Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Clean Water
An interview with Dr. Batmanghelidj, MD
Thank you to www.naturalnews.com for this Special Report by Mike Adams
Physicians rarely promote the curative properties of H2O, but Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D. has studied water’s effect on the human body and has found it to be one of the best pain relievers and preventative therapies in existence. I was one of the last people to interview the late Dr. Batmanghelidj, and I listened in awe as he shared his research and stories about “The Healing Power of Water.”
In a fascinating one-hour phone conversation, Dr. B. shares:
• Which common ailments and “diseases” are actually caused by dehydration
• Why many doctors use water-regulating antihistamines to alleviate pain
• How Dr. Batmanghelidj unintentionally discovered water’s healing properties
• Why most people are chronically dehydrated and suffer from symptoms of dehydration that are labeled “diseases”
• Which ingredients in soft drinks deplete the body’s water reserves
• Why thirst is not a reliable indicator of dehydration
• Why the body produces cholesterol and how water keeps it in balance
• Why Dr. Batmanghelidj believes the public is being mislead about AIDS
• How dehydration impairs mental functioning
• Why some organizations want to withhold alternative health information from the public
• How lack of water causes depression
• Why popular beverages are no substitute for water
• How dehydration causes the vascular system to constrict, leading to hypertension
• How to recognize signs that your body is starting to dehydrate
• Why restaurants push you to drink disease-promoting soft drinks
• Why and how water effectively treats pain and inflammation
Discovery of the water cure
Mike: Welcome everyone, this is Mike Adams with Truth Publishing, and today I’m very excited to be welcoming Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Water For Health, For Healing, For Life. Welcome, Dr. Batmanghelidj.
Dr. B: Thank you very much for inviting me to be on the air with you and giving me the opportunity of sharing my thoughts on the future of medicine in this country.
Mike: Dr Batmanghelidj I know you are a regular doctor, an MD and I know there are many, many people who have read your books because people are intrigued by the idea that water can be a therapy, a healing substance for the human body. What is it about water?
No substitute for water
Mike: I have a question for you on water — a lot of people think that they are hydrating themselves when they consume soft drinks or milk or Gatorade or all these other liquid beverages…
Dr. B: Gatorade is possibly okay, but Gatorade has sugar in it, and it’s not particularly good for people who might even get hypoglycemic, or might induce insulin secretion, and that insulin secretion will produce more hunger and they overeat. But as a temporary sport drink, it’s okay when you’re in the middle of a golf game to drink a Gatorade. It immediately gives you a bit of the minerals that you probably will have lost sweating.
But nothing substitutes for water — not a thing. No drink — no coffee, no tea, no alcoholic beverages. Not even fruit juices. Each one of them has its own agenda. Your body is used to a fluid that has no agenda, because the body depends on the freedom of that fluid, water, because there are two kinds of water in the body. There is already occupied and engaged water, which is no good for new function. The body needs new water, or free water, to perform new functions. Now, when you give them sugar containing beverages, or caffeine containing beverages, both sugar and caffeine have their own chemical agenda in the body. They defeat the purpose of the need for water.
Mike: You’re also talking about soft drinks here…
Dr. B: I’m talking about soft drinks, I’m talking about sodas, I’m talking about caffeine containing coffee or tea. I’m also talking about alcohol, because alcohol actually stops the emergency water supply systems to the important cells, such as the brain cells. In the reverse osmosis process your body filters and injects water into the cells, and this is what I call reverse osmosis. And it has to raise the blood pressure for that in order to overcome the osmotic pull of water out of the cells, and reinject water into the cells. That’s why we develop high-blood pressure in dehydration. And this process of reverse osmosis is stopped by alcohol. It stops the filter system.
Chronic Disease Caused by Lack of Water
Mike: Let me start this next section by asking you about the correlation between water consumption and chronic disease. There are many diseases you mention in your books that are related to dehydration. I wonder if you can give our readers a brief of what the major diseases are and why they are aggravated or promoted by chronic dehydration.
Dr. B: Certainly, Mike. I have written a book called Water Cures and Drugs Kill. It’s a book that explains why dehydration is the cause of pain and disease, and how the pharmaceutical industry has camouflaged this information or covered it up and instead of letting people drink water, it advertises the use of their products, which actually do kill. Because recent figures have shown that prescription medications, when used according to the instruction of doctors, nonetheless kill over 106,000 people, and make 2 million people sicker than before taking the medication. And then there is another group who die from faulty prescriptions, incorrect prescriptions.
