& Spectro-Chrome Color Therapy
By Ken Adachi
May 5, 2001
Another unheralded giant among 20th century Natural healers who was trampled into obscurity and insignificance by the American Medical Association (AMA) and their government enforcement thugs, the American Pharmaceutical Protection Administration (APPA), (more commonly known as the Food and Drug Administration-FDA) was the Indian physician, scientist, engineer, civil reformer, editor, aviator, scholar, metaphysician, inventor, and color therapy researcher Dinshah P. Ghadiali (1873-1966). This man was extraordinary in many ways and pursued a wide range of investigative inquiry; scientific and otherwise, in his long, but persecuted lifetime (thanks to the American Medical Association).
He was truly a Renaissance man in every sense of the word. His greatest legacy is a simple, but enormously successful, system of light therapy which he had labeled “Spectro-Chrome”. As a physician in India, Dinshah was familiar with the color therapy investigations of two men: Dr. Edwin D. Babbitt who had published a book, The Principles of Light and Color in 1878, which detailed experimental findings using colored light and its effects upon living systems and Dr. Seth Pancoast, author of Light and its Rays as Medicine (1877).
In 1897, Dinshah was presented with a unique opportunity to apply these theories in order to save the life of a woman who had been given up for dead by her orthodox physicians and was merely hours away from death. When all other conventional avenues were exhausted, Dinshah saved this woman's life by the application of colored light directed to portions of her nude body using a blue colored glass bottle and light from a kerosene lantern as his sole source of illumination. The woman was the niece of one of Dinshah's Theosophical Society friends and was dying of mucous colitis. She was losing all of her vital fluids because of almost constant diarrhea; which occurred up to a hundred times a day. Dinshah also exposed to the sun, the same blue colored bottle filled with milk and gave it to her to drink. After the first day of treatment, her urge to evacuate reduced from a hundred times a day down to ten. After three days, she was able to get out of bed and soon recovered completely. Needless to say, her doctors were dumbfounded. Following this remarkable experience, it took Dinshah an additional 23 years to fully integrate and focus on his theories of Spectro-Chrome color therapy that history would show to be his greatest (and almost lost) contribution to humanity.
By the 1920's, Dinshah was lecturing on color therapy and soon offered a complete course of study for physicians (first at his home in New Jersey and later in a classroom building) in the application and use of Spectro-Chrome. Things were progressing nicely and word was rapidly spreading of the ease and efficacy of this simple therapy among professionals. More and more physicians were signing on to take Dinshah's course and installing the Spectro-Chrome color instruments in their offices. The future was looking bright for Dinshah and the prospects of integrating Spectro-Chrome color therapy into every doctor's office in the nation appeared to be a distinct possibility. That is, until the AMA got wind of Dinshah's burgeoning reputation among their own.
In 1924, the AMA published a scurrilous slam piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) debunking Dinshah and his Spectro-Chrome color therapy as a hoax. The AMA branded him–without any investigation whatsoever-and his Spectro-Chrome color therapy as worthless and fraudulent. Up until then, interest in his color therapy among the ranks of physician advocates had been growing exponentially. The 1924 AMA attack, however, was the beginning of the end for what could have been another milestone and major advancement in the healing arts, to say nothing of the abatement of suffering for millions of people.
The AMA's 1924 debunking article in JAMA grew into an unrelenting harassment and debunking campaign which led to a jury trial in 1931 in which Dinshah, defending himself, won the case handily, thanks in part to the supportive testimony of eminent physicians and scientists which included Dr. Kate Baldwin, director of The Women’s Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
But two other FDA persecution trials (oh yes, the APPA never accepts defeat with anything resembling equanimity-never) in the 1940’s were both lost and spelled the end of Spectro-Chrome usage by physicians or even by lay persons who had purchased the Dinshah light projectors. The openly biased judge in charge of the last trial in 1946, declared that the Spectro-Chrome color therapy system was an “evil” that “had to be stamped out”.
A photo was published in many newspapers and magazines in the late 40’s showing federal agents smashing Dinshah's Spectro-Chrome Light Projectors (seen in photo on right) actually seized from hundreds of private homes between 1945-48), taken out in the street and smashed using sledge hammers; a scene somewhat reminiscent of the government's staged publicity photo stunts of the 1920’s and 30’s which showed Federal agents swinging sledge hammers in the street demonstrating their sophisticated approach to eradicating the intrinsic evil possessed by slot machines and wooden whiskey barrels.
Tom Brown and Peter Lindemann demonstrate the Dinshah Color Projector
Dinshah’s remarkably effective Spectro-Chrome therapy system might have slipped into obscurity unnoticed and unappreciated had it not been for the efforts of his three sons, especially Darius Dinshah, who became the president of what is now called the Dinshah Health Society. Darius published a book explaining his father's Spectro-Chrome system and color therapy protocol in his 1985 book titled, Let There Be Light.
Update, May 3, 2014:
Dinsahd Ghadiali Story now found on Youtube thanks to Stephen Sindoni ( Uploaded June 8, 2011)
Dinshah Ghadiali Story-Let There Be Light!
