FMBR Editorial: March, 2005
The Mystery of Water
William C. Gough
We start our life being 99 percent water, as fetuses. When we are born, we are 90 percent water, and by the time we reach adulthood we are down to 70 percent with 90% of our blood and plasma being water. We are all liquid beings consisting of about ten gallons of water encapsulated in trillions of cells. Water is the universal medium for all biological activity; it dissolves, dilutes, transports, and reacts with every chemical essential for life. One mysterious thing about water is that ice floats in it. This permits life to survive safely under the ice during freezing weather. Most scientists assume that water is water, just H2O, and judge its implications to our health solely upon chemical and bacterial analysis. However, it has long been recognized that cell-associated water (vicinal water) has different properties than ordinary water. It is less dense, requires more energy to heat, has greater viscosity, and different phase change temperatures.
The most mysterious and controversial property of water, however, is its ability to hold and store memory. This property underlies the healing capability of homeopathy. A successful healing technique for both humans and animals that has prevailed for over two hundred years. A homeopathic solution usually in water is produced via a series of dilutions of a substance, often until effectively no atoms of the original material remain. Only an imprint or memory remains for the cure, and the greater the dilution, the greater the effectiveness.
In 1988 the renowned science magazine Nature published an article by a highly respected French biologist, Jacques Benveniste, M.D. The research had been replicated in four laboratories and had twelve additional co-authors. The experiments showed that the immune system can be triggered using dilutions to 10120 of an aqueous solution of an antibody. Newsweek headlined "Can Water Remember? Homeopathy Finds Scientific Support." The violent reaction from mainstream scientists caused Dr. Benveniste to pay a high price in funding, prestige and position for challenging the prevailing scientific belief system. Yet research continues to support his findings. A relatively new physical technique that measures thermoluminescence is now being used and confirms the memory properties of water.
If water has a memory then the water we drink is transferring its memory into our "water body," just like a homeopathic solution does. In the 1960s and 1970s Theodor Schwenk, a water researcher in Germany, developed a technique known as "drop pictures" which could be used to evaluate the hidden information in water. In the "drop picture" technique the water specimen under study is contained as a thin layer in a level, round glass bowl, and is then brought into motion by allowing about thirty drops of distilled water to fall into it at regular intervals. Glycerin was added to the water sample as a neutral, inert agent to aid in the production of visible streaks as the drops hit. Each streak indicates a variation in density and index of refraction. The patterns formed are photographically recorded as the experiment runs it course from the first to the thirtieth drop. The photographs clearly reflect the beauty of "living" water versus polluted water.
In Japan, a new technique using crystals formed in frozen water and high-speed photography was developed by Dr. Masaru Emoto to evaluate the hidden messages in water. Samples of water are placed in fifty different Petri dishes and then frozen for three hours at -4 degrees F. The surface tension forms drops of ice in the Petri dishes about one millimeter across. Crystals emerge on to the crown of the drop of ice as the temperature rises and the ice starts to melt. The crystal that best represents the characteristics of a particular sample is photographed. Some of the crystals are clearly similar, some are deformed, and in some types of water, no crystals at all form. To reduce observer effects and enhance repeatability each sample dish is labeled with a different letter of the alphabet, and their identity is not revealed until after the results are recorded. In addition, eight different researchers are used to photograph the samples and Dr. Emoto does not participate. However, the most spectacular and controversial aspect of Dr. Emoto's research is the use of music, pictures and written words with water to create both beautiful and ugly crystal images. The words "love and gratitude" in multiple languages when attached to the water samples were able to prevent damaging effects.
Science has much to learn about water but the implications of what the existing data is now indicating are staggering. Could the water in everything we eat or drink carry with it a subtle informational content that imparts a "memory" into our "water body." Could the visual images that we encounter, the sounds that we hear, and our thoughts all be encoded into the water of our cells and become a part of our unconscious mind?
William C. Gough, FMBR COB, March 2005
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