The Redemption of Royal Raymond Rife

Could the Long-Delayed Era of Electromagnetic Healthcare Be Re-Emerging?

In July in Idaho, well-known inventor and audio engineer John Bedini disclosed the principles of operation for a “Bedini-Rife-Prioré device”—a working system based on his own discoveries and on two past successful machines. Physicist Tom Bearden had added a further key concept.

When Bedini released his circuit diagrams, he emphasized that he’s not a doctor and is certainly not giving medical advice or making claims. Instead, he hopes skilled experimenters will use his information to build their own such devices and to test them.

He had joined the search for the original Rife technology after the beleaguered scientist Royal Raymond Rife (1888–1971) died. Bedini also lived in California. Meanwhile on the East Coast, Bearden and colleagues were trying to help an Italian inventor who lived in France, Antione Prioré (1912–1983).

While Bedini, this summer, shed new light on stories surrounding Rife’s and Prioré’s inventions, he also shared his own adventures. Since the story takes unexpected turns, I’ll start with background familiar to readers.

Alternative health practitioners have talked about Rife ever since Barry Lynes’ 1987 book The Cancer Cure That Worked revived interest in his invention and documented its suppression by the American Medical Association (AMA). Many healers use “Rife machines” to send certain electromagnetic frequencies into their patients to enhance health.


‘Beam Ray’ Zapper

In the 1920s and ’30s, Rife developed a “Beam Ray” device along with an ultra-high-resolution optical microscope with more than 5,000 parts. He invented it to view living viruses, bacteria and fungi, to see what effects electromagnetic pulses would have on them.

His invention was a radically different design and much more powerful than any optical microscope. Today’s well-known scanning electron microscope gives a high resolution, but the viewer sees only a dead microorganism; the bombardment of electrons has killed the specimen.

Instead, Rife’s super-microscope revealed disease-causing microorganisms in live action. A complex of quartz prisms and polarized light illuminated the specimen from within; a match with the microorganism’s resonant frequency caused it to glow. No lethal chemical stains were needed to create contrast and make the tiny organism visible.

After years of preparing specimen and sitting in front of his microscope, Rife could repeatedly use the tuned “beam ray” to zap bacteria and viruses with the specific frequencies that burst them—like a crystal glass shattering when an opera singer hits a certain high note resonating with the crystal.

The Rife Research Europe website says that, unlike in the USA where the Food and Drug Administration and American Medical Association “suppress the use of Rife therapy,” in Europe an ever-increasing number of medical doctors and clinics openly use the Rife methods to help their patients.

However, even among those active practitioners, the knowledge of how Rife’s equipment worked has lacked important facts. For instance, why is there confusion about what electronic signals Rife used? What has to be done to the restorative signal to get it to reverberate in the body and actually penetrate atomic nuclei? Are high levels of radio-frequency signals needed, or can it somehow be done with micro-currents? What can we learn from Prioré’s use of magnetic fields or waves?

The gaps in information are being filled. At the 2016 Energy Science and Technology Conference in Hayden, Idaho, John Bedini revealed that he had been able to rebuild an original Rife microscope despite its missing parts, and got it working. Further, he figured out how to know which frequencies Rife used to zap microorganisms. Importantly, he explains how a special resonance created deep in the targeted structures does the work.

In his presentation and in a DVD/book package labeled Bedini-RPX—released afterward by Energetic Productions Inc.—he gives the principles behind the Bedini-Rife-Prioré Device, its history and its schematics.


Rife and Prioré

The two self-taught inventors to whom Bedini gives the most credit, Rife and Prioré, had much in common although their paths never crossed.

Each independently came up with methods for killing disease organisms electromagnetically, without a deadly barrage of electrons, without using chemicals, and without injuring a person’s surrounding tissues or immune system.

Prioré cured terminal cancers and infectious diseases. The late Chris Bird, Ph.D., said Prioré’s apparatus used electromagnetics combined with a plasma of helium or noble gases “reminiscent of Rife’s method used in detecting and devitalizing (cancer virus) BX.”

One difference was that Prioré’s invention was so large that it had to be housed in a warehouse whose ceiling soared several stories high, while Rife’s first prototype was wall-sized, but he also built smaller versions.

Their struggles however had similarities:

  • Each man wanted to revolutionize healthcare for fellow citizens.
  • At first, elite financial interests sponsored each inventor, before vested interests in their countries’ professional associations intervened. In the USA, members of the Timken roller bearing family financed Rife for years. The Premier of France opened Prioré’s research laboratory.
  • Each inventor worked with open-minded doctors who were tops in their fields.
  • The lives of Rife and Prioré each ended tragically and their life’s work was ridiculed. Prominent professionals with large egos lied about it. After his funding from the French government ended, Prioré endured other doors closing on sources of research funds, one closed door after another. He seemed finally to give up, says Tom Bearden.

