Dinshah P. Ghadiali first presented
the Science of Spectro-Chrome Metry to the world on April 26, 1920. He
claimed that by proper use of pure and intense colored light, patients could
be cured of almost any disease - or rather, he claimed he could cure until
the Medical Octopus seized him, told him that orthodox medicine owned the
word "cure," and threatened him with dire consequences if he used it.
Thereafter he used the word "normalize." To quote from Ghadiali's
publication of the proceedings of his trial:
Prosecutor: If you have got Dementia Praecox, that is a form
of Insanity, what Colors do you use to make yourself normal?
Ghadiali's Witness: Well, you use -I will say what I did use.
I used Green to the Head of this patient and I used Lemon all over
his Boody. All of these patients have lived on a diet which makes them overacid
and Lemon is an Antacid or an Alkali.
Prosecutor: Lemon Color?
Ghadiali's Witness: Yes, sir and that will so affect the system that
it will reduce the Acidity.
We know today, and it was known in Ghadiali's day and before that colors
can influence mind and mood; interior decorators used color for mood every
day. Ghadiali, however, claimed much greater power and specific effect
for his colored light cure than science can justify. TOP
PHOTO: Spectro-Chrome from the files of the Museum of Questionable Medical
Devices. BOTTOM PHOTO: A museum visitor tests the Spectro-chrome, July
2000. Photo by Laura Koehn; used
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