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Why are LIGHT™ users resoundingly calling it a miracle?

UC San Diego LIGHT Launch Event on Sep 22, 2018

Have a look at some powerful testimonials from LIGHT users and learn more from Paul Mills, Ph.D., Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine at UC San Diego, about the research findings that support the therapy.

Dr. Mills describes the LIGHT self-efficacy education program as a significant achievement. “It’s not common for us scientists” to witness a translational research success story—where “a research project in the lab … ends up finding its way out into the community, where it does good.”

Paul declared his enthusiasm at the launch of the LIGHT Self-Efficacy courses at UC San Diego through its Centers for Integrative Health, stating, “That’s what we’ve accomplished here with the LIGHT study … to see the fruition of our research.”

Additional videos include co-developers Tom Thudiyanplackal and Paula Marie Jackson sharing some more background to familiarize you with the process. Paula also offers a brief experiential session so you may receive a sensory and intuitional insight into what is in store with the complete LIGHT journey.

HealthCare Journey™ CEO Christine Granfield interviews HLGI developer Paula Marie Jackson

Published on Sep 27, 2015

Watch the tête–à–tête between these two dynamic women leading a major transformation in MS health care and research: Christine Granfield interviews Paula Marie Jackson to learn more about the benefits of HLGI and how this novel complementary healing modality will be made available to MS sufferers worldwide. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1999 and having nearly lost her vision, hearing, and ability to walk, Paula Marie Jackson found her way back to a fully active life through a process she now calls ‘Healing Light Guided Imagery’ (HLGI) that helped slow the progression of her MS symptoms and has since held it in remission.

Determined to discover a scientifically verified methodology that she could share with her fellow MS sufferers, Paula self-funded her efforts and collaborated with researchers at a leading California university to launch a pilot research study. After four and half years, the preliminary results now indicate that HLGI has had a significant impact on several factors of the MS participants’ health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Backed by these results, Paula has been encouraged to share the technique with the extensive MS subscriber base at ‘HealthCare Journey™’ a preeminent forum for MS-specific health care news and activities managed and led by Christine Granfield.

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La Jollan’s multiple sclerosis therapy wins UCSD notice

By James Palen

Published on Dec 2, 2015

Paula in the Himalayas
Paula Marie Jackson’s journey in developing for commercial use her Healing Light Guided Imagery therapy for multiple sclerosis began around 2010, roughly 11 years after she said it transformed her own experience suffering from MS, and roughly nine years after she began informally administering it to other MS patients in her spare time during work-related travels across the globe.

What began 16 years ago for La Jolla resident Paula Marie Jackson as an experiment in self-healing is now being considered for further study as a treatment of the debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis. 

Paula Marie Jackson

Jackson said the therapy has the potential to help just about anyone suffering from the disease. Some of her best moments daily are those spent seeing study participants feel better.

“It just makes my day — it makes my life,”

Jackson, a certified hypnotherapist who in 1999 — at the time of her own multiple sclerosis diagnosis — worked full time as a senior sales executive with a medical device company, has for the last 14 years dedicated much of her time helping others with the disease. Coined Healing Light Guided Imagery, or HLGI, her novel approach to therapy is now in the closing stages of its initial scientific study, conducted by UCSD researchers during the last four years. Preliminary results from the pilot study indicate the therapy has promise, and could be a key to helping MS patients suffer less as their disease progresses, if not slowing down the progression of the disease itself. Read Full Article » | Download PDF »

MS Patient Designs Novel Guided Imagery Program

By Lisa Emrich, PATIENT EXPERT

Oct 22, 2015

Paula Marie Jackson, diagnosed with MS in 1999, is a certified hypnotherapist who has developed a novel guided imagery protocol for MS patients she calls Healing Light Guided Imagery (HLGI). Ms. Jackson collaborated with researchers from the MS Center at University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Center of Excellence for Research in Training in Integrative Health to conduct a small self-funded pilot study comparing the effects of HLGI and those of journaling on quality of life, fatigue, and depressed mood in 11 MS patients.

What is Healing Light Guided Imagery (HLGI) and how does it differ from other forms of guided imagery, meditation, or hypnosis?

PMJ: Healing Light Guided Imagery (HLGI) is a hybrid therapy combining meditation, mindfulness, and light hypnosis that I began to develop during my own MS diagnosis. As I trained, practiced, and worked to improve this hybrid technique, I found an optimal framework that worked wonders with most of my symptoms and was effective in helping others living with MS. The researchers at UCSD have been referring to it as an Integrated Mindfulness technique that is a simpler version of mindfulness which is easier to learn in a relatively shorter period of time.

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Can Guided Imagery Help With Multiple Sclerosis?

By Cathy Wong, Medically reviewed by a board-certified physician

Updated March 15, 2018

The Science Behind Guided Imagery and Multiple Sclerosis

At this point, very few studies have tested guided imagery’s effects in people with multiple sclerosis. However, some preliminary research (including a small study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine in 2018) indicates that guided imagery shows promise as a complementary therapy for MS.

In the 2018 study, a small group of people with multiple sclerosis either practiced a technique called Healing Light Guided Imagery or took up journaling for 10 weeks. At the end of that 10-week period, the nine study members who’d practiced guided imagery showed greater improvements in mood, fatigue, and physical and mental quality of life (compared to the eight participants who completed the journaling program).

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