Optimize Research Meanings Using Semantics (ORMUS)

by Barry Carter

Created: February 5, 2013

Modified: August 11, 2013


When exploring new scientific territory it is generally helpful to not box yourself in by using terms that might limit you. For example, I might decide to choose a name for a charitable foundation with the purpose of exploring the transformative meanings of words. If I called this organization the "Word Transformation Foundation" and others chose to use the acronym (WTF) instead, this might tend to diminish the credibility of my foundation. I also thought of naming this article "Words That Fit". This would have created a similar problem.


Words are important to people. They can also be ambiguous and confusing. For example, if I said "I went to the protest and got stoned", does this mean that I smoked pot or that people threw rocks at me? Using different words, to refer to the same thing, can be very confusing to people. Stones and rocks are two words that mean the same thing to most people. Using the same word to mean different things is also confusing. In ancient times, foundations were often composed of stones. In modern times, foundations may also be charitable organizations.


It appears that David Hudson understood how using the word "metallic" in the definition of a substance, which might be considered for human consumption, was a big mistake because of the common "toxic metal" association. I suspect that this was why he was so careful, in his patent, to make a distinction between ORMEs and their metallic counterparts. You can view a discussion of the metal toxicity problem at:




Please note that hydrogen, in its solid state, is a metal. Yet it is not classified as a metal in most scientific texts. You can read a bit of discussion about this at:




Another problem that has arisen from the use of the word "ORMUS" is that some people commonly refer to the white precipitate from sea water as ORMUS when it would be more accurate to call it an ORMUS concentrate or to say that it contains ORMUS. This particular problem has confused some people to the point that they have coined new words or resurrected ancient terms to use when referring to these elements in this state. I suspect that adding more new words (or ancient words) tends to confuse more people and make them a bit reluctant to consider this as an area of interest.


I have posted the story of how others convinced me to use the word "ORMUS" rather than the word "ORMEs" at: