THE UV FACTOR - Surprising uses of Ultraviolet Light

Matt DeBow © 2005

For eons, nature has used our sun's ultraviolet energy as a way to cleanse the earth. UV light has many practical uses, it seems as if many of its medical applications have been ignored, neglected or purposely pushed aside. With the new antibiotic resistant diseases on the rise could humanity's slow acceptance be the beginning of our demise. Because of this frightening rise of resistant organisms, plus the side effects of chemical pharmacological we need to utilize modalities that encourage the body's natural healing response.

It was discovered in 1956 that UV light treats jaundice, helping remove the pigment know as bilirubin that can be deadly to infants. UV light is also used in water purification, sewage treatment and air ventilation systems in hospitals and office buildings amongst many other uses. PUVA therapy is a treatment wherein the patient uses a chemical called psorlin and within a couple of hours the skin is exposed to UV light. It stops the diseased cell from dividing and can often result in dramatic cures for psoriasis, vitiligo and de-pigmentation problems. UV light is also now being used to clean hospital blood for transfusions. It is currently the only known system that cleans blood 100% of bacteria and viruses. The system also uses psorlin which was originally derived from figs. This compound is light sensitive and it binds with the molecules of the blood. Cerus of Concord, California, has a patent on this technology and recently received its European approval and currently an FDA approval is pending.

An impressive application of UV light is called UBI (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation) or Photo-Luminescence. This process removes a small amount blood from the patient, exposes it to light then returns the blood back to the patient intravenously. This process is proven to be effective in the inactivation toxins, contaminates, destruction of viruses and the elimination of bacteria, while it activates white blood cells, helping blood viscosity, increasing blood oxygen transport and decreasing platelet aggregation. It is bizarre that as little we know about this treatment that was developed over 100 years ago by Niels Finsen in Denmark. In 1928, Emmit S. Knott developed equipment to perform the Photo-Luminescence process. Knott pioneered blood irradiation on dogs before treating humans. His first patient suffered from a bacterial blood infection (Sepsis). The results were astounding. The patient recovered rapidly after the treatment. Knott, working with Dr. Hankock, had great success publishing the results in 1934. In 1943 Dr. George Miley published his successful results regarding his treatments of viral pneumonia. The documentation stated that within 24 to 72 hours after a single UBI there was a complete disappearance of the toxic symptoms. The cough disappeared in 3 to 7 days. And that the lungs had cleared within 1 to 4 days. Miley demonstrated that there was a decrease in blood oxygen in many disease states. He reported many cases of dying patients responding almost instantly to UBI treatment, some within hours. The UV light's biochemical reaction varies depending on vitamins and nutrients present in the blood. The light inactivates toxin and viruses, while it destroys and inhibits fungal, bacterial and parasitic growth. It also accelerates the lymphatic and circulatory activities, normalizing metabolism and glandular actions, while stimulating the sympathetic system. After the blood is exposed to the ultraviolet light it continues to emit secondary emanations to the rest of the blood once back in the body, inactivating destructive pathogens deep within tissue

It has been found that the photodynamic effect can be increased by incorporating light activating agents such as: Methoxypsoralen, photo sensitive amino acids, herbs, dyes and porphyrins derivatives. Dr. Richard Edelson of Yale University, developed a technique called extracorporeal photophoresis. In this technique the patient is given (8-MOP) 8-Methoxypsoralen a photo sensitizing agent two hours before the blood is withdrawn. The blood is withdrawn and separated into 2 cellular components. The white blood cell are irritated with UV-A and returned to the patient. This therapy is proven successful and has he received FDA approval for the treatment of Lymphoma. Not all clinicians agree with this separation process because there are many elements other that white blood cells that are photosensitive such as; porphyrins, antibodies, steroids, insulin, liposomes and some amino acids.

William Campbell Douglass, MD uses an instrument called a photolume to irradiate blood with ultraviolet light. At this point he has successfully treated infection, cancer, arthritis, asthma and blood poisoning. It has been found that toxins such as: diphtheria, tetanus and snake venom are very unstable and inactivated in the presence of UV light. Other ailments known to be successfully treated with UBI are vascular conditions, E-Coli, toxemia, non-healing wounds and wound infections, reduction in atherosclerotic plaque, candidiasis, chronic fatigue, blood poisoning, allergies, asthma, emphysema, diabetic complications, rheumatologic diseases, acute colds, flu, fibromyalgia, poor circulation, sinusitis, bronchitis, autoimmune diseases, arterial disease, macular degeneration and weak immune systems. Including preliminary reports that indicate that UBI may be useful in the treatment of HIV.

The German's have performed hundreds of thousands of these treatments and never reported incidents of toxicity other than a mild Herxheimer reaction that occurs within the first 24 hours. The reaction is due to the rapid death of large numbers of infectious organisms. The symptoms are characterized by chill and a rise in temperature similar to "flu-like" symptoms Though this treatment mechanism is not fully understood, it works. The harnessing of electricity was not well understood in its early inception, look at it now. Scientist will eventually figure out the exact mechanism that makes it work, inventible leading to more breakthroughs.

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