Mesmer & Magnetic water
Magnetized Water therapy is well characterized by Anton Mesmer,
M.D. and his followers in the 18th century who were the first known to use
extensively (Gauld, Alan (1992). A History of Hypnotism. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press). Mesmer himself was an eclectic, empirical practitioner who
concocted a wobbly theory of "animal magnetism" to explain his results. He and
his adherents prescribed Magnetized Water as an adjunct to direct treatment with magnets,
therapeutic touch, and hypnosis. Mesmer himself seems not to have known which of
the several remedies he employed was having the healing effect in each case. He
was, however, sufficiently confident regarding the outcomes of his combination
therapy that he "called his shots", performing a triage of the afflicted
presented to him whereby he picked out those whose ailments he knew he could
For instance, his treatments were claimed to be effective against carbuncles and cataracts, while neither
appears effective against glaucoma. (For lists of the various indications that Mesmer and his followers claimed to have treated successfully, see Gauthier, A.
(1845). Traité pratique du magnétisme et du somnambulisme.... Paris: Germer
Baillière; and Rouillier, A. (1818). Exposition physiologique des phénomènes du
magnétisme animal et du somnambulisme. Paris: J.G. Denter .)
Although the Mesmerists sang the praises of "healing water", and their patients
presumably drank a great deal of it, over time Mesmer himself and his successors
came to favor the psychological elements of their repertoire, which led them
ultimately to espouse various kinds of hypnotism. A few practitioners inspired
by Mesmer stuck with the use of magnets in the practice of so-called "Mineral
Magnetism"; but nobody appears to have considered whether magnetized water
itself was a significant factor--if not, indeed, the leading remedy--that was
effectuating the regular cures that Mesmer and his followers claimed and which
seem to have in many cases actually occurred.
Mesmer himself eventually shifted to "magnetizing" water not with an iron magnet
but with a few strokes of his hand, which was imitated by his followers and
considerably confounds any attempt at analysis. It is, of course, entirely
possible that over years of handling crude iron magnets, the hands of Mesmer and
other magnet healers became themselves mineralized and magnetized, thereby
providing a mechanism to explain their vaunted powers of therapeutic touch.
Water Magnets & HemoTherapy
In the many popular books and Websites that discuss magnet therapy, references
to Magnetized Water tend to be fleeting. Magnetized Water is not even mentioned in a recent otherwise rather
thorough review of magnet therapy (Vallbona, C. and T. Richards (1999),
"Evolution of Magnetic Therapy from Alternative to Traditional Medicine,"
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America 10:3:Aug:729-54).
Magnetized Water's clinical trial record is exceedingly scanty.
Magnetized Water has been used as a treatment of urinary calculi (Zhang, Y.S. and H.W. Wu
(1987), "Der Einfluss von magnetischem Wasser auf Harnsteine--eine
experimentelle und klinische Studie," Zeitschrift für Urologie und Nephrologie
80:9:517-23) and, in conjunction with surface magnets, as a treatment of
ascariasis in children (Wu, J. (1989), "Further Observations on the Therapeutic
Effect of Magnets and Magnetized Water against Ascariasis in Children-Analysis
of 114 Cases," Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 9:2:111-2). Millions of
people worldwide drink magnetized or otherwise energized "healing water" daily
as a kind of general prophylaxis, though there does not seem to be any clinical
evidence pro or con regarding its validity. Magnetization of water is also
playing a proven, ever-growing role in industry as a means of reducing scale and
In a broader sense, there has been an increasing appreciation of the role that
water plays in living systems. The specific finding that gave the impetus to the
hypothesis that Magnetized Water is in fact an effective treatment of HIV, for instance, was
the recent discovery by Vanderbilt researchers (or rather by their patients, who
tipped them off) that "Water drinking increases blood pressure profoundly in
patients with autonomic failure and substantially in older control subjects"
(Jordan, Jens et al. (2000), "The Pressor Response to Water Drinking in Humans.
