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There is no evidence that the vibrational frequencies of the Rife machines can cure cancer


Has the science behind smashing opera singers led to a century-old cure for cancer?

A viral image on Facebook suggests so, writing that an American scientist named Royal Raymond Rife “knew that everything vibrates at its own natural frequency”. Believing that if he “could discover the frequencies of pathogenic organisms, he could destroy them with the same vibrational frequency”. The image goes on to claim that the device he invented – now known as the Rife machine – can cure cancer.

But, the device is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the American Cancer Society, Cancer Research UK, Medical News Today and WebMD have all reported that there is no reliable scientific evidence that the device works as a cure for cancer.

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Rife machines, used in alternative medicine clinics today, emit low-energy electromagnetic waves, similar to radio waves. The waves are delivered to the body via electric pads on the hands and feet or via portable plasma tubes. WebMD reports that these devices are generally safe.

According to a 1994 report by the American Cancer Society titled “Questionable Methods of Cancer Management,” Rife based his device on an unsubstantiated medical theory called “radionics.”

The theory was promoted by Dr. Albert Abrams who practiced in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He believed he could build a device that would detect radio frequencies of disease and heal people by emitting ” disease-destroying vibrations” at the same frequencies. He died in 1924, unable to recover from pneumonia or cancer from one of his wives.

But Rife, who believed that cancer was caused by bacteria, created such a device based on the principles of radionics, naming it the Rife Frequency Generator. Rife also invented several microscopes and believed he “could visualize the auras of living microbes…(and), use the color of the auras to calculate the electromagnetic frequency of those microbes.”

But the science behind it was flawed. “Although sound waves can produce vibrations that will break glass, radio waves cannot destroy bacteria due to their low energy level,” the ACS wrote in the 1994 report.

The device regained popularity in the late 1980s and 1990s with the publication of a book called “The Cancer Cure that Worked, 50 Years of Suppression”. Although Rife clinics still exist, several practitioners have been convicted of fraud and prosecuted for treating cancer patients with or selling devices similar to Rife machines.

Recent research has begun to explore the effect of radio frequencies on cancer cells, but the research is in its early stages and uses different frequencies than those used by the Rife machine.

“There is evidence that the application of certain radio frequencies can have favorable results. However, the human body, or even a cancer cell, is an extremely complicated system,” said Ivan Brezovich, one of the researchers at the study and professor emeritus in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Alabama.

“There are countless variables that need to be fully explored, such as what frequency or frequencies to use, when should they be applied, at what intensity, to what parts of the body, for what types of cancer, etc.”

Brezovich believes that more research needs to be done and believes that “patients should not forego a proven treatment method until a new modality has been verified in a scientific setting.”

A miracle cure for cancer would be wonderful, but there is currently no evidence that Rife machines are that miracle.

We rate this claim as false.