Water for Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty!

Water for Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty!

by F. Batmanghelidj


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Asthma, allergies, arthritis, hypertension, depression, headaches, diabetes, obesity, and MS. These are just some of the conditions and diseases that are caused by persistent dehydration. But there is a miracle solution that is readily available, all natural, and free: water.

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ISBN-13: 9780446690744
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 65,645
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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The greatest tragedy in medical history in my opinion is the assumption that dry mouth is the only sign of the body's water needs. Based on this mistaken assumption, modern medicine has made three other confounding mistakes that have cost society dearly. Let us look at these four mistaken assumptions.

1. The whole structure of modern medicine is built on the pitifully flawed premise that dry mouth is the only sign of dehydration. This false premise is responsible for the lack of understanding about various painful health problems that result in premature death to many millions of people. They suffer because they do not know they are seriously thirsty. Modern "science-based" medicine is structured upon the simple dry mouth mistake that became established many years ago. In 1764, Albrecht von Haller, a German, first claimed dry mouth as a sign of thirst. In 1918, Walter Bradford Cannon, an English doctor, supported Haller's views; since he was an influential person, his views became fashionable and are reflected in accepted scientific literature to this day. Frenchman Moritz Schiff, however, had claimed in 1867 that thirst is a general sensation: "It is no more a local sensation than hunger." We now know that Haller and Cannon were wrong -- but since theirs were the views that took root in the infrastructure of medicine, the same mistake has been passed on from one generation of medical students to another until the present day. This traditional flaw in the scientific understanding of the human body's water regulation altered the path of medicine. Schiff understood the human body better.

Actually, dry mouth is not a sign to rely on. The human body uses a different logic: To be able to chew and swallow food, and to facilitate and lubricate this function, ample saliva is produced, even if the rest of the body is short of water. In any case, water is too important to the body to signal its shortage only through the experience of a dry mouth. The human body has many other sophisticated signals to indicate when it is short of water. The body can suffer from deep dehydration without showing a dry mouth. Dehydration produces severe symptoms, even to the point of causing life-threatening crises. Modern medicine has confused these symptoms of internal, localized droughts and has identified them as different diseases. As a result, toxic medications are prescribed to treat "diseases" rather than the dehydration.

Dry mouth is one of the very last indicators of dehydration of the body. By the time dry mouth becomes an indicator of water shortage, many delicate functions of the body have been shut down and prepared for deletion. This is exactly how the aging process is established -- through a loss of enzyme functions. A dehydrated body loses sophistication and versatility. One example is juvenile diabetes, in which the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are sacrificed as a result of persistent dehydration.

2. The second major mistake in the basic science of medicine is the thinking that water is a simple substance that only dissolves and circulates different things. Water is not a simple inert substance. It has two primary properties in the body. The first one is its life-sustaining properties. The other, more important, role of water is its life-giving functions. Modern medicine recognizes only the life-sustaining properties of water. That is why chronic unintentional dehydration is ultimately an unrecognized life-threatening process. You need to recognize and understand the process to save your health and your life -- naturally.

3. The third serious error in medicine is the premise that the human body can regulate efficiently its water intake throughout the life span of the person. As we grow older, we lose our perception of thirst and fail to drink adequately, until the plumlike cells in vital organs become prunelike and can no longer sustain life. We need to recognize the onset of dehydration and its manifestations to prevent the irreversible stages of the process.

4. The fourth nail in the coffin of present-day medicine is the thought that any fluid can replace the water needs of the body. This is a major problem at present. Some of the manufactured beverages in common use do not function in the body like natural water. If you begin to understand the natural reason some plants manufacture caffeine, or even cocaine, you will then recognize the problem.

The information in this book is about one of the greatest of all health discoveries in the world, because it exposes an important tragedy in medical history -- the erroneous assumption that the dry mouth state is the only sign of the body's water needs. Simply put, the new scientific understanding is that chronic unintentional dehydration in the human body can manifest itself in as many ways as we in medicine have invented diseases. We have created an opportunity for the drug industry to thrive, and have given birth to the current "sick-care" health system, at the expense of people's precious lives and resources. The sick-care system survives and thrives when people are continuously sick. This is exactly what is going on now.

