The Rife Microscope
Cancer Cure Story

Strange Beliefs: Cancer Cure
Created 12/28/2001 - Updated 8/22/2004

a super microscope | seeing live viruses | glowing viruses | viruses cause cancer
shattering germs with radio waves
| cancer cure? | suppression or quackery
| frequencies and how to get them | references



1. Do Viruses Glow? | 2. Photos of the Cancer Virus? | 3. Round Balls of Dried Particles | 4. Rife Interview Question | 5. Special Light Properties of Quartz | 6. UV Spectrophotometer | 7. Refractive Index? What's that? | 8. Correct Speed of Light | 9. Speed of Light in Different Materials | 10. Why Light Bends | 11. UV Light and Quartz Crystals | 12. A healthy glow | 13. Conclusion | 14. Notes

Do Viruses Glow?

It is claimed that Rife was able to get viruses to give off light and that each one, due to it's unique chemical structure gave off it's own unique color spectrum. ... A special Bisely prism which works on a counter rotation principle selects a portion of the light frequency which illuminates these virus in their own characteristic chemical colors by emission of coordinative light frequency and the virus become readily identifiable by the colors revealed on observation. 8000 to 17000x magnification is sufficient to see them. 37 Pollen gives off its own light under several wavelengths of light. When any object is seen according to one theory [Berne and Pecora, "Dynamic Light scattering" John Wiley, 1975], the electric field of the light hitting the mater induces an oscillating polarization of electrons in the molecules. These molecules become a secondary source of light and radiate(scatter) light.

"The frequency shifts, the angular distribution, the polarization, and the intensity of the scatter light are determined by the size, shape and molecular interactions in the scattering material, thus from light scattering characteristics of a given system it should be possible, with the aid of electrodynamics and theory of time dependent statistical mechanics, to obtain information about the structure and molecular dynamics of the scattering medium." - Theory of Dynamic Light Scattering

Photos of the Cancer Virus?

Are there any photographs of viruses that would prove this? I know of no pictures of viruses captured with the Universal Microscope that currently exist. A description of the process for photographing the cancer virus with the Rife scope, however, still exists.

In a paper titled "HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT FOR CANCER AND OTHER VIRUS, BACTERIA AND FUNGI" Rife does describe the process for taking pictures of the cancer virus. THE PROCESS TO PRODUCE THE CANCER VIRUS PHOTOMICROGRAPH (Copyright 1953) A pure culture of cancer virus is taken from a known tumor and filtered through a 000 Berkefeld (sic. should be berkfelt ) W porcelain filter under 10 mm vacuum. From this filtrate a sample is drawn off with a thin glass tube which has previously been heated, sterilized, and drawn to a fine orifice. One micro-drop is placed on a quartz slide and covered with a quartz cover slip.

The slide is positioned on the stage of the universal microscope. The universal microscope is focused on the cancer virus and a 16 mm or 35 mm camera is mounted to expose the (positive) negatives. The (positive) negatives are developed and dried and then placed in a 1000 watt enlarger and exposed for .9 second to a 3 inch by 4 inch glass slide negative which is developed in microdal fine grain developer. From this slide, the photomicrograph copies are reproduced. 18 | 19 | 20

Round Balls of Dried Particles

Lacking a picture of the cancer (or other) virus taken with Rife's Universal Microscope, below is a Negative-stain Transmission Electron Microscopy photo of Adenovirus and Parvovirus. Note that the viruses appear, once killed by the electron microscope, as Rife says: round balls of dried up particles.

Rife Interview Question

The following is part of a facinating interview with Rife that was to be introduced at a trial (from

QUESTION: What is necessary, in order to make bacteria and viruses visible under the microscope?

RIFE: First there must be high enough power to enable the observer to see them and second they must be identified by a frequency of light which coordinates with the chemical constituents of the virus or filterable form in question. To my knowledge there is only one instrument today which will even show these virus and that is the Rife prismatic virus microscopes which I built for this work. The electron microscope is a useless device for this study because the virus are killed instantly and you don't know what form you are seeing them in and generally appear as round balls of dried up chemical particles.

Special Light Properties of Quartz

Vassilatos states that the first key to Rife's super microscope was the use of quartz for both the prisms and lenses. That he filled the

".. entire objective with cylindrically cut quartz prisms. There would be no difference in the refractive index from start to finish along the optical path. Quartz prisms would "open out" each ray convergence, maintaining strictly parallel ray cadence. An increased ray content being thus returned to the ocular, the image would be brilliant in appearance and of high resolution."

What does that mean? First off, the objective is the main part of the microscope, the part with the lenses. Why quartz prisms? Check this out:

UV Spectrophotometer

"The first prototype UV-vis spectrophotometer, dubbed the Model A, was developed in 1940. ... The Model B prototype, shown in Figure 2, replaced the glass Fery prism with a quartz prism, greatly improving its usefulness in the UV. ... Quartz prisms are very rarely seen today, and have been almost entirely replaced by (other) filters (which) have negated the stray light that led Cary and Beckman to choose a quartz prism in the Beckman Model B prototype. The cost of gratings are now much less than quartz prisms ... " 47

Note: 1. Quartz prisms are expensive, 2. Quartz prisms were used in real scientific instruments in the past 47 | 48 because they do not cause stray light. This has to do with something called the Refractive Index.

Refractive Index? What's that?

Also called the "index of refraction" it is a constant for any two materials defined as the speed of light in material #1 divided by the speed of light in material #2. 12

Wait a minute! Light travels at different speeds!? I thought it was a constant! You know, the "c" in E = mc2. Light travels at 300,000,000 meters per second, right?

Only in a vacuum. (And I don't mean a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum, as in SPACE or a glass tube, jar, etc. on earth with the air pumped out.)

Correct Speed of Light

Actually, the correct speed is 299,792,458 m/s. By rounding up to 300 million meters per second, we make light 207,452 m/s (464,057 miles per hour!) faster than it actually is. Where would these exact speeds of light be important? They matter when you look at the "Index of Refraction"

The "speed of light" actually depends on the material that light is moving through. Light moves slower in glass than in air, and slower in air than in a vacuum . 13 How much slower? Light is 89,911 m/s (201,125.5 miles per hour) slower in air than in a vacuum. 14

Speed of Light in Different Materials

Medium Speed of Light in Medium Index of Refraction (IR)
vacuum 299 792 458 m/s 1.0 (by definition)
air 299 702 547 m/s 1.0003
ice 228 849 204 m/s 1.31
water 225 407 863 m/s 1.33
glass 199 861 638 m/s 1.5
quartz see if you can calculate this! 1.46

Still with me? You can tell the speed of light in some material by looking up its Index of Refraction. If you know the Index of Refraction for glass is 1.5, you divide the speed of light in a vacuum (299,792,458 m/s) by 1.5 to get 199,861,638 m/s.

Why Light Bends

Here's the why the Index of Refraction matters in microscopes:

As light is slowed down passing from one material to the next, it BENDS!

The higher the index of refraction of the material, the more it will bend all light.

The bend happens every time light moves from one type of material into the next. The reason you see rainbows is that different colors of light are slowed down at different speeds. Red light bends the least and blue light bends the most. UV with the shortest wavelength bends even more.

Why should light change direction when moving from one material to another? Take a look at the illustration from HowStuffWorks. The key is that light travels as a connected structure and different parts of the structure experience drag at different times during the transition.

UV Light and Quartz Crystals

What about quartz? Does it have the highest IR? Is the goal to bend light a lot? There are different kinds of quartz, but Fused quartz has an IR of 1.46 and Flint Glass has is 1.61. 16 The lower IR means quartz bends light (and especially UV light) LESS and this results in less scattering.

This also means that more rays of light will make it from the specimen to your eye so it will be more brilliantly lit. UV is the portion of sunlight that gives you a tan! If you are behind glass, you won't get a tan, but if you were behind a quartz glass you would, because quartz allows UV to pass without scattering it.

WARNING: Looking at directly at a UV light source will burn your retina and YOU'LL GO BLIND! I assume Rife shifted the UV light from his scope into the visible spectrum and adjusted the brightness very carefully to protect his own eyes.

If I'm right about the index of refraction being the key to quartz, why not use ICE LENSES? ICE has an even lower IR than quartz. It may be that quartz has the best combination of lowest IR, most purity and most stability. Why not freeze REALLY pure water and make prisms out of that? Has it been done? Too many problems with the cold fogging up everything else?

A Healthy Glow

A normal white light bulb gives off many different colors of visible light. You can prove this to yourself by separating the light with a glass prism. According to Vassilatos, Rife used a brilliant ultraviolet-rich light source pin pointed into the heart of the specimen to stimulate internal fluorescence. His specimens then radiated their own brilliant ultraviolet rays.

Is there any reason to believe this story? In fact, there may be. Today we have fluorescence microscopes. They use a high intensity light which then causes the specimen to emit light of a longer wavelengths. "Certain molecules, by virtue of their chemical structure, have the ability to emit light of a specific wavelength following absorption of light of a shorter, higher energy wavelength. " 39 | 44

Another clue can be found in something called the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria. A footnote in a paper by Shimomura et al. states that "a protein giving solutions that look slightly greenish in sunlight through only yellowish under tungsten lights, and exhibiting a very bright, greenish fluorescence in the ultraviolet of a Mineralite, [ a brand of light ] has also been isolated ..." 40 | 41 | 45



Did Rife make viruses glow? The use of UV light and quartz prisms does not seem unreasonable. Since viruses are composed of DNA or RNA, and protein molecules 47 , and since we know that some proteins like GFP others 46 do glow when excited by UV light, this part of the story does not seem entirely far fetched. Only a few proteins seems to glow visibly when lit by ordinary UV light. Would they all emit if properly lit? I don't know.



WHY THE SKY IS BLUE: The sky is blue, not because all but blue wavelengths are absorbed, but because blue wavelengths are scattered the most.

Oxygen molecules are smaller than red light's wavelength, but bigger than blue light's wavelength. Red light comes from the sun, through the oxygen to your eyes, in a relatively straight path. Blue light however, when it tries to go through oxygen, gets bent. Blue light bounces around and comes at your from all directions, rather than just one direction, making the sky blue. (This is also why, if you look at the sun briefly on one of those very rare cloudy days where it it safe, the sun does not look blue, it looks red.)

WORLD DEATH RATE: "Since 1950, the death rate has been cut in half, from about 20 to fewer than 10 deaths per year per thousand people. At the same time, average global life expectancy has risen from 46 to 66 years." [ 29 ]

WORLD POPULATION GROWTH: In 1804: world population reached 1 billion
1927: 2 billion (123 years later)
1960: 3 billion (33 years)
1974: 4 billion (14 years)
1987: 5 billion (13 years)
1999: 6 billion (12 years)
[ 28 ]

CANCER DEATHS PER YEAR: Statistics vary greatly but here's a hint: millions killed worldwide by Cancer: 6.6 (1995), 6.3 (1996), 6.2 (1997) [ 27 ].

BACTERIA SHAPES: Rods = bacilli (sing. bacillus). View bacilli in a scanning electron micrograph (SEM), Spheres = cocci (sing. coccus), Spiral forms = spirilla (sing. spirillum).