The Color of Truth - Kate Baldwin, M.D.

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Dinshah Ghadiali, was one of the greatest researchers and practitioners of color therapy in history. He developed the Spectro-Chrome system of color therapy which was used in the early part of the 20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s he had students learning his system who were physicians, surgeons, dentists and others allied in the health field. Two of his more notable graduates were Dr. Kate W. Baldwin in 1921, and her brother in 1922, Dr. L. Grant Baldwin, an eminent surgical/gynecological authority and a charter member of the American College of Surgeons - Mayo Clinics. Grant Baldwin placed a number of Spectro-Chrome devices in service in his Brooklyn, New York clinic. Kate spent 23 years as the senior surgeon at Philadelphia Woman's Hospital, and introduced Spectro-Chrome in that institution.


In 1931, Dinshah was put on trial in Buffalo, New York, for falsely representing Spectro-Chrome as a healing system. Dr. Kate Baldwin was called as his second witness. The following excerpts are the answers that Kate Baldwin gave under oath to the defense and prosecution questions. Through these you will see the use and benefits of Spectro-Chrome and the strength of conviction of this wonderful doctor.


"I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Medical College in 1890. I have been an active physician for over 40 years and am rated by the American College of Surgeons as a surgeon and by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and otolaryngology but I have never confined myself, only to surgery. I belong to the County and State Medical Societies of Pennsylvania and I am registered in New York and Rhode Island to practice medicine and surgery. I have been the Senior Surgeon at the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia for 23 years and had a clinic for over 30 years."


"Philadelphia Women's Hospital is the oldest women's hospital in the country. During this time I have performed major surgery on pretty nearly everything from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet."


"I have run eleven devices every day in the hospital and have several others in people's homes, when people cannot come to me."


"One of my most famous cases was a little girl named Grace Shirlow. About four-fifths of her torso was burnt. She was burned beyond the middle of the body; it went up to the clavicle and under the arm. Burns went from the elbow up clear into the axillary, down to the groin, about four inches on the left leg; back up onto the back and around onto the side. It was not only the skin that was destroyed, but the fascia of the muscle. The fascia is the covering of the muscle."


"From my surgical and medical experience, with that much of the body burned and to that severity, it would be an absolutely hopeless and fatal case. I was brought in about 24 hours after the burn and the surgeon and the doctor said, 'there is no use in trying to do anything with this!' Dressing had been placed so tightly that it was two weeks before I succeeded in getting it all off, as I would not force it off. I told myself that there was nothing in regular medicine or surgery, that can make that child live. I told my assistant that we might as well see what the Spectro-Chrome will do."


"The child had absolutely nothing but color and diet. I used no surgery at all. I used paper dressing soaked with nut oil and color rays. We used turquoise principally to build the skin. We used other colors to help stimulate the separation of the sloughs off the body. New epithelium, new skin, will not cover over dead tissue and we had to stimulate the separation using stimulating colors."


"A good many surgeons saw this girl and one surgeon, who had been in the war said, 'well, we don't try to treat one of those; we give them just a big dose of morphine and push them off to one side.' Now, I was criticized for not skin grafting, but where could I get skin to graft? There was no place on the body to skin graft. Today, the little girl has perfectly moveable skin. This is not scar tissue, but skin!"


"Additionally, there was a case of diphtheria in the ward and the staff gave Grace a dose of antitoxin. She ran up a temperature between 105 and 106. Using turquoise, blue, indigo and violet I brought her temperature down to normal."


"I have cured cases of cancer as well as gonorrhea, syphilis, breast tumors, cataracts, gastric ulcers and glaucoma. I may commence at the top of the head and cover practically every part of the body: ordinary inflammatory conditions of the eye, hemorrhage into the retina and sclera, infection of the sinuses, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy, tuberculosis, heart conditions (functional and organic), acute indigestion, asthma, hay-fever, hiccoughs that had for ten days resisted all classical methods (cured in one day), all sorts of infections (local and systemic) abscesses, jaundice and kidney conditions. I have treated tuberculosis, mastoid troubles, pleurisy, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and lumbago. In many cases of cancer Spectro-Chrome will help if there is not to much destruction from surgery."


