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Rife Machine Therapy for Lyme Disease

rife machine lyme diseaseA controversial therapy for Lyme disease, Rife machines have attracted considerable opprobrium from numerous scientists and even a number of lawsuits on behalf of customers defrauded of both money and, in some cases, their health or lives. Rife machines bear some resemblance to the Lyme disease zapper discussed elsewhere on LymeDiseaseGuide.org but date back a little further and have been touted as a cure for many more diseases and conditions than the zapper.

Rife machines are much more expensive than the zapper and use an alternating current (AC) rather than direct current (DC). Costing around $2000 in some cases, but with no credible evidence to show that they have any direct effect, positive or negative, Rife machines are now banned in some states, although sellers of the devices seem to rely on an imagined conspiracy to continue selling Rife machines to desperate patients.

The Origin of Rife Machines

Rife machines were first created and marketed in the 1930s as Royal Raymond Rife, an American inventor and micrography-buff, claimed to have used a specially designed optical microscope to see never-before observed microbes in action. The inventor then revealed that a ‘beam ray’ he had designed could kill or disable these microbes and provide relief from pathogenic disease conditions similar to Lyme disease (although Lyme was not officially recognized during Rife’s lifetime). The basis of this ‘cure’ was the frequency with which the ‘beam ray’ struck the pathogens, inducing destructive resonance and weakening their internal chemistry and structure.

The claims made by Rife were never independently validated and the scientist was ultimately discredited by the medical profession at large. Rife was however convinced that his work was being suppressed by the American Medical Association, along with the Department of Public Health and other organizations governing medicine in the US at the time. Rife died in 1971 but his legacy lives on as a book by Barry Lynes published in 1987 called The Cancer Cure that Worked, claimed that Rife’s machine had succeeded in curing cancer, thus prompting a revival of the conspiracy theory and a new wave of supporters of Rife machines.

rife machine newspaper evening tribune article

Targeting Desperate Patients

The publication of The Cancer Cure that Worked propelled an entire industry of Rife machine manufacturers and salesman, many claiming that the devices cured not only cancer but also AIDS and other diseases and conditions. Cases of health fraud have been brought against those selling and marketing these Rife machines and there have been incidences in both the US and Australia of patients using such devices in place of medical treatment and subsequently dying of their illness when survival was likely with proper therapy.

Although Rife himself died penniless and dispirited, remaining convinced of a conspiracy against him, those now targeting vulnerable patients, such as those with chronic Lyme disease symptoms but no orthodox diagnosis, have founded numerous pyramid schemes and become quite wealthy on the back of the conspiracy theory. It is worth noting that most of those selling the devices also market the conspiracy theory literature alongside what they claim is a medical instrument. In some cases the books simply arrive with the Rife machine as a ‘free gift’.

Court Cases Against Rife Machine Salesman

A case was brought in 1996 against the marketers of a Rife device who had claimed that the machine could cure cancer, AIDS, and other diseases, such as Lyme disease. The company was charged with felony health fraud and others have followed suit since. The manager of the Royal Rife Research Society, John Bryon Krueger was also charged in connection with Rife device sales in 2002, and received a thirty month sentence for their illegal sale, to be served concurrently with a twelve year sentence for his role in a murder. In recent years another American, James Folsom, was charged with the illegal sale of Rife devices, under the names of “NatureTronics,” “AstroPulse,” “BioSolutions,” “Energy Wellness,” and “Global Wellness”, with twenty-six counts in all for Folsom.

Charges against Rife machine marketers for unlawful deaths have also been brought, in one case against a woman who apparently convinced a cancer patient to stop her chemotherapy and instead use the unregulated and unapproved Rife machine. The patient subsequently died and the woman was found responsible for the death. Rife machines have been cited in similar cases in Australia, where Lyme disease denial persists, and there are significant numbers of attendees at Rife International Health Conferences where the devices are purportedly sold.

What is a Rife Machine?

Following convictions of Rife machine marketers for health fraud in Australia, a number of interested parties analyzed the devices’ components. The typical Rife machine appears to consist of a nine-volt battery with simple wiring, a switch, timer, and two short pieces of copper tubing. The current generated by the device is so nominal that it is barely detectable and unlikely to actually penetrate the skin, much less have any effect on pathogenic organisms within the body such as the Lyme disease bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.

The Rife machine frequency cited as combating the Lyme disease bacteria is a cycle of 484, 864, 790, 690, and 610. The frequencies used for individual pathogens are the ‘Mortal Oscillatory Rates’ as mentioned by Rife and are thought to shake the bacteria or microbe to the point of death. The analogy often used by supporters of the Rife machine is that of crystal shattering on an opera singer’s high note which can, of course, occur. However, the strength of the radio waves formed by Rife machines is insufficient to destroy bacteria and certainly have no bearing on the diagnosis of disease. Instead, those using such machines are more likely thought to be engaging in a form of ‘cold-reading’ of their patients in order to ‘diagnose’ the very illness which the patient already suspects or is likely to accept and receive treatment for.

More than 30,000 different organisms’ frequencies were listed in tables created by Rife and his associate, a chiropractor, James Bare. These organisms were held responsible, by Bare and Rife, for every imaginable condition, including AIDS, leprosy, and even dandruff. The therapy is said to be able to cure AIDS in just three three-minute sessions although no scientific study has ever validated this claim. In fact, it appears that no double-blind placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed clinical trials have ever taken place to investigate Rife machines or the claims made for their use.

rife machine frequency chart

Rife machine frequency charts do not usually list Lyme disease as it was unrecognized in Rife's lifetime.


Radionics is a branch of pseudomedicine claiming that diseases can be cured and diagnosed using radio-like frequencies emitted by the pathogens responsible for the illness or damaged tissue. The theory is traceable to a Dr. Albert Abrams, operating in the latter half of the 19th Century and the early 20th Century and who developed over a dozen devices that he claimed could detect and treat patients’ illnesses using these frequencies. Better at marketing himself than Rife ever was, Abrams made a substantial income from such devices although the FDA, investigating in the 1950s, found the machines to have considerable variability in magnetism, current, and radio-frequencies.

Wisconsin and Minnesota have both essentially outlawed Rife machines, taking tough action on anyone trying to market or sell the devices within their jurisdiction. The states’ Attorneys-General have issues public health warnings against the use of Rife machines and deemed them to be health quackery and of no value in diagnosing or treating disease. All in all, Rife machines are of no benefit in treating any disease, including Lyme disease, or helping with the symptoms of such illnesses. Whilst they may do no direct harm, due to their ineffectual nature, they may cause patients to delay treatments that could provide a cure or some relief from their condition. As such, patients should be on their guard if a health-care practitioner suggests therapy with a Rife machine for Lyme disease as it may demonstrate either poor medical training or an attempt at exploiting the therapeutic relationship.

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  • Lynn Garcia November 4, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I feel this is a one sided bias article and I am truly surprise by your stance on this. I personally know 3 different people, in different parts of the country who are using rife with success. I have spent many hours researching this machine and feel it can be a good choice along with Detox and supportive supplements. After being on Antibiotics for over a year, I am now choosing this. Can you explain how my body is herxing from it if it does not work? Can you also tell me that you believe the medical community when it states there is no evidence. The American Medical Association and the medical community by large has left Lyme patients to die a slow and painful death. The doctors who risk their licenses to help us are called unfit. Do you believe this also?

    • Alan Goulet November 15, 2011, 9:08 pm


      This site seems to be a pretty clear propaganda site with bias against any ‘alternative treatment. The site also seems to discount the existence of chronic lyme. It’s unclear who is providing the funding for what appear to be a pretty slick web site. While I think it is true that there is little science regarding lyme and it’s treatment, that doesn’t provide much help to someone suffering with a mysterious illness. I have a son with chronic lyme that was diagnosed with a western blot via IGeneX. Left with little science to follow, the best choice is to find out what others have had success with. We’ve also gone the antibiotic route with limited success. We’ve also tried contact rife with limited success, though I know many others that have had the best success with rife.

      In case you haven’t heard of this yet, Klinghardt has been talking about the ‘Mauve factor’ quite a bit. It seems many lyme folks suffer from this.
      You can read about it here:

      Best of luck,
      Alan Goulet

      • lmatthews November 16, 2011, 2:13 am

        Hi Alan,

        thanks for the comment. We have actually examined the idea of a connection between pyroluria and Lyme disease on the site. Unfortunately, the link to the journal article highlights a key problem in producing editorial content on the topic of health as this journal, whilst described as peer-reviewed, has no serious medical standing. Even a cursory look at the submission policies of the magazine reveals a focus on providing information on products for consumers rather than information on innovations in alternative health-care practice for fellow professionals. I can assure you that this site has no propagandist intentions and that all content is produced with evidence-based medicine in mind. As you say, it is unfortunate that there is little credible scientific study of many of the claimed cures and treatments for Lyme disease but this is not always simply due to a conspiracy of pharmaceutical companies but may simply be that many such claims have so little proof of principle as to make them unworthy of study. The sad fact about much alternative medicine is that as soon as it is proven in principle it is taken into the fold of orthodox medicine and no longer viewed as alternative, thus making the very concept of alternative practice necessarily oppositional. Coming from a naturopathic background I have a healthy dose of scepticism for both sides of the medical debate.

        I wish you and your son the best of luck.

  • anon November 16, 2011, 1:19 am

    your artical is biased and untrue, why does it not mention that the rife machine in various forms has been approved in europe by the medical community to cure illnesses and why does your artical not mention all the research that has been done on rife machines and prove to some extent of its effectiveness in curing illnesses and most of all why does your artical not mention the millions of people who had success in curing their illness by this methods. your artical is shamefully, embarrasingly inacurrate, biased and based on false information, it is obvious the writter did little or no research, and wrote radomely to write something without any real backup supporting the biased opinion. i am really in shock that the net has sites like this and are allowed to publish lies.
    this site should be sued. and banned from publishing false information, especially on heatlh, or it sould at least be legally obligated to state this artical is a personal biased opinion based on no facts what so ever.
    or better still just be banned i will no longer be using this site unless its to see how ignorant and to what extent some people have in hiding reality and manipulate mind in false biased opinion stated as facts. it can become intresting to see just how far ignorant publishing can go.

    • lmatthews November 16, 2011, 1:54 am


      Having scoured medical databases for mentions of the use of Rife machines, trawled journals to uncover any scientific articles about viruses being killed or disabled by the application of such treatment, and tried to find anything other than anecdotes about miraculous recoveries usually in connection to those standing to gain financially or otherwise from encouraging the use of Rife machine, I have found nothing to substantiate the claims made for the devices. I can also find no health claim approvals by
      the FDA or the MHRA, or any other governmental health regulatory bodies, many of which are actively engaged in removing such devices from the market lest they delay appropriate treatment for patients or actively harm patients. I am aware of the conspiracy theories around Rife machines but keep an open mind, ready to examine any credible scientifically rigorous studies offered. If you have citations for such then please feel free to share them here and the article will be updated accordingly.

      To the best of our ability we provide content based on evidence, rather than speculation, hearsay, or wishful thinking. Revisions are made as soon as possible in light of new evidence and as medical knowledge advances. Where references are not given at the end of an article it is usually because there are none available in support (or denial) of the claim being assessed. We think it important to keep people informed of the therapies and treatments often offered for conditions such as Lyme disease and strive to provide an accurate representation of current clinical practice and medical consensus. This website is in no way a substitute for medical consultation and nor do we claim it to be such.

      Wishing you well.

      NB: I took the liberty of changing your name to the less offensive ‘anon’ as, while we encourage comments and feedback, profanity will not be indulged here.

