Rife Gains Acceptance

Rife was never published or mentioned in any scientific report after the mid-1940s. Those who knew what he had done also knew what had been done to him. Even much later, those whose own work confirmed Rife’s discoveries and who personally knew Rife avoided mentioning his name.

Scientists frequently talk about a “courageous search for truth”, but in practice they more often exhibit a cautious silence when their own career and credibility are on the line. Rife was the invisible man of cancer research right up to his death in 1971. Yet his Royal Rife Machine continues to be used secretly by a few brave doctors. And still the occasional heroic physician provides a statement about its miraculous effects. Nevertheless, the development of Rife’s treatment for cancer effectively ended in the late 1930s and early 1940s because the essential cross-referencing of experience by a number of doctors was stopped.


The Royal Rife Machine was improved and perfected by Rife and his new associates in the 1950s, but the open, clinical, enthusiastic testing of the Royal Rife Machine Ray by a committee of top doctors, scientists and pathologists was never repeated. Political interests disguised as public health protectors prevented any objective evaluation. Instead, the confirmation of Rife’s work came from another direction-bacteria studies and gradual verification of the filter-passing form.

The next generation did not have the microscope or the Royal Rife Machine, but they proved that the cancer virus exists, that it can change forms, and that it can be destroyed. The approach was through vaccine and diet. It was certainly more complicated (and much more expensive than Rife’s easy 3 minute frequency treatment), but the goal was the same genuine cure for cancer in place of the failed “approved treatments” of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The key person in the succeeding generation’s discovery of the cancer micro-organism was Dr. Livingston-Wheeler.

In the summer of 1947, the year following the closing of Rife’s laboratory, while living on the East Coast, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler began studying tumors and found the same organism in all of them. In 1948, she came across the work of Dr. Eleanor Alexander-Jackson who, according to Livingston-Wheeler, had demonstrated that the tubercle bacillus went through many changes. (This was the same discovery Kendall, Rosenow and Rife had shown in the early 1930s, but it had been forgotten.) Dr. Livingston-Wheeler was fascinated by a bacterium that “could be so wildly pleomorphic.” She began seeking the same changes in her cancer organism. In March 1948, at a symposium with Dr. Roy M. Allen, a microscopist, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler announced her findings.

In August 1948, the New York Microscopical Society Bulletin published the paper. It included the following: “In conclusion, it may be stated that a definite mycobacterium is observed in many kinds of tumors. Its presence within the tumor cells as well as within the blood of the patients suffering with the disease can be demonstrated.” By the end of 1948, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler and Dr. Eleanor Alexander-Jackson had proof that the Rous cancer virus was in actuality a pleomorphic bacterium.

In 1949, following the announcement in New York by two doctors of a virus associated with cancer, Dr. James Couche travelled to Montreal where he visited Dr. Gruner. The Sun Diego Union of July 31, 1949 reported Gruner’s opinion of the latest discovery: “Gruner told Dr. Couche he was satisfied that Dr. Rife’s large microscope . . . had revealed a virus. He said further that the work he did with Rife at his Point Loma laboratory and follow-up researches at McGill University, had confirmed that tumorous growths positively could be produced by the virus discovered in San Diego. “Gruner disclosed that he had been working with Dr. J. E. Hett of Windsor, another cancer specialist, who has been studying malignant growths for 50 years and had found that Hett was having remarkable success with a serum he had developed from a virus. “In San Diego yesterday Dr. Rife admitted the possibility that the cancer virus reported in New York and the virus developed by Dr. Hett are the same virus he isolated in San Diego

Dr. Rife said, “I discovered that the virus organism gets in the blood of the victim at one stage of the growth. Dr. Couche said . . . that if cancer is a blood disease it is carried to all parts of the body in the blood stream and surgery would be of little use . . . It will surely be a great honor for that patient San Diego investigator, Dr. Rife, if his virus turns out to be the entity chiefly responsible for causing this dread disease.”

By June 1949, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler had become head of the New Rutgem Presbyterian Laboratory in Newark, New Jersey. In 1950, Dr. Irene Corey Diller of the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia had isolated fungus agents from cancerous growths in animals. It was Dr. Gruner’s fungus from the blood of cancer victims which Rife had taken, transformed to his BX, and then, reversing the process, changed his BX to Gruner’s fungus. Diller independently and unknowingly h a d confirmed a basic area of Rife and Gruner’s work.

