Technological and Scientific Research Department

by Alf Riggs

It is a matter of record that dowsers have for centuries made a useful contribution to society, meeting the needs of the people by employing their considerable skill, and using thier ability to locate drinkable subterranean water sources; they were also instrumental in transforming otherwise near worthless arid land into areas capable of growing crops, and maintaining livestock. It is also a matter of record going back over the same period that academics were prepared to expend a great deal of time, and energy proving dowsers to be charlatans. Some dowsers were blindfolded and made to locate the underground stream approaching from from all directions for several hours until they reached a state of collapse, others were spun around until they were disorientated before each test some were made to hop around on one leg. Such practices did little to advance our understanding as to the capabilities of human endeavour.

And it seems the passing of time has done little to repair the image in the eyes of some. In recent weeks one learned professor classified dowsers as ‘Mystic Megs’ firmly indicating that on no account should they be afforded any credibility. We are very much aware that when dowsers are subject to meaningful scientific evaluation they tend to do rather well, as the GTZ research project served to indicate from 591 investigations seeking to locate drinkable underground water supplies in what was said to be geologically difficult areas. In Sri Lanka dowsers emerged with a 95% success rate; this was part of a much larger evaluation where dowsers were taken to ten different countries in all with a highly commendable outcome.

When dowsing for water at least you have something of material value to show for your efforts. Using the same technique to map earth radiation lines is far more complex, with little or nothing in physical terms that one can present as evidence of your success. Alongside this there are a multiplicity of factors which would serve to undermine the credibility of any general recognition that earth radiation of the type detected by dowsing causes biological damage. And so it becomes necessary to take into consideration all factors that have an influence on biological functions; failure to do so will dilute the value of the service you are seeking to provide. This state of affairs affects a wide range of research including those projects undertaken at university level where failure to take the above into consideration results in a low project replication level.
In the course of investigating an isolated cottage in Cambridge, I detected an outside edge line generated from a subterranean water course crossing a single bed in which a woman slept. Since she had slept there for several years I was able to state with some confidence that she was suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the hospital she attended came to the same conclusion.

Measuring the DC fields above the old Victorian bed with a geomagnetometer it displayed a difference of over 22,000 nano Tesla (magnetic field value) measured over 20cm and at that magnitude it would serve to compound the problem. The A/C pulsed magnetic fields coming from the electric blanket that she left on during the night produced 650 nano Tesla. At this level it would present a problem on its own without being in combination with any other type of radiation; at the very least having an adverse affect on the pineal gland’s ability to manufacture the hormone melatonin.

The interaction between the radiation from the outside edge line and the A/C PMF would from my observations further aggravate the problem. The old luminous watch she was wearing had radium paint on the dial, producing several times the local background level of gamma radiation. Some six metres away from the cottage was a large apple orchard which was sprayed every five days from March to August.

It is only by taking into consideration all the known possible factors that would damage the contents of the biological framework, in as far as that is possible, that you can reasonably expect to be successful in rendering the best service and advice to those you seek to assist. A dowser moving someone into a so-called neutral zone would not in these circumstances promote any measurable improvement to the quality of life, because of the other hazards being in some fair measure part of the overall problem.

As a result of which, although the dowser performed a valuable task and gave good advice, the fact that the person you are seeking to help fails to improve brings into question the merit of consulting a dowser in the first place. There are a great many such problems that would serve to undermine the value of calling in a dowser and these I will highlight in future issues.

© 1996 Alf Riggs & BSD EEG