What Does Water Remember?

Could Orthodox Science Be All Wet about Homeopathy & Structured Water?

What if the element that keeps us alive could also perform wonders that few of its protectors know about? What if water is sensitive to everything it touches, and stores inside itself a record of the substances encountered on its journey?

“Water is life!” became a rallying cry heard throughout social media last year. The outrageous question is: what if water’s knowledge can somehow be converted into a digital file, read by instruments at a distant location, and eventually be used in the fight against disease?

Advocates of a theory called “water memory” are claiming that all of the above has been shown possible.

Nobel Prize winning virologist Luc Montagnier plays a lead role in the twenty-first century history of hacking into water’s memory bank. He won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2008 for his role in the 1983 co-discovery of the HIV-AIDS virus.

His more recent experiments have paradigm-changing implications for science and medicine.

He wasn’t the first distinguished scientist to step into non-conventional research on water. However, the implications of both the water memory theory and his digital-transmission experiments are enormous. He suggests that diseases and serious conditions such as Alzheimer syndrome, Parkinson’s, autism and even cancer could be successfully treated in a low-cost way if hidden microbes are found by their signals.

Other scientists in various countries now speak about water memory, but they usually don’t go so far as to talk in terms of homeopathy, much less using water memory to find pathogens in someone’s blood.

Before detailing the procedure Montagnier furthered, some background history puts it in context.


Infinitesimal Dilution

In the 1800’s Samuel Hahnemann searched for a less damaging way to heal patients, rather than medieval practices. Medical doctors in that era sometimes used toxic substances in attempts to shock people out of their maladies.

Hahnemann pioneered making homeopathic remedies by adding a very small amount of some powerful substance to a liquid base, succussing (shaking the container) a thousand times without heat, diluting with more water and shaking it again, and repeating numerous times.

Homeopathy’s founding principles include the Law of Similars (“like cures like”) and the Law of Infinitesimal Dilution (the more dilute a remedy, the more potent). Hahnemann discovered the principles through experiments, which showed that the more dilute the solution, the stronger in healing.

One scientist whom I met concluded that homeopathy should be studied, because after she tested ultra-diluted and succussed samples alongside equally treated regular water samples with zero non-water molecules added, she saw differences. Chemically, all six samples should be identical pure water after so many dilutions.

She says “While a great deal of high-quality, double-blind studies validate the efficacy of homeopathic remedies today, it remains controversial because ‘it has nothing in it! How could it possibly work?’”


Probing Water’s Memories in the Twentieth Century

In the 1980s French scientist Jacques Benveniste made a career-killing move when he followed his curiosity about the strange behaviors of ordinary water.

Benveniste couldn’t figure out the mechanism in water that creates a record of substances it encounters, so he experimented for years. In 1988, a homeopathic doctor convinced him to try out an innovative electrical machine claimed to transmit chemical information.

Perhaps Benveniste wondered if electrical or magnetic fields played a part in the memory of water, because he did give the machine a try. Michel Schiff’s 1995 book The Memory of Water reports that a positive result of that experiment puzzled participants. Benveniste was soon derailed by the science journal Nature, so he didn’t get the support needed for continuing such experiments.

Benveniste had published an article in Nature about high-dilution experiments. Afterward the magazine sent a committee including conjurer James Randi to his laboratory. A few weeks later Nature published a report titled “High dilution experiments a delusion.”

As a renowned biologist, Benveniste had been considered as a candidate for the Nobel Prize, but that went down the drain after his water memory work sparked such controversy.

In the Foreword to Schiff’s book, Benveniste recalled that in his experience two phrases—‘homeopathic dilutions’ and ‘memory of water’—could turn peaceful, intelligent people into violently irrational persons.

That description could have been a premonition of his premature death. According to a French documentary, Water Memory, Benveniste died in 2004 from a fistfight while defending his controversial theory against some radical opponents.


Montagnier Inherits Benveniste’s Torch

This article is mostly based on information revealed to us in the Water Memory documentary after its release with English subtitles. Director Christian Manil and Laurent Lichtenstein created the film about the French medical doctor, Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier.

