by Roger Taylor, PhD, BVSc
Volume 14, Number 2
(February - March 2007)
A concentrate of special
elements abundant in sea water has exciting potential in
improving the soil, increasing crop yields, assisting
human and animal health, and even in combating climate
About the Author:
Roger Taylor, PhD, BVSc, has a PhD in immunology
and set up the UK Medical Research Council's
Immunobiology Research Group at the University of
Bristol, where he directed work mainly on immunological
tolerance. He has spent the last 18 years independently
studying the scientific basis for subtle energy.
Dr Taylor is science editor/writer for Caduceus, and his
ORMUS article is also published in Caduceus, issue 71,
Spring 2007 (Caduceus Journal Ltd, 9 Nine Acres,
Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9EP, UK, telephone +44 01730
He can be contacted by email at
For background information on ORMEs, see David Hudson's
and Modern Alchemy - Has the Philosopher's Stone Been
Laurence Gardner's three-part article "Star
Fire - The Gold of the Gods", as well as "Lost
Secrets of the Sacred Ark"
A Possible New
State Of Matter With Promise For Agriculture And Health
This article introduces a recent and so far little-known discovery
which could be of great importance for the future of the world. But
the scientific stakes are high: if these claims are fully borne out,
we should have to take cognizance of a group of substances--probably
chemical elements--whose very existence up till now has not been
It is for these that the name ORMUS has
been coined. Some of the highly controversial ideas about what they
are, and about their extraordinary chemistry and physics, are
But first, the practical import of the discovery consists in the
beneficial effect of these elements on plant and animal life. As
detailed below, the effect of supplementing these elements on the
growth of plant crops is no less than phenomenal. Remarkable
benefits to human and animal health have also been obtained.
discovery of ORMEs
The story of the discovery begins in the late 1970s with a rich
cotton farmer in Arizona named
David Hudson. Because the volcanic
soil in that region had unusual properties, and the underlying rock
was known to contain precious metals, he decided to have a complete
elemental quantitative analysis done on it.
His analysts were then puzzled to find a
fraction which defied analysis: it had no metallic characteristics,
no chemical reactions and no spectroscopic signature. Eventually one
spectroscopist suggested giving it a "longer burn". It was only then
that spectral characteristics began to appear and, most
surprisingly, they were suggestive of certain precious metals.
Clearly this demanded further
investigation so, having considerable private finances, Hudson hired
some chemists and determined to solve the problem. The results of
what he found are written up in considerable detail in his patent.1
He also gave a number of public lectures. It was from watching nine
hours of videotape of these that I first learned about the
However, no single article on this subject has appeared in any
scientific journal. It is because Hudson's claims are so challenging
that I have delayed writing about it, in the hope of finding
academic confirmation. While no official academic research appears
to be underway, a loose group of scientists and lay people has been
working on this subject for a number of years.
Without the benefit of funding or
official laboratory premises, and having no connection with Hudson,
they have managed to reproduce at least some of his claimed
findings. Their work, together with that of Hudson, is summarized in
a number of articles by Barry Carter on his very
There are also several lively Internet
email forums, one of which, a science working group, discusses
various aspects of the chemistry and physics as well as the
methodology for extracting and analyzing these materials.
So what conclusions can be drawn so far? It is becoming clear that,
with this discovery, we are entering into a new and very complex
area and are still very low on the learning curve. Indeed, it might
be said that a new chapter in physics, chemistry and biology is
The basic fact seems now beyond doubt,
both from Hudson's work and that of the independent group, that a
number of precious (and some not so precious) metals, including
rhodium, iridium, gold, platinum, palladium,
copper and several
others, can exist in a completely different state, in which they are
not metallic being grey or white powders when isolated in the solid
Hudson made three other main claims, which could be more arguable.
