Others, working in distant laboratories, did not claim the same success. Why had they not seen them? Because, using the over-celebrated electron microscopes, they could not see. The frightful truth concerning the BX virus was that electron microscopy could not image them at all. What had occurred in the other research labs became clear again to the man with eyes to see. The others overlooked this obvious pathogenic presence simply because their microscopes could never reveal it. This hideous specter exalted itself in what cover it could find. Unfortunately, it found cover among those who claimed to be professional seers.
Otherwise excellent researchers became completely blind when searching for the BX virus because electron microscopy was itself the blinding agent. How could so obvious a pathogen not been imaged in a technology which boasted greatest visual resolving powers? In preparing specimens for an electron micrograph, technicians “kill” the tissue specimens. The process involves placement of the specimen in a high vacuum chamber. Bombardment of the specimen with metal ions is the “staining” procedure. The thin metal film gives highly projective electrons a detailed surface upon which to impinge. The electron spray is directed into this prepared specimen and is then magnified by successive intense magnetic field coils. Images are then watched on a phosphorescent screen, or photographed directly.
Electron microscopy mishandles frail viruses. It mishandled the frail BX virus, destroying it during each preparation process. Destroyed evidence. The same ritual was repeated a hundred times with the same negative results. Unable to think clearly, few of these technicians could surmount the situation and comprehend why this virus did not appear on their viewing screens. Overconfidence in the RCA system blocked common reason. Electron microscopy does not resolve frail viruses because they are shattered and dissolved during the preparation stage.
Well then, there was the flaw. Why would no qualified person see this simple truth? Why was the light eluding those who claimed to have all of it? The technological marvel, designed to replace all competitive microscopes had brought a secure sleep on those supposed to resolve such obvious dilemmas. Medical technicians had forgotten how to think. Its newly adopted methods actually destroyed frail pathogens intended for study. Quite recently the search for the HIV virus evidenced frustration again because of these inherent limitations of electron microscopy.
The BX viruses cavorted and wriggled boldly before his eyes. But … how to destroy them? To find an immunological tool for each of these would represent an enormous task, a project which would take centuries. Humanity did not have that much time to wait. No, some other more universal means had to be developed by which this, and all pathogenic forms could be dissolved.
Protozoa and bacteria of all kinds could be destroyed by exposing them to special ultraviolet spectra. Perhaps the BX virus would succumb to such exposures. He had to know. He had the tool with which to see. So he began a long and arduous search, looking for spectra which could destroy virus cultures.
Dr. Rife discovered that deadly viruses actually thrived in the radiations of specific elements. Radium and Cobalt-60 were the notable ones. Dormant viruses became virulent in these energetic emanations. The horror filled him again. Medical practice was attempting the cure of cancer with these very radiations! There had to be some light spectra which destroyed the viral activity altogether. He searched through the periodic table. Electrified argon and neon also brought intensified virulent activity from dormant viral cultures. He actually utilized argon lamps to grow virus-infected tissue cultures with greater rapidity. But there had to be a spectral range, which killed these terrible death-agents.
No light seemed to have any effect on their crystalline structures. This is why it was possible for him to view viral activity under intense light in the first place! No light spectra of any intensity was able to destroy these quasi-living crystals.
Then he thought of crystals. How could we destroy a crystal? What do chemicals do to germs … dissolve them, take them apart … shatter them?
He had done this very thing in 1917 with protozoa and large bacteria. He knew it was possible to shatter these kinds of pathogens by the application of a sudden electrical impulse. His early attempts with small radio transmitters and simpler microscopes proved somewhat effective. He used Telefunken output tubes to produce the impulses. Operated by a small generator, this simple device projected fifty radio frequency watts to his samples.
His original inspiration applied to larger pathogens. It therefore needed no excessive frequency, short wave being sufficient. It was certainly possible to interpolate the necessarily super high resonant pitch needed to shatter any microbe. But viruses? How high would this pitch need to be? If not attainable, could he use some much lower harmonic of this fundamental at greater power levels? Could he find the lethal pitch for every found pathogen?
Equipment was quickly assembled. He needed a generator of extremely short duration electro-impulses. Direct current electrical “spikes” of quick duration, when applied to a gas filled discharge tube, would project electric rays (Cooper Pairs) toward an infected sight. The tube could not be a simple high vacuum. That would release dangerously penetrating X-Rays. X-Rays would stimulate the BX strain into increased activity. No, the projection tube required a very light gas, one whose response was almost instantaneous. The gas he desired would be one whose mass would in no way interfered with the impulses.
Hydrogen was used in special high power thyratrons: quick acting high voltage switches used in diathermy machines and (later) in radar systems. Old X-Ray tubes often failed in their operation because they became filled with hydrogen and helium mixtures. Such X-Ray tubes were generally discarded.
His new projector was one such old X-Ray tube. He tested its output, adjusting the excitation circuit so as not to release even soft X-Rays. The tube glowed, a good sign. This meant that there was sufficient gas for the release of electrical rays. Dr. Rife set the polarity so that the tube would pulsate in electropositive spikes of specific duration.
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