The Extraordinary Story of Royal Rife
From the late 18th century people have experimented with the concept of exposing the sick to electric shocks and magnetic fields. In general, the gadgets were at best useless and at worst, dangerous. But not always.
About a hundred years ago, the MD crowd became keen to curtail this quackery, as they gained control of modern medicine and became the government-sanctioned “legitimate” form of health care. But their crackdown may have resulted in the loss of important scientific discoveries made by a person named Royal Raymond Rife.
If you delve into the world of alternative cancer medicine, you’ll soon come across his name. People who claim to use the treatment he discovered (or variants of it) remain active. Is the Rife approach one you should consider? Let’s take a look. . .
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The first microscope to view live pathogens
Mr. Rife was an American self-educated inventor who became interested in the biological effects of electromagnetic fields and whether they had any therapeutic value.
In order to study these phenomena he built and developed a number of light-source microscopes from the early 1920s onwards. The Universal Microscope he built in 1933 reportedly had a magnification of 60,000. This was over 20 times greater than existing microscopes of his day and went well beyond the known laws of physics.
Such magnification allowed him to see pathogens in their live state, something never before seen. (Today’s electron microscopes allow for greater magnifications but specimens are not live.)
By various means, he developed a way to view biological samples without staining them. Every pathogen has a different electromagnetic frequency and each appears as a different shade of color.
By 1931 Mr. Rife’s work came to the attention of Arthur Kendall, a very prominent doctor, who had been the dean of Medical Research at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He asked his friend Dr. Millbank Johnson, another eminent and influential figure, to visit Mr. Rife at his lab/workshop in San Diego. This Dr. Johnson did, accompanied by several colleagues. He wrote that the visit was “one of the most instructive and interesting afternoons of our lives.”
When Dr. Kendall visited Rife, he brought his ‘K Medium’, a protein culture he had bred that allowed him to detach virus-sized dwarf bacteria from normal size bacteria. This was considered impossible at that time.
Placing the typhoid germ under the microscope, tiny microbes could be seen to escape from larger bacteria, proving that smaller pathogenic particles existed within larger forms.
“The End to All Diseases”
To honor Drs. Rife and Kendall, a banquet was organized at Dr. Johnson’s home, and 30 of the most eminent medical figures in Southern California were invited to celebrate “The End to All Diseases.”
The Los Angeles Times reported:
“Frankly dubious about the perfection of a microscope which appears to transcend the limits set by optical science, Dr. Johnson’s guests expressed themselves as delighted with the visual demonstration and heartily accorded both Mr. Rife and Dr. Kendall a foremost place in the world’s rank of scientists.”
Testing electromagnetic fields
The next stage was to expose bacteria to different electromagnetic fields. Rife hypothesized that each microorganism had its own unique frequency and might be killed if bombarded by electromagnetic waves of exactly the same frequency.
The metaphor usually used to describe Rife’s approach is that of an opera singer shattering a wine glass by singing a note of exactly the right frequency.
Rife found that at different frequencies each pathogen would agitate and then explode. He cataloged around 60 different disease-causing pathogens and the frequencies that would kill them. He called these the Mortal Oscillatory Rate (MOR). No frequency could be found that would explode healthy tissue.
Rife needed a tunable frequency device, so engineers were hired to build one. This became known as the Rife Beam Ray Device.
A large number of experiments were performed on mice to eliminate specific infections with his beam rays, after which he turned his attention to cancer.
Rife said an infection causes cancer
His experiments showed that, unlike bacteria, cancer cells didn’t explode, they died by some other means. Eventually he found what he believed to be the microbe that caused cancer. It was in fact a virus, a form of pathogen that was little known or understood at the time. When he injected this microbe into mice, they went on to develop the disease.
When Rife removed the tumors from the mice and analyzed them, he found the same pathogen. He called it Bacillus X or BX virus because under the microscope he could see the bacillus (bacteria) change into a much smaller virus-sized microbe which produced a purplish red color. He later found another cancer-causing virus which he called BY.
His beam ray wasn’t killing the cancer cell itself but rather a virus within the tumor. Once this decomposed it would poison the cell, destroying its own host.
In one of his tests he injected breast cancer tissue into each of 100 albino rats. They all developed cancer. He then took the frequency he’d discovered to destroy that type of cancer cell and beamed it at the rats. All were cured.
Using cells from the same breast cancer tumors, he exposed them to the appropriate frequency BEFORE injecting the cancer cells into the mice. Not one mouse got cancer.
The pleomorphism theory
Mr. Rife’s discoveries supported the pleomorphism theory of disease. Under his microscope he could see pathogens changing forms – from bacteria to virus to fungus. A change of environment in the body could cause this to happen.
This was not accepted at the time or today, although it has a fervent corps of followers in the world of alternative cancer treatment. Robert Gallo, discoverer of the HIV microbe, summed up current mainstream thinking when he said “pleomorphism is insanity.” Louis Pasteur’s theory that pathogens do not change form continues to hold sway.
