Positive Thinking Influences: Alternative Medicine

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In the city of Los Angeles, Ca., bottled water was prepared for a double-blind study that would involve 2000 participants in Tokyo, 5,000 miles away. It was conducted with early, astounding results. The double-blind study conducted on ice crystals under the hypothesis that positive thinking can influence structure, has unveiled some potentially remarkable results. [1]

The theory behind this study and others over four decades, influencing the properties of water, is based in alternative medicine given the body compromises of approximately 70% water. In this particular study, water that was under the intentions of the group, produced symmetric, aesthetically pleasing crystals, while the control group produced poorly formed ones. This supports the hypothesis that alternative medicine therapies involving intention, can have a positive affect over the body.

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The Tokyo group of approximately 2000 people focused their “positive intentions” toward samples of water which were electromagnetically shielded in a room. Using a prayer of gratitude, they focused on the bottled water – on digital images sent from California – aiming their positive intentions. Other control water samples that the group were unaware of, were set aside in a separate location. Ice crystals formed in both samples, and were later photographed by an analyst. The images were then assessed by independent judges on aesthetics. As the overall result from the blindly identified samples, the ‘treated’ water appeared to have a higher aesthetic appeal than that of the control water. To rule out any possibility of contamination of the results, the photographer taking the analytical images of the crystals was blind to both the treatment versus control conditions.

Biases have been taken into consideration about the possibilities of several instances of contamination of the study, from photography training to the types of bottle used to house the water, but most are effectively ruled out in the discussion of the report. One remains that “space conditioning effects” of the “ambient electromagnetic radiation” may have the potential to play a part in the outcomes. Needless to say, the question of influence remains until more studies are concluded in this field.

Though other studies have been conducted over time in the attempt to establish a relationship between precognition or retroactive influence and noticeable action (in this study, ice crystal formation), the “unconventional explanations” that have arisen from this study have provided a foundation to explore this hypothesis further, and with more variables. Those responsible for this study in question have also suggested that more investigation is warranted, both to eliminate any possible bias, and to explore these unconventional explanations. [2]


[1] Walia, A. (2013, December 1). If human thought can do this to water – just imagine what it can do to us. Retrieved from http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/12/01/if-thoughts-can-do-this-to-water-imagine-what-they-can-do-to-us/

[2] Radin, R, PhD., Hayssen, G., Emoto, M., & Kizu, T. (2006). Double-Blind test of the Effects of Distant Intervention on Water Crystal Formation. [Original Research/Study]. Retrieved from http://media.noetic.org/uploads/files/Double-blind_water.pdf

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Open your mind put good intention in whatever you do and you will be successful.
    They Hide(Government,Banksters …) us the Power of Mind, Everyone can elevate his level of consciousness.

    It has been scientifically proved by Tesla we emit vibration with our thought which are then transform into energy or whatever we do.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MliWcu0GoxM

  2. Before anybody gets too excited, this is considered pseudoscience…

    The lead author is Masaru Emoto, a known quack. The citations refer to citations in the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto

    The BIGGEST red light is:

    “This phenomenon was not published in any peer reviewed scientific journal. [9]”

    For those of you that don’t know, if the experiment cannot be repeated by peer-review, then it is NOT using the scientific method. If it is not using the scientific method, then it is not science…

    If it is not peer-reviewed science, then we have every right to assume it is bullshit.

    “Emoto’s work is widely considered to be pseudoscience. [4][5]”

    “Commentators have criticized Emoto for insufficient experimental controls and for not sharing enough details of his approach with the scientific community [9][15][16]”

    “Emoto’s experiments fall short of proof, since they do not control for other factors in the supercooling of water[17]” – William A Tiller

    “Emoto has been criticized for designing his experiments in ways that leave them prone to manipulation or human error influencing the findings [9][11][18]”

    “It is very unlikely that there is any reality behind Emoto’s claims. [9]” – William Reville (Biochemist and Director of Microscopy at Cork University)

    “Reville noted the lack of scientific publication and pointed out that anyone who could demonstrate such a phenomenon would become immediately famous and probably wealthy [9]”

    “Emoto was personally invited to take the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge by James Randi in 2003, and would have received $1,000,000 USD if he had been able to reproduce the experiment under test conditions agreed to by both parties. He did not participate [19][20]”

