Nest Now Offering Free Light Therapy For Flu-Relief Study

Lights On! Santa Barbara Naturopathic Doctor Studies Impact of UV Light on Flu Virus

Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, Assesses Effectiveness of Light Therapy in Treating Influenza

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the CDC, 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for the flu and nearly 20% of the U.S. population suffers from the virus over the course of flu season. Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND (Naturopathic Doctor) and founder of Nest Integrative Medicine Spa in Santa Barbara, is looking toward the light to fight this malicious winter bug.

Wrightson has launched an influenza study to assess the ability of an investigational light-based medical device by UVLrx Therapeutics™ to reduce the severity and duration of influenza symptoms, both systemic and upper respiratory.

The treatment device uses specific wavelengths of light to target the influenza virus while supporting the body's immune system to help combat or fight the viral infection. The study aims at assessing the effectiveness and safety of this application.

"Influenza commonly causes both systemic and upper respiratory symptoms, which include nasal congestion, cough, body aches, malaise and fever," said Dr. Wrightson. “These symptoms can last between 7 to 14 days and can greatly alter a person's quality of life and ability to work. We're hoping the use of specific wavelengths of light will prove effective in getting people over the flu and back to their daily routine more quickly."

Study participants will undergo four sixty-minute treatments in one week in a medical clinic at no cost to the patient. Additionally, participants will return to the clinic for two more evaluations to assess symptom resolution.

To participate in the study, please call (805) 770-2607 or visit Nest Spa SB at 523 Chapala St. #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

About UVLrx Therapeutics

Based in Oldsmar, Florida, UVLrx Therapeutics is dedicated to evidence-based medicine in the field of light therapy and offers the first intravenous, concurrent delivery of ultraviolet-A (UVA) and multiple visible light wavelengths for treating a variety of medical issues. In addition to two Nobel Prizes and NASA-backed research, hundreds of international clinical trials have verified the health benefits of UV and other wavelengths of light utilized in the UVLrx™ Treatment System. For more information, please visit www.uvlrx.com.

Dr. Kristi on Fox News - 6 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

While many people look forward to the holiday season and new year, others glare at their jam-packed calendars and overflowing to-do lists with dread. Plus, winter brings with it compromised immune systems and cold and flu season.

That's why Dr. Kristi returned to Fox 11 studios this week to share with viewers her tips for identifying and managing holiday stress.  Included are ways to steal a moment of meditation, how to eat for optimal health and more. 

Exercise

  • Exercise can change our output of cortisol

  • Mild to moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week

  • Yoga, Pilates, stretching and walking strengthen without overexerting the nervous system

  • Intense exercise is not recommended during times of stress

Breathe

  • Breathing exercises can have a positive effect on lowering cortisol production

    • Cycle of 4 breathing

      • Inhale for 4 counts

      • Hold breath for 4 counts

      • Exhale 4 counts

      • 4 cycles, 4 times per day

Sleep

  • Get 8-9 hours of sleep per night (especially during times when we have more demands)

  • Schedules with 8 or more hours of sleep are able to regulate cortisol levels

  • Create a sleep ritual 30 minutes before bed

Stay consistent!

  • Mild-moderate exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week

  • Do not abandon healthy eating habits

  • Maintain regular meal patterns as well as a whole food-based diet

  • Make sure to eat foods high in omega 3 fatty acid