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A Physicist's View
of Dr. Rife's Non-Drug
Treatment and Cure of
Microbial Associated Diseases

By Gary Wade [This is a revised issue, which takes into account some new information received on Rife's frequency instrument. Figures 2 and 3 have been revised and the old text commented on.]

During the 1920's and 30's, Dr. Royal Raymond Rife produced some rather astounding accomplishments in medicine and biology.

First, he invented a new kind of optical microscope. This microscope could be used to observe viruses in live cells and tissue culture.1,2 Rife built five of these microscopes. Rife never published the plans to his microscope and to this day those in the scientific establishment not familiar with Rife's work wrongly claim that it is generally impossible to see or identify a virus with any optical microscope.

Rife's second great accomplishment was to invent a variable frequency flashing light source which could kill bacteria, rickettsias, protozoa, fungi, and viruses. By 1939, Dr. Rife had both identified the microbes and the light flashing rates (frequency) required to kill these microbes, which were associated with fifty-two major diseases, including carcinoma and sarcoma cancers.2,3

In this article we will describe what Rife's frequency instrument was and how it could destroy a microbe without harming the host/patient.

Figure 1 shows a schematic view of the Rife frequency instrument in operation treating a patient. The frequency instrument consisted of an old style X-ray tube, which had been back filled with helium gas at very low pressure and had a current flow through the tube driven by a sine wave voltage oscillator. When the voltage polarity across the X-ray tube was such that the hot tungsten cathode was at a negative voltage as compared to the metal plate anode, an electron current would flow from the cathode to the anode. This electron current would collide with the helium atoms exciting them and thereby generating light. Since the polarity conditions for current flow through the X-ray tube were only met on one half the sine wave voltage cycle there was one pulse of light produced for each complete sine wave voltage oscillation cycle (see Figures 2 and 3). Another way to say this is, that if a million cycles per second of sine wave voltage is applied across the X-ray tube, the X-ray tube will produce one million pulses of light per second. As a practical example, Rife found that the common carcinoma breast cancer, (which is now reaching epidemic proportions among women), was killed by a light pulse of 11,780,000 light pulses per second.4,5

[Note:Probably should be 23,560,000 pulses per second. It now seems that the helium gas pressure (probably .003 milli torr) and voltage (Vrms=928 volts) difference between the cathode and plate were such that electric current flows in both directions in the X-ray tube. This would give twice the light pulses per second than previously]

For the currently trained biologist and medical researcher, all of the above statements about Rife's work and accomplishments are suspect at best. The reason for this is that they have a very limited knowledge of physics and no knowledge of Rife's research results. For example, they do not know that Rife isolated a viral sized, spore like, motile form of the E-coli bacteria that when exposed to prolonged ultraviolet light became a virulent carcinogen, which invariably caused carcinoma cancer when injected into lab animals. The key to getting Rife's work and accomplishments into general medical and biological use is [to] end to this ignorance about how and why Rife's frequency instrument worked to kill microbes.

To that end I will now describe and illustrate how the Rife frequency instrument can destroy a virus. I will illustrate how a specific virus can be destroyed by a specific frequency of ultra sound. This ultra sound is generated by the Rife frequency instrument. Note that light carries linear momentum and that when the pulse of light from the Rife frequency instrument is absorbed by the patient's skin layer that skin layer must recoil in the direction of light flow to conserve linear momentum. When the light pulse has ended, the skin relaxes back toward its non light pulse exposure position. In other words, periodic light pulses generate periodic pressure pulses in the patient's skin layer which travel into the patient's body. The Rife frequency instrument converts the patient's entire exposed skin surface into an ultra sound transducer for the generation of ultra sound. Even though the efficiency of ultra sound production is exceedingly low by this method, it is still adequate to kill microbes. As a practical example, Rife would treat his cancer patients using his frequency instrument for three minutes of exposure once every three days. Usually his "terminally" ill cancer patients would be cancer free in about thirty such treatments or less, as was verified in the 1934, 1935, and 1937 test clinical trials carried out by the U.S.C. Medical School Special Medical Research Committee.3 That same committee then suppressed the research results.

The reason for the short three minute treatment is to kill off only a thin outer layer of cancer tumor at one time. This allows the body's immune system to remove this layer before the next treatment. The entire cancer tumor could have been killed/destroyed in a single Rife frequency instrument treatment of perhaps one to one and a half hours. However, then the cancer patient would have a large mass or masses of dead cancer tissue in them, which would become a feast for a massive bacterial infection. This bacterial infection could lead to liver and kidney damage and general toxemia.

