Open Letter To Hollywood
by Shawn Montgomery
Beneath this short introductory passage is the transcript to a documentary I made a few years back about a cure for cancer from the 1930's. The story surrounding this cure for cancer is one that few people would or could believe without a truckload of convincing evidence to back it up. As it turned out, I did have the evidence and that is largely why I made the documentary - a vehicle to document this rather extraordinary happening. There was a problem however and that is that the story is too big. I don't mean long, I mean big. The first reaction to virgin ears upon hearing a summarized version is to respond with something like, "Well if that is true, then why have I never heard about it before?"
The protagonist of the story is a scientist/inventor with the unusual name of Royal Raymond Rife. "That sounds like a made up name," is something I have often heard from people seeking a way out of the story just told. And the answer to, "Well if that is true, then why have I never heard about it before?" - is simply this: There's this place called "the memory hole," and people tend to forget, for obvious reasons, that it exists. You have never "heard" of it before because you have never been within "hearing range" of it. You have never heard of Rife before because "they" would prefer you didn't. Who are this "they?" Quite simply, "they" are the ones who control the "group memory hole."
There are two kinds of memory holes: The kind that you run in your own brain... and the kind the society in which you live runs, or tries to run (through "media") in all of our brains - the above-mentioned "group memory hole." The process of "here's what we keep and here's what we discard," is ongoing. Seldom do discarded events/occurrences resurface after disappearing down the (group)hole. Often, events are suppressed to avoid the necessity of the memory hole all together. Nothing to see here, nothing to forget. Still, sometimes things get out of the bag and as a result they either stick with us, or they are dumped down this group memory hole called "We Forgot." The Rife story is one of those things that initially got out of the bag, but was then captured and thrown down the (group)hole. So now, if we wish to resurface it, all we need do is search the historical record for the echoes generated from back in the time when it got out of the bag. That works well enough for recovery into a brain from someone's personal memory hole. However the group memory hole is a much wider and much deeper hole and its intent is not recovery, but leaving the buried buried.
The sad truth is that people cannot recognize that all of the systems of civilization have been erected to limit and control human life - not to enhance it, as so many people believe.
Dear Hollywood (and all other film making regimes around the world): There is a movie that needs to be made. It's got a one-word title. The film is called "Rife." You really need to get on this Hollywood - we are almost out of time. Actually, several studios should simultaneously make competing Rife films... or maybe each tell a different aspect of his vast story. Or maybe a TV mini-series - four two-hour epics to tell "the full story." Maybe a whole series running six seasons. If you don't know who Rife is... well, I'm not even going to go there because this is 2014... there's this thing called "the Internet"... and I know there's a good possibility you already know who Rife is (also, there's this transcript lurking below).
Okay, for the sublimely ignorant (and Hollywood), Rife is the genius American scientist who did most of his great work - like curing cancer - before World War II. After the war he was crushed by a system that ignored his talents and his accomplishments... much to its own detriment. The United States of America is probably not going to survive having ignored Roy Rife - or having allowed him to be ignored. For example, regarding the present-day health system implosion about to devastate America - none of this maelstrom would be now happening if they would only have listened to Rife back in the 1930's. That's a true thing. If they would only have listened, America and the world would now be in a very different place.
All they needed to do was make a MOVIE about the guy (and put a big star in it to louden the trumpet). Next thing you know, everyone knows. Next thing you know, Rife is a "household word" (not just an "internet word"). Next thing you know, the word "medicine" takes on a whole new meaning and we are off into the 21st century. But no. How about not even a lousy radio play... not even an off-high-school play, no comic books, no TV shows, no... well, certainly no A or B-list movies. There is just my documentary (and a few others). It isn't enough. Only a "major motion picture" will get the job done.
Whoever makes this historical movie makes Movie History. Whoever makes this mini-series makes Television History. Whoever makes this film, makes an oil-tanker-load-of-cash. You (Hollywood) know it's true. I know it's true. I've been in this Rife game for longer than I can, or I care to remember. One of the things you keep hearing over the years is how there are desks and filing cabinets in Hollywood brimming with Rife Movie Scripts. That's either an urban myth or it's true. I think it's at least marginally true because I know how great a story any part of Rife's life makes - and also that there are probably hundreds (if not thousands) of screenwriters around the world who have a similar opinion of this - the vast story potential of Royal Raymond Rife. The Rife story is probably the greatest untapped human story of the 20th Century. Most likely, the internet is why there are figurative mountains of Rife scripts piling up all over Tinsel Town. The internet + screenwriters = Rife Screenplays. The internet is why I know you (probably) know about Rife - even as "most" people don't know about Rife.
There's got to be a damn good reason why Hollywood will not make this movie. I've been thinking about making this movie for almost 20 years... and I've made this movie 20 times (and versions) in my head in that same time. Never once was it a shitty movie. Rife is shitty-movie-proof... so that's not the reason they don't make it. Obviously the bigwigs in Hollywood are not turning their noses up at a weak, uninteresting story. But they are turning their noses up at epic Ben Hur-type status and Star Wars-type money. They are turning their noses up at making the most important film in the history of cinema.
So we know then that Hollywood's refusal to touch this material has something more to do with them knowing which side of the bread contains the butter. Hollywood WILL NOT MAKE the Rife film for the same reason that they WILL MAKE the Bin Laden film, Zero Dark Thirty.
Hollywood is not in the True Story business.
Is there any filmmaker out there who isn't saddled to this nonsensical propaganda yoke? Why doesn't a Canadian company make this film? Or a Swedish company? Or a British, Australian or New Zealand company? What's wrong with everybody? It's sitting right there: The Greatest-Story-Often-Told-But-Never-Filmed. There is probably a screenwriter within a hundred blocks of you who has already at least considered writing it up. You wouldn't even have to spend a lot lot of money to tell it. It would be a relatively inexpensive film to make.
Maybe it comes as a phone call to the studio head: "Get off the Rife Movie Project or you will wake up in the morning with a bloody horse's head in your bed." An offer they can't refuse? Perhaps if the story isn't a Big Fat Lie then Hollywood-types just don't like to make it. Maybe that's it.
However you look at it, it's bullshit. Hollywood is bullshit. I wish Stanley Kubrick were still alive.
Come-to-think-of-it... and upon-further-consideration... I'm glad Hollywood has never made a Rife movie. It would have been, by default, the most mangled debacle imaginable. Isn't that what Hollywood is famous for doing?
In the REAL (make-believe) Rife movie (in an alternate universe/timeline), the part of Arthur Isaac Kendall was played by David Bowie and the part of Dr. Rife was played by William H. Macy. And Stanley Tucci was Morris Fishbein. Clint Eastwood directed.
Contact info at bottom-of-page.
Final annotated transcript for the (actual) documentary film entitled...
THE RISE AND FALL OF A SCIENTIFIC GENIUS: The Forgotten Story of Royal Raymond Rife Produced, written and directed by Shawn Montgomery
Graham Smith (engineer, inventor, researcher): Rife was a media star. He was in the newspaper all the time. The media loved him. He was working with the top researchers in the world. He was doing revolutionary work and the media really picked this up. And then, suddenly, after the thirties, nothing ever again. You never heard from Rife again. Why is that? What happened?
Jason Ringas (Canadian Rife researcher): We have a photograph which shows a banquet thrown in Rife's honor to celebrate the End Of All Disease - it was even announced in the media. And then, years later, all these people that were at this banquet in honor of Rife... denied even knowing him.
Ben Cullen (mechanic, Rife's early assistant-partner): They definitely could take a leaf out of Roy Rife's book and do a lot of good in this world for sickness and disease. It's a funny thing, people don't think much of you in your own country. If one of these machines was to be reworked and fairly analyzed by the abilities that he possessed at that time, we could start the proposition going again which would again demonstrate that you could cure cancer - and all crazy notions of usurping the rights of the American Medical Association to the contrary, notwithstanding.
R.R. Rife (engineer, inventor, microscopist, biologist, machinist, pleomorphist): As far back as 1920, I conceived the idea, and the possibility, of when the causative agent of malignancy, so-called cancer, would be discovered and found and proven, that it would be caused by a microorganism. Of course reception that I received that far back from the medical profession and scientists was nil. But I kept back to work and I succeeded in eventually isolating a virus.
Narrator (Jeff Rense): By all accounts, those that knew Royal Raymond Rife considered him to be a scientific genius. His greatest accomplishment was the discovery and the development of a cure for cancer and for most infectious diseases during a span of 18 years work in San Diego in the 1920s and 30s. Rife invented a series of super-microscopes which allowed him to see live microbes as small as a virus, an ability considered impossible, even today. Using these highly advanced optical instruments, Royal Rife was able to determine, by direct observation, the presence of a microorganism in cancer tumors. He named it the BX Virus. Rife then went on to create another unique innovation, one that worked in conjunction with his brilliant microscopes - the Rife Beam Ray Instrument - a device that could destroy any viral or bacterial microorganism with electrical pulses tuned to a specific frequency, an unprecedented way of fighting the infectious agents of disease... without drugs. Given the monopolistic nature of the developing medical establishment in America at that time, the presentation of this drug-less technique for treating a multitude of diseases ensured the demise of Rife's work. Over 70 years later, people are still trying to piece together what happened, an attempt to recreate Rife's lost technology. The annual International Rife Conference.
Terry Palma (Rife conference attendee): The conference is excellent. We have people here from Japan, New Zealand, obviously Canada, England, South Africa, it's just growing. And there are things being done. From my understanding there is a bill before U.S. Congress that would allow, if passed, would allow licensed practitioners to use this technology as they saw fit. And I hope we are moving that way.
Darius Bartkus (M.D., Rife conference attendee): Originally I read The Cancer Cure That Worked by Barry Lynes and because of my medical background I had the opportunity to go through all the research that was bibliographed from the 1930s and the 1940s... and it's all there. It's incredible, it's all there. It's as plain as day and nobody knows about. It's hidden, it's buried. Let's bring it out into the open.
Narrator: One of the speakers at the conference, the Canadian researcher Jason Ringas, has been researching the Rife story for years.
Jason Ringas: Well when we first learned of the Rife story we quickly found that there was no consensus in some of the details of the story. Every time you hear this story it's different. So what we wanted to do is acquire as much accurate information as we could possibly get. Over the years we have accumulated letters, photographs, lab notes, newspaper articles, and we have tried to the best of our ability to bring some sort of order and consensus out of all this information.
