Ultraviolet Blood Irradition – The Cure That Time Forgot

Rich M.
By Rich M. February 25, 2020 10:13

Ultraviolet Blood Irradition – The Cure That Time Forgot

As this pandemic continues to grow and spread, concerns about how to deal with it abound. The current outbreak has merely woken people up to the high risk we face today, for the spread of any disease. With air travel speeding up the movement of disease from one part of the globe to others, anything we don’t already have a cure for can quickly grow to pandemic proportions.

Yet there are many potential diseases for which there is no known cure, some of them extremely dangerous. We have antibiotics, which work for most bacterial diseases, but there are no equivalent antiviral medications to use for the viral diseases we face. So the human body has to defeat things on its own.

While it is easy to think that our medical community should be able to come up with a cure, the truth is that the path to develop a new medicine is extremely lengthy and filled with potential potholes.

Before anything can be done, the new disease-causing pathogen needs to be understood and classified. Parameters for its survival and spread have to be determined, as well as the means by which it infects the human body. Only after all that is done, can a search for a cure even begin.

But that’s not all. Even if a cure is stumbled upon quickly, it can take years to finish the necessary testing, so that the appropriate drug can be sold and used to treat people. By then, the only good that drug is going to do is to be available for the next outbreak.

That may seem a bit excessive, but keep in mind that drugs often have side-effects, some of which are even more deadly than the disease the drug is intended to cure. The FDA requires extensive testing, so as to be sure that they aren’t authorizing a treatment that could be even more dangerous than what it is intended to cure.

Maybe that explains why some seemingly promising treatments never make it to the real world, but die in the laboratory. Such appears to be the case of ultraviolet blood irradiation, a seemingly promising treatment regime that was experimented with in the 1940s and 1950s, but has been left in the dustbin of history.

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Just What Is Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation?

Most people don’t know it, but ultraviolet light is quite dangerous. The same invisible part of the light spectrum which gives us a sun tan, can also give us skin cancer. But it can do much worse than that, as well. It can kill things at cellular level and smaller.

Perhaps you’ve been in the wing of a hospital where viral illnesses are treated. If you have, you might have noticed some strange wall scones, lighting up the hallway. While such things are common in office buildings, hospitals or any other commercial building, the ones used in hospitals are quite different. Rather than being there to provide light so you can see, they are there to bathe the area with virus killing ultraviolet light.

Knowledge of how effective ultraviolet light is in killing at cellular level has led to the development of ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI), a therapeutic treatment of the blood, using ultraviolet light.

The roots of this treatment regimen go all the way back to 1845, when a French physician noticed that exposure to sunlight was an effective treatment for patients suffering from tuberculosis arthritis, a bacterial infection of the joints. This was well before the first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in 1928. But it wasn’t until World War II that antibiotics came into common use.

UBI was first used for bacterial infections and diseases, as exposure to ultraviolet light causes bacteria and viruses to absorb five times as much photonic energy as red and white blood cells do. That energy damages the DNA in bacterial cells, destroying them. In the same way, it damages the DNA or RNA that makes up viruses, destroying them. However, naturally occurring DNA repair enzymes found in the host cells repairs the DNA in those cells.

This process not only kills off unwanted bacteria and viruses, but also stimulates the body’s immune system, helping it to fight the infection better on its own. It is not necessary to expose all of the blood to UV light for this to be effective. Rather, treatments vary from 35 cc to 300 cc of blood, depending on the specific disease being treated. This blood is drawn out of the body, exposed briefly to the UV light and then returned back to the patient.

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Why Bring UBI Back to Life?

What killed UBI as a potential treatment was the development and distribution of antibiotics. Their effectiveness, ease of use and profits for the pharmaceutical companies that developed and manufactured them led to efforts to develop newer and more effective antibiotics. Other treatment options, such as UBI, were left by the wayside.

But there’s still a big hole in the doctor’s toolkit, because of the lack of effective antiviral medications. The medical community’s way of dealing with that is the use of vaccines, helping the body develop its own antigens for those viruses, before the individual can become infected with them.

That’s okay as far as it goes, but when there is no vaccine available, we are left without any effective treatment to cure the disease. The best that the medical community can do, is to provide supportive care, while the body fights the infection on its own.