  • me November 16, 2011, 2:12 am

    I agree with the first person’s comment on here. I have had Lyme disease for a few years now. I have tried so many doctors, spent thousands of dollars, etc…. and really when it comes to Lyme disease the medical field is very poor in their knowledge and diagnosis of Lyme. I was misdiagnosed with a bunch of other things before I knew I had Lyme. I had to order a blood test, basically force the doctor to draw blood because she didn’t think it was Lyme and send it off myself to get tested. I am thankful for all the doctors, hospitals, etc.. that tried to help. But it is true… Many people are miserable, sick, and going through a horrible time with Lyme while the medical doctors almost dismiss it as a problem. I have started a certain diet along with the rife machine a week ago and I already feel better. My sister also got her rash cleared up with the rife. She has Lyme too. She researched and bought a machine herself and it has already proven to be helpful. I understand some people think you might be dying because you get off medical treatment to try rife and then die. But what about all the people that die from chemo or medical mistakes or meds that otherwise would not die had they tried something else. All I’m saying, Lyme is totally miserable and nobody knows what it’s like unless they experience it. And for someone to try and say the rife is wrong and a conspiracy is not a good idea.

    • nessa May 3, 2012, 3:02 am

      could you pls tell me what machine your sister purchased? pls reply via email thnx!

  • Marc Leone November 16, 2011, 6:55 am

    I don’t know where you people get your info about rife machines,but you failed on the research on this one.Yes,a good rife machine is expensive because the components are expensive for a high end machine.I,myself,built a DCM or Doug Coil Machine(electromagnetic)
    which is probably one of the most powerful units around and is prized by the lyme community for it’s effectiveness.Power is king,you need power to get deep and kill bugs…it works.I was on ABX for 21/2 years and got more ill as time went on,a failed protocol! I also had Babs and cleared that with MMS.Granted,this is a very complicated disease and will exploit any weaknesses you had before you got bit,that could be why patients experience different symptoms.
    As for your statement about there being no credible evidence,there is no more compelling evidence than Lyme sufferers who took it upon themselves to do the research and do whatever it takes to regain their life at a time where you are feeling alone and fighting for your life.Allopathic Doctors basically offer rounds of Abx,which circulates in the blood.That’s ok if you are a newbie and it hasn’t gone systemic.This is where a powerful rife machine can help by digging out these critters that set up shop in soft tissue.We users are your credible evidence.We don’t write papers or journals,we quietly live out or lives and seek better ways of healing because we know that the current system is broken.Do not discredit us and our rife machines,because they do work.There are many out there,so you must have the right tool for the right job.FYI 432 is the main Lyme killer Freq.
    To all the Lymies,don’t give up!!!
    Marc Leone

    • Chris Tow April 23, 2012, 12:01 am

      Marc Leone,
      Such a well phrased statement, you’ve made. What blind and arrogant fools are those who have evidence of healing in persons who have escaped disease yet discredit their methods?

    • Elaine May 10, 2013, 6:45 am

      Marc – I’m interested in finding out how to build a Doug Coil Machine. Where did you get the directions — how difficult is it and how much were the parts to build it? I, too, have chronic Lyme – some improvement in some ways, but still far to go and, after a great deal of research, this seems like the best step. Also, any tips or heads-up on construction is appreciated.

    • Beeboo May 19, 2014, 12:00 am

      Maureen, I attended your lertcue in Manchester, Ct., 6/14/09, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed it very much. I am a member of the East Hartford Garden Club and in a month or so we will be planning next years programs. I would like very much to suggest having you come to our club and give one of your lertcues. Would you please tell me the cost for your lertcue and requirements? Thank You, Karen Johnson

  • Jane Goose November 16, 2011, 2:28 pm

    I am really questioning the motivation for such a website as this. There is a disconnect between reality and what is being published on this website. It is a known fact that the mainstream medical community is doing very little research on proper testing and treatment of Lyme Disease, so why should we even search there for “credible studies.” How about interviewing REAL people with Lyme who have beat this awful disease and report the statistics of what they have done to achieve success? The medical professionals who are truly helping people fight Lyme Disease are NOT in it for the money! They are the ones who take the Hippocratic Oath seriously! All 5 members of our family are being treated for Lyme, and thank God we are making progress. We have used a combination of treatments including Abx, Herbs, supportive supplements, and yes…..the Rife Machine! We got ours VERY inexpensively from a man who makes them as a ministry opportunity because his wife was saved by using it. Of course we live in a world where some people are trying to make money at the expense of suffering people, but NOT everyone. I’d like to believe that the good majority of alternative health proponents are compassionately wanting to help people. Perhaps this site has good intentions for helping Lyme Disease patients, but I’m afraid it may really discourage a lot of Lyme sufferers.

