UV Light as a massive whole-body antibiotic

Back when (in the days before antibiotics) there were many treatments which worked for bacterial and other infections; most have been forgotten.

One almost lost technique is the use of ultra violet light irradiation of the blood to kill pathogens and even cancer cells.

This is a version of what we technically call plasmapheresis or, in Europe “auto sanguis” therapy (meaning “own blood” therapy). Blood is taken outside the body, treated and then returned to the body.

You can do a number of things to blood while it is outside the body that you could not do while it is inside… For example, you can expose it to ozone and so enrich it with oxygen. A high local concentration of oxygen is known to provide a hostile environment for cancer cells. Some deadly organisms, too, like the gas gangrene bacteria (Clostridium welchii), are killed by a high-oxygen environment. Even viruses succumb.

But here I am describing the use of ultra-violet light to treat infections. UV is accepted as a sterilizing agent; city water supply is treated with it; indeed, you may have a UV unit fitted to your spa or pool. There is no scientific argument over its cleansing capabilities. It zaps pathogens!

It’s also destructive to humans (sunburn!) but that problem is solved by focusing the UV on blood which is OUTSIDE the body. We call this ultra-violet blood irradiation or UVBI for short. It’s also sometimes known as photoluminescence.

The treated blood is returned to the body, where it spreads its good message throughout the tissues. Surprisingly, only about 5% of the total blood volume needs to be treated in this way. This small proportion spreads through the entire body and works its magic, in much the same way a therapeutic drug gets everywhere.

UVBI kills viruses, parasites and bacteria and was popular in the 1930s for polio and other viral infections. The reason for its use is simple enough: it works! But then it became unpopular, as it was gradually sidelined by mass vaccination programs, which were believed to work, despite evidence to the contrary. Finally, UV blood therapy fell into disrepute, except among dedicated holistic physicians.

That’s a great pity because it is very safe (no side effects ever recorded, when used properly), highly effective and cheap to do. It’s so easy, as a matter of fact, that it’s probably something a lay persons, with the right equipment and proper  instructions, can administer it to themselves. 

History of Photoluminescence and UV Blood Irradiation

Research into the use of UV light for therapy goes back as far as the 1870’s. Niels  Ryberg Finsen won the Nobel Peace Prize for “Physiology of Medicine” in 1903 for his UV treatments of 300 people suffering from Lupus in Denmark.

One of the early pioneers of UVBI was Kurt Naswitis, who directly irradiated the blood with UV light through a shunt in 1922.

Another pioneer of this treatment was Emmett K. Knott, who started up in 1928. Dr. Virgil K. Hancock and Mr. Knott published the first article on the therapeutic efficacy of phototherapy in June of 1934. By June of 1942 they had treated 6,520 patients with ultraviolet therapy.

Their work was reported in the most prestigious medical journals.  One respected physician of the time, Dr. Rebbeck, wrote in the early 1940s that Hancock and Knott “had in the irradiation of blood with ultraviolet spectral energy, a therapy of more pronounced value than any other method known to date.”  During a 50-year period, doctors performed more than 300,000 clinical tests that repeatedly showed photoluminescence works and not a single patient was harmed.

Factually, there are very few contraindications for UVBI and unsuitable patients are easily screened out: porphyria, hereditary metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria, exeroderma pigmentosum, acute photodermatitis, and a hypersensitivity to sunlight or other forms of ultraviolet light are not suitable for UVBI.

On September 11, 1928 Emmet K. Knott patented his device as a “Means for Treating Bloodstream Infections” and later he received another patent, in 1943, which was slightly different.

This is very fortunate for us today because the machine received an FDA “grandfather” status as a device that was sold and distributed in interstate commerce prior to 1976.

UVBI Treatment Procedure

If you are lucky enough to locate a practitioner who will do this for you, you will find it’s very quick and virtually painless. It takes about 20 minutes in total.

A catheter is placed into one of the veins around the elbow (usually with a butterfly needle — a small plastic catheter attached to a short needle).  Drawn blood travels through a small glass chamber, called a cuvette, where it is exposed twice to ultraviolet light before getting re-introduced to the patient’s blood stream.

Many patients feel significant improvements after just a few treatments.  In severe cases, patients may require 10 or more treatments.  But usually, 3 to 5 treatments are sufficient. Even chronic, intractable problems will likely recover.

