Tennis great Novak Djokovic has spent his coronavirus quarantine doing what so many people out there are doing — dipping their toes into the content game.
Djokovic is currently hosting a web series called “The Self Mastery Project” which brings in assorted guests to talk about how to get the most out of your life. Some of it is harmless stuff about visualizing success and setting routines and all the other stuff you’ll find in any garden variety self-help book.
But Djokovic has also brought on some guests who can charitably be described as “questionable.”
This week Djokovic brought on Chervin Jafarieh, the founder of a company called CYMBIOTIKA, which sells herbal supplements that cost $63 for two ounces. These supplements allegedly provide “homocysteine balance” and will “improve symptoms of depression,” according to the website, which I am not going to link to.
During his appearance on the show, Djokovic floated the theory that people’s energy can change the state of the world around him, and then appeared to suggest that humans can change the molecular composition of water with their emotions.
“I’ve seen people and I know some people that, through that energetical transformation, through the power of prayer, through the power of gratitude, they manage to turn the most toxic food or the most polluted water, into the most healing water,” Djokovic said, according to the New York Post.
He went on: “Because water reacts and scientists have proven that, that molecules in the water react to our emotions, to what is being said.”
Instead of politely changing the subject like any normal person would do, Jafarieh then doubled down, saying that yes indeed there had been a scientific study that human emotions can change the molecular state of water. Djokovic can be seen nodding throughout.
To get this out of the way, yes there was a guy Masuro Emoto who said he had studied all of this. His work has never been able to be replicated in any lab, he declined to participate in an event where he could re-produce his results and get $1 million for doing so, and I fully realize that the people who believe this stuff won’t care about any of this because the human mind is extremely pliable, and they will just assume I’m part of the great media conspiracy, and whatever.
Friends: Working hard and eating well is great. Being mindful of what you put in your body is wonderful. These are all good things. But you can’t change water with your mind, and don’t buy into pseudoscience from people who are trying to sell you $63 herbal supplements.