Rife and the American doctors who defied the AMA and persisted in using his invention were mercilessly harassed.

At the same time, greed and mistrust entered the Rife story in another form, business associates. Philip Hoyland, an engineer hired by Rife, had the mind of a businessman, while Rife only wanted to do science. Hoyland convinced him to start a company called Beam Ray.

Hoyland protected his own interests. Knowing that Beam Ray’s only defendable intellectual properties were the specific frequencies Rife used, Hoyland used clever mathematics to hide the readings that Rife asked him to record. Apparently not even Rife knew what Hoyland had done to create confusion among people who wished to replicate Rife technology. Bedini says Hoyland never explained to Rife how the machine actually worked.

Hoyland later betrayed Rife by taking a $10,000 bribe. A documentary on Rife says the bribe came from Dr. Morris Fishbein, who headed the fledgling American Medical Association. Fishbein is widely blamed for corrupting the AMA and catering to pharmaceutical companies.

Hoyland sued Rife and others, in what seemed to be an attempt to wrest control of Rife’s company. In 1939, Rife was subpoenaed to the witness stand. Rife’s doctor suggested that the gentle inventor use an alcoholic drink to help him endure the stress. Big mistake.

The trial lasted for a year. Hoyland lost the court case but the damage was done; Rife was financially destitute. Meanwhile, Fishbein was closing more doors on Rife and was intimidating doctors.

The late author Christopher Bird summed it up. “The Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research… maintains that Rife, his microscope, and his life work were tabooed by leaders in the U.S. medical profession and that any medical doctor who made use of his practical discoveries was stripped of his privileges as a member of the local medical society.”

Rife eventually became an alcoholic and sold his laboratory equipment to pay his bills. In 1951, the Beam Ray Company’s drafting tools in a pawnshop caught the eye of John Crane (1915–1995), a mechanical engineer and skilled draftsman. As a result Crane met Rife and heard his tragic story. They were associated until Rife’s death in 1971.

Near the end of Crane’s life, I looked him up in San Diego. At his house, I stood in a dimly lit room viewing dust-covered boxes that Crane claimed contained Rife microscope equipment. (Crane and a young Mexican-American assistant then drove me to Tijuana to view their “office”—a small rented room with a treatment table where they placed large, rectangular, permanent magnets on patients. I politely refused the treatment.)


The ‘Impossible’ Mr. Crane

Unknown to me and many other researchers at the time, John Crane’s entry into John Bedini’s life in the early 1980s in Sylmar, California, had resulted in a drama worthy of a movie.

Bedini had heard about the Rife machine in the previous decade because of his interest in microscopes. He was determined to learn its secrets and soon found out that neither—using only audio frequencies, and not using one band of frequencies—would work. The mystery would have to be solved some other way.

Although conventionally trained in audio engineering, Bedini had an open mind about nonconventional science. He’d even studied evidence for a life-force that Dr. Wilhelm Reich had named ‘orgone.’ In 1979 Bedini was using some of the energy from Reich’s orgone-accumulating boxes for his audio productions!

By the time Bedini located John Crane—the man who had worked with Rife—Bedini had long been collaborating by phone and fax with Tom Bearden. The physicist was keenly interested in the audio engineer’s alternative-energy experiments, his knowledge of crystals, and the many devices he had built. Bedini in turn gained an expanded view of what can be done with electrical circuits.

When Bedini drove to San Diego to Crane’s house, he was appalled at what he saw. He’d expected a dust-free laboratory suitable for electronics work on medical devices. Instead, unassembled parts of a Rife microscope were scattered on the musty dirt floor in Cranes’ basement.

Bedini felt pity for Crane, so he overpaid for three “Rife generators” and a few manuals. He soon realized that Crane’s cheaply made standard signal generators weren’t worth it. However, Bedini still hoped Crane would reveal something useful.

A famous medical doctor plays a role in this true story. Bedini had already in 1980 met Dr. Robert Strecker, a gastroenterologist and pathologist with a Ph.D. in pharmacology, who later created controversy by pointing to man-made origins for AIDS. Strecker’s concerns led him also to hope that Rife’s inventions could again be used for public health.

Strecker and Bedini decided to hire Crane. The doctor would house Crane and deliver him to work at Bedini’s lab. And feed him. The first time they bought a meal for Crane, the doctor and the audio engineer watched amazed. Crane gobbled up many servings of food as if he’d been starving.