So between them, about 250,000 people die from drug-related problems, medication-related problems. This makes the drugs the use of drugs the number three killer processes in the country — protected and licensed killer process. After heart disease, which kills about seven or eight hundred thousand, cancer which kills about 500,000, drugs kill 250,000 people.
Mike: So it’s fair to say that pharmaceuticals, as packaged by modern medicine, are the third leading cause of death in this country.
Dr. B: Absolutely, and they are useless, because most of the medication they are using is to cover up symptoms and signs and complications of dehydration in the human body. The human body manifests dehydration by a series of symptoms and signs, perceptive symptoms of dehydration — in other words, brain senses dehydration, or tiredness when you haven’t done a good day’s work, or first thing in the morning when you want to get up out of bed and you’re tired, you can’t get up — that is a sign of dehydration. Then anger, quick reaction, depression, these are all signs of dehydration, when the brain has very little energy from hydroelectricity to cope with the information or take action. These are some of the perceptive signs of dehydration. Then the body has its drought management program, which are allergies, hypertension, diabetes, and also immune diseases.
The link between dehydration and asthma
Mike: I’d like you to elaborate a little more on asthma, and the idea that the body is managing its water supply deliberately in a way that produces symptoms that are called asthma.
Dr. B: Yes, well you see, drought management means that you have to clog the holes where water is lost from the body. Water is the most precious commodity in the interior of your body, and when not enough is coming in and more is being lost, this is a no-no situation for your body. The intelligence behind the design of the body has it such that a drought management program will kick in, and then allergies are a sign of dehydration because the system that regulates water balance of the body suppresses the immune system, because it’s an energy-consuming situation. Then you get asthma.
You see, we lose about a quart of water through breathing every day. It is actually the surface tension in the alveoli of the lungs that produces contraction of these tiny membranes, and air is pushed out. And in the process, that water will leave with the air that is leaving. So you lose about a quart of water in breathing. We need to replenish that. When we don’t replenish it, the body tightens up the bronchials and plugs up the holes and we call this reduced air flow in the lungs because of dehydration, we’ve labeled it as asthma.
Mike: Right. I’ve always been amazed that the willingness of modern medicine or western medicine to come up with these complicated sounding labels or names for diseases that should really have simpler names.
Dr. B: Jargon peddling is the way of commercial medicine. Sick-care system survives and thrives on pushing these jargons into the minds of the people, because people don’t understand what these jargons, they hear them and they don’t associate with anything in the body, but associate them with those jargons of fear that are drummed in the minds of people.
Now, children, there are 17 million children in America, probably more because the numbers rise every year, who have asthma, and the reason is, at the same time, children have been consuming more and more sodas. Three year olds to five year olds have been consuming three times as much soda in the last ten years than in the ten years before that. So these people are getting dehydrated, they are consuming more sodas, which doesn’t function in the same way as water, and that is why they get asthma. Now, give these children water, and their asthma will disappear very quickly, in a matter of a few hours, completely the breathing becomes normal. The need for these inhalers will disappear.
And when I contacted the NIH and explained all of this, the gentleman who was in charge of this said I was so ignorant on what was going on, and yet he wanted to protect his freedom, and so he ignored the information even though I had gone to Clinton, President Clinton to ask him to intervene, and give breath back to these children. But the NIH was adamant to use medication. He wrote me, actually, and said we are satisfied with the way asthma is being treated. So, this is the situation. Now 17 million children is America can recover in a matter of a few days if everyone in the country started talking to asthmatic people and saying water is what you should take. Can you imagine a solution so simple?
Mike: Yes. Yes I can, and there are many such solutions available to treat a great number of chronic diseases, just like you’ve been describing here. Of course, the pharmaceutical industry I think would be horrified to have that information become widespread.
Dr. B: Yeah, well, because what I’m saying is totally anti-business, and we are not talking about a few hundred thousand dollars, we are talking about a few billion dollars a year.
Treating hypertension with water
Mike: For the pharmaceutical industry, the existence of disease is a business question, because let’s face it, the pharmaceutical industry is a for-profit industry. Profits are always first, and at least it’s my belief, and it seems that you share it, that any therapy that competes with those profits is minimized, marginalized or outright attacked.