Human cancer studies
After reportedly conducting more than 400 animal tests, Rife decided it was time to move on to humans.
Dr. Johnson set up a clinic in 1934 and tested Rife’s ray device on 16 terminal cancer patients. They sat close to the device for just three minutes every third day. After three months, 15 fully recovered and the 16th did so after four months.
Unfortunately, the research committee at the University of Southern California set up to supervise Rife’s work decided not to publish these astonishing results before gathering further data.
To this end, renowned researcher Dr. Gruner from McGill University, Montreal worked with Rife. Dr. Gruner found that 93% of cancer patients had a fungus organism in their blood. Although in a different form, this was discovered to be the same as BX. Remember that in Rife’s view a bacterium could change into a fungus.
In spite of these new findings members of the research committee were still reluctant to publish until they knew more about the cause of cancer, so a grant was requested from the International Cancer Research Foundation in Philadelphia. It was declined.
Theft, vandalism, arson & death
Worse was to come.
The American Medical Association (AMA) demanded a percentage of the sales of any Rife microscopes that were sold to doctors and scientists. This was turned down.
Later, a representative of the AMA sought to buy Beam Ray, the company that was formed to sell Rife’s electromagnetic-wave-generating devices.
When this was refused, an unwinnable law suit was cooked up against the company by an engineer employed by Rife. The former employee was assumed to have acted in collusion with the AMA people who sought to shut down Rife. Although the plaintiff lost his suit, it bankrupted the company.
The same engineer built and dispatched machines that were not to Rife’s specifications and therefore could not work, harming his reputation.
No account of Rife’s inventions appeared in medical journals.
A grant from the International Cancer Institute was canceled.
Doctors were warned off working with Rife. Nearly all the doctors who had attended Dr. Johnson’s banquet denied any knowledge of Rife, even though they were photographed at the event.
In 1939, the San Diego Medical Society warned that doctors using Rife’s device could lose their medical licenses. Those who held out had their equipment seized and destroyed by FDA agents.
A spate of microscope thefts and then an arson attack on Rife’s lab destroyed much of his equipment and research notes.
Two other laboratories set up to confirm Rife’s work caught fire, one doctor died and the research was destroyed.
Two supporters of Rife were raided and saw their equipment and notes confiscated. They were later found dead, supposedly from suicide.
Newspapers tell inquirers that specific editions reporting on Rife’s work have been lost.
In 1954 an associate of Rife contacted the National Cancer Institute to seek funding but they replied that as far as they were concerned, electronic healing couldn’t possibly work.
Cancer & other diseases cured
Robert Stafford, a family doctor, had the use of the device for 5 years. His first case was an 82-year-old hospitalized woman expected to die within a few weeks from cancer. She made a remarkable recovery. However, the story is that she fell down a flight of stairs in the hospital and died. An autopsy found no cancer.
A cancer patient in the next bed to her was also treated. She, too, made a full recovery and went home. She later died from complications of radiation treatment. Her autopsy showed no sign of cancer.
Many testimonials have been submitted from people cured from a whole range of illnesses, including fungal and tumorous growths, chronic bladder irritation, arthritis, ulcerated colon, varicose veins and much more.
But all was to no avail.
Rife’s work is largely lost and mostly ignored. As far as anyone knows, none of his original beam devices has survived.
There are many frequency devices on the market. It is unlikely that any of them replicate the Rife Beam Ray Device and I can’t say from my own experience if any of them are effective at killing pathogens or cancer.
A very active group in the Kansas City area called Cancer Tutor (www.cancertutor.com) is probably the leading advocate for the Rife approach and for the pleomorph theory – the theory that a shape-shifting microorganism is the cause of cancer. They provide extensive instruction on the use of Rife-inspired devices and claim that the patients they advise have enjoyed clinical success. Cancer Tutor recommends a number of other treatments in its protocols; they don’t rely exclusively on electronic devices.
Much of the evidence for the whole Rife story has disappeared in fires and so forth, and numerous witnesses are said to have died under odd circumstances. It all happened nearly 100 years ago. None of the microscopes or beam ray devices has survived and most of his papers have been lost. I simply can’t tell you whether the above narrative about his life is accurate or not.
Much of the Rife story is typical of conspiracy narratives. This isn’t to say it’s not true, but it can’t be verified.
The only thing to go on, really, is the anecdotal evidence from people who say they have successfully used Rife-style devices. Of those we’ve interviewed here at Cancer Defeated, I can attest to their sincerity and honesty, but I don’t have equal faith in their scientific rigor.
It’s odd, to say the least, that no one has independently corroborated the pleomorph theory. Modern science has ample means to identify a microbe that can change from a virus to a bacterium to a fungus. That’s why I’m not ready to accept the “finding.” I have more confidence in the idea that electronic beam devices do something of value, but it’s hard to say what.