Rife Machines Frequently Asked Questions

Over the past 30 years, we have been asked a lot of questions on Rife machines, technology, and treatment. We’ve answered those questions based on our decades of experience. We hope you find your answer in the list below.

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Why haven’t I heard about Rife technology before?

The short answer:

Rife technology is not approved by the FDA, thus it is made available as an experimental approach to addressing numerous health concerns as well as general maintenance.

Conventional health practitioners, while they may use these devices personally, would put their licenses at risk if they promoted this technology as therapy. This, despite decades of anecdotal reports of success as well as documented effects.

The long answer:

There are a number of theories as to exactly what has suppressed Rife technology over the years. Most of them are exaggerated, glamorized, or simply untrue.

What is true, is that some people lose track of what they can say about their machines without getting into legal trouble. Others leap to conclusions about what the machines can really do.

Occasionally they run amuck of the law, and then claim they are being treated unfairly, or are being persecuted. When this happens, they become overly cautious.

So, the answer to this question is that users, and manufacturers as well, have developed a tradition of not telling people about it, even when the need is great. This is purely out of a need for self-preservation. Therefore if you already know about it, the technology will not be deliberately hidden from you, but if you do not know about it, and do not seek it out, nobody is going to come knocking at your door or send you unsolicited email. This tends to keep the profile down.

Conventional medicine and other big business are not interested in the technology for the reason that they do not want to invest a lot of capital in a technology that they cannot exclusively control.

In a few cases, however, businessmen and industry have taken a clue from Rife technology, and developed their own unique interpretations, which can be patented.

The TENS unit, which has been approved by the FDA for many years, the bone growth stimulator, also approved, are examples of Rife machines that you may have heard about. The Cybersonic, Ionic, Sonic, and other types of advanced toothbrushes are based on fundamental insights taken directly from the Rife technology. (In fact, John Wright had significant input in the development of at least one of these devices.)

Outside of the US, there are many countries that have embraced the advent of frequency and electron therapy. It seems to fall in and out of favor, depending on the administration or regime. This is probably because the technology, if it is done correctly, is fantastically effective; and it tends to inhibit some sectors of the medical profession. The drug business is definitely the most obvious of these, but it affects every part of medicine to greater or lesser degree.

What is a Rife machine?

The short answer:

The Rife machine, by our definition, is an instrument that delivers energy to the body as a stimulus to the user, and at the same time provides a destructive environment to all kinds of pathogens.

The long answer:

The term is something of a misnomer. Rife did not invent the transducer. It had been in use a long time before he was born. The technology and techniques we employ in what we call Rife therapy, was mostly developed by others who preceded Royal Rife.

An electro-medical society was established in the US by 1890. Devices of this kind were patented in this era. The frequency instrument, in modern times, is actually a home remedy device that incorporates virtually everything that can be done with an electro-medical device. Royal Rife was a microscopist, (someone who makes and develops microscopes). He is correctly attributed as having discovered what are called Mortal Oscillatory Rates, or, the frequencies that devitalize microbes. That function of the therapy has always been best accomplished with a transducer; an instrument that delivers current to the body that is both a stimulus to the user but is a destructive force to pathogens of all kinds at the same time.

The other school of thought is that it was the Ray Tube that was the true Rife machine, a device that uses a radio wave to deliver frequencies, rather than current. In a way, there is a dramatically correct aspect to this belief, since the transducer could not be used to treat Rife’s microscope. This is because they are too powerful.

Transducers will generally kill anything that lives on a microscope slide, at any frequency, because it takes so very little current to kill bacteria or virus in a subject of a single drop of liquid, with no resistance at all.

Rife needed to prove his theory. In order to accomplish this, he needed a frequency applicator that would ONLY kill one type of pathogen when precisely the correct frequency rate was reached, leaving every other type unharmed. Thus, affording a means to produce obvious and dramatic proof. The ray tube was used for this purpose, and it was powered by the frequency instrument. The frequency instrument was the transducer. The transducer was the frequency instrument.