Why did Montagnier risk his career by stepping into the troubled waters of a controversial theory? He replied that he resists working on established theories; he would rather search for the extraordinary. And the importance of discovering a virus pales in comparison to “finding about the mechanisms of life.”

In 2005, curiosity had motivated Montagnier to use Benveniste’s technologies in his own research. With his first such experiment on the blood plasma of patients infected by HIV, Montagnier detected electromagnetic signals.

He eventually became convinced that water memory could open a new area for medicine. But pioneering can be lonely. Montagnier cheerfully said he learned from the downfall of his predecessor, and realized he can only rely on himself, with no backup or subsidies.

He invited the documentary crew to follow him through his experiment that casts new light on water’s properties. Wearing his white lab coat, while the crew turned his lab into a TV studio, Montagnier explained that the experiment was to detect electromagnetic signals from DNA.

DNA is matter that carries genetic information in a cell via two long chains of certain compounds in specific sequences. The tiny chains twist into a double helix.

Starting with DNA from an HIV infected patient, Montagnier explained, he would create a digital file, then send it through the Internet to another laboratory where the DNA would be reconstituted from that file.

The narrator of the film quipped that although the professor called the process transduction, it could also be given a sci-fi label—teleportation.

Montagnier displayed a small test tube containing very little DNA, just enough to measure its electromagnetic signal. The DNA of each organism is unique, like a person’s identification card. At the end of the experiment Montagnier would compare the DNA reconstituted several hundreds of kilometers away with the DNA stored in his fridge.

He added only two nanograms of matter to a sterile water sample. To one volume of that solution, nine volumes of water were added and then vigorously shaken in a vortex for 15 seconds. He repeated the operation ten times. At each stage the number of molecules present in the solution divides by ten. High dilution removes every molecule that had initially been in contact with the water.

Montagnier said if the operation had been carried out until the 24th dilution instead of just to the tenth, it would be like diluting one drop of the original DNA in the Atlantic Ocean.

He used a scientific protocol called double-blind coding, enlisting a member of the TV crew to label test tubes with random figures. Labels were hidden from the scientists’ sight so they couldn’t know which ten tubes contained only pure water and which ten underwent high dilutions.

Next, the encoded tubes were placed on a sensor—similar to a microphone—to record electromagnetic fields produced by each solution. The scientist then digitalized those signals and created a computer file. Chemically, all the tubes contained only water, so what could he possibly collect?

An instrument’s display screen showed that the first tubes didn’t reveal any particular information recorded. Then from certain tubes the scientists saw an increasing amplitude of signals.

When the encoded labels were checked, he found that the tubes corresponding to positive results had been diluted to the seventh and sixth dilutions—the range in which they got signals in previous experiments.

By successfully identifying two test tubes that had been in contact with the DNA and now generated signals, the first part of the experiment alone contradicted classical physics.


Structures Within Water

The highly diluted water retained the memory of original DNA traces and returned them in the form of electromagnetic signals. Since not a single molecule should remain, only the structures of the water could emit the signals of having been charged with the DNA molecules, professor Montagnier said.

Chemistry teaches that a water molecule has one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms. Professor Montagnier explained that water molecules are able to, figuratively speaking, hold hands with each other, like children in a circle, if the chain of molecules is long enough.

That circling creates an enclosed space that matter can’t get into, but electromagnetic signals can get in and be trapped inside. That’s what scientists call “coherent domains.”

Montagnier and colleagues assumed that the Parisian DNA’s electromagnetic signals carried information about the original molecules and the signals lodged in the coherent domains of the water. Although high dilutions made the DNA disappear, their trapped signals could simulate the DNA and its properties.

As if water receiving and transmitting signals weren’t enough, Montagnier next prepared to transfer the digital file through the Internet and use it to reconstitute the DNA—1,500 kilometers away.

The film crew relocated to the biology department of a university in Italy. Biologists there had been skeptical but accepted the challenge to carry out Professor Montagnier’s experiment—the other way around. Their computer processed the signal recorded in France and sent the signals’ information into a tube of purified water. Could the water in Italy listen to those signals and memorize them?

A biologist prepared tubes containing chemical elements required for the last stage of the experiment. The elements, called nucleotides, are building blocks for DNA molecules.

