Note: While my interest in presenting this interview was to give you the protocol for a dog who has had radiation treatment for canine osteosarcoma, I included the entire interview to give you an idea of the scope of light therapy. It can enhance your dog’s quality of life in many ways.

Nikki's Buddy Samba Takes a Tonation

Nikki's Buddy Samba Takes a Tonation

Color therapy is really amazing. I just can’t tell you enough about it…” Hypnotherapist/color therapist Esther Peterson lights up the room when she speaks of color. Her voice becomes animated and I’m enchanted with her excitement. I’ve just called California on the advice of a reader who has confided that Esther is “quite amazing with the Dinshah system.” I’m listening to her miraculous experiences.


“…To give you a recent example,” continues Esther, “in the beginning of November, I was introduced to a gentleman with diverticulitis—little distended sacs, or ‘pockets’ in the intestine, where feces can stagnate, cause inflammation, and possibly gangrene. The poor man was doubled over in pain. Very, very sick, he’d lost 25 pounds in three weeks and was scheduled for surgery. Well, he took one color treatment, and in one hour he was feeling better! By the second treatment, he was better still. By the third, he was up and eating. And by the fourth,” she chuckles, “He was on top of the roof, nailing down new shingles. When he went to the doctor on November 31 for his test, no evidence of diverticulitis was found.

“Every time I use color, I’m surprised and thrilled.”

“What colors did you use for the diverticulitis?”

“The colors listed in Dinshah’s book Let There Be Light. In the morning I used Lemon for one hour over the Systemic Front which includes the area from the head to the pubic area. In the evening Indigo was bathed on the lower half of the Systemic Front, the area under breasts to the pubic area. This includes the spleen, liver, gall bladder, stomach, pancreas, bladder and intestines.

“The book is very easy to follow. Each tonation, or color bath, generally lasts an hour, each diagnosed disorder has specific instructions, and an illustration of the human body divides areas into numbered treatment zones. You just can’t go wrong.

“But I must tell you that of all the things I’ve treated, radiation burns are the most incredible because they just don’t happen!” Esther is really warming up now. She is filled with passion for color, charged with its power, and ecstatic with the results. “When you treat ‘radiation burns’ with colored light, the skin just doesn’t break! The burns just don’t happen!” she repeats.

“How do you treat?” I ask, impatiently. “Is a tonation taken before radiation? Directly after?”

“I generally tonate someone about three weeks after a radiation treatment, just as the skin begins to turn brown. Red and Lemon are the only colors I use. Again, in the morning I treat with Lemon systemically, either front or back, including the affected area.

“Dinshah suggests Green instead of Lemon, but I have found that most patients don’t take to Green as well as Lemon, which is a blend of Green and Yellow. Patients with heart problems, in particular, are bothered and become fidgety and uncomfortable under Green light, especially those who have had bypass surgery. It’s interesting to observe. Each case is individual, of course, but Lemon always seems to work. Essentially it serves the same function as Green, but in a milder way. When Dinshah was practicing and writing his authoritative The Spectro-Chrome Metry Encyclopedia in the 1930s, life was easier on the heart and bypass surgery was unknown. I believe our immune systems were also stronger. In any case, I always find that Lemon comfortably paves the way for the specific treatment color.

“For radiation burns, I have found that I need to use only Red after the Lemon, either the same evening or the next morning. And that’s it. The burns never happen!


“Excitable colors, like Red and Orange,” continues Esther, “as a rule should be used only in the early part of the day, relaxing colors at night. Still, in emergency situations I find if I wait at least three hours between tonations, it works out fine. Again each case is different. If at any time a patient is uncomfortable with one color, I try another. Color is a joy to work with. It’s fun and, in no way, will it injure anyone.

“Of course there are rules to get the best out of the Spectro-Chrome System. Dinshah warns that tonating directly after medication could either accelerate absorption of medication or abort the effects altogether, so it’s always a good idea to wait several hours when taking daily medication, also wait an hour after eating to tonate, or tonate beforehand. When treating medical radiation burns with color, about three weeks after radiation treatment seems to work out right.

“Green is a wonderful color for blood blisters,” she bursts with exuberance. “I had a painful, nasty one on my thumb. All it took was one treatment with Green and it disappeared. My thumb was still a little tender. I’m sure if I had given it another treatment even the soreness would have gone. But I was happy with the results and went on to do other things.”

“And there’s the case of my sister’s tooth. One of the prongs of her partial bridge dug into her gum. It became inflamed and abscessed, even her palette was red and swollen. Since she had heart issues, I used Lemon. The swelling was immediately reduced and, in one hour, the abscess drained.

“I treated another one of my sisters for arthritis. Again, Lemon reduced the inflammation. A few treatments of Green followed to hold her for a year.”

Yet another animated story.

“A young man was brought to me after a motorcycle accident, his smashed leg in a cast. In the morning I played Lemon as close to the cast as I could while still including his swollen purple toes. In the evening we used Orange. All inflammation went from his foot and by the next morning his toes were no longer blue. Last I saw, he was the fastest young man on crutches I’ve ever seen. His cast never even became itchy, but if it had, Blue would have taken care of that!”

Esther’s stories ranged from hard, protruding, silver dollar-sized calluses on the heel of a foot, to cysts and tumors, to carpal tunnel syndrome that responded positively to colored light.

“When I came down with the flu recently,” she announced, “I used Green over my Systemic Front (tonating alfresco, head to toe), including the soles of my feet on the first day. The next day, I tonated with Blue. The third day, I would have used Magenta on areas four and five (lung, heart, thymus area), but I didn’t need it.

“Dinshah says, at the first onset of the flu, tonating with Scarlet on areas four and five, while breathing deeply, can knock out the bug before it gets a foothold.

“For a headache or a dry cough, I bathe in Purple from my forehead through areas four and five.

“Esther, have you ever personally dealt with osteoporosis or endometriosis?”

“No, but they are both listed in Dinshah’s book.”

“How about Liver Spots, alopecia, cataracts, farsightedness, or the issues most of us face as part of the aging process?”

“Not personally, but they’re all listed in there too, along with specifics of technique. The most complicated is figuring out the heart/respiration ratio which is actually very simple. Using a watch with a second hand, count your pulse beats per minute; then count how many times you, or your patient, breathes per minute (an in and out breath is one respiration). Divide the number of heart beats by the number of breaths. If your heart rate is 60 and your respiration is 15, your ratio is 4:1. A normal ratio is 4 (or 5) to 1. When your rate is above or below a normal ratio, specific colors are listed to help balance you, or your patient, up or down.”

A few other things to note. The treatment light must contact the bare skin of the area being tonated. This means you should have your treatment room comfortably warm, especially when treating systemically. It is also necessary to go with the planetary energy flow; have your head point North when lying on your back during a tonation. When tonating your back, lie on your side as polarity will warp when lying on your stomach. And most importantly, do not use magnets, play the radio or TV, or have any other electrical appliance operating while taking a tonation—it will change the frequency.

All in all, working with color is quite simple. I counted close to 400, including weight loss (look under “obesity”) Spectro-Chrome protocols for diagnosed disorders—a pretty hefty alternative medicine chest. All you have to do is follow the easy instructions in Let There Be Light: Practical Manual for Spectro-Chrome Therapy by Darius Dinshah.

Note: When tonating a dog who has had a radiation treatment for osteosarcoma, don’t be too concerned if your pet isn’t in the optimal position for a treatment. I find the Color Light treatments work regardless. Additionally, consider your pet’s fur as “bare skin.”

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