I was just looking into the benefits of activated water via the BioPro Technology site:

When age-old secrets from Mother Earth are combined with cutting edge technologies, a new generation of wellness solutions is born that is bound to change the energetics of the planet as we know it.

Ja right.
Frankly, I’m amazed that given the amazing benefits and the bargain price of just R8,145.61 (+VAT) per BIOPRO i-H2O™ System, South Africa isn’t laden with the patented system devised by (no joke) Dr Igor Smirnov. 

Following the disastrous nuclear radiation leak at Chernobyl, the brilliant Russian Scientist Dr. Igor Smirnov and his team were called in by the Soviet government to research the healing effects of certain mountain springs on victims of the radioactive fallout.  Through Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Tests and Infrared Spectroscopy, Dr. Smirnov discovered the water’s healing secrets, an unusual configuration and high-energy activity of water molecules.
Following that amazing discovery, Dr. Smirnov focused his efforts on a technology that could replicate this amazing natural process. The result, MRET®, a proprietary, patented noise field technology that closely resembles the natural geomagnetic field found near healing water springs, which effectively activates and structures water molecules.

Often, these “pseudo-science” technologies are dismissed as frauds and quackery. But it’s not nonsense. Honestly. Because there are a multitude of scientific papers proving the benefits of MRET and i-H2O in killing germs, enhacing red cell morphology, increasing plant growth and more, including:

  • Smirnov, I.V. (2007) “The Anomalous Low Viscosity and Polarized-Oriented Multilayer Structure of MRET Activated Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.16, No.4: 37-39, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2007) “MRET Activated Water and its Successful Application for Preventive Treatment and Enhanced Tumor Resistance in Oncology” European Journal for Scientific Research, Vol.16, No.4: 575-583, Germany
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2006) “The Physiological Effect of MRET Activated Water on Patients Suffering from AIDS” Explore Magazine, Vol.15, No.2: 37-40, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. and Peerayot, T. (2006) “The Physiological Effect of MRET Activated Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.15, No.1: 38-44, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2006) “Clinical Observation by Peerayot Trongsawad, M. D., Using MRET-Activated Water as Additional Treatment” Explore Magazine, Vol.14, No.6, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2005) “The Possible Effect of MRET Activated Water on Diabetic Patients” Explore Magazine, Vol.14, No.2: 49-54, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2004) “The Effect of a Specially Modified Electromagnetic Field on the Molecular Structure of Liquid Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.13, No.1, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2003) “Mechanism of Activated Water’s Biological Effect on Viruses” Explore Magazine, Vol.12, No.4: 34-36, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2002) “Activated Water” Electric Spacecraft Journal, No.33: 15-17, USA
  • Smirnov, I.V. (2002) “Activated Water” Explore Magazine, Vol.11, No.2: 49-53, USA

Bit Smirnovvy yes, but surely no conflict of interest? But check that penultimate one: the Electric Sparecraft Journal. I’m impressed. Getting published in the ESJ takes a whole lot of tinfoil. And while we’re on that subject, better put on your protective tinfoil helmet just in case Dr Smironoff’s 1994 invention comes after you:

Igor Smirnov from Moscow Academy of Medicine demonstrated for the U.S. secret services and FBI experts a device which was capable to subliminally implant thoughts in peoples minds and in this way control their actions.

The rest, as they say, is history. (i.e. we’ve not heard of it since).

Of course, there’s a serious side to this nonsense as well – it concerns me that he’s suggesting that his special water can benefit AIDS patients. We have experienced the infamous quack Mathias Rath preying on vulnerable HIV+ individuals in South Africa with his “vitamins cure AIDS” bullshit and while the BioPro website does come with a disclaimer, it’s tucked away very neatly right at the bottom. I wonder how many disclaimers their “direct marketing” staff give?

I don’t know why this sort of  thing is allowed. It’s basically fraud and let’s face it, we have enough issues around fraud in the country right now. All I can advise, as a scientist with [number] years experience, is that you could find a whole lot better stuff to buy if you just happen to have R9,286 lying around.