The above was a recent headline. I know what my political persuasions are, and they should obviously never get in the way of science or the health of a patient. Furthermore, I always try to be non-political in my posts. I see that some members of the press have tried to ridicule President Trump for an idea of “getting light inside the body.” Here are the quotes attributed to the President: “Suppose that we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light,” Trump said at the White House coronavirus press briefing, adding: “Supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way.” Well, low and behold, if reporters find this a ridiculous statement, then they need to do their homework and learn some science, and have a more analytical mind.
I would like to mention a paper that was published a few years ago by Dr. Michael Hamblin. Michael Hamblin is a Principal Investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (see below) at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Affiliated Faculty of Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology.
The next insert is a copy of the title page of a paper written and published by Dr. Hamblin in 2017.
We can see that the title of the article is Ultraviolet Irradiation of Blood: “The Cure that Time Forget”. As one can see we have a PHD from Harvard and MIT who is a main principle investigator at Harvard’s photomedicine center state that ultraviolet light to the blood is a cure that time forget. So, it seems that that President was not off the mark at all. I think he is owed an apology by those in the media and in the medical community who ridiculed him. I have been fortunate to meet Dr. Hamblin when we were both lecturing at a regenerative medicine meeting. I consider him one of the world’s experts on photo-therapy. I read the above article a few years ago and found it intriguing. There are many similar articles. In this article there is a discussion of the potential of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) as an alternative approach to current methods used to treat infections. It goes on to say that this therapy can also be an immune-modulating therapy and also as a method for normalizing blood parameters. The article states there is no resistance of microorganisms to UV irradiation. Low and mild doses of UV kill microorganisms by damaging the DNA, while any DNA damage in host cells can be rapidly repaired by DNA repair enzymes. Ultraviolet light when used for sterilization purposes causes the direct destruction of pathogens. Many people believe that this is also the mechanism of action for UBI which is absolutely not the case. It is the stimulation of the immune system and its various components that gives ultraviolet light therapy is effectiveness in addition to destroying the micro-organisms.
The following diagram is from the article by Dr. Hamblin. It shows some of the various aspects of UBI on the immune system. This may be a complicated picture but when all is said and done it is stimulating the immune system in many different ways. It is somewhat complicated to the lay person.
UBI appears to have three broadly different classes of effects on different blood components. In the case of various white blood cells which are called neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells. UBI can activate phagocytosis. Phagocytosis is a process wherein a cell, in this case a type of white blood cell, binds to a microbe such as a bacteria or virus and engulfs it. UBI also increases the secretion of Nitric Oxide which stimulates the production of cells which can calm down an inflammatory reaction. By reducing the inflammatory response, we are lessening the effects of a “cytokine storm” as is often found in infections and seems to be the crux of many Covid-19 complications.
The oxidative nature of UBI may have mechanisms in common with ozone therapy and other oxygen therapies. Namely, we are reducing the oxidative stress on the immune system. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules. Free radicals can cause large chain chemical reactions in your body because they react so easily with other molecules. These reactions are called oxidation. They can be beneficial or harmful
Think of oxidative stress as synonymous with inflammation and inflammation is the root of most medical problems.
Dr. Hamblin’s article is but one article concerning the use of light therapy. I think there is little doubt there is strong science behind the use of ultraviolet blood irradiation and for that matter phototherapy to treat a number of medical conditions. Although this seems like cutting edge therapy it is actually old. Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) was extensively used in the 1940s and 1950s to treat many diseases including septicemia, pneumonia, tuberculosis, arthritis, asthma and even poliomyelitis. The early studies were carried out by several physicians in USA and published in the American Journal of Surgery. However, with the development of antibiotics, UBI use declined and it has now been called “the cure that time forgot”. Hopefully more research on various types of blood irradiation will be performed. I would also like to include a few slides from my lectures. These slides concern the use of phototherapy. The first slide is a summary of phototherapy.
As we can see there are a myriad of beneficial aspect to light therapy. I will draw your attention to sentence six, “Whatever cells are designed to do will be improved by light therapy”. The next slide shows some of the many benefits of phototherapy in pictorial form.
The takeaways from the above slide is that light therapy is intimately involved in cell energy production, positively impacts cellular repair and healing, stimulates the immune system. As President Trump said “GET THE LIGHT INSIDE THE BODY” and hopefully control the covid-19 virus. Certainly, no guarantees or cures but it might be a step in the right direction. Actually, we can take things to the next level by giving the patient certain medications which are called photosensitizers. Photosensitizers make light therapy work even better. However, this is a discussion for a different day.
I will end this quick blog with a rather somber thought. Covid -19 is certainly a serious problem for our planet and I believe we will conquer it. I would like to present some information by the Rand Europe Think Tank. Unfortunately, there are much greater biological time bombs that may be facing us. One ticking time bomb we are facing is that of antibiotic resistance. Here is the chart of what we are facing, namely approximately 10,000,000 deaths per year caused by antibiotic resistance. It might just be that blood irradiation may save the day. Meantime, stay safe and get some sunshine which is a primitive form of blood irradiation.
DEATHS PER YEAR SECONDARY TO ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE 2050 2050