Of course, Rife knew enough about physics to understand that far more energy than what a broadcast device could produce was needed in order to achieve the same sort of results inside a living body, where huge resistances would be present. Ray tube promoters were ignorant of these simple facts before they committed to a different paradigm. The only part they are correct about is that the Ray tube was the part he invented.

Over the years it has been proven that even a very feeble transducer vastly out performs even the most powerful ray tube modality for the reason that a transducer is direct, and broadcast, is indirect.

There are a great many other things that make the transducer a far better method of delivering frequency to the body. The most notable of these is the electrocution of pathogens. Something that no non-contacting instrument can do. Obviously, it is far easier to electrocute pathogens than it is to destroy them by frequency alone. Far more reliable as well.

JWLABS machines deliver the mortal rates at an energy output that is also an electrocuting force to virus and bacteria. This makes the effect a lot more reliable and predictable. There are a host of other effects that can be realized using the transducer, and that are not possible in any other way. The Department of Defense verifies this for us in the document, Electro Conformational Coupling, (See https://www.jwlabs.com/jwlabs-pentagon-release-paper/) where endergonic reactions induced by oscillating current are described in detail. They include cyclic enzyme catalysis, mitochondrial ATP synthase, and others. There are many others.

In the loose language of the present day, virtually anything that delivers frequency to the body might be called a Rife type device. Although there is literally no better or more powerful way to accomplish this than the transducer, frequency delivery devices have taken many diverse forms. From color therapy to the playing of certain musical instruments.

John Crane, who built machines for Rife for over 20 years, attempted to reveal all these facts after Rife’s death in 1971. His focus was primarily on the fact of microbial electrocution via the transducer, which Rife never revealed. Even though he knew and had proven its effectiveness, Rife did not openly admit to the effectiveness of the direct contact frequency instrument. Again, because he did not invent the transducer. But he did prove it, so the name has stuck.

To reiterate, Rife did not invent the Rife machine; and what he did invent was not appropriate for human therapy purposes. The reason it is not appropriate for human therapy is really very simple. Broadcast devices produce microwave energy, which kills human cells. It is much the same energy that one would receive being too close to a radio or TV broadcast tower. Users report severe memory loss. Frequencies that even approach microwave, are not healthful for therapeutic purposes. These are the very same dangers people face using cellular phones. Microwave causes cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and other serious disorders.

Memory loss caused in this way, is not perceptible. It is very similar to the loss of mental function that occurs during oxygen deprivation. You cannot tell it is happening to you, because the very faculty that would normally be present to alarm you of the distress is also the very faculty that is being lost. So, you just get dumber and dumber, never realizing effects that are not perceptible.

This is the reason why JWLABS does not make a broadcast device, and we never will. It is simply much too dangerous. And it is a danger that users cannot detect, that produces injury doctors cannot diagnose. Royal Rife, John Crane, and others who worked with them for years, have all died in a terrible diminished state of mental acuity. Alcoholism, erratic behavior and dementia seem to be common among them.

So, there is really no cut and dried definition of what a Rife machine is. But there are a few things that we must be sure a Rife machine is not. By our definition, a Rife machine is something that does the user a lot of good, and that is scientifically sound in its design, and empirically safe for home use. A Rife machine is not supposed to be dangerous, or harmful during normal use. Broadcast, or “ray machines” violate this basic safety rule.

What benefits might I expect from using a Rife machine?

Short answer:

While it’s important to understand that we cannot make claims, it’s fair to cite results produced by thousands of our customers over the years. Furthermore, our documentation from the government confirms many of the effects of delivering current directly to the body.