Narrator: In 1944, the Franklin Institute, and The Smithsonian, both published in their prestigious scientific journals, a story of emerging technology in the field of optics. The article, entitled The New Microscopes, presented several instruments that promised to significantly advance the field of microbiology. Introduced in this article was the now famous Electron Microscope with its extreme magnifying capabilities. Also, the Rife Universal Microscope was given a detailed and a thorough accounting. Included in this article were three photomicrographs taken through Rife's revolutionary optical instrument. Nothing from that period could match the resolution apparent in these photomicrographs. And these pictures were taken ten years previous to their publication in 1944.
Professor John Hubbard (microscopist, pathologist, NYU): So when I saw this picture in the Smithsonian Institute Report, I realized that this is a microscope that I would like to have.
Jason Ringas: In our searching through some of the documents that we had recovered on the Rife story we came across the name of Professor John Hubbard. Now in 1945 Professor Hubbard was just a medical student and he read the article in the Journal of the Smithsonian Institute about the Rife Microscope and was so impressed that he wanted to find out more. So in 1949 he wrote to Rife and to all of the microscope companies asking for more information on this microscope. Now he didn't find anything... but later in the 1970s, when he was a Professor, he read another article that reawakened the Rife story, by Christopher Bird, and he picked up the chase again and he accumulated a number of documents that he shared with us.
Narrator: Recognizing Rife's photographs as extraordinary, Dr. Hubbard sought another expert opinion.
Professor John Hubbard: So I went over to Don Parson's one day and I showed him a copy of these pictures and I asked him his opinion about them. And immediately, "Well these are electron-micrographs. So what?" I told him, "No they had been made with a light microscope back..." And he immediately, "This is fraudulent." That was his immediate reaction. I pointed out that these had been made long before electron microscopes had come on the scene. Pardon the glasses just a minute, but I would like to hold up... you all might be interested in the most recent issue of Advances In Imaging and Electron Physics, Volume 115, and if you will go back to page 287 you'll get a short synopsis of the early history of the electron microscope and you can see what the status of electron microscopy was at that time. Fellas, there wasn't a chance, not even if you wanted to be a plagiarist... you couldn't possibly have done, with an electron microscope, the pictures that are in that report. No possibility.
Graham Smith: People like Rife that come up with technologies and inventions that truly do change society, they run up against a scientific paradigm shift, that you have to bring the scientific community through this shift. If the scientific community allows that to happen, a lot of people lose their jobs. Top people lose their positions at Universities because their field becomes irrelevant overnight. And "Science" has the hardest time allowing this to happen. It usually takes 50, 100 years for these kinds of paradigms to happen. And I think that's what's happening with Rife. It will come out. But it will take 50, 100 years before the scientific community, the vested interests, the money, allow it, or are forced to bring it to the surface.
RIFE'S LABORATORY AND FUNDING
Jason Ringas: Well, Rife's lab was one of the most advanced labs in the world at that time. He was equipped to design, build and operate virtually any type of scientific instrument that he needed. He was able to perform experiments that few other people could do because they lacked the facilities.
Henry Siner (Rife's apprentice laboratory assistant): All of the things Dr. Rife had talked talked about 20 years ago are now coming true. This man is a genius. He is absolutely a genius, no question about it. His touch for things. Did you ever see a machinist or a mechanic who was more perfect than he is? John Crane (Rife's latter-day partner): I never have. Henry Siner: And you know who recognized it? One of the greatest men in this country: Mr. Timken.
Narrator: In 1913, Henry Timken was president of one of the most prosperous industries in America: The Timken Roller Bearing Company. His factory in Canton, Ohio, produced the tens of millions of ball bearings that kept the wheels of the mechanized industrial age turning. As the story goes, Rife developed a device for Timken's factory that saved millions of dollars a year in production costs - a scanning machine for establishing the quality of the steel used in manufacturing the ball bearings. This X-ray scanner detected flaws in the steel supply before it was sent to the production line, and in doing so significantly increased the efficiency and output of the factory. Timken was so impressed with Rife, and so grateful for his brilliant innovation, that he rewarded Rife with his full sponsorship. Rife took up residence on the Timken estate in San Diego and there in a room above the garage he was lavishly supplied with whatever equipment or money he needed to outfit an entire laboratory. Henry Timken's sister, Amelia Bridges, shared his regard for Rife, and before long she too became his patron.
Jason Ringas: We've heard reports that Amelia Bridges would visit the lab, ask him if he needed anything, and just simply write out a check. So whatever he wanted, whether it was a new X-ray machine or machine tools for constructing instruments. They built a custom lab which was specifically designed for the type of experiments that he wanted to do. So he was in a unique position to accomplish some of these revolutionary things.
Michael Coyle (darkfield microscopist, biological practitioner, author): Rife was a master toolmaker and he knew a tremendous amount about optics. And he was also a visionary in his approach. He thought outside the box, he drew outside the lines. And that is why he created something that no one has duplicated since then. When you talk to people who are supposedly the experts on microscopy, they'd say, "Oh, that's impossible." Of course the world was flat at one time too. And the earth had all the planets revolving around it at one time too. And then everything changed. All of a sudden everything was revolving around the sun and the earth was round.
R.R. Rife: Why leave the conventional microscope that we have in our hands at the present time in our laboratories handicap us to the point where it is at the present time? That's why I designed and built these other instruments, because I was stuck, I was against a stone wall. I couldn't do anymore.
Jason Ringas: Well, Rife had to build his microscopes out of necessity really because using the conventional instruments he was unable to see the microorganisms that he knew existed from other experiments. In addition, in order to determine if you are destroying a microorganism you have to be able to view it in its live state. So that's really why he began and finally built his special microscopes which were able to view the minutest organisms in the live state.
Henry Siner: When it comes to lenses there isn't anyone in this country, or in the world, that I have ever met, who can handle lens systems as well as this man can. It's just second nature to him.
Graham Smith: A key point is the Smithsonian article published in 1944. Here the electron microscope was announced along with the Rife microscope. Now both of them could see viruses for the first time, but the difference was that Rife could see it as a movie and the electron microscope saw it as a photograph. Now if you try and understand an organism it is helpful to see a photograph of something... but it is much more helpful to see it as a movie because things change over time.
Narrator: Over a course of 20 years Rife constructed a series of five microscopes all of which were referred to as Virus Microscopes because of their ability to view these minute organisms in a live state. But how did these instruments achieve what the "laws of optics" define as impossible?
R.R. Rife: You cannot stain those particles with your acid and aniline dye stains, no. Simply as I've stated a thousand times that the particles are smaller than the molecular portions, or the granular structure of the acid and aniline stains -so, the mousey can't swallow the elephant, naturally. They can only be stained with a frequency of light. You use a monochromatic light because the monochromatic light is a portion of the spectrum.
Michael Coyle: So when you get light in the same range, or a corresponding range, it will cause those microorganisms to fluoresce. That's something that people hadn't really done before, or since - use monochromatic light to investigate microorganisms and determine a species' specificity, you know, a specific species of a microorganism. One of the other working principles about it was that the way that it channels the light never allows the beams of light to cross over themselves and create diffusion of the light. So you continue to have your resolution no matter how far you take the light path you are not losing resolution.
Jason Ringas: Well, the key features of the Rife Virus Microscope is that they had superior magnification with corresponding resolution and also another important factor was the contrast. With his special illumination system he was able to produce contrast in the organisms without chemical stains. When identifying the organisms - because of the way they were illuminating and the contrast that's produced with the so-called monochromatic light - you could identify which virus you were looking at by the color it refracted. So that had never been done and probably still hasn't been done today. And so these key features of the microscope which were far superior to what was available at the time allowed him to discover things that other people were unable to because they simply lacked the equipment.
R.R. Rife: Yes John, we have taken those pin-point cells, or what's known as the "needle-point cells of pathology," and we have separated those down 14 times - and bringing the instrument clear up to 50,000 times magnification, we have photographs of those that will show that the tiny cell is composed of a series of little cells and the little cells again on a higher magnification - we bring it to 5,000 times. At 10,000 times we see that the cells within the cells are composed of a series of little cells. Then, we bring it on up and we separate it down and we keep that little point going up as I say to 60,000 times and we wonder where infinity is.
Michael Coyle: The Universal Microscope was a revolutionary breakthrough in optics all together and it's a very simple principle what allows it to actually work. And it's amazing that no one has discovered it before then or reinvented it since then because it isn't really outside the reach of the technology that we've got at all. It's fairly simple technology. It's just that the funding hasn't been there at the same time that the expertise has been there to do the work.
RIFE'S BEAM RAY INSTRUMENT (Killing Microbes With Electrical Pulses)
Michael Coyle: Everything vibrates at its own frequency. If you have a crystalline protein structure involved, and you always do in microorganisms, you can set up harmonic resonance by bombarding it with frequencies - as long as you are in the right ranges of frequencies - and that will literally shatter the crystalline protein structure.
R.R. Rife: It's "coordinated resonance." The same as I say you take two tuning forks that are pitched to the C or an A-absolute, you strike one and the other one resonates. So we are showing an electronic frequency through the tissues of the body that simply devitalizes the bacteria, with no harm to normal tissue.
Jason Ringas: Rife found lethal frequencies for at least 24 microorganisms. I say 24 because we have copies of his lab notes with those 24 microorganisms. He reportedly found frequencies for many more. For instance we have tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, streptococcal bacteria, staphylococcal, typhoid. All sorts of microorganisms can be destroyed with the correct frequency.
R.R. Rife: We simply "Hunt and Try," that was all we could do. We put a pure culture of the organism under the microscope and I start in and I tune this thing. Visiting Doctor: Until you can destroy that organism? R.R. Rife: Until I find a frequency that will destroy it. Alright then I come back with another culture. I do it. If I can do it 10 consecutive times after the instrument has been zeroed and put back, then I can record that.
Graham Smith: As an inventor myself - I mean I hold three patents and I build robotic systems - I understand the complexity of bringing new technology to market. But I also understand the market value of this kind of an invention and the fact that the vested interests, the pharmaceutical companies, would be very, very threatened if such a technology came out. And "Science" has always had a problem with this. They've always had this problem that true breakthroughs will destroy the entire financial structure which exists... so it's just not going to happen. I mean the funding will disappear, the government will clamp down... this happens over and over and over again.
