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. The Opera Singer and the Crystal Glass | 2. Virus, Bacteria or Something Else? | 3. Color of auras? | 4. The Power of Resonance | 5. Killing Bacteria With Vibrations | 6. Harmonics | 7. Radio Waves vs. Microwaves | 8. Ultra Violet Light Kills | 9. UCDMC Doctors Kill Breast Cancer Cells with Radio Waves | 10. Is Any Cancer Not Caused by a Virus? | 11. Conclusion

The Opera Singer and the Crystal Glass

An opera singer's voice can break a thin crystal glass if the singer can match the glasses' natural frequency. Energy input into an object at its natural frequency will cause the object to resonate and shatter. Could Rife shatter the physical structure of viruses in this way? Why not? The Quackwatch site had this to say:

One of Abrams's [ Albert Abrams, M.D. (1864-1924) ] many imitators was Royal Raymond Rife (1888-1971), an American who claimed that cancer was caused by bacteria. During the 1920s, he claimed to have developed a powerful microscope that could detect living microbes by the color of auras emitted by their vibratory rates. His Rife Frequency Generator allegedly generates radio waves with precisely the same frequency, causing the offending bacteria to shatter in the same manner as a crystal glass breaks in response to the voice of an opera singer. The American Cancer Society has pointed out that although sound waves can produce vibrations that break glass, radio waves at the power level emitted a Rife generator do not have sufficient energy to destroy bacteria [4]. - March 6, 2000. [ 67 | 69 | 37 | 38 ]

Virus, Bacteria or Something Else?

The interview with Rife at this site [ 68 ] says that viruses were the cause, not bacteria. Which was it? Did he find a virus-sized bacteria, or something entirely new? Rife called BX a cancer "virus" simply because it could pass through the finest of Berkefeld porcelain filters, the 000 filter. BX is a motile ovoid .066 microns by .05 microns driven by a proton transport flagella. Bacteria aren't supposed to be smaller than about 0.2 microns [ 84 | 86 ]. A brief surf on google brings us to a parallel discovery that may explain the virus-bacteria confusion: Cancer microbes.

"Over the past century physicians such as William Russell, Wilhelm Reich, James Young, John Nuzum, Virginia Livingston, and numerous other researchers, have reported on the existence of a specific bacterium associated with cancer. The microbe is an ubiquitous, pleomorphic, cell wall deficient ("mycoplasma-like") organism with a complex life cycle. In its various guises, the microbe may resemble staphylococci, diphtheroids, bacilli, fungi, host cell inclusions, viruses, and Russell bodies" [ 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 ]

Color of auras?

Using the word "auras" makes a serious scientist sound like spiritualist. Rife said viruses were "identified by a frequency of light which coordinates with the chemical constituents of the virus" [ 68 ]. This is scientifically sound as we saw in the last article. The chemical constituents of some proteins do make them glow. I doubt that the Quackwatch doctors would suggest researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; University of California, San Diego and other established medical research facilities think that Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) glows because it gives off "good green vibes" or "positive green Karma."

Either the Quackwatch folks didn't have access to Rife's correct position, or the site is wrong. Did take a quack (Rife) and completely fabricate a serious character with supporting evidence? If is wrong, they must even have also fabricated an award won by Rife, a Research Fellowship in Bio-Chemistry by a nationally-known Institute for Scientific Research: the Andean Anthropological Expedition. [ 68 ]

The Power of Resonance

The really important part of the Quackwatch statement is that radio waves at the power level emitted by a Rife generator do not have sufficient energy to destroy bacteria. Even if this statement is 100% true, what about 50 to 100 nanometer viruses? How much power holds them together? How much power is required to break them?

Consider: Sometimes you can't get your truck out of the mud unless you rock it back and forth.

You probably don't have enough power to kick your feet one time and push or pull yourself to the highest mark when you are on a swing in a playground. However, by kicking your feet and adding to the direction of the existing momentum, you can build and build.

Rife used vibrations, of an "oscillative ray at a cycles per second vibration of 11,780,000" which he claimed destroyed the cancer virus he called BX. This frequency is said to have been "modified" by an audio frequency of 2127 or 2008 MHz. [ 70 ].

What was the power level?

Killing Bacteria With Vibrations

According to ABC News, "Lambda Technologies in North Carolina believes that microwaves can kill the anthrax bacteria. ... These machines use what is known as variable frequency microwave technology. This allows them to tune the machine to obtain the most efficient killing. The technology also eliminates arching, or sparks, that form when metal is put in conventional microwave ovens. According to Howard Reisner, an immunologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it has been reported by several sources that microwaves can kill bacteria and bacterial spores." [ 72 ]

Okay you medical expert guys... either you can vibrate germs to death or you can't. Which one will it be?

"We sweep through 4,000 different frequencies," according to Dick Garard of Lambda Technologies. ... Garard says the same technology ... will also kill viruses and bacteria without hurting what surrounds them. VFM energy can even be tuned to kill pathogens in blood products without damaging blood proteins." [ 71 ] October 18, 2001 - ABC News. Note that In October they didn't yet know if this would kill spores.

A month later: "In preliminary tests conducted by the company along with researchers at the University of North Carolina Pathology Department, Lambda's VFM system proved effective in killing test spores inside envelopes within minutes of exposure to the microwaves generated by the system." [ 73 ] - November 5, 2001 Yahoo Business News.

If you can kill pathogens safely in blood products, why not in living creatures? As to the 4,000 different frequencies part, might they eventually find that just one or two correct frequencies in that range are doing the killing?


