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Water and homeopathy again

This week’s New Scientist has an article on new ideas about water. It’s by Robert Matthews, who is visiting reader in science at Aston University, Birmingham.

He says that recent research on the physical properties of water suggest that there may be something in the homeopathic claim that water possesses a memory. According to Roy Rustum, a materials scientist at Pennsylvania State University, the strong shaking used in the preparation of homeopathic medicines can generate localised pressure in the water above 10,000 atmospheres, and this may trigger fundamental changes in the properties of the water molecules.

Not all scientists are as sympathetic to homeopathic claims as this, however, and even those who are, such as Martin Chaplin, a chemist at London South Bank University, think that the best researchers won’t go near the subject.

Considering what happened to the late Jacques Benveniste, this reluctance is not surprising. I doubt if we will find firm answers any time soon, but that will not deter homeopaths from claiming that the latest discoveries support their claims.

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