Tragically, the medical breakthrough about dehydration as the origin of most health problems is not reaching the public through the commerce-directed health-maintenance systems in this country. If it did, it would mean the rapid extinction of these systems. Yet there is no sane reason why tens of millions in our society should be medicated when all they suffer from is dehydration.

The statements in this introductory chapter are not meant to reflect badly on the dedicated staff employed within the sick-care system, who daily render compassionate service to the unfortunate sick. They are not to be blamed for the fundamental mistakes in standard treatment protocols in medicine. The blame is directed at the medical professionals in powerful positions and the national health institutes that have the power to correct the problem, but have shown reluctance to do so.

Mainstream medicine and its fund-raising sidekicks will not of their own accord abandon pharmaceutical medicine. Why? They do not want to allow natural solutions to the health problems of society to get clearance and reach the public. This book is designed to upset this self-serving trend, which benefits only the commercial health-care systems in our advanced society, to the detriment of the people.

It is now crystal clear that the human body has many different ways of showing its general or local water needs. These manifestations of drought in the body have been assumed to be indicators of this or that disease condition. Based on this ignorance, and protected and coddled by the pharmaceutical industry, mainstream medicine has labeled the different complications of dehydration as various "diseases." On the basis of this erroneous assumption, the trusting American public has to pay ever-increasing health-care costs with their health and hard-earned money.

We must understand that persistent dehydration brings about a continuously changing new chemical state in the body. When a new dehydration-produced chemical state becomes fully established, it causes many structural changes, even to the genetic blueprints of the body. This is why prevention of dehydration is crucial. This is also why childhood asthma is a major health issue with me, as is noninfectious earache in infants. Dehydration, to the point of causing asthma in children, can ultimately cause genetic damage, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer in their later years.

Understanding chronic dehydration will clear the way for the development of an infinitely more people-friendly health-care system. It will be possible in my estimation to have a decidedly healthier and productive nation at 30 percent of the present healthcare costs. As you see, I am not promoting a moneymaking product. I am only sharing a unique medical insight and the outcome of my many years of research that will help medical professionals and the public understand the basic cause of so many conditions of ill health.

We are in the twenty-first century, yet even at this stage of our development, the outward manifestations of regional dehydration have not been understood by us in medicine. We have always looked for a drug solution to throw at a health concern. We have not succeeded at limiting these health concerns; rather, we have constantly expanded the list and thrown more drugs at them. We have truly caused a costly chaos in the name of modern medicine, with no end in sight. We now have significant problems that beg urgent solutions. As Albert Einstein observed: "The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them." We obviously need a new approach to medical science to solve our health problems.

The solution to the present human-made and drug-industry-protected health problems of society can only be physiology-based. Understanding the molecular physiology of dehydration will restructure the future practice of clinical medicine. It will cause a fundamental paradigm change in the science of medicine. By showing the way to enhance the natural healing powers of the body within the discipline of physiology, the pharmaceutical approach to our present health problems will be completely replaced. The primary focus in medicine will become disease prevention rather than its protracted, cost-intensive, and invasive treatment protocols.


What is a paradigm, and how can it be changed in clinical medicine? A paradigm is the basic infrastructural information, assumption, or understanding on which knowledge within a discipline of thought develops. As an example, based on the fundamental understanding that planet Earth is a sphere, all geographic maps and models reflect the roundness of Earth. This understanding is the basic paradigm to the design of all geographic maps. The dramatic changes produced by the realization that Earth is not flat, as originally perceived, revolutionized the knowledge we now possess about the structure of the universe. When a paradigm leads a discipline of thought toward a dead end (as in the case of a flat Earth), for those who can stand back and impartially reassess the infrastructure of knowledge, often a new paradigm emerges. All it takes is a thought-triggering association or observation.

When a valid paradigm that is basic to a major discipline of thought emerges, it illuminates the path to a vast new domain of knowledge, like a flash of lightning that reveals all in the darkness of night. A new paradigm removes restrictions and barriers and makes future progress within a discipline of thought possible.

A new paradigm is more easily born when there is a specific need and a purpose to find a solution. A solution does not establish significance unless a definite need to the emerging solution is also recognized. The following story may help explain this thought.