Rife was surpised to find that the viruses he studied exploded at much lower frequencies than he calculated. Was the effective frequency a harmonic of those he used? Try a simple experiment. Open up a well tuned baby grand piano and play a single loud note at 440 Hz with some other instrument, but don't touch the piano strings. Now stop and feel the piano strings. In addition to the A (440 Hz) string vibrating in resonance with the note you played, you'll notice that other piano strings are also moving. These other notes are Harmonics.

Harmonics are tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the fundamental frequency of the wave. For an A played at 440 Hz, the frequencies of the harmonics will be 880 Hz, 1320 Hz, and so on. The harmonics are numbered in order of increasing frequency. The first harmonic is the fundamental frequency, the second is twice the fundamental frequency, and so on.

Similarly, any vibration at a rate of 11,780,000 hertz (11.78 million times a second or 11.78 a megahertz) produces waves in the range of a shortwave radio. These waves, like sound waves, will create harmonics up into the adjacent 300 MHz to 3 gigahertz (GHz) microwave band. [ 74 ]

If I understand correctly, the 86th harmonic of a 11.78 MHz radio wave is a 1.01308 GHz microwave. The power of each harmonic diminishes depending on the source. Some sources are rich in harmonics.

Radio Waves vs. Microwaves

Did you know that "radio waves" and "microwaves" are just different frequencies of the same waves? The diving line is one we defined for convenience. If microwaves can vibrate a something to death, so might radio waves.


Ultra Violet Light Kills

There is no controversy about killing germs with UV light. Ultra violet light, like visible light, radio waves and wicrowaves, is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The UV-C light is germicidal.

UV-C deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. It destroys their ability to multiply and cause disease. One way UV-C light kills is by causing damage to the nucleic acid of microorganisms by forming covalent bonds between adjacent thymine bases in their DNA. In other words, it doesn't shatter germs, it sort of injects a glue into their reproduction instructions. The formation of such bonds prevents the DNA from being unzipped for replication, and the organism is unable to reproduce. When the organism tries to replicate, it dies.

A 17-1/2 inch UV-C bulb can put out 30,000 microwatts, over 3 times the amount of UV required to kill anthrax. Microorganism Destruction Levels in µwsec/cm squared are shown below. Ultraviolet energy at 253.7 nm wavelength results in 99.9% destruction of these microorganisms. Obviously each type of germ has a different chemical construction and thus requires different amounts of energy to be destoyed if you use a constant wavelength.

Bacillus anthracis 8,700
Shigella dysentariae (dysentery) 4,200
Corynebacterium diphtheriae 6,500
Shigell flexneri (dysentery) 3,400
Dysentery bacilli (diarrhea) 4,200
Staphylococcus epidermidis 5,800
Escherichia coli (diarrhea) 7,000
Streptococcus faecaelis 10,000
Legionella pneumophilia 3,800
Vibro commo (cholera) 6,500

Mycobacterium tuberculosis 10,000
Bacteriophage (E. Coli) 6,500
Pseudomonas aeruginosa 3,900
Hepatitis 8,000
Salmonella (food poisoning) 10,000
Influenza 6,600
Salmonella paratyphi (enteric fever) 6,100
Poliovirus (poliomyelitis) 7,000
Salmonella typhosa (typhoid fever) 7,000
Baker's yeast 8,800

The above says that 253.7 nm wavelength of UV light will kill germs. Rife said certain frequencies kill. What is the relationship?

If the velocity of light is 299 702 547 m/s, find the frequency of a wave whose wavelength is 253.7 nanometers (nm).

1. EQUATION: speed of light / wavelength = frequency
2. 299 702 547 m/s / 253.7 nm = ? Hz
3. Convert to like units:
        ( 299 702 547 m/s ) / ( 253.7 x 10-9 m ) = ? Hz
        ( 299 702 547 m/s ) / ( .0000002537 m ) = ? Hz
= 1,181,326,554,986,204.1782 Hz =
ANSWER: 1.181 x 1019 waves per second

From the above chart, this UV light wavelength in air has the same frequency as hard x-rays or gamma rays. Am I missing something? Why is this called UV-C light instead of soft X-rays?

UCDMC Doctors Kill Breast Cancer Cells with Radio Waves

3/19/02: Vijay Khatri, assistant professor of surgery at the Cancer Center, John McGahan, professor of radiology, and Bijan Bijan, assistant professor of radiology were announced to be leading a pilot study on women with very small early stage breast tumors according to UC Davis' Dateline March 15, 2002.

"Radio-wave therapy, also known as radiofrequency ablation, has been used for many years to treat liver and bone cancers at UC Davis and other centers. And some researchers around the country are studying the therapy as a treatment for lung and prostate cancer."

The difference seems to be that heat from a probe kills the entire tumor cells. There is no claim that a viral or bacterial cause of cancer is destroyed by this process.


Germs can be destroyed by electromagnetic radiation. Lambda's VFM system has shattered germs with microwaves. Water purifiers use UV-C light to kill germs. It is not impossible that Rife killed viruses and bacteria as claimed.




UV-A 400nm-315nm: Often referred to as 'blacklight'. The longest wavelength region and lowest energy, it represents the largest portion of natural UV light.

UV-B 315nm-280nm: Partially blocked by the ozone layer this is the most aggressive component of natural UV light and largely responsible for sunburn (erythema).

UV-C 280nm-100nm: Only generally encountered from artificial light sources since it is totally absorbed by the earth's atmosphere.