"We had an eight year old girl with gonorrhea that we treated with Spectro-Chrome."


"The system will make people more comfortable so that they can enjoy the rest of their life to a certain extent, without doping them with opiates."


"We will always need the undertaker. We do not claim that we will not. But anything that is in human possibility to be put in a normal shape, it can be done with Spectro-Chrome. I have been asked if I have abandoned the practice of medicine. No, I have not abandoned it. I use it if I have to, but I shall not use it as long as I can get Spectro-Chrome. Spectro-Chrome will cure many things that drugs and general surgery will not and surgical work will do better if you use Spectro-Chrome in connection with it."


"After 41 years of general practice and surgery in hospitals I can obtain nearly the same results with the Spectro-Chrome as with my medical knowledge. I will use surgery when needed. A foot that is reduced to pulp by a truck running over it is going to need a surgical operation. But the Spectro-Chrome can help the anesthetic be taken even better before you send the patient to the operating table. The patients recover with much less unpleasantness. It is a gentle form of therapy where you cannot do harm. I have had six severe eye cases using the color directly into the eye with no harm being done."


Dr. Kate W. Baldwin was under tremendous pressure because of her use of Spectro-Chrome. Other doctors who were envious of her results asked for her removal from the surgical staff of the hospital. In an article printed in the Atlantic Medical Journal of April 1927, discussing the Grace Shirlow case, Dr. Baldwin stated that after thirty-seven years of active hospital and private practice in medicine and surgery, she produced quicker and more accurate results using Spectro-Chrome than with any other methods, and there was less strain on the patient. 'In very extensive burns in a child of eight years of age, there was almost complete suppression of urine for more than 48 hours, with a temperature of 105 to 106 degrees. Fluids were forced to no effect, and a more hopeless case is seldom seen. Scarlet was applied just over the kidneys at a distance of eighteen inches for twenty minutes, all other areas being covered. Two hours later, the child voided eight ounces of urine.'


Dr Baldwin once remarked that she would give up the practice of medicine tomorrow rather than give up the use of Spectro-Chrome.


The third witness for Dinshah was Dr. Martha Peebles. Dr. Peebles gave similar testimony to Dr. Baldwin. She was a medical inspector for the Brooklyn, New York Department of Health, and was a front line army company surgeon. She had become an invalid from arthritis and neuritis before she met Dr. Baldwin. She cured herself after one month of Spectro-Chrome and resumed her private practice.


Dinshah won his case!


For the source of the information in this article and to learn of the appropriate colors for specific health problems, please read Let There Be Light, by Darius Dinshah. For information regarding the science behind Dinshah's choice of the particular colors for health problems, please read Spectro-Chrome Metry Encyclopedia. Both of these books are available from WRF.


  1. Thelma Smith
    March 18, 2008

    A friend of mine has a very rare form of Leukemia. Chemotherapy has not helped at all. He is very weak & continues to need transfusions.

    Has Sprectra-Chrome ever been used successfully on leukemia, which is a cancer of the blood?



  1. Orpheus
    March 27, 2008

    Dear Thelma:

    I noticed your question regarding Spectro-Chrome and Leukemia. Of course a person who is not a doctor is not allowed to diagnose or prescribe. I am very familiar with the Spectro-Chrome system having used it for over 30 years. Leukemia is one of the conditions that there are specific color recommendations. Remember, there has never been any reported side effects using color therapy any where in the world and throughout time. It is always worth a try when you have only upside and no downside. You might want to look into what might be used.


  1. Richard Boyd
    September 1, 2010

    I have two Spectro Chrome Metry machines. Are they collector's items?

  1. John Mikell
    October 24, 2010

    To Richard Boyd,

    The Spectro-Chrometry machines you have, may or may not be collectors items. I am interested in purchasing the said machines for posterity as museum pieces.

    John Mikell


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