Water: Your Best Medicine
The following information is taken from the writings and tape seminar of the late F. Batmanghelidj MD or Dr. Batman as he is affectionately known. This article reflects his views and research.
Born in 1931 in Iran, he studied medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London. He was a conventional doctor until his political imprisonment in post revolution Teheran. In a highly stressed environment and with water as the only ‘medicine’ available to him, he was astonished to discover that water alone was able to treat a range of conditions, including many with symptoms of heartburn and peptic ulcers.
After his release and escape to America he continued his research and concluded that medical science was concentrating in the wrong areas. Rather than merely being a solvent that holds important particles, it actually regulates all functions of the body including the solutes it dissolves and circulates.
If the thirst signals of the body are recognised and acted upon then the symptoms that reflect dehydration will be resolved. But if they are ignored for an extended period, a pathological condition might occur. Indeed he believes that “chronic and persistently increasing dehydration is the root cause of almost all currently encountered major diseases of the human body.” Water alone will probably not be able reverse the situation once a pathological condition is established. It is still a necessary but no longer a sufficient treatment.
Key Properties Of Water
It has a hydrolytic role, being essential for all chemical reactions. The osmotic flow of water through cell membranes creates hydroelectric energy which is used in the manufacture of ATP. It is used as an adhesive material, maintaining the solid structures of the cell membrane. It is necessary to transmit brain signals. It distributes proteins and enzymes.
42 reasons why you need water:
1. to sustain life itself.
2. to maintain the life of every cell of the body. In dehydration some functions will have to be sacrificed.
3. it is the body’s main source of energy.
4. to generate electrical and magnetic energy inside each cell.
5. acts a bonding adhesive in the architectural design of the cell structure.
6. to prevent DNA damage and makes its repair mechanism more efficient.
7. to increase the efficiency of the immune system.
8. it is the main solvent for all foods, vitamins and minerals.
9. it is used to break down food into smaller particles and their eventual metabolism.
10. it energises food particles which are then able to supply the body with energy during digestion.
11. it increases the rate of absorption of essential substances in food.
12. it is used for transport of all substances inside the body.
13. it increases the efficiency of red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.
14. it clears toxic waste and delivers it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
15. water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces to prevent arthritis and back pain.
16. it is used in the spinal discs to make them shock absorbent water cushions.
17. it is the best lubricating laxative.
18. water prevents heart attacks and strokes.
19. water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart.
20. it is essential for the cooling and heating of the body.
21. it gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions especially thinking.
22. it prevents attention deficit disorder in both adults and children.
23. it increases efficiency at work.
24. it is a better pick-me-up than any other beverage.
25. it prevents stress, anxiety and depression.
26. it will restore normal sleep rhythm.
27. it prevents fatigue and gives the energy of youth.
28. it keeps the skin smooth.
29. it gives lustre and shine to the eyes and maintains vision.
30. it prevents glaucoma.
31. it normalises the blood manufacturing systems in the bone marrow.
32. it dilutes the blood and prevents it clotting during circulation.
33. it decreases premenstrual pains.
34. water and heartbeat create the dilution and waves that prevent sedimentation in the bloodstream.
35. because the body has no water storage capacity to draw on in dehydration.
36. to maintain sex hormone production.
37. to separate the sensation of thirst from hunger.
38. to lose weight without dieting.
39. to prevent toxic sediment deposit in the tissue spaces, joints, kidneys, liver, brain and skin.
40. it takes away the morning sickness of pregnancy.
41. water integrates mind and body functions.
42. it reverses addictive urges including caffeine, alcohol and some drugs.
Salt Is Important Too
12 reasons why you need salt:
1. it helps regulate the water content of the body. It allows water to stay outside cells, balancing it with the water within.
2. it extracts excess acidity from cells, especially brain cells to maintain pH.
3. it’s needed to balance the sugar level in the blood.
4. it helps generate hydroelectric energy in all body cells.
5. it is vital to nerve cells communication and information processing.
6. it is needed for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.
7. it clears lungs of mucous plugs and sticky phlegm especially in asthmatics and cystic fibrosis.
8. it helps clean up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.
9. it is a strong natural antihistamine.
10. it is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.
11. it prevents excess saliva production.
12. it’s vital to making the structure of bones firm.
What Happens In Dehydration?
Since the body has no water storage capacity, a drought management system is put into effect. Histamine is the master controller of this system and has various subordinate systems to help it. They will shunt water to where it is needed most and sacrifice other parts of the body whose immediate needs are less urgent.
Early Signals Of Dehydration
When these systems become excessively active they can cause various pains and symptoms. These include dyspepsia, arthritic pain, angina, back pain, leg pain on walking, headaches, migraine, colitis pain, asthma and allergies.
There may also be more general perceptive feelings such as fatigue, feeling flushed, irritability, anxiety, feeling dejected, depressed, inadequate, feeling a “heavy head”, cravings for coffee, sodas and alcoholic drinks, and agoraphobia.
