The Liebell Clinic: Chronic Pain & Wellness Solutions

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Cold Laser Therapy

The Modern Medical Technology Secret

of Top Athletes... That’s Available to You Too!

   By Dr. Donald Liebell

   Cold Laser Therapy is a magnificent, safe and painless treatment technology that has been used worldwide for several decades.  Only recently has it made its way into American physicians' offices.  Its application is simple; the doctor shines the red light over the affected area and/or the nerves.  It can be done through clothing and you don't feel a thing.  It's unlike any treatment anyone has ever experienced.  Cold Laser Therapy can:

REDUCE PAIN by stimulating cells to produce their own endorphins, a natural painkiller,

PROMOTE FASTER HEALING by stimulating cells to increase the production of two major healing enzymes by as much as 75%,

REDUCE INFLAMMATIONby as much as 75%,


RELAX MUSCLES and muscle spasms,

DECREASE SWELLING by stimulating lymphatic drainage,

ENHANCE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM by increasing the number of "killer" cells by 400-900%, and most importantly,

RE-ENERGIZE CELL MEMBRANES to allow transport of essential nutrients across cell walls (nutrients will not cross an injured or sick cell wall, thus slowing healing) allowing a healthy new cell to grow.

    How it actually works on the other hand, is quite complicated. 
It has been said that Albert Einstein originally suggested the LASER around 1920. But, just like most of his brilliant ideas, he was way ahead of his time.  By 1960, governments and researchers were concentrating on military applications of LASER. But a Hungarian surgeon named Dr. Endre Mester suspected that laser light might have a more humane application—the destruction of malignant cancer cells. 

   His news was bad and good. His laser didn’t work for cancer.  But fortunately he discovered that surgical incisions he made in lab animals healed dramatically FASTER with his laser light. Follow-up experiments on infections, burns and other conditions revealed amazing results—they all healed much faster.  

   Dr. Mester figured out what went wrong with his cancer experiments. The laser was under-powered. That’s why it didn’t destroy cancer cells. He realized that in the same way sunlight is destructive in high doses, but healing in small doses… laser light was healing at low power.  This led to the development of a science he called “laser bio-stimulation.” Today there is an entire science field devoted to this subject call photobiology—the study of how light effects living things.

What Exactly Is Cold Laser?

     Lasers have become common for surgery. But cold laser is totally different from the surgical laser. High power lasers are used to cut through tissue while low-power or “cold” lasers stimulate tissue repair and healing.  Scientists figured out that there are different kinds of light. They create different effects on the cells of our bodies.

   We all know the light we can SEE—the range of colors of the spectrum of a rainbow. We also know that sunlight produces HEAT. Ultraviolet light is the part of the spectrum that causes tanning or burning of the skin.  Scientists refer to cold laser light as compressed from a wavelength of the cold, red electromagnetic part of the spectrum. It’s very different from natural light because it’s just ONE color. Plus it travels in a straight line and can be polarized, which means the beam can be aimed at a specific area.  This lets the laser light go through the surface of the skin without heating it!

  No damage... No side effects.

   Worldwide, cold laser has been reported to successfully treat an incredible number of conditions. Research scientists say it’s because it works at the cellular level. More than 2,500 research reports have been published. And more than 100 double blind positive studies confirm that it works.  Cold Laser therapy is safe and effective for decreasing pain and healing many conditions. It’s an awesome technology—part of a complete chronic pain treatment program. With the Erchonia Cold Laser, we are even able to precisely diagnose the areas of nerve compression and treat them!

   “How Does Cold Laser Work?”

    I don’t want to get too crazy here attempting to explain cold laser… because it’s based on some "heavy duty" physics and cell biology and physiology.  Everybody wants to know how shining a red light on them could help them. 

     Ancient Practice… Modern Technology

    Cold laser is helping many conditions previously untreatable with anything but medication. But light therapy is hardly a new concept. Light has been used for healing for thousands of years, starting with the Chinese, Greeks and Romans who recognized the positive effects of sunlight.

    The rays of the sun make plant seeds sprout through changes in their genetic materials—DNA and RNA. Remember that the sun’s rays are full spectrum light…meaning that there are many wavelengths.  Yet only ONE specific wavelength or frequency causes the seeds to germinate.