    • Andrea Leach January 31, 2012, 7:57 am

      Hi Jane,
      I desperately need your help. I too am suffering from Lyme and would like to get hold of a machine from the man you said in your comment. I am also a Christian and hopefully you will email me really soon.
      Many thanks,

      • keith Lam April 18, 2013, 6:08 pm

        My son recently has diagnose with Lyme and have been treated with antibiotic Doxycycline for 30 days and cefuroxime another 30 days and finally metroidazole for 30 days with no improvement, before the family doctor gives up and send him to a LLMD. He also stop my son from take more antibiotic because my son’s liver become inflame. Did you ever get the contact to purchase the rife machine and did it work?

  • john jones November 18, 2011, 5:50 am

    That’s probably because much like the American medical association these people are probably paid by the rockefellers. So just like any other industry that they own, it is stagnant in its technology. They can’t make money off of you if your healthyh

    • lmatthews November 22, 2011, 7:34 pm

      Hi John,

      If by ‘these people’ you mean the HBN staff then I can assure you we have no funding from the Rockefellers. However, if they would like to send some much-needed cash our way that’d be lovely, as long as they realised that editorial integrity would be maintained regardless.


  • Bonnie December 18, 2011, 6:11 pm

    Here’s a study on coccidiosis (parasite) infection in chickens.


    They saw benefit from using electromagnetic frequencies and in the conclusion they stated “Perhaps EMF exposure could serve as an alternative to the anticoccidial drugs currently in use”

  • Bonnie December 18, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Another article, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham hypothesized that amplitude-modulated electromagnetic fields administered via an intrabuccal spoon-shaped probe obtained therapeutic responses from cancer patients.

    “Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields could block spread of cancer cells”


    A quote from the article: ‘… modulation frequencies began to hinder cell proliferation after 7 days of exposure, and the anti-proliferative effect increased over a 7-week period,’

    Both are small studies but they certainly are interesting results.

  • Ken F January 26, 2012, 9:45 am

    Well there is little doubt that this article is extremely one sided but it’s hard to say if it’s truly propaganda or simply a case of laziness on the part of the author (or terminal skepticism). As for me I cant say with any certainty whether or not the original Rife machines worked or not but I do know of at least one other case in which a 100% proven technology was suppressed by the medical establishment. And if they did it once there is no reason to think they would not do it again. By the way I’m about as far from a conspiracy theorist as one can get but there is indisputable evidence in the case I alluded to above.
    Of course even if we assume that Rife is a valid therapy the problem is that, due to a lack of regulation over the industry, the consumer has no way of knowing what he is getting when he buys a rife machine. I know for a fact that there’s no shortage of unscrupulous con men out there selling phony Rife machines that do nothing at all. And of course when government regulatory agencies crack down on these charlatans they use their existence as evidence that Rife treatment itself is a scam. What these agencies don’t seem to realize is that it is their own refusal to do serious studies into Rife technology in the first place and to then regulate the industry, which allows these crooks to pop up and take advantage of people in the first place.
    And unfortunately this situation is never likely to change. After all, even if I were to build one of the original Rife machines and reproduce his results exactly, no government agency would take it seriously. Once the medical establishment makes up its mind about something its almost impossible to get them to even look at any results that may contradict their narrow-minded beliefs. Besides I understand that the original machine would not be legal to use today because it would interfere with radio station broadcast for miles around.
    For anybody wanting to try Rife I guess you just have to do research to find out which types seem to work most often for most people. If you have Late Stage Lyme Disease as I do then you are probably willing to try just about anything at this point. If you have cancer though I certainly would not recommend abandoning your chemotherapy and running out and getting a Rife Machine. Rife (with the right machine) may indeed cure cancer but why take the risk when conventional treatments are so effective these days.

    • Louise Malbon-Reddix February 26, 2012, 5:05 am

      Would you say that perhaps in conjunction with chemotherapy to use the rife machine?

  • Dee Dee January 28, 2012, 8:43 am

    Let’s face it….the thing (Rife machine) works! Of course there are going to be things written that tell us not to use it because….IT WORKS! If it didn’t then why is it outlawed in some states? Poor BIG PHARMA isn’t making any money off of people getting better….so…they try to ban it from being available to anyone. Read about Royal Raymond Rife ( the inventor ) and learn how they tried to crush this mans technology. How many other cures have they taken away from us that help people live longer that we never got to try? If it’s not in a pill form….we can’t have it! It all a bunch if BULL!!!!

  • Ken F January 29, 2012, 10:34 pm

    There is one more thing I’d like to add to this discussion. A few years ago I read about a new cancer treatment which is very similar to Rife therapy and yet, unlike Rife, is fully embraced by the medical community. The device used is almost identical to a coil type Rife Machine and it works the same way. The only difference is that the electromagnetic waves are of a frequency that will cause iron molecules to vibrate. Since some cancer cells have an affinity for iron the cancer cells can in effect be targeted since they contain more iron than healthy cells. Anyway this “vibration” cause the cells to in effect shake apart.
    So just why is it that this therapy is fully and unquestionably accepted while another almost identical therapy is ridiculed and labeled as preposterous? I’ll tell you why. Its because the newer therapy was doubtless discover by one of the big research groups or medical Universities which get huge government grants for doing this kind of research and who will make loads of money off of the patenting of this device. In other words, it was invented by a group that is part of the old boys club. And even though this new machine is no different from a Rife Coil Machine you can bet it will cost tens of thousands of dollars and will not be available for sale to the general public. We can also be fairly certain that if this exact same idea had been thought up by some individual in his garage the medical establishment would refuse to even look at it and would even try to suppress its use. And if you were to then try to use this machine to help people on your own you would quickly be arrested a prosecuted to the full extent of the law, even if you had saved all of your patients.
    Of course this does not tell us that Rife Machines definitely work. It does tell us however that whether they worked or not the same exact fate would have befallen its inventor and that its use would have been suppressed by the medical establishment even to this day.

    • lmatthews January 29, 2012, 10:42 pm

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for commenting on the post. It would be interesting to hear if the BigPharma device/treatment you mention is marketed for Lyme disease on the basis of its interaction with iron molecules as it appears that Borrelia have an affinity for zinc rather than iron, in contrast to what is often presumed about bacterial infection. More info on this can be found here.

      Healthy scepticism is always appreciated.

  • Ken F January 29, 2012, 11:32 pm

    Mr. Matthews, I just noticed something. If you are so convinced that Rife is a scam then why does this web page have multiple links to sites that sell Rife Machines? You are doubtless making money every time someone clicks on one of these links. So in effect you are making money off of the sale of products that you claim to be a scam. One does not have to be an ethics professor to figure out that what you are doing stinks.

  • michael mcallister March 24, 2012, 11:58 pm

    can someone offer me more info on Rife. I was misdiagnosed/undiagnosed for 25+ yrs with Lyme neuroboreliosis. I have two pages of symptoms and have been bed ridden for last 4 years and now on cpap for breathing difficulties. I have been on 6 months oral and 4 months IV antibiotics with no improvement under Dr Raxlen one of the better LLMD. I did 22 dives of hyperbaric oxygen over last 3 months and did start to see improvement in all most all symptoms but now I cannot afford to continue at $150 per dive on SS disability. the fatigue and breathing problems are worst. other symptoms are creeping back and does not appear positive affects are cumulative. I have seen studies were 25-40 dives is typical for long standing LD. I have not seen studies on follow up with these patients. out of all my research on LD in past 2 years this Rife machine has caught my attention but I am skeptical. although I was unsure of hyperbaric oxygen until I tried it and actually had significant relief until I stopped. I realize I have to pay more attention to in most cases patient reports. I have listened to the Dr’s for 25 years and had to eventually diagnose myself from mere suggestion of ER Dr at Boston medical center when she asked if I had LD. ounce I read masterfully written essay “when to suspect lyme” by dr Bleiweiss I realized I had LD and probably contracted it as a child or teenager.
    Spect scan revealed moderate – sever hypoperfusion of brain. pulmonary function seem to support some sort of neuromuscular affecting respiratory drive such as ALS or phrenic nerve affecting diagham or respiratory muscles. this is still under investigation at Mass general. just had EMG testing- have not got results back. can anyone suggest info or report on Rife machine before I buy one. I would love to continue o2 chamber but cannot afford it. I also don’t want to complete IE 40 dives spend $6000 only to find out that if I stop symptoms will slowly reappear and have to do maintenance dives. it’s to much financially. any help would be appreciated. thanks

