|The Water Cure
body weight in pounds by two and drink that many ounces of water per day. For
example, if one weighs 180 lbs, this is 90 ounces of water per day which is
approx 11 eight ounce cups or nine ten-ounce portions. After each 8 to 10
ounces, sprinkle a pinch of salt (1/16 to 1/8 tsp) on the tongue and let dissolve before
swallowing (wash it down with more water if desired). Salt consumed can be as
much as 1/4 tsp per 8 ounces of water for severe problems such as detox reaction.
It is best to drink the water at least a half-hour before meals and
two hours after. For every 6 ounces of alcoholic beverage or coffee, an additional
10 ounces of water should be drunk due to the dehydrating effects of these.
The Water Cure is described in the
book "Your Body's Many Cries
for Water" by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj. The website gives a little
information on the therapy, and a place to buy the book online.
Bob Butts' site at http://www.watercure2.org describes the technique in more detail and how it may be helpful for many
illnesses. He states, "The MOST critical elements to a powerful
immune system are oxygen, water and then salt. The amount required is what the
watercure specifies. Before doing anything else, be certain that you are
not violating this biblical recipe. If under a doctor's care, make no
changes without consulting him/her. Be certain that your M.D. has a thorough
understanding of the effects chronic dehydration has on the human
This therapy appears valuable to
fight many maladies, especially those of insufficient circulation, mineral and
toxin deposits, and liver, kidney, and other organs' general function. The Water Cure is also the cheapest
and best method
to combat and prevent detox reactions which occur in certain therapies,
especially Bioelectronic, since water is the best "supplement" for
this purpose and salt is found by many to greatly hasten recovery.
For salt, try to find KAL
Real Salt or Himalayan Pink Sea Salt , which are available in many health food stores and online. They come in a half
pound shaker bottle and costs around $3 and are sometimes available in bulk. Celtic
Sea Salt is also good, but quite a bit more expensive. If either of
these cannot be found, plain sea salts like Hain and Baleine brands, available
in most supermarkets, are okay. Just don't use any with toxic additives
like aluminum, which is found in many salt products. The salt is stated by
Batmanghelidj as being safe to take if sufficient water is drunk and he says it
is one of the best treatments for heart and circulation disorder, but it would
be best to use only with an MD's permission if there are any serious kidney or
circulation disorders. I would also ensure adequate mineral consumption in
the diet or by supplements. Some people cannot handle this much salt even
when drinking a lot of water and in this case, the amount should be decreased to
a dose that is comfortable and still effective.
The salt is an important part of the
regimen so do not omit it. It appears to indicate to the body that it
is okay to "flush the cells," removing harmful metals and other
toxins, since there are plenty of electrolytes available for replacement.
Batmanghelidj recommends large amounts of salt, one-eighth teaspoon instead of a
pinch, after each glass of water. I find that even a pinch, which is
approximately 1/16 tsp, works fine. However, people with severe
detox reactions find that the larger amounts are necessary. One guy who
wrote me said he found it necessary to use a whole tablespoon (!) of salt in a
glass of water after each Bioelectronic session to prevent detox, followed by
plenty of additional plain water. Do not use large amounts of salt without
drinking sufficient water or without consuming adequate potassium in the diet.
If salt absolutely cannot be used for this regimen, coral calcium can be used instead. It provides calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals, and even a little bit of sodium, and probably serves to mineralize and alkalize the body even better. However, it does not have the pathogen-fighting ability of sodium.
Someone on the rife list was
discussing detox and had this to say about The Water Cure: "In the discussions of clogged lymph I have not heard anyone deal with the basic
cause (and many other problems as well) which is chronic
dehydration. If you do not drink enough plain water (coffee, tea, pop or soda,
alcohol do not count) you will become dehydrated - you will have clogged lymph
and many other problems. If you start drinking 1/2 oz of water per pound of body
weight per day, you will notice immediate improvements in the short term. In 2
to 6 months you will be fully hydrated and cleaned of many toxins.
simple test of your level of dehydration is to soak in the tub. If the pads of
your fingers crinkle badly you are dehydrated. If they are hardly affected by a
1/2 hour soak you are much improved."
is a reprint from the book. In this reprint, Batmanghelidj attributes
lack of water as the main causative problem in a lot of disorders.
While I have not seen this to be true in all of them, using the Water Cure is
certainly helpful for them, and is curative in many of the ones he
mentions and some others he doesn't. Not bad for a regimen which costs
about a dollar a month.
From the book: "Your Body's
Many Cries for Water"
AMAZING SECRETS FOR HEALTH
# 1: Water prevents and cures heartburn.
Heartburn is a signal of
water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a major
thirst signal of the human body. The use of antacids or tablet medications in
the treatment of this pain does not correct dehydration, and the body continues
to suffer as a result of its water shortage.
2: Water prevents and cures arthritis.