  Every cell, tissue and organ of your body has a specific frequency that regulates important functions. Things like protein such as protein synthesis, cell division and communication.   Biophysicists explain that the matrix of living cells has laser-like RESONANCE FREQUENCY—a unique property that signals various things like growth, injury repair and immune function.

Using specific cold laser frequencies and wavelengths can balance the body’s defense and repair mechanisms. This means that disease shows up as chemical imbalances…but the underlying cause is electromagnetic.

   So applying a specific frequency can restore normal function to cells.  It’s critical to use the RIGHT WAVELENGTHS, FREQUENCIES and other settings. What we’re talking about here is pain relief through quantum physics rather than drugs (chemistry).  

   The Erchonia PL-5000 Cold Laser that I use can be programmed to different frequencies to treat different areas of the body, at the cellular level.   Think of it as a calculator... that subtracts pain!

 "Fueling the Power Plant"

  All the cells of your body have a miniature “power plant” inside called the mitochondria. That’s where your cell’s energy is produced. It’s called ATP (Adenosine Tri-phosphate). Cold laser light stimulates an increase in ATP production in the mitochondria. This process is similar to how your body uses the sun's energy to manufacture Vitamin D.  When your cells have more energy available, they operate more efficiently.

   Researchers say cold laser improves transportation of nutrients through the cells. It can help increase chemicals known as endorphins. These are your body’s natural, built-in pain relievers.  The mitochondria are very sensitive to light. The amazing discovery made by Dr. Mester was that certain frequencies of light could increase the “power plant’s” ability to make MORE energy…speeding up the healing rate of injuries. The blood’s immune response can improve. Oxygen to the cells can increase too. 

   Cold laser light also activates enzymes within cells. This triggers beneficial chemical reactions to activate more enzymes—like a “domino effect.” What’s really fascinating is that only the cells that need the light absorb it.

    What would you say if a noted neuroscientist told you an injured spinal cord could be repaired by shining a light on it?

   The research was conducted by neuroscientist, Juanita Anders at Bethesda, Maryland. Her lab is at the Uniformed Services University, the U.S. military’s medical school.  For many years, Anders has been studying the healing powers of cold lasers. She has found that in rats, laser therapy can repair severed spinal cords, allowing once-injured animals to walk again—a 300% faster rate of healing. 

   It is unlikely that there is any other type of treatment technology that can produce as many positive effects—yet cause no bad effects. There are drugs which produce positive effects…but at the cost of many negative side effects.  

To summarize: when cold laser is applied… your body’s natural healing response is stimulated… and… in many cases… it heals faster and better. It’s proven safe and effective for decreasing pain and improving healing.  

    New Technology? Well, not really...

    What seems new is often not new at all…just new to us. Consider the scene decades ago, when the ancient art of Acupuncture was brought to the United States. Nearly every other modern country had used Acupuncture. It had been successfully practiced for thousands of years before our medical "experts" would even remotely accept it as a useful medical treatment. 

   In 2002 another “new” technology—the cold laser was introduced to the U.S. It has also been used worldwide for a long time… over 40 years in modern Asian and European countries and Australia… for an incredible number of conditions. I mentioned earlier that more than 2,000 research reports have been published. Plus, more than 100 double blind positive studies confirm that it works.      

The FDA Finally Gives Market Clearance for Cold Laser in the U.S.A.

   Sadly it took over 40 years for America to catch on to cold laser. That is, if you can call the minuscule number of doctors who’ve bothered to learn about it, “catching on.”  Finally, in 2002 the first patent and market clearance was given for the non-surgical treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Double-blind studies were conducted with General Motors and Baylor College of Medicine. They revealed an amazing 75.6% success rate.  Remarkably, the studies showed the cold laser even worked on patients that already had surgery!

   With so many modern medical “cures” causing worse problems than the conditions they were initially intended to treat… one of the most important benefits was… No Documented Side Effects! Not one. Plus there’s no risk of infection and no surgical complications with cold laser.