Sir Alexander Fleming was the Nobel laureate recognized to have discovered penicillin. He was a Scottish scientist who worked at the Wright-Fleming Institute of St. Mary's Hospital Medical School of London University when I was a medical student there in the 1950s. Many medical students have an emotional urge to become discoverers. I was no exception. Since childhood, I had been driven to study medicine and become someone who could positively affect the lives of people who fell sick.

In the introductory bacteriology course, students were divided into small groups and assigned to different tutors. Luck placed me in the tutorial group assigned to Sir Alexander. He was a refined and humble man. At the end of the tutorial, I gathered enough courage to ask him a question, the answer to which has deeply influenced me ever since.

I asked him, "Sir Alexander, is there a special way to become a discoverer in medicine?" He looked at me and pondered my naive question. After a pause, in a very refined Scottish brogue he replied, "Need and purpose." He explained that with the increasing introduction of different surgical treatment procedures into medical practice, there was an ever-increasing rate of fatal bacterial complications. To find an agent that would stop bacterial infections in the human body became a most urgent need that established a purpose and resolve for those in bacterial research. "Need" was the mother of penicillin's discovery, and "purpose" the impetus of its development for human application.


History tells us that every so often, through basic discoveries of the applied techniques of nature, important leaps of progress have become possible. Humankind, because of these fortuitous happen-stances and flashes of insight, has unraveled many of the secrets employed in its creation.

One such happenstance seems to have revealed itself in 1979. I had become a political prisoner of Islamic revolutionaries and was being held in the Iranian prison of Evin. While facing the possibility of execution, I discovered one late night that two glasses of water could relieve even the severest abdominal pain associated with peptic ulcer disease. A prisoner needed medication for his excruciating ulcer pain which had him doubled up and unable to walk by himself. Two friends were supporting him. The guards had not responded to his repeated pleas to be taken to the prison hospital. It was after eleven at night when he was brought to me. I was a prisoner myself and had no medication to give the man, who was truly in agony. I explained to him that I had no medicine to give him. His face showed even more pain than before. Instead of medication, I gave him two glasses of water. Within minutes, his ulcer pain became less severe. In eight minutes, it disappeared completely. This confirmed for me the abdominal-pain-relieving effect of water in a "disease" condition (I had relieved my own abdominal pain with water during a period of solitary confinement when I refused food for several days). I encouraged one after another of the inmates who had this same classic pain to take water in place of medications that were sometimes available.

During the ensuing two and a half years of my imprisonment, I successfully treated well over three thousand stress-induced peptic ulcer disease cases with tap water only. It became obvious to me that these people were really and only thirsty. They were presenting their dehydration in the form of a painful crisis situation that we in the medical profession had labeled a "disease" condition. As a last defense at my trial -- about fifteen months into my imprisonment -- I presented a scientific article to be released for publication. I told the judge that even if he had me shot, to please not lose the information. "It is the greatest medical discovery in history," I said. By then I had already treated a few hundred fellow prisoners in the confined prison block where I was housed. The judge later came to me and said: "You have made a tremendous discovery; I wish you luck in the future." That was the first indication that I had a future and could continue my work.

As acknowledgment of my discovery, I was not executed but given a three-year sentence. My life was spared because of what I had discovered in the prison. All my personal assets, however, were confiscated. After twenty-three months, the prison warden told me the authorities had discovered I was "not the bad person they had been led to believe," and they were considering an early release for me. I thanked him, but said I wanted to stay on in prison a while longer. I was in the middle of clinical observations on the effect of water as a treatment of various stress-induced health problems, including bleeding peptic ulcer conditions. I explained to him that as a sort of stress laboratory, Evin was unique. Needless to say, the warden was surprised. He thought he was doing me a great favor by wanting to release me before the end of my sentence. He agreed that my work was important, however, and that I should be given the opportunity to complete what I was doing. I had for some time believed that my coming to prison had not been a chance event. I was destined to make my discovery that the human body has sophisticated crisis calls for water when it is stressed and becomes dehydrated. I stayed in prison an additional four months and reached certain clinical conclusions that now needed scientific explanations. After two years and seven months of imprisonment, I was released with an official acclaim for my discovery.

During my prison time, I gained much new understanding about the physiological effects of water and its relationship to many disease conditions. It all started with abdominal pain. I published the first announcement of my discovery in the Iranian Medical Association Journal while I was still in prison. A translation of the article was sent to America and was eventually restructured for publication as a guest editorial in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983.


