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SOUTH OGDEN — Jeff Guthrie was ill, weak, tired and depressed. After contracting COVID-19, his symptoms persisted. The Eden Dweller could not even walk 20 feet without sitting down and catching his breath.
“It’s awful,” Guthrie said. “It left me with lung problems and really bad depression. That’s when Laura called and told me to come over and try a therapy session. I can’t believe what a difference it has made in my life.”
Dubbed the ReGen Pod, the device uses red light and near-infrared laser light therapy to improve overall health, according to the manufacturer’s website.
Laura Warburton is the owner of the wellness center, which has one location in Huntsville and another, recently opened, in South Ogden. She said the therapy worked so well for her that she wanted to share it with others.
The therapy uses low-wavelength red light, which can have a biochemical effect on the body’s cells, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and pain in the body. The website states that the therapy may even have positive results for anxiety and depression.
“My depression is like night and day,” Guthrie said. “I have more energy. All I can say is that I lay there for 20 minutes and I feel better.”
Warburton’s journey to the wellness center began when she was diagnosed with end-stage hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid builds up in the deep cavities of the brain. The condition was the result of an accident she suffered years ago.
“Main symptoms are dementia, incontinence, uneven walking and extreme fatigue,” she said. “In the last five years I’ve learned to accept it and do my best. I’ve had two brain surgeries. I was put in a shunt which eliminated most of my symptoms but still left me tired and foggy most of the time.”
Warburton did everything she could think of — she even moved to Mexico for a while to be closer to sea level, but missing her family brought her back to Utah.
“Around the same time, a Facebook ad caught my attention. It was for a center that helps people with concussions,” she said. “I wanted to know more to help others, not necessarily myself.”
Warburton, a Huntsville resident, said she learned more about whole body capsules and did a free session.
“I was blown away,” she said. “I had so much energy – enough to get out of the La-Z-Boy and start two companies. My brain is much better. I’ll be calmer. My arthritis is gone.”
According to the Cleveland Clinic, red light therapy is growing and showing promise in several areas of medicine, including treating acne, scars, skin cancer, and other conditions. However, the clinic states that the full effectiveness for some conditions has yet to be determined, and to date there is no scientific evidence of weight loss or cellulite removal.
Warburton opened her first store at her home and business exploded, she said. With that in mind, she decided to open her second location in South Ogden this June.
“We don’t claim to cure anything and we don’t diagnose anything,” she said. “Without a doubt, the pod reduces inflammation. Inflammation causes pain. There are other full-body pods, none in Weber County. However, there is only one pod that is programmable and pulses frequencies into the body. The ReGen Q8 pod. Put simply, everything is energy and when you measure it, it’s called frequency.”
Warburton added that the process of pulsing frequencies across the beneficial four spectrums of light is similar to acupuncture with light.
“This literally reaches every cell in your body and stimulates it to its highest and best use,” Warburton said.
Jason Smith, a chiropractor with a Master of Clinical Neuroscience who practices at Bountiful, said he has been using laser light therapy for over 15 years. He said light therapy helps speed up cell division so people heal faster.
“There are thousands of research papers on this topic,” he said. “Light therapy can help with everything from recovery from surgery to healing wounds to concussions and acne. It has been shown to improve brain function and reduce pain. I’ve used it myself and I feel more energetic and creative. It sounds like a miracle cure, but it improves bodily function.”
The only objection to using the pod, Warburton said, are those undergoing immunosuppressive therapy for cancer or other diseases.
“The pods boost your immune system, so we don’t allow anyone with cancer without written medical clearance,” she said. “The Google Scholar site has interesting studies on all sorts of diseases. Just look up ‘photobiomodulation’ and plug in the disease and a number of peer reviewed studies are available for perusal.”
Webmd.com also states that, although more studies are needed, red light therapy may help with toothache, hair loss, dementia, osteoarthritis, and tendonitis.
The pod looks like a solarium. Once inside, the machine is programmed to emit a pulse of light of varying strength depending on its intended use. The maximum time for each session is 15 to 20 minutes. The first session is always free. After that, a discounted package price of six sessions would cost $275. A drop-in session costs $65.
Clinton’s Janice Hill used the capsule to help with knee pain, headaches and anxiety.
“When I first got out of the capsule, I felt no pain. I had relief for a while,” she said. “I’ve gone back a few times and when I’m done the pain is usually gone. It is very relaxing and definitely has other benefits as well. I feel more energy and am clearer in my thinking.”
Guthrie said he was so pleased with the results that he sent dozens of people to try it for themselves.
“I’ve had people asking me if it’s snake oil,” he said. “Well, if it’s snake oil, it certainly worked for me.”
The Wellness Center is located at 1724 Combe Road in South Ogden and also at Warburton’s home in Huntsville. For an appointment, people can call 801-800-2484.