    Erchonia Medical made history by becoming the first to receive FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic pain, proven  through two double blind studies. The Erchonia Lasers are the most advanced lasers on the market, with their sleek revolutionary design, patented line generated beam, and the ability to program independent frequencies in all of their family of lasers.

   In my practice I use the Erchonia Cold Laser.  This is the same device used to treat some of the world's most elite athletes.  It has been used by the training staff of NFL football teams, including the New England Patriots and New York Jets.  The US Olympic Committee enthusiastically endorsed cold laser therapy in January of 2004.    

   Cold laser therapy has been used for:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and other inflammatory conditions like tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia, neck pain, back pain Joint Sprains, Muscle strains, tendonitis, Knee Pain, Hip Pain
  • Joint injuries or conditions, like TMJ, arthritis Frozen Shoulder
  • Neurological injuries—spinal discs, headaches And many, many other problems

    “Okay…but…with all of this overwhelming proof…if this is such a revolutionary treatment method… Why has the United States “missed the boat” for so long?”

    Ahh…a question asked by many!

    Cold laser has been used all over the world for a really long time. In fact it’s been reported that European doctors expect cold laser therapy to replace all other forms of treatment for carpal tunnel treatment, as an example.  But the United States has been severely delayed in usage of cold laser therapy. Perhaps part of the problem is the faulty, snail’s pace medical approval process for anything different.  In America it can take decades for anything outside the realm of new drugs or surgical procedures to reach the public and become part of the system.

    Listen: Haven’t you noticed American doctors seem to be skeptical of anything different?  Especially if it comes from foreign countries?  Many health care insiders believe that American health care innovations get top priority in the approval process. Everything developed in other countries gets put on the “back burner.”

    Politics, Greed and Ignorance?

    Let me remind you that our nation’s health care system is based upon DRUGS and SURGERY. Even though cold laser is becoming more and more popular, it's never going to make pharmaceutical companies any money. I say, don't hold your breath waiting for most doctors to embrace cold laser.  American physicians’ knowledge of Eastern medicine, is pitifully small. Yes, the U.S. is the most pharmaceutically advanced. Yet the World Health Organization(WHO) in 2000, ranked the U.S. as having the 37th best health care system in the world!

    What?… 37th?… are you kidding me? It’s not a laughing matter. Belgium is the world’s healthiest nation, followed by Iceland, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Norway and Australia.  European countries (where laser treatment is a well accepted methodology)… have much higher health care rankings than the United States. Remember the U.S. FDA would not allow cold laser to be used in our country until 2002.

    It seems quite clear that most American doctors don’t believe in various procedures, including energy-based medicine like cold laser. Even though dozens of healthier nations use them. They remain skeptical of shining a harmless light beam over a troubled area…yet they’re confident in giving people toxic chemicals to cover up symptoms and rampant radical surgery. 

  Another factor is that most cold laser protocols call for treatment times ranging from only 30 seconds to 3 minutes.  This does not fit the 15-minute treatment time fee model that fits most insurance coverage-based care.  If insurance paid doctors appropriately for cold laser treatment... every medical office would likely be equipped with a laser.

   The frightening reality is the fact that billions of dollars can NOT be generated by curing conditions…The BIG money is in MAINTAINING conditions! That means treating symptoms, but never promoting healing and cure. Vioxx, the once FDA-approved drug responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, is a great example. In 2002 Vioxx sales topped the 2.5 Billion dollar mark. That’s BILLION with a “B.”  According to the World Market Research Center report, high-spending nations such as the United States have proved that the amount spent on health care does not lead to success.
    Do you think the surgeons and the pharmaceutical companies want you to find out that cold laser works? Don’t you think there’s way, way more money to be made by keeping you hooked on drugs? Drugs for EVERYTHING? They’d go out of business if people took treatments that actually got them better. Treatments that work on the cause of problems…treatments that work with the natural healing abilities of the human body.

    Some people who’ve learned about cold laser have asked their family doctor about it, merely to be told it’s “phony baloney.” Sad but true. It’s amazing to me how a health professional can give advice based on such ignorance. For that matter, do you think doctors who have built their fortunes through prescribing drugs and surgery want to promote anything that might at least in part, replace it?

