Most readers will remember Dr. Sam Osmanagich, the fringe researcher who alleges that some hills in Bosnia are actually the world’s largest and oldest manmade pyramids. Well, in the latest edition of the Ancient Mysteries & Advanced Archaeology Review, a fringe publication, Osmanagich makes some rather astonishing claims about his “pyramids.” Now they are no longer simply ancient structures but miraculous healing devices capable of medically inexplicable cures.
The article in question appears to be identical to one Osmanagich published at Ancient Origins last year. Regular readers will remember that Osmanagich claims to be an archaeologist but took his Ph.D. from his university’s political science department in order to avoid the more stringent requirements of the department that oversees archaeology.
Osmanagich writes that the caverns he has dug beneath one of the hills in an attempt to excavate what he believes to be manmade tunnels act as a perfect shield for “cosmic rays.” But more than that, they also contain “beneficial electromagnetism,” high levels of ultrasound, and 60,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter (presumably of air and not dirt). These conditions, he said, enable to pyramid to have five positive effects on human beings: increased lung capacity, glucose level normalization, blood pressure normalization, “general condition” improvement, and aura improvement. Yes, auras.
These claims Osmanagich has made before, but the evidence he provides for them is, frankly, upsetting.
He starts by telling the story of a Czech girl who suffers from a pulmonary disease that had reduced her lung capacity by nearly 50%. The girl sought treatment from a Dr. Peter Hadjuk, whom Osmanagich describes as a pulmonary specialist. I can find only one Czech doctor of that name, an alternative medicine practitioner and hair-replacement specialist. The doctor treated the girl with vitamin C and sent her to Osmanagich to have a “negative ion” treatment under the so-called “pyramid.” Her lung capacity supposedly almost doubled after two visits, so much so that she became a volunteer and helped Osmanagich excavate the pyramid.
What kind of quack uses vitamin C and “negative ions” to treat “inflammatory cysts”?
The “Chief Physicist” at a Prague hospital sent volunteers to have their blood glucose measured. Without explaining any of the safeguards put in place to control the experiment, the “physicist” reported that the subjects saw their glucose drop by as much as half, and the “effect” supposedly lasted for two weeks. A Turkish woman claimed that her high blood pressure subsided after she started taking regular vacations – sorry, after she started making regular pilgrimages to Osmanagich’s excavation.
No effort was made to determine whether other, natural underground locations would produce similar effects, nor was there any indication that anyone checked to see how the participants’ lifestyles and treatment programs may have affected the outcome.
But the most ridiculous claim has to be that the supposed pyramids change the “auras” of people who visit—but only those who visit one time or regularly (but not semi-frequently). The “aura” did not change for people who work at the site daily, nor for people who don’t believe in auras, as measured by Russian scientist “Vladimir” Korotkov’s aura scanning equipment:
In 15% of cases (permanent staff and volunteers) the bioenergetic layer was stable, continuous, with no major changes. The least powerful results occurred in people who declared themselves as "skeptics" (resistance to the idea of pyramids in Visoko) or who wore inadequate clothing (for example, artificial fibers, PVC, instead of natural cotton or woolen clothing).
Ah, yes: The “magic” only works if you really believe in it. If you don’t subscribe to Osmanagich’s ideas, you don’t get any healing magic. Who knew the ancients were so prescient as to devise a system whereby their wisdom and goodness transfer only to those who support Sam Osmanagich?
For the record, Osmanagich was actually referring to Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, a physicist and “bioelectrographer” at the various St. Petersburg institutions. Korotkov claims to have developed a more sensitive version of the 1970s fad of Kirlian photography to capture humans’ natural “energy” fields that could be used to diagnose physical and mental conditions. He claimed to have photographed the soul leaving the body, and can diagnose the person’s emotions at death by reading their post-mortem auras. He’s a quack who makes bizarre claims about auras. No wonder Osmanagich likes him.
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