I repeat, the word 'invention' is out of place here. It is not an invention, but a discovery, which is not the same thing. We had the good fortune during our research to discover something that the others who showed me the way had suspected. Particularly Sabatier, who is now of an age when he should have been long retired and who, like myself, is still on the job. Sabatier remains in charge of the Technical Department of the Army despite his age, and if you were to meet him you would not think you were talking to a man of 75 years old.

So what was this discovery? Here it is: we are living in a time when we are seeing the appearance of all manner of very disturbing things which were not known to our grandparents. If you plant potatoes, they contract diseases, they blacken inside, you will hear of mildew and other sicknesses. If you plant rapeseed, it also has diseases which our grandparents did not encounter. Livestock falls prey to hard-to-detect epizootic diseases, and worrying phenomena occur in humans.

The average human lifespan increased regularly until 1959. I'm talking here about the average lifespan, as there has been no increase in the length of the very longest lives. Out of the 30 million people in France in the time of Napoleon the First, there were at least 24 individuals known to have reached the age of 115. Nowadays, with nearly twice the number of inhabitants, the oldest French citizen is around 105 years of age. Why this diminishing? Why for the last three years, has even the average human lifespan, which has increased considerably due to the unarguable progress of medicine, hygiene and surgery, started to decrease instead? It seems that there is a new group of phenomena ? I cannot call them diseases, rather forms of degeneration, deficiencies, which are not really disease but which reduce human potential and the human ability to resist, because in order for sickness to occur two things must be in place, and often are. When an epidemic, of flu or otherwise, hits Paris, we still take the metro or the bus. Anyone who sets foot outside their own home receives in just one day ten times what is needed to catch the flu or the sickness that is going around. However, 10, 15 or at most 20 per cent of the population falls ill. Why? Because the rest have a terrain, a defence mechanism, a level of health such that the disease has had to fall back. It has attacked, there has been an attack, but the defence mechanism has repelled the attack.

Let us take an example where we have very precise evidence: victims of public highway accidents in Paris are in every state of health, and of all ages. During the autopsy, it is currently found that less than 4% lack any signs of lung damage, that is to say 96% show tuberculosis lesions, whether active or scarred which show that they have at some time had that particular condition. Of those 96% there are at least 60 [%] who would swear to you in the best of faith that they have never had the slightest case of TB. However, they did have it, but never suspected. They had no symptoms, they were not ill, and never thought they had been affected.

So here we are faced with spontaneous recovery. All those people had attacks of pulmonary TB and a spontaneous recovery healed them. Straight away this opens our minds to certain horizons and we must know how to extract the obvious deductions. For there to be a disease in the medical sense of the word, two factors are necessary and the disease is the result of both these factors: there must be a definite attack and there must be a terrain where that attack can take place. If there is no suitable terrain for the attack to develop, it is doomed to failure. There are some individuals who cannot become ill. And I claim to be one of those individuals. But I am not alone in this, I have my experimental guinea-pigs.

So: take a syringe full of extremely virulent Koch's bacillus, take one guinea-pig in perfect health and one of my experimental ones, inject both with the same virus, and in ten days one will die and the other will carry on like a charm. Why? Because we had been able to give our guinea-pigs a hitherto unseen level of defence mechanism.

Of course, when we realised this we sacrificed the guinea-pigs who didn't want to get ill, to find out what was going on. And we discovered some quite unbelievable things that we would never have suspected. An animal injected with virulent Koch's feels he is going to succumb, that he cannot fight it, and yet he fights but in a quite unforeseen way - one we could not have imagined. Around the inoculation point there forms a small membranous cyst very similar to a sebaceous cyst, and not being able to fight the microbe, he puts it in prison, shuts it away. And so we find, by repeated experiments of course (we can't sacrifice the same guinea-pig ten times over), that the virus takes around three months to lose its virulence and after five or six months the cyst is totally reabsorbed. This is quite an unlikely and unforeseen case of a defence mechanism which shows how far defence mechanisms in the individual can progress.

If we translate this to the realm of the human organism we see curious things. Whilst I was working only with humans, people said to me every time that someone made a spectacular recovery, "Yes, very nice, but you need a large number of examples, because, after all, even in this field you sometimes get spontaneous recoveries," and they were quite right. In the course of my very long career - I've now passed the age of 76 - I've taken part in many experiments and seen many things. I recall three cases of spontaneous recovery from cancer. The first case dates from 1926. At that time I was already on the steering committee of the Centre for Medical and Scientific Research and had just developed, for the army, an electrical blood transfusion machine, which was produced under the name of the doctor who launched it, the transfusion specialist Bécart. Bécart phoned me one evening - or rather one morning, as it was after midnight, and asked me to come quickly to Marmottan to help in patching up the victim of a highway accident. I arrived at Marmottan and found myself in the presence of an elderly lady over 60 years of age. A bus had run her over and opened her up. The wheel had passed between her legs and exited there. She was split open and in a coma, quite drained of blood. At that time we had no blood bank and we called up six donors. And Bécart said to me, "I think I called you out for nothing. Look." We saw that she had a large uterine cancer. The doctors said she would only have two months to live: "Well, we must leave her, she's in a coma, there is no point working on her." The donors started complaining, saying "Well, you got us to come out for no reason, and for no money." Finally the doctors came to a decision and patched up that brave woman. I got the transfuser working and took blood from the six donors, one after the other. It's important to bear in mind that we didn't know about different blood groups back then, and that the woman received blood from six people with a very great chance that among them was someone who wouldn't be at all compatible.

The fact remains that I went home and two and a half or three months later I received another phone call from Bécart that went, "I have something very interesting to show you, come and have lunch with me." So I went. While crossing his waiting room I did not pay the slightest attention to an old lady who was sitting on a couch, and I went into Bécart's office. He said to me, "Did you see the lady out there?"

    I told him, "No, I wasn't paying attention."

    He said, "You know her quite well though."

    "Oh," I said. "No, it can't be."

    He said, "You do. It's the woman I made you come out to Marmottan for, two and a half months ago."

    "Oh but come now doctor, so much for the vanity and fragility of medical diagnosis. What was it you told me at Marmottan?"

    He said, "Yes, but listen, Violet. You may not be a doctor but you have sufficient medical knowledge and you have eyes. Like the rest of us, you saw the cancer that woman had."

