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New Evidence Supports Science Behind Homeopathy


The notion that water retains a memory of substances once dissolved in it is central to
homeopathy. While the claim has brought about much controversy, evidence has come out
to support the claim scientifically.

Although the structure of hydrogen bonds in pure water should be identical to those in
homeopathic dilutions of salt solutions, the evidence finds that the structures are actually
very different.

Researchers used thermoluminescence to study the structure of solids. The process
involves bathing a chilled sample with radiation and then observing a pattern of light, which
reflects the sample’s atomic structure, that is released when the sample is warmed up.

When researchers used the method on ice, they saw two peaks of light. They then looked at
solutions of lithium chloride, which destroys hydrogen bonds, and sodium chloride, which
also destroys hydrogen bonds but to a lesser extent.

The peak for the sodium chloride solution was smaller and disappeared for the lithium
chloride solution.

Homeopaths believe that patterns of hydrogen bonds remain even after many dilutions. To
test this claim, researchers used samples that had been diluted way beyond the point when
any ions of the original substance could remain.

Compared with pure water, the ultra-dilute lithium and sodium chloride solutions had
substantially different thermoluminescence peaks. According to researchers, this proves that
the networks of hydrogen bonds in the samples were different.

While some say the experiments were trustworthy and could be reproduced, others argue
that the experiments were not blinded and pointed out that it’s important to keep experiments
as foolproof as possible.

New Scientist June 11, 2003
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