SOUTH OGDEN — Jeff Guthrie was sick, weak, tired and depressed. After being infected with COVID-19, his symptoms persisted. The Eden resident couldn’t even walk 20 feet without having to sit up and catch his breath.
“It’s awful,” Guthrie said. “It left me with lung issues and really bad depression. That’s when Laura called me and told me to come and try a therapy session. I can’t believe how great a difference in my life.
The machine, called ReGen Pod, 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 a location in Huntsville and a recently opened one in South Ogden. She said the therapy worked so well for her that she wanted to share it with others.
The therapy uses low level wavelengths of red light, which can have a biochemical effect on cells in the body and, in turn, help reduce inflammation and pain in the body. The website says the therapy can even have positive results with anxiety and depression.
“My depression is like night and day,” Guthrie said. “I have more energy. All I can say is that I lay in there for 20 minutes and I feel better.
Warburton’s journey to the wellness center began when she was diagnosed with terminal 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.
“The main symptoms are dementia, incontinence, uneven walking and extreme fatigue,” she said. “Over the past five years, I’ve learned to accept it and do my best. I had two brain surgeries. I was placed on a shunt which resolved most of my symptoms but still left me feeling 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 the lack of her family brought her back to Utah.
“Around the same time, an ad on Facebook caught my eye. It was for a concussion support center,” she said. “I wanted to learn more to help others, not necessarily myself.”
Warburton, a resident of Huntsville, said she learned more about the full body modules and did a free session.
“I was blown away,” she said. “I’ve had so much energy – enough to quit the La-Z-Boy and start two businesses. My brain is so much better. I’m also calmer. My arthritis is gone.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, red light therapy continues to grow and shows promise in several areas of medicine, including the treatment of acne, scars, skin cancer and other medical conditions. However, the clinic states that full effectiveness for certain conditions has yet to be determined, and to date, there is no scientific evidence to support weight loss or cellulite removal.
Warburton opened her first business in her home and business boomed, she said. That’s when she decided to open her second location in South Ogden in June.
“We don’t claim to cure anything, and we don’t diagnose,” she said. “Without a doubt, the clove reduces inflammation. Inflammation causes pain. There are other full body pods available, none in Weber County. However, there is only one pod which is programmable and sends frequencies into the body. The ReGen Q8 module. Simply put, everything is energy and when measured it is called frequency.
Warburton added that the process, when pulsing frequencies through the four beneficial light spectra, is similar to acupuncture with light.
“It literally reaches every cell in your body, stimulating them to their highest and best use,” Warburton says.
Jason Smith, a chiropractor with a master’s degree in clinical neuroscience who practices at Bountiful, said he’s been using laser light therapy for more than 15 years. He said light therapy helps speed up cell division so people recover faster.
“There are thousands of research papers on the subject,” he said. “Light therapy can help with everything from post-surgery recovery, wound healing, concussions, and acne. It’s been shown to improve brain function and reduce pain. I’ve used it myself myself and I feel more energetic and creative. It feels like a magic bullet, but it improves the functioning of the body.
The only contradiction to using the capsule, Warburton said, is for people undergoing immunosuppressive therapy for cancer or other illnesses.
“The pods boost your immune system, so we never allow anyone with cancer without written approval from a doctor,” she said. “There are interesting studies for every possible disease on the Google Scholar site. Just search for ‘photobiomodulation’ and insert the disease and a number of peer-reviewed studies are available to read.”
Webmd.com also states that, although more studies are needed, red light therapy may help with dental pain, hair loss, dementia, osteoarthritis, and tendonitis.
The pod looks like a tanning bed. Once inside, the machine is programmed to deliver a pulse of light at varying levels, depending on the reason for its use. The maximum time for each session is 15-20 minutes. The first session is always free. After that, a discounted six-session package would cost $275. A walk-in session costs $65.
Clinton’s Janice Hill used the capsule to relieve knee pain, headaches, and anxiety.
“I didn’t feel any pain when I got out of the basket the first time. I had relief for a while,” she said. “I’ve been back to it several times and when I’m done the pain is usually gone. It’s very relaxing and definitely has other benefits too. I feel more energy and more clarity in my thinking.
Guthrie said he was so pleased with the results that he sent dozens of people to try it out for themselves.
“I’ve had people ask me if it was snake oil,” he said. “Well, if it’s snake oil, it 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.