By F. Batmanghelidj,M.D.
Global Health Solutions, Inc. 1997
Softcover, 182 pages,
Dr. “Batman” Fereydoon Batnamghelidj presents a solid case for using water ﬁrst to treat a myriad of ailments from headaches to digestion problems, and even cancer.
As far-fetched as it may seem, dry mouth is one of the last of the body’s thirst signals. Pain is the body’s usual indicator, occurring where the dehydration is most severe. Some indicators of dehydration are gastritis, heartburn, rheumatoid arthritis, angina, low back pain, migraine, colitis and its associated constipation.
The following conditions are also indicative of dehydration: allergies, asthma and fibromyalgia. “These pains should be translated as a thirst signal – one variety of the crisis signals of water shortage in the body,” says Dr. Batnamghelidj. He goes on to describe how and why these are signals of thirst – but ﬁrst let’s look at how he realized the value of water for treating medical conditions.
Insight in prison
Dr. Batnamghelidj came to treat peptic ulcers with water when he was imprisoned as a political activist in Iran. The guards knew he was a medical doctor and summoned him to assist a young man doubled over with extreme pain. Dr. B. realized that what was ailing the man was a peptic ulcer but due to the fact that he did not have any medication, he asked that two glasses of water be brought to the man.
After only eight minutes the pain totally subsided and even for Dr. Batnamghelidj this was totally new; he had always used medication. The young man was now back to normal.
While in prison, he treated many more patients with water for their various ailments. At his trial, he presented the judge with an article on water treatment of peptic ulcer disease. His life was spared so that he could continue his research.
Dr. Batnamghelidj did continue his research, treating over 3,000 people with abdominal pain by increasing their water intake. For all of these patients who continued the hydration process, their pain and illness disappeared.
Western doctors prefer drugs and surgery
Now living in the United States, Dr. Batnamghelidj says his ﬁndings, although published, are being ignored by most of the medical profession due to their reliance on medication and procedures.
Dr. Batmanghelidj has conducted a thorough investigation into the functions of water in the body and what happens when it is lacking. He found that dehydration is related to the production of histamine in the body. Histamine seems to be directly involved in rationing and distributing the available water in the body for purposes of “drought management.”
Because the body is made up of 75% water and the brain is 85% water, Dr. B suggests that any ailments or pain that are not related to injury or infection “should ﬁrst and foremost be interpreted as signals of chronic water shortage.” He claims hydration should be the ﬁrst line of treatment before “complicated procedures are forced on the patient.”
Water is everything
A huge shift in our way of thinking is required to understand the value of getting enough water into our bodies. In Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, we learn that water is not just a transport system for passing the nutrients to the cells and carrying the waste away. Water is the body’s most essential nutriment and support, the stabilizing liquid for life, the structural element that holds our bones and muscles intact, the lubricant for our organs, and the main constituent in the emulsion that allows for proper digestion and elimination.
Water is the one ever-present, essential component that promotes the efﬁcient functioning of our bodies.
Reviewed by SUZANNE MOUFLIER
Blast from The Aquarian Past – Summer 2011