Homeopathy goes scientific
Five years ago, Jacques Benveniste was all but ostracized from the scientific community after claiming that water has a "memory" and that this may be the mechanism of how homeopathy works.
Notwithstanding continued ridicule from scientific experts, there is now another study, soon to be published in the prestigious scientific Journal Physica A that asserts Benveniste may have been right after all.
According to a recent article on the website of NEW SCIENTIST "a paper is about to be published in the reputable journal Physica A claiming to show that even though they should be identical, the structure of hydrogen bonds in pure water is very different from that in homeopathic dilutions of salt solutions. Could it be time to take the "memory" of water seriously?
The paper's author, Swiss chemist Louis Rey, is using thermoluminescence to study the structure of solids. The technique involves bathing a chilled sample with radiation. When the sample is warmed up, the stored energy is released as light in a pattern that reflects the atomic structure of the sample."
A possible mechanism for the homeopathic memory of water can be found at http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/index.html, by courtesy of Martin Chaplin of the London South Bank University.
Please do not miss to also take a look at the beautiful water crystals obtained from different samples of water by Masaru Emoto and his team.
See also more recent (August 2004):
... and a comment to the above article by Jaques Benveniste:
Attention: Steve Connor
Thank you for your good paper. Only one remark. The opinion of Madeleine Ennis (and Belon) that they used a different test is ludicrous and historically wrong. Indeed, even if these invetigators ultra-diluted an elephant trumk and showed the dilution worked as a pipe-line, this would be an in vitro repeat of the effect of high dilutions, therefore of my work. But two of the authors learnt the method in my lab in the eighties. It was an adaptation of the basophil degranulation test, that I first sent to Nature in 1997 and then published with Prof. Spira from Inserm in the Compte-Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences de Paris in 1991.
Please post this information, complementary to your, again, excellent article.
6 October 2004: Le Monde reports that Jacques Benveniste died during a surgical intervention in the Salpetriere hospital in Paris.
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Friday June 13 2003
updated on Tuesday December 7 2010
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