Glen Rein, Kathy Kretchmar and George Cioca

Estee Lauder Companies, New Venture Technology, Melville, NY


The first utilization of gemstones as a biomedical treatment modality dates back to
approximately 5000 BC, when Ayurvedic physicians realized their healing properties.
Although gemstones and gem elixers (aqueous extracts of gemstones) were continually
used to treat a variety of physical, mental and emotional imbalances over the next 7000
years, there is a surprising scarcity of scientific research in this area. Nonetheless it is
known that individual mineral elements (eg. Cu, Zn, Fe, Cr) leached from a gemstone
have biological effects (Hambidge, 2003). Although these minerals would be predicted
to occur at extremely low concentrations, biological effects are nonetheless observed
when ground gemstones are topically applied to the skin of animals (Scholey, 1995) and
humans (Yoo, 2002).
Other scientific studies, however, have placed a physical barrier between the
gemstone and the biological system and have still observed effects both in vitro using
blood cells (Niwa, 1993) and clinically (Shealy, 1993). These results suggest a
non-chemical transfer of information from the gemstone to the biological system. These
results may be explained in terms of the known magnetic and optical properties of
certain gemstones resulting in the emission of weak electromagnetic (EM) fields.
Although these fields are indeed weak, ultra-low intensity (pT) EM fields have
previously been shown to produce biological effects (Blackman, 1998). In light of recent
experiments demonstrating information associated with EM fields can stored in water
for surprisingly long periods of time (Ayrapetyan, 1994), it is interesting to speculate
that such ultra-weak EM fields radiating from gemstones might also transfer information
into a gemstone elixer. The purpose of this study was to determine whether GDV
electrography can measure this information.


Aqueous gemstone elixers were prepared by crushing gemstones into a fine
powder and dissolving them in DI water (0.5% w/v). After 10 minutes of stirring at room
temperature with a magnetic stirring bar, the elixer suspension was filtered through
coarse P8 filter paper (Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, PA) to remove gemstones from the
elixer. In the citrine control, the citrine gemstone suspension was placed on the magnetic
stirrer without a stirring bar. This experiment was designed to test the effect of stirring in
the presence of a magnetic field which was measured to be 250 T. In some cases the
gemstones were left undisturbed in the elixer suspension for 1-7 days at room
temperature. Immediately before electro-chemical and GDV measures all elixer
suspensions were filtered through a 0.2 m Millipore filter. In some cases the elixers
were mechanically agitated or succussed immediately before the second filtration.
Succussion was accomplished by manually shaking and banging the elixer on a hard
surface three times.
Conductivity and pH measurements were obtained using a Fisher Accumet AR20
Meter (Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, PA). Static GDV photographs were taken by
placing the aqueous elixer samples in a 1.0 ml plastic syringe (Fisher Scientific,
Pittsburgh, PA) placed in a specially designed holder which suspends the drop several
millimeters above the surface of the electrode. In order to avoid repeated exposure of
each aliquot to the strong electric field generated by the GDV camera, fresh aliquots
were used for each photograph. This single exposure method has also been previously
used in measuring GDV of dilute salt solutions (Korotkov, 2002).
GDV elecrrography was performed using the camera supplied by Kirlioniks
Technologies International (Russia). GDV images were analyzed by the GDV Processor
software supplied by the manufacturer which calculates the area and fractality of each
image. Fractality is measured as the form coefficient obtained from the deviation of the
calculated external luminosity contour lines (Korotkov, 2001). All GDV area and
fractality measures are the average of 6-8 separate aliquots. Conductivity measures are
expressed as S/cm. Rose quartz gemstones are labeled as quartz. Standard t-tests were
used for statistical analysis to obtain “p” values.

An initial study was conducted to compare the electro-chemical and energetic
properties of three different gemstone elixers using the standard measures of pH and
conductivity for comparison with GDV measures. The results presented in Table 1
indicate that when the samples are arranged in increasing pH and conductivity, there is
no correlation between standard electro-chemical measures and GDV measures of area
or fractality.
The results also demonstrate increases in pH, conductivity and GDV area for all
elixers when compared to the solvent control. These results are consistent with the
conclusion that minerals are leached from the gemstones and solubilized in the aqueous
elixers. Therefore the mineral content of the elixers contributes to the GDV area
measures. Since all electro-chemical and energetic measures are similar in stirred and
non-stirred citrine elixers, it appears that stirring in the presence of a weak magnetic
field does not significantly enhance the solubilization of minerals. The relative order of
activity of the various elixers is different when GDV area and fractality measures are
used. Since area measures showed larger differences compared with the solvent control,
this parameter was utilized in all subsequent studies.

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