by Steven M. Rachlin, M.D. & Harvey Rachlin
In this third of a six-part series, we continue to tell the dramatic story of Dinshah P. Ghadiali and his light-healing science called Spectro-Chrome, which he introduced in 1920.
After an article was published in the January 26, 1924 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that ridiculed Spectro-Chrome, the interns at Woman’s Hospital in Philadelphia where Kate Baldwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., was the senior surgeon, began to pressure the hospital board to have her fired, and that led to her resigning.
On October 12, 1926 Kate Baldwin presented a paper at a clinical meeting of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania’s Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases section. It was called “The Therapeutic Value of Light and Color” and it was to become a fundamental doctrine in support of Spectro-Chrome. Here are some highlights from Dr. Baldwin’s paper, which was reprinted in the April 27, 1927 issue of the Atlantic Medical Journal:
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.
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 restored 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. Color is the simplest and most accurate therapeutic measure yet developed.
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.