Excerpted from Let There Be Light, pages 9-11***
KATE W. BALDWIN (1855-1935)
1. Dinshah was of course the most outspoken supporter of Spectro-Chrome therapy. Of all the professional therapists he trained, Dr. Kate W. Baldwin was the most notable, and without a doubt she ran a close second to him in enthusiasm.
2. Dr. Baldwin held the position of Senior Surgeon for 23 years at Philadelphia Woman's Hospital (see Chapter 11). For the last three years of her tenure there, she used Spectro-Chrome methods in the hospital, as well as in her private medical practice. That she was thoroughly versed in the principles and effects of Spectro-Chrome may be inferred from the following abstract of a paper she presented at a clinical meeting of the section on Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, held at the Medico-Chirurgical Hospital in Philadelphia, on October 12, 1926. The original paper is not available so the abstract as it was printed in the Atlantic Medical Journal of April 1927 will speak for her:
THE THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF LIGHT AND COLOR3. Dr. Baldwin's sentiments are concisely stated in one sentence, in a letter from her to another doctor,
by Kate W. Baldwin, M.D., EA.C.S.,
"In the effort to obtain relief from suffering, many of the more simple but potent measures have been overlooked while we have grasped at the obscure and complicated. Sunlight is the basic source of all life and energy upon earth. Deprive plant or animal life of light, and it soon shows the lack and ceases to develop. Place a seed in the very best of soil or a human being in a palace, shut out the light, and what happens? Without food (in the usual sense of the term) man can live many days; without liquids a much shorter time; but not at all without the atmosphere which surrounds him at all times and to which he pays so little attention. The forces on which life mostly depends are placed nearly or quite beyond personal control.
For centuries scientists have devoted untiring effort to discover means for the relief or cure of human ills and restoration of the normal functions. Yet in neglected light and color there is a potency far beyond that of drugs and serums.
In order that the whole body may function perfectly, each organ must be a hundred percent perfect. When the spleen, the liver, or any other organ falls below normal, it simply means that the body laboratories have not provided the required materials with which to work, either because they are not functioning as a result of some disorder of the internal mechanism, or because they have not been provided with the necessary materials.
Before the body can appropriate the required elements, they must be separated from the waste matter. Each element gives off a characteristic color wave. The prevailing color wave of hydrogen is red, and that of oxygen is blue, and each element in turn gives off its own special color wave. Sunlight, as it is received by the body, is split into the prismatic colors and their combinations as white light is split by passage through a prism. Everything on the red side of the spectrum is more or less stimulating while the blue is sedative. There are many shades or each color, and each is produced by a little different wave length. Just as sound waves are tuned to each other and produce harmony or discords, so color waves may be tuned, and only so can they be depended on always to produce the same results. If one requires a dose of castor oil, he does not go to a drug·store and request a little portion from each bottle on the shelves. I see no virtue, then, in the use of the whole white light as a therapeutic measure when the different colors can give what is required without taxing the body to rid itself of that for which it has no use, and which may do more or less harm. If the body is sick it should be restored with the least possible effort. There is no more accurate or easier way than by giving the color representing the lacking elements, and the body will, through its radioactive forces [the aura], appropriate them and so restore the normal balance. Color is the simplest and most accurate therapeutic measure yet developed.
For about six years I have given close attention to the action of colors in restoring the body functions, and I am perfectly honest in saying that, after nearly thirty-seven years of active hospital and private practice in medicine and surgery. I can produce quicker and more accurate results with colors than with any or all other methods combined-and with less strain on the patient. In many cases, the functions have been resrored after the classical remedies have failed. Of course, surgery is necessary in some cases, but the results will be quicker and better if color is used before and after operation. Sprains, bruises and traumata of all sorts respond to color as to no other treatment. Septic conditions yield, regardless of the specific organism.
Cardiac lesions, asthma, hay fever, pneumonia, inflammatory conditions of the eyes, corneal ulcers, glaucoma, and cataracts are relieved by the treatment. The treatment of carbuncles with color is easy compared to me classical methods. One woman with a carbuncle involving the back of the neck from mastoid to mastoid, and from occipital ridge to the first dorsal vertebra, came under color therapy after ten days of the very best of attention. From the first day of color application, no opiates, not even sedatives, were required. This patient was saved much suffering, and she has little scar. The use of color in the treatment of burns is well worth investigating by every member of the profession. In such cases the burning sensation caused by the destructive forces may be counteracted in from twenty to thirty minutes, and it does nor return. True burns are caused by the destructive action of the red side of the spectrum, hydrogen predominating. Apply oxygen by the use of the blue side of the spectrum, and much will be done to relieve the nervous strain, the healing processes are rapid, and the resulting tissues soft and flexible. In very extensive burns in a child of eight years of age there was almost complete suppression of urine for more than 48 hours, with a temperature of 105 to 106 degrees. Fluids were forced to no effect, and a more hopeless case is seldom seen. Scarlet was applied just over the kidneys at a distance of eighteen inches for twenty minutes, all other areas being covered. Two hours after, the child voided eight ounces of urine. In some unusual and extreme cases that had not responded to other treatment, normal functioning has been restored by color therapy. At present, therefore, Ido not feel justified in refusing any case without a trial. Even in cases where death is inevitable, much comfort may be secured. There is no question that light and color are important therapeutic media, and that their adoption will be of advantage to both the profession and the people."
