Rolland Conte, and the nuclear physics of homeopathy
The great French physicist and researcher of homeopathic dilutions, Rolland R. Conte, passed away July 6th, 2014. He was a noted statistician who made a major contribution to the understanding of the qualities of the materials used in homeopathic medicine.
He was the lead author of the controversial Theory of High Dilutions and Experimental Aspects (THD). Published by Polytechnica, Paris, 1996, Paris) with co-authors Yves Lasne, Henri Berliocchi and Gabriel Vernot, THD is the most incredible book about the physics of homeopathy I have ever read. Conte was considered by some reviwers to be either an egotistical statistician or an unusual genius of physics. In Theory the authors postulated the existence of a hyperproton or “white hole,” wherein there is the absence of mass, the opposite of a black hole.
In support of Conte’s white hole theory, Professor Michael Kirkman, Director of Academic Affairs at the UKGB International Society of Homeotoxicology, writes, “It is of prime importance to evaluate scientifically what is contained in homoeopathic remedies. Due to the dilution-succussion process, the molecules are often diluted beyond existence. A residual wave develops that gives birth to ‘white holes’, ie, absence of matter, which in turn give birth to ‘hyperprotons’. The presence of hyperprotons is indicative of a reorganisation of the constituents of the diluent. They can be detected in the aqueous and biological media by measuring the negative radiation induced by the association of two hyperprotons.”
This part is pure Contonian physics.
The white hole and hyperproton theory does not necessarily conflict with current thinking that the mechanics of homeopathic solutions need cavitation of a material phase of the remedy material in its form as a gas, plasma, aether, isotope . . or perhaps . . a hyperproton of the remedy’s label, whatever your Physik may allow.
But Conte’s Theory was and is more than novel “theory.” There were also some novel results from experimentation. Led by Conte, the authors rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty putting the homeopathic remedy through test and trial, immersing themselves in the instrumental study of the physical properties of these mysterious materials. The fruit of their labors revealed unique dimensions of the remedy, most notably radiant qualities in the beta particle range, detected by using beta scintillation.
To my knowledge, the Lasne beta test by Conte et al has never been repeated.
There have been other types of physical tests measuring changes in the physical properties of dilutions used in homeopathy, such as dielectric strength, galvanic effects, light adsorption, Raman spectroscopy, black boxes and T1 and T2 spectra nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), but the Theory team is the only one to have used scintillators to detect beta radiation. Dr. Conte sent me pictures of where they had burned the image of an H and a P (for Hyper Proton) into x-ray film using homeopathic pellets, implying that they were, in essence, radioactive, a stunning challenge to the antagonist’s homeopathy null hypothesis, the skeptics theory that the materials used in homeopathy are inert.
But what other explanation for the super-Avogadro solvents used in homeopathic medicine other than a nuclear reaction could there be outside of a chemical reaction
In a chemical reaction there is a change in the electron shell surrounding the atom; in a nuclear reaction it goes much deeper, the change is in the nucleus.
Take T2O, ditritium peroxide, also known as tritiated or super-heavy water, annotated long hand as 3H2O. The T in T2O stands for Tritium. Forgive me for what may seem like gratuitive emphasis, but what you are about to read is huge, irreparable crack in the caviling dike of opposition to homeopathy: T2O is water that is organically, in the natural environment, been made radioactive by exposure to natural radiation.
T2O then is the perfect analog for the “homeopathic remedy.” The basic elements of superheavy water are the same as normal water. The difference is that within the nucleus of each of the two hydrogen atoms in T2O are two neutrons in addition to the single proton of protium (normal hydrogen). In other words, the addition to the protic nucleus of two neutrons could be construed as a single hyperproton.
If water can be made radioactive in the natural environment, why can’t it be made so artificially in succussion? In an artificial nuclear chain reaction T2O is compressed to act as a nuclear trigger to vause a plutonium core to explode. According to Roy (Structure of Liquid Water, 2007) pressures in the range of 10 kilobar are brought to bear in the creation of the diluted pharmaceuticals used in homeopathy by the process of succussion. And just like in a nuclear explosion, which vitrifies materials surrounding it into glass, so will liquid water, which has a molecular structure similar to glass, structure molecules around what appears to be cavitation during succussion in a process analogous to clathrates.
According to Conte, this is not a mere nano bubble of atmosphere as researchers beginning with Barnard in 1965 (Microdose Paradox) have suggested, but rather the hyperproton.
Puzzled in a review of Theory, John Lee wrote, “The Conte team have followed on from work by Moser (1987) and Demangeat (1992). The chaotic results of the T2 relaxation times using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance when subject to Conte’s mathematics reveal a phase displacement i.e. a potency maximum. Coming up with their method of measuring potency maxima was in my opinion genius. The implications of this are of great interest to homoeopaths as it suggests the possibility of remedies being standardised with a known potency maximum for each remedy.”
