Rebuttal to a Rife Therapy Critic - Nenah Sylver

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A recent article by Dr. Andrew Weil
in his newsletter
in which he erroneously claimed
that Rife Therapy is unproven and doesn't work

is more than merely ludicrous. It's a terrible disservice
to the many people who could be helped by Rife Therapy
and whose lives might even be saved by it.
Here, then, is. . .

A Rebuttal
to Dr. Andrew Weil’s
Maligning of Rife Therapy

by Nenah Sylver, PhD



On April 30, 2012, Andrew Weil, MD, published on his website ( a response to a reader’s query as to whether Rife Therapy is effective for eliminating malignant tumors (cancer). As I do not have (nor did I care to seek) Weil’s permission to quote from his article, I will first paraphrase his remarks, and then give you my response. Please check the above link on his website to satisfy yourself that I am indeed accurately summarizing his words (although identical words and phrases also appear on the Quackwatch website at the bottom of the page,

In Weil's response, he presents an astonishing amount of factually incorrect data and misinformation. Since in recent years the general public has been asking more questions about Rife technology, I must question why Dr. Weil does not seem the least bit interested in investigating it more thoroughly. First I’ll briefly summarize the discussion, after which I will address each point in more detail.


Weil’s Points

The questioner asked Weil how effective Rife treatments are and what dangers they might pose, as there was a concern that the tumor might metastasize and spread through the body as a result of the cells breaking down due to the frequency sessions. In response:

Weil stated that Rife equipment was only one of a variety of "unproven devices" that use various types of electromagnetic energy to diagnose or treat disease

Weil stated that the only bacterial cause of cancer is Helicobacter pylori, which is present in stomach cancer
- mostly FALSE.

Weil stated that the efficacy of Rife Therapy is unproved

Weil stated that radio waves cannot destroy bacteria

Weil cited a 2007 Seattle Times article about a couple who were indicted for medical fraud because a man with testicular cancer was treated with a "Rife machine," and he subsequently died
- TRUE STORY, but INCOMPLETE, thus giving the wrong impression due to its omissions.

Weil recommends first investigating "conventional" medicine, and then seeking help from an oncologist open to "integrative" medicineand reading his own book as a resource (it's the only resource listed)


My Rebuttal

MYTH: Rife equipment is only one of a variety of "unproven devices" that use various types of electromagnetic energy to diagnose or treat disease.

TRUTH: Electromedicine for the diagnosis and treatment of disease has existed for over 100 years. Also, during the past several decades there have been approximately 3000 peer-reviewed articles published in respected medical journals, including the following publications:

  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

  • Anticancer Research

  • Archives of Medical Research

  • Bioelectromagnetics

  • Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation

  • Cancer

  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

  • Equine Veterinary Journal

  • International Journal of Neuroscience

  • International Journal of Oncology

  • International Journal of Radiation Biology

  • International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics

  • Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Journal of Applied Physiology

  • Journal of Cellular Biochemistry

  • Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research

  • Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy

  • Lancet

  • Pediatric Neurology

  • Physics in Medicine and Biology

  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Radiographics

  • Science


I cite only hundreds out of thousands of such articles in Appendix D of my Rife Handbook. However, you don’t have to buy the book to see the source of the list, and you don't have to take my word for the existence of such articles. Go to and browse through this site yourself. Also, for an excellent overview of electromedicine—including many technologies other than Rife Therapy that Weil erroneously states don't work—download, for free, my article (Appendix C of The Rife Handbook) "Healing with Electromedicine and Sound Therapies." Click on the graphic to the right.

MYTH: The only bacterial cause of cancer is Helicobacter pylori, which is implicated in stomach cancer [as well as ulcers, I might add].

TRUTH: Research is increasingly showing microbial involvement in cancer. While Royal Rife showed mostly viral causes—and today, the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) has been found in cervical and uterine cancer, and the Hepatitis C virus is implicated in liver cancer—there does appear to be bacterial involvement as well. Check out the article "Bacteria and cancer: cause, coincidence or cure? A review" on PubMed, which begins, "Research has found that certain bacteria are associated with human cancers"  ( Time constraints prevent me from giving a lengthy discourse, but this is mainstream information that anyone can find on the Internet.

MYTH: The efficacy of Rife Therapy is unproved.

TRUTH: Take a careful look at Rife Research Europe (, and from there link to RifeWiki. In the United States, a new generation of serious researchers are proving what Royal Rife already proved seventy years ago; see and of course The Rife Handbook. It may be argued that I have my own agenda to sell my books. However, I promote this therapy so that you can become healthy and empowered by administrating this therapy to yourself; and I provide other sources so you don't have to purchase my book if you don't want to (although naturally I'd like you to buy my book). Note that the name "Rife" has been stigmatized, ever since attempts were made after the 1930s to suppress this effective and non-invasive therapy. Therefore, modern researchers tend not to use that name. But the basic premise is the same: the use of frequencies, emitted by various types of electromagnetic, electrical and magnetic fields, to disable or kill microbes, as well as to help restore cell and tissue function.


Groundbreaking News!!!


