Royal Raymond Rife

Royal Rife

Royal Raymond Rife was born on May 16, 1888, in the state of Nebraska, by Royal Raymond Rife senior of Ohio and Ida May Cheney of Creston, Iowa.

From a young age, he devoted all his interests in the field of bacteriology. He worked hard in this field and photographed many species of microorganisms for the University of Heidelberg.

Thanks to the important contributions that Rife provided to the University, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in parasitology in 1914.

            Since his studies on bacteria necessitated frequent use of microscopes, Dr Rife developed a propensity for optics and began studies in this area. From 1915 to 1920, Rife worked in his private laboratory, identifying and classifying the microorganisms that cause many diseases. By the end of 1920, he had begun to work on cancer, but the limits of the microscopes available at this time hindered him in the discovery of the viral cause of disease. In fact, standard search microscopes built with optical lenses, like those manufactured today, could only enlarge a microorganism up to 2,500 times.

Rife felt that with this limitation, he could never discover the true cause of many illnesses. In 1920-21 Rife built his first microscope; the famous “Universal Microscope,” which was a thousand times more powerful than other traditional microscopes. His microscope used monochromatic light frequencies and quartz prisms instead of electron beams, which kill microbes. Rife was the first man to observe microorganisms without killing them.

            By 1938, Rife had built another four models of microscopes, each more precise and powerful than the one before, finally reaching up to 60,000 X magnifications. For the first time in history, photographs and film footage was taken of viruses and bacteria. (See the “The San Diego Union” news article).


In 1931 Rife met Dr Arthur Isaac Kendall, director of medical research at the Northwestern University Medical School of Illinois. Dr Kendall had invented a protein culture medium, which he called “K-Medium,” which allowed a bacterium to remain isolated and to continue reproducing. This became a very important support for Rife’s experiments. Studies on culture media led to another notable discovery: the PH factor (acid-basic equilibrium). Rife declared that with a neutral PH, he could not produce any culture. On the contrary, with a basic or acid PH, it was able to produce a culture of microorganisms. Therefore, on the basis of this information, Dr Rife came to the conclusion that as long as the human body is able to maintain the PH of the different organic systems in the right and natural equilibrium, it becomes impossible for a disease to develop.

After conducting thousands of experiments on infected cultures and animals, Rife was joined by some of the most prestigious doctors in the country, who financed him and used his equipment on men, with positive results.

After making friendship with Dr Kendall, in 1931 another person provided the maximum professional support to Dr Rife: Dr Milbank Johnson, member of the board of directors at Pasadena Hospital in California, very influential in Los Angeles medical circles.

Dr Rife, Dr Kendall and other scientists demonstrated that it was possible to grow bacteria artificially.

Dr Rife and Dr Kendall wrote a report on their research entitled “Observations on Bacillus Typhosus in its Filtrable State”, published in the December 1931 issue of “California and Western Medicine”, the official journal of the medical societies of California, Nevada and Utah.

The discovery of the powerful microscope is also reported in the journal “Science” on 1 December 1931 and in the “Science News Letter” of 12 December 1931 in an article entitled “Filtrable Germ Forms with New Super Microscope”.


After the successes obtained by Dr Rife and Dr Kendall, Dr Milbank Johnson on November 20, 1931 organized a dinner in his Pasadena estate in honor of the two men, so that the discoveries could be announced and discussed. Forty-four of the most prominent doctors, pathologists and bacteriologists in Los Angeles took part in this historic event advertised as “the end of all diseases.” Among those present were Dr Alvin G. Ford, who 20 years later claimed to know little about Dr Rife and his findings and Dr George Dock who worked at the University of California Special Research Committee of the South, first supervisor of clinical work, later among opponents of Rife.


Already in the 1920s Rife began to work using instruments capable of delivering electromagnetic frequencies. Dr Rife wondered: “What would happen if I subjected these micro-organisms to different electrical frequencies?” With this revolutionary idea, he began to gather all the necessary tools such as standard research microscopes, electronic generators capable of producing the high frequencies with which he would work, bacteriological test tubes and instruments, guinea pig cages and other animals, machines for photographing species and additional equipment to build his own models.


Between 1921 and 1922, he built the first machine capable of delivering electromagnetic frequencies, the Rife Ray 1. Dr Rife was assisted by Lee DeForest, the father of modern electronic tubes, which gave an important contribution to the first radio technology.


In 1933, he began working with Philip Hoyland, who lived in nearby Atladena, California. Hoyland helped Rife to build equipment, equipped with a ray tube that is a kind of plasma antenna consisting of a lamp filled with helium, powered by a very high voltage and driven by precise radiofrequencies.

Both in the experiments performed in the laboratory and directly on the persons in care, Dr Rife used this device to emit the frequencies capable of devitalizing the microbes by resonating them with electromagnetic waves.

Hoyland built most of the first machines, and in 1938 partnered with Royal Rife, to form Beam Rays Inc. This company produced the Rife Ray 5 or Beam Ray, until it became bankrupt a few years later after a series of vicissitudes and judicial problems.