He said that, in the ORMUS form of these elements, the electrons are
re-arranged in such a way that they no longer participate in
chemical reactions. Likewise, the bonds which normally hold metal
atoms together in the solid form are lacking, so that they would be
Because of this, he originally named
them Orbitally Re-arranged Monatomic Elements, or ORMEs. More recent
work now suggests that at least some of these may be diatomic, and
also that very loose bonds can exist with certain other elements,
particularly alkaline metals. Hence the generic name has been
changed to ORMUS. They are also frequently referred to as the
M-state of these elements.
Another, and still more radical, claim is that the electron
re-arrangement involved the formation of Cooper pairs, so that they
can be (or can become with certain treatments) superconductive at
normal temperatures. In support of this, Barry Carter has posted a
short video file showing a grey powder jumping away from a magnet.
It can be argued, however, that this "grain-hopping" phenomenon does
not, of itself, prove superconductivity.
Without going further into this
controversy, it is worth mentioning that there are a few mainstream
publications which Hudson claimed could provide indirect support.3
These identify a "high-spin" state into which certain heavy metal
atoms can be made to enter and in which the nucleus becomes
elongated and takes on a higher value of spin. But no one has
obtained this kind of matter in bulk.
Hudson performed analyses on a wide variety of materials and
reported finding ORMUS elements in most of the samples of soil he
tested, but especially soils from volcanic regions. Other
researchers later found them to be present in most samples of
natural waters tested, with particularly high concentrations being
present in the sea and especially the Dead Sea. One researcher has
even found it in the air. (Here it is perhaps not too surprising
that even a heavy element in the monatomic form could behave like a
Hudson's chemists made analyses of a number of plant tissues and
found ORMUS to be highest in plants, especially aloe vera,
which are grown in volcanic soils. They also analyzed calf and pig
brain tissue and obtained a remarkable five per cent of the
dry-matter content. These analyses are not easy, since they require
conversion of the ORMUS content back into the metal form. For
analytical purposes, this occurs during the "long-burn"
spectroscopic procedure used by Hudson.
But to prepare the metals in bulk is a
very lengthy procedure, and one far from being sufficiently worked
out or described. Very few of the independent researchers have
access to the facilities necessary for spectroscopy, and I know of
none who is in a position to do this kind of work officially.
Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons (financial and legal have
been suggested), Hudson himself does not appear to be doing any more
of this work.
A great deal more needs to be done on the physics and chemistry, not
least to elucidate some of the extraordinary phenomena which have
been observed. For example, on drying an aqueous preparation of
ORMUS rhodium on filter paper in sunlight, Hudson observed it to
disappear with an intense flash of light, but with no sound or shock
Still more strange, when working with
ORMUS iridium and subjecting it to repeated heating to red heat and
cooling, he found its weight to oscillate violently with each cycle
of annealing--even, at one point, to lose and then regain all of its
weight. This result has been incorporated into the hyperdimensional
theory of Finnish theoretical physicist Matti Pitkanen.4
Independent researchers have confirmed the soundless flash of light,
and there is one claim to have confirmed the weight changes. Several
of them have observed another strange phenomenon: drops of liquid,
containing concentrated ORMUS, forming on the outside of closed
containers especially under the influence of magnetic fields. This
has led them to suppose that ORMUS atoms can pass through the walls
by quantum tunneling, and carry a little water with them.
Also unexplained is the observation that
certain ORMUS preparations in aqueous solution acquire a static
electric charge. This can be discharged with an audible spark, after
which the charge will re-form and can again be discharged an
indefinite number of times.
effects of ORMUS
The biology of these materials is also wide open to investigation.
