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New Hypotheses on the Hydration of Collagen
James L. Oschman, Ph.D.
Nature’s Own Research Association, PO Box 1935, Dover, NH USA
phone: 603-742-3789 fax: 603-742-4695 email [email protected]
HYPOTHESIS The triple helical collagen molecules in the human body (a) are very long
and thin and many millions of them join in precisely ordered parallel arrays termed liquid
crystal mesophases (Bouligand) (b). The spacing of amino acids along the collagen
molecule provides a “perfect fit” for organizing chains of water molecules around the
collagen (c,d). It is suggested that the synchronized anisotropic spinning of these water
molecules has systemic effects on stability, elasticity, enzymatic activity and other
aspects of fascial functioning. APPROACH This is a summary and interpretation of
European research on the significance of collagen structure for organizing layers of
coherently spinning water molecules (Berendsen, the Netherlands; Del Giudice, Italy;
Ho, United Kingdom). RESULTS Highly ordered collagenous structures yield X-ray
diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance images showing precise fits with chains of
water molecules. Because of the high degree of order, the water molecules are also
regarded as a body-wide liquid crystalline system primarily oriented along the body’s
vertical axis (c). Protein and hydration layers form a dynamically coherent unit extending
throughout the body. Further research shows that there are about 3-4 layers of water
molecules surrounding each collagen molecule (d). CONCLUSION Recent research has
revealed profoundly important quantum effects and relationships in structures such as
these: an ability to trap environmental electromagnetic fields; an ability of interfacial
water layers to act as batteries (Pollack); and an ability to release quasi-free anti-oxidant
electrons that control inflammation and power redox reactions.