Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity (EMF Sensitivity) Revisited
Sensitivity reaction or killing of microorganisms?
The following is an
excerpt taken from the book Lyme
Disease and Rife Machines, by Bryan Rosner. This excerpt
examines the safety of electromagnetic fields with regard to
treating Lyme Disease. Specific focus is on so-called
electromagnetic field sensitivity (EMF Sensitivity).
The ideal protocol must not be taxing to the body (other than the
inevitable herx reactions).
Immunosuppressive side effects must be avoided such as
those common with pharmaceutical drugs.
Long term antibiotic use creates a toxic condition in the body.
The ideal treatment would avoid long term use of any
drug, including antibiotics.
RIFE MACHINES MEASURE UP
most common concern voiced by those investigating rife
machines is the possibility of unwanted side effects
exposing the body to electromagnetic fields (EMF).
This concern is rational and warranted.
There is no conclusive proof that rife machines are safe.
No therapy, regardless of how widely studied, can be
proved 100% safe. As
with any decision about a medical treatment, a risk/reward
ratio analysis is necessary.
This book does not assert or claim that rife machines
are safe or unsafe; instead, this section will present
relative data so that you can come to your own conclusion.
When investigating rife machines, each individual must
determine for them self if the treatment is a smart course of
first reason rife machine use appears safe relates to the
circumstances in which researchers believe exposure to
electromagnetic fields is dangerous.
Long-term, continual exposure to very low or very high
frequency electromagnetic fields is generally believed to
elevate EMF associated risks.
For example, living near power lines (low frequency) or
excessive use of
cell phones (high
frequency), would put a person in this exposure category.
Electromagnetic fields created by power lines are 60 Hz
(this is considered low frequency), and electromagnetic fields
generated by cell phones are typically in the MHz range (this
is considered high frequency).
rife machines used against Lyme Disease do not use very high
or very low frequency AC fields.
Also, although a rife machine treatment campaign can
require several years, treatment exposure is not continual.
only require use of a rife machine for between 15 minutes and
1 hour per week.
the purpose of being thorough in evaluating the effects of
electromagnetic fields, we will review scientific studies that
address various durations of electromagnetic field exposure,
including repeated exposure.
We will also review the effects of a wide range of frequencies.
to The McLaughlin Centre
for Population Health Risk Assessment in Canada
fields causing ill health effects is based more on public and
media sensationalism than the results of objective, scientific
current evidence linking EMF exposure to childhood and adult
cancer is limited and inconclusive, and there exists very
little evidence of EMF-induced non-cancer health problems.[i]
Department of Preventative Medicine at Stony Brook University
similar study by
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Mainz, Germany conducted a study that explored the effects of high-frequency EMF on sleep. The study concludes that high-frequency EMF does appear to have a few subtle effects on sleep, none of which are negative or harmful. For example, exposure to EMF resulted in a slight sleep-inducing effect.[iv]
Section of Toxicology and Biomedical Sciences, Casaccia, Rome,
found that exposing
human blood cells to 50hz
magnetic fields resulted in no significant genotoxicity as
measured by comet assay, chromosome aberration, micronucleus,
and sister chromatid exchange analyses.[v]
survey and analysis of several epidemiological EMF studies and experimental investigations
published mostly in peer-reviewed journals revealed that the
preponderance of data does not support the supposition that in
vivo or in vitro exposures to EMF is carcinogenic.[vi]
Studies of exposure of rabbits to electromagnetic pulsed
fields by Nickless
and Hoffman, Dutch rabbits were acutely exposed to
electromagnetic pulsed (EMP) fields (pulse duration 0.4 mus,
field strengths of 1--2 kV/cm and pulse repetition rates in
the range of 10 to 38 Hz) for periods of up to two hours.
This exposure had no measurable effects on the rabbits.
The biological markers unaffected by this exposure were
pentobarbital-induced sleeping time and serum chemistry
(including serum triglycerides, creatine phosphokinase [CPK]
isoenzymes, and sodium and potassium). Notice here that the
exposure time in this study was similar to that of rife
machine treatment, i.e., not continual but instead, a short
scientific studies suggest that EMF exposure is not likely to
be harmful under the conditions of the studies.
there are actually studies in which the effects of
electromagnetic fields were found to have a
positive impact on
white rabbits in
The section in chapter 5 which addresses DC powered machines has an extensive discussion of many additional health benefits
from exposure to electromagnetic fields.
There are over 50 endnote citations in Appendix G which
cite studies that report the positive effects of
electromagnetic fields. Yes,
you are reading that correctly – more than 50 studies, all
finding EMF to be beneficial.
are at least several scientific studies that report a possible
correlation between electromagnetic field exposure and
negative health effects. Although
there may be some circumstances in which electromagnetic
fields can be harmful, most experts conclude that the risks
associated with exposure to common sources of EMF are
insignificant, and the public fear is mainly due to uneven
reporting by the mass media, inability of scientists to
guarantee there are no risks, and statements made by
scientists and governments that more research is needed.
Public fear is further
compounded by inaccurate books alleging that a conspiracy has
taken place to cover up the true ill-health effects of EMF.
an extensive and thorough compilation of data maintained by
John E. Moulder, Ph.D.,
professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of
Power Lines and Cancer FAQs,”
the following conclusions are reached:
the reader is interested in further information about this
issue, I recommend reviewing “Power Lines and Cancer FAQs.”
important area to explore with regard to the safety of rife
technology is EMF sensitivity
, the condition
which involves immediate, adverse reactions to electromagnetic
distinguished from other feared adverse effects because it is
experienced as an
reaction, as opposed to a long-term, progressive effect.
a relevant topic for discussion in relation to treating Lyme
Disease with rife machines because: a)
If it is a real
condition it would be wise to prevent it when using rife
machines, and b) Many Lyme Disease sufferers appear to be more
susceptible to EMF sensitivity
scientific community generally does not recognize EMF
a real condition. The
available evidence does suggest that the symptoms of
real and valid, but the medical community has been unable to
create repeatable experiments in which these symptoms recur
and/or can be explained by known
mechanisms of exposure.
The condition remains questionable, not well
understood, and widely labeled as mainly a psychosomatic
doubt from conventional medical clinicians, EMF sensitivity
a real condition. While
the cause is not conclusively known, several workable
hypotheses exist. One
of the best hypotheses uses a model of infectious disease to
explain EMF sensitivity
If the premise of this book is indeed valid (that
electromagnetic frequencies, as per Royal Raymond Rife, really
do kill microorganisms), then it is reasonable that people
experiencing electromagnetic sensitivity may in fact be
experiencing an interaction between an infection (possibly
unknown) in their body and electromagnetic fields.
Just as Lyme Disease sufferers using rife technology
experience herx reactions following treatment sessions, it is
feasible that people with EMF sensitivity
experiencing the effects of electromagnetic fields on
undiagnosed infections in their body.
evidence for this hypothesis is that symptoms of EMF
be remarkably similar to symptoms experienced by people with
infectious diseases, such as Lyme Disease.
Here are some symptoms reported for EMF sensitivity
eye irritation, dizziness, nausea
, skin rash, facial swelling, weakness, fatigue
, pain in joints
buzzing/ringing in ears, skin numbness, abdominal pressure and
pain, breathing difficulty, and irregular heartbeat.
Additional symptoms have been reported in some individuals
such as paralysis, balance problems, body and/or muscle
spasms, convulsions, confusion, depression
, difficulty in concentrating, seizure, sleep disturbances, and
symptoms are remarkably close to the symptoms of Lyme Disease,
especially symptoms of herx reactions!
Based on the growing consensus that Lyme Disease is
often misdiagnosed and is spreading rapidly, it seems possible
that EMF sensitivity
in fact be due to
Disease or similar infection.
According to one author, the problem of EMF sensitivity
grown to epidemic proportions.
Further evidence supporting this hypothesis is that
many people who suffer from EMF sensitivity
lots of other health problems that suggest infection.
addition, the time frame for the presentation of an EMF
reaction is suspiciously similar to the time frame for
presentation of a genuine
reaction in persons treating
confirmed Lyme Disease. Both
Lyme Disease Jarisch-Herxheimer
and EMF sensitivity
occur within a few hours to a few days of exposure.
