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Remedios médicos extraños, raros, controvertidos
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Este hilo lo abro para incluir en él remedios médicos extraños, raros, controvertidos, ¿quizás algunos fraudulentos...?, etc.

Royal Rife (wikipedia)

Royal Raymond Rife (May 16, 1888 - August 11, 1971) became known for his unsubstantiated claim of finding a 100% effective cure for terminal cancer by means of his "beam ray" device, which was supposed to work by methods which conflict with contemporary and subsequent scientific theories. After his death his name became associated with an increasing number of devices purportedly useful in alternative research and practice but similarly lacking scientific evidence.

Cancer treatment claims

A 1986 newspaper article[2] by the author of a book about Rife claims that in 1934, the University of Southern California appointed a special medical research committee to bring cancer patients from Pasadena County Hospital to Rife's San Diego Laboratory and clinic for treatment, and further claims that after 90 days of treatment, the committee concluded that 14 of the patients had been completely cured; that the treatment was then adjusted for the two remaining patients over the next four weeks and that the total recovery rate using Rife's technology was 100%.

No paper submitted to a peer-reviewed medical journal, nor any details of the diagnoses of the patients before or after treatment are available. In 1935 one patient from this clinic returned to Dr. Milbank Johnson with an advanced cancer in or behind the eye, and Johnson sent him off to have the cancer and eye removed. Johnson wrote[citation needed] in 1935 that the results of the clinic were "not conclusive."

[edit] Claims of government cover-up

Rife and his latter-day supporters account for the absence of demonstrable equipment or detailed notes on its construction by reporting that Dr. Morris Fishbein, then editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association or alternatively the government, raided Rife's labs, destroyed his microscopes, seized his equipment and notes, and forced him to move on.[citation needed]

[edit] Re-examination of stories

Rife's work was revived by interested businessmen in the 1980s. An interest in Rife himself was revived by author Barry Lynes, who wrote a book about Rife entitled The Cancer Cure That Worked. This led to such groups as the Bioelectromagnetics Society. Scientists generally characterize Rife's claims as patently absurd when examined critically. Those who claim to be continuing Rife's work today are accused of ignoring the scientific method, and their work is written off as pseudo-science. Both Rife's original work and current theoretical and commercial offerings, such as Rife plasma lamp devices, remain completely unsupported by peer-reviewed research and are condemned as quackery[3], confidence trickery and fraud by Quackwatch and other skeptics of alternative medicine who take the same view of Rife and his work as Fishbein supposedly did in the first half of the 20th century.

[edit] Other devices using Rife's name

In the late 1980's a company by the name of "Life Energy Resources" mass-produced a device they called the "REM SuperPro Generator" on the foundation of Rife's work (giving the acronym REM for Rife's Electromagnetic). Three of the company's top distributors: Pat Ballistrea, Michael Ricotta, and Brian Strandberg, served prison time for device health fraud and selling unapproved medical devices and drugs as a result of their trials in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

By the end of the millennium, devices using Rife's name were widely available from many commercial sources. This included microscopes claiming to be derived from Rife's "Universal microscope," as well as devices advertised as "Beam Ray" equivalents claiming to cure anything from the common cold via Lyme disease to cancer. Peer-reviewed research reporting any real effects of these machines or the technology involved was not available. It was not clear whether or not any of these devices were actually based on Rife's work. Growing criticism from mainstream science and demands for government intervention were apparent in the media. One example was a December 2000 Sydney Morning Herald article that stated "Cancer sufferers have died after putting their faith in a device with electrical parts worth just $15." Some countries saw the advent of "Rife" clinics which attracted customers worldwide, once again without independent verification or accreditation.

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