    "Ah," I said to him, "yes, I saw it, it was quite visible, the size of a baby's head, and so?"

    "Well," he said to me, "it's gone."

    "But she had an operation, or something?"

    "She had nothing of the sort." It was the first case of spontaneous regression from cancer that I saw during my career.

Some years later, quite a few years in fact, one of my fellow students fell victim to kidney cancer. A phone call: "When can I come to Paris? You have connections in the medical world, find me a good surgeon." And so he came to Paris. I was in agreement with the surgeon on many things and I was present during the operation. The operation consisted of opening up the patient, whereupon the surgeon made a gesture towards the spectacle that met his eyes. "Look," he said to those present, "quite inoperable." The patient was sewn back up. My friend spent ten days in hospital at the clinic and then returned home. And three months later I had a

telephone call from him (I couldn't move, thinking that one of these mornings I will get a black-edged card), a call from my pal saying "Oh, excuse me not getting in touch, it is unpardonable, but I want to go to Paris, first of all, to thank the surgeon and really to thank you for such a great success." Fine, an appointment is made, I phone the surgeon at once who says,

    "No, it can't be true,"

    and I say, "well, he just telephoned me, I haven't seen him."

    The surgeon says, "bring him to me." I brought him. A repeat of the first case I described to you.

I have had a third similar case. I do not need to give you the details. Consequently there are cases where the defence mechanisms of the subject under the influence of an undefined external action lead to the regression and disappearance of tumours considered incurable. Note that the action is undefined; if it were defined we would be able to cure cancer. If you admit that the defence mechanisms in these ill-defined cases can lead to spontaneous cures of inexplicable things, it is necessary to admit also that for less serious or more common illnesses, the same is also possible.

And yet all we are doing - and I want to bring you up to speed on our subject matter right away - all we do has no other aim than to act upon the patient's defence mechanism. Nothing else. What we have discovered, and what Sabatier suspected, is that beyond the three families of vibration that we know and have explored - the first family, vibration of matter, whose frequency reaches 104 Hz; the second, electrical currents whose frequency can reach 1012; and the third family, magnetic fields whose frequency may attain 1024, there is a fourth family of vibrations which we have named the biological waves. And there, without being too scientific, just using common sense, I might say to you. But we have senses, and have we explained them well enough? You all know that your ear detects sounds, that is to say a small area of the first family of material vibrations. You all know that your touch can detect electrical currents. However, just as within the vibration of matter the ear cannot detect all sounds, as it does not detect infrasound nor ultrasound which goes much further, because the range of hearing goes from 16 to 10,000 Hz and not to 104, the sense of touch cannot detect all frequencies of electrical current. We cannot detect frequencies beyond 100,000. High frequencies pass through the body without causing any sensation or damage and you can shoot sparks a metre from your fingertip if you work with currents above a frequency of 100,000. So there we have two classes of vibration detected by two sense organs.

We have a third, the eye, which detects quite a small area of the third type of vibration, an octave, the range of colours above and below which the eye is unable to detect. One is obliged to extrapolate and say that if those three senses each detect one type of vibration, what does the nose do in all this? Well, the nose is the organ of detection of the fourth family, from beyond 1024 up to 1040.

How did we arrive at these figures, as I told you that we cannot detect them? At the moment our investigative techniques can only get to 1024 and that is with much difficulty. René Barthélemy whom I mentioned earlier spent six of the last months of his life trying to find a way to detect the fourth family of vibrations. He did not find it and it has still not been found. We can measure its effects but we can only detect it by the effects it produces. And we think that is acceptable because we have explored carefully enough everything between 0 Hz and 1024 without finding this form of radiation whose effects we can see but which we cannot detect. And also because by mathematical progression, those figures I have given you - 104, 1012, 1024 - are links in a chain which goes automatically towards 1040 and 1072. So perhaps there is a fifth family somewhere but we have not reached it, we have only got as far as the fourth.

And this fourth family is undeniably the waves of life, the waves that are the basis of life. You will say to me, it is very nice to make a claim like that, can you demonstrate it? Well, yes, we have demonstrated it under laboratory conditions and we do not in the least take ourselves for nut cases or messengers of God in saying that we have created life out of inert matter. We have recreated in the laboratory that which happened on Earth while it was slowly cooling and life had not yet appeared. We filled phials with seawater which had been very carefully filtered, sterilised with great care using all known methods, and after a long period - never less than 72 hours - we saw appear in the phials filaments, black dots and clouds. When these were analysed and a culture grown the filaments turned out to be strings of yeast, the black dots were fungal spores and the gelatinous clouds were living matter.

Consequently, we said, we have proof. We now know that there are wavelengths that are at the basis of life itself. How can we make use of them? I can tell you that I made a decision that it took me a very long time to make. Because obviously when such strange things are said, one is taken for a madman or a fraud. I am fortunate to be well enough known in France, and I belong to sufficient official organisations, ministerial commissions, technical commissions etc. that when I put my signature to a report, nobody says it is the work of a madman or a fraud. Then again I am old, and something could happen to me. Never mind that I have never felt so young and in such good health, I could have an accident and I do not want to run the risk of letting all my work disappear.

If there is a danger it is that a more fortunate individual than myself might one day devise the equivalent of the gold-leaf electroscope or the Branly tube, that is to say a method to detect these waves directly and immediately, and that they would claim the discovery for themselves. But Good Lord, I can tell you that I do not really fear that, at the point we have reached now. If such a thing were to happen it would be a real upset for humanity, because so far we haven't found a way to kill people with our discovery, just a way to heal them - truly exceptional in our era when every discovery is immediately turned into a means of destruction. This is so abnormal that I believe it is worth the risk.

So that is where we have come to, but if you think about it, nature provides any number of examples, and I see them every day. For instance, if you have been on a farm on a day when the rain is bucketing down, you will see that ducks whose bowls are full of water do not drink that water. Instead they stand under the streams of water that come down from the gutters and drink that as though it were a delicacy. You will see that when it rains hard, your salad vegetables which were flaccid the previous day put on a growth spurt and will even bolt. All market gardeners know very well that after a storm you should pick salad vegetables right away. And those same market gardeners put large, shallow basins in the middle of their land, and fill it with water from the public supply, which they could otherwise have used directly to feed their hosepipes via a connecting pipe, for free. They leave the water in the bowls for two or three days before using a petrol or electric pump to draw it out and use it for watering. Why? Because they know that this water which has been exposed to the elements has thus acquired qualities which it did not previously have; vital qualities.

