Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D.


Water Is Necessary to Prevent Stress 

In dehydration, even though the body has a lot of water in it, it is the lack of free water that constitutes dehydration. That is why you need to replace the water loss of your body with fresh intake of water, in order to supply the body with free water to perform new functions. So, any time you want to perform a function that requires water to perform that function, you had better give that water to the body in advance of the event. In other words, if you want to eat, give it the water that is needed in order to digest food. If you want to exercise and sweat, give the body the  water that it has to shed in sweat, and so on. It is free water shortage in the body that constitutes dehydration. It’s like a major business that has a lot of assets, but no cash-flow to pay the salary of its staff. That’s how a business gets in trouble, and that’s why the human body gets into trouble when it doesn’t have free water, which is the ‘cash-flow’ of the body.

Stress translates in the body into dehydration; in other words, every time you feel stressed, that translates to dehydration, and the reason is that every time you’re stressed you secrete a lot of hormones that break up new material and mop up the free water from the circulation, and all of a sudden you are short of free water, so you are short of ‘cash-flow.’ And that is why the body begins to regulate the water content of the body—there is a ‘drought-management program,’ and stress-management.  And in stress-management you get these hormones—vasopressin, endorphins, prolactin, cortisone-release-factor, and angiotensin, which is activated both at the brain level and at the kidney level.  Vasopressin  is a very important substance, vasopressin is subordinate to histamine, as a water regulator, and vasopressin itself is a very strong cortisone release factor. When there is dehydration, and you have histamine release, you also have vasopressin release and you also have tissue breakdown as a result of cortisone release factor.

Many “Diseases” Are Caused by Dehydration

In dehydration, we lose a lot of the essential amino acids, and they are used as anti-oxidants, toxic waste away, the toxic waste has to be neutralized, otherwise it will destroy the system. Tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine, cysteine, and histidine become depleted as a result of being neutralized in order to compensate for the toxic waste build-up in the body that hasn’t been washed away. You know, when you go to a field john [portable toilet], there is no water, you have a chemical there that sanitizes, deodorizes whatever is introduced into the bowl. The body uses these elements as the sanitizing elements.

Water distribution has another component which is a very important component, it’s an emergency water distribution to the areas where water is so vital in order to perform a function. Histamine cells, mast cells, basophils, the neurotransmitters, have histamine in them, platelet-activating factor, and heparin. As you know, heparin prevents bleeding. Platelet-activating-factor activates the platelets in order to break up and release whatever they contain. But unfortunately platelets also contain a lot of serotonin, so the purpose of producing plateletactivating-factor that would produce coagulation of blood, and heparin, which prevents coagulation is very simple, because blood is 94 percent water, and when that water is to be tapped into, tiny bleeding is caused, and serotonin causes slits, microscopic slits in the wall of the capillaries, and blood oozes out. And then once the blood oozes out, its water is reabsorbed into the system, and the remainder, which is six-percent of the total volume, becomes plaques which we see in neurological disorders.

You have the blood-brain barrier, in which the capillaries are tight junctions, nothing goes through them but through the wall, there are no holes in them like in the rest of the body. This is an emergency route of supply of water, and we call this “vasculitis.” We get it in the brain, we get it in the kidneys, and you can get it in the gastrointestinal tract (that’s how you get gastritis, and bleeding of gastric ulcers and such.) So, this emergency route of supply of water can produce migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, gastritis, purpuras (which are bleeding into the tissue), and nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and so on—this is the result, because the body is short of water. It needs the water in order to perform a series of functions within that physiological activity.

In dehydration we also get associated mineral deficiencies, because in dehydration we also become achlorhydric, the stomach does not produce enough acid, and you need acid in order to absorb zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and other essential minerals. So, in this pattern of mineral deficiency you can see neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and so on. So the twenty-first century view of the human body is that all actual diseases should be viewed as deficiency disorders, secondary to persistent dehydration. Once you’re dehydrated you become amino acid deficient, you also become mineral deficient, which is the foundation for all diseases in the human body.