In contrast, the negative EMF health effects feared by
the public (such as cancer) occur over the course of months
or years of exposure, not a few hours or days.
it were true that EMF sensitivity
some or all cases) is actually undiagnosed Lyme Disease (or
other similar infections), then it would follow that as the
the body is decreased, severity of EMF reactions would also
decrease. This is,
in fact, what happens in many cases.
People who have confirmed Lyme Disease and EMF
that their EMF sensitivity
with continued rife machine (or other anti-Lyme) treatments.
If this hypothesis is true then EMF sensitivity is caused by irritating bacteria in the body with weak, inadvertent EMF exposure. If
EMF is directed and tuned more
powerfully and accurately to attack and kill the infectious
organisms, instead of irritating them, then more productive
occur (instead of merely EMF sensitivity
This can be accomplished by intentional use of rife
machines instead of unintentional exposure to weak, non
directed EMF sources like household appliances.
a person’s EMF sensitivity
caused by the Lyme Disease infection, and the person reduces
their bacterial load with
rife machines, then the person should go through the process
described in this book, eventually eradicating some or all of
the infection. As
the bacterial load
reduced with rife machines, the person would gain back the
ability to be exposed to common EMF sources without
experiencing symptoms of EMF sensitivity
Of course, this is all under the assumption that the
above hypothesis is true.
This hypothesis, while obviously
not conclusive proof that EMF sensitivity
from infectious disease, is as workable a hypothesis as any.
It seems possible that EMF reactions are in some cases
a result of the direct effect of electromagnetic fields on
microorganisms in the body.
This book’s discussion is not
thorough enough to be used as a sole assessment of the safety
of rife machine therapy. Rife
machine treatment increases EMF exposure.
This additional exposure may
result in risk of adverse effects, although current
research relied on in the writing of this book has not
consistently identified significant risks.
a risk/reward analysis for your individual situation to
determine whether rife machine use is rational.
You need to do something to treat your Lyme
Disease, so you can’t avoid all treatments. Since
all treatments carry some level of risk, you can’t avoid all
risk. So it is not
a question of avoiding risk completely but instead minimizing
risk the best you can. Compare
the benefits you get (or believe you will get) with rife
machines to the benefits you get (or believe you will get)
with other therapies. Compare
rife machine risks with risks of other therapies.
If rife machines have more benefit relative to risks
than other therapies, then rife machine use is rational.
Make sure you enlist the assistance of a trusted
physician when you conduct your risk/reward analysis.
Also be sure to take into account the unique details of
your specific situation. For
example, people with “early-stage” Lyme Disease, or Lyme
Disease that responds to antibiotics, would have less reason
to use rife machines than those who are debilitated with
chronic Lyme Disease because antibiotics failed.
you conduct your risk/reward analysis remember to consider the
dangers of other Lyme Disease therapies like pharmaceutical
Most drugs approved by the FDA
have significant incidence of uncomfortable and even dangerous
side effects. The
list of serious side effects for a given drug is likely not
trials for new drugs only catch problems that show up during
the trial, with most trials taking place over the course of
six months to two years. There
are many examples of drugs being taken off the market after
FDA approval when the drug begins to cause serious
problems in people years later.
Consider the following when determining the risks of
®, once believed to be safe,
is actually very dangerous.
Vioxx® was pulled from the market due to a 50%
increase in risk of stroke
causes billiary sludge that necessitates surgical removal of
the gall bladder. Surgery
introduces a new set of serious risks.
Living without a gall bladder also has risks, including
chronic digestive problems and diarrhea.
®, a drug commonly used for
Lyme Disease, can cause vision
Nearly all drugs
are associated with sporadic adverse events that can be life
threatening, including liver failure, kidney failure, allergic
are just several examples.
You should examine the risks of any therapy you are
considering and compare it with rife therapy.
Remember that Lyme Disease sufferers often use
pharmaceutical drugs (especially antibiotics) in higher doses,
and for longer periods, than other people.
This extended use increases
likelihood of serious side effects. Many Lyme Disease
sufferers are forced to discontinue taking drugs because test
results show elevated liver enzymes and other bodily
indicators that sound alarms of stress.
So, some people do not even have the option of using
certain drugs. See
for additional discussion of
the risks involved in using pharmaceutical treatments.
