Anti-Vaxxer Novak Djokovic also believes emotions can change water molecules

Novak Djokovic wins the Rolex Paris Masters 2019 tournament against Denis Shapovalov

Last month, Novak Djokovic – who is the current world #1 in tennis – came out of the anti-Vaxx closet. Most people familiar with Djokovic’s story knew that he has been deep into pseudoscience for years. But during the lockdown, Djokovic has been doing all of these Instagram Live events and speaking freely about how he doesn’t want to take a coronavirus vaccine because he’s “opposed to vaccines.” And this week, he’s been doing IG Live events with some of his very shady gurus and healers. These people are totally Goop-level fraudsters, the exact kind of people who suggest that stickers heal cancer or that… emotions can detoxify water and change the molecular structure of water. The water thing came out of Djokovic’s IG Live with Chervin Jafarieh, a former hedge-funder and real-estate dude who became a self-styled “healer” for money.

In an Instagram Live chat with Chervin Jafarieh as part of his series called The Self Mastery Project, the pair discussed how emotions could make “toxic” food and water more healthy.

“It’s the connection that you’re talking about, the innate connection and really being present and being conscious of the moment and being conscious of the fact you’re drinking water,” Djokovic said.

“I’ve seen people and I know some people that, through that energetical (sic) 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. Because water reacts and scientists have proven that, that molecules in the water react to our emotions, to what is being said. I truly believe that we should continuously, every single day that when we sit, we sit without cameras, without phones … or even worse having nervous discussions and conflictual (sic) discussions at the table with your close ones during your meal.”

Jafarieh constantly nodded in agreement with Djokovic.

“They saw if you had specific thoughts, specific emotions onto the water, if they were happy thoughts, if they were good thoughts, they created a molecular structure that had a geo-prism based on sacred geometry meaning there was symmetry and balance,” he said. “On the opposite end when you give water pain, fear, frustration, anger, that water will break apart.”


NY Times reporter Ben Rothenberg also published a clip of one questionable section of the IG Live (you can see it below). This is absolutely the wrong moment to push this kind of idiotic fake science, although there’s no RIGHT time. But to do so in the midst of a global pandemic, with tens of thousands of people dead across the world, it’s criminal. I half-defended Djokovic as a player because I think he gets a raw deal from fans and from the tennis community, but I really can’t with any of this.

Novak Djokovic wins the Australian Open 2020 in Melbourne

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. lemonylips says:

    I guess he watched Frozen II. Spoiler – water has memories. I defended Novak too, and love him as a player and have always thought he was a nice human being but someone needs to tell him to shut up.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    And… just like that, Goop leaves Brad Falchuk to peruse Novak and get him to leave his wife for her, so she can finally have the Goopiest partner ever.

  3. Eleonor says:

    He talks like someone who’s a brainwashed member of a cult.

  4. Deanne says:

    Good god/ this guy is exposing himself as a wack job.

  5. Janet says:

    Wasn’t there a Japanese guy who did experiments concerning emotions and water?

    • Jules says:


    • Janice Gerow says:

      Did you even listen to the video?

    • lana86 says:

      yes, and it was pseudoscience.

    • Anna says:

      Masaru Emoto. Yes. I find his studies fascinating and at very least, a way to reconsider how we understand our relationship to elements and nature itself. We’re made in large part of water so of course we’re being affected, every part of our bodies has some kind of reaction to the interior and exterior world. Also, I sometimes side-eye the word “pseudoscience” given that so many indigenous practices and ways of understanding the world are dismissed or vilified as not being based on “real” science, like the only “real” is privileged white Western patriarchal traditions. Not that Emoto’s work is indigenous, per say, but it does speak to different traditions worldwide. There has to be room for people who are looking at things differently. And believing that the water in our bodies is affected in some way by external stimuli makes sense (see: the full moon) and it is in *no* way connected to anti-vaxx movement.

      • lana86 says:

        Real science means, that the experiment is correctly and truthfully documented and can be re-produced. As simple as that.
        One can believe what he likes, just please dont call it science.

      • Nan says:

        @Anna Thank you for saying it.

      • Seeker542 says:

        @Anna Well said! Thank you for mentioning this study.

  6. Erinn says:

    Must go to the Mr. Oz school of science – he also believes that water has memories. (I refuse to call him “Dr”, just like I refuse to call Mr. Phil “Dr”.)

    • pottymouth pup says:

      sadly, Oz did graduate from medical school and practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon & people will cling to that even when he spouts such obvious bullshit

  7. Carol says:

    This is what happens when sport is more important than education, especially in science. It is also proof that good schooling can teach you about science and how it works. I’m sorry to say that uneducated people do not impress me when they spout theories that make no sense and are contrary to the rules of our universe.

  8. Allison says:

    I used to work at a public library when I was in high school and there were a few books by a Japanese scientist who posited that emotions can change water. I did read them but it was so long ago I don’t really remember the results nor did I follow up if they were verified. I do remember there books were in the early “300’s” of the Dewey decimal system though (spirituality/religion topics). However I have since become an environmental scientist so it would be interesting to follow up and see if this was ever exposed as as fake etc.

  9. Starkiller says:

    He also diagnosed himself with a gluten allergy by placing a piece of bread on his stomach (externally). Not to mention the creepy “hug therapy” guy who travelled with him for years. The guy is a nutter.

  10. Moxie Remon says:

    He IS kinda crazy, but… the energy in which we approach objects or food or anything else in the middle can change how that is presented towards us or others. Just because you’re not fond of mysticism or the esoteric, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We exist in an spiritual realm too, so it makes sense that our spiritual state influences our material realm.

  11. pottymouth pup says:

    mindfulness can make unhealthy food more nutritious? I wish that were true!

    • Moxie Remon says:

      Anything that you take with gratitude can’t hurt you, but obviously always using common sense. Life is about balance, not extremes.

  12. Mee says:

    Oh Jesus. Plenty of people have gratitude, write in their gratitude journals, practice gratitude and pray before every meal…..and get cancer. FFS these mindfulness, gratitude effects are very, very minuscule. The dirt poor in 3rd world countries cannot turn their dirty drinking water into good by….being grateful before they drink it. He can F off with that.

  13. Lizstarsnstripes says:

    @HAARPA Ahahaha LOLOL!

    He had me at “energetical” and “conflictual”

  14. Mina_Esq says:

    It’s funny watching two people speaking complete nonsense feed off of each other and nod their heads in agreement. And that’s quite the leap to make from water reacting to some external stimuli to humans being able to change toxicity of water through sheer willpower. Sorry, but this guy is stupid.