A Sympathetic Reflex?," Circulation, Feb. 8:504-9). While the researchers could
not identify the causes of this pressor effect, its very existence calls
attention to the close relationship between water intake and the blood. From the
perspective of Magnetized Water therapy, it raises the question of whether the effect of the
therapy is not a result of some vague percolation of magnetized water throughout
the entire body but rather the consequence of a specific impact of the "charge"
in Magnetized Water on the ultrasensitive red blood cells.
Two important scientific aspects of Magnetized Water deserve careful analysis in future
studies. The first is the physics and chemistry of magnetized water itself.
Water of many kinds is fundamental to life. Scientists study water from various
perspectives to understand its role in Nature. As water undergoes magnetization,
it presumably develops special physicochemical characteristics that have an
influence on its action in vivo. The means and degree of magnetization, the
energy state of water molecules after they rapidly lose their "charge" upon
leaving the magnetic field, the presence of other chemicals in solution, the
analogy with electroactivated water, and alterations of permeability of
membranes are all of interest.
As a physical therapy Magnetized Water
appears to resemble the various therapies termed "Physical Hemotherapy" in
Russia (For a survey, see Ulashchik, V.S. (1999), "Hemophysiotherapy:
Foundation, Perspectives of Utilization and Research [Russian]," Voprosy
Kurortologii, Fizioterapii i Lechebnoi Fizicheskoi Kultury 3:May-Jun:3-9). These
include Biophotonic Therapy (low-intensity red laser and ultraviolet) but also
Magnetic Hemotherapy, in which extracorporeal blood is exposed to a pulsed or
steady magnetic field before being reinfused. The therapeutic profile and
mechanisms of action of Magnetic Hemotherapy are virtually identical to those of
Biophotonic Therapy. So it seems reasonable to hypothesize that Magnetized Water is just a
different means of applying Magnetic Hemotherapy--i.e., that the central
mechanism of action of Magnetized Water is its activation of the blood cells, red and white.
Various theories seek to explain the medicinal effects of activated blood cells. In effect, the various kinds of Physical Hemotherapy stimulate the
immunological response of all blood cells, but because there are 700 Red Blood Cells for
every White Blood Cell, they should be primarily considered red blood cell therapies. Thus it
is to be anticipated that, if Magnetized Water indeed fits into this category, it might have a
very high effectiveness in destroying many kinds of pathogens, including HIV.
While Magnetized Water appears to possess major advantages over drug therapies
of HIV (lower cost, potentially fewer side effects, possibly greater
effectiveness), Magnetized Water appears potentially superior in several ways.
Magnetized Water does not involve extracting blood, using needles and heparin,
or the danger of transmission of infections. Magnetized Water is generally
perceived as harmless--so there may be psychological/placebo and compliance
In Close-to-Nature Medicine (www.scientiapress.com) can be found a protocol for
a clinical trial to treat early-stage HIV with Magnetized Water Therapy.
Magnetic Water & Degenerative Disease
The Ohno Institute was established by Dr. Yoshitaka Ohno to foster research,
education, training, and the dissemination of information on health and aging
disorders. Its focus for the past five years has been on studying and promoting
the benefits of naturally magnetized water, found in Japan by Dr. Ohno and
brought to the United States. This unique water has been used by Japanese
doctors for years to help patients recover from serious illnesses. It has also
been shown to have a positive effect in preventing diseases associated with
aging. Dr. Ohno started the Ohno Institute to further his study on the effects
of this water in solving health problems. Early in his medical career, Dr. Ohno
began searching for ways to stop the suffering of his patients with degenerative
diseases. These were diseases which could not be treated successfully with
standard medicine, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis, as well
as diseases which needed to be managed with constant medications, such as
hypertension, asthma, and diabetes.
He began to realize that the side effects of these medications were creating
serious, chronic health problems while increasing the body's deterioration.
After further study, he realized that the condition of the body's water was
directly related to the way the body continuously deteriorated, as well as
recovered from illness. In order to test his theory, Dr. Ohno studied and tested
many different water sources.
