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Something as simple as water can be medicine

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By The Staff

Recently, we have considered the merits of simple, natural treatments for pain and other ailments. These centered on the increased delivery of oxygen to our cells.

Cellular oxygen increased as a result of enhanced blood circulation. Chief among these was the use of ribose to enhance production of cellular energy.

Then we encountered the unusual procedure developed by Dr. John Sarno. He employed stress-reduction techniques.

In both of these procedures thousands of people have found relief from their ailments. Today, we celebrate the opportunity to learn about the healing powers of the ubiquitous substance we call water.

Meet Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., who died of pneumonia in 2004, at the age of 73. His death was a terrible loss. Let’s just call him Dr. B.

He was born in Iran, attended college in Scotland, and graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University. There he enjoyed the honor and privilege of studying under Sir Alexander Fleming – one of the two recipients of the Nobel Prize for discovering insulin.

From this background we conclude that he was an exceptionally competent scientist.

Dr. B returned to his native Iran. But when the Iranian revolution occurred in 1979, he was branded a political threat and committed to the infamous Evin Prison. It was an event in that prison, which initiated his interest in “water therapy.”

One of Dr. B’s fellow prisoners with a peptic ulcer became incapacitated by severe pain. Since he had no access to medications, Dr. B gave him two glasses of water to bathe the ulcer and dilute or wash away the toxins.

To his surprise, the pain diminished in three minutes, and eight minutes after drinking the water the patient was pain-free. That event sparked Dr. B’s interest and inspired him to find out more about the healing powers of water.

Life in Evin Prison was exceedingly stressful and Dr. B successfully treated 3,000 fellow prisoners, who had stress-related peptic ulcers. He used only water as the curative agent.

Dr. B was confined to that prison for two years and seven months. This included a voluntary four months at the end of his confinement. He utilized that time to complete the research he had begun in the use of water to treat bleeding peptic ulcers.

He was a highly talented, dedicated research scientist.

But Dr. B’s research extends far beyond the treatment of peptic ulcers. In an interview, published on the Web site, www.phenomenews.com/nov2005/0a.htm), he provides a detailed description of the way water and salt work to relieve pain and support optimal health.

Dr. B tells us: “Basically, the major pains of the body, such as heartburn, rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, colitis pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgic pain, even angina pain are signs of dehydration in the human body.”

Other ailments caused by dehydration include (are you ready for this): asthma, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, kidney stones, depression, lupus, cancer, allergies, multiple sclerosis, gout, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more.

While your familiarity with water may cause you to doubt the validity of these findings, consider the following. Our bodies are 75 percent water. Our brains contain a whopping 85 percent of water. Our joint cartilage is also 85 percent water, and it’s bathed by a synovia fluid that’s a dilute solution with water as the solvent.

Dr. B describes healthy cells with normal water content as being smooth and well rounded, like a plumb. But those which are deficient in water are wrinkled, like prunes. And wrinkled cells have reduced cellular function.

From this point onward it is no stretch of our intellect to realize that a deficiency of cellular function can result in a deficiency of oxygen. And as we have already learned, small deficiencies of oxygen can produce pain.

Dr. B recommends that a person drink eight to ten glasses of water per day. Along with this you need to consume the equivalent of one teaspoon of sea salt for each gallon of water you drink.

Don’t dissolve the salt in your drinking water; put it on your food. The salt is a cleansing agent. It helps to neutralize and remove acids and other toxins.

It helps your body to maintain a slightly alkaline pH, which substantially contributes to optimal health. And, contrary to present medical advice, the salt does not increase your blood pressure.

I am not a physician. I am not a licensed health care professional. I never advise people about their medical conditions.

The point of view you read in this article is from a consumer’s perspective for you to use as you see fit. I am a consumer of services from licensed health care professionals, just as you. I write as a reporter.

James B. Pierce, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell.