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Royal Raymond Rife a Scientific Life of Mystery

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Many years ago, there was a fellow in the San Diego area who invented a super-microscope which, it was claimed, visualize living virus cells. He also had built a "Ray Tube" device which could destroy the bacteria and virus cells he saw under this microscope. The gentleman's name was Royal Raymond Rife, and he worked as a chauffeur and mechanic for the Timken family, a manufacturer of bearings in the 1920's.

Rife built several microscopes, the most famous being his "#3 Universal Microscope" which, it was claimed, would image live virus cells. Over a period of several years he built five microscopes, ranging from the first high-resolution instrument built in an optical lathe bed, to the better known #3 microscope and eventually the #4 and #5 microscopes, which were his first attempt at a lower cost high resolution microscope. His microscopes were sent to various universities for study; it was reported that Caltech didn't think much of the instrument sent them, although Northwestern University, in a study between the Rife microscope and a standard laboratory microscope, was wildly enthusiastic about Rife's instrument.

In about 1930, an article was published about the Rife microscope in Popular Science, and Dr. Arthur Kendall, one-time Dean of Northwestern Medical School near Chicago read the article, and wrote to a friend, Milbank Johnson MD, in Pasadena, California about the microscope. Dr. Johnson contacted Rife, and visited him at his home on the Timken property in San Diego. Timken was an industrialist and manufacturer of bearings, and supposedly Rife, his chauffauer and machinist, had helped him determine the properties of the steel which Timken's factory was using to make bearings, finding a method in which the steel could be inspected for flaws before it was used for manufacturing, saving Timken a great deal from purchasing worthless materials.

Dr. Johnson wrote back to Kendall, and Dr. Kendall, who developed the "K Medium" which could grow human cancer cells in culture, took the train to California. Johnson held a banquet in 1931 honoring Kendall for his new K Medium, and honoring Rife for his microscope, which could visualize hither-to-unseen organisms. This banquet was reported in the newspapers as "The End to All Disease".

Rife continued with his microscope studies, and had built a radio transmitter device which would light up a glass tube filled tube with helium, called a plasma lamp or Rife Ray Tube machine, and found that if specific frequencies were fed to the plasma lamp while imaging specific bacteria in the microscope, that the bacteria were killed when certain frequencies were used. This resulted in hundreds and thousands of tests, and determined the specific frequencies which would kill various bacteria and even some virus cells, all from several feet away. Dr. Johnson encouraged Rife in his work, and located an electrical engineer, Philip Hoyland, who went to work for Rife building more of the Ray Machines.

In 1934, Dr. Johnson rented a facuilty in the San Diego area, and held a clinic with a number of patients from Pasadena General Hospital (now the Huntington Memorial Hospital), where Johnson had been a Director. Over a period of four months patients were treated using the Rife Ray machine, and it is claimed in some books that all were then pronounced free from cancer. Oddly enough, the list of the patients and their conditions has never been released, although said list does exist, and Dr. Johnson himself wrote, in 1935, that the results of the clinic was "not conclusive."

Dr. Johnson went on to hold two more clinics in Los Angeles and in nearby Pasadena, and, in writing about the last clinic, he stated that there had been "a complete restoration of vision" in 29 or 30 of the 31 patients he was treating for cataracts.

In 1936 Dr. Johnson, who had been on the faculty of USC, convinced the University of Southern California to offer an honorary doctorate to Rife, but Rife either refused the honor or threw out the letter, and this was the start of the end of Dr. Johnson's involvement with Rife. A company had been formed in San Diego to build the Ray Tube machines named the "Beam Ray Corporation" (no relationship to the Beam Ray company of today), but internal arguments and a lawsuit between the company's directors resulted in the near bankruptcy of the firm, and by late 1939 the company ceased commercial operations.

Since that time, a resurgence has resulted in many people around the world building their own "Rife" or "Ray Tube" machines and experimenting with the devices. Relief from cataracts, the flu, and numerous much more serious diseases has been reported, and several clinics in other countries, which have no FDA to halt such experiments, are experimenting with this technology from the 1930's to fight many ailments. Nobody knows exactly how these devices work, but they have been around for over 20 years and few side-effects have been reported. Since the machines don't provide a pharmaceutical "treatment" for disease, it is unlikely that they will receive funding or grants for study in the US, since most US grants are essentially funded from the pharmaceutical companies, or from the various National Institutes which are tied closely to the drug industry.

The Rife Ray Tube machine - an idea whose time has finally come?

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