(Died: August 5, 1971)
Interests: Biophysics, Cancer Age: 83
Royal Raymond Rife was an American who claimed to have observed very small viruses by using a special optical microscope. He linked such viruses to various forms of cancer. However, the limitations of optical microscopes, and the size of viruses is such that most viruses cannot be seen under an optical microscope. Furthermore, the scientific understanding is that the estimated 15% of human cancers that are caused by viruses are caused by a number of different types. Rife also claimed to have rendered such viruses and many others inert in the living patient by means of a "beam ray" device, which he claimed devitalized pathogens by inducing resonances in their constituent chemicals.
Rife's reported findings could not be verified, and scientific interest in his claims thus dissipated by the 1950's. However, Rife was the subject of a 1986 book entitled The Cancer Cure That Worked, which claimed that Rife was able to cure various kinds of cancer, but that his work was suppressed by a wide-ranging conspiracy headed by the American Medical Association. The book led to a revival of interest in Rife in some alternative medical spheres, and a variety of devices were marketed bearing Rife's name and claiming to cure diseases such as cancer and AIDS. An investigation by Electronics Australia found that a typical "Rife device" consisted of a nine-volt battery, wiring, a switch, a timer and two short lengths of copper tubing, and that the device delivered an "almost undetectable" current unlikely to penetrate the skin. Several cases of health fraud have involved such "Rife devices", and they have been linked to the deaths of cancer patients who utilized them in place of standard medical therapy. - Wikipedia
Books About Rife & Rife Technology:
- Politics in Healing: The Suppression & Manipulation of American Medicine, Daniel Haley, Potomac Valley Press (2000), 465pp.
- The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression, Barry Lynes, Compcare Publications (1987), 167pp.
- The Hand Book Of Rife Frequency Healing, Dr. Nina Silver,
- The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, Dr. Robert O. Becker, Harper Books (1985/1998), 368pp.
- Bioelectromagnetic Healing: A Rationale for its Use, Dr. Thomas Valone, Integrity Research Institute (2000), 240pp.