Tragedy: Not recognizing heartburn as a sign
of dehydration and treating it with antacids and pill medications will, in time,
produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatal hernia, ulceration, and
eventually cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and
Rheumatoid joint pain -
arthritis - is a signal of water shortage in the painful joint. It can affect
the young as well as the old. The use of pain-killers does not cure the problem,
but exposes the person to further damage from pain medications. Intake of water
and small amounts of salt will cure this problem.
# 3: Water prevents and cures back pain.
Low back pain and ankylosing
arthritis of the spine are signs of water shortage in the spinal column and
discs - the water cushions that support the weight of the body. These conditions
should be treated with increased water intake - not a commercial treatment, but
a very effective one.
Tragedy: Not recognizing arthritis and low
back pain as signs of dehydration in the joint cavities and treating them with
pain-killers, manipulation, acupuncture, and eventually surgery will, in time,
produce osteoarthritis when the cartilage cells in the joints have eventually
all died. It will produce deformity of the spine. It will produce crippling
deformities of the limbs. Pain medications have their own life-threatening
# 4: Water prevents and cures angina.
Heart pain - angina - is a
sign of water shortage in the heart/lung axis. It should be treated with
increased water intake until the patient is free of pain and independent of
medications. Medical supervision is prudent. However, increased water intake is
# 5: Water prevents and cures migraines.
Migraine headache is a sign
of water need by the brain and the eyes. It will totally clear up if dehydration
is prevented from establishing in the body. The type of dehydration that causes
migraine might eventually cause inflammation of the back of the eye and possibly
loss of eye sight.
Water prevents and cures colitis.
Colitis pain is a signal of
water shortage in the large gut. It is associated with constipation because the
large intestine constricts to squeeze the last drop of water from the excrements
- thus the lack of water lubrication.
Tragedy: Not recognizing colitis pain as a
sign of dehydration will cause persistent constipation. Later in life, it will
cause fecal impacting: it can cause diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and polyps, and
appreciably increases the possibility of developing cancer of the colon and
Cure # 7:
Water and salt prevent and cure asthma.
Asthma, which also affects 14
million children and kills several thousand of them every year, is a
complication of dehydration in the body. It is caused by the drought management
programs of the body. In asthma free passage of air is obstructed so that water
does not leave the body in the form of vapor - the winter steam. Increased water
intake will prevent asthma attacks. Asthmatics need also to take more salt to
break the mucus plugs in the lungs that obstruct the free flow of air in and out
of the air sacs.
Tragedy: Not recognizing asthma as the
indicator of dehydration in the body of a growing child not only will sentence
many thousands of children to die every year, but will permit irreversible
genetic damage to establish in the remaining 14 million asthmatic children.
Cure # 8:
Water prevents and cures high blood pressure.
Hypertension is a state of
adaptation of the body to a generalized drought, when there is not enough water
to fill all the blood vessels that diffuse water into vital cells. As part of
the mechanism of reverse osmosis, when water from the blood serum is filtered
and injected into important cells through minute holes in their membranes, extra
pressure is needed for the "injection process." Just as we inject I.V.
"water" in hospitals, so the body injects water into tens of trillions
of cells all at the same time. Water and some salt intake will bring blood
pressure back to normal!
Tragedy: Not recognizing hypertension as one
of the major indicators of dehydration in the human body, and treating it with
diuretics that further dehydrate the body will, in time, cause blockage by
cholesterol of the heart arteries and the arteries that go to the brain. It will
cause heart attacks and small or massive strokes that paralyze. It will
eventually cause kidney disease. It will cause brain damage and neurological
disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Cure # 9:
Water prevents and cures early adult-onset diabetes.
Adult-onset diabetes is
another adaptive state to severe dehydration of the human body. To have adequate
water in circulation and for the brain's priority water needs, the release of
insulin is inhibited to prevent insulin from pushing water into all body cells.
In diabetes, only some cells get survival rations of water. Water and some salt
will reverse adult-onset diabetes in its early stages.
Tragedy: Not recognizing adult-onset
diabetes as a complication of dehydration will, in time, cause massive damage to
the blood vessels all over the body. It will cause eventual loss of the toes,
feet and legs from gangrene. It will cause eye damage, even blindness.
10: Water lowers blood cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels are
an indicator of early drought management by the body. Cholesterol is a clay-like
material that is poured in the gaps of some cell membranes to safeguard them
against losing their vital water content to the osmotically more powerful blood
circulating in their vicinity. Cholesterol, apart from being used to manufacture
nerve cell membranes and hormones, is also used as a "shield" against
water taxation of other vital cells that would normally exchange water through
their cell membranes.
11: Water cures depression, loss of libido, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus,
multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy.
These conditions are caused
by prolonged chronic dehydration. They will clear up once the body becomes well
and regularly hydrated. In these conditions, exercising one's muscles should be
part of the treatment program.
by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.