How Does Dehydration Establish Itself?
Although a dry mouth is the most obvious manifestation of thirst, this is in fact the last outward sign of extreme dehydration. Saliva must be produced as a priority for eating.
The beverages most people rely upon contain dehydrating agents. The body gets fooled into thinking its need for water has been satisfied. The thirst mechanism gets skewed and can no longer be relied upon. This is especially so in ageing.
10 Symptoms Of Dehydration
Asthma: raised levels of histamine bring about bronchial constriction to preserve water evaporation during breathing. Asthma is not a disease, merely a state of dehydration.
Allergies: histamine is required as a defence system against foreign material and infections. In prolonged dehydration excess histamine is released. As water intake is increased, histamine levels fall and the clinical picture improves.
Dyspeptic Pains: require nothing more than water unless ulcers are present. Water is needed in the mucous layer underneath the stomach wall where it contains sodium bicarbonate. This neutralises the acid. In a dehydrated state the mucous barrier is thin and inefficient. Acid is able to penetrate the stomach lining where it meets nerve endings, causing pain.
Arthritis: Cartilage - which is mainly water - normally receives water and nutrients through the bone, but in dehydration the bone marrow takes priority, so its needs are met from vessels that feed the joint capsules. The nerve-regulated shunting mechanisms and the swelling of the joint capsule, which is put under too much pressure, causes pain. The gliding properties of the cartilage also suffer from insufficient lubrication.
High Blood Pressure: this is an adaptation to water deficiency. In a dehydrated state there is a loss of blood volume of up to 8%. The body selectively closes down the lumen of blood vessels to compensate, causing a rise in pressure. Under these circumstances prescribing diuretics is “wrong to the point of scientific absurdity”
High cholesterol: cholesterol regulates the permeability of a cell membrane to water. In dehydration, excess cholesterol is manufactured to prevent loss of water from inside the cell. With adequate water intake this defence system is not required. Less cholesterol will be made and blood levels will drop to within or below the ‘normal’ range.
Stress, chronic fatigue and depression: water is our main source of energy. Dehydration can affect the efficiency of brain cells even though brain function takes priority for water over all other body systems. This can give rise to reduced brain chemical activity which may show itself as a diverse range of mental and emotional symptoms as well as fatigue.
Diabetes: dehydration can affect the brain’s neurotransmitters particularly serotonin whose production is decreased in diabetes. To maintain its volume and energy requirements it raises the level of glucose in circulation. Diabetics also need adequate salt, protein and exercise.
Angina: a signal of dehydration. Constriction causing chemicals from the lungs spill over into the circulation which in turn causes constriction of the walls of the heart arteries, producing pain.
Vertigo: dehydration affects the consistency of lymph fluid within the ear canals. The lymph becomes concentrated and is unable to synchronise with information coming from sight and movement. “Rehydration of the body will correct this problem, simply, permanently, and at no cost.”
Daily Requirements & When To Take
Half your bodyweight in ounces. A person weighing 180 pounds should drink 90 ounces a day in 8 or 16oz portions spaced throughout the day. A minimum requirement is 2 quarts a day.
It should be taken first thing in the morning to correct loss of water throughout the night.
It should be taken before meals. The best time is 30 minutes before eating to hydrate the stomach and prepare it for food. However, a few minutes before food is acceptable, or even with food. Water does not dilute the digestive juices. The juices function much better when there is plenty of water around them.
Water should also be taken 2½ hours after meals to complete the process of digestion and correct dehydration caused by food breakdown.
Whether to take additional salt will depend on how much is already in the diet. If restricted, then half a teaspoon should be taken each day.
This article was first published in Enzyme Digest No. 65, Summer 2004
My Personal Experience With WaterUp until 1996 I never drank water. My liquid intake consisted of tea and beer mainly and not very much of that. My liquid consumption was minimal but since I was never thirsty, I didn't think much about it.
For 15 years I had a number of minor health problems: visual disturbances where my whole vision could be clouded, dizziness, headaches and a nasty migraine on one occasion; acute anxiety attacks with diarrhoea and vomiting, overproduction of saliva after eating a lot, odd ‘feelings’ over some areas of my body, discomfort and burning on ejaculation, a pain when I breathed in, like someone poking a fine needle into my chest. It got to a point where I desperately needed to do something because I started to suffer with chronic anxiety.
By a stroke of good fortune I was looking at a video on public speaking when the presenter suggested some interesting topics to give talks on. One of these was water and he mentioned Dr Batman's book and how helpful it had been to him.
After reading Dr Batman's book I started drinking 8 glasses of water a day. After around a month, all symptoms disappeared. I continued to drink 4 – 6 glasses a day from then on.
A year later I stopped drinking water to test whether the benefits were all in my head. After 2 or 3 weeks symptoms returned. I started back on the water when the same beneficial results kicked in after a week. That was in 1997 and I have never had a return of any of the above symptoms.
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