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ORMUS, also called ORMEs (Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements) and m-state materials, is a fictitious group of substances exhibiting many miraculous properties, such as healing powers and superconductivity at room temperature. They were supposedly discovered in 1975 by David Hudson, a cotton farmer from Arizona.

Claimed properties of ORMUS[edit]

Chemically, ORMUS is supposed to be precious metals (gold, platinum, iridium, etc.) in an exotic state of matter, where the metals do not form any bonds or crystals but exist as separate single atoms. At the same time, it is supposedly the material that the soul (or the life force) of all organisms is made of, an "essence of life". When mixed with water, "it forms a gelatinous suspension that looks just like semen."[1]

Here's a selection of what ORMUS can supposedly do:[1][2]

Hudson reportedly spent "over five million dollars" to obtain his samples of ORMUS. He also claims that ORMUS was a subject of research in several national laboratories in the U.S. In 1989, he managed to get a British patent on his invention, which ran out in 1993.[4]

Non-exhaustive list of errors[edit]

Despite displaying surprising literacy in scientific jargon, Hudson is definitely not a scientist. Most of the time, he is babbling incoherently and not even wrong - or else teaching a disfigured version of a high-school chemistry curriculum. At the few times when he does get coherent, there are glaring mistakes. Including:

  • He refers to legitimate scientific publications in the field of nuclear chemistry about deformed and superdeformed nuclei, without realizing that these papers talk about excited nuclear states which can only be observed in particle accelerators at extremely short timescales. Separating any macroscopic amount of them is impossible, because they completely decay within microseconds from their formation.[1]
  • He claims that gold forms a free, uncomplexed hydrideWikipedia — a chemical impossibility; that HAu is different from AuH — even though the order of elements in a summary formula is only conventional and does not contain any chemical information; and that chloroauric acidWikipedia (HAuCl4) can be directly reduced to gold hydrideWikipedia (AuH) — also an impossibility.[1]
  • He says that gold is similar to alkali metals in that it has one electron on the s subshell of the outermost electron shell and because of this "wants to go to two electrons or it wants no electrons", and therefore regular metallic gold is "diatomic" with the formula Au2, with an ionic bond between the atoms.[1][5] This shows a complete lack of understanding of the nature of chemical bonding in metals. If his theory was true, gold would have a much higher melting-temperature and would not be malleable or ductile.
  • He believes that aqueous solutions of salts of precious metals, such as rhodium(III) chlorideWikipedia RhCl3, contain clusters of Rh12Cl36, Rh15Cl45, etc.[2][5] Chemistry says those solutions contain chloride ions Cl- and various complexes of rhodium ions, including RhCl3(H2O)3, [RhCl2(H2O)4]+ and [RhCl(H2O)5]2+. Additionally, he believes that dissolving gold in aqua regiaWikipedia yields gold chlorideWikipedia in the form of clusters like Au12Cl36. Actual chemistry says that gold in the resulting solution exists in the form of tetrachloroaurateWikipedia (AuCl4-), which does not form any clusters.
  • Hudson's UK patent for his "discovery" presents IR spectra as evidence of "electron pairing within the atom".[5] Aside from the concept being absurd, he uses the wrong spectra, as infrared wavelengths correspond to the energy of chemical bond vibrations (i.e., electron pairings between atoms). Electron shell changes would be visible in the UV or visible spectrum.
  • He repeatedly says that "there is 1018 ergs in one gauss".[1] Ergs and gausses are units of completely different entities. An 'erg' is a unit of energy equal to 100 nanojoules, while a 'gauss' is a unit of magnetic flux density equal to 100 microteslas. As such, the statement makes absolutely no sense. He also mentions that the Earth's magnetic field is "several gauss", whereas in fact it is less than 1 gauss.
  • He apparently postulates the existence of materials with different inertial and gravitational masses, such as materials that fall to the Earth slowly, but are hard to push around. Einstein's theory of general relativity rules this out.[1]
  • He claims that yttrium barium copper oxideWikipedia (YBCO), the first discovered high-temperature superconductor, is superconducting because copper contained in it "goes into a high spin state",[1] a physical impossibility. Chemical bonds have energies of a few electron volts, while high spin nuclear states have energies of at least hundreds of kiloelectronvolts.
  • He states that "superconductors are in your body now". This could certainly be detected by a SQUIDWikipedia magnetometer, but it is not.
  • He postulates that precious metals have important biological functions, and their loss from the body over time is the cause of aging. In reality, precious metals have no biological function.[6]
  • He even misspells a lot, in a comical way: cisplatinWikipedia becomes Sys-Platinum, carboplatinWikipedia becomes Carbono-Platinum, perovskiteWikipedia becomes Percovite,[1] and Büchner funnelWikipedia becomes Butiner funnel.[2]

Back to reality[edit]

Hudson's patented procedures definitely do not work, because that would be at odds with the known chemical behavior of gold under those conditions. The result is a worthless salt that has none of the claimed properties. Since gold is expensive, the used chemicals are corrosive, and the fumes released during repeated boiling are toxic, attempting those procedures is a good way to waste money and/or injure yourself. The countless alternative procedures of obtaining ORMUS also do not work — a material with superconductive properties occurring abundantly in nature would be very easy to detect, yet no such kind of material is known to modern science.

The concept is highly exploitable by quacks, who sell a wide variety of ORMUS preparations under names such as Cleopatra's Milk,[7] Liquid Chi,[8] Prime Enzymes,[9] Zenergy,[10] Mountain Manna,[11] C-Gro,[12] etc. intended for human consumption as well as in agriculture. They definitely do not contain any gold or other precious metals, which is in fact a good thing, because water-soluble forms of precious metals are very toxic. Mountain Manna even combines ORMUS with homeopathy for double laughs.

ORMUS enthusiasts invented countless and even more outrageous theories, linking ORMUS to everything: pyramids, dead people's souls,[13] Bose-Einstein condensate, biblical manna — you name it.[14] The variety of magical powers ascribed to ORMUS was also expanded. As a side note, the notably crazy David Icke thinks highly of the powers of monoatomic gold.[15]

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 David Hudson in Virginia Beach April 2 & 3 1994
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hudson's Portland lecture
  3. Tut's Tale
  4. UK Intellectual Property Office — search for application number GB8914216.0
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Hudson's UK ORMUS patent
  6. Nutrient Recommendations: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements (2011).
  7. Cleo's Milch Priestess Alchemy (archived from December 7, 2017).
  8. Original Proprietary ORMUS Blends The Solar Life Production™ (archived from May 24, 2017).
  9. Liquid Chi™ – Level 1 The Solar Life Production™ (archived from May 24, 2017).
  10. Zynergy: M-State Gold & Indium ZP.Tech (archived from December 8, 2017).
  11. Mountain Manna (archived from March 9, 2016)
  12. Welcome To C-Gro, Inc (archived from September 16, 2017)
  13. ORMUS and Ectoplasm
  14. ORMUS Articles
  15. David Icke on Monoatomic Gold