Additional Ultra Violet Information:

Ultraviolet light is part of the light spectrum, which is classified into three wavelength ranges: UV-C, from 100 nanometers (nm) to 280 nm; UV-B, from 280 nm to 315 nm; and UV-A, from 315 nm to 400 nm.

Light is a form of electromagnetic energy that moves in measurable waves. The human eye is capable of seeing only a small segment of the spectrum known as visible light; shorter and longer wavelengths are not visible. Therefore, shorter length cosmic rays, gamma rays, X-rays and UV light and the longer length infrared and radio waves are all invisible to humans. To be specific, UV energy radiates between 180 nanometer (nm) to 400nm wavelengths in the narrow region between X-rays and just below the violet end of the visible light spectrum.

More than 3,000 natural and man-made substances can transform invisible radiated UV energy into longer, visible wavelengths that appear in a variety of colors. These substances react to UV because they are composed of easily excitable molecules. When UV light strikes one of these reactive substances, this energy, in the form of photons, causes each molecule to rotate violently. As the molecules slow down, they release this radiated energy in longer, now visible wavelengths that appear to the human eye as a glow in the color of the specific activated material. This phenomenon called fluorescence, is instantaneous and ceases the instant the UV light is removed. Fluorescence lets users detect otherwise invisible traces that indicate various quality defects, diseases and contamination.

Ultraviolet radiation has particular physical characteristics which affect such phenomena as: Luminescence and Phosphorescence and can cause Fluorescence. Short wave UV light is also widely used for sterilization.

Luminescence: the emission of light produced by means other than combustion such as the luminous glow of a watch dial.

Fluorescence: the emission of light produced by certain substances when excited by a UV energy source. This emission ceases when UV source is removed.This is a characteristic, along with optical contrast and relief, that enables users to see contaminants, etc. with RestAssured lights.Phosphorescence: the emission of light produced by certain substances when excited by a UV energy source which continues after the energy source is removed. Black Light: lamp producing UV light in the range between 320-380 nm. This type of long wave light is commonly referred to as "Black Light."



Short Wave Length
Range: 180-280 nm

UV-C has germicidal power. Eye and skin protection is required.


Medium Wave Length
Range: 280-320 nm

UV-B is characterized by the ability to cause sunburn. Some eye and skin protection is advisable.

Long Wave Length
Range: 320-380 nm

UV-A waves are commonly called Black Light or Wood's Light. Long waves can pigment the skin but do not cause sunburn. Eye protection is not required, but recommended.


Ultraviolet light has been used as a disinfectant for many years and is, in fact, still used for that purpose.  If the late 1900's, Niels Ryberg Finsen used this knowledge for a new application and started using external ultraviolet treatment in skin and mucus membrane diseases, for which he was awarded a Nobel prize in 1903.1  By the mid-1930's ultraviolet treatment was well-accepted for erysipelas and other skin infections, as well as mumps.

One of the first pioneers to use ultraviolet light on blood rather than externally was Emmett K. Knott, who irradiated the blood of his first human subject in 1928.  The patient had a case of sepsis (bloodstream infection) following an abortion.  She had been declared beyond help by the attending physicians, but responded dramatically to the irradiation, recovering and being able to bear other children.2

Other researchers followed, showing the effectiveness of ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVBI) in treating both bacterial and viral infections.  Hancock and Knott demonstrated that ultraviolet light could be used effectively in the treatment of bloodstream infections.  By June of 1942, 6,520 patients had been treated successfully with ultraviolet therapy without harmful effects.3

Dr. George Miley was a clinical physician who practiced UVBI extensively in the 1930's.  His work demonstrated an increase of oxygen absorption by the blood following ultraviolet exposure.  Dr.Miley also reported on 151 consecutive unselected cases of acute infection treated by UVBI.  In those cases that were treated early, 100 percent of the patients recovered fully.  In moderately advanced cases, 98 percent recovered; and even patients who were near death experienced a 42 percent recovery rate.4

With such phenomenal success, why is UVBI almost unknown today?  With the debut of antibiotic therapy, it's ease of treatment and it's success in treating infections, it became the treatment of choice, and UVBI fell by the wayside.   However, with the advent o multiple drug-resistant infections and an increasing population who cannot tolerate drugs, this treatment has found a rebirth and is again showing it's effectiveness.

Some of the proven effects of UVBI are:


Inactivation of toxins and viruses.5


Destruction and inhibition of growth of bacteria.6


Enhancement of the immune system's ability to fight infections.7


Increase in oxygenation of the blood.8


Activation of steroids.9


Increased cell permeability.10


Activation of cortisone-like molecules, called sterols, into Vitamin D.11

Other effects and much more information are listed in the book Into the Light by William Campbell Douglas, M.D., available at our office.

Individuals vary in their sensitivities to UVBI.  Sensitivities may be modified by certain drugs such as sulfanilamide.  Over-dosage with ultraviolet light produces depression, lessened resistance to bacterial infections, and reduced bacteria-killing potency of the blood with a fall in hemoglobin.  The level of exposure required for an overdose is not approached in proper clinical practice.

The method of UVBI used in our office involves withdrawing the patient's blood into a tube (treated with heparin to prevent clotting), passing it into a crystal tube as it is drawn past the ultraviolet light and drawn into a 60cc syringe.  Then it is slowly pushed back into the body.  This passes the blood through the ultraviolet light twice--coming out and going in.  This process is generally done twice, to irradiate approximately 120 cc of the blood.  The irradiated blood can then emanate secondary irradiation to the rest of the blood.12

We frequently combine this therapy with IV hydrogen peroxide therapy, as each therapy enhances the effect of the other.

Possible uses for UVBI could include colds, viral syndromes, influenza, acute and chronic sinusitis, acute and chronic bronchitis, emphysema, other acute or chronic infections, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.  With the theory that rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are caused by toxic reactions to chronic bacterial infections, we are anxious to try this therapy on these frustrating diseases, as UVBI is effective against both bacteria and toxins.  This treatment is experimental in many other diseases, and it's use can be discussed with your physician.

With an acute infection such as a cold or the beginning of the flu, generally one treatment is adequate for a reduction of toxic symptoms in 12 to 48 hours.   Serious or chronic bacterial or viral infections may require more treatment, as recommended by the physician.

Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia generally show improvement with about ten treatments, with two treatments a week for the first week or two, then weekly thereafter.

Characteristics of Ultraviolet


  • Ultra-violet has a chemical and bacteriocidal action on the blood and tissues of the body. It breaks down the bacterial toxins and helps the white blood cells in their phagocytic action.
  • Ultra-violet's chemical reaction depends upon its vitamin reaction in the system. Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are affected by the ultra-violet light.
  • Ultra-violet plays a great part in the calcium phosphorus balance and in iron and iodine fixation.
  • Ultra-violet accelerates the lymphatic and circulatory activities.
  • Ultra-violet normalizes all metabolism and glandular activities. 
  • Ultra-violet stimulates antibody production and immunizes the body against disease. 
  • Ultra-violet has a stimulating action on the Sympathetic System. It, however, acts as a sedative to pain. 
  • Ultra-violet is good for the heart and the lungs. 

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