Color War
The compelling story of a Parsee Indian who fought the medical establishment over his Spectro-Chrome Therapy science.
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In 1920 a Parsee Indian named Dinshah P. Ghadiali introduced to the world a new healing science that he spent decades meticulously researching. It was based on color therapy, and hundreds of medical doctors, surgeons, dentists and other health professionals subsequently used it in their practices with astonishingly successful results — often on patients that conventional medicine could not help.Because laypersons could be trained to use this healing science on themselves, Dinshah’s therapy threatened the livelihood of health professionals. In time, the medical establishment, drug industry and U.S. government stepped in to stop him. They branded him a quack, and relentlessly pursued him as Dinshah and followers of his healing science valiantly fought them off. In rich, vivid detail Color War unfolds this dramatic and remarkable story.

A must read for anyone interested in health or a natural cure for disease.


Steven M. Rachlin, M.D. is an internist who specializes in complementary and alternative medicine. He made national headlines in November 1994 when he delivered a premature baby on board a TWA flight (#265 from JFK to Orlando) and performed CPR to save the baby’s life. For several years he had a weekly radio show on WEVD (1050 AM) in New York City called Health 2000, which covered such topics as nutrition and preventive medicine. Dr. Rachlin has lectured widely to both professional and lay audiences over the years. He received a B.A. from Syracuse University and his M.D. degree from the University of Bologna, Italy. He did his medical residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.

Harvey Rachlin is the award-winning author of fourteen books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. His first book, The Songwriter’s Handbook (Funk and Wagnalls), sold over 50,000 hardcover copies in thirteen printings, and was the best-selling book on the subject for many years. It is endorsed on the back cover by the Academy Award–winning songwriters Burt Bacharach, Sammy Cahn (who wrote the book’s foreword), Marvin Hamlisch, Henry Mancini, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne.
Harvey Rachlin’s second book, The Encyclopedia of the Music Business (Harper & Row), won the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, was named Outstanding Music Reference Book of the Year by the American Library Association, was recommended by Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini (“Moon River”) on behalf of CBS Television and the Library of Congress on the internationally televised Grammy Awards show, and is included on the U.S. Copyright Office’s “Selected Bibliography for Musicians.” The book is praised on the back cover by Elton John, Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, and Morton Gould.
Another of Harvey Rachlin’s books, Lucy’s Bones, Sacred Stones and Einstein’s Brain (Henry Holt), was made into the long-running smash-hit History Channel series History’s Lost and Found, narrated by actor Edward Herrmann (of Gilmore Girls fame) and introduced on the network by the renowned television journalist Roger Mudd. Harvey Rachlin co-wrote the three pilot episodes, which broke ratings records for the History Channel and won the Cine Golden Eagle Award for Best History Series. The show, which ran in prime time for many years, is now broadcast in countries around the world.
Harvey Rachlin’s books have been translated into Korean, Spanish, German, and Polish and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, History Book Club, Encyclopedia Britannica Home Library, Writer’s Digest Book Club, and the Fireside Theatre Book Club. His books have been reviewed in such publications as the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Seattle Times, Orlando Sentinel, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, New York Post, Salt Lake City Tribune, Virginian-Pilot, Baton Rouge Advocate, Nashville Banner, Charlotte Observer, A&E Monthly, Money Magazine, Parade magazine, and Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Harvey Rachlin has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and several national television shows including The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder (CBS), The Dinah Shore Show, The Joe Franklin Show, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, and he has been profiled in many major newspapers including the New York Times (twice), Boston Herald, and Newsday. Other luminaries who have endorsed his books include President Gerald R. Ford, Dave Powers (Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy), Aaron Copland, Barbara Eden, Estelle Getty, movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff, best-selling true-crime author Nicholas Pileggi, and Sonny Grosso (the “French Connection” detective).
For his first police book, The Making of a Cop (Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster), Harvey Rachlin went through the NYPD Police Academy where he followed a small group of recruits through the rigorous training process; that book was optioned for a theatrical motion picture by Longbow Productions, producer of the girls’ baseball movie A League of Their Own. For his second police book, The Making of a Detective (W.W. Norton hardcover, Dell paperback), he followed one of the NYPD’s most skillful young investigators as he earned his gold shield in New York City’s most dangerous precinct, the “Seven-Five,” in East New York, Brooklyn; that book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was featured on the national television show Good Morning America.
Harvey Rachlin has written more than 200 newspaper and magazine articles, with publication credits such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The Jerusalem Post, Law and Order, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, School Band and Orchestra, JazzEd, and Westchester Magazine. He has published interviews with the composers of numerous perennially popular Broadway shows and songs such as Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”), Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Bye, Bye Birdie”), Johnny Marks (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”), Larry Weiss (“Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Bend Me, Shape Me”), Sandy Linzer (“A Lover’s Concerto,” “Native New Yorker,” “Let’ Hang On!”), Ron Miller (“For Once In My Life,” “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday,” “Touch Me In the Morning”), and Chip Taylor (“Wild Thing”). His books have been optioned for motion pictures, been published in several foreign languages, been reviewed in dozens of major American newspapers as well as publications around the world, and have been selections of numerous major book clubs. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including “The Late Late Show” (CBS) and the “Dinah Shore Show” (syndicated), and one of his books was featured on “Good Morning America.” Other luminaries who have praised his books include President Gerald Ford, actresses Barbara Eden and Estelle Getty, author Nicholas Pileggi, movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff, "French Connection" detective Sonny Grosso, and Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, Dave Powers. His books are cited in numerous law reviews and used in AP high school and college courses around the country, and he has lectured at many universities and town hall meetings including at the University of Michigan, University of California at Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