Since UBI is not virus specific, but will work with any sort of virus or bacteria, this treatment method could be a lifesaver in the case of a major outbreak of a deadly virus. If it had been ready for the treatment of victims afflicted by the Ebola outbreak in 2014, it might have saved many thousand lives.

But the treatment is not ready. At this time, it is nothing more than a curiosity, something being experimented with by a few widely-separated doctors. The bulk of the medical community doesn’t even recognize its existence. To them, it is something to be scoffed, like acupuncture and herbal remedies.

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Bringing UBI Online

When UBI was being experimented with in the mid 1900s, the blood was physically removed from the patient’s body, treated and then reintroduced to the body. There was no machine to accomplish this task, making the process labor-intensive and subject to variances and errors. To turn UBI into a usable treatment in the medical clinic or hospital, such a machine would have to be developed.

Fortunately, the technology already exists to do this, even though it has not been applied to this form of treatment. Hemodialysis, a common form of treatment for patients who have suffered kidney failure, involves a machine that removes the blood from the patient’s arteries, runs it through a filter which performs the functions of the kidney and returns the cleaned blood back to the patient’s veins, now lower in minerals and water.

A similar process happens in plasma ferisis, a technology which came out of hemodialysis. In it, a somewhat more complicated machine removes blood from the body, separates out the plasma (the liquid), adds saline to the blood cells, to replace that plasma, and then returns the blood back to the patient. This treatment is useful for a wide variety of conditions where the disease is transmitted through the blood plasma, such as viral infections.

While I know of no such experimentation in process, combining plasma ferisis and UBI could be extremely effective in dealing with a wide range of bacterial and viral infections. The ability of UV light to destroy viruses, coupled with the ability to clean out the plasma, removing more viruses, might create a method of treatment that could be a true breakthrough in dealing with the increased potential of pandemics in the coming years.

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Rich M.
By Rich M. February 25, 2020 10:13
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  1. John Redman February 25, 15:15

    Chaga “mushroom” tea attacks both viral and bacterial unwelcome invaders. It is VERY effective. On a lower lever, tea made from Birch Polypore and Turkeytail mushrooms are great winter beverages for individual health. For protecting a household – talk about old and forgotten -, a cut onion, replaced daily and thrown away afterward placed in various places in the house, protected the most healthy survivors of the 1919 Spanish Flu.

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  2. TheSouthernNationalist February 25, 15:55

    I’m sure these machines already exist for the super rich, us sheeple are not worthy of such a device.
    We must cure ourselves with the medicine we have.

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  3. Old Stumps February 25, 16:55

    This could e tested quite easily. People sell their blood all of the time. Maybe it it should be a standard treatment that way the people can get it at no or lo-cost.

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    • Justin February 25, 18:12

      You would think that this would be done routinely to all donated blood. If it isn’t done, it should be.
      Is donated blood disinfected in any way?

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  4. red February 25, 17:25

    Sounds like a plan. this is why fresh air is considered healing, because the air outside is more or less sterilized by the sun, and why people once believed ‘night air’ was the cause of sicknesses. We laugh at that now, but when the sun goes down, how many infectious agents can survive for hours? One very good thing is a sauna, wet or dry. It raises the body temperature to where most diseases can’t survive. niio

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  5. Dude February 25, 17:26

    Alternative medical practitioners already use UBI. I’m surprised you didn’t know about this. It’s my ace in the hole should something “uncurable” hit the fan. In Anchorage, Alaska we have one alternative M.D. who does UBI at a cost of 400 bucks the last time I checked.

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  6. Big Jer 954 February 25, 17:52

    I think your grandmother said, “Go outside, get some sun, drink your OJ, eat your vegtables and chill.” What I tell my grandkids, and take the dog outside with you. <

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  7. Dupin February 25, 18:10

    Interesting. Here’s an NIH article also talking about it: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4783265/

    This one from University of South Florida is not so supportive: https://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/despite-skeptics-alternative-doctors-detoxifying-blood-uv-rays#stream/0

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  8. left coast chuck February 25, 18:44

    All sorts of medical devices were used in the past to effect “cures”. Electrical shock therapy was used to treat a variety of symptoms. For the lucky one without mental health symptoms, only mild electric shock was used. For those unfortunate enough to exhibit mental health symptoms some pretty healthy doses of electrical shock was given. It supposedly cured some folks of mental illness. I have often wondered if the “cure” was simply that the electrical shocks were so painful, because they were, that the patient learned to hid his symptoms every time some medical person was in the immediate vicinity.

