I was surfing recently, I came across a link that I
couldn't resist clicking. It claimed to possibly be
the answer to all disease! (http://www.stcleader.com/).
where magic happens!
What I found was a Korean company called STC (Science
Technology Customer). The first page claimed: It's more
than life science... It's where magic happens! That
magic shows two scientists - one thinking and the other
transferring a solution. The one in the lab caught my
attention for a couple of reasons: 1) he was not wearing
safety glasses (okay, a lot of us do that), 2) he was
not wearing protective gloves, and worst of all 3) he
was dispensing the solution from the stock (something
I tell my techs on the first day of the job not to do).
Okay in case this is just marketing people run amuck,
I decided to look closer.
is it? It is energy water...
Health supplements and skincare products formulated
to incorporate the characteristics of this Extraordinary
Energy Water...also referred to as the "Water of Mystery"
(I thought it was science - oh no it's magic...). STC,
claims to use Molecular Correction Medical Science
Technology to produce the energy water. It would
have sounded more convincing if they would have just
said "Molecular Correction Technology" but
I guess they had to put "Medical Science"
in there somewhere... They claim it is a far more compatible
form of water for the body to utilize, thus helping
promote normal cell growth (maybe I could use it in
my cell culture experiments...
PseudoScience gets worse...
They then have a discussion of how the body is 70% water
and that it is necessary for metabolism and nutrient
flow. Then they state that liquid water and ice have
different molecular structures and that somehow this
molecular structure of ice is responsible for the preservation
of foodstuffs. The thrust of the argument comes later
in the page when they claim that H2O is converted
to H3O.OH and that when we get sick the H2O
cannot be converted into H3O.OH. This is
the strenght of the energy water, which is H3O.OH.
This miraculous conversion takes place by the addition
of a special type of salt crystal to normal water and
allowing it to sit for 24 hours. They do caution that
people with kidney problems should not take energy water
(makes you wonder if it is more than just sodium chloride)...
Ok, I will get to the point of my ranting...
the good fight against pseudoscience...
Scientists are mostly passive by nature. When this kind
of thing is mentioned among people at a gathering, don't
just shake your head and move to the next group! Let
them know that this is total BS!
if you see something wrong in the media (they commonly
get science wrong), write a letter!
Get involved in your local school system or in the
educational process somehow.
I volunteer at the regional science fair here in silicon
valley every year and try to encourage several of my
co-workers to do the same and I encourage my company
to employ students over the summer. Also, during engineering
week my wife goes to classrooms around the area to talk
about being a civil engineer. Pretty sad that one 10
year old girl came up to her after and said "I
didn't know women could be engineers." If you know
someone in the education profession, ask them if they
would like someone to come and talk about what a scientist
does (or even a field trip tour of the laboratories
think it is the duty of all of us that are employed
in the sciences...
getting off my soapbox now...)