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In 1960, though he would live another 11 years, Rife filed an affidavit for a court case that read like a personal obituary: “Having spent every dime I earned in my research for the benefit of mankind, I have ended up a pauper, but I achieved the impossible and would do it again.” ■


  1. Barry Lynes: “Rife employed a system of lighting as unknown to microscopy today as it was in the 1930s. Not simply uncommon, it was UNKNOWN.”

  2. Mark Simpson: “Research is needed to determine if one can actually blow bugs through the air using a radio frequency carrier wave. This has yet to be proven by modern Rife researchers.”

  3. Gerald F. Foye: “Unfortunately the name Rife was, and still is, applied to just about any and all electronic frequency healing devices. Little of it is true Rife technology. The charlatans have stepped in.”


  • Bird, Christopher, “What Has Become of the Rife Microscope?” New Age Journal, March, 1976.
  • Foye, Gerald F., Royal R. Rife: Humanitarian Betrayed and Persecuted, Spring Valley, 2011.
  • Haley, Daniel, Politics in Healing, Virginia, 2001.
  • Kendall, Arthur, “The Filtration of Bacteria,” Science, March 18, 1932.
  • Lynes, Barry, The Cancer Cure That Worked! Fifty Years of Suppression, Ontario, 1987.
  • Rosenow, Edward C., “Observations with the Rife Microscope of Filter Passing Forms of Micro Organisms,” Science, August 26, 1932.
  • Simpson, Mark, “The Rife Way,” Electrus Newsletter on Bio-Electronics, November 1990, #2.
  • “The Universal Microscope,” Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1944.
  • Articles in the San Diego Union, the San Diego Evening Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Jay Allen Sanford Feb. 15, 2012 @ 7:48 p.m.

Wow, I've never heard about this gentleman and his remarkable sounding microscope and "beam ray." What a fascinating San Diego story! Rife seems to have been our own left coast version of Tesla, brilliant but ultimately burned by those who held the purse strings and, thus, the real power.

Mr. Smith has long been documenting long-lost tales of old SD, but this is one of his best entries -


Visduh Feb. 18, 2012 @ 8:06 p.m.

This story has all the flavor of so many hoaxes that were perpetrated in that era. But the story is so much more than that. I've never heard of him before, but the narrative comes across as more than just a scam. It sounds as if he actually invented the electron microscope, or something that does the same thing, far earlier than anyone believed. Then it would appear that he got into something akin to radiation therapy. If you know a bit about the electron microscope, you know it is a close relative of radiation treatment.

Ah, the mystery! Will we ever know just what it was that he did? Will we ever know how he did whatever it was? Some such things are best left to the ages. But it is a fascinating narrative to be sure.


www_rife_de Feb. 21, 2012 @ 5:26 a.m.

Roy Rife's achievments have been well documented and in his hayday, he was recognised by some of the top medical minds of his time - until medical politics of the AMA got involved and tried to destroy him after he refused to give them his technologies for next to nothing.

Luckily, his legacy still lives on today and while the persecution still continues in the USA even today, his methods have formed the basis of approved medical equipment being used in Europe, for example.

There is a German made optical microscope which matches the capabilities (although working differently) of Rife's Universal microscope to see living organisms at high resolutions and magnifications. That many scientists have been unable to confirm pleomorphism (that microorganisms have multiple forms) lies in them using conventional optical microscopes that do not have this capability. A bit like disbelieving man was on the moon because you cannot see any signs of it in a normal telescope, yet with top space based telescopes you can see such signs.

The "radiation" Rife used was based on radio waves and Rife was exposed to it for a major part of his life just like we are exposed to radio and television waves, today. He lived to a high age with no ill effects.

To learn more about Royal Rife, his history and modern day devices inspired by his work, have a look at the following websites: http://www.rife.de http://www.rife.org http://www.rifewiki.org http://www.rifeforum.com http://www.rifehandbook.com


Peter Rife Research Europe http://www.rife.de


rockypool Feb. 21, 2012 @ 3:53 p.m.

Jeff I just read your great article of Rife and I have a greater follow up story ...My brother Jim Folsom is in Atwater Federal Prison for standing up to the FDA by refusing to stop selling the Rife Frequency Machine. The FDA put all their resources into convicting my brother. This was one of the last stories Paul Harvey reported on before his passing at the conclusion of Jim's trial here in San Diego. Anyway my brother was having the machines manufactured then shipping to distributers around the world. The basis of his business was that the FDA laws were not applicable to pre 1976 machines of which Jim's machines were of a same design. There is so much history that begs to be discovered.... just google Rife and there is a lot more to his story. For more info of Jim go to jimfolsom.net Thank You David Folsom


Jay Allen Sanford Feb. 22, 2012 @ 8:20 p.m.

This fascinating story continues to yield intriguing and thought-provoking avenues of exploration and research, thanks to these well-informed comments - I'm off to spend a coupla (more) hours in Rife's world!


MzLiz Feb. 29, 2012 @ 12:26 p.m.

This is such a fascinating story. After doing my own research on our 'sick care industry' I've come to the conclusion that there are many more people fighting to keep us sick rather than cure what ails us. There's just too much money to be made by treating, rather than actually curing, our diseases.

How many high paying careers, and astronomical financial profits would be eliminated if a machine like this were in use? I don't know anything about what Mr Jim Folsom did, but it sounds as though he is experiencing suppression of the highest order!

As an example, let's take the fight to cure cancer to see how many people's careers, and pharmaceutical's bottom lines would be impacted if we chose to actually find a cure.

  • Susan G Koman race for the cure, and the like, would be gone. Why isn't SGK backing alternative medical research? A cure destroys huge cash cows like SGK, American Cancer Society, or the other non-profits.
  • Cancer Chemo's and all the pharmaceuticals will be gone...as well as the high yields for their shareholders
  • Entire medical school programs & facilities, gone
  • All the medical treatments which treat the aftermath of our current cancer fighting regimen would be gone (Radiation & Chemo are TOXIC, causing devastating side-effects of their own, which patients suffer with until their death. Sometimes these treatments are so severe that the cure really IS worse than the disease! Chemo can CAUSE heart attacks!
  • Medical research, grants and such would be gone too
  • The money to fund medical experiments on helpless creatures while testing the toxic protocols medicine is researching.

This is just one example of why this sort of research and technologies are stamped out before they can be put into use. From what I've experienced first hand*, there are overwhelming sources who do not want the world to be a healthy place. There's more money in sick care and health care.

And one more thing.... Google & youTube: Codex Alimentarius Be afraid, be very afraid.
If even half of what is being said about Codex Alimentarius is true, the world is in a heap of trouble! Vitamins, herbs and all natural modalities will be in the hands of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies.

When I finished reading this story I thought, the irony is, with one out of two people now projected to eventually be diagnosed with some form of cancer, we're all BEGGING for a machine like Mr. Rife's. Imagine how far ahead we'd be if we could have used these past 40 years for more research on his findings? This is not just sad, it's criminal.


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