by Lucy Pringle
This heading was the title of a recent article in New Scientist (14 June
2003) written by Lionel Milgrom in which he suggests that a possible
explanation for the theory put forward several years ago by the eminent
Dr Jacques Benveniste that water had a
memory of water,
(and which cost him his government funding at the time,) lies with the
pattern and behavior of hydrogen bonds.
This is of particular interest to me as since 1991 I have been burying 25ml
glass and plastic (pvc) bottles of Volvic water both inside and control
crop formations. Volvic water was used at the recommendation
of Dr Cyril Smith who when testing the water for resonances required water
that constantly did not go beyond 4Hz. Volvic water contains 6mg of nitrates
Over the years these bottles of water taken from different formations have
been analyzed by scientists all over the world and in every case marked
changes have been found between the water from the bottles buried inside the
formations compared to the control samples buried samples outside.
In Dr Cyril Smith’s tests the results showed a different pattern of
resonances between the water buried inside against the controls. Seed A was
also a control and shows a different pattern to Seed B.
> Stimulation frequency : < Depression frequency
Control Sample (tap water) : > 1.1 MHz
Water sample 1:
>9.5, <17, >160, <9k, >80k, <960k, >3.6M, <13.2M, >59M
Water sample 2:
>5.5, <14, >140, <900, >6k, <95k, >350k, <1.36M, >5.4M, <15M, <58M
>80, <14k, >130k, <640k, >5.8M
>7, <18, >50, <130, >650, <3k, >16.5k, <120k, >230k, <440k
>1.26M, <112.4M, >57M
Although there is no one to one correlation between the sets of results,
what is of significance is the pattern generated and the fact that the end
frequencies for both water samples and seed sample 2 are close to
indicating a resonance in the seed that has been retained by the water
Dr Jacques Benveniste was the next to blind test different samples with the
following results and comments.
I remember writing at the time that nothing had happened to change my belief
that certain formations may have homeopathic qualities and to that end, my
research continues; burying 20 ml bottles of water, (all taken from the same
source) inside formations and control samples outside the formations, to see
if when analyzed, there is any change in the structure of the water.
you will be familiar with the results from experiments conducted by Dr Cyril
Smith and Dr Levengood, both of whom found significant changes respectively
in resonances and bacteria levels. But as happens oft-times with science the
wheels move slowly and one has to return to the drawing board to re-think
and restructure techniques and procedures. At times I almost get the
impression that the 'force' does not wish to be pinned down by scientific
analysis and is trying to avoid all our concerted efforts.
Last September I devised an experiment in which
Dr Jacques Benveniste was to
analyze bottles and would send them to Dr Cyril Smith. If they both revealed
substantial changes between the samples buried inside and the samples
outside a formation, it would have been a major step forward. However the
best laid plans of mice and men do not always materialize; the bottles
arrived with Jacques, he was busy over the winter and in the spring moved
laboratories; "The bottles are not lost, I wrapped them up myself, but I
cannot find them".
However he most generously agreed to test samples from 1996 and then send
them to Dr Cyril Smith for analysis. The results from Jacques Benveniste
have just arrived and are as follows.
RESULTS OF JACQUES BENVENISTE’S TESTS
Four samples of water from the crop fields were tested. The water was
contained in 20 ml bottles, two of which came from inside formations and two
were control samples. The formations tested were the Mayan Symbol at
Oakley and the Triple Spiral below Windmill Hill.
These tests were carried out blind, using the well known classical
Langendorff method using Krebs-Henseleit buffer. Jim Lyons has kindly helped
analyze these results and suggests "that this method is to test the effects
of potentised water on living tissue, the target in this case being the
hearts of suitably immunized guinea pigs. This is a method of identifying
directly the effects of the presence of subtle energies on living tissue.
Heart rate is usually an indicator of the level of energy present. This
technique appears to measure percentage variation between a control sample
of water flow and a potentised one".
In these tests there is a 10% variation. Most controls are below 6%, so
between 6 & 10%, Dr Benveniste suggests "that something may be happening and
we repeat the measures."
Bottle No 018 was the control sample buried in the same field but furthest
from the Mayan Symbol formation.
Bottle No 022 was buried in a shaft jutting off from the
Bottle No 030 was the control sample buried in the same field but furthest
from the Triple Spiral.
Bottle No 034 was buried in the centre of the centre circle of the
The results were as follows:
Bottle 018 022 030 034
4.1 2.7 17.1 11.3
So taking 6% as the threshold percentage, you will now see that whereas both
samples from inside and outside the Mayan Symbol were below 6%, both samples
from inside and outside the Triple Spiral were above 6%. The sample inside
the centre circle showing increases of 51.3% and 136% over the control
According to Jacques "sample 034 is clearly positive and
sample 030 very
Jim Lyons comments that,
"Although these represent a very small experimental
sample, the fact that there is very good compatibility between results based
on well proven experimental protocols is very comforting. This has been
shown for the soil tests which were also an attempt to find a measurable
effect in subtle energy affected by living matter and aura dowsing tests
which are based entirely on potentised matter due to subtle energies. In all
cases the matter, be it water, seed head or soil act as storers of this
energy. Together with Cyril Smith’s stored frequency results (7) shows that
we have a technique which can be further developed to provide full energy
spectrum results for the crop or soil."
A further test illustrating and confirming
Dr Jacques Benveniste’s theory was as follows.