I carried out the following experiment which at another time troubled my sometime collaborator Jean Rostand. I created around two litres of water by burning hydrogen at the end of a hydrogen tube, trapping the vapour in a spiral cooler so as to produce synthetic water. Into this synthetic water which I had put into a crystallising dish I placed a tadpole. The tadpole's four limbs went limp and it went motionless, dead. I was told that it was because the water had not been aerated. I said, I will repeat the same experiment and we shall see what happens. I boiled some water so that it would not be aerated, cooled it down and put a live tadpole inside it. It did not immediately go limp but took five minutes to die of asphyxiation. Therefore it wasn't the same thing. I aerated my synthetic water and put a third tadpole into it. It died instantly just like the first. So? So I put some of the synthetic water into a glass sphere, sealed it over a flame and put it on my balcony where it stayed for just over a month, this being in summer. After a month I broke the seal, poured the water into a crystallising dish and put a tadpole in, then two, then three. All of them wriggled and prospered admirably.

So my synthetic water which killed everything, which had been a water of death, was sealed in a glass sphere and exposed to light and other radiation (you will soon see why I say 'other') and became a water of life, supporting life perfectly.

I began a whole series of experiments with the different colours of the spectrum and during one experiment which one might have said was a failure, interrupted by a badly-timed phone call during which I covered my test equipment with a guinea-pig skin stretched over a frame, I noticed an incredible thing. When I directed a beam of light onto a small group of microbes I was using for experimental purposes in small damp chambers, to see the effect - you know there are some microbes which like oxygen and others which don't and flee from it - to see the effects of the beam on the microbes, for example, let's say a beam which seemed to attract them towards a strand of algae, due to the phenomenon of photosynthesis which the beam produced on the algae strand, when I shut off the light, it fled. I drew the obvious conclusion: along with the beam of light there must be a penetrating ray because it passed through the guinea-pig skin, and whose action was brutal and marked, in the opposite direction to the original action, that is to say the inverse of its algebraic sum. We repeated the experiment and had to admit that it really did happen that way.

So I went to the Academy of Sciences where I had several friends and I said, "I would like you to give me all the information available on the subject of polarised light." Well, they brought me an impressive bundle of books. And I set out to find whether anyone had come up with that idea, well, of course everyone had thought of working on the incident ray and the reflected ray. There was an incredible amount of information on that. Nobody had thought to investigate whether behind the original light beam, extending it via the body of the mirror or the solid body, there might be something that carried on. And yes, there is. That something which carries on is very precisely part of those radiations we were just speaking of. And it is likely - we can learn from agriculture at this point, I have a very large experimental farm - that we can start to explain many legends, some of which have a very real base in fact, about the action of the moon on plants. Because the moon is nothing but a mirror, its light is polarised and is not at all the same as the light it receives from the sun, but something very different indeed. This series of experiments led us to ... at first, every time I spoke of my tests on humans people asked me, "But what part does auto-suggestion play in this?" I do not want to deny that there could perfectly well be an element of auto-suggestion. I would deny it even less now that it is certain that the treatment which I will tell you about soon acts as much on the psychology of the individual as on their physiology. It is undeniable. And I have sought to define it while experimenting with animals and then with plants, at which point I said, "You are certainly not going to tell me that I use auto-suggestion on potatoes or beetroot?"

The first tests were done at the National Society for Alimentary Hygiene with which many of you will be familiar. The Randoin Laboratory on Rue de l'Estrapade in Paris led on systematic tests with guinea pigs. What is extremely curious is that the tests carried out on guinea pigs and white rats gave exactly, in percentage terms, the same results as the tests I have done on sheep and calves, but in large quantities, not just a few, so their statistical tests are above suspicion. And on plants as well. So I believe I may have clarified the problem a little for you. You know that when they asked me if I wanted to hold a conference I said, "I'm not a speaker, I can, if you like, have a discussion, I like nothing more than discussing with my colleagues, colloquia as people call them these days, where ideas get tossed around, people ask questions, and we always make a profit on them." And look, I don't have any notes, I truly have never been able to read a talk or follow notes, throughout all the years of my career. I have a lot of memories and experiences I can relate. I just have to dip in here and there and pull out a story, for example. That is much easier for me than reading something out.

We need to return to our subject now, and I'll remind you what we were talking about. I have told you about radiation. So, what are these radiation things? How do they come about? Well, it is this way: these radiations are part of what people call - and don't ask me to explain, because the greatest scientist of our age couldn't give you an explanation - what people call cosmic rays. Now, we don't know what these cosmic rays are. We can extract some particles, some small part, but it's as if a tramp on the banks of the River Seine, fishing out corks at Bercy, claimed that because he had fished out some corks in the Seine at Bercy, he knew all about the Seine, could tell you where it rises, what its course is, and so on. We know nothing at all and every day we discover things we cannot explain.

Here is one example, just one incident. At the "Palais de la Découverte"  in Paris they have extremely precise scientific apparatus. I took a litre of treated water there and asked several eminent professors, "Would you like to have a look at what is in here?" First of all they told me, "We have found a very clear negative magnetic field all around the bottle." Ah! Then we went to a piece of apparatus which detects the arrival of cosmic ray particles, and which registers 110 arrivals every ten minutes, regularly, day and night. I said, "Would

you please put a flat crystallising dish on this apparatus and pour some ordinary water into it." They did so. 110 particles every ten minutes. Good. We replaced the ordinary water with treated water. 85 in ten minutes. Explanation? None. We could only confirm that it happened. We could explain nothing of it. Further more, we can very often explain nothing in this field of study.

