Mundus decipi vult, ergo decipiatur.
There is a remarkable difference between the effects pretended by the Grander companies themselves (mainly technical ones, see below) and those launched over the media. The reason for this difference is most possibly a legal one: It is forbidden to state medical effects for normal water according to § 5 of the Austrian food safety and consumer protection law (see “Legal aspects“).
A comparable German law already was the reason for a provisional order against the Grander distributor U.V.O., due to a complaint brought in by the German Federation against Nuisance in Economy. The provisional order (see “Legal aspects“) interdicts any Grander water advertisements mentioning medical effects or containing “testimonials” from physicians.
Therefore, the official Website http://www.grander.com only stated “possible” and mainly technical effects (some of them have been deleted recently):
- enhanced durability due to modified microbiological characters
- finer taste
- feels usually more softly and may look better (?)
- the well-being may improve
- may increase durability, taste, and freshness of food (fruit, vegetable, bread, beverages, liquor, etc.)
- may help save detergents due to increased solubility
- may increase plant growth and beauty of flowers, etc. etc.
Are these promises true? Well, just have a look at the scientific studies performed (see “Studies“)… However, in the media substantially more explosive, medical applications and user reports are circulated as “rumors” – true miracle healings:
- “Fever blisters,
- Chicken eyes,
- Heart -, stomach and kidney complaints,
- even cancer
were improved or even healed according to user reports“. (Kurier,Austrian newspaper, 1999-10-17).
Even Cancer?? What does this statement refer to?
In their book “On the Track of Water’s Secret”, the Grander PR-agent Hans Kronberger and the policeman Sigbert Lattacher describe the disease history of Josef W. (pp. 97 to 99 in the German version, picture to the right). The patient suffered from a brain tumor, and washealed from cancer due to Grander water treatment – at least it reads like that:“…with surprise, the physicians determined my status as very satisfying.” Kronberger continues: “As mentioned, this list could be continued for long. Physicians should be made attentive to these phenomena (…) In the meanwhile, many physicians privately use Grander technology.“
I checked this “phenomenon“: Josef W. died in 1996. His widow told me that the treatment made hope to him, but was ineffective . – But please consider the following detail: The second edition of the forementioned book was published unchanged in 2001 – 5 years after Mr. W. had deceased. – Too tasteless to my opinion: advertisement with a corpse – this is a scandal, even if just badly investigated (Kronberger insures: “an error”).
What, if people believed these reports? What, if they gave up medical treatment, full of confidence to the effect of a miracle? Some may well remember the case Olivia P., whose parents trusted the miracle doctor G. Hamer: Only an extensive search for Olivia throughout Europe and a forced surgery could save her life. Another case that made headlines: parents of a boy suffering from cancer aborted his chemotherapy and relied exclusively on alternative medicine. The boy died of his tumor in 2004. “Vitamin doctor” Rath was sued at the Hamburg court. Source:http://www.agpf.de/Hamer.htm, Ärzte Zeitung 29.09.2006
False promises are dangerous! The moral reproach that Grander water could threaten the health of peoplesuffering from dangerous diseases like borelliosis or cancer who could possibly trust the effects of the miracle water and do without urgently necessary medical treatment, was considered as justified by the High Court of Vienna (see “Legal Aspects“).