Rife Handbook, by Nenah Sylver, is fine as far as it goes,
but that's not far enough in some ways and much too far in
others. If you were thinking of spending a couple of hours
looking through it to help you decide which rife machine to buy,
you may be disappointed.
it's a textbook, not a handbook — 732 pages, hardcover, two-column
format, including a 20-page reference list (with many more
citations at the end of each chapter) and a 21-page index. A
resource list and two other appendices round out the
this isn't just one book — it's two or maybe three books in one.
The full title is The Rife Handbook of Frequency Therapy with
a Holistic Health Primer. The
holistic health primer consists of the first three chapters
("The Politics of Medicine and the Nature of Health,"
"The History of Pleomorphism and the Inventions of Royal
Raymond Rife," and "Complementary Therapies").
Along with the last chapter ("Creating a Better World, Inside and
Out"), they take
up about 350 pages, or half the book.
Although one has to admire the effort and
thoroughness that went into it, the holistic primer material has
been covered many times elsewhere. But if the author was going to write
it, why she didn't publish
it as a separate book escapes me. Its inclusion here, along with
some of the contents (e.g, sidebars on "How to Feed Your
Dog or Cat," "How to Remove Skunk Odor from a
Dog," "Choosing the Correct Tempo When Working
Out"), comes across as a bit compulsive, as if the author
is standing over you to make sure you eat your vegetables.
Unfortunately, even binding it in with the rife material doesn't
guarantee people will read it. And though most of it is useful, all it does is raise the cost of the book
($100 from her publisher; $125 elsewhere; also available in
electronic format for less) enough to put it out of reach of many who
might want the rife information — and who might buy one or
even two less
expensive books were they available separately in paperback.
The rife material itself
is in a chapter titled "Frequently Asked Questions about
Rife Equipment and Sessions." The nearly hundred-page
chapter contains probably a hundred questions and answers. I'm not a big fan of the FAQ
format in books —
I prefer subheads and topics organized in a logical
progression, which I find aids in retaining information, not
to mention finding it again. Oddly, the rest of the book is
structured this way —
only the rife chapter isn't.
the biggest problem with the rife chapter is that although the author discusses
the various features of rife machines, she doesn't offer any
opinions that would help a reader decide on one machine vs.
another. That's not the purpose of the book, but it's likely to
be the purpose of those who buy it, hoping to find that
information, as it was for me. Because machines are so expensive,
most people will probably not have occasion to try even
one before buying it, let alone several for comparison.
Therefore, assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of the most
common machines would seem to be in order. Of course, this could
create hard feelings on the part of manufacturers whose products
didn't fare so well, but I think potential buyers of a rife
machine would gladly take a book like that, which still could
have included the hundred-page rife chapter, over most of this
book does include photos of different machines and what various
common features do, such as gating, sweep, converge, and duty cycle. It also discusses the different types of machines, such as pad vs.
plasma, and what to look for in a manufacturer. But machines can
have similar features and still differ greatly in how easy
they are to use. Some of the most popular machines, as I
indicate in my reviews, are downright frustrating in one or more
200 pages are devoted to a comprehensive frequency list (also available
separately in electronic format). However, frequencies in a list
are only a starting point, at best. For one thing, a list may
have dozens of frequencies for a particular problem, only a few
of which may work in your case. However, you have to go
through all of them to find the ones that do — and if they do,
it may not be immediately obvious.
if you find some, are you missing others that aren't on the
Sutherland's programs, which are precisely targeted and
quite effective, contain many in the megahertz range,
which the lists cover sparsely. Also, as he points out:
to get all stages of a pathogen — eggs, larvae, and adult —
with different frequencies for each.
Pathogens often mutate rapidly, requiring a new set of
frequencies (different enough that a sweep may not do the job).
Smaller pathogens can hide in larger ones, so you need to
kill the smaller ones first — otherwise, when you kill the
larger ones, they release the smaller ones into your bloodstream.
approach is to use dowsing to find the frequencies you need. Applied
kinesiology (muscle testing) will also work. But most people
are not proficient enough at these techniques to be able to use
them effectively. So, is it more productive to spend time using
a list, essentially groping around in the dark to maybe find
some frequencies that will work for a while, or to find someone
whose dowsing or kinesiology skills are good enough to determine
precisely what's needed? If you're willing to do the former, the list may
only claim in the book that's surprising from someone as well
versed in holistic practices as Sylver is a sidebar on the
ostensible dangers of soy. She turns out to be an adherent of
the Weston Price–Sally Fallon
anti-soy school, which claims not only that meat and animal
products are essential for good health but that soy is
supposedly harmful. As I describe here,
this is misinformation that just doesn't stand up to scientific