So we have managed to capture these waves, but not to produce them, because we can very well design an apparatus to produce these waves, we can even cost it, but we cannot make it because we would need to work at the level of millionths of microns, of billionths of millimetres, things like that, and that is not a human level of scale. So we capture these waves of cosmic flux and amplify them. To capture them, oh, the original apparatus that helped us to discover them is excessively simple, but of a such a simplicity. You just need a large antenna and at the end of this antenna, you build a condenser. I made a series of condensers from small motorcycle batteries which served as a container, with the lead plates replaced with two series of brass plates, and instead of an electrolyte I poured in beeswax as a dielectric. The phenomenon which I am going to describe to you occurs properly only with beeswax, nothing else. When you have made a condenser in that way, if you analyse its discharge with a cathode-ray oscilloscope you will realise this: if you make something similar with paraffin, or oil, or whatever you want, and charge and discharge it, the discharging energy will produce a nice decreasing sine wave. But if you use beeswax, instead of the pleasant clear trace of a decreasing sine wave, you will have an enormous, fuzzy trace. This, when it is examined at the millionth of a millimetre level, turns out to be comprised of oscillations at an unbelievable frequency which sit on top of the original trace and turn it into this huge, fuzzy trace. And so on just one oscillation of the sine wave you will find two or three hundred oscillations, I mean, the frequency is quite unbelievable.

While working at the Academy of Sciences I was surprised to find in one of their recent bulletins an article on the work of two Indian scientists who had just made the same discovery as me, at the same time. They had written a report to the Academy on what they called "grass harmonics", waves resembling grass which are caused by the presence of beeswax on the electrodes of a discharging apparatus. It is clear that these waves, these frequencies that we are finding now, are part of our family of biological waves. I told you that this was our first piece of apparatus: next we produced an antenna, a two-ended condenser. At the other end of the condenser there is a length of wire. We researched what to attach this wire to and there, the surprises were beyond all our expectations. With the most perfected investigative techniques of our age, we found nothing. But we discovered that if you dip this metallic thread in water it started to melt, but in such a way that successive weighings allowed us to precisely determine the melting curve, and that when it stops melting, the water is at its maximum charge. Then we discovered something else: one fine day we found that an electrician's current detector lit up when placed against the wire, the wire where there had been no discernible current. I had a look: that was in Barthélemy's work. Barthélemy had told me, "We will soon have its frequency. I have a range of lights calibrated to all the frequencies." He had a box brought to me, about a metre square and containing a huge number of small neon lights, calibrated to different frequencies. We picked one and it lit. Barthélemy said to me, "Well then, getting it right first time among so many." There were perhaps 5,000 lamps in there, "it's unbelievable." I said, "try another one." We tried another, completely different lamp, and it lit. They all lit. All those detectors each with its own frequency lit up on the wire of the apparatus. And as we stood before the last lamp lit there, talking, we saw the light dim and the lamp go out. Oh, what was happening? We connected it again but in vain, it went out and would not light. It had burnt out. We linked up a second light which did the same thing, and a third and a fourth. Barthélemy said to me, "we'll need to ... I get the feeling that you have put something into these vacuum lamps, they are no longer a vacuum, they don't work." He put them into his drawer and as we had worked a lot that day, he said, "Next Saturday then, we'll have another look at this."

I came back the next Saturday and he told me, "I've thought a lot about this, and there's no question, you put something into the lights. We'll do a few and we'll break them in a mercury dish and see what we find.

I said, "Yes, it's very strange." And I picked up one of the lamps that were burnt out the previous Saturday. I attached it to the wire and it lit up. I told him, "Well, what do you think of that? Whatever we put inside it has gone." Believe it or not, all the lamps we attached to the wire lit up and went out in the same amount of time. We have worked on this phenomenon a lot but have never been able to find an explanation. And now we can no more explain it than we could at the time of our first experiments. We still test with lamps, but at the moment in the lab we use Mazda commercial 55-volt bulbs. I do things that amuse people because it impresses them a lot. I say to a man, "take hold of this handle." He does so and feels absolutely nothing. "Put your tongue out," I say. He puts his tongue out, I put the bulb on his tongue and the bulb lights up. And I can do that on any part of the body. You can put in a millivoltmeter, a milliammeter, period or aperiodic, you can do whatever you like and it won't register at all. Obviously a 55-volt bulb will not light up intensely. It lights up as though it were 25 or 30 volts. But if someone put a 30-volt current through your tongue you would feel it. You can even feel a 1.5-volt battery current on your tongue. But here: nothing, you don't feel a thing. It isn't electricity.

So I'd got to the point where I was full of questions. I asked my colleagues questions all the time, and they said to me, "Every time we see you, you ask us questions which prevent us from sleeping for two weeks."

I said to them, "But your neon lamps now, do you believe that it is electricity that makes them glow? Are you sure? My neon bulbs, it isn't electricity. Perhaps the electricity is a carrier wave but do you think it's the active principle?" We carried out all sorts of very complicated tests on this subject and we ended up with the same results with electricity as when there was no electricity.

It is similar to the way a car engine works, for example. The spark plug is isolated from the fuel/air mixture in the cylinder by a thick mica sheet. And it still ignites the mixture although there is no contact. Things like that. We are in an area where everything is new. As Sabatier said, "When you enter a new field of enquiry like this, everything is missing, you don't know anything, you have no tools to measure with, you do not even have a language to describe the phenomena. We do not know what we are doing." It must be said that the scientist who is in the presence of entirely new phenomena of this nature can only detect them using instruments devised to detect other, known, phenomena. I have made use of every instrument developed to detect the three known families of vibrating waves. But all of them remained resolutely silent before the phenomena that seemed indicative of the fourth family, like the self-lighting lamp. One would think that a compass or an electrometer or something of that kind would react. But there is no reaction. There is something else going on.

Side 2

In this line of work, in such a curious field, it isn't all roses. I remember one Saturday, when I was working with René Barthélemy, he said to me after a whole morning's work when we had amassed results that were not those we were looking for, "Listen Violet, let's call it a day, I've had enough. It is giving me a headache." He said, "It's like trying to measure electricity with a gas meter." And this simple and abrupt speech was upsetting at the time, when we didn't know what we were doing, but even so it was the truth. We wanted to measure something unrelated to the instruments we possessed. That was why these instruments remained silent.

