Professor V.A. Makarov, Haematological Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences

In order to study the influence of water exposed in a pyramid on the coagulatory system of the blood we carried out a study of the influence of this substance on certain coagulatory parameters in vitro using donor blood as well as standard normal and pathological (reduced level of coagulatory factors) lyophilised human plasma and lyophilised pathological human plasma deficient in factor VIII. Besides this we made a study of pyramid water in vivo, in an experiment with rabbits.

The donor blood was obtained by puncturing the cubital vein and stabilised with a 3.8% solution of sodium citrate (Merck, Germany) in a ratio of 9:1. Blood samples for the evaluation of coagulatory parameters were taken from the marginal vein of the rabbits’ ears using the free-falling drops method. In order to obtain plasma rich in thrombocytes the blood was centrifuged for 10 minutes at 1000 revolutions per minute, after which the upper layer of plasma was transferred to another test-tube and the remainder was centrifuged again for 20 minutes at 3000 revs/min. to obtain thrombocyte-free plasma.

At one of the stages a study was made of possible changes in the coagulatory system of rabbits in vivo if their ordinary drinking water was replaced by water exposed in the pyramid. The experiments were conducted over 14 days. Blood was taken from the rabbits before they began drinking pyramid water, and also 7 and 14 days into the experiment. The number of thrombocytes was determined by the optical method proposed by B. Walkowiak et al. A sample of rich plasma was dissolved in ten times the amount of a 0.01-molar phosphate buffer, containing 0.14 moles NaCl (pH 7.3) and the density was measured in plastic dishes at A800 against a weak plasma diluted in the same way. The quantity of thrombocytes before the introduction of the pyramid water was taken as 100%. On the 7th day of the experiment the quantity had risen to 129±10% and on the 14th day to 167±18%. A reduction in the prothrombin time and a rise in the number of thrombocytes was reliably established.

Professor A.G. Antonov, head of the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Department, Russian Researh Center of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, (Russian Medical Academy of Sciences).

We studied the influence of a 40% glucose solution given internally and distilled water applied externally after both had been exposed in a pyramid. The patients were new-born babies with serious pathologies. An objective assessment was provided by an analysis of the Immediate State Index, which reflects the state of the patient’s sympatho-adrenal system. Data on 20 patients was analysed. In all cases, even in patients with very low indices close to zero, after the administration of 1ml of the 40% glucose solution the ISI rose substantially practically to normal levels. The same happened after the external application of 1ml of water that had been exposed in the pyramid.