She used a technology, which revolutionized molecular biology lab work, as well as forensic science, for identifying criminals. A chain reaction from a membrane called polymerase is key. When fragments of DNA are introduced, polymerase helps reconstitute DNA sequences to the point where there are enough elements to identify whose DNA it is.

However, in this experiment there’s no physical matter but only water that “listened to the song” of a DNA signal sent from Paris.

On camera the scientists commented that nothing should happen; it was impossible that the DNA sequence of the virus could reveal itself alone without any model. “It would be like wanting to make a copy without the original.”

Professor Montagnier and the Italian physicist soon pored over digital information. Characteristic bands appeared on the screen, revealing that the DNA had been reconstituted—from information in a tube containing only basic elements and no physical DNA!

The experiment in Italy showed that “DNA transduction” is possible. The DNA sequences were 98% replicated out of the elements.


Next Era for Medicine

Montagnier pointed out the need for more experiments, independent of his. If they find the same results, medicine can advance to a new era—allowing doctors to treat patients with signals in water.

Since our bodies are 70% water and it circulates, mixes with vital fluids and is in our cells, conditions are favorable for creation of many coherent domains that can trap many signals.

He suspects that chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other diseases could be fought with the help of water’s ability to transfer and store information, if those diseases turn out to be affected by bacteria or other pathogens lurking in the body. His research found such signals in the blood of people with serious conditions, including certain cancers. If so, antibiotics over long periods will allow significant healing of the patients at the same time as other treatments make signals diminish or disappear. Montagnier cites successes in treating autistic youths with antibiotics.

Uses for water memory won’t be limited to detection of pathogens. Montagnier predicts that someday “we’ll be able to treat cancer using frequency waves.”

That new domain of medicine is what his opponents fear, he said, “especially the pharmaceutical industry.”

Imagine introducing into the water a molecule of medicine instead of the DNA molecule. After high dilutions, perhaps specific waves of the medicine could be embedded in domains of the water, and later re-emitted to simulate the medicine’s presence and benefit a patient.

Treating with frequencies instead of standard medicine would be extremely cost effective, Montagnier said. Finding the frequencies would cost a lot of money, but once they have been found, it could cost only pennies to treat someone.


Digital Biology Foreseen

Jacques Benveniste glimpsed a future digital biology in the 1980s. After he was ostracized and denied access to his former well-equipped laboratory, he had continued working, in a crowded prefabricated lab. Benveniste isolated a heart from a guinea pig allergic to albumin, the egg white. The heart went into allergic shock when subjected to albumin—even when Benveniste passed digital information about albumin over the heart.

Just as my ears recognize who is speaking, whether it’s a digital sound on a CD or the real person, the allergic organ made no distinction between physical albumin or albumin’s digital signal. The documentary asked why there aren’t more teams working on water memory.

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Germany and an institute in the Netherlands are doing that. Studying how quickly water molecules change their binding state, they used ultrafast “vibrational spectroscopies” to show why water is unique compared to other molecular liquids. The teams discovered that the structural memory of water persists on a picosecond timescale.

A picosecond is one-thousandth of one-billionth of a second, so I don’t know why they called water’s sub-structures “long-lived.” However, the scientists say that finding local structures persisting in water for longer than a picosecond changes the general perception of water. And it’s encouraging that such a study was published in a scientific journal.

What has Professor Montagnier learned in the time since the documentary’s filming? An article, “New Evidence for a Non-Particle View of Life,” in the winter 2011 21st Century Science & Technology said Montaigne was appointed to Jiaotang University in Shanghai. “Montagnier, under attack in the West, will continue his research at Jiaotang.”

The university is often called China’s MIT, and a new institute there bears Montagnier’s name. He and his team planned to study electromagnetic waves produced by DNA in water, both the basis for a theory and its possible uses in medicine.

Today my Internet search returns no new information on what the 84-year-old Nobel laureate is up to now. But others, such as longtime water structure researcher Randy Ziesenis in Oklahoma and scientist/author Gerald Pollack at the University of Washington, are adding to the heaps of new knowledge about water.

The pile of evidence about water’s memory and structure has grown too big to sweep under the rug of scientific orthodoxy.

By Jeane Manning