"I would close my office tonight never to reopen, if I could not use Spectro-Chrome."
What a magnificent champion of Spectro-Chrome! If only we could find another like her now. [end of excerpt]
Darius' father originally used 5 colored glass slides (glass plates) along with an ordinary incandescent light bulb for his light source to apply the Spectro-Chrome therapy.
Dinshah experimented with higher wattage bulbs, but found that a 60 watt incandescent light bulb or even a flashlight worked just as effectively as a 2,000 watt bulb! Darius repeatedly reminds the reader in Let There Be Light that high power lighting wasn't necessary for Spectro-Chrome therapy to work. The colored light energy applied in Spectro-Chrome is intended to buttress and enhance the color frequency spectrum of the human aura to achieve results, and the refinements of that etheric energy matrix require no bombardment of high intensity photons to yield results.
Today, glass slides could still be used, but they are difficult to find with the proper polychromatic characteristics. Roscolene plastic color gels (filters) seem to work just as well AND they are easier to obtain and carry around. Let There Be Light explains how to match the symptoms the patient is experiencing with the appropriate color filter(s) for a “tonation” as Dinshah had coined the treatment. Tonations are usually one hour long and the colored light is exposed to the area of the body requiring treatment (all detailed in the book). Far better results are achieved if the user pays attention to the something that Darius calls the “Variant Breath Forecast Time” which coincides with the body's natural cyclic breathing rhythms and change with different times of the day or night. As we go through these daily breathing cycles, more air will predominantly pass through one nostril over the opposite nostril, then gradually a point will come when both nostrils are drawing in an equvalent amount of air (this ideally should be the midway point of the one hour tonation), and then the opposite nostril will predominate and so on as the cycle repeats itself.
Other aspects of color “toning” and the explanation of how certain colors achieve balance in an over-active or under-active organ systems, etc. are explained and illustrated in the book with diagrams and color charts. An A-Z catalog of 400 diagnosed disorders covering most known health conditions, along with a listing of the correct color filters in the desired order of tonation is included and cross referenced to the alphabetical index.
Thanks to the efforts of Darius Dinshah to preserve the memory of his father's work, we are able to learn much more of the discoveries and therapeutic techniques of this important humanitarian. I'm hoping to write many more articles about Dinshah’s work in the near future. This introduction just touches the tip of a huge iceberg of Spectro-Chrome information. Darius’ book, Let There Be Light, is available for an $18 donation plus $3 shipping ($6 for Priority mail). Also, those interested in obtaining Roscolene filters and other materials associated with Spectro-Chrome therapy, should visit our
Products page under Spectro-Chrome Light Therapy
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Additional comments from page 11 of Let There Be Light
4. In this age of expanding technology, the methods for restoring and maintaining health are growing also. The expanding list may include allopathic and homeopathic medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, acupressure, radionics, kinesiology, magneto-therapy, iridology,-hypnotism, music, herbology, and sound. Under differing circumstances, one or more of these could be helpful to a patient. With so many modalities from which to choose, why then do we publish this book? Simply, that after a lifetime of witnessing the value of the Spectro-Chrome system, we believe that the world has not only the right but the need to have this system added to the above series. It has been eminently successful since 1920. This book, with the most thorough compilation ever available on the practical application of Color, will hasten the day when Spectro-Chrome will take its rightful place as an important means of restoring and maintaining health.
5. As knowledge in the therapeutic field grows in so many diverse directions, sooner or later conscientious healers will be impelled to take an eclectic view of their calling. Color therapy (Spectro-Chrome in particular) must be among the choices available to them. Until that time comes, this book can help you to help yourself by using Spectro-Chrome with or instead of other methods. It must be emphasized that while the list of diseases and conditions given in this book is comprehensive in order to be as useful as possible, we do not expect all conditions to be treatable without professional care. Among the many situations which are likely to be beyond the scope of self-help are severe dehydration, heart failure, conditions requiring oxygen therapy, and certain first-aid measures. But even in such crises, why not use Spectro-Chrome also? It just might make the difference between life and death.
6. In order to properly treat a disease by its medical name, it is considered necessary to have an accurate diagnosis of the condition, with of course the possibility of error. To a large extent, the Spectro-Chrome system can avoid the pitfall of mis-diagnosis because its safety and simplicity can lead to its use without differential diagnosis; this is covered in detail in Chapters five and six.
7. At this point, suffice it to say that if your practitioner is not eclectic (as Dr. Baldwin surely was), then it is in your best interests to be. After all, whose health or life is at stake