Here are some of the basics:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Reduction of Pathogen load
  • Detoxification, including chemicals and heavy metals
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved lymphatic function
  • Accelerated healing of injuries and wounds, including surgical
  • Improved ATP synthesis, resulting in more energy

Long Answer:

Current at audio frequency, (as opposed to carrier wave frequencies used in broadcast machines), induces a reaction sequence or cascade of beneficial effects. Some of these effects are easily observable in the living blood via darkfield, and phase-contrast microscopes. Thus, JWLABS Model A, can accomplish considerably more than merely devitalize microbes.

The audio and sub-audio range of frequencies may be described as the electrocution range for bacteria, viruses and other infective agents. These ranges of mortal frequency also happen to coincide with the frequencies that are responsible for the removal of crystals, fibroblasts, calcification, etc. There is a profound immuno-stimulus, including the revitalization, redistribution and reactivation of leukocytes. Cell recovery, as in Gangrene, MS and degenerative disorders are also carried out by use of these audio numbers.

The most often reported effect of electro-stimulus is an increase in energy.

This is partly explained in the literature as being the result of ATP synthesis, a known process that occurs in the muscular tissues. The long-term effect is increased strength, bone, tendon and muscle growth. There are a vast number of tissue types in the body; stimulating them all, even slightly, seems to result in a reliable turn around for a great many people.

Other noted effects include a variety of bio-active electromotive forces. The endergonic reactions brought about by frequency and polarity result in microbial electrocution and detoxification. These may also include many other effects, such as diathermy, electrolysis, nerve adaptation and electroporation to a much lesser degree. (Electroporation is a technique in which an electrical field is applied to cells in order to increase the permeability of the cell membrane, allowing chemicals, drugs, or DNA to be introduced into the cell (also called electrotransfer.)

I am not ill. Why would I want to have a Rife machine?

There are numerous excellent reasons to use the Rife machine routinely as part of your health maintenance regimen. Here, we will touch on the more obvious.

Do you have concerns about opportunistic infections for which we are routinely encouraged to take antibiotics? Are you concerned about the effects of multiple vaccines?

Many are learning a safer, non-intrusive approach to protecting against these ailments. Not only does the Rife machine de-vitalize pathogens (parasites, fungi, bacteria, viruses and mycoplasma), it strengthens the natural immune response.

Most regular users report that they no longer get colds or flu. And they seem to be more resistant to the most exotic of infections.

Because the machine improves the natural pumping action of the cells, detoxification is another benefit which serves to make the end user stronger and more resilient.

A natural consequence of adding frequency to the body is the improvement of circulation – both cardiovascular and lymphatic. This benefit alone can improve other functions in your body. As we age and become less active, these issues become more important.

People of all ages benefit from short sessions applied routinely in order to maintain their state of good health. We think it will one day be recognized as a natural and effective hygienic routine. It’s as basic as soap and water!

My kids are active in extreme sports. Will the Rife machine help them with their injuries?

Many people are using their Model A Rife machines to hasten the healing of injuries and surgical procedures. In fact, we have entire households which employ this technology as a matter of routine. Our customers report impressive recovery from compound fractures, diabetic ulcers and surgical incisions. Keep in mind that the benefits are multi-fold. The natural healing capacity of your body is enhanced by using the machine. For many, pain relief is a benefit as well.

Is it illegal to have a Rife machine?

No, there are no legal prohibitions against having a machine. Nor is it illegal to manufacture them. It is, however, not legal to make claims about the results the machine will produce.

Even with over three decades of experience, we are careful to qualify that individual results may vary. We can tell you what is reasonable to expect, given the facts of the history and the gravity of the science. We can speak to what we know the machine is capable of, and we can instruct you how to use it safely. We can even teach you advanced techniques which will increase your likelihood of achieving the desired results.

We have seen a number of our most precious rights and privileges taken from us; but as of this writing, we are still permitted to experiment with this personal home therapy device in the privacy of our own home.

Each customer must sign an agreement which establishes a mutual understanding that JWLABS machines are hired for build under contract, with the express understanding that they are meant for experimental use and that our coaching is not to be construed as practicing medicine.