R.R. Rife: You know, there's some of these people - that you talk to them and the more you talk to them, the more you try to explain anything to them, the more they get riled up, you know, see? And Dr. Johnson, you know, why we went through a lot of that stuff. And we checked this thing out completely from one end to the other... and we classified a frequency for an individual bacteria as its individual "Mortal Oscillatory Rate." Because when I check on that thing and look through that microscope hour after hour, day after day, tuning that damned thing to find something that is going to kill that bug... and every hour or half-an-hour, or whatever is required, I put a new fresh culture under the microscope and keep that on... and I find something that folds it up. Alright, then I go back and zero the damned thing, come back up to my settings and put another fresh culture in it... if it'll do it 10 or 12 consecutive times, then that is recorded.
Dr. James Bare (pioneer Rife Researcher, chiropractor, biological practitioner, NM): And using a simple electromagnetic wave is probably not sufficient. Dr. Rife found that using a wave that is emitted by a gas (within a glass tube) that has been excited by radio frequency energy - that particular wave that is emanated from that tube is a wave that is acceptable to the tissues of the body, for whatever reason, and it will penetrate deep within the body, and can be used to selectively oscillate those particular things that the doctor, or Dr, Rife in this case, chose to oscillate, and leave everything else alone in the body. And that's the wonder of it all is that you have this selective scalpel-like effect using resonance. It's specific, it leaves everything else alone. It's really quite an amazing wondrous feat.
Jason Ringas: The people that worked with Rife weren't amateurs. Dr. Rosenow was called one of the greatest bacteriologists in the history of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kendall was referred to as America's Pasteur. Now some people might consider that an insult but none-the-less that's the highest honor that one could be accorded. Dr. Milbank Johnson was head of the local medical society in California. Some the physicists... I think Coolidge assisted him. We have had reports that C. P. Steinmetz assisted him with some of the work. Even Lee De Forrest, who is credited with inventing the vacuum tube triode, was reportedly involved with Rife. So these people knew what they were doing and I think if they weren't really impressed with what Rife was doing I don't think they would have stayed with him as long as they did.
Dr. James Bare: From what I have been able to determine, Kendall, Rosenow, Johnson, and other people like this were all top of their field. They were all respected within their field of medicine here in the United States. Dr. Kendall, he was certainly a tremendous bacteriologist, as was Dr. Rosenow. All these people were well-published and highly respected - Rosenow was the head of his department in the Mayo Clinic, for goodness sakes. This is not a minor position to be appointed to. Dr. Johnson was well-respected at the University of Southern California and he certainly was an individual well-respected within his own medical community were he worked. He was able to, just by asking people, through his influence and their respect for him as an individual and credibility, get other medical doctors involved in this work. I think that says a lot.
Narrator: On the weekend following the calamitous stock market crash of 1929, Rife emerged into the public eye. The fruits of nearly twenty years of mind-boggling work were presented for the first time in this front-page headline story. Before this time Rife had worked in private, occasionally seeking consultation with the leading minds in optics and electronics in a drive to perfect his instruments and his laboratory techniques. After the existence of his super-microscope became widely known - the tables turned - and the experts began seeking consultation with Rife. Some of America's top bacteriologists beat a pathway directly to Rife's lab. There was a major debate raging in microbiology at the time and it was believed that a microscope like Rife's might just settle it. The debate hinged upon the question of the existence and controversial nature of a certain kind of microorganism referred to as a "filterable form of bacteria," so-called because it was so small and plastic that it could pass through the minute pores of a stone filter - too small to be seen with any conventional microscope. These very fine porcelain filters, available in different grades of porosity, are generally used in microbiology to isolate virus-sized microbes. The controversy arose when a number of bacteriologists explained that they could take a fluid from a growth culture of a large bacteria and after passing that fluid through a filter and placing the emerging liquid on a culture media, or food, they could cultivate or regrow the original bacteria again. Conventional microbiologists considered this result to be due to leaky filters or contaminated samples and regarded the notion of a filterable form of bacteria as absurd. However, the findings of some filtrationist microbiologists were much more upsetting than the proposed caterpillar-to-butterfly type transition between some types of bacteria and their much smaller filterable forms. Some filtrationists had discovered that by changing the food, or culture media, they could encourage transitions from one filterable form into many different types of organisms, all of them a different species than the bacteria that originally produced the filterable form. If this were true it would shake the foundations of microbiology and force a complete rewrite of our textbooks. The man who pioneered this obscure branch of microbiology, known as "Pleomorphism," was the French pathologist Antoine Bechamp. In his time, Bechamp was an authoritative presence, renown for his exacting laboratory methods, his precise thinking and his vast knowledge in microbiology. He was one of France's greatest scientists. His contributions included discovering a method of dramatically reducing the cost of producing aniline dye, thereby revolutionizing the entire French garment industry. He discovered the causes of fermentation in 1855. And in 1862 he found the causes of certain rampant diseases of grapes which were then ravaging the French wine industry. In 1865 he saved the garment industry again by finding the cause of an epidemic disease that was destroying the silkworm population of Europe. Yet, astonishingly, Bechamp was not credited with his successes. Most of his work in fact was plagiarized by a rival French scientist: one Louis Pasteur. It was Louis Pasteur who received recognition for determining that fermentation was caused by a microorganism and that the silkworm disease was due to a parasite and that grapes were being consumed by a bacteria. In her book, "Bechamp or Pasteur," historian Ethel Hume demonstrates that these discoveries were absolutely attributed to the wrong man. Bechamp and Pasteur were rivals, both of them associates at France's Academies of Science. Even a cursory examination of their discourses and their very public arguments will readily reveal who was the gifted scientist and who was the imposter. Ironically, history has dubbed Louis Pasteur as the founder of the Germ Theory of Disease, the idea that infection is the primary pathway to illness - a paradigm that rose and endured more out of political considerations than through an unbiased scientific inquiry. Bechamp was investigating a proposition that was much more complex than a simple infection model. In essence Bechamp believed that the emerging Germ Theory of Disease was incomplete. Bechamp's exacting techniques in the laboratory had revealed what he believed to be an elementary living particle. He called it the "Microzyma," an extremely tiny living organism capable of transforming into many different pathogenic forms as a result of changes in the chemical make-up of its host environment. With Bechamp's discovery of this tendency for his so-called Microzyma to change forms, the study of Pleomorphism was founded. Whereas Pasteur is remembered for his Germ Theory of Disease, which is arguably not even his original theory, Bechamp and his theory of Pleomorphism has been generally forgotten. But not by everyone. Not by a growing number of microbiologists who have taken the time to experiment with new culture mediums, advanced microscopes, and living specimens. Dr. Arthur Isaac Kendall was a Filtrationist. He believed he had found the very media that would allow bacteria to transform into their tiny filterable state. He called it the "K Medium."
Professor John Hubbard: And this is where one of Rife's collaborators was very well-known back in those times - the Kendall Medium, the K-Medium - I don't know what all was in it but the specific contents of media would influence what the growth patterns would be, or the lack of growth.
Jason Ringas: Dr. Kendall was in need of a special microscope himself for the work that he was doing so he contacted an associate out in California, Dr. Milbank Johnson, and asked him if such a microscope actually existed. So upon inquiry Dr. Johnson found out that in fact the microscope did exist and Dr. Kendall immediately made arrangements to visit Dr.Rife and to collaborate with him.
Narrator: Rife was having his own difficulties. Despite enormous progress in his instrument refinements, he was having no success finding his proposed cancer microbe.
R.R. Rife: First I begin sectioning tissues of every known type of malignancy. I sectioned over 20,000 of those - cut them down with a special microtome to very thin - some of them were only a micron in thickness. I studied those under the microscope and I eventually built my first high-powered microscope for the purpose of analyzing and checking those sections. The only result that I obtained over all those years was I succeeded in developing a very excellent technique of tissue preparation but I never found an organism that I could say was the causative agent of malignancy.
Jason Ringas: So because Rife was unable to culture any of those so-called filterable organisms on his own, it was extremely fortuitous that he met Dr. Kendall... and Dr. Kendall brought his medium to Rife... and Rife brought his special microscope to Kendall... so this unique collaboration allowed them to do things that they couldn't do individually.
R.R. Rife: That instrument we used up until 1931. With that instrument, Arthur Kendall and I, working jointly in the Pasadena General Hospital, succeeded in isolating what we classified "the first filterable form of bacteria ever seen." It was isolated from the bacillus typhosus from cultures that Dr. Kendall brought from his laboratory in Northwestern University in Chicago. And we succeeded definitely in isolating a filterable form of that bacteria using a Kendall Media, known as Kendall Media. Now that is what Kendall used for the isolation, or bringing out, this bacillus typhosus in the filterable state - which is published in the California and Western Medicine in 1931, our joint report on that. We find that the bacillus typhosus, in its filterable state, is a beautiful turquoise-blue body. We see them swimming through the field - they are highly motile.
R.R. Rife: The "transformation" as you term it, or what we term the "transitional state," of these organisms is accomplished by the media upon which in we grow them - that's all - because we can change these organisms readily by the media upon which we grow them, from one organism to another, as long as that organism belongs in the same category, or what we term the same "group," as a series of organisms. What I believe is that some of these non-pathogenic organisms we have with us at all times - our metabolism changes those. The same as I say I can take a coli bacillus and in 36 hours I can make it into a typhoid bacillus by altering the media two parts per million per volume, right now, with every damned known reaction of the typhoid bacillus clear down to the Widal Reaction, everything, the whole thing straight through. Visiting Doctor: That sure doesn't sound like what I learned in biology.
Narrator: By the end of 1931, Rife and Kendall had demonstrated that a filterable organism could be cultured out of the typhoid bacillus using K-Media as a nutrient and that this and other filterable organisms could be seen glowing in their own natural color through a Rife Microscope. Their findings were widely publicized and it would have been difficult for any attentive bacteriologist to have missed the exciting news of this fundamental discovery in the field, or its implications. The man who introduced Kendall and Rife, D. Milbank Johnson, understood the politics of science and medicine. He was well aware that Rife and Kendall's findings would not, in the end, be accepted by the mere weight of science journal articles. In 1931 there was only one Rife Virus Microscope in full operation - and that microscope stayed with Rife. Also, not only was K-Media tricky to make, its use required considerable skill and patience. Johnson felt a demonstration was necessary. He held a dinner at his Pasadena mansion to honor Kendall and Rife and give the cream of America's medical scientist a first hand look at their achievements. This well-attended occasion was announced as a dinner to celebrate "The End of All Disease." Following these developments came a simple blood test that could be used to diagnose patients with typhoid fever weeks before any symptoms arose. And Rife found the frequency that would destroy this microbe, or "devitalize" it, as Rife would explain. But it was not enough. Finally the voice of conventional microbiology, the most powerful man in the field, Dr. Thomas Rivers of the Rockefeller Institute, spoke out against Kendall's findings. At a medical symposium in 1932 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Rivers and his associate Hans Zinnser of Harvard, publically challenged Kendall's filtration experiments stating that they could not repeat them and therefore the findings of Kendall were invalid. Not once in their discourse did Rivers or Zinnser express any scientific curiosity toward this new microscope - a microscope that was introduced in the same papers that announced the isolation of the filterable forms. It was as if the scientific community didn't want to know about it and this symposium marked the advent of official denial to which the rank-and-file scientists of the day dutifully fell behind. But there were other microbiologists who were not swayed by Rivers' authority or the threat of his censure. Dr. Edward Rosenow, chief bacteriologist at the renown Mayo Clinic, was a man who had become a Pleomorphist as a result of his findings. Rosenow had discovered a pleomorphic relationship between the streptococcus bacillus and the much smaller polio virus. He sought out Rife and his microscope to help him confirm this relationship.