The Drug Industry Suppresses Knowledge of Water’s Benefits

By ignoring the dominant and vital importance of water to optimum health and well-being of the human body, the medical and scientific communities have allowed the drug industry to perpetrate fraud against society. But what this industry has done for financial gain constitutes a form of terrorism, because they terrorize people by producing fear tactics on the television and in the media and so on; they force people to go to their doctors and demand a certain type of medication. One of them is asthma, for example. Asthma is a
state of dehydration and one of the ads that I have seen recently everywhere, says “Life should take your breath away, not asthma.”

Double-blind, randomized trials are only suited for evaluation of drugs and chemical compounds to insure their safety. This costly procedure is not suited for study of the dehydration-produced metabolic problems and their associated deficiency disorders. In other words, throw that system of the drug industry evaluation out of the window, and flush the siphon, and go back to Nature and try to find out what your body wants; then give it to it. Don’t listen to what the doctor says, doctors don’t know what is the problem with your body, and unfortunately doctors who are in the mainstream certainly  don’t know. I didn’t know, I had to spend twenty-two years of research in order to come to this level of understanding.

Those in the health-care system who chose to ignore this information and continue to use drugs for conditions that are caused by dehydration and mineral deficiency, would expose themselves to eventually being legally challenged as criminally negligent. So, sooner or later, you will find one of these ‘ambulance chasers’ taking a doctor to court, saying, “Why did you treat this person’s hypertension with diuretics, you caused this man ill health, you caused him a lot of problems and you shortened his life by at least twenty years as a result of your medication—diuretics, calcium-blockers, beta- lockers and so on.  Whereas your body was short of water and that is why he had the hypertension.” Now, that will come, that day will come soon.

Where did twentieth-century medicine go wrong? What are the early symptoms and signs of dehydration? Twentieth-century medicine started thinking that a dry mouth was the only sign of dehydration, which is wrong. In order to be able to chew and swallow food, even if you haven’t drunk anything your body produces ample saliva to perform that function, so dry mouth is not a sign dehydration. Anyone who is waiting to get dry mouth in order to drink water, or waiting to get thirsty in order to drink water, is inviting  trouble. In fact, I wrote an article which was published in “Townsend Letters for Doctors,” it’s a two-page article responding to Heinz Valtin of Dartmouth College who said people shouldn’t drink water just like that, they wait until they get thirsty, and I wrote the article saying that waiting to get thirsty is to die prematurely and very painfully, and in the article I call him ignorant. I said this man is ignorant, you shouldn’t rely on his statement.

Using Water to Prevent Cancer

Cancer is my field of research on top of the other things, and I presented the guest lecture of a cancer conference in 1987. After my writings were evaluated by the tumor-biology unit of King’s College Hospital of London University, they realized what I was saying made a lot of sense, so the chief of the department went to the editor of “Anti-Cancer Research” and said this is new information. And this man was an eminent researcher in cancer, he had 70 original papers to his name, and this was an entirely novel piece of information to him. It took him about a year to understand what I was saying, I had to stay with him and guide him through the channels of understanding. Anyway, they put up a conference and they asked me to go and explain to the other cancer researchers who were invited, eminent cancer researchers from Europe, America and elsewhere, to come and listen to this. I explained that pain is a sign of dehydration, and my guest lecture was “Pain: The Need for Paradigm Change” explaining that dehydration is the origin of pain and disease in the human body, including cancer.