Photoluminescence Against Cancer

Photoluminescence is still experimental as a cancer treatment, but researchers at Yale are examining photoluminescence’s effect on certain types of lymphoma.  And from the late 40s through the mid 60s, an American surgeon named Robert Olney conducted in-depth research of photoluminescence and cancer.

Olney was a respected surgeon whose studies were published in many prestigious and widely read journals, including American Journal of Surgery and Journal of the International College of Surgeons.  In the 1960s, Olney published 5 case histories of cancer patients he had treated with photoluminescence.

One dramatic case of Olney’s is reported in the book “Into The Light” by William Campbell Douglass, MD.

“D.P., a 30-year-old white male, was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of generalized malignant melanoma (a virulent form of skin cancer).

“Eleven years previous(ly), a malignant melanoma had been removed from his right upper arm. When admitted to the hospital by Dr. Olney, he had a tumor mass under the skin at the upper left chest just below the clavicle (collar bone). Excision and biopsy revealed that the malignant melanoma had returned. He quickly developed metastases (tumor spread) all over his body, and his abdomen became very large from tumor growth. He had difficulty in breathing, had a constant cough, and was obviously in serious condition. He was blue in the face, and cancer could be felt throughout his abdomen.

“The patient was given ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVBI) therapy immediately and approximately every three days for about one week and then weekly. Within three weeks, the large tumor mass in his right armpit had disappeared as well as a tumor on the right chest wall; the abdomen became definitely smaller, and the tumor masses much less palpable. At the end of six weeks of treatment, the patient had no difficulty in breathing; his right leg, which had been extremely swollen, was normal and free of pain; and the abdomen had returned to normal size with no fluid or tumor masses palpable.”

In other words, the patient had made a remarkable recovery from a near-fatal tumor.

What Conditions Can Be Benefited by UV Blood Irradiation?

Actually, a knowledgeable practitioner would probably say almost any non-optimum condition might respond, even cancer. Bear in mind my rubric that “Any good health measure is an anti-cancer measure.”

Other conditions which may be significantly improved include:

  • Viral Infections
  • Candidiasis (fungal infections)
  • Venom Poisoning
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Poor Oxygen
  • Toxicity
  • Blood Poisoning
  • Poor Circulation
  • Low Blood Counts
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Cancer-adjunctive conditions
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Poor Immune Function
  • Rheumatologic Diseases
  • Arthritis-adjunctive conditions

UVBI or photoluminescence seems poised to make a come back. It is free of (legal) molestation by the FDA, though the FDA has scant regard for the niceties of law!

But with the obvious dangers and lack of efficacy of vaccination; the development of dangerous antibiotic resistant species of bacteria; and with the difficulty eradicating many viruses, such as hepatitis and AIDS, it is good to know we have a PROVEN, safe, fast, cheap and effective alternative therapy. It won’t suit the mindless pill-pushers, who seem to have lost the true art of the healer.

Photopheresis Defined

This is a combination word, made up of photo and plasmapheresis, already referred to. It is a modern development and needs to be distinguished from UVBI or photoluminescence.

Photopheresis was developed by Dr. Edelson at Yale University, which entailed triggering chemotherapy with a small dose of UVBI. Light sensitive chemical is locked to an antibody for the tumor cells, ensuring the maximum concentration in the tumor itself. Irradiating the tumor with UV light causes release of the chemo substance right on the spot, in the tumor itself; a sort of “smart bomb” (already referred to on page xxx).

It is a big improvement on wild chemo, spraying deadly toxins at all parts of the body, in the hope of hitting something.

Unfortunately, this method has a cost per treatment of $2000.00. It takes 4 – 5 hours, instead of just a few minutes. It is believed that Yale University currently treats approximately 900 patients per year with this therapy.

By the 1990s, Russian physicians were using low-intensity lasers beamed down a wave-guide directly into the blood (LBI) to achieve roughly equivalent effects.

UV Hygiene Zappers

In my unique and comprehensive report on safe antibiotic alternatives (“How To Survive In A World Without Antibiotics”), I described the emergence of personal UV “zappers” that can be carried in a handbag or purse and used to sterilize food and objects very quickly.

However: beware the sterile hygiene hypothesis, which states that your immune system needs to meet challenges on a regular basis, otherwise it will go to sleep, with disastrous consequences.

Further Reading about Photoluminescence:

Douglas, William Campbell. M.D., Into the Light, Second Opinion Publishing, Dunwoody, Georgia, 1993.

Miley, G.P., M.D., Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation. Published by The Foundation for Blood Irradiation, Inc. Silver Spring, Maryland, 1997.

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