It could be said, however, that the new chapter in biology has
already been opened: in the quantum understanding of life. According
to this view, the holistic properties of life are only accountable
on the basis of quantum coherence; that is, the apparently random
activity of biological molecules (according to classical
thermodynamics) is actually coordinated by the same quantum
principles which govern the action of a laser. This radical
re-visioning of biology has been persuasively introduced by Dr
Further vistas in quantum biology have been opened in some exciting
recent work which suggests that, while a small fraction of the DNA
functions by coding for proteins, the bulk of it (the so-called
"junk" DNA) operates in a way that's independent of chemistry to
inform the quantum "field" of the body.6
This, together with a number of publications which suggest the
presence of superconductivity in living organisms, might support
Hudson's speculations on the close involvement of ORMUS with
DNA--even that it can actually correct DNA damage.7
Hudson foresaw that there could be great potential for these
materials in industry--especially as his analyses led him to
conclude that far more of these precious elements exist in the world
in this form than in the metallic form. At some point, however, his
uncle, who had an interest in alchemy, suggested that if he looked
into this subject he might see a connection with the "white gold"
that some of the alchemists had described and which had properties
of healing and extending life-span.8
He therefore gave an ORMUS preparation
to a very sick dog, which was likely to die from both cancer and
tick fever. When the dog recovered, human volunteers began to offer
to take it themselves, apparently with good results. Hudson then
gave samples to a number of doctors, with the suggestion that they
try ORMUS on a few of their terminal patients.
In his talks, he gives graphic reports
of some of the remarkable recoveries which occurred. He also
mentions that he gave a sample of ORMUS rhodium to a number of
laboratories, including Merck & Co. and the US National Cancer
Institute, which tested it on cultures of cancer cells and found it
not to be toxic to these cells.
Since then, numbers of independent producers have sprung up, making
and selling ORMUS concentrates prepared from various sources,
including sea water, water from deep springs, salt mined from
mineral deposits and certain medicinal plants such as aloe vera.
There are now probably some thousands of
people taking these products. While most of them seem to have had no
history of serious illness, many have obtained improvements in
general health and energy, often including changes in attitude which
they take to be spiritual. Nevertheless, a few reports can be found
from within the forums of ORMUS-attributed recoveries from serious
illnesses including cancer.
All of the data on human health,
however, has to be classed as anecdotal. There have been no clinical
trials, not even any collated tables of results. And here, of
course, it has to be understood how much care needs to be taken not
to make medical claims for materials such as these, for which no
precise analyses exist.
While eschewing medical criteria, however, one can show a more
immediate effect of ORMUS by certain techniques widely used to
monitor the effectiveness of energy medicine therapies. One is
dark-field microscopy of the blood. In a few hours after taking
ORMUS (as with many other beneficial treatments, such as
acupuncture, massage, etc.), a person's red cells are shown to
become more rounded and well-separated and the amount of debris in
the serum decreases.9
There are also reports from EEG studies of increasing balance
between left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Another promising technique is bioelectrography. This is a more
general term to cover Kirlian photography and later developments
from it. It has been elaborated into a quantitative science by Dr
Konstantin Korotkov.10, 11
Here I report my own experience. I had been taking a proprietary
preparation of ORMUS for about one year, and had been aware of
increased energy and a feeling of "well-being". For the test, I used
the GDV (gas discharge visualization) equipment designed by Dr
Korotkov. First, I ceased to take the ORMUS for a period of two
weeks, then took an initial (control) reading with the GDV, and
immediately after this I took a large dose of ORMUS (six times the
recommended daily dose), and then took further readings at intervals
Figure 1 [see below] shows the time
course of the response, in which the area of the image rose to a
maximum of 1.5 times the control at about four hours, then declined
slowly over the next 12 hours. From Dr Korotkov's extensive work
with the GDV, it is clear that, of the many parameters of the image
which can be analyzed, the area is the one most indicative of
For readers who want to make some of
these products themselves, see descriptions of methods on
The simplest procedure involves merely raising the pH of a solution
of sea salt to between 10.6 and 10.78. The resulting precipitate,
mainly magnesium and calcium hydroxides, carries down the ORMUS
elements with it. It only remains to wash out the bulk of the salt.
In view of the difficulties in obtaining scientific data on human
health, most of the emphasis must go to the effects on plants. These
are unarguable, and are indeed phenomenal. They can be seen on
The preparation most used is the simplest and cheapest: a crude
concentrate made from sea water. There is in fact a history, prior
to the discovery of ORMUS, of the use of products from the sea,
particularly seaweed, in agriculture. Some people have even reported
good results from putting unaltered seawater on the land.