Harvey Rachlin has written hundreds of pop tunes and instrumentals. He co-wrote the score to a locally produced musical comedy called The Fettuccini Affair, and one of his compositions, “Le Bontemp Roulé,” was performed and recorded by the Long Island Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra. He currently runs the Music Business program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.
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ntroduction vii

1. A New Healing Science makes its Debut 1

2. A Spectro-Chrome Champion from the Medical Field 9

3. The Science of Spectro-Chrome 14

4. Case Histories and Testimonials 22

5. “The King of Duty” 46

6. Marriage in the U.S. 60

7. An Article is published and the “Color War” begins 66

8. Dinshah fires back at the AMA 82

9. Spectro-Chrome Conventions 93

10. Trouble for Dinshah: Repercussions? 101

11. Dinshah looks out for Spectro-Chrome Practitioners 106

12. The Grand Larceny Trial 110

13. The State of Delaware goes after Dinshah 123

14. The Naturalization Challenge 130

15. The Spectro-Chrome Institute 147

16. Dinshah runs for Governor 153

17. Dinshah goes to India 157

18. Dinshah and Prohibition in India 170

19. Dinshah Returns to India 178

20. Metaphysics and Dinshah 186

21. More Spectro-Chrome Praise 191

22. Dinshah continues his Spectro-Chrome Business 202

23. The U.S. Post Office Department goes after Dinshah 209

24. Spectro-Chrome and the St. Louis Better Business Bureau 216

25. The Specto-Chrome Institute Fire 221

26. The 1945 and 1946 FDA Trials 225

27. Sunset Years 235

Afterword 239

Bibliography 243

About the Authors 245


As I read this book I was struck by the idea that Dinshah's powerful story is the medical version of the Indian crusader Ghandi. An Indian like Ghandi, Dinshah had a goal he fervently believed in and it became his life's paramount mission. He fought valiantly against powerful establishment forces who vehemently opposed him. He was both challenged by a resolute national government and he challenged the government in altruistic ways. He was relentlessly persecuted and imprisoned repeatedly. He was nonviolent and lived a modest existence. He wanted nothing for himself but only wanted to help humankind. His life mirrored Ghandi's in many ways.

I think Color War would make a great movie or television mini-series. The story's courtroom dramas were particularly interesting to me. There were several court actions that the U.S. government brought against the Parsee Indian where scores of poor people traveled from all over the country at their own expense to testify on behalf of the originator of the new healing art. They were there to tell their stories: traditional medicine couldn't cure them, Dinshah's Spectro-Chrome did. This is not fiction, it's real life, and is just one of many layers to an incredible real-life saga. - History Lover

I was moved by the dramatic stories of Dinshah and his devoted band of doctors and surgeons who used Spectro-Chrome with great results. It seems they were curing people left and right that traditional medicine could not help. Dinshah and his followers were pursued by organized medicine and the drug industry. These powerful industries do everything they can to safeguard the livelihoods of the members of their professions so Dinshah and his followers had little chance in defeating them. But we live in a different time today, where you don't have to be politically correct to get your methods across, and we know organized medicine and the drug industry can be wrong even if they won't admit it (it took the tobacco industry decades to tell the truth about the cancerous effects of cigarettes and only under great pressure). Open your mind and this book will open your eyes. This is a book everyone should read.- Acute Health Observer

This is one of the most amazing stories I've ever read. Just the biography of Dinshah Ghadiali in and of itself is remarkable. He was apparently a Renaissance man, an exceptional genius who accomplished more in his life in so many areas that it's hard to even fathom. But the medical therapy he discovered using colored light is something that he ended up convincing many doctors of its amazing healing potential, so much so that the A.M.A. realized what a threat this was to the medical profession, and threw their entire weight and influence behind shutting this down. Almost reminds me of how Tesla wanted the world to have access to free energy, but Edison and the other powers of the time prioritized money over everything else.

I've researched a little about how color light effects life. You grow a plant under a blue light, it will be different than that same plant grown under red (look it up). Even today, there are color light therapies coming out here and there. However, Dinshah spent decades creating an entire field of healing therapy, detailing every known disease (at the time) and the appropriate color therapy to remedy each malady.

This is amazing stuff; not just a great read, but something that needs to see the light of day. Any movie producers out there should take a look at this book as well, there's a story here like no other.- Elliott Kay