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Professor Gordon Farmer is President of UKITL.  He has been practicing holistic medicine for over 50 years. His experience with cold laser therapy is second to none.


It was therefore no surprise then that recently he turned his focus onto his own physical condition with some remarkable results.  Here Professor Farmer describes his own amazing story..

Physician Heal thyself...

Further reading:


Laser acupuncture in the treatment of paralysis in stroke patients.

Naeser 1995


Effectiveness and Safety of Transcranial Laser Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke

Zivin 2009



This is an unusual case study very close to my heart and one which demonstrated
to a sceptical NHS hospital the amazing therapeutic benefits of cold laser.

I have enjoyed good health throughout my life, a fact which I put down to living a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a good diet. This year however has seen a downturn in my health. Despite having normal cholesterol levels and blood pressure I had a heart attack about six months ago. This led to surgery which involved bypassing the faulty valve and the insertion of stents to keep the arteries open. I made a great recovery in no small thanks to the use of cold laser stimulating the lymphatic system into repairing any damage to my body.

Unfortunately as a result of the drugs given in the hospital I developed type 1 diabetes and was told that I needed to take insulin injections for the rest of my life.  This is apparently a common side effect of the medication administered to heart attack patients. I have never taken prescribed medication in my life and did not want to start now. Through diet and the application of cold laser I was able to maintain my blood sugar levels at an acceptable level.

My cardiologist was amazed at the recovery.  Western medicine does not expect the body to repair itself so quickly.  On the other hand, having treated thousands of patients with cold laser over the last 25 years, I fully expected this result.

I returned recently from a trip to the US.  It is recommended practice prior to long haul flight to take an aspirin.  This thins the blood and helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Two days after my return I suffered a stroke which left me paralysed down my left side. I was taken to the local general hospital and placed in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EMU) where I remained for three days as there was no bed available in the stroke unit.  It’s a savage indictment of the state of the NHS that stroke victims who require immediate attention, rest, physiotherapy and support have to be subjected to the gruelling conditions on a ward with more comings and goings than Euston station in rush hour. During this time I made little or no progress.

On the third day I insisted on my cold laser.  After just one 11 minute treatment I could raise my arm without aid, and an hour later I managed to walk without falling down.  A little later I was walking unaided around the ward. The following day I successfully completed the stair test with the physiotherapist.   On the fourth day I was transferred to the stroke unit where I continued to make a speedy recovery.  I was released from hospital after a seven day stay having recovered the use of my left side.

Incidentally, whilst in hospital I had an MRI scan. The scan proved that I'd also had a blood clot on the brain when I had suffered the heart attack six months ago. MRI scans are not routine following a heart attack, if they were this condition would have revealed itself. It was the considered opinion of the consultant at the hospital that the aspirin taken prior to my return flight from the US had triggered the stroke.  

I have worked in this particular hospital for many years as a holistic therapist administering acupuncture and cold laser to hundreds of patients in the pain clinic. I was therefore allowed to use cold laser on two other patients on the Stroke Unit both of whom saw a significant improvement in their condition. The doctors and physiotherapists on the ward could not believe their eyes.

Cold laser has been around for almost thirty years.  I have used it in my private practice since 1984. A handful of departments within the NHS have embraced this technology.  There are reported to be over 150 cold laser units in NHS hospitals but many are never used due to lack of adequate training. The UKITL is determined to address this situation by offering a range of flexible training programmes to appropriate medical staff to ensure that the benefits of this natural healing can be felt by a whole new generation of patients suffering from painful or debilitating conditions.