Gwyneth Paltrow has baffled fans by suggesting water can be upset by mean words.
The Oscar winner left readers of her Goop.com website confused after detailing the work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, whose experiments suggest the molecular structure of water can be affected by human emotions.
She writes, "I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto's coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it."
She then enlists the help of Dr. Habib Sadeghi to explain the wacky theory, claiming that freezing water in vials labelled with kind phrases produces snowflake-like crystals, while specimens emblazoned with negative words freeze in "clumps".
He writes, "In his experiments, Emoto poured pure water into vials labelled with negative phrases like 'I hate you' or 'Fear'. After 24 hours, the water was frozen, and no longer crystallised under the microscope: It yielded grey, misshapen clumps instead of beautiful lace-like crystals.
"In contrast, Emoto placed labels that said things like 'I love you' or 'Peace' on vials of polluted water, and after 24 hours, they produced gleaming, perfectly hexagonal crystals."