I first interviewed Conte in 1999, when he was in Australia organizing Medicine Quantale (MQL), a venture for the manufacture of homoeopathic remedies. Like anyone who makes a serious study of homoeopathy, Conte recognized Hahnemann as a genius of the stature of Einstein, except Hahnemann’s proto-nuclear discoveries were more than mere thought experiments, they were more than revelations such as relativity, they were collectively a medical epiphany, the prognosis of which have yet to be conventionally recognized.
At that time in 1999, when I first spoke to Conte in Australia, I asked him why he was investigating the physics of dynamic pharmaceuticals, and his response was that homeopathy had saved his life, and besides being curious, he was paying something back to it. Dr. Conte suffered from Parkinson’s. Well aware of the emissive qualities of homoeopathic remedies, for his diathesis he simply wore a bag of homoeopathic pilules of a particular remedy tied around his neck.
It doesn’t take even a tinge of genius to recognize a real one. It just takes humility and a little math: Never before or since has any man or woman done anything on the magnitude of what Hahnemann did. Recognizing it, Conte was determined to divine its Nature in his own terms. Conte insisted that the medicines of MQL be grafted from the sugar in Hahnemann’s original kit, to be distributed in lead shielded containers to protect them from degradation in moving them through the graitational field.
One of his more notable achievements was the instigation of signal testing of urine for determining the remedy. Only Conte’s genius for statistical wave analysis could determine such a thing in the verum light of homoeopathy.
Using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging instrumentation (NMR) the Theory authors reported several influences on the potency of the homoeopathic remedy, such as heat, electromagnetism and UV, making a case for lead shielding; and gravity: According to Conte et al, from NMR analysis, moving a homoeopathic remedy through the planet’s gravitational field affected its quality, making a case for the use of materials of local manufacture.
It took years for me to comprehend that I was not alone in the structure of my disbelief. At first I found myself rejecting what I had been led to believe didn’t exist by homeopaths and skeptics alike. The technospeak of the instrumental test and biochemical invitro literature is neither easy to read nor understand. It’s like trying to walk in quicksand when you’re used to running on blacktop. Even with a dictionary I sometimes found myself stumped. So in 1999 when I began my study of the physical properties of homeopathic medicine and their effects on non human subjects, I had a hard time believing what I was reading, and subsequently Rolland Conte became my only real friend in this world of the possible-impossible, he was my sole source of inspiration that spoke to me in a human voice. When most homeopaths were insisting such indices and effects were impossible, didn’t exist or didn’t matter if they did exist, Rolland Conte was rolling contrary.
One homeopath told me he’d prefer it if homeopathics were placebos, and I came to believe that most homeopaths felt the same way, and that they accepted the accusation of “placeboist” gratefully, for it added to their mystique and made for a cheap malpractice insurance policy. To break this deadlock in my own mind, Dr. Conte told me to test homoeopathy’s dynamic solutions on plants.
Given his encouragement I designed two simple kitchen tests, one using balloons placed over the openings of beer bottles that had been filled with aqueous solutions of yeast and sugar, and either a drop of liquid Staphysagria potency solution, made from a lactose sugar pill, or the inert vehicle with the same amount of unpotentized sugar.
The potency solution showed a remarkable ability over the control to sustain a gas output, long after the yeast culture treated with the inert control solution had reabsorded the gas.
I then did a second botanical test, inspired by Dr. Conte. It was done on oat seeds also using Staphysagria. The treated seeds grew remarkably longer and greener than the untreated before they died.
Tests of this kind in 1999 were unheard of by most of the homeopathic community. If it wasn’t for Rolland Conte I would have never attempted such a thing. I wouldn’t have even thought of it. He taught me the impossible was possible.
Much of Conte’s work was done without double blinding. When I asked Dr. Conte about this he said, “You need both eyes open to study homoeoepathy.”
British homeopath and chemist Lionel Milgrom replicated Conte’s NMR experiments and found the dilutions to be affected by silica ions from the glass containers. This was taken by many to mean that the NMR was reading the signal of the glass alone, and was not proof of a relevant phenomenon. The fact is that silica amplifies the isotope’s signal .
One night at about three AM French time I received a call from Conte on Skype. I asked him what he was doing. He said he was eating cheese and drinking wine. I saw this as an opportunity to ask him about the silica. He said in that wonderful French non chalance, “you ought to tell the glass manufacturers about that.”
Rolland Conte follows his wife Madeleine and leaves behind him a research foundation in his name.
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