Jacques Beneviste, the celebrated and controversial French research doctor, recently passed away from heart failure while undergoing an operation. He joins Drs. John Mack, Eugene Mallove, and a number of other prominent scientists known to investigate anomalous phenomenon, who have died this month.
Dr. Beneviste was best known for his discovery that water maintains a kind of ‘memory’ that can be harnessed for medical purposes. Nearly two decades ago, Dr. Beneviste, then one of France’s leading scientists, reluctantly agreed to investigate the effectiveness of homeopathy – the heavy dilution of medicinal substances in water, which said to deliver the same healing properties of the medicine but without any harmful side effects of the chemical.
Conventional medicine holds that the extreme dilution of the medicines in Homeopathy render them ineffective, and so the practice has not been accepted by mainstream health establishment.
Yet Beneviste’s initial Homeopathy study revealed that, even when the medicines had been diluted to a millionth or more of their initial concentration, the water in which it was diluted had the same effect on cell colonies as the original medicine. Surprised, Beneviste delved into two years of research, in which he demonstrated again and again the apparent reality of Homeopathy.
Dr. Beneviste reasoned that water must have a kind of ‘memory’, that can be imprinted with information about other substances, and used in place of the original substance.
Nature, the world’s most prestigious science publication, finally agreed to publish the results of his study, but with a disclaimer that they “completely disbelieved the results”, that because it flies in the face of modern medical and chemical belief, his research must have been negligently conducted or intentionally adjusted.
The publication lit off a firestorm of public debate in France. “Could water really have memory?” the public wondered. Amid criticism for publishing Beneviste’s work, Nature launched its own investigation into his study. The investigative group was composed of non-scientists; the editor of Nature, a science journalist, and James “The Amazing” Randi, a magician and debunker for establishment idiot ‘science’. The group later admitted that they had set out to show fault in Beneviste and his assistants, and with little surprise, they quickly concluded his work was poorly conducted and his lab assistants incompetent. They completely ignored the fact that several other scientists had been able to duplicate Beneviste’s results.
Beneviste’s rebuttal was not enough to save his public image. Rather than face public scrutiny, France’s science minister closed his lab and ended his once dazzling career.
Recent work on the intriguing properties of water has only served to corroborate Beneviste’s findings. Some similar research, conducted in Japan, was featured in the movie, “What the Bleep do we Know?” and is slowly gaining support from the public and small enclaves of honest scientists guided by scientific truth.
Jaques Beneviste will be remembered as a pioneer in science, and a guiding light for others who still believe that integrity and open-mindedness should underpin
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