A Brief History of UBI

UBI-History-1In 1928, one Emmitt K. Knott, a scientist in Seattle WA ran some experiments on exposing the blood to UVC rays in the treatment of women with severe bacterial infections due to abortions. The local hospital wrote off many of these patients as they were not responding to the sulfa preparations.  Some had temperatures of more than 108 degrees and death was certain. Knott was told to do as he wished with these patients and as one might expect, he chose to treat them with UBI.   After one and sometimes two UBI treatments the patients symptoms completely subsided within 24 hours.

 In 1939 Dr. George Miley, MD, made a study of the effects of 97 blood irradiation treatments given to people suffering from various diseases. His observations:

1. A 58% increase in the venous oxygen content in 10 minutes.
2. A 9% decrease in venous oxygen after a half hour.
3. A 50% increase in venous oxygen one hour to one month after treatment.

Dr. Miley, a practitioner of thousands of UBI treatments in the 1940s made this comment about Emmitt Knott, “I think personally that this is one of the greatest contributions to medicine ever made by a citizen of the United States.”

By the mid 1940s UBI had really begun to roll. Dr. Miley reported using UBI on viral pneumonia (still a big killer today) which cured this condition rather quickly. He reported:

  1.   Complete subsidence of toxic symptoms 24-76 hours after a single treatment.
  2.   Disappearance of cough in 3-7 days.
  3. UBI-History-2 X-ray evidence of complete clearing of the lungs within 24-96 hours after a single treatment (Miley, American Journal of Bacteriology,45:303, June , 1943)
  4. Dr. Henry Barrett reported on 110 cases of UBI in 1940 (Medical Clinics of America, May, 1940) Most patients received one treatment, some as many as eight. He noted several patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, and these patients improved remarkably within a few hours. One case was of a patient suffering from serious bronchial asthma attacks for more than four years. The patient was in the hospital, and despite medication , was having several asthma attacks per day. After one UBI treatment her doctor reported the next day that she had only one attack that day. After that she had 2-3 asthma episodes a week for three weeks. The attacks became fewer and fewer and became absent for months after a single treatment.Barrett reported on his 110 cases:1. No detrimental reactions from UBI.
    2. Improvement is frequently immediate.
    3. Increase in peripheral circulation (due to vasodilation).
    4. Increase in oxygen combining power of the blood.
    5. Inactivation of toxins in the blood.

    Dr. Miley also reported on 6 patients with herpes zoster infection-“shingles”. Infection was nullified to the point that the patients became asymptomatic with no relapses. In January , 1942, Dr. Miley made the following observations (NY State Journal of Medicine, Jan.1, 1942)

“The detoxification effect of ultraviolet is generally not known by the medical profession and certainly has not been emphasized enough. The inactivation of snake venom and bacterial toxins are examples of what may be accomplished by ultraviolet. The increased ability of blood irradiated with ultraviolet to absorb oxygen has been demonstrated. As a rule, rather low dosages of externally applied ultraviolet radiations stimulate the general resistance of animals and human beings to infection.”

1950s  Enthusiasm over “new” antibiotics and vaccines caused the UVBI therapy to be replaced, despite the fact that for


certain indications (hepatitis, viral pneumonia, and streptococcal toxemia) UBI treatment was demonstrably superior. Research into this effective therapy came to a virtual halt.

 1955 until the 1990s, only a few American physicians continued to work with UBI. Russia and Germany took the lead in Light Therapy producing scores of clinical studies.

1990s to present.   There are more than 250 practitioners in the United States and more than 3,000 in Europe.  More than 1 million UBI treatments have been successfully administered with astounding results and minimal side effects.