The NovoTTF-100A™ device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for the treatment of recurrent GBM (glioblastoma multiforme).  It is available in the US for prescription use from centers whose clinical staff has been trained in the use of the system. . . . Novocure™, a commercial stage private oncology company, announced that by June 1, eight additional clinical centers of excellence will join the seven existing clinical centers that provide Novocure's Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) therapy to patients with recurrent GBM. These fifteen clinical centers are among the leading cancer centers in the US. GBM is both the deadliest and most common form of primary brain tumor in the U.S., diagnosed in approximately 10,000 Americans each year.

"The Novocure device is an FDA approved
frequency instrument used for cancer.
It uses electrodes, it uses oscillating electricity,
it uses frequencies, and it treats cancer.
Some just might call it a Rife device."

James Bare, DC, inventor
and creator of the Bare-Rife device


MYTH: Radio waves cannot destroy bacteria.

TRUTH: Again, I refer you to the sources listed in #3 above, as well as to, and of course to The Rife Handbook. Or, download "Healing with Electromedicine and Sound Therapies"; click graphic to the right. There's a good reason this work (which is Appendix C of The Rife Handbook) has been published in Townsend Letter and Nexus, and has been translated into Korean, German, Spanish and Polish!


Here Are Just a Few US Patents

                        * 6268200 B1
* 5091152
* 930023 (from the year 1909!)

do a search with the word "Bacteria"
and you'll find almost three hundred papers
about the effects of
different types of fields on bacteria.


(5) TRUE STORY, with lots of omissions so that Rife Therapy looks bad: In 2007, the Seattle Times published an article about a couple who were indicted for medical fraud because someone with testicular cancer, to whom they administered frequency sessions with a "rife machine," subsequently died.

CLARIFICATION: The man of the couple was (rightfully) indicted because he posed as a medical doctor when in fact he was not. Moreover, he did not have a license to treat someone for a medical condition with a "rife machine." (Most doctors in the United States are not permitted to use Rife Therapy, even though it's legal in many European countries. In Germany, physicians prescribe Rife Therapy and send their clients home with small frequency devices so they can self-administer sessions.)
  The Seattle Times account doesn’t support Weil’s position that Rife therapy doesn’t work.
It simply illustrates some difficulties inherent with Rife Therapy in the US because (under most circumstances) it's illegal for doctors to use the therapy to treat clients, and it's illegal for device manufacturers to inform consumers exactly what these devices are capable of doing. As a result, sometimes vulnerable people can get swindled, either by people posing as practitioners, or even by a dishonest device manufacturer. (Fortunately, at least from my perspective, such instances of being ripped off are relatively rare, because the majority of people who are involved in holistic health [and are not merely pretending to be holistic] are sincerely interested in helping others regain their health.)

   The article also failed to address whether the man was receiving enough sessions, consistently. Most people with cancer need to treat themselves every day for months to address this serious condition (it depends on the person and which unit(s) they use). Note: 10,000 people a WEEK with cancer die here in the US after being treated with allopathic medicine.
   Finally, the man may have died anyway. According to a survey in a 2004 issue of Clinical Oncology, the authors reported that the contribution of cytotoxic chemo "therapy" to 5-year survival in adults is an estimated 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the US. They concluded that the benefits of cytotoxic chemo are minor, and urged the medical community to reconsider the need for this protocol due to its high cost and negative impact on quality of life. Too many physicians do not address the fact that "conventional" (allopathic) medicine does very little, if anything, to prolong the lives of people with cancer.

OPINION: Weil recommends his own book as a resource for cancer treatments. As no other research is cited on the page, one might infer that only Weil has viable solutions to the problem of cancer.

COMMENT: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, clearly Weil has not demonstrated any willingness to research the topic of frequency therapies. I am here to tell you that reliable research and clinical data are available. This includes accounts of people becoming well (anywhere from about 60% to over 90%, depending on the condition).


To sufferers of acute, chronic, degenerative or life-threatening conditions: Please be mindful of the source of the information! Some good questions to ask are: Who is providing the information? What are his/her qualifications? What does this person's motive appear to be? Do they seem to have your own interests in mind as well as their own? Remember: the fame (or infamy) of the person giving you information does not guarantee the accuracy of the information!


And of course you must also question the material. How much sense does the information make? Do you feel empowered and uplifted by it? Is there room for you to ask questions? Do you receive direct answers? If the source cannot answer your questions, are you told "I don't know, but will try to find out?" Or are you expected to simply accept the answer because someone else knows more than you do?

Also please remember...there is always a chance that your chosen modality will not help. No therapy, no matter how good or effective it is, will work for everyone all the time. And when it's our time to pass on, it's our time. Some things in life are in hands greater than our own.

My investment in writing this rebuttal is to offer a different point of view, in the hope that you will use this information to do some investigating on your own—and in so doing, empower yourself to become healthier, on many levels.

–Nenah Sylver, PhD


When Patients Get Well Without the Doctor’s Help   

Many amazing reports have been recorded and continue to be recorded, in the lore of progressive cancer treatment. The medical establishment handles these in one of the following ways:   

1. They are ignored;   

2. They are explained as “anecdotal,” implying that they are lies [or they don’t count, since the doctor had no control over the outcome];  

3. They are said to have undergone “spontaneous remission,” i.e., unexplained recovery (this means the doctor has no idea what happened);  

4. They are said to have recovered from the delayed effects of conventional (allopathic) therapy, which was administered weeks or months before the progressive therapy.   

—Ron Kennedy, MD
July 2000   


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