Short History

In 1928, Emmitt K. Knott, a scientist in Seattle, ran some experiments on exposing the blood to UVC rays for women with severe bacterial infections due to abortions. The local hospital wrote off many of these patients since they didn’t respond to sulfa medications.  Some patients had temperatures of over 108 degrees, death was certain. Knott was told to do as he wished with these patients.  After one or two UBI exposures the patients’ symptoms completely subsided within 24 hours. The mechanisms by which UBI worked were not remotely understood and even today are not completely understood.

In 1939 Dr. George Miley, MD, made a study of the effects of 97 blood irradiation treatments given to people suffering from various diseases. His observations were:

1. A 58% increase in the venous oxygen content in ten minutes.
2. A 9% decrease in venous oxygen after a half hour.
3. A 50% increase in venous oxygen one hour to one month after treatment.

Dr. Miley, a well-renowned practitioner of UBI in the 1940’s, made this comment about Emmitt Knott, ” I think personally that this is one of the greatest contributions to medicine ever made by a citizen of the United States.”

By the 1940’s UBI had really begun to roll. Dr. Miley reported using UBI on viral pneumonia, this cured the condition rather quickly. Here is what he reported:

  1.   Complete subsidence of toxic symptoms 24-76 hours after a single treatment.
  2.   Disappearance of cough in 3-7 days.
  3.   X-ray evidence of complete clearing of the lungs within 24-96 hours after a single treatment (Miley, American Journal of Bacteriology)

Dr. Henry Barrett reported on 110 cases of UBI in 1940 (Medical Clinics of America, May, 1940).  Most patients received one treatment, but some received up to eight. In his research, Dr. Barrett noted several patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.  After UBI treatment, these patients improved remarkably within a few hours. Another case involved a patient with four years of serious bronchial asthma attacks. Dr. Barrett found this patient in the hospital.  Despite medication, she was having several asthma attacks per day. After one UBI treatment her doctor reported the next day that she had only one attack that day. After that she had two to three asthma episodes a week for three weeks. The attacks became fewer and fewer and became absent for months after a single treatment.

Barrett reported on his 110 cases:

1. No detrimental reactions from UBI.
2. Improvement is frequently immediate.
3. Increase in peripheral circulation (due to vasodilation).
4. Increase in oxygen combining power of the blood.
5. Inactivation of toxins in the blood.

Dr. Miley also reported on six patients with a herpes zoster infection, known as shingles. The infection was nullified to the point that the patients became asymptomatic with no relapses. In January,1942, Dr. Miley made the following observations, “The detoxification effect of ultraviolet is generally not known by the medical profession and certainly has not been emphasized enough. The inactivation of snake venom and bacterial toxins are examples of what may be accomplished by ultraviolet. The increased of blood irradiated with ultraviolet to absorb oxygen has been demonstrated. As a rule, rather low dosages of externally applied ultraviolet radiations stimulate the general resistance of animals and human beings to infection.” (NY State Journal of Medicine).

In the 1950’s enthusiasm over antibiotics and vaccines caused the UBI therapy to be replaced, despite its superiority for certain indications (hepatitis, viral pneumonia, and streptococcal toxemia). Research into this effective therapy came to a virtual halt.

From 1955 until the 1990’s, only a few American physicians continued to work with UBI. Russia and Germany took the lead in Light Therapy producing scores of clinical studies.

From 1990’s to the present over 250 practitioners in the US and over 3,000 in Europe began to use the therapy.  Over one million UBI treatments have been successfully administered with astounding results and minimal side effects.

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