Rife machine therapy is non-invasive.
It does not introduce any physical substance or
chemical into the body orally or intravenously, and it does
not require a surgical procedure.
There are many intrinsic benefits of non-invasive
benefits should be factored into your risk/reward analysis:
possibility of overdose, no documented adverse/allergic
No chemical or
substance that the body has to detoxify and excrete via the
eliminatory system. Antibiotics
and herbs get absorbed, circulate in the body, and must be
excreted by the liver and kidneys each time the pills are
taken. A 6 month
course of antibiotics results in this happening hundreds of
times. Many herbs and drugs are very potent substances that
can be stressful to the eliminatory system when taken in the
high quantities and long treatment campaigns necessary to make
a dent in Lyme Disease. To
compound this further, Lyme Disease sufferers’ eliminatory
systems are already under considerable stress dealing with the
infection and associated neurotoxins
No risks of
getting a contaminated batch of drugs.
No risk of drug
the use of rife machines and the associated electromagnetic
field exposure was a rational and appropriate choice given my
personal review of available data did not raise for me a high
level of concern in comparison with the high level of benefit
I received from rife machines. Additionally, I did not find
the risk/reward ratio of other available therapies to be
I relied on to personally conclude that rife machine therapy
is relatively safe was the absence of reported adverse events
in rife machine users I was in contact
One specific example is Doug
, inventor of the
exposed to one of the most powerful modern rife machines for
years (during his experimentation and subsequent use of the
technology on himself). He
never had any adverse reactions or negative health effects
(other than typical and expected Lyme-related herx reactions).
He is currently in great health.
He actually noticed some pre-Lyme health problems
disappear after treatment with rife machines.
Many other rife machine users have a similar story.
risk/reward analysis served me well, as currently I have
experienced no side effects or adverse reactions from rife
machines (no manifested risks) and rife machine therapy has
been the single most helpful therapy for my Lyme Disease
However, because rife technology is experimental and has not been proven to be 100% safe, each individual must review the data to their satisfaction and come to their own conclusion. If your risk/reward analysis does not lead you to conclude that rife machines offer more benefit relative to risk than other therapies, then you should consider that rife machines may not be the ideal treatment for you.
Although several of the machines discussed in this book are capable of running very low and very high frequencies, use of these frequencies (while possibly helpful in killing Lyme bacteria) is not necessary for success.
 The following discussion DOES NOT apply to all people with electromagnetic field sensitivity. Instead, it is simply one hypothesis to explain certain cases of the condition. Consult a physician before using electromagnetic therapies if you have electromagnetic field sensitivity.
The following paragraphs describe MY PERSONAL DECISION about the rationality of using rife machines to treat Lyme Disease. This is in no way a recommendation for others to use the technology, but instead my own personal interpretation of the risk/reward ratio.
Health risks of
electromagnetic fields. Part I: Evaluation and assessment
of electric and magnetic fields.
[ii] Electromagnetic fields and breast cancer on Long Island: a case-control study. Schoenfeld ER, O'Leary ES, Henderson K, Grimson R, Kabat GC, Ahnn S, Kaune WT, Gammon MD, Leske MC; EBCLIS Group. Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University , Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
[iii] Electric blanket use and breast cancer on Long Island. Kabat GC, O'Leary ES, Schoenfeld ER, Greene JM, Grimson R, Henderson K, Kaune WT, Gammon MD, Britton JA, Teitelbaum SL, Neugut AI, Leske MC; EBCLIS Group. Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University , Stony Brook, NY, USA.
exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic fields.
[v] Absence of genotoxicity in human blood cells exposed to 50 Hz magnetic fields as assessed by comet assay, chromosome aberration, micronucleus, and sister chromatid exchange analyses. Stronati L, Testa A, Villani P, Marino C, Lovisolo GA, Conti D, Russo F, Fresegna AM, Cordelli E. Section of Toxicology and Biomedical Sciences, ENEA CR, Casaccia, Rome, Italy.
[vii] Device: Bi-Osteogen System 204, Electro-Biology, Inc., Fairfield, NJ; 1.4 mV/cm; 2 G; 72 Hz; 380 usec WF, Page 313
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