Gamma Electronics, the company employing Bedini to design and build audio amplifiers, was prospering and willing to pay Crane’s debts and buy the expensive equipment Crane ordered.

Bedini drove Crane around Los Angeles for a month, looking for an elusive lost Rife microscope, which, Crane said, a doctor had hid in a wall so that the AMA wouldn’t find it.

Crane was very secretive. He said, for instance, that glass prisms would work in the microscope, while Bedini well knew that the original used quartz prisms. Meanwhile Crane had Rife’s original prisms, hidden in his boxes.

Crane, on the sly, Bedini recounts, sold equipment that he didn’t even own. He didn’t inform Bedini or Strecker about these sales and the extra money that he had pocketed. Crane even sold, to Barry Lynes, the microscope that Bedini was restoring. The team learned about that sale when Lynes later sued to get delivery of the property.


Bedini’s Design

Before that, though, John Bedini was designing a much different Rife machine. Crane had drafted parts for the microscope, with the exception of prism lenses. Gamma Electronics paid for parts. As Bedini got the equipment working, Strecker cultured various bacteria and viruses, prepared slides, and put them back in an incubator after the machine had zapped the microorganisms.

When they could finally repeat tests over and over, killing certain disease organisms, they called in Strecker’s doctor friends. The doctors observed each preparation of a slide, viewed it on a screen when it was under the microscope, and watched the microorganism go dead with the push of a button. With 26 physicians in the room, each had a turn reviewing the process. Crane was also watching and objected, because Bedini had protected his own circuit design from being copied.

Bedini’s book recalls the doctors’ excitement and their later discouraging comments such as, “We will never talk about this… The FDA will run us out of town.”

The dramatic end to the employment of Crane came after he most seriously defied instructions forbidding him to make claims about the signal generators or to treat anyone. Bedini had to phone the Gamma CEO and tell him to cut off Crane’s funding. But their troubles had only begun.

Bedini admits he wasn’t paying enough attention to what Crane was doing as he came and went from the laboratory. Bedini was juggling two demanding jobs—his work for Gamma and, in his off hours, trying to finish building a Rife machine before an impending visit from Tom and Doris Bearden.

Crane was, Bedini says, defiantly booking leukemia patients, sneaking them into the laboratory on weekends, and treating them with Rife equipment. When Crane’s illegal activity was discovered, Strecker and Bedini were outraged. Crane had no right to be treating people; he wasn’t even a medical doctor. Strecker furiously blasted Crane verbally. Bedini changed the locks to the building.

It was too late, however. One of Crane’s patients talked around town about having had a Rife-type treatment, and eventually the authorities showed up at the laboratory.

As a result of Lynes’ lawsuit, a sheriff came to claim the microscope Bedini had been rebuilding. In the hearts of Bedini and his colleague, the most hurtful moment was when the sensitive microscope was roughly thrown into the trunk of a sheriff’s car.

Nor were they rid of Crane yet. Bedini had packed up everything he could find that belonged to Crane, but Crane sued over a missing steel ruler. Crane had liens put on the homes of everyone involved in the project. They had to send a lawyer to San Diego to get rid of the lawsuits.

Bedini eventually was back at work in his spare time on Rife/Prioré technology, unencumbered by the man that he describes, with understatement, as “intelligent but impossible to work with.”


‘Charged Up’

Bedini’s book details the drama, but his main message is about the science, such as using a “pump wave” to create a path through the body for the beneficial frequencies. Some of the science circles back to his early work with a life-force energy.

Long-time researchers may recall that in the late 1990s, Tom Bearden was writing about Prioré’s pioneering use of “phase-conjugated signals” and mentioning that his—Bearden’s—American colleague had done hundreds of experiments and may have discovered a method to communicate signals directly into atomic nuclei inside the human body. John Bedini was that colleague.

Bearden in 1998 expressed excitement about a possibility that the signals can charge up “living biopotentials” within nuclei in a person’s body to create lasting effects. He testified that his colleague (Bedini), after lengthy experiments, became so charged up that, at times, a one-inch blue spark leaped from his fingers when he reached for a metal object. “The discharge was cool, negative energy—living energy… It was definitely not the type of energy the orthodox scientific community is accustomed to.”

Longer excerpts from such articles are in the recently released Bedini-RPX: The Bedini-Rife-Priore Device History and Schematics. Anthony and Patricia Craddock of Energetic Productions gave permission to quote from it for this article.


Jeane Manning’s website is She is working on another book.

By Jeane Manning