The Risk Factor of Place on Health

by Dr Gunther Schneck

In 1990 the Austrian Ministry of Economics financed a project entitled “Evidence of the influence of place on health”. A university team of medical and technical experts under Otto Bergsmann examined 24 biological parameters or phenomena in 985 volunteers with 6,943 tests resulting in over 500,000 items of data.

Three reputable dowsers went to eight medical sites (hospitals, laboratories and surgeries) and at each site each dowser independently found a place where there was geopathic stress (GSP) and a neutral place (NP). All 8 geopathic stress places had to have a water line and all three dowsers had to agree about the locations of the geopathic stress place and the neutral place.

Measurements of electromagnetic fields and other technical disturbances were done by two different laboratories, to make sure both the GSP and the NP had the same electrical environment.

Healthy volunteers aged between 25 and 35 years were asked to participate and were tested for the different factors after spending typically 15 minutes at a time in the GSP and NP.

Individual Parameters

  • Skin resistance: Dr. Hartmann (of the Hartmann Grid) developed the method of reading the skin resistance in NPs and GSPs.  Dr. Hartmann was firmly convinced by many cases he saw in his practice about the connection between geopathic stress and cancer.  Dr. Hartmann estimates he did over 100,000 measurements of electrical skin resistance and found the skin resistance always increased when measured in a GSP.  The results here fully bore this out.
  • Potential difference of a muscle in tension and the same muscle relaxed.  Statistically significant decreases in potentials were found in GSPs.
  • Heart Rate:  Measurements with an electrocardiogram showed statistically significant increases of heart rate in GSPs.
  • Orthostasis or the Schellong Test: where heart rate is measured in relation to systolic blood pressure after 1 – 7 minutes of exercise.  In some patients in the GSPs the experiments had to be stopped as circulatory collapse was imminent.
  • Warming time:  Subjects’ hands were cooled down in a standardised way and the rate at which their hands then warmed up was measured.  Significant delays in rewarming were found in GSP’S.
  • Pulse/Breathing Rate: No statistically significant difference was found .
  • Biochemical analysis of blood
  • Immunglobulin :  As the time in the GSP was thought too short to translate into a valid response of the immune system, no significant changes were expected.  In fact there was some indication that levels of immunoglobin did increase slightly in GSPs.
  • Potassium:  A 90% trend of increase was found in GSPs.
  •  Calcium:  The increase in GSPs was statistically significant.
  • Zinc: An element always associated with shock . The increase in GSPs was statistically significant.
  • Serotonin: An important neurotransmitter occurring everywhere in the organism involved in providing energy in stress situations.  It is also a sleep inducing substance, decrease leads to sleep difficulties.  This last symptom is often reported in the literature of cases where patients’ beds are in areas of geopathic stress
  •  In the study, the decrease of Serotonin in the GSPs was found to be statistically highly significant.
  •  Blood Sedimentation Rate: Dr. Hartmann had used this in the fifties to demonstrate the influence of GSPs.  In this study the increase of the blood Sedimentation was statistically significant.
  •  Measurements of magnetic and electromagnetic fields: no difference recorded.
  • Sedimentation rate of coagulated clay was on average one third faster in the GSPs than in the NPs.
  • Infrared emission and ultrasound: no differences were found.
  • Rise of fluids in capillary tubes: significant differences were found.

In a separate experiment, botanical examinations on a meadow with 5 GSPs and 5 NPs were made,. were asked to differentiate GSP and NP according to growth without knowing the set-up.

The GSPs showed a reduced growth, distinctly visible in photos.  Distribution of labiates (eg mint and thyme) increased in GSPs. There was no influence on fungal growth.

Overall, of 24 biological/medical parameters twelve showed significant to highly significant effects of GSPs, five showed trends and six showed no effect.  Bersgsmann, a recognised expert in medical statistics, concludes that there exists a disturbance of the regulatory systems of the body by an unknown form of energy.  Geopathic stress places (GSP) are not the cause of illness but are definite risk factors which contribute to other risk factors.

In spite of the convincing evidence he is very careful not to draw more conclusions, which is perhaps wise in the face of prevalent medical opinion. He merely points out that changes of bed or/and work place cannot substitute for treatment but could be a valuable support therapy in chronic conditions. He stresses the importance of long time studies of the influence of geopathic stress place on neurotransmitters especially Serotonin.

Bergsmann and his team have delivered a study which cannot be refuted as it has been scientifically executed. The massive amount of data is impressive, the methods are modem and the results are statistically sound. The influence of geopathic stress is scientifically proven.

This summary is from an original condensation kindly submitted by EEG member Dr. Gunther Schneck of a highly technical report in German published by 0. Bergsmann  –“Bergsmann” Risikfaktor Standort, Rutengangerzone und Mensch Wissenschaftliche Untersuchung zum Problem der Standorteinflusse auf den Menschen.  Fakultas Vienna IX, 1991.

© 1999 Dr. Gunther Schneck & BSD EEG