During his time in Japan conducting his research, he discovered naturally
magnetized water that was being used by a prominent physician to treat his
patients. While in consultation and observing these patients, it became apparent
that this water was unique and had therapeutic benefits. His theory was
supported by previous studies conducted in Russia, China, Japan and the United
States with magnetized water, which reported improvements in persons suffering
from serious, chronic diseases. Dr. Ohno has conducted numerous studies on this
water and has been encouraged by his findings. It is becoming more widely
accepted that this naturally magnetized water has remarkable health benefits.
In order to provide nutrition to the trillions of cells, as well remove and
transport waste products to the kidneys and lungs, blood circulates in a
continuous pattern. Anything that slows down the blood's movement, even for a
fraction of a second, can result in oxygen depletion, leading to severe damage
to organs. This is directly related to the blood's viscosity, its rate of flow,
which is directly affected by blood composition. One of the main reasons blood
flow is hindered is due to high viscosity (resistance).
Blood viscosity is four times greater than water viscosity. Water, which is not
adequately magnetized, can increase blood viscosity. When blood is composed of
contaminated water ,viscosity increases even more, and waste products and plaque
attach more readily, creating difficulty of transporting nutrients to tissues
and organs. This creates the environment for free radicals to flourish, as
oxygen bonds with saturated fats in the bloodstream and attaches readily to cell
membranes and vascular structures. When this build up increases over time, such
as around the brain cells, calcification in the form of plaques increases and
destroys brain functions, such as seen in Alzheimer's disease. When these
formations occur in the vascular system, this becomes a factor in hypertension
There has always been much controversy over "thick blood" and "thin blood".
There has never been a good explanation as to what this means in relation to how
blood acts as the transportation system for vital nutrients and antigens in the
immune system. Blood is the creator and regulator of fluids produced in the body
such as urine, sweat, gastric juices, and liquified carbon dioxide.
Thick blood is "sticky" blood. This is blood in which saturated fats, plaque and
other waste products have accumulated. The thick masses of these accumulations
result in certain immune-related diseases such as gout, kidney and gall stones,
as well as allergies. Slowing the blood's rate of flow deprives cells, tissues
and organs of vital nutrients in a timely manner. Blood must flow smoothly.
Bio-magnetization keeps the blood's viscosity, or rate of flow, normal and
prevents fats and plaque from accumulating on arterial walls and in cell
There have been some interesting theories about magnetic influence on
circulation of blood. There are much data to support them. One is that iron in
the blood's hemoglobin molecule will increase blood flow because of its
ionization. Hemoglobin, per se, has no magnetic charge. However, magnetization
in the blood's water can charge a hemoglobin molecule and, therefore, organize
its movement. This will influence blood flow, especially the blood's viscosity.
The possibility that magnetism can influence blood flow is important to the
body's healing process. This needs to be explored more thoroughly because it can
be a major factor in treating immune-related diseases. Hemoglobin carries oxygen
to cells. If injured or diseased cells receive more oxygen, then they should
generate faster and metabolize more completely. Rather than clot as would be
expected if magnetism caused iron in the blood to draw together in a clump,
blood cells would actually separate when magnetism is applied.
Magnetization is necessary to regulate blood chemistry, flow and keep a pH
balance. Since the blood is 90% water, it is obvious that water, which is
bio-magnetized, is more effective in maintaining blood quality. But in addition
to the influence magnetism has on water and blood, it also is necessary to every
aspect of life. Without magnetism, the earth would spin off its axis and
disappear in space. The common factor of all aspects of life is dependency on
magnetism for survival.
How can normal blood chemistry and circulation be maintained? For the past three
years, the Ohno Institute on Water and Health has exposed a naturally magnetized
water from Japan to extensive clinical testing to determine its role in
preventing, as well as improving health and aging disorders. Some consistent
findings include (1) removing acidity from tissues, (2) increased cell
detoxification, and (3) increased intra-cell hydration. These are significant
attributes in maintaining good blood composition and circulation.