  • Lisa June 27, 2012, 1:51 am

    Traditional approaches helped heal me from the lyme I was diagnosed with, but I noticed significant improvement after rife machine treatments. I wish the drug companies and the NIH would at the very least donate some of the billions they use to create and test toxic medicines (which btw are only tested on humans for 6-8 months typically), to test and research rife frequencies that many independent researchers have already initiated, which have anecdotally helped tens of thousands of individuals.

  • Dave February 17, 2013, 4:06 pm

    I have had to research this because someone in my neighborhood has a Rife machine and is creating massive amounts of radio interference when they use it. I am a licensed radio amateur and this device makes my licensed equipment unusable.

    This is related to shortwave diathermy, a form of induction heating popular until about 40 years ago. The center frequency is US CB Channel 14, close to an ISM frequency of 27.120 MHz.

    I went looking for the signal and have narrowed it down to one of six homes about 1/2 mile away. The signal vanished when I stopped in front of one house. Maybe a truck full of antennas got their attention. I have filed formal complaints with the FCC and the FDA as well.

    • Phil Goetz February 21, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Because obviously using your amateur radio is more important than someone else’s life.

      • Dave March 10, 2013, 7:22 pm


        Most of my Amateur Radio work does involve emergency communications. I have held an Amateur Radio license since 1980, Extra class since 1989. I have done the research. Rife machines are nothing but smoke and magic purveyed upon those who firmly believe that “the gubmint” MUST be hiding something, so they exercise what they believe are “their rights” to use things deemed ineffective AND illegal by people who graduated Harvard Medical School. But, they’re part of the “conspiracy” so why should I listen to them and obey the law! No one gets to pick and choose which laws they will obey. Saving lives? Please post a link to the American Medical Association’s double-blind survey, please, and leave your unscientific “beliefs” at the door. If my radios were interfering with your listening to music, talking on a landline telephone, or watching TV you’d b***h up a storm regardless if I was working earthquake relief in Haiti or talking with a ham across town. Perhaps I should wait until Mr. Rife interferes with the local police and fire communications, then watch as FCC agents confiscate their toy and slap them with a $20,000 fine.

    • Sapinder February 13, 2014, 3:28 pm

      Ouch! You got me. Psuedoscience quackery waests peoples resourses and even kills. My recomendation is to just see a regular medical dr, MD, gp and keep pounding into his head the condition is real, it’s devestating, it’s destroying us we need serious reseach by lots of talented people like was done with aids, polio, etc. to solve the problem it’s not going away and we know that no ego crazed gurruru like Marshal, or Shoemaker, or Ziem, or Reo, or any of the others are going to solve it.

  • Phil Goetz February 21, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Why aren’t there people leaving comments saying the Rife machine didn’t work for them? If you tried Rife and it didn’t work, please leave a comment here saying so.

    • Dave March 10, 2013, 7:33 pm

      No one in their right mind is going to admit owning or using an illegal device on the Internet, Phil. Don’t you know that “the gubmint” monitors for these things, and just like they catch those who indulge in ****** ****, by tracking your IP address right to your home, they’ll go after anyone who admits to using one of these spectrum-polluting devices. Your invitation is hollow and meritless.

  • Dave April 7, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Update: the FCC sent a letter to the owner of the Rife machine. The owner and I had a constructive conversation in which he admitted not knowing what a Rife machine was and didn’t know how it worked. His wife had bought it for foot pain but returned it after several months of unsuccessful results.
    End of story.