R.R. Rife: We isolated and worked on all of these different forms down through the line. I worked for... with Rosenow - he worked with me, I worked with him, whatever you want to call it - 14 years on poliomyelitis. He was the head of the Department of Research and Bacteriology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and he said, "They want me to scrap the work." I said, "Hold everything," I said, "I'm coming back." We went through it... and he was a great theorist on streptococcus, and of course he worked almost entirely on antitoxins and vaccines. We produced all of the symptoms of the disease in the lymphatic chain of the albino rabbit. I found the organism. Here's an article that's published in the Mayo on July 13th in 1932. It's right in there, you can see it. Rosenow wrote it. We went through - we ran this thing through. We showed them the motion pictures of the whole entire process. What did they do? They fired Rosenow. He was getting too close. You know, it's a terrible thing to talk like that. I'm not bitter but I'm sick of that kind of stuff.
Professor John Hubbard: I'll tell you this right now - I may get shot later for saying it - but, most microscopists, most people using microscopes in the United States... I'm not saying about Canada, Australia, any other country, but here in the United States... most of the microscopy that pathologists do, they are doing it at the very lowest level of technical skill that you can imagine. Although I will have to admit... things have improved a little bit in the last 10 or 15 years. But forty years ago most of the microscopy was very poor. It was just good enough that you could make a confident diagnosis, you could send that in, get it entered in the records, and you could send a bill out for it.
Michael Coyle: The lines a blurrier today than they were even at that time regarding microorganism developments. Because of new equipment, there's more that's seen than before. But what's happening is that all this emerging information is creating a revolution in the field and now people are dealing with things that they didn't even know existed even ten years ago: mycoplasmas, nano-bacteria, bacteria that are smaller than viruses. People don't even know how to classify what they are looking at. It is such a chaotic soup. And there isn't a lot of money that goes into research around it. It's a highly undefined field. We are having to actually... there's a language that's had to be invented even to talk about some of these things - to even name them.
R.R. Rife: There's one thing you'll find, and you'll find it in years and years of experience John, that it's an absolute true statement that I found out over all the years I've worked with this work, and I've worked hard and sincerely and honestly, you'll find by God that... Nine tenths of the criticism is a cloak of ignorance. When they don't know themselves, "then, it ain't," as the boy says.
RIFE'S CANCER VIRUS
Narrator: The concept of a virus, as we understand it today, originated with Dr. Thomas Rivers, who, in 1926, authoritatively stated that a virus can only grow within the pre-existing metabolism of a host cell. It has become a major plank of virology that a virus will not propagate upon an artificial culture media. It must be placed on a live tissue media, or a host organism, in order to develop. But before virology became a science, the term virus was used to denote any pathogenic microorganism that was one order smaller than a bacteria - too small to be seen. Micro-micro-organisms were viruses, from the Latin term meaning "poison." Rife used the term in its archaic sense because his understanding of microbiology widely differed from what was emerging in the field. To Rife, viruses were the minute filterable forms of the much larger bacteria, the two organisms married in a pleomorphic relationship. To conventional microbiologists, viruses and bacteria are not related - except in the sense that one needs the other to exist in the manner that Rivers denoted in 1926. Most of them disregarded pleomorphism as fallacy, recalling the primacy of Pasteur's Germ Theory of Disease and the spectacle of Thomas Rivers publically shutting down Dr. Kendall in the early 1930s. Today, microbiology dictates that it would be impossible to cultivate a cancer virus out of an artificial culture medium. But that is exactly what Royal Raymond Rife claimed to do in 1932, the present day definition of a virus, notwithstanding.
R.R. Rife: But I kept back to work and I succeeded in eventually isolating a virus.
CANCER VIRUS: (Isolation and Discovery)
R.R. Rife: We put this, that you see here, this so-called "BX" as I term it - the prisms are set to a certain degree of refraction for light... and we see a purplish-red organism that is highly motile.
CANCER VIRUS: (Establishing Pathogenicity - Does It Cause The Disease?)
Jason Ringas: In order to prove the causation of a disease by a microorganism, microbiologists use a set of standards known as Koch's Postulates. Basically what these say is that an organism should be isolated from a diseased patient, cultured in a pure culture, infecting an animal model, and then recovering that same organism while producing that same disease in that animal. And this is what Rife did. He took a human breast tumor. He cultured it with the special K-Medium and the culturing technique that he had developed, and he proceeded to inject it into lab rats, and then produced massive tumors in these rats, and then recovered the same microorganism from those rats. So he was probably the first and maybe only person to fulfill Koch's Postulates for a cancer causing microorganism.
CANCER VIRUS: (Transitional States Of The Microbe - the Changing Identity Of Malignancy)
R.R. Rife: The "transformation" as you term it, or what we term the "transitional state," of these organisms is accomplished by the media upon which in we grow them - that's all. Alright, we take this BX that we have, isolated directly from an unulcerated breast mass. We alter the media. We no longer have what we call a BX, we have what we call a BY. This will no longer pass the "W" Berkefeld filter, we use the much coarser porosity known as an "M" filter. Alright, now we alter the media again and we find a monococcoid organism. This organism can be seen readily with a good research microscope with the proper staining and method. And we find it only in the monocytes of the blood. Now, we alter the media once again. We come from our fluid mediums into our hard-based media - we use either asparagus or tomato with our agar. We no longer have here a BX. We no longer have a BY. We no longer have a monococcoid organism that we find in the monocytes of the white cells of the blood, but we have a cryptomyces pleomorphia fungi with all its 14 stages - clear from the original hyphi up through the spores and the asci-spores, on down the line. Anyone of these can be thrown back in 24 hours into a BX by putting it back on K Media and produce the disease.
Narrator: Knowledge of this fungal transitional state came to Rife through independent research being conducted by another bacteriologist, Dr. Cameron Gruner of Canada. His microbiological research tended toward pleomorphism and with this approach Gruner was beginning to crack the cancer puzzle. It was all a matter of the media. Gruner's media was based upon an asparagus agar which grew a fungus from cancerous blood. Kendall's media, which Rife used, was a protein broth which grew a virus out of cancerous tissue. When Rife and Gruner collaborated in the 1930s with the tools of Rife's laboratory to aid them, they discovered the following remarkable facts: When a sample of Gruner's fungus was cultured on K-Media, the so-called BX virus emerged. They could in effect, by changing the media, turn a fungus originally grown out of cancerous blood into the virus-sized BX organism, itself grown out of cancerous tissue. To further confirm the connection they tried culturing Rife's BX in Gruner's asparagus agar. The result: BX changed into Gruner's fungus. These experiments were repeated hundreds of times and in the end left no doubt in the mind of Rife or Gruner - there is a microorganism associated with cancer and it is, by nature, pleomorphic.
CANCER VIRUS: (Devitalizing The Organism - Killing The Cancer Microbe)
Jason Ringas: So he conceived of the idea of putting the organisms into an oscillating electromagnetic field and causing them to oscillate, similar to the way a glass oscillates when it is hit with an appropriate audio tone. So he was looking for an electrical frequency that would cause the microorganism to shatter or to be devitalized in some sense. So what he first did was he tried the various wavelengths such as light, ultraviolet, infrared - he tried them all and finally he came upon a range of frequencies which is in the radio range that caused the destruction of these microorganisms. And the frequencies are specific to each species.
R.R. Rife: We simply "Hunt and Try," that was all we could do. We put a pure culture of the organism under the microscope and I start in and I tune this thing until I find a frequency that will destroy it.
Narrator: By the end of 1932 Rife had isolated a virus from cancer. He had developed a unique culturing technique to sustain it and to make it visible. He had fully explored its various physical properties and had discovered additional transitional forms of the microbe. He had transplanted it into laboratory animals producing the disease conditions resulting in tumor growth. And then he had found the Mortal Oscillatory Rate of the virus and destroyed it with his Beam Ray Instrument under the microscope. But one test remained. Could the Beam Tube kill the microorganism inside the body of a host? Rife had established annihilation of the virus IN VITRO, but could it be done IN VIVO? And further, if it killed the organism would it cure the disease? Pleomorphists like Rife believe that the relationship between a germ and a disease is more complex than a simple cause-and-effect arrangement. As we have seen, the arrival of a microorganism in a body does not necessarily always come from an external source, but may instead be, as some claim, the result of a pleomorphic transition from another form of the germ that is already inside the body. Would this complicate the notion of killing the germ and thus curing the disease?
Morris Zubkewych (chiropractor, biological practitioner, electro-therapist): I guess with allopathic medicine with the Germ Theory at the basis says that we are attacked by external microbes, viruses, bacteria and anything in between, and that's what's infecting our body. But a Pleomorphist would say that if the environment is right in our body, yeah that can happen, but at the same time any existing microbes we have in our body can evolve to a higher pathological form and create disease. So as we pollute our bodies more and more with physical toxins, emotional toxins, etc, it lays the foundation for disease to develop where one microbe can be a virus, a bacteria, or a fungal form depending on its environment. Shawn Montgomery (filmmaker): That itself is a very controversial notion. Morris Zubkewych: Of course, yeah, it threatens the whole foundation of medicine which is the Germ Theory.
Visiting Doctor: Do you have any theory at all as far as malignancies are concerned in relation to oxygenation of the individual cell, or do you just kill them off with frequencies? R.R. Rife: Well we devitalize them by this frequency in the work we've done thus far with this thing. But now, here is the thing: The effect of a disease on an individual depends greatly upon the balance of the metabolism of that individual from a neutral pH. Because I sincerely believe that if a body is in an absolutely normal pH it's susceptible to no disease. Because in our test tubes show that won't anything grow in a neutral pH media, regardless of what kind of media, whatever it may be, whatever it is.
