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Health - Whose Business is it?
by Miriam Knight

Health is seriously big business. 1995 statistics showed national health expenditures of $988.5 billion, or 13.6 percent of the U. S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). National health expenditures were projected to increase to $1,481.7 billion by 2000 (15.9 percent of GDP) and to $2,173.7 billion (17.9 percent of GDP) by 2005. In 1995 over half of total health spending came from private rather than government sources. Of that private insurance payments accounted for $331 billion, and direct out-of-pocket payments for health care amounted to $182.6 billion.

Healthcare started becoming big business in the 1930s, and the story of Royal Raymond Rife demonstrates what a high stakes and dirty game it can be. Rife was a scientist who began researching a cure for cancer in 1920. He developed a microscope that used an unconventional method of lighting that enabled him to view live microbial specimens at unheard of magnifications. In the course of his work he was supported by Dr. Arthur Kendall, an early director of what later became the National Institute of Health and Dean of the Medical School at Northwestern University.

Rife proposed a theory that bacteria are pleomorphic, that is one organism can take different forms. He demonstrated that the cancer virus, which is essentially a packet of DNA 1/15 of a micron long by 1/20 of a micron wide, can develop into a bacterial or a fungal form, depending on the medium or tissue it is growing in. This was so astounding and against the understanding of the day that these amazing scientists were ostracized and persecuted. It became dangerous to be associated with them and their work was forced so far underground that it wasn't until the late 1980s that their theories were accepted as correct.

Because viruses are so small, no one had been able to see them except Rife. He was able to see them by building his Universal Microscope that used an ingenious array of special prisms that filtered and focused the light source to the specific wavelength of the organism. Once he had identified this unique light frequency, it was a small intuitive leap to use sound waves in the same frequency to target and shatter the organism itself, just like an opera singer can shatter a glass. Rife set up a clinic in southern California with 16 patients in the last stages of 'terminal' cancer. The Medical Committee of the University of Southern California oversaw the research. All 16 patients were cured of all traces of cancer.

The Rife Ray Machine went on to have impressive clinical successes with other diseases including TB and Herpes. Just what pressures the AMA and the FDA exerted to ensure that the Rife Machine would never be a threat to their vested interests, is well documented in Barry Lynes book, "The Cancer Cure That Worked."

We in the alternative medicine field understand these pressures all too well. Variants of the original Rife machine have surfaced, cautiously and for 'experimental' or 'personal' use only, and as amazing as it is to see such machines work, we also know that they are only a small part of the healing equation.

In order for the body to benefit from any machine or substance that kills an infecting agent, it has to be able to rid itself of the toxic debris left behind. That means that the lymphatic channels have to be open to move the debris away from the affected site and into the body's drainage channels - basically it's sewers - and out through the organs of elimination: kidneys, lungs, skin, glands, ducts and intestines producing urine, CO2, sweat, tears, mucus, and feces.

The body uses energy to power the pumps that move the debris along. If it has blockages in the system they need to be opened. Exercise is the best way to keep the energy and lymphatic channels open. Massage can be very helpful, as can various forms of energy medicine.

Next, the body needs sufficient good quality raw materials - vitamins, minerals, protein, fatty acids, etc. - in order to repair the affected parts. The body's machine is analogous to an engine, with raw, organic fruits and vegetables providing a much higher-octane fuel than chemical-laden, processed foods.

Finally, it is important to understand why the disease arose in the first place. As Harry Truman said, 'the buck stops here'. You can treat the symptoms, but if you don't understand and acknowledge responsibility for your dis-ease and make the necessary changes in your lifestyle, eating/drinking habits, mental attitudes, areas of stress, etc., there is every likelihood that the condition will recur.

Over sixty years ago Roy Rife said "In reality, it is not the bacteria themselves that produce the disease, but the chemical constituents of these micro-organisms enacting upon the unbalanced cell metabolism of the human body that in actuality produce the disease. We also believe that if the metabolism of the human body is perfectly balanced or poised, it is susceptible to no disease."

We are where and what we are because of the choices WE have made somewhere along the line. Our challenge is to understand why and learn the appropriate lessons so that we can create what we want for ourselves in our health, our work and our relationships. We need to stop looking for some magic pill or cure and start looking inside for the answers.

Miriam Knight was recently appointed editor of Community ConneXion. She also is a practicing energy therapist and counselor working in NW Portland. She can be contacted at 503-892-3300 or by e-mail to