  • keith April 18, 2013, 6:21 pm

    If I am sick and no cure, it is an animal instinct to survive and search for cure. Do rife machine work? how to apply it?

  • Carol April 27, 2014, 11:35 am

    Dave are you still there.
    I hear what you say I am electrosensitive I don’t need a truck load of
    transmitters and receivers. I can feel this stuff.
    Me and my dad were electrosensitive. I had training from a
    Early age he was a electrical/mechanical engineer.
    He used to go mad if there was anything in he area.
    You can hear the atmosphere you can see the picture on the TV
    being amplifid. One of my local electrical shops said 4G interfered
    With Freeview I said it shouldn’t do that.
    These devices don’t work in HZ in fact modern tech works in reverse
    polarity. As you said it does not comply to EMC or EMI law.
    I live in the UK and have tried reporting not only biofeedback
    machines being used by various doctors in my area.
    Wind Turbines and aircon systems likewise do not comply
    the Mod complained more than a few times about wind turbines
    interfering with RADAR. The UK government ignored them.
    So the Mod just turned the power up.
    This law has an effect on human exposure to electromagnetic fields.
    What these people are experiencing is a hyp.
    I’ve been told it masks the condition.
    At first it might help because a little bit of radiation helps the immune
    system. But ultimately it will get them if they carry on.
    It’s in fact low frequency your dealing with..
    Dr Henry Lai experimented with Tasers .
    He found they created T-waves in the heart inverted or up right wave
    This in turn caused heart attacks and strokes.
    They don’t like to report this.
    A UK engineer on the same project just said Tasers are only
    low level radiation. They are not low power.
    He obviously had no understanding.
    These machines are not low power.
    There’s a medical doctor in the UK
    He is reported in the BMJ he uses these biofeedback machines
    to diagnose allergies he says his testing is 50% Accurate.
    And of corse that’s more accurate than some blood tests.
    So the doctor is named in the article as Dr George Lewith
    His partner in crime who I will not name bugged me for
    years. I asked other people who did radionics if the could
    block him it just made things worse. They didn’t know
    what he had.
    I complained to what was the standards healthcare commission
    (NHS) they sent someone in from the NRPB.
    I think I will name him as Arwell Barrett. He could not see
    Anything wrong.
    You may well be civilian trained.
    But here we used to have Radiocommunications Agency.
    It delt with military equipment and civilian.
    This equipment is military.
    The government closed them in 2002 to save money.
    The past responsibility to Trading Standards OFCom
    NRPB they were meant to buy in experts the trouble
    The experts are not there. This energy is calculated not
    just read on a scanner.
    I learnt from someone in the aircon industry that they
    that in inverters can not be earth filtered or shield.
    Scientists at RA before it closed said that inverters are
    Known to sick building syndrome.
    I can hear the RF off these things all over the place.
    None of it complies. The EHO only measure volume
    This stuff works at around 1 to 2 Hz but it not really
    It’s in an a inverted sine wave max power is in the
    South not the north. It’s mistakenly measured in the North
    axis. It’s all part of stealth technology and zero point energy.
    I would just like to know where to report these people to
    Stephen Barrett from Quackwatch said report the doctors to the
    GMC. Already have they have not a clue. They just think I am mad.

  • Carol May 2, 2014, 6:22 pm

    I contacted a local Radio Ham to find some one to
    track these doctors plaguing me.
    They told me tracking equipment is too
    expensive. OFCom don’t seem to bothered
    about licensing they used to have detector vans
    but cost cutting is all the rage.
    So it’s a free for all in the UK.
    Radio hams is a dying art in the UK because
    Of the internet.
    I might try and contact MRHA.
    Their medical devices agency.
    Told me years ago that hospital equipment
    does not have to comply to
    EU Law. So a crazy doctor doing his own
    thing they are just going to take no notice.
    They probably haven’t got the equipment

  • BLo May 22, 2014, 10:27 pm

    I agree with you that these rife machines are quackery. Vendors charge thousands of dollars yet show no evidence that they do anything and desperate patients fall for it. Responses here in support of them are evidence to this fact. Thanks for writing a good article on them.

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