WholeHealth Chicago IV Therapies: Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI)

Health Tips / WholeHealth Chicago IV Therapies: Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI)

You should know that we follow the CDC safety guidelines and that all IV therapies are administered in a sanitized room by an appropriately attired staff member. You’ll be alone in the room during your 30- to 45-minute IV session, so bring something to read.

I was as surprised as everyone else, including Anthony Fauci, MD, and likely the entire conventional medical establishment, when during one of his Covid-19 press conferences, president Trump suggested something that sounded like ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) when he speculated “If the light could get inside the body.”

The backlash from the scientific community, as well as late-night comedians, on this and his other musings about bleach were so voluble that the president backed off, saying he was being sarcastic.

I myself was amazed he’d even heard of UBI, and later read that one of his aides had mentioned that UV light was used for equipment sterilization in hospitals. The president took it a step further by saying “Supposing you brought the light inside the body, either through the skin or some other way.”

It’s highly unlikely that anyone in the White House (not to mention the president) had read “Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation: Is it time to remember the cure that time forgot?,” an immense review of ultraviolet blood irradiation with 90 citations affirming its usefulness for a variety of diseases, including cancers and systemic infections.

Doctors began to appreciate the healing powers of ultraviolet (UV) light as far back as the early years of the 20th century. In 1903, Niels Ryberg Finsen, MD, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for curing lupus of the skin with UV light. To this day, dermatologists use external UV light for psoriasis and certain skin cancers.

However, both sterilizing medical equipment and treating psoriasis rely on UV light used externally. The UV light we’re discussing today works internally, via your bloodstream.

Ultraviolet blood irradiation by other names
UBI is sometimes called UV light therapy, photoluminescence therapy, or BioPhotonic therapy. These treatments are basically the same. A small amount of blood is removed from a vein in your arm, passed through a tube, where it’s irradiated with UV light, and then returned to you via the same vein.

Clinical use of UBI began in the 1940s for bacterial infections like pneumonia and wound infections. Although further research was progressing nicely (with positive results for hepatitis, viral pneumonia, autoimmune diseases, and even certain cancers), with the advent of antibiotics and the growing power of Big Pharma, UV blood therapy indeed became “the cure that time forgot.”

Well, actually not completely forgotten.  Devices to irradiate blood are being used worldwide today for a variety of medical conditions. Here in the US, the only FDA-approved use is to treat a certain type of lymphoma.

All other uses for UBI are based on reported cases rather than actual clinical trials, but bear in mind that virtually everything in alternative medicine, from herbs to acupuncture and chiropractic to homeopathy, is based on reported successes rather than complex clinical trials.

What does UBI actually do?
UBI has been reported to be effective for:
Chronic infections (including Lyme, Epstein Barr, herpes, hepatitis, and chronic bacterial wounds). The current thinking is that by exposing a small amount of your blood to ultraviolet light, there will be a die-off of some of the infecting agents that will then trigger your immune system to create antibodies against the remaining ones. Think of the process as creating a tailor-made vaccine for your chronic infection.

–Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. The key here is the word “homeostasis,” which means a stabilization toward internal balance. There is really no single cause (or cure) for either of these conditions, but some event (a forgotten infection, a physical/emotional trauma) threw everything in your body off-kilter, resulting in your relentless symptoms. By restoring homeostasis–by restoring balance–your body begins to heal itself.

–Autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis). Again it’s a question of imbalance. Current treatments, mainly drugs called biologics, are undeniably effective, but the cost of suppressing immunity can be high. Acting in its role in supporting homeostasis, UV light balances your overly reactive immune system.

Next steps
Since here at WholeHealth Chicago we often combine UBI with ozone therapy, you might begin by reading last week’s Health Tip on ozone.

Then become an informed, pro-active patient. I’ve referred to some of the UBI research in this article. Read more at this link. Then read about clinics and the work they’re doing both in the US and Europe.

If you have questions, please leave them below. If you’re interested in a consultation, either in person or by telephone, please call for an appointment.

Be well,
David Edelberg, MD