Thanks for the post. It inspired me to launch into this one.
Here I would like to bounce around some thoughts about the known technology of ultraviolet sterilization and its connection with the “Rife
The Phillips Sterilamp is one of several types of products that uses ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms, a principle that has been used for
decades in a variety of applications. The most common commercial application for this lamp is in air purifiers.
Sunlight, which contains ultraviolet light as a component, also kills most microorganisms exposed to it for a sufficient period of time.
Here’s an article that discusses the principle: Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation
From the article:
Microbes are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of light at wavelengths at or near 2537 Angstroms due to the resonance of this wavelength with
This is essentially the same thing Dr. Rife claimed to do with modulated radio frequency (RF) energy -- more specifically (and importantly), with
harmonics of the frequencies applied.
Some words about Dr. Royal R. Rife
Based on what I have read, I am beginning to believe that Dr. Rife was indeed a brilliant scientist, but something of a tragic genius. His
resourcefulness and vigor in pursuing his ideas was apparently offset by a certain degree of sloppiness, even ineptitude, in his record keeping,
business sense and communications with colleagues.
In other words, it is my opinion that Dr. Rife was a brilliant innovator, but something of a “cowboy” in medical science, venturing ahead of the state
of the art using intuitive leaps and clever innovations, but bypassing the structured methodologies customary in his disciplinary fields. He was a man
who could spend two months experimentally determining a resonant frequency for a virus, then lose track of where he wrote it down.
Perhaps “absent-minded professor” might be a more apt stereotype to invoke for Dr. Rife. Part of the problem seems to have been his inability to
articulate his work to others. Transcripts of his statements show a non-assuming, simplistic style of describing his work that suggests he didn’t
understand what was actually going on, bolstering the negative assumptions of his critics.
However, the nature and directions of his efforts contradict that impression, indicating rather that he did have a clear vision of the principles
behind his methods, but one that was unique and crippled because he was not skillful in describing it. This does not appear to have been contrived on
his part. The fact that much of his work involved experiment, empiricism and an apparent “brute force” approach probably didn’t help in swaying
skeptics, yet I have read nothing to suggest that Dr. Rife wasn’t being entirely honest about himself and his methods.
I don’t think Dr. Rife was a fraud or con-man. Indeed, if he was, he was extremely bad at it. I have seen no evidence of guile on his part, although I
cannot say that of all involved in his work and subsequent attempts to capitalize on it. In examining “Rife technology”, it is crucial to distinguish
between the man and the businesses built up around his mystique, much of which seems to lack his straightforward, unassuming integrity.
While there seems to be some basis for claims that Dr. Rife’s work was the victim of competitive jealousy and maybe a “conspiracy” on the part of
pharmaceutical companies, or whatever, I think Dr. Rife’s primary obstacles were his lack of business sense, organization skills and awkwardness in
dealing with people.
Claims that his work and records were maliciously destroyed may be true, but it seems equally likely that he never kept good records to begin with,
and wasn‘t fastidious about safeguarding what records he had. He literally may have lost a great deal of his work on his own.
Behind all the questions and speculation, this much is clear enough to me: Dr. Rife was a brilliant and fascinating man, but also a tragic figure.
The “Rife Principle“
Although the literature cited by various Rife business affiliates tends to be confusing and sometimes seemingly contradictory, the common theme as
espoused by Dr. Rife is the use of electromagnetic radiation to destroy pathogens by inducing mechanical resonance in their structures.
Dr. Rife referred to the resonant frequency for a given pathogen as the “Mortal Oscillatory Rate” or “MOR”. The MORs were experimentally derived using
trial and error by Dr. Rife. Using his “Universal Microscope” to view samples of living pathogens, he would apply modulated radio frequency (RF)
energy to them using his apparatus and observe the effects.
It is easy to see the analogy between his descriptions of the destruction of microorganisms and the principle by which ultraviolet light is used to
destroy them. In fact, it seems to be the same principle. The problem lies in the significant differences between the frequency range of ultraviolet
light, which is very high (above visible light), and RF energy in the ranges he describes, which is relatively low and well below the frequencies of
However, and this is extremely important to bear in mind, a tremendous amount of confusion surrounds the actual MOR frequencies themselves, and Dr.
Rife repeatedly claimed he believed that the actual MORs for a given pathogen were probably harmonics of the frequencies he used, meaning that the
“true“ MOR for a given pathogen was some multiple of the value he used. While it’s a long, long way from RF to ultraviolet light, the action of
harmonics may be the “missing link” between the two effects.
Compounding the confusion was Dr. Rife’s self-admitted failure to keep diligent records of a great deal of his work (a fact later exploited by a
business partner). While the primary problem seems to have been inherent to Dr. Rife and his shoot-from-the-hip approach to science, it also seems
likely that a desire to keep information secret and proprietary may have also led to a tragic lack of records of his discoveries. Claims of collusion
against Dr. Rife may be true, but based on his own accounts of his methods, I don’t think a conspiracy was needed to obscure his work.
What that leaves us with is a description of a principle that does seem to have a potentially credible basis in science, but with a glaring lack of
detailed documentation to substantiate it. However, that does not in itself mean the principle is invalid, just not properly supported.
“Rife Instrument” Sellers’ Claims Dubious
I remain extremely skeptical about modern businesses offering various gadgets claiming to heal people by using the “Rife Principle”. Almost all of
them operate at frequencies that seem far too low to induce mechanical resonance of microscopic structures. There are some versions that used
light-emitting diodes (LEDs) supposedly to “promote healing”, but again, these do not seem to produce high enough frequencies, and even if they did,
such frequencies won’t penetrate skin any more effectively than sunlight. Put another way, lying in the sun would presumably have the same effect (or
Does that mean these products don’t have therapeutic value? Not necessarily, but claims that they are actually using the “Rife Principle” are highly
doubtful. Whatever they are doing, that is probably not it. A more likely principle is the “placebo effect”, which, ironically, has been shown
repeatedly in clinical experiments to dramatically impact healing. But the patient must believe
for it to work.
I’ll be more open to “Rife Instrument” marketers’ claims when they can show some credible clinical evidence that they do what they are claimed to do.
I won’t hold my breath. Caveat emptor.
Prior to seeing this thread, I really didn’t know much of anything about Dr. Rife, the “Rife Principle” or the questionable businesses built up around
it. Having looked into the matter, I can say that my interest has been piqued. I want to know more.
While I do not believe the claims of “Rife Instrument” hawkers, I do believe there may be some substance to Dr. Rife’s original work. The principle he
described seems to be similar, if not identical, to the principle by which ultraviolet light is used to kill microorganisms. Thus, there is
foundation, by analogy, for understanding and potentially validating his claims.
Of particular interest to me is his “Universal Microscope”. It seems to be the key to the rest of his work, and if it is possible to create a working
version of it using modern components, such a device would open the door to further experimentation with microorganisms while observing them. This, in
turn, would facilitate solid, factual analysis of the effectiveness of devices designed to destroy microorganisms by inducing mechanical resonance.
For me, many questions remain, including:
- How might a modern “Universal Microscope” be built?
- How exactly did Dr. Rife’s apparatus destroy pathogens?
- How can a modern version of Dr. Rife’s apparatus be built?
- Is this something the home hobbyist can do?
All in all, I must say that this topic has turned out to be more engaging than I originally expected. While I feel like I am left with more questions
than answers, it is refreshing to consider that maybe, just maybe
, there might actually be something to this whole business -- beyond the
businesses capitalizing on it.
We’ll see what the future holds.
[edit on 7/31/2004 by Majic]