Also in 1950, Dr. Diller attempted to set up a symposium in New York in order to announce her discovery. It was killed by Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, the powerful head of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Rhoads was determined to prove that cancer could be cured by killing the cancerous cells. Kettering Cancer Institute. The same year brought confirmation of Dr. Livingston- Wheeler’s cancer microbe’s “pleomorphism” by Dr. James Hillman of RCA Labs in Princeton, N. J. Using an electron microscope, he saw the cancer microbe’s “filtered or smaller

In December 1950, the American Journal of Medical Sciences published Dr. Livingston-Wheeler’s article describing how the cancer culture taken from both humans and animals had produced similar disease in experimental animals. Then new cultures were isolated. They matched. The basic principles of bacteriology-known as Koch’s postulates-had been fulfilled. Cancer could result from a bacterium! The dismissal of this claim by Rivers and a group of virologists had been shown to be wrong.

Unfortunately, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler’s discovery would have little impact. The cancer hierarchy had its own program and America would march to it for the next 35 years while millions suffered and died for nothing because greed, arrogance and ignorance dominated the medical power centers instead of scientific objectivity.

Later Dr. Diller confirmed that Dr. Livingston-Wheeler’s microbe converted normal cells to abnormal cells. In 1953, Dr. Diller finally published her fungus discovery, titled “Studies of Fungoid Forms Found in Malignancy.” Also in 1953, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler and her team presented their discoveries at the 6th International Congress of Microbiology in Rome. Among her group was Dr. George Clark who had labored for 8 years in Washington, D.C. on the Glover virus but had not been permitted to publish his results. Dr. Gruner of Montreal had travelled to Washington in the late 1930s to assess the Glover virus and had concluded it was BX.

The health bureaucracy in Washington had managed to cover up and eventually ignore this research-as their successors have continued to do until today with other pleomorphic micro-organisms. The Washington Post of December 10, 1953 reported the group’s findings: “Rome Sep 9-An American research group today pictured cancer as an infectious disease, like tuberculosis or syphilis, caused by a tiny organism. . . . Its members said they have obtained an antiserum from bodies of animals infected with the disease and that the antiserum weakens and sometimes destroys the cancer-causing organism. Drs Virginia Wuerthele- Caspe, Eleanor Alexander-Jackson, W. L. Smith and G. A. Clark of the Presbyterian Hospital, Newark, N.J., said their study of cancer induced in white mice and guinea pigs ‘has led to the concept that cancer does not consist of a localized tumor alone.’ Instead they pictured it as a generalized disease caused by an organism in the human blood stream.” The report received great attention but the New York Academy of Medicine immediately discounted the announcement.

The Washington Post, which later would unearth and finally break Watergate in one of the best journalistic efforts of the 20th century, in 1953 meekly accepted the orthodox view and walked away from the greatest medical story of the modern age. It was a pattern that seemed to repeat again and again. Those controlling the cancer program of America continued to demonstrate virtual censorship over what the American public could read in the press about cancer. When the group returned to America, they discovered that Dr. Rhoads of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center had managed to stop the funds for the Rutgers-Presbyterian Hospital Laboratory. The Laboratory was closed. Dr. Livingston- Wheeler was out of work and nowhere on the East Coast was there any research organization that would take her in. She had become, like Rife, “invisible.” The micro-organism that caused cancer and the hopeful vaccine which would prevent cancer were unwanted. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy were the “approved” research areas-as they remain today.

Virginia Livingston-Wheeler moved to Los Angeles where she worked at the Los Angeles County Hospital. She sought a position with the University of Southern California Medical School-as the threads in this tale begin to cross-but was turned down. Her father, Dr. Wuerthele, however, had retired and moved to San Diego. In 1955, his daughter followed him. Soon after, her husband Dr Caspe died. She was almost 50, a widow and had a daughter to support. She took a job in a San Diego clinic. Within a year she met Dr. Livingston and married him in 1957. In 1958, she re-emerged on the international cancer scene.

On July 14, 1958, the 1st International Congress for Microbiology of Cancer and Leukaemia opened in Antwerp. Dr. Livingston-Wheeler was a Vice-president and was given the honor of being the first speaker. She also discovered that the pleomorphism theory of cancer was widely accepted in Europe even though ignored in America. A determined effort to find an immunological treatment was also well-advanced in Europe.

In her 1983 book The Conquest of Cancer, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler wrote: “All these distinguished scientists, back in 1958, had been carrying on significant research in the biological and immunological treatment of cancer for years. It is still only now that the United States orthodoxy is beginning to catch up. Because of the suppressive actions of the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug Administration, our people have not had the advantage of the European research. “This work has been ignored because certain powerful individuals backed by large monetary grants can become the dictators of research and suppress all work that does not promote their interests or that may present a threat to their prestige.”