    “It’s okay, Doc. I’m fine. Look, see, no twitches, I’m playing solitaire. No voices. Everything is hunky dory.”

    “Okay, no shock treatment for you today.”


    Like flies drawn to honey, the gullible have been drawn to weird treatment. It has seemed to me, the weirder the treatment, the more folks were drawn to it. If the hoped for results didn’t appear, the charlatan would always claim that they didn’t follow his instructions or delayed too long in seeking his miracle. Much like main stream doctors absolve themselves from screw-ups.

    For those of you not old enough to remember, shoe stores used to x-ray kid’s feet to demonstrate how well the new shoes fit. They also x-rayed adults’ feet too. It usually didn’t hurt the customer because they only got x-rayed one or twice a year even though the doses far exceeded modern medical x-ray exposure. It sure played hell on shoe salesmen though because they weren’t shielded and stood right next to the x-ray machine so they could point out how well the shoes fit the foot. They might do that ten or twelve or more times a day getting massive doses of radiation.

    Before you get all dewey-eyed about some miracle machine that cures everything from baldness to erectile disfunction, think seriously about it. Yes, we use sun treatment to purify water. It takes all day in summer sun in lower latitudes for that to work effectively. I am not sure if solar treatment actually kills viruses. Most water filters do not remove viruses as they are too small to be filtered out. Fortunately for mankind, viruses in water are not all that common. Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria, so sun treatment could ameliorate a bacteria caused infection.

    I certainly don’t have the medical background to support or decry irradiation of one’s blood supply. While many like to ascribe evil intent to major drug companies, I doubt they could keep the device from the market place if it were truly effective.

    I used to read ads about a “miracle” device that one attached between the fuel pump in one’s car and the carburetor which had been kept off the market by the major oil companies because it increased gas mileage so dramatically that they would suffer from a significant loss of income. My immediate thought was, “Yeah, but think how that would increase car sales if, say, General Motors were to install the device on its cars if it really worked as advertised. General Motors at that time was at least as powerful as any gasoline company. That was during the period when when what was good for General Motors was good for the U.S.

    To sum up this, once again, long post, don’t immediately ascribe evil intent to the drug companies or some sinister triad of wealthy tyrants. It may well be that the procedure fell from general use because it just wasn’t as effective as initially thought.

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  9. Dr Kyle February 25, 19:25

    My doctor in Michigan has UBI at his office. Treatments aren’t the cheapest, but at $150 it is a great option. I have had several and one treatment always whacks whatever I have going on.

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    • IvyMike February 26, 00:42

      I don’t understand how treating a small portion of your blood kills the virus in the untreated blood. And what if the virus is present in the lymphatic system or in epithelial tissue? What if it’s clinging to the hairs in your nose or has set up a homeless camp in the liver?

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      • left coast chuck February 26, 03:16

        Exactly my point about exotic treatments utilizing esoteric machines with arcane methodology. The wizard is just a guy behind the curtain. Why did “Dr.” Kyle feel it was necessary to post his identical reply two times? One can buy a lot of chicken soup which has proven therapeutic value for $150.00.

        I am afraid Claude has run out of true preppier topics as we have had more than a few of these deus ex machina topics recently.

        Come on Claude, let’s get back to basics. How about an article on the best way to slaughter and dress a cow? How about an article on what to do if your cow is having a difficult birth and there is no vet to call to come to your aid? How about an article on how to use a spinning wheel or wind thread from a spinning wheel onto a spindle and how to use a home loom? How about an article on the best chickens to raise in a SHTF situation, why and how to feed and care for them. What sicknesses one can expect in them? How about an article on how to hitch an animal to a plow? A wagon? How to insert a bridle and reins and saddle a horse. It’s been 55 years since I threw a leg over a horse. I daresay I have forgotten a few tips in the intervening lifetime. Let’s eschew articles about magical medical machines that need electricity to operate anyway and would be useless in a SHTF situation and of dubious significance in 21st century U.S.A.

        I’ll write a very general article about reloading if you are hard up for articles.

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      • Dupin February 26, 04:42

        The idea is that by killing the bacteria and viruses, it gives something that our body can more quickly use to fight the live cells…kind of like the flu and many other vaccines, which use dead versions of the virus to build our immunity to the live ones. From one of the articles I read, there’s skepticism that this actually works, and there apparently have been no proper trials to demonstrate that it works any better than placebo effect. So the scientific jury is out on whether this actually works or not.

