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.
9/29/2016 11:41:34 am
"The “magic” only works if you really believe in it"
9/18/2017 03:24:15 pm
I'm sorry I've seen these supposed Bosnian pyramids on a few different shows - Ancient Aliens included. This whole theory that these pyramids are the biggest ever built is completely ludicrous to me. I loved it when that lead "archeologist" was actually accused of making the supposed tunnels himself while digging. Those look like nothing but natural mountains. I think it's hysterical that people actually believe these claims. What is wrong with people.
1/6/2018 02:09:07 am
we know the earth is millions of years old. are we that arrogant and ignorant to believe that we are the one and only persons to evolve and exist in modern times? say what you will people. it's a shame yo u walk blindly into a past that can inevitably shape our future. If we only would listen. We need to look at our past through a window not a mirror. don't be so scared
9/29/2016 11:52:09 am
This seems a classic case of misrepresentation of this person with a cavern under a pyramid. He is not doing science. It is dangerous that he was allowed to treat anyone with a medical condition. But then again, it seems his 'cases' are probably not verifiable.
9/29/2016 11:56:15 am
Upon a Google search of Bosnian hills, pyramids and psychedelic drugs, (which should appeal to some of the blog commenters who comment on that), these hills are known to have a lot of the plants that make up the drug LSD. Well there you go.
9/29/2016 12:03:18 pm
I seem to recall that from the 1970's Lyall Watson and the infamous Uri Geller (amongst others) pushed this "pyramid power" fantasy to its limit, so I wonder why Osmanagich has resurrected it in Bosnia?
9/29/2016 06:17:50 pm
In 1976 I was Eng. Mgr. at a small NH tech company, and at the request of the company president, spoke with an 'inventor' who claimed that he had a method to significantly increase the efficiency of oil heat burners.
9/29/2016 06:20:30 pm
*That's* what Pyramid Power is? I thought it was when you cubed a number, then divided it by three, giving you the volume of a pyramid whose height is equal to the width of its base, giving you, for instance, 5^P, or 5 to the Pyramid Power.
9/29/2016 01:52:03 pm
Each Bosnian pyramid contains a chunk of Mother Teresa, that explains all the healing.
9/29/2016 03:43:06 pm
C'mon, people! It's all about the tourism dollars. "Come visit the oldest pyramids in history. One free healing session included."
9/29/2016 09:08:43 pm
So, since I live not far from Pyramid Lake NV, I need to get on this bandwagon. With about 8 billion gallons of water in the lake, infused for tens of thousands of years with pyramidy goodness, I could bottle the stuff and make a cosmic fortune!
9/30/2016 10:20:27 pm
Sign me up for a a bottle of dehydrated pyramid water ready to be rehydrated at home.
9/30/2016 07:20:18 am
Some aspects of Osmanagic's doctoral thesis are discussed <a href="http://irna.lautre.net/A-discussion-about-Mr-Osmanagic-s.html?commenter=oui&id_forum=288">here.</a>
9/30/2016 07:21:51 am
Sorry about the links not showing up properly in my previous post ...
10/8/2018 05:16:59 am
Does it also only work if you pay his $15 per month subscription fee?
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