The Rife frequency instrument kills the "normal" carcinoma cancer cell by rupturing the thousands of BX cancer viruses they contain and thereby dumping the BX cancer virus contents into the cancer cell cytoplasm. This BX cancer virus as Rife named it in 1931 is not a virus by the normal standard usage of the term today. Rife based his definition on the fact that the BX cancer virus could pass through the finest Berkefeld porcelain filter of the time (000 filter). The BX cancer virus is ovoid in shape, .066 microns along the major axis and .05 microns along the minor axis. It is motile, driven by a proton transport flagella the same as its bacterial parent, the E-coli bacteria. When the BX cancer virus is ruptured it spills out its genome, ribosomes, RNA, enzymes, and various proteins. When thousands of these ruptures occur all at once in a carcinoma cancer cell the results are fatal to the cancer cell. A similar situation occurs in the sarcoma cancer cell when the BY cancer viruses are all disintegrated at once. The BY cancer virus is another form of the BX cancer virus which Rife found caused sarcoma cancer after it had been exposed to prolonged ultraviolet light exposure.

To see how the ultra sound generated by the Rife frequency instrument can destroy a virus we will examine the outer protein coat (capsid) structure of a virus. Most viruses of interest which cause diseases in plants and animals have an icosahedral capsid structure as illustrated in Figure 4A and B. A specific example of this icosahedral capsid structure is illustrated in Figure 5. Each dark circle represents a spherical protein molecule clump. When the virus capsid of Figure 5 is folded together as indicated in Figure 4A and B, a simple virus capsid model has been formed. Examination of this capsid model shows a large number of intersecting and overlapping closed rings of protein molecule clumps. These closed rings of periodically spaced protein clumps are illustrated in Figure 6A and B. In classical physics when studying standing wave phenomenon the periodically spaced protein clumps, as illustrated in Figure 6A and B, are known as the mass beads on a string problem with circular boundary conditions. Figures 7A, B and C, illustrate this classical physics problem. Figures 8A and B illustrate one of the standing wave motion modes which the closed periodically spaced protein clump rings of Figures 6A and B can sustain. Figure 8A shows a ten member protein clump ring linearized for ease of graphing wave motion displacement of the center of the protein clumps from their equilibrium position. Figure 8B shows the most stressful oscillation mode for the ten member protein clump ring. In this oscillation mode, adjacent protein molecule clumps are always going in opposite directions and therefore putting maximum stress on where they are bonded together. If this oscillation mode is raised to a high enough displacement amplitude the ring will rupture. If enough rings are ruptured, the virus capsid disintegrates. The Rife frequency instrument when set to the frequency which corresponds to the most stressful oscillation mode for the virus of interest, as illustrated in Figure 8B, will destroy that virus capsid coat and therefore destroy the virus.

The common virus capsid coat was chosen to show how the Rife frequency instrument can destroy a microbe which have closed on themselves periodically spaced protein clump structures. Bacteria, protozoa, rickettsias, and fungi all have these closed on themselves periodically spaced protein clump structures in their outer structure, which makes them susceptible to destruction by the Rife frequency instrument.

Advancements in electron technology have made a much more efficient and vastly more powerful replacement for the Rife frequency instrument. Namely, the piezo-electric transducer, driven by an appropriate signal function generator as can be purchased in any electronic test equipment store. In our present circumstances where antibiotic resistant bacteria are about to become rampant, anti-viral drugs are largely still just a bio-tech dream, and the war on cancer has been a dismal failure for the cancer patient, but not for the so-called cancer researcher. It is long since time for Rife's 1930's work to be implemented.


  1. The New Microscopes, by R.E. Seidel, M.D. and M.Elizabeth Winter, Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol.237, Feb. 1944.
  2. What has become of the Rife Microscope?, by Christopher Bird, New Age Journal, March 1976.
  3. The Cancer Cure that Worked! by Barry Lynes. Published in Canada by Marcus Books.P.O.Box 327, Queensville, Ontario, Canada L0G 1R0.
  4. The Royal Rife Report, compiled by Allison Davidson, (see page 83). Published by Borderland Sciences Research Foundation,PO Box 220,Bayside, CA 95524,Phone:(707)825-7733, FAX (707) 825-7779,email:,Web page:
  5. Dr. Rife and the Death of the Cancer Industry by Gary Wade, for info, write: P.O.Box 3813, Alhambra, CA 91803.

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