Townsend Letter for
Doctors and Patients; 1/1/2005; Klotter, Jule
Water: for Health, for
Healing, for Life
by F. Batmanghelidj, MD
Warner Books, Inc., 1271
Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020 USA; www.twbookmark.com
0-446-69074-0, c. 2003, 275 pp., $14.95 (US)/$22.95 (CAN)
Water Cures: Drugs Kill
by F. Batmanghelidj, MD
Global Health Solutions,
Inc., 8472-A Tyco Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182 USA; 703-848-2333; fax
0-9702458-1-5, c. 2003, 226 pp., $15.00
1979, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj has been treating pain with water and
a little salt. While imprisoned as a political prisoner during the
Iranian Revolution, he successfully treated over 3,000 cases of
stress-induced peptic ulcer disease and abdominal pain with water--the
only substance he had to offer. In the years after his release, his
research has led him to understand that water has a greater biological
effect on the body than conventional medicine has imagined. His first
book Your Body's Many Cries for Water (1992, first edition) explained
the water-regulating effects of histamine and the link between
dehydration and many ailments, including asthma and joint pain.
Although he has tried to get the medical establishment to investigate
water's healing properties, Dr. Batmanghelidj has been largely ignored
by policy makers. Frustrated with the establishment's adherence to
pharmaceuticals, he has turned to educating the public directly through
publications and interviews. Dr. Batmanghelidj has produced several
books on water and its healing benefits. These books, along with audio-
and videotapes of lectures that he has given, are available through
Global Health Solutions, Inc. (www.watercure.com). Recently, Dr.
Batmanghelidj has produced two more books, Water: for Health, for
Healing, for Life and Water Cures: Drugs Kill. How much can a person say
about the importance of drinking a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water each
day? Not enough!
for Health, for Healing, for Life explains the physiological and
metabolic consequences of not drinking enough water and not consuming
enough salt, potassium, magnesium, and calcium to maintain water volume
inside and outside the cells. Water has long been viewed as "a simple
substance" whose only purpose is to act as a solvent for nutrients.
Water, however, is also a major source of energy for the cells. Dr.
Batmanghelidj explains that water rushes through cation pumps on the
cell membrane, carrying nutrients into the cell and waste products out.
In the process, energy that the cell can use for other tasks is created.
If we don't replace the water we lose each day, the body draws water
from the cells' interior to keep other water-dependent systems working.
Gradually, the once-plump cells begin to shrivel, resembling prunes. The
osmotic balance between extracellular fluid volume and the cell's
interior shifts. It becomes more difficult for the cells to absorb and
hold water, and cation pumps cannot function with their normal
efficiency. In addition, acidity, in the form of hydrogen molecules,
builds up in the cells' interior. A cell's normal pH is 7.4. When the pH
declines, enzymes function less efficiently. The viscosity of the body's
fluids also affect enzymes. Ephriam Katchalski-Katzir of the Weizmann
Institute of Science found that the "proteins and enzymes of the body
function more efficiently in solutions of lower viscosity." (When water
volume decreases, viscosity--resistance to flow--increases.) As chronic
dehydration progresses, metabolic waste builds up in the tissues
themselves; and the acidic environment causes nerve irritation that the
brain interprets as pain.
Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life, Dr. Batmanghelidj explains the
connection between the body's drought- and resource-management programs,
initiated by the neurotransmitter histamine, and common health problems
that include asthma, allergies, hypertension, constipation, and even
Type II diabetes. These conditions signify dehydration and can be easily
corrected by routinely drinking enough water and including a little sea
salt in the diet, says Dr. Batmanghelidj. If the body's cry for water is
ignored, more serious illnesses develop, including autoimmune disease
and cancer. Thirst can also be signaled by feelings of fatigue,
irritability, anxiety, depression, and/or dejection. A heavy-headed
feeling, feeling flushed, irresistible cravings, and fear of crowds and
leaving the house may be other signs. Water: for Health, for Healing,
for Life explains how dehydration can lead to each condition.
Batmanghelidj also delineates a program for gradually rehydrating the
body by drinking a minimum of eight to ten glasses of water, taken in
eight- or sixteen-ounce portions, throughout the day. Because drinking
more water will increase urine production and the amount of minerals and
water-soluble vitamins being excreted, he recommends about a quarter
teaspoon of sea salt per quart of water and plenty of potassium-rich
fruits and vegetables.
for Health, for Healing, for Life also includes information about other
important minerals, fatty acids, and the value of regular exercise. This
book contains the most thorough explanation of the 'water cure' that
Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life explains why water is vital,
the other book Water Cures: Drugs Kill bears witness to "the
possibilities." This book primarily consists of reports and letters from
individuals who reversed health problems with the help of a regular
intake of water and salt. These people suffered from an encyclopedic
range of health problems: duodenal ulcer, indigestion, colitis, obesity,
back pain, allergies, chronic sinus infection, osteoporosis,
constipation, depression, cramps, gum separation, migraine, angina,
sleeping difficulty, memory loss, asthma, joint pain, and hypertension.
Some had been diagnosed with serious diseases like diabetes, lymphoma,
multiple sclerosis, and prostate cancer. All of them credit water and a
little salt as having a major--if not primary--role in their return to
health. This book does not contain specifics about the water cure, so
Dr. Batmanghelidj urges readers to be cautious about diving in without
full understanding. "It is true that water is a medication in so many
health problems of the human body," Dr. Batmanghelidj writes, "but too
much water is just as dangerous as too much of any medication. Please do
not try to reverse the serious problems of persistent and
well-established dehydration of the body in one or two days. The human
body is a complex chemical plant that needs time, and some additional
primary ingredients, to achieve its prior normal state once again." But
as these letters show, a return to health is possible. One of the people
in this book wrote, "It's too bad people think it can't work because
it's too simple and free." The water cure may be simple; but, as Water:
for Health, for Healing, for Life and Water Cures: Drugs Kill show,
water--or its lack--affects every cell and every system of the body.
by Jule Klotter
COPYRIGHT 2005 The Townsend Letter Group
The above article is from
for Doctors and Patients, January 1, 2005.