[back] Dinshah P. GhadialiDinshah P. Ghadiali & Spectro-Chrome Color Therapy
By Ken Adachi
May 5, 2001
Another unheralded giant among 20th century Natural healers who was trampled into obscurity and insignificance by the American Medical Association (AMA) and their government enforcement thugs, the American Pharmaceutical Protection Administration (APPA), (more commonly known as the Food and Drug Administration-FDA) was the Indian physician, scientist, engineer, civil reformer, editor, aviator, scholar, metaphysician, inventor, and color therapy researcher Dinshah P. Ghadiali (1873-1966). This man was extraordinary in many ways and pursued a wide range of investigative inquiry; scientific and otherwise, in his long, but persecuted lifetime (thanks to the American Medical Association).
He was truly a Renaissance man in every sense of the word. His greatest legacy is a simple, but enormously successful, system of light therapy which he had labeled “Spectro-Chrome”. As a physician in India, Dinshah was familiar with the color therapy investigations of two men: Dr. Edwin D. Babbitt who had published a book, The Principles of Light and Color in 1878, which detailed experimental findings using colored light and its effects upon living systems and Dr. Seth Pancoast, author of Light and its Rays as Medicine (1877).
In 1897, Dinshah was presented with a unique opportunity to apply these theories in order to save the life of a woman who had been given up for dead by her orthodox physicians and was merely hours away from death. When all other conventional avenues were exhausted, Dinshah saved this woman's life by the application of colored light directed to portions of her nude body using a blue colored glass bottle and light from a kerosene lantern as his sole source of illumination. The woman was the niece of one of Dinshah's Theosophical Society friends and was dying of mucous colitis. She was losing all of her vital fluids because of almost constant diarrhea; which occurred up to a hundred times a day. Dinshah also exposed to the sun, the same blue colored bottle filled with milk and gave it to her to drink. After the first day of treatment, her urge to evacuate reduced from a hundred times a day down to ten. After three days, she was able to get out of bed and soon recovered completely. Needless to say, her doctors were dumbfounded. Following this remarkable experience, it took Dinshah an additional 23 years to fully integrate and focus on his theories of Spectro-Chrome color therapy that history would show to be his greatest (and almost lost) contribution to humanity.
By the 1920's, Dinshah was lecturing on color therapy and soon offered a complete course of study for physicians (first at his home in New Jersey and later in a classroom building) in the application and use of Spectro-Chrome. Things were progressing nicely and word was rapidly spreading of the ease and efficacy of this simple therapy among professionals. More and more physicians were signing on to take Dinshah's course and installing the Spectro-Chrome color instruments in their offices. The future was looking bright for Dinshah and the prospects of integrating Spectro-Chrome color therapy into every doctor's office in the nation appeared to be a distinct possibility. That is, until the AMA got wind of Dinshah's burgeoning reputation among their own.
In 1924, the AMA published a scurrilous slam piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) debunking Dinshah and his Spectro-Chrome color therapy as a hoax. The AMA branded him–without any investigation whatsoever-and his Spectro-Chrome color therapy as worthless and fraudulent. Up until then, interest in his color therapy among the ranks of physician advocates had been growing exponentially. The 1924 AMA attack, however, was the beginning of the end for what could have been another milestone and major advancement in the healing arts, to say nothing of the abatement of suffering for millions of people.
The AMA's 1924 debunking article in JAMA grew into an unrelenting harassment and debunking campaign which led to a jury trial in 1931 in which Dinshah, defending himself, won the case handily, thanks in part to the supportive testimony of eminent physicians and scientists which included Dr. Kate Baldwin, director of The Women’s Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
But two other FDA persecution trials (oh yes, the APPA never accepts defeat with anything resembling equanimity-never) in the 1940’s were both lost and spelled the end of Spectro-Chrome usage by physicians or even by lay persons who had purchased the Dinshah light projectors. The openly biased judge in charge of the last trial in 1946, declared that the Spectro-Chrome color therapy system was an “evil” that “had to be stamped out”.
A photo was published in many newspapers and magazines in the late 40’s showing federal agents smashing Dinshah's Spectro-Chrome Light Projectors (actually seized from hundreds of private homes between 1945-48) out in the street using sledge hammers; a scene somewhat reminiscent of the government's staged publicity photo stunts of the 1920’s and 30’s which showed Federal agents swinging sledge hammers in the street demonstrating their sophisticated approach to eradicating the intrinsic evil possessed by slot machines and wooden whiskey barrels.
Dinshah’s remarkably effective Spectro-Chrome therapy system might have slipped into obscurity unnoticed and unappreciated had it not been for the efforts of his three sons, especially Darius Dinshah, who became the president of what is now called the Dinshah Health Society. Darius published a book explaining his father's Spectro-Chrome system and color therapy protocol in his 1985 book titled, Let There Be Light.
Darius' father originally used 5 colored glass slides (glass plates) along with an ordinary incandescent light bulb for his light source to apply the Spectro-Chrome therapy. Dinshah experimented with higher wattage bulbs, but found that a 60 watt incandescent light bulb or even a flashlight worked just as effectively as a 2,000 watt bulb! Darius repeatedly reminds the reader in Let There Be Light that high power lighting wasn't necessary for Spectro-Chrome therapy to work. The colored light energy applied in Spectro-Chrome is intended to buttress and enhance the color frequency spectrum of the human aura to achieve results, and the refinements of that etheric energy matrix require no bombardment of high intensity photons to yield results.
Today, glass slides could still be used, but they are difficult to find with the proper polychromatic characteristics. Roscolene plastic color gels (filters) seem to work just as well AND they are easier to obtain and carry around. Let There Be Light explains how to match the symptoms the patient is experiencing with the appropriate color filter(s) for a “tonation” as Dinshah had coined the treatment. Tonations are usually one hour long and the colored light is exposed to the area of the body requiring treatment (all detailed in the book). Far better results are achieved if the user pays attention to the something that Darius calls the “Variant Breath Forecast Time” which coincides with the body's natural cyclic breathing rhythms and change with different times of the day or night. As we go through these daily breathing cycles, more air will predominantly pass through one nostril over the opposite nostril, then gradually a point will come when both nostrils are drawing in an equvalent amount of air (this ideally should be the midway point of the one hour tonation), and then the opposite nostril will predominate and so on as the cycle repeats itself.
Other aspects of color “toning” and the explanation of how certain colors achieve balance in an over-active or under-active organ systems, etc. are explained and illustrated in the book with diagrams and color charts. An A-Z catalog of 400 diagnosed disorders covering most known health conditions, along with a listing of the correct color filters in the desired order of tonation is included and cross referenced to the alphabetical index.
Thanks to the efforts of Darius Dinshah to preserve the memory of his father's work, we are able to learn much more of the discoveries and therapeutic techniques of this important humanitarian. I'm hoping to write many more articles about Dinshah’s work in the near future. This introduction just touches the tip of a huge iceberg of Spectro-Chrome information. Darius’ book, Let There Be Light, is available for an $18 donation plus $3 shipping ($4 for Priority mail). Also, those interested in obtaining Roscolene filters and other materials associated with Spectro-Chrome therapy, should visit our Products page under Spectro-Chrome Light Therapy.