Michael Coyle: So what it means is you have to have a pre-existing condition in the terrain for the microorganism to take root, or take hold, and then the microorganism will adjust the terrain again to make it its own environment more permanently. They do this by producing their own species-specific acids. They convert acids that come into the system into - for instance, mucor racemosus would convert it to lactic acid, and aspergillus niger would convert it to citric acid. But these are the acids that they use in their environment - they're their nutritive medium, and they create them themselves.
THE CLINICAL TRIALS: (Testing Rife's Beam Ray On Humans)
Visiting Doctor: From your experience, would you consider a machine like this satisfactory for treating a patient who was considered too far advanced for surgery? R.R. Rife: Yeah. Because our 16 cases we had at La Jolla... you can imagine what they gave us, you know. They came in ambulances. You can imagine what they gave us.
Jason Ringas: So with the successful animal experiments that Rife conducted, then Dr. Johnson convinced him that they should do a trial on humans. And Rife was hesitant at first but then consented on the condition that a team of medical specialists would be involved. So with Dr. Johnson's supervision and under the auspices of the University of Southern California they formed a Special Research Committee and in 1934 they took 16 terminally ill patients and within a period of three months successfully treated all of them.
R.R. Rife: So, as I say, the results we've had have been very encouraging. We had a clinic in '34 in La Jolla. Dr. Milbank Johnson, a friend of mine that works in Los Angeles, well he was one of the big brass of the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, and more than a millionaire. Incidentally he was a "medical politician," and he had the Big Whip. He could kind of throw these boys into shape a little bit. So, we had this clinic - I didn't want to go it, but he said, "It's alright, let's go ahead." That was just shortly after Ms. Ellen Scripps died out there, and he rented the whole Ellen Scripps home. We ran a clinic out there. We were there 90 days... we actually ran the clinic about, I would say, 70 days we did actual clinical work. And first I told him I wanted it done in a legitimate order. I says, "I want you to surround on this committee with us, a group of six of the biggest men you can pick in the United States." I said, "You're a politician enough, you can do that," Which he did. He got Fischer of New York. He got Wayland Morrison. He got George Docks of Pasadena - and so on - in there. Then I said, "I want as our pathologist, I want Alvin Foord," which is a friend of both of us of course. He says, "Good lord, you've looked at 1000 tissues to Alvin's 1." I said, "It don't make any difference. He is the President of the American Association of Pathologists and I want his name on every one of these cases we treat." Now I says, "I want you to organize a Special Medical Research Committee under a bonafide university," which we did under the University of Southern California... Dr. Johnson, why, he carried a weight there too. Alright we did it, we ran the clinic. We got through. We did all the reports, photographs, before-and-after, this-that-and-the-other. At the end of the time when we had our meeting at the Los Angeles Athletic Club up there, why, this board pronounced 14 of our cases clinically cured.
Narrator: Fourteen of the sixteen patients were successfully treated in the first 70 days... and the remaining two were pronounced cured by Dr. James Couche after three more weeks treatment with Rife's Beam Ray. Dr. Couche describes his impressions.
Dr. James Couche (M.D. that worked with Rife): When I was told about this Dr. Royal Rife and how he had a machine out at the Scripps Institute, I went out to see about it and became very much interested in seeing the cases which he had. And the thing that brought me into it more quickly than anything was a man who had a cancer of the stomach. This was a man who staggered in to a table just on the last end of cancer. He was a bag of bones. And as he lay on the bed, Dr. Rife and Dr. Milbank Johnson said, "Just feel that man's stomach doctor." So I put my hand on his stomach which was one solid hard mass about just what I could cover with my hand... and it was absolutely solid. And I thought, well nothing can be done for that. However, they gave him a treatment of the Rife frequencies and in the course of time, to my astonishment, he completely recovered.
Visiting Doctor: How many times and what was the extent of each treatment Dr. Rife? R.R. Rife: Well we used three minutes on each treatment and we found that the patients we treated twice a week we got better results than the ones we treated every day... simply because when we broke down, you know, devitalized this virus or organism in the tissues of the body... it gives the lymphatic system a chance to absorb it and take it up and cast it off. We treated half of them every day and half of them twice a week and the ones we treated twice a week we got better results.
POST-CLINIC CONUNDRUM: (The Not-Invented-Here Syndrome)
Narrator: The following years saw a tireless push by Dr. Johnson as he sought to have Rife's work in cancer independently verified in other laboratories. They approached the Hooper Foundation and the International Cancer Research Foundation, two prestigious institutions which had the money and the clout to proceed seriously with the work. And there was an advanced laboratory in New Jersey operated by Dr. John Burnett, a man who had more than a professional association with Rife.
Jason Ringas: Well, Dr. Burnett's connection to Rife was through his wife, who was one of the Timken sisters. And so Burnett was also a well-known researcher and his laboratory was probably, you know, almost equal to Rife's - and he was doing research to verify Rife's work and other fields of electro-medicine.
Narrator: Where independent verification of the work was concerned it was only Dr. Burnett who continued with Rife in good faith. The other research organizations, after a flurry of initial enthusiasm, wasted years of time by embroiling Rife and Johnson in an endless barrage of bureaucratic red tape. It seemed that the Hooper Foundation and the International Cancer Research Foundation were more concerned with satisfying the whims of impatient board members than following the rigors of clearly established experimental science.
R.R. Rife: Like all the experience that I had back east there with that International Cancer Research Foundation, you know, Christ almighty, they collect money in there by the millions John - and what have they ever spent? What have they ever spent for anything? For polio they buy a couple of iron lungs. And for the cancer outfit they spent by God less than $50,000 out of their $127,000,000 that they've got in. Where's the rest of it? What are they doing with it? Christ almighty John $50,000 won't equip a spatter-ass laboratory. John Crane: Well I guess they are using it to subsidize their own operations. If all businesses were as smart as they then they might have similar success. R.R. Rife: No but Jesus Christ, that kind of... that kind of stuff John - people paying their good money... they're paying their good money toward a contribution that they think is going to be some benefit to humanity and where does it ever go? It goes no place.
Ben Cullen: As a consequence we've lost millions of people from a disease that could have been healed by Rife's machines John Crane: We are losing a quarter million people every year from cancer right now. This is published figures you know.
Bertrand Comperet (Rife's trial lawyer): Of course the American Medical Association standard required that there be at least five years of successful operation before it could be recognized as a possible treatment for this sort of thing, so time was passing and everybody was getting impatient.
Narrator: The successful cancer clinic in La Jolla demanded two necessary courses of action: One, to get independent verification of the microbiology involved, a cooperation that was proving quite difficult for Dr. Johnson to engineer. The other necessary course of action was obvious - more experimental therapy on sick people with the Beam Ray.
Jason Ringas: So with that initial success Dr. Johnson also ran clinics of his own where he treated a variety of diseases including even cataracts and tuberculosis and various illnesses. There was also a few other doctors, there was one doctor named James Couche who ran the machines in his clinics and had astounding success. There was one doctor, Dr. Hamer, who was treating about 40 patients a day. As a matter of fact he was so busy using the machine that he had to hire a couple of technicians to run the machines.
John Crane: Dr. Rife evaluated it in '34 and proved it conclusively that it was absolutely perfected then. The process lingered and then Milbank Johnson took it up to Pasadena to run some more clinical tests in '36 and '37, which were very successful.
Jason Ringas: Now, the original Rife machines were effective but they were massive and unmanageable. So Rife wanted to build a new series of instruments that would not only be more modern with the advancements in electronics, but be more compact and manageable so that they could be used in a clinical setting. So Dr. Johnson brought an electrical engineer named Philip Hoyland in and with his help they built the new instruments that were used by the doctors in their clinics.
Bertrand Comperet: He did the repair work and in fact I think Hoyland in those early days made up for Rife about three experimental instruments.
R.R. Rife: The basic principle of the device is the same as it was in its initial state. Absolutely. There's no getting around or away from a coordinative resonance. But the improvement has been in the field of electronics itself - in the devices that we can obtain such as tubes and transformers and rectifiers and chokes and grip-biases and whatnot -to install in there. Greatly improved over the old original outfit. The old original outfit is all here, it's all down here, there's a row of it down there clear across this whole floor.
Narrator: It appears that Phillip Hoyland joined the ranks of the Rife Research Lab shortly after the first cancer clinic in La Jolla. As an employee of Rife's, his job was strictly that of electronics engineer with the task of modernizing the old equipment. However, soon after becoming immersed in the work, his involvement became much more personal and ambitious.
Bertrand Comperet: Rife was getting impatient. Here was something with remarkable possibilities for humanity's sake and he wanted it in use to heal people. And then Hoyland, he had taken Hoyland into the thing as a partner with him... and Hoyland wanted some financial returns. So, that lead to the organization of Beam Rays Incorporated.
Narrator: Initially the company consisted of these four men: Ben Cullen as president and chairman; Rife as founder and head scientist; Philip Hoyland as engineer to build and maintain the ray machines; and a man Ben Cullen brought in who would operate as their business manager, a corporate promoter named C. R. Hutchinson. Hutchinson already owned several corporations, one of which was a correspondent school called United Polytechnical Institute. To speed up their own incorporation, Hutchinson proposed to retool his already existing school and rename it Beam Rays Incorporated. The others went along with the idea, not recognizing the pitfalls of such an arrangement with a man like C. R. Hutchinson at the helm.
Ben Cullen: The stock was fairly divided amongst all of us, in spite the fact that I had formed the corporation, used my money to form the corporation, we had spent months and months and months out in Los Angeles doing it, I didn't ask any more than the rest. Each of us received 6000 shares of stock in the original corporation. It was a closed corporation and we were doing very well. We were putting some money in the bank every month because we were receiving orders from farther and farther on and the renown was growing farther - as it spread we were getting orders. We weren't advertising it, that's no good.
Narrator: Cullen's rosy picture of a growing company on the road to success, didn't last. Hutchinson began a series of questionable stock transfers aimed at creating operating capital. A long line of additions to the Board of Directors followed. At one point its ranks swelled to nine persons, some of whom had given Hutchinson money and others who were tied to him through his previously owned corporations. There was also the hard reality that the Beam Rays' stock itself was practically worthless. The company owned no patent on the device that they manufactured. On its own, the Beam Ray Machine was unpatentable.
Professor John Hubbard: That's a relatively simple device to make, even back there it was a relatively simple device to make. Stability though, that's another matter. Bertrand Comperet: And which was why no patent protection was possible because even if you could invent a new frequency generator those already in use could do the same thing - so, they had to keep the thing secret, and the only secret they had, naturally was, which were the frequencies that were useful.