At this point we were using the mains lead as an antenna, and in this case our filter was a condenser with a beeswax filter. As an aside, beeswax is a very curious thing. When I worked for the Scientific Section of the Army, I carried out several curious experiments, I won't call them spells as we were not trying to put anyone under a spell, but accumulating harmful waves in beeswax. It was a peculiar accumulator and could be set up as a filter to let through beneficial or harmful ways, or to trap the latter. And if you put a piece of beeswax treated in this way in your pocket, I would see you come back an hour later. Just like a certain very senior army officer whom I will not name, a strong character who scoffed at our 'mischief'. When we told him how dangerous this mischief could be, he wanted to show how brave he was, saying "I'll put it in my pocket and we'll talk about it next week." He did not wait until the next week. An hour later he was back, green-faced and visibly in a bad way. He gave us back the piece of wax and said, "You won't get me again with your mischief!" And we cannot talk about auto-suggestion here, because he was absolutely convinced that nothing at all would happen to him.

To get back to our apparatus: I come back, however, to the same thing, we used the mains lead as an antenna as in most modern radios, we had the filter in question, and the performance of this excessively simple apparatus was disastrous. It took three weeks to treat the contents of a glass of water. It got there, but it took three weeks to do it.

We had to find an accelerant. We investigated a lot of things and the first one we found was a radio jammer captured from the Germans at the end of the war. This transmits on a very long wavelength with a huge number of harmonics, and when connected to the two poles of the filter at once augmented and multiplied the performance of the apparatus to an unbelievable extent. It is like sifting flour. If you put down a sieve and pour your flour into it, a little bit of flour will get through and then no more. If you want to sift the flour you need to shake the sieve. And so we shook the sieve, the electric filter, by sending a huge number of wavelengths through it and we supposed - we were still just supposing - that when a harmonic or a long wave (probably a harmonic there because the long waves are too low) when a harmonic resonates with the frequency that we are looking for, it produces a kind of electric resonance similar to a waterhammer and something important is happening in the sieve. Our first machines were made like that and we produced water with this procedure for a long time. And that is how we are able to see what we saw in a laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique that had been placed at my disposal, where we systematically measured the dissolution of electrodes in distilled water under the action of our apparatus. When we had the measurements, when we were able to say "we have put so many milligrams of gold into this litre of water ," the technician at once said, "Let's check." He put a reagent in the bottle and instead of seeing a red coloration develop, there was nothing. The gold was no longer on the electrode and the reagent refused to detect it in the bottle. I asked Barthélemy for help and he said, "Evidently you have transformed matter into energy, you can't retrieve it. The reagent acts upon matter with matter and you cannot bring it back." We labelled the bottle and put it to one side, and one fine day three months later, when we arrived at the lab, the bottle was completely red. The gold had returned to its state of gold. And we were able to tell at the same time that the water had lost all its properties. It did not act any more, it had no more action on living things, seeds, or any of that. So for three months it had been in an active state and it was no longer active. Today, we know why. All those questions have been answered. We know how long the water keeps its qualities, we know why metal vanishes, because we defined precisely that between the energy at one end of the chain and the stable material at the other end, there are distinct energy levels as the energy decays and at a precise moment there is a very clear frontier where the molecule of matter moves from the potential state of a living molecule to the actual state of a dead molecule. And we were able to determine the position of that frontier very exactly. Which is already something.

For example we have been able to determine, to give an example that is common knowledge, that when you heat water to 63ºC, you kill it. 63º is the temperature of pasteurisation, where all life is stopped, the frontier between life and death, between energy and stable matter. It's quite natural when you think about it but someone had to discover it.

Now I am going to tell you about the great experiments which led to what I, with my extremely advanced scientific and Cartesian spirit, call not the period of certainty but the period of conviction. We will have the period of certainty when we have discovered the measuring device. But even so, when you circle a problem, when you draw up a working hypothesis, when you address it with a multitude of experiments all of which confirm the hypothesis and none of which deny it, you can say that even in the absence of decisive and definitive results, you are in the realm of serious certainty. Well, being certain began fifteen years ago. During the last war, the Directorate for Armament put me in charge of the Simca factory while France was still free. During the Occupation, I took charge of the Técalémite factory at Orly and it was there in July 1942 that I had a heart attack which put me in a coma for six hours. I should say that in 1914 I was a fighter pilot, that I was shot down in July, not a good month for me, that I was trepanned, that in November while I was still in a bad way I caught Spanish flu which I nearly died of and which left me very much weakened. Let us say that my medical report was not brilliant. The Medical and Scientific Research Centre to which I belonged, and where I worked with Portes, the president of the French College of Physicians, looked at me with a very troubled eye. Of course I stopped work and became a very old man. If you saw one of my photos from that time, I looked twenty years older than I do now. And in 1945 it was doing so badly that Portes told my wife, "If Mr Violet has matters to attend to, he had better attend to them quickly."

    "What do you mean, quickly, doctor?"

    "Two months, maybe three."

And yet at that time, I had already proved that the treated water had an undeniably beneficial effect on living organisms. But when I talked to doctors about doing tests, they threw up their hands saying, "Oh, do you think we would use that? You told us yourself that you are dealing with frequencies beyond X-rays. But you know what the after-effects of X-rays are, don't you? All sorts of tests will be needed first because you never know and all that."

    But I, who knew very well what I was up to, said, "The after-effects may interest other people, but actually they don't interest me. Never mind, I'm going for broke." And I set to drinking that water like nobody's business.

The result was absolutely stupendous. Four or five months afterwards I no longer showed any sign whatsoever of having had a heart attack, and my scans did not even show up what is known as an infarct scar. And when I returned to Paris and went to see Portes, who had previously taken the precaution of letting me undergo X-rays, all sorts of tests and so on, and who now superimposed my new X-rays over those from five months earlier, we were astonished to find that certain things that would currently be considered medically impossible had happened. For example, the unfolded and spiral aorta which I had five months earlier had almost completely rebuilt itself. And now I have a normal aorta. And if I show a doctor my X-rays from 1945 he would say, "that isn't you." But there are certain details of bone injuries from my long sporting career which show that it is indeed the same individual, that there is no doubt about it.

So we started to test, and that is when we started to get misgivings. People said to me, "Yes but you, you are an elderly man. What are the ... won't there be genetic mutations, that kind of thing?" At that point we started breeding guinea pigs, their children and then the children's children's children, until we got to the seventh generation. When we were sure that there were no genetic mutations, I said, "Please get rid of all the guinea pigs in the lab." We passed them on to laboratories who used such animals, saying, "Unlike the guinea pigs you buy normally, these are not guinea pigs who have just reached adulthood. There are some of those, but there are others who are thriving and which we bred for research into genetic modification."

