First, the article from http://www.watercure.com…
I am a researcher. I have researched dehydration for the past 20 years. When I discovered that the solution to most of the disease conditions of our society is not a money maker, I decided to take my information to the public.
My research revealed that unintentional dehydration produces stress, chronic pains and many degenerative diseases. Dry mouth is not the only sign of dehydration and waiting to get thirsty is wrong. Medicine has based its understanding that it is solid matter in the body that regulates all functions of the body. I have explained scientifically at the molecular level that it is water that regulates all functions of the body including functions of solid matter. 75 % of our bodies are composed of water. The brain is 85% water. It is water that energizes and activates the solid matter. If you donâ€™t take enough water, some functions of the body will suffer. Dehydration produces system disturbances. When I use the word water cure, I am referring to curing dehydration with water.
Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D.
Now a couple of comments from other sources.
He is arguing for a new scientific approach that turns clinical medicine on its head.
Daily Mail, London, UK
Dr.Batmanghelidj is a highly respected ‘founding father’ as far as information on the importance of water is concerned and his books describe in technically detailed, yet simple to understand language how dehydration affects the physiological process leading to the logical manifestation of symptoms, which are, in fact, simply the warning lights of dehydration displayed in various bodily areas.
Positive Health, UK
I came across this interesting article and comments, and thought I will share it with you all. It tends to simplify health by implying that the main deficiency is ill-health is water, and the doctor wants us to get to drink W A T E R.
I am not disputing some of the basic facts. Body does consist of 75% water, so dehydration should have deleterious effect on the body. But is hydration and perhaps over hydration a cure all? I do not think so. I will elaborate with real life examples.
We know that in Europe and to a certain extent all over the northern hemisphere, the last two summers have been excessively hot. Look at heat exposure and resultant deaths from high temperatures. In India, it is a fairly common occurrence. Last year in France, and to a lesser extent this year, many people, particularly the senior citizens died because of overexposure to heat. If you treat the resultant dehydration with water only, you will not cure the problem or prevent death. This is because there is not only loss of water and dehydration to contend with, but also salt depletion. If you blindly rehydrate with water, you will enhance the salt depletion effects at the cell level and increase the disfunctionality of the cells of the body. People who work outdoors in hot countries, should supplement not only with water but also with salt.
Another example is water depletion from diarrhea. It is quite obvious that there is net water loss from the body. It is obvious to the simplest of mothers that her child needs water. But, in medicine, we recommend replacement with water and salts. There are various formulations available which basically simulate the water and electrolyte content of the body. Again, mere water replacement to combat dehydration is not the answer and may be counter productive. Also trying to treat a diarrhea with salt and water replacement may not work, if we do not try and kill the germs that caused it in the first place. so in selected patients we give an appropriate antibiotic or antihelminthic.
Look at an uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetic. He/she is surely dehydrated, but there is a tremendous salt loss also. Unlike the heat stroke salt depletion, this one is more of potassium salt depletion and has to be dealt with accordingly. And with all that treatment we would be negligent if we did not treat the underlying diabetes with Insulin.
I could recite many examples from medicine where the depletion is mainly of other nutrients, sometimes exclusively or sometimes with dehydration. Arenâ€™t a lot of people taking replacement vitamins for health? Or replacement vitamins and minerals? Isnâ€™t â€œpernicious anaemiaâ€ essentially a Vitamin B12 depletion/absence problem and nothing to do with water dehydration?
My conclusion is this. The body consists of 75% water and needs to be constantly rehydrated for good health. But it also consists of 25% other elements and molecules, and in general, these other molecules and the nutrition that nurtures these is even more necessary. These are available from various foods we imbibe. You need good nutrition to stay healthy. Water is merely a part of that nutrition. Because we happen to have water in plenty around us, we should not ignore the fact that it is necessary for survival and for good health. In other words, we should not take rehydration as granted, but should be consciously aware of the need to rehydrate, as a part of the nutritional process.