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        • Nauldrin February 26, 17:41

          I have a 75 gallon aquarium with an ultraviolet filter. Just like blood in UBI, the water passes threw the light in a clear tube and returned to the tank. Works quite well.

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          • Heidi February 28, 17:57

            It reminds me of ozone treatment of blood which one doctor used to successfully treat (heal) Ebola patients a few years back. He hat 5 patients, all 5 recovered. He asked the WHO if this shouldn’t be done on a larger scale, they came back to him with the message that they can’t allow this since they’d lose sponsor money otherwise. What a bag of scum bags. They rather have people die that use and intervention that is safe, effective, and cheap. But then of course, people want/ed to make $ with vaccines… I would not be surprised if ozone would also help with the current viral infection. it certainly could only help. In addition to iv vit C, this would probably be one of the best tools to help out people; but then again, rich people want to get richer; and what is a life worth to them compared to more bars of gold (now that they finally have moved off their piles of ridiculous paper money).

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  10. dennis james February 26, 04:27

    I have read almost the same thing years ago except the docs were using Ozone to oxygenate the blood…

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    • left coast chuck February 26, 05:33

      Two years ago I had an abscessed tooth. The endodontist used a solution which contained chlorine, in other words, Clorox to flush out the abscess. Didn’t work though, tooth had to finally be pulled. The oral surgeon said he had a nightmare about the extraction the night before surgery. Wow! Way to inspire confidence, Doc.

      The surgery involved extracting the abscessed tooth and also a wisdom tooth that was impacted against the abscessed tooth making the removal of the abscessed tooth “challenging.” Worked out fine although I looked like Mike Tyson had slugged me in the face for a couple of days.

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      • Cale April 24, 00:14

        chlorhexidine is a common dental prescription antibacterial mouth wash. It contains a chlorinated compound but isn’t anything like caustic ‘chlorox.’

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  11. dp February 26, 08:50

    It seems like we could just put a needle into a major vein today, with ultraviolet light from a powerful LED following fiber optics to be dispersed directly into the blood stream as the blood passes.

    It seems like an hour or so “under the needle” would have most of the blood going past the light source at least once.

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    • red February 27, 10:45

      when the creepy duo, the Clintons, were selling blood from anyone in jail in Arkansas, a lot of people were coming down with AIDS and other things from it. People getting kidney dialysis have to have the blood is heated to body temps to not shock the body. Up in Canada, a tech accidentally heated the blood to well over 100 F. Everyone sick, AIDS and so on, were healed. then gays got AIDS politicized and that was end of any research.niio

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      • left coast chuck March 13, 00:40

        Well, there may be some basis to heating the blood. Fever is the body’s way of attempting to fight off whatever pathogen is attacking it. Only problem with that is, high enough fever and the patient winds up with brain damage. Why that is so I don’t know. Didn’t take that course in med school.

        I suspect there was some unreported downside to the treatment that caused experimentation to stop rather than some hidden cabal that managed to get the experiment killed.

        Don’t you think if running the blood supply though a fish tank heater cured aids all the Hollywood folks so afflicted would be clamoring for more experimentation? Don’t you think Magic Johnson with his multi-millions would be buttonholing pols in Washington and Sacramento if he thought there was a chance that would cure his aids rather than the expensive drugs he takes every day — which by the way actually reduce his resistance to other diseases thus putting him at risk for coronavirus. Rock Hudson certainly had enough money to buy votes for continued experimentation if it really worked and didn’t have some dramatic downside like you are cured of aids but because of brain damage you live the rest of a long life like a vegetable?

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  13. CJ March 20, 22:18

    I highly recommend that everyone get a UBI and vitamin C IV if you catch this nasty virus.
    Speaking from experience 15 years ago i received a UBI after 5 years of being bed-ridden every winter from bronchitis while being treated by the AMA doctors. Went to a Naturopathic doctor had a UBI done once and have had no bronchitis since, Sadly, my doctor retired a long time ago in Colorado so, if anyone knows of a doctor in Colorado that does this, please let me know.

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  14. Cale April 24, 00:21

    Bizarre. No such word as ‘ferisis’ in this blurb. The word is plasmapheresis.

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