Narrator: The problem was, how does one sell this device together with the frequencies that it uses to kill microorganisms without divulging the frequencies themselves? Philip Hoyland came up with a solution. He decided to hide the frequencies within the circuitry of the machine so that the dial settings would not indicate the true frequencies but an encoded numeric equivalent. And then he changed the way the machine itself generated those frequencies so that nosy engineers would be hard-pressed to determine what was intended as an output. As it turned out, it was a bad idea.
Graham Smith: You know as Rife pointed out in a 1929 article, when money comes in the door, science goes out the window. So it's much like what happened with the Beam Rays corporation. You know, once the money came in, the greed and the infighting and it just destroyed itself.
THE BAD APPLE AND THE WORM
Jason Ringas: At some point in time, Philip Hoyland began making changes and modifications to the instruments that were fundamentally different than what Rife was doing and that's when the machines began to fail to produce positive results and that's also when the troubles in the Beam Ray Corporation began.
Bertrand Comperet: Now there was friction developing in the company. They wanted a salable instrument and Hoyland was making junk. And Hoyland was complaining that they weren't bringing in money enough selling this thing and they were complaining, "we can't sell these things so they'll stay sold." We had reason to believe, we felt, and we did believe, that this period of developing trouble was being brought on by Hoyland as part of a scheme to freeze out the others... and which must have had some cooperation from Hutchinson.
Narrator: This schism in the company was made most evident when a group of British doctors expressed interest in Rife's work. Dr. Winter Gonin, personal physician to King George, heard about the whole affair through Dr. Couche, an associate of Rife's. Gonin and his associates wanted to acquire a Rife Microscope and a Beam Ray device to take back to England for testing. The contentious question became - is the British group dealing with the Beam Ray Corporation or is it dealing with the Rife Research Laboratory?
Dr. Winter Gonin (physician to King George V, Rife supporter): So we decided to come over... and we came over on the Queen Mary on the 8th of May, I think it was, in 1938, when, lo and behold, we found that instead of meeting with our friend Rife, we were meeting with the Beam Ray Corporation, founded apparently by a Mr. Hutchinson and a Mr. Hoyland... and this was not the set-up that we expected. However, Rife was exceedingly kind to us and meticulously careful in showing us all that he had... particularly in connection with the Universal Microscope - so much so that I decided to ask him to build me a smaller one for which I think I payed 1000 pounds. And we also bought two machines which we took back to my laboratory but we found that they didn't work. Upon examination some of the wires hadn't even been fastened correctly and the frequencies which they gave off were totally different than the frequencies which were claimed to cure disease. There was nothing distinctive or indicative about it at all.
Bertrand Comperet: Well, nobody was ever sure whether Hoyland deliberately sabotaged the machines that they sent to England or whether he was just an incompetent bungler. Professor John Hubbard: I have seen Dr. Gonin's correspondence on them. He complained that they weren't even hooked up. He said the components weren't even wired together properly. Bertrand Comperet: Yeah. Our own suspicion at the time was that it was deliberate sabotage because Hutchinson and Hoyland already were planning to take over the thing for themselves. You see they had it figured out: If they could ease Rife out then they would have time to steal from each other at their leisure later. But the first thing to do was to get rid of poor, unsuspecting Rife.
Ben Cullen: Philip Hoyland became disgusted with the whole deal because he was not getting what he thought was his fair share of the stock, which was fairly divided amongst all of us. Each of us received 6000 shares of stock in the original corporation. Hoyland didn't think he was getting a satisfactory deal so he got to so he wanted to show his oats a little bit and like Hitler and Mussolini and Stalin, that gang, they try to find somebody who is dissident and bribe them to become stooges for them. Well, the Hahn Realty Company at the instigation of Fishbein, bribed Philip Hoyland to become a stooge.
Narrator: As the primary editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Morris Fishbein wielded enormous influence over medical progress in America through the first half of the twentieth century. Under his guidance and with his expansion of revenues from the journal, he converted the association from its well-intention origins as a benevolent overseer of national medical ethics, into a vast money-making operation of questionable character. Fishbein set up a system of so-called "kickbacks," a way of allowing rich corporations to buy favor with the prestigious medical journal through expensive advertising, biased reporting of client products, and effective negative propaganda against competitors. If an alternative approach emerged that competed with the hegemony of a sanctioned practice, then negative campaigns were orchestrated to destroy the competitor.
Michael Coyle: Morris Fishbein was a major contributor to holding people back. He was basically wanting to be somebody, you know. And he is, he became somebody. Unfortunately he is infamous rather than famous.
R.R. Rife: They come out with all this stuff and of course anything that the AMA doesn't publish, why, of course, unsanctioned, why, that is no good. As far as I'm concerned there isn't any AMA. There's an American Drug Syndicate that tells those boys what they can do. Those are the ones. Parke Davis. Whitehall, and a bunch of them. They tell them what they can do. Ha! Visiting Doctor: Well I can appreciate the position you are in because I know how those fellas are. When the Osteopaths and the Chiropractors wanted to be licensed to go ahead here in San Diego, they put up an awful fuss, the medical society did. R.R. Rife: Oh they do. They buck it from one end to the other. So that's one reason a person has to be decidedly careful on any statement that is made, or claims. Now, I have never made statements or claims of a cures. That's one of the worst things you can possible use - that one word: CURE. They hate that word as the Devil hates Holy Water - this CURE proposition.
Michael Coyle: I want to give an example of the effect that Morris Fishbein has had on every day society. If you go into thrift shops and places like that, and look at the books they have in there, you'll often find very old textbooks that have been authored by Morris Fishbein. I can tell you as a biological practitioner that a great deal of the information in them is just wrong. He held people to such a old-fashioned, out-dated, dysfunctional paradigm in medicine that he created the death and suffering of untold numbers of people. See, and by him interfering with Rife for his personal gain he compounded that even more.
Jason Ringas: The pattern that we've heard through other cases was that whenever there was some new development in medicine that, you know, special interest groups, such as the American Medical Association or pharmaceutical companies - they would either buy it and put it on the shelf, or they would buy it and monopolize it - either way, they were in control.
Professor John Hubbard: So this Philip Hoyland really was the tool, in your opinion, he was an agent of other people who were trying to get in (to the corporation) and make some money? Ben Cullen: Get control of it at the request of Morris Fishbein... yeah.
Narrator: It began simply with a healed patient... one among many. Dr. Hamer had been operating a frequency machine at his office for several years, and with positive results. One of his most profound successes came from an 82 year old man who was dying of a cancer that was eating away his jaw. Six months of twice-a-week exposure to the Rife Ray saw a complete recovery.
Ben Cullen: To be healed of something that was looking like he was going to be suffering for a long time as its inroads developed, why, he went back to Chicago, naturally he couldn't keep still. And Fishbein heard about it. Fishbein called him in and the old man was kind of reticent about telling him. Fishbein of course was unfair in doing so - and of course he will have to pay his debt later to the Supreme Creator for having done so - but he wined and dined him and finally learned where this machine was. Well, Fishbein got a hold of the Hahn Realty Company in Los Angeles. The president of the Hahn Realty Company came down - he had several meetings with us and finally broached the subject about buying into the corporation. We couldn't do it. We were not going to do it. John Crane: That's the Beam Ray Corporation? Ben Cullen: The Beam Rays Corporation. We couldn't do it and we wouldn't do it.
Jason Ringas: Well, from the reports we've heard, Hoyland admitted to accepting a $10,000 bribe - which during the depression and for someone who didn't have any money - was quite a sum of money. And the reason that he accepted it was because he needed the money of course, but the people that bribed him - because they were unable to buy into the corporation through conventional means - they tried to get control of the company through Hoyland.
Ben Cullen: i noticed that Philip was showing considerable appearance of friendliness toward them and I didn't think much about it until later I found out that they had got hold of him and bribed him with a $10,000 check. It came from many sources and from his own lips that they paid him $10,000, and he had wished to God that he had never accepted it. But, just like Judas Iscariot that betrayed Jesus, why, as soon as he got that $10,000 check... then he kicked us into the courts.
Jason Ringas: Philip Hoyland who was reportedly supported by agents of the American Medical Association brought a lawsuit to have the directors of the corporation replaced, and perhaps that way secure his own interests.
Narrator: Shortly after the Hahn Brothers had given Hoyland a $10,000 gift, and just prior to the filing of his lawsuit, a famous attorney, Aaron Sapiro, arrived in San Diego, ostensibly to help Hoyland sort out the contracts they had with the British group headed by Dr. Gonin. It was only later that Rife and the others discovered who Hoyland's new lawyer really represented.
Ben Cullen: What happened was this: Aaron Sapiro came out from Chicago - the prosecuting attorney paid by the AMA... Professor John Hubbard: Now how do you know that Sapiro was paid by the AMA? Ben Cullen: Because he made that statement. He made that statement to Bert Comperet and to others and of course I was often times in the group and I heard what was said.
Narrator: The British group wanted to sever its contracts with the Rife Beam Ray Corporation, insisting that they deal only with Rife. Hoyland's apparent subterfuge had soured them considerably. To see where they stood legally the board-of-directors of Beam Rays let Sapiro go through their books and allowed him to examine the minutes of all past meetings. It was then that Sapiro told them that much of the activity that had occurred in the company with regard to Hutchinson's earlier transfers of stock was illegal. With Hoyland at his side Sapiro advised that in order to save the company from impending litigation they must take action against Hutchinson and completely reorder the board-of-directors. Seeing this as a transparent attempt by Hoyland to take control of the company, the directors declined Sapiro's advice. At that point, at the beginning of 1939, Philip Hoyland filed suit against the directors themselves on the grounds of dereliction of duty by refusing to act against C.R. Hutchinson. His lawyer in the trial would be Aaron Sapiro. The actual hearings would begin in June. Before that there would be five months of depositions, affidavits, and the filing of a counter-suit against Hoyland. When the pre-trial motions began, the first order of business for Sapiro was to subpoena Rife. This move forced Rife to cancel his long arranged plans to travel to England to spend time instructing Dr. Gonin on the use of his equipment. Gonin's group had earlier purchased several Frequency Machines and borrowed a microscope. Rife had sent his trusted assistant Henry Siner to England where he resided for a year helping Dr. Gonin recreate Rife's methods. But they had gone as far as they could without Rife's expertise for guidance - and now, because of the court case, the English venture was critically delayed.
