The quantum world, Rife machines and Lyme disease!

Published on November 26, 2018

By Chris Newton
Research Director CIMMBER (Center for Immuno-Metabolism, MicrobioSee more
Why now an interest in the strangeness of the electromagnetic (EM) quantum world and what’s the connection with ‘Rife machines’ and Lyme disease………


Quite a number of years ago now an interest in the quantum world was sparked by reading Rupert Sheldrake’s book on morphic fields and formative causation (Sheldrake, 1982). There appeared to be an awful lot going on behind the veil. Sheldrake’s work suggested (and still does, see: The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature) that life is directed by information fields that may or may not, be EM in nature.

Interest in the quantum world went dormant for a while as a career was developed in biochemistry and molecular biology. (Human endeavour, even science, is conducted on very much a need-to-know basis- one focuses-down on one’s speciality, often ignoring related disciplines). Whilst still working on cancer-related cell and molecular biology in the early 2000s, some fascinating work from the early part of the 20th century came to my attention. These were studies by Royal Rife. Rife was a pioneer in the field of ‘Electromagnetic Medicine‘. He worked with cancer patients and was convinced that cancer was due to a microorganisms with characteristics somewhere between virus and bacteria (pleomorphic). He developed a new type microscope and used radio frequencies to treat not only organisms in the lab., but patients with cancer. Rife’s story is described by Barry Lynes in his excellent book, entitled, “The Cancer Cure That Worked‘.

From being ‘the darling of US medicine‘ in the early 1930s his work was stopped and his ideas and treatments were forced ‘underground‘.

My interest in Rife’s work in the 2000s was from a perspective of microorganisms and cancer (we eventually reported work showing that microorganisms and their components might ‘activate’ tumour cells (Newton et al. 2011). Later-on that decade, a good friend of mine, Dr Beryl Beynon asked whether I could help with patients suspected of having Lyme disease. Following some more literature research, I realized that a variant of Rife therapy ‘had resurfaced‘ and was being used to treat individuals with Lyme disease. Unlike the device Rife used in the 1930s, Doug MacLean- an electrical engineer who had Lyme disease- built what has become known as the Doug Coil. This device uses a fairly hefty audio power amplifier to drive, instead of a loudspeaker, a large coil of wire from which a magnetic field emanates (for technical details see We discussed this in the Clinic and following some more prompting from a friend/patient, a device was built.

Strictly, this device is not a Rife machine, it uses audio frequencies (between 200 and 2000Hz). Although there are many mentions of resonance effects (at various websites), no details as to how EM at audio frequency might couple with biological systems have been worked-out (certainly in the form of an alternating magnetic field, at audio frequencies). Despite this, the clinic has noted some marked responses and these include Herxheimer reactions; responses typical of bacterial dye-off following antibiotic therapy.

A striking aspect of the response for some patients has been a physical sensation at one frequency and not another- even when the separation between these frequencies is only 1 cycle per second (1 Hz). In electrical engineering terms, this suggests a highly specific coupling between the alternating magnetic field and a biological system- the sort of coupling one might expect between a broadcast signal and a receiving system (a receiving system tuned to the broadcast frequency). When systems are tuned in this way, there is a maximum transfer of energy between transmitter and receiver.

Returning to the quantum world, from experiments on the photoelectric effect and the absorption and emission spectra of gases, it became apparent that EM radiation (EMR), couples with electrons in the atom. For example, the Balmer series of spectral lines are due to electronic transition in the hydrogen atom. Each of these correspond to a certain transition that requires an input of energy carried by an EM wave (after an EM input, the electron drops down to a lower orbital, emitting light). This energy is often described in electron volts (eV), where 1eV is equivalent to 1.6 x 10^-19 joules of energy (joule is a unit of energy). To ionize a hydrogen atom (remove its single electron) from its ground state (a state where the electron is closest to the nucleus-also called the zero point state) requires 13.6 eV of energy.

In the early 1900s Max Planck defined a constant that when multiplied by the frequency of EM radiation gave, what Einstein in 1905 defined as a quantum of energy– the minimum unit (packet) of energy of an EM wave. This quantum of energy is also defined as a photon and it is calculated by multiplying the frequency of the EMR, by the Planck constant.

By converting eV to joules and then using the equation E =hf (where E is energy, h is the Plank constant and f, is the frequency), the frequency of EMR required to ionize hydrogen is around 3.3 x 10^15 Hz. This very high frequency corresponds a wavelength around 90nm. This is a region of the EM spectrum called vacuum UV and it is usually absorbed by the atmosphere on Earth.

Although the ground state of hydrogen requires vacuum UV light to free its single electron, what about when hydrogen it is part of a chemical structure or biological molecule like an amino acid, a protein, glucose or a molecule like NADH. Often text books on cellular energetics, have a sentence like, ‘High energy electrons are passed from NADH to the electron transport chain of mitochondria‘ (see LinkedIn article: 42: it might just as well be!: August 20th). Does this mean that electrons in NADH molecules are in an excited state (i.e. above the ground state). If so, where does the energy come from to lift two electron to an excited state and to finally release them from NADH for delivery to the electron transport chain? Also what characteristic of an electron, that when released from its atomic/molecular cage, manifests as high energy? Electrons are suggested to be particles/wave packets with very high velocity. So perhaps raising the electron to a higher atomic orbital is the result of increasing their velocity and hence kinetic energy (for the uninitiated, kinetic energy is a product of mass, multiplied by velocity squared and divided by 2!)?

When EMR couples with electrons at frequencies below vacuum UV, something else must be going on. The frequencies most often used for therapy are between 200 to 2000Hz. At 500 Hz, for example, the wavelength is around 600km and using E = hf, the photonic energy at 1000 Hz is so extremely low (6.6 x 10^-31 joules). In eV this is 4.1 x 10^-12 eV- a billionth billionth of and eV, a tiny fraction of the amount needed for an electron transition. So what’s the target of this EM wave/magnetic pulse?

One possibility is that the magnetic pulse couples with electrons that have escaped their normal atomic leash – electrons that have become delocalized. These electrons are no longer tied to one atomic nucleus, they have been released and shared between atoms in a molecular structure (how these have been released, in other words, where the energy comes from to do this will be ignored for now). Bio-molecules such as amino- acids and nucleic acids (DNA) have specialized configurations of delocalised electrons… and so too does water.

The last article published at this site (see LinkedIn article October 18th) and also at, has outlined the work of Gerald Pollack and his team who have shown that water next to a charged surface (negatively charged like the majority of biomolecules and membranes) has a hexagonal structure where a proton (hydrogen ion) is lost and its electron is shared as a delocalised electron around the hexagonal ring.

Work by other groups has suggested structure of an even more bizarre form. Luc Montagnier (Nobel prize winner for work on HIV) and team reported studies where DNA diluted in water emitted signals over the frequency range, 300 to 3000 Hz (Montagnier et al., 2011). Their work also revealed that this ‘information’ could be transferred magnetically to water. When this signalized water was used as a template for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the original DNA sequence was reproduced with at least 98% accuracy. In several publications, they suggested structure exists in water and this stores information that is somehow able to direct DNA polymerase to reproduce a DNA sequence (see October 18th for further discussion).

As might be expected, the press of all denominations had a field day (week/month etc) over this work, especially when it was revealed that only sequences from pathogens produced signals. Despite this extreme cynicism and downright disbelief, it is hard to explain how water signalized from digital information transferred (over the web) to labs never having performed PCR on these sequences (e.g. Borrelia burgdorferi and HIV), produced near perfect sequence homology. Considering these findings, one wonders whether the correspondence between audio frequencies used in the coil system and those emitted by DNA of Borrelia might provide a mechanism for therapeutic effects. But, how?

Before answering this question, one has to consider how DNA might communicate information to water, in other words, the mechanism of signalling.

Much of the above discussion has focused a great deal on the two-way coupling/interaction between electrons and EMR. Whilst it is clear that EM fields at audio frequency hold very low photonic energy, an alternating magnetic field will induce oscillation of electrons when they have shed their leash of atomic confinement. The analogy is conduction band electrons in a conducting wire. These electrons ‘feel the force‘ when exposed to a changing magnetic field.

As mentioned, a commonality between DNA and water is that they have delocalized electrons. When the negatively charged DNA is diluted (dispersed) in water (based on Gerald Pollack’s work), at the interface between DNA and water, an EZ will form. This is composed of stacked hexagonal rings, not of H2O, but H3O2- a proton is lost (to the intervening bulk water) leaving behind an electron that becomes delocalized around the ring. DNA itself has delocalized electrons and these extend throughout the fractal structure of DNA molecule (Cattani, 2010). Indeed Martin Blank (who sadly passed away earlier this year*) and his team have shown that DNA can act as a fractal antenna (Bank and Goodman, 2011). Antennae can both send and receive EM information. However, to do so requires that electrons within antennae are placed under a variable electric or magnetic field. One key element of the Montagnier team’s work was that information transfer only occurred when the diluted DNA was exposed to an external oscillating magnetic field. Perhaps the external field acted as both an energetic EM input and carrier wave, that was modulated by electronic signals (from the base sequences within the DNA strand). The adjacent EZ may have acted as an amplifier of these weak EM signals.

The next problem is how water that has not been exposed to DNA can be signalized. Montagnier et al. have recently published a rigorous mathematical treatment of this problem (Montagnier et al., 2017). They have suggested that quantum coherence domains exist that act as some kind of quantum liquid crystal memory.

Whilst the details of the proposed memory properties of water are mathematically highly complex, it is not necessary to understand these to be able to propose a potential mechanism for the effect of audio frequencies in the Rife-type therapy.

Based on the fractal antenna nature of DNA, an external signal, by way of an alternating magnetic field that matches a resonance condition of electrons within a particular sequence of Borrelia burgdorferi, may induce DNA damage sufficient to disrupt the transcription of a key gene and this may lead to a form of bacterial programmed cell death (Peetersa and de Jonge, 2018).

Sheldrake (1982) A New Science of Life: the hypothesis of formative causation, Los Angeles, CA: J.P. Tarcher, 1981 (second edition 1985, third edition 2009). ISBN 978-1-84831-042-1.

Newton CJ, Bilko D, Stalla G, Renner U (2011) Toll receptor-mediated inflammatory system is present in tumour cells from endocrine-related tissues. Endocrine Abstracts 25: P172 under construction

Montagnier L, Aissa J, Del Giudice E, Lavallee C, Tedeschi A, Vitiello G. (2011) DNA waves and water. J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/306/1/012007

Cattani C (2010) Fractals and Hidden Symmetries in DNA. Mathematical Problems in Engineering Volume 2010, Article ID 507056, 31 pages doi:10.1155/2010/507056

*Martin Blank:

Blank M, Goodman R. (2011) DNA is a fractal antenna in electromagnetic fields. Int J Radiat Biol. 87(4):409-15. doi: 10.3109/09553002.2011.538130

Montagnier L, Aïssa J. Capolupo A , Craddock TJA, Kurian P, Lavallee C, Polcari A, Romano P, Tedeschi A, Vitiello G (2017) Water Bridging Dynamics of Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Gauge Theory Paradigm of Quantum Fields. Water 9: 339; doi:10.3390/w9050339

Peetersa SH, de Jonge MI (2018) For the greater good: Programmed cell death in bacterial communities. Microbiological Research 207: 161-169