You need not keep it a secret that you have a rife machine; in fact, many of you will naturally want to share about it once you have experienced the benefits. But you must not tell others that it will cure their ailments. You must speak about it in a responsible, even a respectful way.

Can I tell my doctor I am using a Rife machine?

This is a personal decision. Some of our customers elect not to divulge that they are augmenting their conventional treatments with this home remedy. They simply choose not to confront the resistance they expect from professionals who are working in another paradigm. Customers have reported responses that range from indifference to outright hostility. Others find that they can share with their doctors what they believe is hastening their recovery. Often their response is, “Whatever you are doing, keep it up.”

Is a Rife machine one of those devices I can go to sleep with or wear on my body during the day?

A resounding NO!

Our Model A machines are much more potent than those devices you strap to your body and wear for hours. In fact, to minimize any potential effects from detoxing, we advise sessions of a mere ten minutes a day for the first week of use. Even this varies with individual cases, as some folks are so toxic or so sensitive to the therapy (or the pathogens they harbor are so virulent) that the best approach for them is sessions of even less time. Our Customer Support helps them to modify their sessions as appropriate over the weeks that follow.

One size does not fit all, and individual progress will vary. This must be considered. It’s extremely important that these guidelines be followed, as it’s possible to create distress by over treating. Significant reactions are more likely in the beginning days, as the toxic load is likely to be higher. This could also be true as we progress to different ranges of frequencies. For instance, we may find that the initial detox sessions prove uneventful, but once we hit bacteria numbers, we elicit a reaction. Likewise, when we move into Fungus or Virus ranges.

Please trust the wisdom of our coaching. If you have had experience with other devices, it may be even more important to heed our instructions, as many of them are under-powered. Please don’t assume that you know how to proceed, given your previous experience. We have had customers make that mistake, with very uncomfortable effects. Even practitioners have made this error. JWLABS Model A rife machines deliver as much in five minutes as some machines do in an hour or more.

We once had a practitioner, who was experienced with other devices, employ his Model A3 with a young patient suffering from intestinal distress. He had only one conversation with John Wright and never called back for further coaching. Thinking he knew all he needed to know, he proceeded to apply local applications to the patient’s abdomen. (NOT a typical beginner session.) He left the electrode patches in position for too long and caused significant burning on the skin. This is a classic example of the danger in not declaring yourself a beginner!

How do JWLABS Rife machines differ from those which use indirect contact via bulbs or glass tubes?

We address this in several places on our web pages in order to emphasize our concerns in this matter. It’s a very important question for those who have been doing their homework on the internet, or in conversation with folks who have used the non-contact devices. Let’s see if we can clear up some of the rhetoric.

The “non-contact” type device is known generically as a “broadcast device”. It generates an electromagnetic field in a tube or in a bulb and it beams them at you via carrier waves. These frequencies are measured in megahertz (MHZ), which represents radio frequencies.

Not only does direct current provide benefits which are not achievable via radio frequencies, we have serious concerns about the safety of these higher ranges of frequency. More is understood now than in Royal Rife’s era about the issues around radio frequencies. For starters, we are living in an environment which is now highly charged with radio frequencies, and we do not truly know the combined effects of all this frequency pollution.

To make matters worse, the band of frequencies we call “radio” or “broadcast” includes the microwave band. About this, we do know something: Microwave frequencies have the potential to kill human cells. This has been apparent with respect to brain cells. The heart is also vulnerable.

We have noted that some manufacturers of broadcast devices tout their instruments as more powerful, in terms of output. Of course! What they don’t tell you is that the higher frequencies they employ require more power! In fact, much of this amplitude is wasted as the signal traverses the distance between the source and the destination.

