AS.
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    Hi Beef2,

    I am new to Kasina ( bought it a month ago), but not new to brainwave entrainement. I am currently learning to use the Kasina Simple Editor, in order to create simple sessions. I am interested in the 40 Hz frequency, and work with it - it is a good frequency for meditation, especially compassion meditation.

    I have just created a simple Gamma 40hz session of 60mins. For the sound entrainment, I have chosen an Isochronic beat (40 hz), on a carrier frequency of 80hz - I feel 40hz can get irritating when carried by a high pitch, and more calming with a bass sound carrier.

    It is possible to create a 40Hz binaural beat, but that's not the best way to go, in my opinion. Binaural beats are good to produce frequencies otherwise too low for the human ear, like 7,8 Hz, or 12,5 hz. At 40 Hz, you could easily use as sound entrainment a pure 40 Hz flat tone, as most people will hear frequencies above 20 Hz. But the basic kasina editor do not allow this option, and anyway, many will feel a 40 Hz tone is too low. 80 Hz may still be low for some, but That can be edited easily. I like to go on higher octave of the entrainement beat value for a better entrainment effect. For higher octaves, you multiply by 2, as much time as you want, so 40Hz x 2 x 2 would give a 160 Hz carrier, still in tune with the 40hz entrainment ( But as I said, Gamma can get irritating at higher pitch).

    Once on the Kasina, played on KBS mode, using the down button to get to color 6 gives blue flashing light on left and right. ( For those interested in compassion meditation, I prefer color set #10, which yields a nice turquoise, a color more in line with compassion/higher heart center)

    For those looking for entertainment, it's not an entertaining session, but it works for whoever wants a 40Hz brain entrainment.

    I would have upload here the KBS file, which is quite small ( 4 Ko), but I may not post attachments at this time, probably because this is my first post on the forum ( I will upload it when I will be able to ). But you can try it with the Kasina Editor, it is not very complicated to do with the Wizard.

    ---EDIT:

    My account has been granted the right to upload attachments ( thanks!). So here is my simple 40 Hz Gamma session, with a 60 minutes duration. You can also easily edit it with the Kasina Session Editor, to your liking. Give me some feedback if you try it !
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    Last edited by Quantum; 12-13-2016 at 05:25 PM.

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    Well, after writing my previous message, I have found a way to produce a pure 40hz tone with the Kasina ( or any other flat tone frequency with no binaural or isochronic beat, for that matter) with the Kasina Session Editor, by creating a 40 hz binaural beat, and then modifying the right frequency in each segment back to 40Hz to match the left pitch, either in the Editor or Grid tab. Anyway I prefer the 80Hz tone carrying a 40 Hz isochronic tone I have put in my Gamma-40 session.

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    Default Re: 40Hz gamma Blue LED sessions for Alzheimers?

    Quantum, you are fantastic! I created a very basic 40hz program using the simple editor as well but I had no clue what to do as far as sound so I didn't even plug in the earphones. And shut all the LEDs off except the blue ones.

    I used it last night and the pulses were so fast that I honestly couldn't even see anything but a solid light with eyes closed, so instead I opened my eyes and watched the flickering LEDs directly. Did you notice the same?

    I'll grab your program and run through it as soon as I am off from work today and let you know how it went.

    If you have any further changes or updates to the 40hz program and want me to try it out, I'd be happy to give it a shot and report back.

    Thanks so much again!

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    Default Re: 40Hz gamma Blue LED sessions for Alzheimers?

    Quantum, I noticed the same issue with my program. The flicker is so fast that I can't really see it at all with closed eyes. I would assume open eyes works just as well though in this case since I doubt you could control the eyes in the mice studies. I will try it for a week and report back. let me know if you have any luck!

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    Hi Beef2,

    Thanks for your positive words. It is quite normal that you do not see the same kind of flicker as the one that can be seen at slower frequencies, but be sure that your brain do perceive that 40hz frequency. In fact, when I first began working with gamma frequencies, I had to go slowly, as with anything new of course, but I really felt at first that over 5 to 10 minutes of it was too much, and had to go slowly. I suggest anybody not to go for one hour of gamma at first. We have to treat ourselves with more kindness than how lab rats are treated

    When I use this program with closed eyes, I see patterns in the light background. It is not necessarily flickers, but more like vibrating patterns, like those usually seen in fast flashing frequencies. Those patterns are usually build around a centered spot, and from there, you can perceive either spirals, or concentric circles, or rays going outward from that fixed center point. It can look like a flower pattern, or a mandala. The way you perceive it depends of how your brain interpret the light signals. Try relax more while running the program, focus on your breath, and calmly look for this center point, right in the middle of your mental screen. Unless you have the DeepVision goggles, I think it is better not to look at the LEDs with eyes opened, it is too direct. Also, only diffuse light, like with the DeepVision goggles, or like with closed eyelids with the regular goggles, can produce those patterns I talk about, in your perceptual field. I think that, after some time, your brain will get used to that 40Hz and you will perceive more than a solid screen of light. If after some time you see no improvement, try to step down to a slower frequency, like 25 hz, and if you see flickers and patterns there, then go up to 30Hz, and so on, and you will eventually get to 40Hz.

    As a back up alternative, you can try the MoodLight online strobe and use your computer screen in a dark room for a 40Hz flickering:
    http://moodlight.org/#319966

    Do you like and practice meditation too ? Gamma waves are great with compassion meditation. I try to build a little more complex program for gamma meditation, but the basic editor cannot put more than one binaural beat per segment, so I will have to either see if I can do it through Audacity, or have to buy another software. I am just beginning with the Kasina, so I will read a bit on this forum about how others build more complex sessions.

    Let me know how it goes for you!

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    So, all of this discussion about 40hz strobe therapy for Alzheimer's (see the MIT research released in early December) has us intrigued, so we're crowdfunding to build an affordable light that can deliver that type of therapy. The crowdfunding is at http://indiegogo.com/at/flickerthing

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    Wow, thanks for highlighting that article. Sounds amazing!

    Just one question: in the Guardian article, it doesn't mention that it was BLUE light - did you find that in another reference to this research project?

    I read that long intensive blue light exposure could induce photoreceptor damage - if that is correct, it would be great if a different frequency could be used with equal benefits (especially as we are talking about hours of exposure here).

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4734149/
    from this source: "blue light can also induce photoreceptor damage. Thus, it is important to consider the spectral output of LED-based light sources to minimize the danger that may be associated with blue light exposure"
    Last edited by Neuro-Surfer; 01-18-2017 at 07:06 AM.

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    We may need to curb our enthusiasm a bit :-/

    Seems like evoking gamma-modulations in humans EEG is less accessible:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10591899

    but maybe someone can test this with the gamma session provided in this thread? i know scott did some eeg readings with other sessions and it was evident that there was a frequency-specific response in some bands.

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