Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What is a rife machine. Should I buy one?

This an interesting and controversial topic. I feel I know very little about this topic yet feel the need to mention it. This perhaps is one of the stranger treatments for chronic Lyme disease. The theory makes sense to me, patients tell me it helps. I don't think it cures anyone and it is expensive. The ideas behind this technology are really are very old. The great genius Tesla was said to have invented a machine that could bring down building by the uses of resonant sound waves. All materials have a vibrational frequency. If electrical or electromagnetic energy bombards the object with high levels of the proper frequency the object will eventually shatter. It is common knowledge that some opera singers have been able to hold notes which can shatter glass. In theory, it should be possible to determine the vibrational frequency of any object, including animate objects such as bacteria. It should then be possible to bombard the targeted organisms with high energy electromagnetic waves in the correct frequency which would cause the bacteria to explode. Ostensibly other tissues would not be harmed because they have other resonate vibratory frequencies. According to rife proponents the rife machines produce waves of electromagnetic energy which are sent through your body. The machines are tuned to the proper frequency to target specific microbes, such as Borrelia. They claim that Herx reactions occur with use of the machines and that this is proof of germicidal effects. The machines cost about $3,000.00 according to my patients who use them. They are not FDA approved. This is an example of a technology which makes sense to me based on the purported mechanism of action. Patients state that it helps them but does not cure them. Perhaps, and this is pure conjecture on my part, patients who truly cannot tolerate antibiotics, for example those who have had recurrent C. diff infections, may wish to do their own research and consider this exotic therapy. But remember, there is currently no scientific support for the use of this technology.

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