You will notice the phenomenon of higher frequencies requiring more power when you use your Model A. The higher the frequencies being delivered by the instrument, the more you are likely to adjust your amplitude dial to an ideal level. It’s not unusual, at the highest numbers in the audio range that we use, to not feel the sensation at all. This is normal.

To summarize, to proclaim that a device is superior because it outputs more power, with no regard for what is the safest deliverable power, is unconscionable. For further discussion, we encourage you to visit our web site or call us directly.

Will I feel the frequency?

In most cases you will feel a tingling effect at the point of contact, meaning where the electrodes are placed. This will vary with each individual as conductivity issues such as nerve damage (from medications or disease) will influence the degree of sensation.

We provide a sophisticated ten-turn potentiometer with which you will adjust the amplitude (intensity of the signal). We advise users to employ only enough power to register as “comfortably strong”. In other words, it’s fine to have the power fairly strong, or even mildly strong, but we advise against having it turned up so intensely that muscles are contracting.

Note that our expertly tuned sessions have employed tuning techniques which include sweeping, sometimes upward, sometimes downward. On a particularly fast sweep in the downward direction, you will feel the sensation intensify. Likewise, the upward sweep will decrease in intensity. You will adjust the amplitude knob according to your comfort.

It’s normal, when placing electrodes on the soles of the feet, to accept more power. Likewise, when placing electrodes locally over an area of concern, you will desire less amplitude. We ask that you employ the electrodes locally only with coaching from us.

What’s the significance of Analog vs Digital?

In the day of Royal Rife, only vacuum tube-based machines existed. This is what he used, both with direct contact AND to power his broadcast device. Because he had nothing to compare to, Rife himself was unaware of the significance of this.

The people who approached JWLABS in 1986 were friends and associates of Royal Rife. They had figured out that the vacuum tube-based instrument was essential to Rife’s results. The output from these devices is ANALOG. It is more harmonic, more robust than a signal that is merely generated from a chip, called DIGITAL. Analog is a more natural signal. Nothing in nature is digital, only analog.

Our new associates, long schooled in the work of Rife, insisted that we build for them the original style vacuum tube-based instrument, and with good reason. (Musicians understand the advantage of vacuum tube-based amplifiers; the sound experience is more richly textured and more nuanced. Audiophiles insist it’s as close as you can get to the experience of live music.)

Our legendary Model B was our singular instrument through 2004. Fully manual and tuning within as much as a millionth of a hertz, it is prized by those who possess it to this day. Our entire library of sessions has been hand tuned from the Model B, making them far superior to those on cheap digital machines.

How do JWLABS Rife machines differ from TENS units?

The TENS unit was patented in 1972, the year after Royal Rife passed away. Curiously, the patent was awarded to folks who were located a mere few miles from Rife’s laboratory.

There is no question that these people recognized the value of Rife’s work, and they were clever enough to utilize the principles of the technology to one function: pain relief.

The TENS machine is a very low power frequency device which delivers a very small range of frequencies directly to the body. It has been distributed widely via prescription and is now even available in drug stores. It has helped many people seeking relief.

Comparing the TENS machine to our Rife machines is like comparing a roller skate to a Mazerati! Same principle, but with limited function. You can accomplish so much more with a Rife machine, as witnessed by our customers’ reports.

The good news is that the TENS machine has begun to acclimate public awareness to include the principles of electro-medicine. What once seemed far-fetched is now becoming mainstream. We see this as a good thing, with respect to building a general recognition of the benefits of frequency therapy.

I’ve heard that I can use the machine on my pets. Is that true?

As a matter of fact, rife technology has been approved for veterinary use for some time now. Many of our customers are using their Model A devices with their pets. We know a lady in Texas who uses it routinely on horses, goats, and even cats. A woman in Michigan is thrilled with the results she sees with horses and dogs. A fellow in New York made great progress in just a few sessions with a friend’s dog who was going into organ failure. It’s heartwarming to hear from these folks who are taking such loving care of their animals who depend on them for the very best.