Cancer cells are primitive and genetically selfish. They are anaerobic, have low oxygen needs. They reveal stem-cell characteristics in some cell-culture  media. In other words, this is a primitive cell that can once again become something else. Once again, it can develop into an organ or another thing. And this is the mechanism, when the body is dehydrated and the cells become reduced to their primitive form, and from that primitive form a new life is supposed to occur. Cancer production depends on a multi-factorial system dysfunction, in other words, many systems have to fail before cancer occurs. DNA damage is one. Reduced efficiency of DNA repair-system; receptorbound
regulation, and immune system suppression. These are the four main chemical pathways that prevent cancer in the body, and in dehydration all of them become damaged, and this is how it occurs. When there isn’t enough water to wash the hydrogen ion outside of the cell, take it out of the cell, this hydrogen ion can damage the ‘fine print’ of the DNA system. You’ve all seen these stone monuments that pigeon droppings defaced; that’s acid. Now, if pigeon droppings can eat into stone, then hydrogen ion can easily eat into the flesh.

In dehydration we lose tryptophan, it becomes an anti-oxidant, and yet tryptophan is part of a tripod enzyme, lysine-tryptophan-lysine, that is involved in a DNA quality-control system. So, in dehydration, quality-control that recognizes DNA misprints, cuts and splices and corrects the DNA misprint, becomes disrupted because of tryptophan deficiency. In the body, as you know, every cell is in a watery environment, it depends for transfer of messenger systems in watery environment, that would sit on the receptors and stimulate the cells, so it is a means of transport, a means of communication in the cell by means of the receptors. In society we have these dishes and electromagnetic pulses to give you all the information in television and radio and telephone communications. In the body, it is in the watery environment, so in a dehydrated state, not only the waterway in the cell membrane closes, but it also begins to lose its receptor systems, because if there is not enough circulation to bring the messenger proteins to the receptors, then the cells don’t need to make the receptors, and that’s how the mechanism begins.

Histamine increases calcium release because calcium atoms, when they bind together, when they bond and bind together, they trap one unit of ATP, one unit of energy. Histamine has learned, or Nature has designed it that histamine breaks this bond and releases the ATP, so you get a lot of loose calcium in dehydration, because when the energy of hydrolysis is not there, when the energy of hydro-electricity is not there, another source of energy has to be made available, and the calcium bondage releases its energy in the endoplasmic reticulum or in the bone structure. Now, as it happens, excess calcium activates the proteases and receptors are destroyed. And protein kinase C, which is a protein kinase that activates growth normally, and protein kinase C responds to messenger systems, this protein kinase is broken down and it becomes protein kinase M, which is an autonomous protein, and that is how, once it is triggered into activity, nothing stops it. A normal cell has receptors, they know where their boundaries are in a receptor-bound regulated system. But in a cell that is becoming cancerous, these boundaries are not recognized. And that is why cancer cells overgrow one another and you get lumps, because of protein kinase M. Now, the body is multi-system, and depending on these receptors, in a cancerous environment, a body that has gone the route of destroying its receptors, in that area the cells have become autonomous, they have inherited a selfishness that makes them replicate constantly, but they don’t have the receptors to stop boundaries, and that is how cancer begins to develop and grow.

The other element is immune system suppression. Histamine, once it is  secreted, it activates its receptors. Now, the suppressor cells to helper cells ratio in the bone marrow is two to one, in other words, as soon as histamine is released in dehydration, the bone marrow becomes suppressed. Another thing is that interleukin-1 is stimulated, interleukin-2 is inhibited. Interleukin-2 is essential in defending the body against bacteria, against cancer, against any offending agent, because interleukin-2 stimulates interferon production, and as you know the scientific community has tried to use interferon to defend against cancer. Now, the role of interferon is very interesting; interferon stimulates indoleamine dioxygenase, which breaks down tryptophan and indoleamines and produces oxygen, ozone, superoxide of anion and hydrogen peroxide. To an anaerobic cell, oxygen is the kiss of death. When dehydration inhibits interferon production, in effect you are not producing the oxygen that is needed. This superoxide of anion is actually designed to oxygenate areas of inflammatory environment that do not get oxygen because of the stagnant situation, so the cells that are defending or repairing will get oxygen manufactured for them on the spot, by the action of interferon. In cancer production, this is stopped because of lack of water.  Read more….

The foregoing are excerpts from a transcript of a lecture by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. at the Governmental Health Forum in Washington, DC, March 2003.

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