The Healing Power of Light
Photoluminescence: UV Light Irradiation in the Laboratory
E.W: McDonagh, D.O.
In his 318-page book entitled Into The Light, William C. Douglass, M.D., outlines
the tremendous powers of light. He delves into the many varied functions, properties
and unique abilities of the color spectrum.
Each color has its wavelength that accounts for its activity. The medical use of
ultraviolet (UV) in particular is demonstrated by published scientific studies, and
patient case histories to have great curative ability in a wide range of disease
Conventional medicine treats patients after the establishment of disease. Early detection
and prevention is ignored. Usually irreversible structural change follows functional
change that has been in progress for months or years. When “modern medicine” states
“nothing abnormal found” but the patient has obvious complaints, the sufferer must
wait until he can exhibit sufficient, unmistakable morbidity to be eligible for treatment.
At this point the system cranks up to do battle with a vast array of expensive drugs,
specialist physicians, surgeries, and hospitalization time. Advanced degenerative
diseases are rarely reversed or cured, but controlled so long as the patient continues
under the care of his or her physician.
Ultraviolet light as a medical treatment has been used since the beginning of the
century. The technique is merely using UV light to stimulate the immune system and
various enzyme systems. It is a tested and proven therapy that has accomplished incredibly
miraculous cures with absolutely no side effects, and yet until recently it has been
suppressed and ignored by American medicine.
UV light has been used in disinfection for many years, and it is still used for that
purpose. It requires little sophisticated equipment, no complicated drugs, and it
cures by stimulating the body’s own immune response and various enzyme systems.
A small quantity of blood is treated with UV light (photoluminescence) and amazing
things happen upon re-injection into the bloodstream. The body’s defenses are rapidly
organized to destroy all invading organisms whether viral, bacterial or fungal.
The author cites two cases, husband and wife, who both had the flu. One treatment
completely reversed the system in both patients within two hours.
In the case of serious infections, marked reduction in toxic symptoms is observed
in 12 to 48 hours.
Less UV exposure is required to kill bacteria in the human body than is necessary
in the laboratory. When a small part of the infected bloodstream is exposed to UV
light for less time than is required to kill bacteria in the laboratory, the pathogenic
bacteria in the body are usually completely destroyed. In fact, many organisms are
destroyed by an amount of irradiation that merely stimulates normal body cells.
Blood cells are huge compared to bacteria and are stimulated, while the same UV dosage
kills the bacteria.
“UV light therapy (photoluminescence) has the remarkable ability to allow the ill
body to make rapid readjustments back to normal biological selfregulation.”
Also, certain significant amounts of two photo-sensitive amino acids – phenylalanine
and tyrosine – that are absent in most body cells. These amino acids absorb additional
UV energy that kills the bacteria.
There is also reason to believe that by destroying the bacteria in the treated sample
of blood, an “autogenous vaccine” is produced that aids in rapid destruction of bloodstream
The first article on the benefit of phototherapy was published in June 1934 by Hancock
and Knott. By June 1942, 6,520 patients had been treated with UV therapy. The treatment
was successful nearly every time. There was complete absence of any harmful effect.
Other effects of UV irradiation of the blood include increased effficiency of oxygen
exchange, dilation of coronary arteries, rapid reversal of paralytic ileus (paralyzed
gut following surgery), prevention and reversal of thrombophlebitis, restoration
of normal autonomic nervous system balance, and dramatic relief in 80 percent of
Ultraviolet irradiation typically causes the body to eliminate uric acid more rapidly,
suggesting usefulness as a treatment for gout, gouty arthritis, bursitis and other
inflammatory conditions of muscles and joints.
Researchers also have found that blood sugar is temporarily diminished in diabetic
patients by UV irradiation. This is probably due to an increase in insulin sensitivity.
The pineal gland, located at the epithalamus of the brain, secretes the vital hormone
melatonin. It is the body’s chief photoreceptor – a receiver of photons from the
eyes, and thus protects the body from light deficiency.
Calcification of the pineal glad occurs in a large percentage of people over 60 years
of age. It is not a natural part of the aging process because it doesn’t happen in
everyone, but it is very common. “If a method could be devised,” says the author,
“to decalcify the pineal gland, I believe wondrous health benefits would ensue.”
Some of the benefits of chelation therapy using EDTA and/or UV therapy may be due
to decalcification of the pineal gland.
It has been our experience that all organ function and glandular function improves
as a result of EDTA chelation therapy, but I never considered its beneficial effect
on the pineal gland before, I just assumed it should be enhanced as are all other
Botulism, a deadly form of food poisoning, causes extreme toxicity and carries a
bigh mortality rate. Photoluminescence is very effective within 24 to 72 hours after
Miley, writing in Archives of Physical Therapy, Volume 25, June 1944, reports a case
of a patient near death from classic botulism neurotoxin. He was unable to swallow,
or see. The patient was treated with photoluminescence and within 48 hours was able
both to swallow and see, and was completely clear mentally.
As Miley said, “There is, to my knowledge, no record in medical science or of any
other therapy that can produce such an effect on a patient in the last stages of
Patients with advanced pneumonia, acute gangrenous appendicitis, multiple pelvic
abscesses, and peritonitis have made hard to believe reversal of the problems in
24 to 72 hours.
Necessity is the mother of invention. It would seem to me that the Creator has mixed
some good into every catastrophe. Most of us, however, can’t find it; maybe we get
sidetracked because of the tragedy.
Russia, with its long history of conmunist suppression and severe financil constraint
could not encourage the organized development of high-tech medical hspitals, drugs,
and hardware to reverse serious illness in their populace.