    "We don't mind, they'll do very well." Two weeks later, all our guinea pigs were handed back to us. "We can't use them for experiments, because we cannot make them ill."

    That's when we uncovered the situation I was telling you about, about the injection that does not make the guinea pig ill, and the rest of our discoveries. The Randoin lab did tests on rats and guinea pigs and all the results were published.

One day a doctor told me, "I'm going for broke." I will give you his name  because humanity owes him a great deal. Without him the story would not have developed as it did. It was Doctor Guislain, the deputy Mayor of Roubaix, head surgeon at the Fraternité Hospital in Roubaix, the largest hospital in France. He said to me, "Send me all your apparatus, there is only one way of finding out that you are not wrong. We are going to put the entire hospital onto drinking your treated water for six months." The whole hospital was put on this regime: the head surgeon, the nurses, the hospital staff, expectant mothers, patients in post-op, everyone. And for six months everyone was given a small wineglassful of treated water, three times a day. According to a report made to the Academy of Medicine, the results were: firstly, in most cases, the duration of sickness was reduced by a third, without after-effects or relapse. Secondly, there were no contraindications of any kind. Thirdly, the psychology of those who were not ill evolved in a remarkable way and the frequent objections that they had made at first, disappeared by the end of the second month.

Of course in the wake of this report the Academy of Medicine published two sets of extremely appreciative reviews of the results of the water diet. And in my region, the Social Security got the idea of doing something with it. Mr Legras, the National Director of the Social Security Fund said, "Thanks to this we will be able to ease hospital crowding a bit, we will be able to free up places." However there are also such things as experts, Members of Parliament, and the laws of the land. The Academy of Medicine made the mistake (useful to us all the same) of putting at the end of its report that there was no medical contraindication to the treated water, that it had no specific effect, that it merely served to wake up an auto-immune response in the organism that did not exist previously, and so as a result it could not be considered a medicine. So given the laws that govern us, I was told, "But Mr Violet, the Department of Social Security cannot reimburse you for your water, it isn't a medicine." At which point the Social Security Fund clamoured for the water to be distributed; non-Governmental services such as the State Railways rushed to buy the water and to recommend it, reasoning that they would make considerable savings that way. Large companies were in a hurry to do the same thing. But the Department of Social Security remained impassive and wanted nothing to do with it: "Get a licence. If you don't have a licence, you can't be reimbursed." But I could not get a licence, because in order to have a licence I would have needed to describe the chemical composition. But if you analyse the treated water during its period of usability, that is to say less than three or four months, you will find exactly nothing, you would say it was pure water with nothing in it. You would need to wait until its active period was over to carry out chemical analyses which would find the trace elements in it. These trace elements have only a very secondary effect because it is the vibratory state of the water, its charge of vital radiation that gives it its real potency. Trace elements are just a complement, a tendency of the water. You can say, its effect is 75% general and 25% tendency. This tendency effect was as it happens very much measurable in the case of certain well-defined illnesses.

Then what did we do ... Now I will return to my celebrated tests on vegetables, on potatoes, on animals, all of it so that nobody could say that it was auto-suggestion. The previous Minister of Agriculture gave me the use of a 450 ha farm at Allainville-aux-Bois, between Ablis, Rembouillet and Etampes, a mixed farm belonging to the local mayor, Mr Laurent. To give you an idea of the scale of the operation, there were 740 ewes. First of all I will tell you about the experiments on vegetables. For example we ran tests on fields of barley and of wheat, of all sorts of crops, the same test every time. We took a regular field of around 35 or 40 ha and divided it into three strips. It would be worked, fertilised, prepared in the usual way, and we would sow the three strips with the same kind of seed. We would sow one strip with seeds that had been soaked overnight in water previously treated by myself. That was all. And we would wait to see what happened. The treated section came up much earlier than the other sections. When there was a storm the treated part would not be flattened, while the other parts were. And at harvest time we found we got so much from one section, so much from another, we measured them up. I am going to give you some figures but it isn't the most interesting part, I can tell you right away. It's interesting but not the most interesting bit - that comes afterwards. We carried out the same experiment with beetroot, and there we planted 90 ha - three sections of 30 ha each. With the same workers, and everything precisely the same. It was an excellent year for beetroot and the ground was in tip-top condition. Moreover, the figures I'm going to give you will show what happened. We had 80 witnesses - whom I did not talk to beforehand - who reported that in the first section of 30 ha the yield was 99 tons per hectare. This is to show that we have not artificially inflated a poor figure. When you are dealing with a figure of that nature to start with, I can tell you that when we were done harvesting the first section I was more than concerned, saying, this isn't possible, we cannot do better than this. The second section with identical seeds which had spent a night in treated water, produced 113 tonnes per hectare, 14 more than the first. and in the third section, well, that was incredible. We had soaked those seeds overnight and then sprayed them with 10 m3 of treated water per hectare, just a gentle spraying, and harvested 126 tonnes per hectare. But while in the first section our beetroots generally weighed 2 kg within a few grams, and in the second they came in at around 2.2 kg, in the third section we harvested beetroots of all sizes of which a large number reached 8 kg, that is to say an astonishing giantism. Those of you who read my book will see in it a photograph of carrots, which are the Croissy variety sold in our markets. The Croissy carrot is usually harvested when it weighs at most 40 to 50 grams. If you leave one in the ground you will end up with a carrot of around 180 g but it will be a lump of wood. You will not be able to eat it as it is woody and will be split. And we harvested perfectly tender carrots weighing 1.2 kg after the same eight-week period as our control carrots. There is a photo of them on one of the pages.

Well, that isn't bad, but it isn't the best. I've saved the best for the end because it really is great, not only its results but also the conclusions we can draw from it. Earth is undergoing a period of degeneration which is probably not momentary. The planet has aged, it is receiving fewer vital rays, an isolating zone has grown in the ionosphere. We do not know the source, and I had a long discussion with the late Pope about researching the origins of the vital rays. The source seems to be reducing in intensity. And we are all suffering as a result. The deficiencies which I mentioned at the start of this talk on vegetables and all sorts of things, show that everything that lives - humans, animals, plants - is now suffering from deficiencies.