    I highly doubt it. That’s why I’ve put this together for you…and to share with others. If I don’t…who will?  

    My happy patients and I can attest to the fact that Cold Laser is a magnificent healing technology. Perhaps you could benefit from it too.   

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-Dr. Donald Liebell 

​​"The field of photo therapy, once called laser, is blooming right before our very eyes. There have been multiple studies at NASA that even show that retinal damage can be reversed by photonic stimulation...  

“I know of no other modality that even comes close to the myriad of physiological changes that take place with the laser and yet no adverse effects.    

Laser Biophysicist,
 Dr. Joseph Kleinkort

Dr. Kleinkort has served as Liaison Officer to the World Safety Organization for the United Nations, and was a founding member of the American College of Orthopedic Medicine.  

The Liebell Clinic Has Used the

Same Cold Laser Used 
by The Medical Training Staff of the National Football League's New York Jets, New England Patriots,  and Kansas City Chiefs... 

the Erchonia Cold Laser

Laser Research at

Bethesda, Maryland: 
The Uniformed Services University 
(U.S. Military Medical School)

“These results suggest that low power

laser is a non-invasive therapy…

and may afford a promising treatment

for devastating spinal cord injuries.”

- Dr. Juanita Anders 

Journal, Laser Surgery and Medicine

"It's Time We Opened Our

Eyes to the Light"

“Light energy has been used for healing since the earliest recorded medical history, but has gone out of favor in Western medicine with the advent of the existing paradigm of a more surgical and pharmacological basis...  Still, the vast majority of students of medicine and allied health practices in this country are not being taught its efficacy and use...

I have had the opportunity to assist multiple patients with pain management, wound healing and physical recovery… This modality has been the best new technology I have had to offer my patients in the last decade.  It is my hope that others will latch onto this technology and bring it forward, for it is a completely non-invasive option that provides so many physiologic advantages with no apparent side effects.”    

Jeffrey Nelson, MD, Medical Director

- Burn and Wound Center

St. Mary’s Hospital, Tucson, Arizona

The Lancet -

Vol 374 December 5, 2009

Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials
- Roberta T Chow, Mark I Johnson, Rodrigo A B Lopes-Martins, Jan M Bjordal

"Our results show moderate statistical evidence for efficacy of LLLT in treatment of acute and chronic neck pain in the short and medium term... Data from seven trials were available for up to 22 weeks after the end of treatment, suggesting that positive effects were maintained for up to 3 months after treatment ended... Trials of knee osteoarthritis, tendinopathies, and low back pain reported similar long lasting effects of LLLT.  These results contrast with those or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in arthritis and spinal disorders, for which the effect ends rapidly when drug use is discontinued"

​Journal of Cerebral 
Blood Flow & Metabolism 
(2014), Dr. Q. Zhang et al

"​​To date, pharmacological treatments that can confer neuroprotection against secondary brain injury are still critically lacking...

[Low Level Light Therapy = cold laser]

LLLT is urgently needed... LLLT is a simple, noninvasive, safe, convenient, and cost-effective modality and could be used routinely for patients at their first hospital visit to prevent or slow down neurologic dysfunction after TBI...  

"​Soon after the discovery of lasers in the 1960s it was realized that laser therapy had the potential to improve wound healing and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling...

​LLLT is also being considered as a viable treatment for serious neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, spinal cord injury, and degenerative central nervous system disease...


The Nuts and Bolts of

Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy

Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Vol. 40, No. 2, February 2012

Hoon Chung, Tianhong Dai, Sulbha K. Sharma, Ying-Ying Huang, James D. Carroll, Michael R. Hamblin, Wellman Center For Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department Of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Aesthetic And Plastic Center Of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, People’s Republic Of China; Thor Photomedicine Ltd, Harvard-MIt Division Of Health Sciences And Technology

On the clinical side, the public’s distrust of big pharmaceutical companies and their products is also likely to continue to grow. This may be a powerful force for adoption of therapies that once were considered as ‘‘alternative and complementary,’’ but now are becoming more scientifically accepted. LLLT is not the only example of this type of therapy, but needle acupuncture, transcranial magnetic stimulation and microcurrent therapy also fall into this class"


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