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Week: 601.4 

Guest: Kirk Reneau, Bio-Bright Inc., Director, Circadian Lighting Assn. 

Topic: Light therapy products 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Shedding some light on the Winter Blues...coming up... 

SPOT: For 15 years, the National Emergency Medicine Association has worked against stroke, heart disease and trauma. Join the effort, call 800-332-6362.  

NEMA: Many of us living in the more Northern climes sometime feel the Winter blues...and researchers have found that both the blues and the more serious Seasonal Affective Disorder can be treated by shedding some light on the problem, which, as a matter of fact, is the lack of light. Kirk Reneau of the Circadian Lighting Association.... 

RENEAU: The easiest thing to use and the most economical thing to use is called a "Dawn Simulator", and that is basically a name for a product that mimics a natural sunrise. Every morning it gradually gets brighter and brighter - just the way the sun does - and that simulation helps you get off to a better start in the morning, and is a much better, more natural way to wake up. 

NEMA: The Cirdadian Lighting Association says you don't need "full spectrum" lighting for treatment of the Winter blues and SAD... because that would produce UV rays, which you don't want. For more information, call 800-621-LITE....and get a free package of information from the association. You'll find that the best bet against the Winter Blues is lightening up! I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.