Suddenly we found that some of our experiments had attracted great interest from the National Committee of Public Health in France, and particularly its vice-president, Doctor Teil. As you know, when you hold back potatoes, when you keep some of your harvest to plant them, you will have a second harvest that is worse than the first, and if you insist, it will be catastrophic. So here is the experiment that we carried out. We did it at my farm and then at the National Potato Research Centre at the Saint-Germain Chambourcy Institute. I am telling you things a bit as they come to mind, because I do not know best how to organise them. You already know that for a potato to germinate its parent potato must have been in the ground for at least three months. Under 90 days a potato that you plant in the soil will not germinate, it will rot. The potatoes that we treated had a 55% germination rate after 75 days. That was already an enormous step.

So we planted Dutch potatoes alongside the same variety which we had treated. The treated plants provided a substantially better yield. We expected that, and it was good. But then we said, let's replant them to see what happens, we will do a lot worse this time. We replanted them, having of course first of all taken in the harvest. We had a 6% greater tonnage than in the untreated plants. Which was good already. Especially as a hectare of potatoes was worth 36,000 Francs while the small amount of extra harvest we produced was 6,000 Francs. Which was already very interesting. But when we sent those potatoes off to be analysed, these being industrial potatoes [names of brands, indecipherable] the flour millers were immediately alerted saying, What's this? Look, they're [brand]. Where did they come from? They have a milling yield of 23% instead of the 17% we are used to with this variety. Oh well. We had held some of this harvest back, so we pulled them up and replanted them. 27% flour. At this point I received a delegation from the Potato Millers of France who said, "It's simple, you are going to ruin us, because there is a very limited market for potato flour. If we start processing potatoes with a yield of 27%, first of all people are going to stop buying seed potatoes. We are the primary sellers of seed potatoes and instead of a four-month potato season, we are going to produce our quota of potato flour in two or two and a half months, and we are not going to purchase the number of potatoes we do because your 27% yield cuts the demand almost in half. That isn't right, we are going to lose our jobs, if you expand your operations, we will lose our jobs."

    I said, "You will not lose your jobs because you are thinking the same way that everyone does when there is progress. The way the weavers of Lyon thought when the mechanical loom appeared. But there are now three or four times as many weavers as there were in the days when it was all done by hand. Every time something new comes on the scene, of course it overthrows all sorts of things. But you need to evolve, to convert. You are selling potato flour at a high price, which limits its use to a small number of industries because only 3% of it is sold as food. 97% goes to industry. As a result potato flour is limited by its price. If you could produce potato flour at half the cost you would widen your market. Now I am speaking in my role as a consulting engineer, telling you what you should do when you find yourself faced with a problem like the one you've come to me with." That is where we are at right now, and like it or not we have to work on the question, because for them it is clearly a matter of life and death.

But it is interesting that we have made ourselves masters of deficiency. We have impeded degeneracy in our experiments at Chambourcy St Germain. The land around Paris is all contaminated - it is impossible to grow potatoes there without them contracting mildew. You can plant new seed potatoes from Holland and they will get mildew. Not much, but mildew all the same. But if you plant second or third generation potatoes of ours in the same land, there will be no mildew. This proves that one can master deficiencies and when one becomes master of them, disease even when endemic, chronic or even present, can do nothing. And this is clearly what made the Central Committee of Public Health so very interested in us. It is this experiment which, of all of them in my opinion, is the most interesting.

We carried out tests on animals, as I told you just now, we had 740 ewes. At the time of lambing of course a large number of little lambs were being born every day. We took these lambs. If some of them were too weak or abnormally sturdy we put them aside. And we put together two lots of 50 similar lambs, all the same weight to within a few grams. We put them into two sheepfolds side by side and gave them measured feed. Both groups drank the farm's well-water but the first group drank it as it had come from the well, the second after it had been passed through the treatment apparatus. After 100 days the first batch of lambs weighed 35kg on the hoof and gave 17.2 kg net of meat per lamb. The second lot took 120 days, that is to say 20 days more feed, and shepherd's wages, all sorts of things to reach the same weight of 35 kg and once butchered, instead of 17.2 kg of prime quality meat, they yielded 16.08 kg net of lower-quality meat. For a farmer, 1.12 kg of meat and 20 days feed and care costs is a considerable saving. These statistical tests carried out on large numbers of animals confirmed the findings of the Randoin report on rats, which said, "if I give my rats the treated water they require 56 grams of food to gain a gram of weight. If I do not, they need 79 grams." Among the higher animals we find similar percentages, the same numbers we find in Randoin.

If you think that giving it to humans would just make us fat, no, not at all. It does not have that effect on people. It does not have any effect on the appetite but brings forward the moment when you feel full. I have always been something of a bon-vivant and a big eater and I do indeed eat a lot less now, but I never ate without drinking water at the same time. A renowned Paris doctor told me one day, "I have a unique opportunity to carry out an experiment. A couple came to me, the wife weighs 108 kg and the husband, 47. So I am going to try something. I'm sending them to you, give them some of the water and we'll see what happens." First of all it took a lot to making them understand that they both had to drink water from the same bottle. The husband kept telling me, "but if makes my wife thinner, then it will be a disaster for me." I told him in vain, "No, it's a glandular regulator, she is too fat because some of her glands aren't working, you are too thin for the same reason but different glands. We'll get your pituitary gland working and then you'll see." In the end he didn't understand but did it just the same. The result was what Gauthier had been expecting. The wife started to lose weight and the husband to put on weight. Accordingly, you do not have to fear becoming fat or thin by drinking this water. I have been drinking it for 15 years and I weigh 63 kg. No matter what I do, I weigh 63 kg. My official duties in France lead me to take part in more receptions, banquets and so on than in my day, and to break my diet regularly. It has no effect whatsoever. I have my wife ... we have been married for 42 years and I won't tell you her age but you will work it out easily. My wife's friends are astonished that she can eat cakes and cream, be a keen gourmet and remain, not thin because she is not thin as she is 1.67 m tall and weighs 58 kg.  But she too can do just as she likes, she can go and spend two months in Normandy and gorge on sole à la crème, mackerel à la crème and all the good things to eat in that region, and her weight will not change by a gram. The water seems to be a regulator. To repeat the words of the Academy of Medicine, the water functions to augment the body's defences, the general health of the individual, and that it wakes up a self-defence process in the body which did not exist before and which increases the effect of medicines.

For example, here is a curious phenomenon: if you take your evening dosage as sugar water with a bit of orange flower, as many of our grandmothers did, you will sleep very well. I have started to sleep like a child again. I fall asleep - and I can have a sleepless night without being tired. I no longer know what physical or mental fatigue is. I can drive - I run a number of big businesses and often get in my Peugeot 403 at 6 in the morning in Paris to drive to Vence where I run the mineral water company. I arrive at Vence at 6 in the evening having driven 980 km and am not tired at all. If I go to bed at my usual time I will be asleep at 10 pm and wake up at 5 to 7 with a splendid regularity. Previously I was tired by evening, and fell into bed as soon as I had finished my supper, woke up at half past midnight, tossed and turned for three hours before going to sleep again, then at seven in the morning when the alarm rang, I asked myself at once whether I couldn't wangle a moment or two more in bed. Nowadays I wake at 5 to 7, fresh and in good shape and ready to get up. I have no wish at all to stay in bed. If I stop drinking the water for more than two or three weeks, I start feeling my age again. And as we have been upset with one another for fifteen years I do not want that to happen and I start drinking the water again.

But what does someone in good health feel if they start drinking the water? At first, nothing. Then all he will feel is a reduction in physical or mental fatigue and a certain feeling of euphoria, of well-being. Surgeon-General Morel cited a number of cases in a letter to the Academy of Medicine and said, "and all the patients I have helped with this treatment have become happy people." And it's quite true.

Let us now turn to the last phase of its effects on humans, rejuvenation. You will not notice that you have stopped ageing any more than you notice that you age from month to month. You just need to take the water regularly, not a medicine but an energy food which fights the deficiencies we face on a daily and hourly basis. When one is ill one needs to take one gramme per kilo of body weight every day. When one is not ill or when the illness has passed, a third of that is normally adequate. At the moment, I take a small wineglassful every morning, as I have for several years, and that is all - and I really feel that it is impossible for me to fall ill at the moment. Any kind of illness could be going around and I am sure that I would not catch it. And where ageing is concerned, well good Lord, we have only had a long-term view of the effects on ageing. A long-term view in which I realised after several years that I was recovering previously vanished abilities, that I could do certain things that previously I was no longer able to, that I could make longer journeys in the car before feeling tired. This long-term perception was most keenly felt among former students of the Ecole Polytechnique who passed the word around and started taking the water. At a supper or at a reunion dinner you could tell at once the ones who had been taking Violet water and those who had not. I understand that you recently had a visit from a leading teacher from Montpellier, on the faculty of the University of Montpellier. If Pech and I were side by side and you asked our ages, I believe you would think there was at least a twenty-year age gap and you would get it the wrong way round. That happens a lot. I am a graduate of the Arts et Métiers at Lille, and our president, A is 93 years old and still presides over our suppers, dinners and reunions, and if you ask him the secret of his longevity he will reply "Well, look at Violet." And there are several people like  him, whose names you would recognise.

So to sum up, do not think that it is a medicine, or a universal panacea; it is not a medicine at all. But people tell me, "You tell us that it cures everything." You can say that it helps to cure everything if you like, that it cures all because it cures nothing. Once again I will turn to the Academy of Medicine's definition because it is so exact that nothing can be added or taken from it. I will only add what I said at the start. For there to be an illness two factors must occur: an attack and a terrain. The attack is not my business, it is the doctor's business. The terrain is my business. If you manage to get the terrain into the state which it should be in normally, attacks will no longer be able to take place, or if they do, they will be forced into retreat.

Like you, I sometimes catch a cold when I take the metro, but in my case a cold lasts six hours. It does not go any further. On that day, to my small morning glass of water I add a second glass, and a third in the evening, and one or two cold cure pills, and then it's over. The next day, I no longer have a cold. I have been attacked but I have overcome the attack. Due to my sporting career my skeleton has been bashed about all over and I used to get terrible attacks of sciatica, so bad that I used to roll around on my bed wondering if I shouldn't just throw myself out of the window despite the injections. They tried everything, spinal injections, everything they could. It would last four or five days and was horrible. Now, as soon as it starts, as soon as I feel a bout coming on (we manufacture other products than water which have exactly the same effect, because they are only radiation-holders, there is no medicine inside, they are natural products, containing only radiation-holders), I give myself a brisk rubdown with a lotion and it is over. The attack of sciatica does not develop and a quarter of an hour later it has vanished. You can carry out a simple test when you have a migraine. You only have to rub your forehead with the lotion or the cream, and I guarantee most definitely that a quarter of an hour later you will not have migraine. That test is very easy to do. You can see how you can benefit from this technology.

I must repeat that I would not want any of you to think that after this, you can go to your doctor and say, "I've seen enough of you." No, no, no, no, no. It will take years before you get to the point I am at. I have fifteen years of treatment behind me and I believe it takes many years before one acquires the level of immunity I have reached now. There are the broad outlines ... I am far from having told you everything, I would need to talk to you for hours and even then would not have said it all. But anyway, in this very casual chat, you have been able to see, to get a vague idea of what we are doing and to tell yourself if that if you are not feeling well, good Lord, there is no risk. It is cheap and you will see very well what you will get out of it.

Presentation OF THE biodynamic WATER SYSTEM


Violet Conference Transcript

Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all I would like to make a small correction. Although I was one of the leading players in the discovery that I am about to tell you about, I was not its sole creator. This discovery came about during the work of the Scientific Section of the Army to which I had the honour of belonging, to which we dedicated ourselves before the last war. There I was privileged to work alongside leading scientists such as René Barthélemy, the man to whom we owe such advances in radar and television; graduates of the Ecole Polytechnique such as Christian Beau and Rabut; and doctors of almost universal renown such as the Surgeon-General Morel. It was the coming together of all those great minds in search of something new that led to this discovery.

Clearly, I tackled the problem, I worked and little by little we saw our discovery grow legs. It seemed so extraordinary that one day the great René Barthélemy told his colleagues at the Institute,;"I wonder if we aren't in the presence of the greatest invention of the century."