Through arduous experimentation and looking through the microscopes of his invention while applying different frequencies, Dr Rife discovered that it was possible in this way to devitalize these microorganisms. In fact, to determine which frequency would have killed a particular microorganism, it was absolutely essential to be able to observe them while they were alive, so that they could see the effect in real time.

His work was based on a basic principle called “coordinative resonance.” To explain this principle, one could take as an example that of two tuning forks set to an absolute value: the moment one is stimulated, the other resounds. He thought, therefore, that with the stimulation of an electronic frequency able to pass through the tissues of the body, it was possible to devitalize a bacterium, without damaging in any way the organs or the cells invested, which instead have much higher resonance frequencies.

Dr Rife described how he managed to find all the frequencies capable of killing the various microorganisms. As a crystal glass breaks if invested by its resonance frequency, in the same way the pathogens can be devitalized once their specific frequency has been identified.

So these electromagnetic waves, showed to possess the property of devitalizing or “killing” the microorganisms if invested by the exact resonance frequency (different for each organism). To discover the exact frequency of a pathogen, Rife with infinite patience observed the reactions under the microscope, varying from time to time the frequency of his equipment, until he found the desired effects. Someone said that Rife had nerves of steel and that he spent whole days motionless in front of his microscope, drinking only a little water.

Rife called the precise frequency able to kill a microorganism, MOR (Mortal Oscillatory Rate).

In 1922, Dr Rife began to study a way to identify and destroy the viruses that caused cancer. His research on cancer took him ten years later, in 1932, to isolate (seems after 20,000 attempts) the responsible pathogen that he called simply the BX virus.

In opposition to established medical theories, Dr Rife in 1953 affirmed, that: “This BX virus can easily turn into different forms during its life cycle according to the environment in which it grew up.” Thus, its characteristic is pleomorphism (passage to different forms), causing different diseases depending on the stage of its development in the organism.


In 1934, Dr Johnson began the first successful trials at the Jolla Clinic in California, on a series of patients with cancer and tuberculosis. In this hospital the first clinical cancer work was started, established under a special committee of the Medical Research of the University of Southern California, under the supervision of Johnson himself. The trial involved 16 terminal cancer patients. After 3 months, 14 of these desperate cases were declared as clinically healed by the staff of five doctors (Dr Alvin G. Ford was the pathologist of the group), after another 130 days, following a change introduced in the treatment, even the last two patients healed. The treatments consisted in the application of electromagnetic waves for duration of 180 seconds, using a Rife Ray 3 set on the deadly frequency for cancer “BX,” at intervals of 3 days. It was found that this time spent between two treatments, led to better results than the cases treated daily. In this way, the lymphatic system was given the opportunity to absorb and eliminate the toxic residues produced by dead microbes. The application of electromagnetic waves did not cause the body temperature to rise, nor were special diets given during the entire clinical treatment.

The results of this study showed that the cancer was caused by microorganisms and that such pathogens could be painlessly destroyed and finally that this disease could be cured.

            In the years following the clinical success of 1934, the technology and curative treatment of cancer patients with Rife Ray, were discussed in medical conferences and data released in a medical journal.


In 1935, Dr Johnson continued trials with a new machine installed at the Santa Fe Hospital in Los Angeles. In 1936, Johnson realized that Rife needed a new workshop to continue his work and, thanks to the help of some friends, he found the funds for the construction of a new and comfortable structure. In October-November of the same year, Dr Johnson began using a Ray Machine in the Pasadena Home for the Aged clinic, reporting that he achieved excellent results.

Unfortunately, Dr Johnson, a sufferer of heart, died in October 1944, while he was preparing a press release on the successes obtained with these machines.


In 1937, Dr Rife consented to the establishment of Beam Ray, a company formed to produce the machines he invented. Engineer Philip Hoyland, designer of frequency generators, was among the members. Fourteen machines were built by Beam Ray, the “Rife Ray”: two were sent to England, a third to Dr Richard Hamer and a fourth to Dr Arthur Yale, two others were sent to Arizona doctors and the other eight to doctors from Southern California.


            In an article dated May 6, 1938 in the Evening Tribune, Rife, through a reporter, reported that he had experienced electrical stimulation on various microorganisms and that he had noticed the individual differences in the chemical constituents of the diseased organisms and had observed the electrical characteristics and the polarities in the organisms.


In 1939, Philip Hoyland initiates a vile lawsuit against his own partners in Beam Ray Corporation. Hoyland loses but, according to some, this process has the desired effect: the company goes bankrupt for legal fees. Meanwhile, during and after the trial, the San Diego Medical Society warns all the doctors who were involved with Rife Ray that if they continued to use it, they could lose their licenses. Once declared illegal, most of the 44 doctors who had acclaimed him eight years earlier, denied ever having met him. Some incidents such as the destruction of his laboratory, the killing of some people close to him and the destruction of all the documentation in their possession convinced Rife to put an end to his research. The purpose of those who wanted to put an end to this inconvenient technology was now reached.


Dr Rife with his machines, successfully treated hundreds of patients who were diagnosed with incurable cancer and he received 14 awards and an honorary doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. All this occurred without the use of poisonous drugs, invasive surgery, high medical costs and without the dependence on doctors.