View Full Version : The importance of water

04-19-2007, 01:43 PM

Without food, most humans will die in a month, if they have water. Without water, 10 days is about it. Water makes up 75% of the body, 90% of the blood, and 85% of the brain.

An odd little book was published in 1994 that made quite a stir: The Body's Many Cries for Water, by an MD named Batmanghelidj. A claim is made by this doctor that the cause of most diseases is simply dehydration. Dr. B provides the reasoning as well as dozens of case studies to support the cure of a variety of illnesses by simply drinking between two and three liters of water per day.

Doubting such a theory because of its overwhelming simplicity, the reader is shown that physiologically, it makes perfect sense. As Dr B points out, dry mouth is a late sign of thirst. Saliva is produced even in chronic dehydration, because it is a digestive enzyme. Thirst, or the need for water on the cellular level is something entirely different. Chronic dehydration brings its own symptoms, which we have been conditioned to cover up, either with food or with drugs. Here are a few examples of dehydration signals:


* peptic ulcer

* antacids

* craving sweets

* sugar

* depression

* antidepressant drugs

* allergies

* antihistamines

Dr B reports his successful treatment of 3000 peptic ulcer patients using water alone. Anecdotal? He explains how ulcer pain is really a thirst signal. It actually makes sense: if the intestine is too dehydrated to adequately refresh its mucus lining every time after the acidic products of digestion have passed by, the lining will become irritated and painful. The intestine is not protected from digestive acid like the stomach is. Antacids will only temporarily cover up the problem. Rehydrating the tract will enable to intestine to form adequate mucous lining, thus reducing acid irritation. (p31)

Similarly with depression, allergies, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, and addiction to sweets, Dr. Batmanghelidj shows how balancing the extracellular fluids and lowering the concentration of the blood to a more normal dilution can bring consistent resolution to these and many other illnesses.

It's almost too simple. But Dr. B takes the reader through the physiology of each illness. His premise is hard to deny.

Obviously such an approach is not going to gain the favor of the drug cartels; here's a guy telling people they don't need heart medication and diuretics and insulin and Prozac and Viagra and pain drugs any more. All they really need is two liters of water per day. What if he's right and people find out about it? The drug business is the foundation our $1.5 trillion medical budget. See the dangers?

Read entire article (http://thedoctorwithin.com/index_fr.php?page=articles/water.php)

It's a long read but worth it in my opinion.

Anyone have a professional water filtration system installed in their homes? Any improvement in well being that you may have noted?

04-19-2007, 02:51 PM
He is probably 50% right. :D

I buy it though, I don't feel better when I start drinking loads of water.. It's a good week after I start drinking a lot again, thats when I feel better. I can even breathe better when I wake up..

04-19-2007, 02:54 PM
i believe it

04-19-2007, 04:11 PM
Dont forget you dont have to be drinking 3 litres of water a day. Alot of the water we get is from food we eat (fruits and such).

04-19-2007, 04:58 PM
I buy it; $5 a bottle.

04-22-2007, 05:40 PM
Ever heard of Penta Water ? Pretty amazing stuff. Health food stores usually carry a free CD that explains it. You can buy it cheaper in Kroger's though.