I saw in the 12/17/2007 issue of Newsweek (page 16) that several companies are marketing blessed water. Now, this is not the classic holy water (“take that, you undead monster!”) but water that one buys to drink. One company, Liquid OM, sells water that has supposedly been energized by striking a big gong (perhaps a relic from the Gong Show) and Tibetian bowls. The “inventor”, Kenny Mazursky, claims that the water provides “good energy.” Other companies sell filtered tap water that has been given a Christian label.
While I agree that people should drink water, the idea that water can be energized or blessed is an absurd idea. Such claims have been made in the past and, when subject to verification, have all turned out to be false. Water can, of course, be transformed into an energy granting elixir-just add sugar and caffeine and there you go.
Obviously, some people do believe in the power of such “magic” water. But, I offer the standard challenge-show, in a proper, independently run controlled experiment, that 1) the water has qualities distinct from that of normal water and 2) that the qualities stem from the blessing or similar “treatment.” If that can be shown, I’ll buy the water and drink that instead of Gatorade.