by Fang Hong
In June 1988, the French
Jacques Benveniste, M.D. published an astonishing research paper
in Nature, which indicated that water has memory. The paper immediately
caused a great disturbance in the scientific community, where opposition to
his findings was substantial.
Biochemical experiments have confirmed that the IgE antibody can stimulate
basophils to degranulate. In Benveniste’s experiment, however, after the
solution was diluted to 10-120, active degranulation of basophils
still occurred. Theoretically, [based upon Avogadro’s number of the possible
number of molecules in a solution of a substance] such a dilution would have
no molecules of the antibody. This demonstrates that water preserves the
characteristics of substances with which it has had contact.
This conclusion seemed to violate common sense. Many people disputed
Benveniste’s findings. Consequently, he lost his laboratory, funding, job
and even his credibility as a scientist. Fortunately, a progressive private
research company hired him to continue his work.
There had not been any evident resolution for the “Benveniste incident”
until 1999, when four laboratories in different European countries conducted
independent experiments. Their findings demonstrated that extremely diluted
solutions still preserved the effect of the original solutions that degranulated basophils. People started to think that
Benveniste had been
Benveniste’s experiment required that at each dilution, the solution
had to be shaken vigorously. His experiment demonstrated that a
that is dissolved in water passes on its own characteristics to the water.
Even if there is no more of the original substance, its characteristics
Benveniste’s findings are not isolated.
Masaru Emoto, a Japanese
researcher whose experiments have been described in previous weeks in these
pages, claimed in the report on his water crystal experiment,
characteristics of substances will affect the characteristic of the water.”
Benveniste’s experiment studied the influence of substances diluted and
agitated in water, whereas Emoto’s water crystal experiment studied the
effects of thoughts and music on water. Emoto’s findings are even more
astounding because they seem to indicate that water can recognize the
content of thoughts and words and distinguish good ones from evil.
be hard put to cite existing scientific theory to explain these findings and
so they certainly provide fertile ground for further investigation.
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