Grad, Bernard (1920– )
Canadian biologist who experimented in the field of paranormal
healing. Grad was born February 4, 1920, Montreal,
Canada. He attended McGill University (B.S., 1944; Ph.D.,
1949), where he remained through his professional career. He
was a research assistant, lecturer, and assistant professor at McGill.
In 1985 he became an associate professor at the University
of Quebec, Montreal. He became well known for his research
on cancer.
As early as the 1940s Grad became interested in the orgone
energy theories as postulated by Wilhelm Reich. The death of
his daughter further stimulated his interest in spiritual healing,
and in 1957 he came to know Oscar Estabany, a Hungarian refugee
who professed to have healing powers. Working with Estabany
in the 1960s, he carried out a series of experiments on
plant seeds and mice that resulted in some of the strongest evidence
of a healing power to arise in parapsychology. In a series
of more complicated tests, all carried out with double blinds,
Grad was able to isolate a healing power that seemed to radiate
from Estabany. It could be transferred to plant seeds to stimulate
their growth, to mice to speed healing, and even to water
used for plants.
Sources
Grad, Bernard. ‘‘Paranormal Healing and Life Energy.’’
American Society for Psychical Research Newsletter 7 (1981).
———. ‘‘Some Biological Effects of the ‘Laying on of
Hands’ A Review of Experiments with Animals and Plants.’’
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 59
(1965).
———. ‘‘A Telekinetic Effect on Plant Growth.’’ International
Journal of Parapsychology 3 (1961); 5 (1963).
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Grad, Bernard
657
Grad, Bernard, Remi J. Cadoret, and G. I. Paul. ‘‘The Influence
of an Unorthodox Method of Treatment on Wound Healing
in Mice.’’ International Journal of Parapsychology 3, no. 2
(1961).

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