In 1959, Dr. Clara Fonti of Milan inoculated herself with a bacterial culture of cancer. She grew a tumor. It was surgically removed. The human test had shown what all the laboratory transfers from human blood to human cancer tissue to fungus had shown in cultures or in animals. And in 1959-1960, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler met a neighbor in San Diego: Royal R. Rife. She had come across a country and connected the years to meet the “invisible man” of cancer research. Some strange quirk of destiny had brought her to the place-La Jolla outside San Diego-where the first clinic which successfully treated cancer was held.

Dr. Livingston-Wheeler often visited Rife’s new laboratory in 1959-60. She arranged for the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia to provide mice for Rife and his new associates. This was another strange link because of Rife’s earlier unsuccessful association with the International Cancer Research Foundation in Philadelphia. Rife’s ideas on pleomorphism closely paralleled those held by Dr. Livingston- Wheeler. The only difference was that Dr. Livingston- Wheeler intended to develop a serum while Rife knew the BX would disintegrate under the Royal Rife Machine Ray. So they went their separate ways.

Livingston-Wheeler presented papers before audiences of elite scientists despite the opposition from the cancer power structure, and Rife continued to watch his associates be harassed by FDA break-ins, court trials, and continuing AMA pronouncements that the cancer clinic of 1934 was “a myth.”

In 1962, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler had a heart attack and was essentially inactive until 1965. But in 1965 she co authored a paper with her old colleague Dr. Eleanor Alexander- Jackson. In 1966, the two of them appeared at the American Cancer Seminar for Science Writers in Arizona. However, the powers behind the scene still didn’t like what the two women were saying. When Dr. Alexander-Jackson returned to Columbia University, she found that her work had been terminated.

In May 1966, Rife and his associates tried to interest the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia in the Royal Rife Machine. The Institute backed away. Rife was still the “invisible man” with the cure that never happened. In 1966, Peyton Rous was awarded the Nobel Prize for his virus discovered in 1911. By that time, it was 18 years since Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler and Dr. Eleanor Alexander- Jackson had proven it was a classic filtered form of a bacterium. Sometime in the 1960s, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler began taking her own cancer vaccine-once a year. In 1967, Dr. Irene Diller and Dr. Florence Seibert published a report in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science that they had isolated bacteria from every tumor they obtained.

In 1968, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler and her second husband Dr. Livingston opened a cancer clinic in San Diego-where the University of Southern California Special Research Committee had conducted the first cancer clinic using the early Royal Rife Machine, curing 14 of 16 patients in 70 days, and the other 2 within 90 days. From 1968 to 1983, over 10,000 cancer patients were treated at the new clinic. Dr. Livingston-Wheeler reported that they had an 80% success rate.

On November 5-8, 1969, the New York Academy of Sciences welcomed Dr. Livingston-Wheeler and Dr. Eleanor Alexander- Jackson, both representing the University of California at San Diego, Dr. Irene Diller from the Institute of Cancer Research in Philadelphia, and Dr. Florence Seibert from the Veterans Administration Research Laboratory in Bay Pines, Florida. Their topic was “Micro organisms Associated With Malignancy.” Diagnosis News reported that the researchers from three separate institutions had “found a highly pleomorphic organism in all types of human and animal tumors, in the blood of advanced cancer patients. . . .

On October 30, 1970, the Academy published their report. It could have been written by Rife, Johnson, Kendall, Rosenow and Gruner. Like echoes from the 1930s, it stated the truth about cancer with certainty. It also defiantly challenged the cancer establishment’s orthodox views: “Micro organisms of various sorts have been observed and isolated from animal and human tumors, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi. There is, however, one specific type of highly pleomorphic micro organism that has been observed and isolated consistently by us from human and animal malignancies of every obtainable variety for the past 20 years. . . . The organism has remained an unclassified mystery, due in part to its remarkable pleomorphism and its stimulation of other micro organisms. Its various phases may resemble viruses, micrococci, diphtheroids, bacilli, and fungi.”

In 1971, Royal R. Rife died. On December 23, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed a $1.6 billion law to open the “war on cancer.” And everyone lined up for the feast: the greed merchants at the American Cancer Society, the AMA, research scientists at various favored institutes and universities, the health bureaucrats at the National Cancer Institute, and the politicians. By 1985, the National Cancer Institute was spending $1.2 billion yearly . . . and had precious little to show for it. In 1972, Dr. Livingston-Wheeler published her first book, Cancer: A New Breakthrough. In her 1948 presentation before the New York Microscopic Society, she had said, “170,000 deaths” per year were caused by cancer.

By 1972, the figures were much worse: “350,000 deaths a year.” By 1986, there would be 460,000 deaths every year-all unnecessary. And with the rapid spread of AIDS, a disease which Dr. Livingston-Wheeler and associates of Rife claimed could be cured, the National Academy of Sciences in late 1986 called for $2 billion a year to avert “a national health crisis.” 60,000 deaths a year from AIDS were predicted by the 11990s. Dr. Livingston-Wheeler in her 1972 book condemned the National Cancer Institute for its misuse of money, the corrupt handling of its public health responsibilities, and its use of people as guinea pigs for a “surgery-radiation-chemotherapy” program dictated by special interests. Her denunciation of the past would correctly describe the worsening “cancer war” of the future from 1972 to 1986:

“In thirteen years the NCI has spent five hundred million dollars and has tested 170,000 poisonous drugs for possible use in the fight against cancer. The results have been zero except in a few rare types of cancer. Over 100,000 cancer patients have been used as guinea pigs without their full knowledge and informed consent.” In 1974, Lida Mattman published Cell-Wall Deficient Forms, decisively showing the existence of pleomorphic bacteria and relating its early examination to a “school of filtration” established by Kendall.

A disguised hint of recognition for Royal R. Rife finally had appeared in the serious scientific literature. In October of 1974, doctors and scientists from the medical world gathered at the New York Academy of Sciences to discuss “the interaction of electricity and living systems.” One doctor predicted that, by 1994, “electrotherapy” would be used as much as chemotherapy. He bemoaned the fact that current medical students, who would be doctors for the next 40 years, were not being instructed in electrical engineering.

Not one of the eminent professionals in “electronic medicine” was aware of Rife’s clinical results 30 years earlier. In 1975, Dr. Livingston died and Dr. Livingston-Wheeler was a widow for the second time. In 1976, two strange events occurred which seemed to draw together the closing ends of a great circle. Christopher Bird authored the fist article to appear on Rife since the 1940s. “What Has Become of the Rife Microscope appeared in New Age Journal for March 1976. And that same year, Dr . Virginia Livingston-Wheeler married Dr. Owen Wheeler, one of the founders of Doctors Hospital in San Diego. Thee Livingston Clinic became the Livingston-Wheeler Clinic.

A circle of 42 years was complete because Dr. Wheeler, as a young man, had known Royal R. Rife and had been at his side in the Rife Laboratory. In 1980, the two French scientists Sorin Sonea and Maurice Panisset published A New Bacteriology. Bacterial pleomorphism was the key to this “new” bacteriology. In 1984, Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler published the Conquest of Cancer. She warned her readers not to eat chicken or eggs: “After years of research, I consider the potential for cancer in chicken to be almost one hundred percent. Most of the chickens on the dining tables of America have the pathogenic form of the microbe, which I contend is transmissible to human beings.”

Dr. Virginia Livingston-Wheeler called for vaccinating cattle and chicken with the anticancer serum. Rife had long envisioned using the Royal Rife Machine Ray to kill the BX in chickens and meat. He also had specifically warned that BX (cancer) virus thrived on pig and mushrooms. The wheel kept turning and turning. When it is realized that the disease-causing micro-organisms in food can be devitalized, and that the blood in hospital blood banks may need to be similarly purified, the loss of Rife’s discovery can be seen in its true tragic dimensions.

Dr. Livingston-Wheeler also called for cancer immunization soon after the birth of every child (the serum can be made from a urine sample). She knew the signs of a cancer epidemic were everywhere if anyone bothered to look. She also declared that cancer could be permanently wiped out in a decade. Rife had known how to do it also . . . but in a country where 60 billion dollars are spent annually on cancer, where one tiny hospital in the Berkshires of Massachusetts can spend 2 ½ million dollars for “state-of-the-art” radiation equipment, it is clear that an entire economy of satisfied cancer “professionals” exists, determined to keep their gruesome racket in place.

Dr. Livingston-Wheeler’s book was completed on July 23, 1983 in La Jolla. Forty-nine years earlier at the Scripps Ranch in La Jolla, a man staggered onto a table with cancer so bad that when doctors felt his stomach they could almost touch his backbone. In a few months time, he was driving his car and staying up all night with a sick cow. Cancer could be cured. Cancer had been cured!

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