Physicians and researchers turned to more natural, more effective, less expensive
methods. They have developed photoluminescence to a very effective degree and have
published much on the subject for 20 years.
In the field of surgery alone, doctors of the former USSR have used UV therapy in
over 100,000 patients. Surgeons Kutushev and Chalenko in St. Petersburg reported
that UV therapy cut by 50 percent the number of complications and the necessity of
using antibiotics in severe trauma cases. In the past ten years, these two surgeons
have successfully treated over 3,000 patients with severe trauma using UV blood irradiation.
Cases ranged from crushed kidneys to extensive bleeding into chest or abdominal cavities.
Extensive third degree burns also respond to photoluminescence.
Bacterial endocarditis, an infection of the heats valves, one of the most dreaded
infections seen in medical practice, carries a high mortality rate. Dr. Krishtof
and associates treated 250 cases that all had undergone prolonged therapy with antibiotics
and cortisone with little effect. The patients were given two to three treatments
UV light therapy was so successful that 43 of the patients were able to avoid surgical
repair of their heart valves – a remarkable achievement. Those who had surgical repair
fared better posts-op than would be expected from such serious surgery, and their
hospital stay was significantly shortened.
The Russians have successfully treated 128 comatose patients who have been poisoned
by organophosphate or had psychotropic drug intoxication.
Twenty-two patients with cancer of the colon and rectum were treated with UV photoluminescence
four times daily beginning with the first post-op day. A report from the Krasnoyarsk
Cancer Center found:
1. Narcotics often were not necessary, or they could be discontinued on the second
2. There were no cases of adynamic ileus, the paralysis of the intestines so often
seen following abdominal surgery.
3. Post-op infections were seen in only 10 percent of the patients compared with
30 percent in those patients not receiving light therapy.
A group of St. Petersburg physicians studied the effect of photoluminescence on 145
patients with severe blockage of the coronary atteries, who had suffered a previous
heats attack. The doctors chose only patients who had not responded well to conventional
Significant improvement was registered in 137 of the 145 patients treated, as compared
to control patients who did not receive UV light therapy. Pain was qickly relieved
and analgesics were often discontinued. The dosage of heart medications, such as
beta-blocking agents, were reduced in most patients and the attacks of angina were
less frequent than the controls.
The authors attributed the good results to a dilation of the coronary arteries, and
improvements of oxygen uptake in tissues.
I believe the combination of photoluminescence and intravenous EDTA therapy given
simultaneously would produce even more outstanding results.
A. Levin and his associates studied the effect of UV blood irradiation on blockage
of the arteries of the legs, a common problem in diabetics and heavy smokers. They
reported positive results in eight of 11 cases with significant relief of pain, less
dependence on pain killers, better sleep, better appetites and quick healing of ulcerations
caused by poor circulation.
Dutkevich and associates reported that 10.3 percent of surgical cases in their series
developed some degree of thrombophlebitis or thrombosis following surgery if not
treated with UV light therapy. Not a single case developed these venous complications
if they had been treated with UV light therapy prior to or after surgery.
The Wistar Institute made public a report in 1993 that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
which is believed to affect 10 million Americans, is caused by HTLV-II, a viral organism
that causes hairy cell leukemia.
Remember, there is no cure for any virus and no cure for any form of leukemia. What
will America’s doctors do if 10 million young middle class citizens suffering Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome come down with hairy cell leukemia?
On the front page of USA Today, August 22, 1997, there is an article by Steve Steinberg
entitled, “U.S. Wary of Germ that Resists Drugs.” A deadly microbe that has developed
resistance to the last of the antibiotics readily capable of killing it has turned
up in a Michigan man, health officials warned. His case marks the first time the
microbe, known as Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has shown up in the
Our reliance on the present treatmenl modalities is obsolete. Many more pathogens
will be immune to antibiotics in the future.
UV light therapy (photoluminescence) has the remarkable ability to allow the ill
body to make rapid readjustments back to normal biological self-regulation. The self-regulatory
abilities of the body are really responsible for the many healings of medical science.
No drug can cure an illness – unless the body’s own mechanisms are functioning correctly.
UV light irradiation of the patient’s blood can save untold billions of dollars by
reduced need for our medical system of hospitalization, drug usage and surgical procedures.
For this reason, it will be fiercely suppressed in this country. Any treatment that
threatens the status quo, no matter if it is ineffective and outrageously expensive,
is always opposed by the old guard.
I wish all my patients and readers of this column sustained, permanent good health
and a long, happy life. That is why I try to bring information from the cutting edge
of alternative research; information you might not get otherwise. Read Into The Light,
by W.C. Douglass, M.D., available from Second Opinion Publishing, Inc., Suite 100,
1350 Center Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338, phone 1-800-728-2288.
I have barely scratched the surface of the practical uses of UV light in medical
and non-medical areas. Your body has the remarkable ability to keep you well, and
to get you well again if you happen to become ill. I am convinced the most effective
treatments will be the most natural. The miraculous effects of UV therapy seem to
show a higher power than that possessed by organized medicine.
As I have told many a patient, God does the cure, but I take the credit!
Dr. McDonagh is a Kansas City-area physician who utilizes nutrition, conventional
and alternative therapies to treat degenerative disease. He is a world authority
on the use of chelation therapy.
His clinic is located at 2800-A Kendallwood Parkway, Gladstone, Missouri 64119,
phone (816) 453-5940.
Visit the clinic on the internet at www.McDonaghMed.com.