The explanations that follow are based on clinical observations made in one of the worst stress laboratories in the world. These observations have given birth to a new physiology-based explanation of how diseases of the body occur. My findings have been presented at several international gatherings of scientists. Detailed scientific explanations that support my findings have also been published.

It does not require a detailed knowledge of science to understand that water should be used to prevent and cure certain dehydration-produced disease conditions. Nor does the use of water as a "medicine" require Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Water is the main source of life, and everyone knows about it. Still, there is shameful ignorance about the health dangers we expose our bodies to when we do not drink enough water. Our saving grace is that the human body understands the role of water in maintaining its physiological and physical well-being, even though mainstream medicine does not. It seems we doctors have not been well informed about the different functional relationships of water in the human body. We have been caught in a most embarrassing situation. We do not yet know when the human body is truly thirsty. We do not understand what happens if the body does not receive adequate water on a regular basis. The current practice of clinical medicine is based on the application of pharmacological chemistry to the human body. At medical schools, more than six hundred teaching hours are allocated to the use of pharmaceutical products. Only a few hours are allocated to instructions on diet and food. It seems that in most "disease" conditions, medical educators are trying to force the test-tube understanding of chemistry into the human body.

The trouble is, pharmaceutical or chemical products do not cure most disease conditions. Nor are most of these products safe for long-term use. They only temporarily mask and silence the outward manifestations of the problem. No matter how seemingly scientific, sophisticated, and appealing the justifications for the use of these chemical products might seem, they often do not remove the medical problem -- except for the use of antibiotics in infections. People with hypertension, who begin treatment with diuretics or other chemicals, are not cured. They are told they must continue the treatment for the rest of their lives. They often need to supplement the diuretic and use other types of medication at the same time. People with rheumatoid arthritis are not permanently cured by any of the many analgesics on the market. They have to use analgesic medications for the rest of their painfilled lives. No diabetic is cured; no person with myasthenia gravis is cured; no person with muscular dystrophy is cured. How is it possible that, despite extensive research, no cure for any one of the prevalent conditions such as heartburn, dyspepsia, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, or asthma has been found?

Dehydration eventually causes loss of some functions and produces damage (pathology). The various signals or symptoms produced during severe and lasting dehydration have been interpreted by doctors as various disease conditions of unknown origin. The signal, however, is actually for water shortage, and the local damage is because of water shortage. Because doctors don't recognize chronic dehydration as the original cause, the "disease" conditions receive all sorts of explanations and labels, and all of them are said to have an unknown cause. This is the basic mistake that has distorted the truth in medicine and devastated people needing professional advice and guidance for their health issues. This is the crack through which all past research on the origin of some disease conditions has fallen.