To paint you a picture, the easiest way to begin sessions with your beloved pet is to place the electrode patches on your palms and lay your hands on the animal. It’s especially good if you can make contact with areas on their body with little or no fur – perhaps their ears, paws, stomach, or even a shaved area. We can coach you to try different techniques, including different electrodes. Keep in mind that their bodies are much smaller than yours, so less is often more. We will gladly help you along the way.

I’m not very technically oriented. Will I be able to operate this machine?

Inherent in our design is our commitment to ease of use, without sacrificing the integrity of our expertly tuned frequency sessions. Once you have begun, you will appreciate how JWLABS has taken the guesswork out of the experience for you. You will be delighted with how simple it is to use your Model A.

Model A3 is our mid-priced unit. It accesses our frequency sessions from our membership site which contains our entire library of hand-tuned sessions. Customers enjoy the easy access via their computer, laptop, tablet, or Kindle. Some even successfully employ it with their smartphones. We still have customers who do not use a computer, so they enjoy the sessions via their CD player. (Must be a player with a headphone jack.)

Our recently upgraded A3 now includes a re-chargeable battery, so no power supply is required during sessions.

Model A4 is the most user-friendly Rife machine available. All JWLABS frequency sessions are loaded on board the unit. A touch screen menu grants you easy access to the menu and you can select your favorite sessions, so you need not scroll through the 300+ titles to make your selection.

With our Model A line, you can easily repeat professionally tuned sessions. Just plug and play and put it away!

Can I travel with my Rife machine?


Our devices are extremely portable. Measuring 6” x 4” x 2” they are embedded in a crush proof case. We have truck drivers and travelers who would not be without their machines. We have retirees who give themselves sessions while a passenger in their car or motorhome. We have numerous people who have traveled to other continents without being delayed by inspections at the airport. (In fact, in some european countries it’s common for the devices to recognized and accepted as a “Rife machine”. In others, we recommend that you be more prudent and identify it as a device you use for pain relief.) We have even used our machine on a commercial air flight and no one batted an eye!

What is LiveWires?

In short, it’s a pocket-sized Rife machine! We produced LiveWires in 2004 as our engineers were doing research and development on another project for us. It represents a break-through, in that we were able to shrink the size of our Model A circuitry down to a little over a cubic inch.

It’s very sophisticated from an engineering point of view, yet less advanced from the perspective of user interface. For instance, our other Model A products provide a very refined potentiometer with which to govern the intensity of the output. LiveWires has merely a one-turn thumb wheel. LiveWires does not have safety features such as power light or activity light to indicate that the electrode wires are active.

LiveWires relies on internet access to obtain the frequency sessions and move them through the device. The wires are fixed to the unit; and the cube is not subject to repair, given that the innards cannot be accessed.

It’s a wonderful little unit for those who are limited by budget and don’t wish to postpone their entry into Rife technology. Most LiveWires units are placed with families who have a full-bodied Model A and wish to extend the therapy to family members who are off at college or those who travel frequently.

What’s the difference between Model A3 and Model A4?

Model A3 is our mid-priced unit. It was launched in 2004 and has recently been upgraded to include a rechargeable battery, so no external power supply is required during sessions. A3 accesses our expertly tuned frequency sessions from CDs or our membership website, www.rifetherapy.com It is built into a crush-proof case and is covered by a full warranty and personalized customer support.

Measuring 6 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches deep, it weighs about ¾ of a pound. Model A3 can access rifetherapy.com via a computer, laptop, tablet, or Kindle. Some even successfully use it with their smartphone.

Model A4 is our top-of-the line unit, built into the same size case as the A3. It has our entire library of frequency sessions on board, with easy access via a touch screen menu. The user can mark their favorite sessions, so they don’t need to scroll through the entire library of 300+ titles to make their selection. This, plus the rechargeable battery provide completely independent usage. It’s no wonder that some call it the DREAM MACHINE!

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