Dr. B: Yes, recently there was an ad on the television. It was very interesting — I didn’t realize it at the beginning, but I now realize that the ad was speaking to me. In other words, it was an ad against my statements. Because I’ve said that the heartburn is a sign of dehydration in the human body and you should drink water. And this guy comes and sits at the counter and asks, “Give me a glass of water, my heartburn is killing me.” Or something like that. And the lady behind the counter says, “Water doesn’t cure heartburn — this medication does.” So see, this is how the pharmaceutical industry fights the information that I put out. But nonetheless, people who did discover that water could cure their heartburn are wiser than those who buy into that advertising stunt.
Mike: It seems like there are almost two different groups of people in the United States. There are those who are now dependent on multiple pharmaceuticals to treat everything, every symptom that they have, and who alter their body chemistry and their brain chemistry through drugs, and then there are those who are educating themselves about the true causes of health. They’re drinking water, they’re avoiding food additives, they’re engaging in exercise — it seems like there’s a chasm that’s widening between these two groups.
Dr. B: Absolutely. That’s why alternative medicine has picked up and you’re getting more people going to alternative medicine than conventional medicine. You see, I’ve sold at least over 600,000 copies of my book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water over the past 10 years. And so I’ve had over several thousand radio interviews in the past 10 years. Information is getting out into the hands of the public, so the pharmaceutical industry has to naturally increase its advertising to nullify this information that I have put out. That is why they have produced this ad — one of many, actually.
Anyway, we were talking about drought management programs in the body. Hypertension is another one of these problems. When there isn’t enough water in the body, or the body becomes dehydrated, 66% of the water loss is from the interior of the cells. 26% is from the environment around the cells, and only 8% is lost from the vascular system. But the vascular system is an elastic system — it tightens up and takes up the slack so you don’t see the problem that is going on inside the cells of your body by testing your blood that is being tested in so many conditions. If people drank water on a regular basis and took enough salt and minerals to expand the capillary beds, hypertension would disappear completely.
And there are 60 million Americans who don’t realize that actually hypertension is one of the manifestations of drought management programs of the body when the body begins to operate a reverse osmosis process, to deliver water into the interior of those cells which are 66% water deficient. Now the pharmaceutical industry and the medical doctors arrogantly and ignorantly are treating hypertension with diuretics.
Mike: Let’s get rid of the water!
Dr. B: They are getting rid of the water in the body, at a lot of, how shall I say, effort.
Mike: Isn’t this an example of the arrogance of modern medicine in believing that it knows more than nature, it knows more than the body?
Dr. B: We, as doctors, are really 007 agents of the pharmaceutical industry. We are totally blind and ignorant and the pharmaceutical industry has hijacked medicine. We learn a couple of years of physiology, and soon as we go on the clinical side we are asked to forget those and begin to learn pharmacology in order to treat symptoms rather than understand the primary cause of the health problem.
Mike: But you were trained in classic, conventional way…
Dr. B: I had to educate myself.
Thinking outside the box
Mike: What it is that drove you to explore beyond the limited thinking of conventional medicine?
Dr. B: I’m always a curious person. I’ve been a curious person ever since I was born as far as I know. One day we had a thief come into the house and was on the wall, and I was only a two and a half year old boy. I went to him and said, “What are you doing here? Can’t you see you’re scaring everyone? Why don’t you go?” I wasn’t scared, I was curious.
That is what I am, right throughout my life, and that is why when I discovered that water cures pain, then this was an entrance for me to get into it and find out what was the reason. And that was when I discovered that my education was no good. I didn’t learn medicine, I learned a little bit of anatomy and a little bit of histology, which stood me in good stead in order to understand the rest of the stuff.
Mike: You are, I’m sure the listeners would agree here, you are to be applauded for being able to venture outside of conventional medicine.
Dr. B: I’m only a healer because that’s my way of thinking. I don’t think about money, because money is, if you do a good deed, money will come as a by product of that good deed.
Mike: I agree with you wholeheartedly there.
Dr. B: You don’t have to try and take the last drop of blood out of a person who comes to you in order to get help from you. That is against my nature. That’s why I’ve put out my information for everyone to use on the internet, and it is only for further use or further education that I have produced my books and so on, and those books unfortunately, the cost of printing, distribution, forces the price on the information. If the pharmaceutical industry had the information that they were going to sell, for example the information in my book Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, they would ask for $10,000 a book, not $14.95.
Mike: And, if they could, they would patent water…
Dr. B: They would patent it.
Mike: And try to sell it to you at $100 a dose, right?