The Magic of Water
Over the years many eminent scientists such as Drs Cyril Smith, 'Lefty'
Levengood and Jacques Benveniste have kindly examined and tested my 25ml
bottles of buried water with encouraging results. Resonances,
bacteria and change of heart rate have all revealed dramatic anomalies.
However there comes a time when these services can no longer be given or
Therefore the quest was on for a suitable means of inexpensive and accurate
testing. Christopher Weeks, long time
crop circle researcher and fellow
member of UNEX (Unexplained Phenomenon Research Society) came up with a
The procedure involves using Merckoquant Nitrate strips. It is an easy
method to obtain a quick quantitative determination of NITRATES.
The test strip contains two reaction zones at one end, which should not be
touched. The zone at the very end indicates both NITRATE and
the other zone reacts only to NITRITE. It serves as a warning zone as any
pink to red-violet coloration indicates the presence of NITRITE that
interferes with the reaction.
The method of testing is to immerse the strips in the liquid for one second
so that both the reaction zones are fully wetted.
Remove the strips; shake off the excess liquid and after one minute compare
the reaction zones with the color scale that is shown on the side of the
These strips can also be used to test soil, plant sap and on the plant
The measurements are based on parts per million.
It is recommended that distilled water be used.
We conducted the first tests using this method with the following results.
Report on the tests carried out on 3rd April 2001 at 5 Town Lane, Petersfield, using Merck Eurolab nitrate testing strips.
Tests carried out on (plastic) bottles containing Volvic water buried in
crop circles and areas in surrounding field (control) sealed with
elastoplast and wrapped in aluminium foil:
Test 1. Crop Circle 2000 - six triangles within a circle - opposite Silbury
Hill (2 June) (Photo 4)
Bottle No. 180 - Control - edge of field
Bottle No. 181 - Within circle, at apex pointing towards Silbury Hill
Bottle No. 182 - Within circle, at centre
Bottle No. 183 - Within circle - far centre of perimeter
Test 2. Barbury Castle "Flower of Life"
(photo 5) formed on 19/20 April 1997
in oilseed- rape.
Bottles buried on 22 April, retrieved 11 May:
Bottle No. 041 - Within circle - at apex of first crescent upon entering:
Nitrate: 25+ to -50
Bottle No. 043 - Within circle - at apex of crescent towards Wroughton,
going from centre in line with inside of tramline:
Bottle No. 044 - Control - patch of green camomile at entrance to field:
Bottle No. 045 - Control - under stone by exit under barbed wire fence:
Whereas the control tests conducted from both formations exhibited no
Nitrite content, control samples taken from both formations revealed Nitrate
contents ranging from 0-10 and in one control sample from the 1997 Tree of
Life Barbury Castle, the Nitrate content measured -25.
In every instance the Nitrate reading was
higher than the Nitrite.
The highest Nitrate reading (25+ to - 50) came from the bottle buried on the
perimeter of the 1997 Barbury Castle formation inches away from location
where the anomalous discoloration of stems in the standing crop beyond,
In the control sample taken from the bottle of unburied water both the
Nitrate and Nitrite content was 0.
It is interesting to note that the frequency of Nitrates was not only able
to penetrate the plastic bottles, but the water was able to retain this
frequency, especially in water buried some 5 years previously. It suggested
by Jim Lyons that it is really a vibration problem. The water is storing the
imprint of nitrite/nitrates, which the test responds to without any physical
molecules being present.
These are preliminary results and if we can reproduce these findings they
will be significant and certainly of interest to
The Mystery of Water
Despite great strides in medicine, physics, chemistry and biology, water and
its behavior still remains a mystery.
In an article by Robert Matthews, he tells us that whereas most substances
are denser in their solid form than when they are liquid, water floats. Most
substances shrink when you cool them, yet frozen water expands taking up
more space than the original liquid.
The boiling point, melting point and heat conducting abilities are far
higher than other substances an it takes more energy to boil a pint of water
than any other liquid.
It has also been shown in tests performed at Berkeley University that
molecules bond together briefly forming bigger more complex shapes.
So what is going on?
Long time friend and polymath Keith Wakelam kindly sent me this
Course in Physics, which I found helpful.
"Hydrogen has one positive charge on its proton nucleus that attracts one
electron with a negative charge. This is a Hydrogen bond. However, there are
normally two electrons in the first shell around an atom. So Hydrogen atoms
bind together in pairs as a molecule, sharing the two electrons between them
as a complete shell.
"When combined with Oxygen to form water molecules the two
each share their one electron with the outer shell of the Oxygen atom. This
means that there are vacant spaces for two more electrons to attach loosely
to the Hydrogen atoms in the water molecule. This is not an electric bond,
but it does soak up any low energy free electrons that may be around. This
is why when heavier elements are in solution in water they tend to lose one
of their outer electrons to the water molecule and become positive ions.
"If there aren’t any elements in solution (having been extracted by
homeopathic dilution) some water molecules may be looking for the electrons
and would tend to pair up with any other water molecules that pre-existed in
the solution, since they would be replacing such heavier molecules one by
one as were separated in dilution.
Wakelam suggested that this could be tested by seeing if the separated
solute in the homeopathic process does have a positive charge.
Wakelam also suggests that in Rey’s article in the New Scientist,
"his thermoluminescence test seemed to pick out loose bonding energy of water
molecules at 170 deg. K. Because electrons were stripped off the sodium
chloride and lithium chloride during the homeopathic dilution, these
electrons could provide the ghost linkage to the other water molecules and
therefore the peak at 170 deg.K was lower. As previously suggested this
could be tested if the separated solute was positively charged."
The mystery remains to activate us to conduct further research.