    “Emoto became a Doctor of Alternative Medicine at the Open International University for Alternative Medicine in India in 1992.[10] Degrees like this can be bought for under $500.[3][11][12]”

    The biggest indicator of bullshit is the method they used to get the results: “Images of the water taken are evaluated by judges”… How unreliable is that? No reputable scientist would leave their evaluation to human judgement… The evaluate MUST be objective. Establish a rule or something to evaluate the water… Getting a group of people to mindlessly utter “Happy looking water”, “Sad looking water”, “Happy and sad looking water” and you are never going to get reliable and objective data…

    In fact, this kind of method can NEVER RELIABLY be evaluated by peer-review, because it’s evaluation rests entirely on the SUBJECTIVE views of the individual that is evaluating the image… Subjective is OPPOSITE to Objective, and science MUST be objective.

    Also, they put 4 bottle’s in a room… 2 of the bottles are “prayed for” and the other 2 are not. In order to be even more reliable, they should have had 2 bottles in a room for “praying”, and 2 bottles in a completely separate room. In fact, why only 2 bottles? why not 10?

    Also, the images being evaluated could have been cherry picked… For the “prayed” bottles there were 12 images for each bottle, but for the control bottles, there we 7 and 9 respectively… Where did the other images go? Cherry picking much?

    Also, the water was not evaluated for up to 36 hours after the experiment… This is AFTER the bottled water is mailed half way across the world…

    The article can be accessed here: http://media.noetic.org/uploads/files/Double-blind_water.pdf

    Notice that this particular study is from 2006, so it is almost 10 years old. No follow up studies have been done. There are no peer-reviewed links…

    Also, if you read the study, then it was funded by the National Institute of noetic sciences…

    Please, read about noetic science: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Noetic_science

    It should be noted that noetic “science” and noetic philosophy are distinct. Noetic philosophy is philosophy dealing with the mind, intellect, or consciousness. Noetic “science” is closer to the pseudoscience of parapsychology and other such New Age fluff as “expanding your consciousness.”

    The Institute of Noetic Sciences is the primary outlet for this form of pseudoscience. It was co-founded by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell and former Exxon executive and crank billionaire Paul N. Temple, who is also associated with the fundamentalist Christian organization “The Family”. According to the Institute: “Noetic sciences are explorations into the nature and potentials of consciousness using multiple ways of knowing—including intuition, feeling, reason, and the senses. Noetic sciences explore the “inner cosmos” of the mind (consciousness, soul, spirit) and how it relates to the “outer cosmos” of the physical world.”

    All of which sounds more like “other ways of knowing” than science. Which we know, is subject to bias and ideology…

    So they already have a well established bias…

    Unsurprisingly, noetic science has come under criticism from skeptics and actual scientists, and the organization Quackwatch has placed the Institute of Noetic Science on the “questionable organizations” list.

    Their whole study makes no sense… Why did the bottles have to be on the other side of the world to demonstrate this experiment? Why did they need so many people to pray? Why are there no specific rules for evaluating the images? Why are the control studies not done separately? Why is there no peer review? Why are most of the references referencing a Parapsychology Journal, that is bound to be unreliable? Why do they account for things like electromagnetism, when they have no prior knowledge of electromagnetism affecting how water crystals are formed? yet they ignore things like temperature, sound, and the impurity of the water?

    The whole thing is just questionable. This is bad science people… Bad science indeed.

  3. It sounds like you have some very scientific points. However, from what I’ve read on Emoto’s work, many of his experiments were based on sound and purity/impurity of the samples. This is only one test they mention but he’s performed many.

    Is this a pseudoscience? Yes, anything out of the box is. Don’t forget all these once called pseudosciences:
    -Microorganisms aka. Germs
    -Blackholes
    -String Theory
    -Radioactivity
    -The earth revolving around the sun
    -DNA

    Only to name a few. Its time to except there is a vast amount of things science can’t explain and considers ridiculous, as there always has been scince science began, that are real, true, and very powerful. When you think that at any given second your mind is performing 6,000,000,000,000 functions regulating every single cell in your body. Is it that hard that impossible to believe it can effect a water crystal outside of the body? Just read on the studies of the placebo effect if you want to be blown away on OUR minds abilities.

    Don’t forget how we smirk at those morons that thought the Earth was the center of the universe because, well, it couldn’t be proved otherwise.

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