Dr Maynard Murray14
recorded a great deal of data on the health of animals fed on grain
from sea water-treated land. One experiment was done with a strain
of mice, of which 90 per cent normally develop spontaneous breast
cancer. Of those fed the grain from treated land, however, only 55
per cent developed the cancer, and in the second generation this
figure was reduced to two per cent.
Of course, land so treated would
eventually become over-salinated and the yields would decrease. The
procedure to concentrate ORMUS, however, probably increases its
ratio to salt about 80 times. We note Dr Murray's comment that human
populations where malignancy is rare tend to be found in areas where
there is "very little egress of water to the sea", so that the vital
elements washed down from the mountains remain to be reutilized.
Very little of the concentrate is required: from four to 20 liters
per acre [~0.405 hectare], depending on the crop. The results of
using ORMUS concentrate, however, far outstrip those with sea water.
Indeed, without the photographic evidence, they would be hard to
believe. For example, a walnut tree treated over several years has
grown to over twice the height of control trees and now produces six
times the weight of nuts and the nuts themselves are the size of
A plum tree produced, in the first year
of treatment, individual fruit nearly twice the weight of those from
the control tree, and in the second year they were over five times
the weight. One photograph shows maize plants so high that the owner
has to stand on a stepladder to reach the top. They appear to be
some 12 feet [~3.6 meters] high.
Oranges were produced the size of
canteloupe melons! There are many other examples. In addition, there
are consistent reports by those using ORMUS that ORMUS-treated crops
are not only much more productive, but they also mature earlier,
need less fertilizer and have greater resistance to pests.
They even taste better!
The walnut tree
on the right, treated for several years with ORMUS, is now
producing six times the weight of nuts compared to untreated trees
on the left.
My own experience is with potatoes. Of
four rows (comprised of two varieties), two were treated and two
received an equivalent watering. At harvest, the aggregate weight of
the controls was 31 pounds [~1.41 kilograms] and the treated was 58
pounds [~2.63 kilograms]. In addition, although I have no strict
controls, some of my carrots have weighed over one pound [~454
There has been a consistent finding that yields further increase
during the second and subsequent years after treatment. This is very
probably due to the effect of ORMUS in building up the soil's
content of mycorrhizae--the fungal symbionts which are necessary for
plant growth. We have yet to give sufficient recognition to the
importance of these fungi.15
They become seriously depleted by overuse of chemical fertilizers
Of course, there is no proof that these results, impressive as they
are, are due to ORMUS. Some might still argue that the effects are
due to supplementation with conventional minerals. This, as with so
much of the foregoing, must await more precise scientific work.
applications for ORMUS elements
However, there is no call to wait for such work before making use of
these discoveries. The growth of world population is inexorable; at
the same time, the area of arable land is limited and already is
nearly all cultivated. If it is possible to increase production even
two times with this very cheap sea water preparation, then abundance
would replace the starvation which otherwise looms over us.
And, even without the use of ORMUS as a
direct supplement, human health would be greatly enhanced.
Furthermore, since sea water cannot be patented, there is little
danger that multinational companies would be able to corner the
market and sell the product at inflated prices, beyond the means of
Third World farmers.
How has it come about that plants, land animals and humans seem to
be chronically deficient in these elements? Since they are so
concentrated in sea water, one might suppose that, during the life
of the Earth, they have been largely washed into the sea. This could
provide a partial explanation for the increasing desertification of
so much of the land.
And the general decline in plant growth
would contribute to the rise we are seeing in atmospheric carbon
dioxide, and thus to global warming. Treating large areas of land
could thus have immense benefits in offsetting global warming. One
could imagine spraying large areas, especially forests, from
aeroplanes. In addition, to replace fossil fuels, it would be
possible to produce much greater quantities of biofuel crops on
smaller areas of land.
Time is short. If we are to avert the worst environmental
catastrophe, many kinds of actions need to be taken. Among these, a
very important role could be played by treating land with these sea
water products. We need to start doing this now. That is why I ask
anyone reading this article to make every effort to spread
information about ORMUS.