Henry Siner: In those days my primary function was to take the microscope over to England to teach to Dr. Gonin. Now the microscope which Dr. Gonin had bought and paid for was still here and it was our hope that Dr. Rife could have come over and joined me in London. That was the plan. And in the meantime I tried to get everything ready for that event. And there was one delay and another... to make a long story short, the American Medical Association stepped in and we had quite a battle with them.
Narrator: The delay in Rife's departure was just long enough to allow for another wide-ranging event to intervene and put a final end to the English venture with Dr. Gonin.
R.R. Rife: And that's what Henry went over there for. And I was supposed to go over but the war came and stopped me. So I didn't get over and he just barely got back by the skin of his teeth. And so, the instrument has been laying there ever since and nobody can operate it.
Narrator: In mid-May as Siner was preparing to leave London after his year-long stay at Gonin's laboratory, a disaster occurred back in America. Rife's research associate and good friend, Dr. John Burnett, lost his elaborate New Jersey laboratory in a devastating fire. The fire completely destroyed Dr. Burnett's lab and all of its contents marking an end to not only his own research but his long collaboration with Rife. Coincidentally, while the fire burned in New Jersey, the Burnett's were visiting Rife in San Diego. They were in California because Amelia Bridges had died. Amelia Bridges was Amelia Timken, sister of Dr. Burnett's wife, Cora Timken. Amelia Bridges was also Rife's main patron. Over the years, she and her brother, Henry Timken, had given Rife millions of dollars to build and operate his laboratories. With one final gift from Amelia's will, Rife would see his last taste of Big Money.
THE PERFECT STORM
Graham Smith: 1939, the key year to the whole story. This is the year that Rife self-destructs - and is destroyed. 1939, the year of the trial. He is forced to defend himself in this lawsuit and he spends his energy and time, not in the lab, but preparing for the trial, financially paying lawyers. You know, this is something - an inventor's worst nightmare is having to defend yourself and then being financially destitute at the end of it - even though you win, which Rife did. You know, the trial judge even looked at Rife and wanted to allow him to counter-sue. 1939, you have World War II starting. You've got England suddenly at war - Rife has a couple of Beam Ray Tubes over there - suddenly transatlantic trade is curtailed and it's very difficult to get any kind of information or materials back-and-forth. And also in 1939 Amelia Bridges dies, which is something that as an inventor I can totally understand. This was his Business Angel, the person who was helping him out all the time when he was in trouble, financially, emotionally - and suddenly all three of these things coalesce together to kind of like the Perfect Storm to destroy Rife. And he is left destitute at the end of it and becomes an alcoholic. And as everyone knows, that's the drug that will destroy any human being.
Michael Coyle: I remember the information on it... basically at the time, like I said, it was a much smaller universe. You could drag one guy with an invention in there, and you could beat him to death by pulling him into court thirty-five times in a row and turn him into an alcoholic.
Professor John Hubbard: Let me ask you about Rife's deterioration, his alcoholism... Bertrand Comperet: Well that began with this: Rife was one of those men who shouldn't have any alcohol at all at any time. Now when this case came up, we knew of course that part of the testimony to be taken in the case would be Rife's statement that he had devised this method and employed Hoyland to do the work... that all Hoyland knew was what Rife had told him... this is Rife's work. So, I had a talk with Rife. Now, so many people have an exaggerated fear of being on the witness stand and Rife had that to a very high degree. Well. I assured him that we would simply have to show that it was through him that this knowledge came in and that was all that Hoyland had. Well, he began drinking and from then on he was an alcoholic. Professor John Hubbard: So he began drinking actually before the trial began? Bertrand Comperet: Oh yes, it was his worry over having to appear as a witness and be badgered and brow-beaten by attorneys and so on. That's what got him started drinking. Professor John Hubbard: I see.
Ben Cullen: Well, Rife was called in to testify, two, three times as you know. And Judge Kelly was a wonderful man, but Rife had never been in to court and he just became a nervous, gibbering idiot... in that he couldn't stand; he did his best to keep calm but his hands were shivering and shaking like this; and of course he had started smoking pretty heavily. But anyway, he took to drinking because the doctor couldn't find anything to stop his nervousness without forcing him into a drug-addict. He thought the next best thing would just be a little brandy and it would be alright. Finally he got so he had to crave it.
Professor John Hubbard: The character of Royal Rife as might be described... he was apparently... he had a hubris which was, maybe understandable, but it was ruinous. This was really the cause of his becoming an alcoholic - having to go to trial in a court where he would not be the ringmaster was something that he couldn't take. Trials can be brutal. Some trial lawyers... you are strictly at their mercy or the mercy of the judge and it doesn't matter what the truth is, you can still get crucified. And that trial lasted a year, so that was time enough for him to buckle.
Narrator: The court hearings began on June 5th, 1939. Aaron Sapiro prosecuted for the plaintiff, Philip Hoyland... and San Diego trial lawyer Bertrand Comperet defended the Beam Rays Corporation. Both parties had waved on a jury and Judge Edward Kelly, who presided over the case, would make the trial's final decision. First before the court was Sapiro who laid out Hoyland's complaint declaring that the affairs of the company had become muddled and confused due to the questionable activities of Mr. Hutchinson, their General Manager. Sapiro charged that Hutchinson had taken loans from various associates based upon the promise of the issuance of stock at some time in the future when they were licensed for such a transfer. They then charged that Hutchinson kept $500 of this money for himself. The solution, argued the prosecution, was to send the company into receivership... to forcefully replace the board-of-directors with a group more amenable to Hoyland's belief in how the company should be run. Comperet's answer to these charges was to argue that Hoyland knew all about these transfers of stock and money at the time they were happening. It was all up front and out in the open and recorded in the minutes of the meetings of the Beam Rays Corporation, meetings which Hoyland had attended and whose signature was affixed to the records in question. Further, all of the current board-of-directors of the company had written affidavits opposing Hoyland's action, which was supposedly on behalf of the company. And it was finally stated that if there was any discord, strife, or illegality in the company, it was coming from the activities of Philip Hoyland and no one else. Judge Kelly, fascinated with the case, decided that a full hearing was needed to get at all of the particulars of the case and ordered them to proceed.
Bertrand Comperet: When anybody is apparently giving the medical monopoly a tough time... why, they go after them.
Ben Cullen: Now anyone who had one of these, medical men, he was told to either get rid of it right now, as soon as we started our case in court, Judge Kelly's court, or else lose is membership in the AMA, and that's what forced Dr. Hamer out of it. And of course he returned his two machines back to us - we had to cover him on his expenses. But, that of course eventually took place with all of them. That's what shut us down.
Henry Siner: The American Medical Association stepped in and began to dispute all of the work that we had done. And we had quite a battle with them - such a terrific battle that Dr. Rife completely backed away because he is not a business man, or a fighter. He's a scientist.
THE DECISION (December 6, 1939)
Professor John Hubbard: Here, the Conclusions of Law: One, that plaintiff Philip Hoyland should take nothing by his said complaint and that the defendants, and each of them, should have and recover of said Philip Hoyland, their costs and disbursements herein incurred. Bertrand Comperet: Yeah. We never got a penny.
Ben Cullen: However, Judge Kelly saw that Fishbein was trying to cause trouble when there really was no trouble there... because, actually, all the information that was brought out in the case was pretty well corroborated by the various doctors: Dr, Johnson, Milbank Johnson; Dr. Rosenow; Dr. Gruner; Dr. Arthur I. Kendall, and Dr. Couche...
John Crane: You mentioned this fellow, this Sapiro was the lawyer's name that Fishbein sent down here? Ben Cullen: Aaron Sapiro was engaged by Fishbein... John Crane: And you mentioned that after the trial was over that this Judge offered to fight these people? Ben Cullen: Judge Kelly offered to fight them... actually, it was kicked into a straight out-and-out deal with the American Medical Association. He offered to defend my case against them. But I was broke and I had had so doggone much of it - I had a year and three days and I was so doggone flat that I just took a few tools that I had and went down to the back door of Convair and got me a job in the machine shop.
Visiting Doctor: Well it's a damn shame. That's all I've said all the while. Quite a man as you are and then to have them put the rope around your neck and choke you to death. R.R. Rife: Well I'll tell you.The thing is that, why, my eyes was bad, you know, when I work over those instruments 16, 18, 20 hours a day, day-in-and-day-out, my eyes got so that I couldn't see any more and I became absolutely, as Amos and Andy says, "REGUSTED." And I quit.
Ben Cullen: Rife was always looking for help because he still had the ardent desire to see the stuff go and get into use. And although during his clearer moments - he had sane moments when he wasn't under the influence of liquor - he would endeavor to progress. But every dad-gum day at a certain time he'd go and get one little nip out of his car. That was the end of him. From that time on he became maudlin. Useless as tits on a boar for the rest of the day.
BEAM RAY RESIDUE
Narrator: The threats and intimidation by the AMA upon doctors using the frequency instrument were not completely successful. There was still a core of doctors close to Milbank Johnson who continued treating their patients with frequencies. Dr. Johnson was too politically powerful for coercive tactics. Apparently Morris Fishbein was careful about whose toes he stepped on. But Dr. Johnson's influence ended in 1944, when he died in hospital during a sudden illness.
R.R. Rife: Dr. Johnson picked him (Dr. Couche) out to finish up on some of these patients that he wasn't quite through yet. That was very good. Dr. Johnson died. Two weeks after Dr. Johnson died they came to the doctor (Couche) and says - he belonged to the County Board and all this-that-and-the-other - they says, "You can't use that thing any more. We're going to throw you out of the County Board if you keep on using that thing." Incidentally, we had five cases then of tuberculosis at the Vulcain Home up there, and they were coming along in pretty good shape. So, the doctor (Couche) said, "Alright, it don't make any difference."`He said, "You can take my County Board away from me, I don't care. But I'm going to finish up on these patients," which he did.
John Crane: And after that time, Dr. Milbank Johnson died and all the rest of the doctors sort of scattered like a bunch of scared rabbits with their tails between their legs and nothing has been actually accomplished by this great medical help that was first gathered together in the beginning.
1946: CLOSING THE DOOR
Graham Smith: 1946, the year Rife is forced to close his lab. You know, during the war he kind of descended into alcoholism and by the end of 1946 he crated up his lab and it no longer was a functioning facility. Now that's a critical point because he can't continue his experimentation, he can't show that the techniques he was working on are valid, and he had done most of his key research in the 1930s. He had cured cancer. And yet, ten years later he's irrelevant. It must have been a huge blow for him.
Henry Siner: And he was very despondent, he became very despondent about the whole thing and all of our research came to a halt. It was most unfortunate. That's about all I can tell you.
JOHN CRANE: The Other Engineer (The Cycle Repeats)
Jason Ringas: In 1950, an engineer by the name of John Crane came into contact with Rife through a piece of drafting equipment that he wanted to purchase from him. In hearing Rife tell his story, he was so impressed that he decided to devote his life to furthering this work and trying to bring it to people so that they can be benefited.
Bertrand Comperet: Now later when John Crane came into the thing... Crane has a pretty good analytical mind alright. He's stubborn as hell. He's his owm worst enemy. But, he has a good mind.
Narrator: John Crane was a mechanical engineer who befriended Rife, and after becoming familiar with the various fruits of Rife's genius, began thinking of ways of exploiting them. Within a few years Crane had developed a partnership with Rife and a new company, Life Lab. It's purpose? To develop and market Rife's inventions. And, there were other people involved, most notably another engineer named John Marsh.
Graham Smith: Now this is good and bad in many ways. Good... that Rife finds a champion who believes in him and allows him to continie his work... but bad in the fact that Crane is not a scientist. He's an amateur. Bad in the fact that, you know, you haven't got a Timken who's supplying you with a lab, a million dollar lab. And he's not working with the Kendalls of the world, he's working with amateurs. And what they are doing is more just trying to commercialize Rife's previous inventions. And that doesn't work out anywhere near as well as it could have.
Narrator: In the mid-1970s, a few years after Rife's death, Dr. John Hubbard traveled to San Diego in an attempt to get a fuller picture of what happened to the Rife Microscopes and possibly even track one down. He met separately with Ben Cullen, Bert Comperet, Henry Siner and others. But he finally found what he was looking for when he arrived at John Crane's house. What he found out before he got there was that most people who were friends of Rife's did not approve of Crane and his influence. It was John Crane who inherited all of Rife's estate and after Rife died, Crane became very litigious about who owned Rife's inventions.
Professor John Hubbard: I'm sorry that I was so naive back in those early years. I didn't realize the importance of money - the desire to get money with this process. But that's the whole thing. Crane was interested in this for the money he could get out of it. Shawn Montgomery: And Rife? What was he interested in? Professor John Hubbard: Rife was only interested in the science of it.
Jason Ringas: Well Crane certainly had the zeal to continue-on Rife's research and bring it forward, but he didn't really have the knowledge and understanding that really would have been required, and also I think his interests were partially clouded by commercial interests in trying to produce this commercially rather than focusing on the science.
Professor John Hubbard: Siner was a vice-president and had very responsible positions in the business world there. And, I openly was tape recording. All of these interviews, except the telephone interviews, I openly tape recorded them. And I noticed Siner would never... he was very quite. And I was wondering whether he was trying to not say anything that my tape recorder would pick up that could possibly put him in legal jeopardy. He knew I was going to be seeing Crane, and going out there. But Siner was very bitter in his quiet way... about Crane. He blamed Crane for keeping and advancing Rife's being an alcoholic. That was the real basis for Siner's intense... his very quiet but very intense disapproval of Crane. Shawn Montgomery: Now how is it he described Crane having done that? Professor John Hubbard: Well, apparently for Rife to get the money to buy alcohol, he would borrow it from Crane. And Crane took equipment for security and for sale.
MONKEYING WITH THE SYSTEM
Bertrand Comperet: I asked Rife, because I thought Rife would certainly say that the way Crane was working on it then was still using the Rife principle, but he indignantly denied it.
Jason Ringas: At the beginning of the 1960s, John Crane came up with the idea of taking the variable audio frequencies that were operating in the original type of Rife machines - and he thought of applying that directly to the body through metal plates and thereby completely changed the design and the principle of the Rife instrument.
John Marsh (engineer, business partner to John Crane, Rife supporter): John and Dr. Rife and myself have hung very close together here, working continuously in the lab to try to better some of the things that we have. And I too believe that the instrument with the tube is far more reaching and much more effective than the double-probe type instrument. However, I have received and used this double-probe instrument on a few of my personal friends for the sake of clinical research and I've had great results from it. Now I'm speaking of the one that does not have the tube.
Bertrand Comperet: Well, Crane originally was, with more modern techniques, duplicating the Rife machine, tube and all... Professor John Hubbard: Tube and all! Bertrand Comperet: ... for early experiments. And, as I say, he came to the conclusion that you just weren't getting anything additional by the use of the tube. If you didn't get the frequency you could run the rest of it indefinitely and nothing happened.
Narrator: Crane and Marsh, wishing to focus exclusively on developing their own modified devices, gave the original Rife machines to various doctors who wanted to use them clinically. One such physician was Dr. Robert Stafford of Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Robert Stafford (Ohio M.D., worked clinically with Rife Tube): The machine we used was the one John Marsh brought from California. And it was actually a machine that Mr. Rife allegedly had loaned to John Crane. And he had that machine - or a couple of them I guess - but Marsh took one of those and brought it out here.
Narrator: Whereas Rife was assailed by a single corrupt individual in a position of immense power, Crane's foray into using frequencies to heal disease was assailed by the full weight of a government bureaucracy. Morris Fishbein was deposed from his position at the AMA as medical dictator by an assembly of directors who, tired of his corruption, unceremoniously ousted him in 1949. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration had taken up the mantle of policing the proliferation of so-called "quack" medical devices. To the FDA, intent upon preserving the supremacy of the medical status quo, the frequency device was a crime that needed to be stopped.
STOP: THE PARADIGM POLICE MAKE THEIR MOVE
Dr. Robert Stafford: I was practicing medicine. Busy. I had Wednesday afternoons - every third one was my afternoon - and an FDA man called, identified himself... "I hear you're working with a machine to treat people." I said, "Well I have a machine I treat some patients with." (Then he said) "Could I see you and see the machine?" I said, "Yeah. He said, "When can I meet you?" I said, "The only time I can meet with you would be in the dining room of my home on a Wednesday. And he said, "Alright, I'll be there." So he came. And I brought down my portfolio of data, papers, research papers... and I laid it out on the dining room table in front of him. "This is what we did. This is what we did. Here. This. That. That. Etc." And he leaned back and he said, "Well, I would like for you to give me that machine." And I said, "Well I can't give you the Blue Light machine because it isn't mine to give. It's on loan." And he said, "Well, do you want me to take you before the Federal Court before the Judge to say you refuse to cooperate?" Well I said, "That would be fine. I'd be glad to go before the Federal Court and tell you everything I've told you and tell that in court. Look at the exposure we'd have. Tremendous. Sure. Take me if you want. You are not going to get the machine." (He said), "Well could you loan me a couple of those papers you've shown me" I said, "If you sign your name, and sign your life away for each paper." Okay, so he disappeared... took the papers and I heard nothing more. And pretty soon I got a pamphlet back, full of papers. No cover letter. No thank you. No nothing. He just returned every one of them.
THE SET-UP (Protecting the Public or Entrapping the Competition?)
Bertrand Comperet: They had some harmless looking housewives who were hired for this job and fitted with wireless microphones. And down at the end of the block... here were the State Men there in a van with their recording equipment taking it down. So I remember one tape. Here was Marsh, in his own voice, clear as could be... saying, "This instrument will not only cure every known disease, it will cure some we haven't yet discovered."
Bertrand Comperet: Now what they did... they went in like plain plundering thieves and took whatever they thought the man might want and they could thereby deprive him of. Now for example, one of the things that John Crane had was a Hewlitt-Packard frequency counter which reads out numerically. That device wasn't used treating anybody. That was simply used by him to calibrate his own devices and it was utterly unlawful for them to seize that. But they took it on the theory: Well, we've got public money to defend it, you go sue us at your own expense.
Michael Coyle: These days the FDA has been overturned... by the Life Extension Foundation for instance. The Life Extension Foundation had the FDA come in and confiscate all their products, trying to put them out of business, which was their usual tactic at that time to do that with alternative people. And the Life Extension Foundation stood up and found funding, went after them, beat them in court, won an award, got all their product back... you know, this is a different day and age. Shawn Montgomery: When was that? Michael Coyle: That was in the early nineties I believe.
Bertrand Comperet: But here he had to admit on the stand himself - he and Marsh had gone there and operated the instrument to give the treatment and neither of them had an M.D. license so that was that. That's why John Crane served his time.
(From title card)
IN 1961, BOTH JOHN CRANE AND JOHN MARSH WERE SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON(Upon incarceration John Crane immediately began to study law. Acting as his own lawyer he mounted a successful appeal for his early release two years into his sentence. He then applied the same appeal process to John Marsh's case and helped secure his early release.)
R.R. Rife: What we wish in this work is end results. But the adverse conditions that we work under is terrific. When I die, there is a possibility that someone will say, "Well, the old man knew something."`That's all. But I worked sincerely and honestly over 50 years at the work.
R.R. Rife: And there are so many of these different types of ailments pertaining to human disease and animals that they are just absolutely too numerous to mention... and as we go through them and we study them, photograph them, study their life cycle, their development, we know their incubation period, or so-called incubation period of them all. So that is something that will have to be worked out further by other technicians and other workers besides myself. Now we have gone through as I say... I have worked at this work for over fifty years, I have worked sincerely and honestly. I have never attempted in any way to fool myself. It's a very easy thing to do to fool one's self when he works a long time on a particular project, and he looks hours and hours a day through the tube of a microscope. He can imagine a great many things that he does not see. But the work is encouraging and it's something that can be carried on with the improvement and advancement of scientific instruments that we have at the present time that will carry us farther into the field of endeavor. And we hope sincerely that what little we have done thus far will be a stepping stone for the great field of workers and scientists in the future.
Written, Produced and Directed by Shawn Montgomery Cameras and Lighting: Desiree Lydon Music and Sound Contributions: Peter Hudson, Scott Sherman, Dave Montgomery, Tony Malone Animation and Imaging: Zero Zero Two Productions Edited by Shawn Montgomery Narrated by Jeff Rense Cast: R.R.Rife, Ben Cullen, Henry Siner, Dr. Winter Gonin, Bertrand Comperet, John Crane, John Marsh, Dr. John Hubbard, Dr. James Bare, Dr. Robert Stafford, Michael Coyle, Jeff Rense, Shawn Montgomery, Graham Smith, Dr. James Couche, Dr. Darius Bartkus, Morris Zubkewych, Jason Ringas, Terry Palma. Special thanks to Dr. John Hubbard for the interview tapes - and to the Kinnaman Foundation for the Rife Tapes.
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