Dr. B: That’s right. So, basically, this is what’s going on in medicine in America. Joint pain, back pain, arthritis cause by chronic dehydration Dr. B.: The human body also has its emergency calls for water. These are localized emergency calls. We call these heartburn, rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, migraine headaches, colitis pain, fibromyalgiac pain, even angina pain — signs of dehydration in the body.
And the mechanism is very simple — when there isn’t enough water to be evenly distributed and certain parts of the body are working but not receiving enough water to deal with its toxic waste and metabolism, and the toxic waste builds up that area, the nerve endings in that area register the chemical environmental change with the brain. And the brain translates this information for the conscious mind in the form of pain.
Mike: So it’s just the interpretation?
Dr. B: It’s an interpretation, yes. So the conscious mind gets the information that, hey, this area we can’t use anymore, it has a shortage of water. Of course, the conscious mind should have known that, but bad education has robbed us of that information. We think this pain is a disease.
Mike: The predominant diagnosis of this, of course, I think in the minds of most people, and especially in most M.D.s would be that there is something physically or structurally compromised in that area.
Dr. B: Well, of course, the compromise is when the tissue is dehydrated, it’s changing structure. The plum-like cells become prune-like. Prune-like cells do not function in the same manners as a plum-like cell. So, that is how symptoms are produced. These symptoms mean, okay, let us get the ingredients that the body needs into the system. Now, when we say dehydration, water also brings a lot of other goodies to the cells. When we are dehydrated, these goodies are not delivered either. So, we need not only correct dehydration, but also to supply the minerals and vitamins and so on so that the body can repair itself.
Thirst perception not reliable
Mike: I’d like to you talk about how people can know when they need to drink water, because you talk about in the book how some of the signs of dehydration, the classic signs are not necessarily the only signs, and also how much should an average person be drinking?
Dr. B: First and foremost, don’t wait until you get thirsty, because that’s an error. Unfortunately, the National Academy of Sciences and some other people recently have been telling people to wait until they get thirsty before they drink, which is the main error that we inherited 100 years ago from a man called Walter Bradford Cannon. And that’s why, at the time, there was a Frenchman saying that dehydration or thirst is a general sensation and we should study it, and Walter Bradford Cannon said, no, thirst is only a matter of dry mouth.
When the mouth is dry we are thirsty, which is an arrogant statement, and unfortunately western medicine bought into that understanding, and that’s why we have a sick-care system, because from the age of 20 onwards, we gradually, imperceptibly become dehydrated without knowing it. We lose our perception of thirst. By the age of 70 we may be totally thirsty and obviously thirsty and yet not recognize the need to drink water, even when water is put next to us.
This was done as an experiment. A scientist asked a group of elderly people to withhold from drinking water for 24 hours, and similarly with young people. After 24 hours when water was made available, the elderly did not recognize that they were thirsty.
Mike: Even after 24 hours with no water?
Dr. B: Correct. Even when water was left next to them, some of them wouldn’t reach for it. But the young people drank water, and corrected this dehydration. Now, this is a major problem, and that’s why we have so many people in the elderly sector of our society who are sick, because they are totally dehydrated and they do not recognize it.
So, waiting to get thirsty is to die prematurely and very painfully. In fact, this is the title of an article that is posted on my website, www.WaterCure.com, and also on NAFHIM, National Association For Honesty In Medicine (http://www.nafhim.org).
We should not wait to get thirsty, because water is the main source of energy. By the time you get thirsty, you will have lost energy from the water that you should have drunk and made available before you get thirsty. So, if you don’t allow the gas tank of your car to come dry before you stop and take some gas, then why should you let your body become thirsty so that it stalls on the roadside before you drink water?
So, first thing, people should never allow themselves to get thirsty — they should drink throughout the day. An average person needs two quarts of water a day. Average person really needs four quarts of water a day. But two quarts we have to supply. Two quarts we get from food metabolism and water content in foods. We need this amount of water to manufacture at least two quarts of urine. You know, not to put pressure on the kidneys. When we drink enough water so that the urine is colorless, that is a good sign. When the urine becomes yellow, it means that the body is beginning to become dehydrated and when it becomes orange, then the body is truly dehydrated and some part of the body is suffering from that dehydration.
Mike: So this is a very easy sign that people can pay attention to.
Dr. B: Absolutely.
Mike: They don’t need a medical degree to see the color of their urine.
Dr. B: Well, that’s why we should become observant to our urine production. And breathing — when we are short of breath, it means we are dehydrated.
Mike: Are there other similar, simple symptoms that people can pay attention to?
Dr. B: The skin — if the skin is nice and loose and smooth, then we are hydrated. If it becomes creasy and shriveled, it means dehydration. The crow’s feet on the face of elderly people, that’s a sign of dehydration. The turkey neck under the chin is a sign of dehydration. These are mentioned in my books, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, and also in my Water For Health, For Healing, For Life. I recommend everyone to read Water Cures, Drugs Kill, because in this book I’ve identified over 90 health problems that we in medicine have called disease, and yet water cures them.
So, when the body is short of water and they give it medication, naturally the person will die, because the medication is silencing the many cries of the body for water. But it’s not correcting the dehydration. So we need to understand these symptoms of dehydration, and the book Water Cures, Drugs Kill will do that. People can order through the internet at http://www.watercure.com or Amazon.com or
Barnesandnoble.com or go to the bookstore and get it.
Mike: You have an upcoming book on obesity, cancer, and depression, right?
Dr. B: Yes, I’ve got a book called Obesity, Cancer and Depression: The Common Cause and Actual Cure. I’ve identified why these three diseases are actually the branches of the same tree, and each one naturally produces a different problem at different age brackets, but they are all related conditions that occur as a result of dehydration over time. Time is of essence — when incrementally we become dehydrated, the prune-like cells begin to transform. Some of them become cancerous, and I’ve explained all of this in the book. I explain how dehydration suppresses the immune system, directly or indirectly, and that’s how most diseases occur, including cancer.
Mike: When is this book going to be published?
Dr. B: It will be available by the end of the year. People can keep an eye on the website
http://www.watercure.com, and it will be posted there when the book is available.
Sodas cause dehydration
Mike: Now here’s another interesting question people have — when they go out to eat at a restaurant, there’s a tremendous amount of economic pressure from the point of view of the restaurant chain or restaurant owner to serve them something other than water. I remember there was a campaign at one time through Olive Garden restaurants. The campaign was called Just Say No to H2O, and they were rewarding waiters for making sure people bought some soft drinks rather than drinking water.
Dr. B: That’s because everyone is after a fast buck, even at the expense of someone else’s health. These restaurants are no different from the pharmaceutical industry when they push something that the body doesn’t need. Of course, they don’t know, they don’t do it knowingly. One can’t fault them. It’s bad education, and we think that these soft drinks are synonymous with water.
Actually, a lot of children who drink soft drinks actually become “stupid”, but once you take the soft drink away from them, their grades improve tremendously — C’s and F’s become A’s and B’s. So, there is something in caffeine that suppresses the enzymes from memory-making. And this is exactly how the plant survives, because caffeine is a toxic chemical – it’s a warfare chemical for the plant. Anything that would eat it will lose its art of camouflage, its alertness, good reaction, good response, and becomes easy prey to its own food chain predator.
Mike: Yes, caffeine is technically an insecticide.
Dr. B: Caffeine is technically an insecticide. So is morphine and so is cocaine. They are the same family of drugs — neurotoxic substances.
Mike: Is there anything else in particular that our listeners should be aware of or should do to enhance their health through the information that you make available?
Dr. B: Yes, they can keep in touch. They can go to my website on a regular basis, and we post information there and letters that we exchange and so on. They can become part of the movement to bring honesty back into medicine. Because if they’re young people, they’ve got many years to go, and unfortunately in a dishonest form of medical practice, they can become vulnerable.
Mike: That website is…
Dr. B: http://www.watercure.com.
Mike: And the other one is http://www.nafhim.org?
Dr. B: Yes, but they will get the option at http://www.watercure.com to go to either site. This information is free, it’s the latest information in medical science, it’s the future science of medicine, it’s the foundation of the future science of medicine, and they have it at their use, free of charge. All they have to do is become curious as to learn. And the information is in such simple language that anyone can understand it. I don’t use jargon. I use very simple English to explain complicated problems.
Mike: I thank you so much for your generosity, being willing to take this time and share your wisdom with the world.
Dr. B: Mike, it is my pleasure, and I thank you. I’m here to be heard and you make it possible for me to be heard, and I’m grateful to you.
Mike: Indeed, and likewise from this side. It’s people like you that will revolutionize medicine, and that’s what we need today.
Dr. B: Bernard Shaw says that normal people try to conform, and reasonable people do not conform, and look for alternatives. Therefore all progress belongs to unreasonable people.
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