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Water for Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all the people suffering from the painful and frightening conditions that could be cured if they would open their minds to another health option, Dr. Batman's book could literally be a lifesaver. I recommend this book to every human! I wasn't chronically sick before taking Dr. Batman's advice, but I've experienced a few benefits: I have more consistent energy, stable moods, sleep better than ever, look 10 years younger than my age (people tell me), and no longer experience sciatica, slipped disc problems, high blood pressure or succumb to every passing virus. I'm no longer afraid of illness or the aging process. I'm completely confident I will experience a disease-free and pain-free old age. I'm taking full responsibility for my own health, and with Dr. Batman's advice, I know exactly how. Five stars and three cheers for this book!
overdue4cafe More than 1 year ago
That's what this book will do! If you have a problem drinking your required amount of water on a daily basis or are a dieter and you need to drink more water -- READ THIS BOOK. It will revolutionize your thinking. I gave this book to some senior friends of mine because they were not drinking water at all... many seniors lose their thirst for water. This book helped them understand WHY they NEED water. It's an EASY read, so don't be intimidated by the book. You'll benefit from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so grateful to the creator for leading me to this book. This man is a genius and a great man of science. I suffered with chronic acne for years and most recently alot of creaking in my bones. I tried many things and settled for chiropractic visits, exercise,and a decent facial cleanser. I stumbled across the idea to wash my face with cold water 20 times twice day( i do not use soap). I can tell you that my skin cleared in a matter of days. So I then remember they taught in school that the body is 75% water and it occurred to me that maybe drinking a decent amount of water may help me. I began my research and found the watercure website and Dr Batmanghelidj's research the rest is history. Water,some good salt and walking all simple, no cost cures for most of human ails. You know if you think and feel the idea you will know it is true. Water thats what we are and yes that is exactly what we need. AS for me has it changed me, YES!!!! how? Sugar cravings are almost non existent, I have lost about 10 lbs in a few weeks, my bones barely creak, my complexion is stunning (hyperpigmentation is barely an issue) I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY and I feel balanced and stable emotionally. Water, salt and exercise. I will purchase his other books as well. The world needs to know about this work. I mean when you think about it makes sense. From young we are trained to not like water. Remember what a problem it was and still is to get a drink of water in school. We are trained to not drink water. But it is the most important fluid to us and I really hope everyone in the world gets the opportunity to read this great book and his others and stop the madness of treatments and prescriptions that hurt as opposed to help. Please note that I never write reviews but I felt it was vitally important. DR F. BATMANGHEDLIDJ may you live long and my the creator bless you and all of you children for this important work!
Lamusa More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and have passed it along to many other friends. I know the importance of proper hydration and this book made it ring true for me.
HikingNell More than 1 year ago
This is an unusual book on a simple subject. The author obviously knows what he is talking about. Following his advice could certialy improve ones health, perhaps dramatically.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is to your health and physical well-being as religion is to the spiritual well-being.  This information  is the most exciting information I have ever read concerning health.  I plan on reading it again and getting  copies for my family and friends because for the body there has never been a more enlightening and profound book about how such a simple substance as water can be so important to one's health.  There are no words that can truly describe how you will feel once you start to read but I can tell you that the sooner you get this book, the sooner you can get your life on track to health like you  and most of us could have only imagined.  Drugs are not the cure but only the bandage because until now doctors did not know the cause of most disease.  This book clearly shows the implication of chronic dehydration in the body.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, it only makes sense that we have the ability to rid ourselves of so many ailments simply by drinking more water, which is what most of the human body is made of. I have lost several family members due to diseases which could possibly have been cured simply by drinking more water. Hopefully the medical community will come across more substantial evidence to begin curing patients with the simple task of drinking more water. However, the medical community would be facing less profit from the lack of money flowing in from peoples' medical bills due to their ailments. We must educate ourselves first rather than fully relying on what doctors and the government tell us is right for our bodies.
Pollyanna1970 More than 1 year ago
"Dr. Batman" uses metaphors, anecdotes and simple explanation to make a compelling case for increased water intake. He not only provides the rationale for greater hydration, but also shares the practical means by which to do so in a healthy way. His decades of study in this area establish the foundation for a book with the potential to, when applied correctly, profoundly improve the longterm health of the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was very informative. It's controversial ideas are worthy of further study. The author made valid points pertaining to people's even medical professional's misconceptions of the importance of water to the human body. The author was thorough in presenting his ideas and supporting them with is knowledge of the body's physiological processes. If even half of the concepts presented in the book have a glimmer of truth then medical science is over due for a much needed change or at least a revision.
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TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book will change your life, starting with your awareness of your own body. An excellent read for people who dislike doctor visits, pharmaceuticals, or even being ill for that matter. In fact, I recommend that everyone read this book, cover to cover.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m not sure how I really feel about this book¿on one hand I do think water is extremely important as a part of healthy living, however much of this book is extensive descriptions of body functions that aren¿t overly technical¿but, for me at least, take away from the ¿readability¿ of the book. It is my opinion that this could have been half as long and still made his point (and made it well). My main problem with Batmanghelidj is that he makes a LOT of claims as to the many, many, many (practically every condition, syndrome, and disease imaginable) is ¿curable¿ by consumption of copious amounts of water and some salt and minerals. While I don¿t doubt their benefits¿I would really have liked to see some documented studies and/or testimonials by other experts in the field and Batmanghelidj doesn¿t supply either. This book is entirely comprised of his personal opinion and experience, the book also provides no bibliography, references or recommend reading. Without studies of some kind to back up his claims¿Batmanghelidj just comes off as a man beating the water trough and sounding very whiny about how is theories are not taken seriously or accepted by the medical community at large. I think since the inception of his work, water has become more widely acknowledged as necessary for healthy living¿but it would take some serious effort to prove all of his claims and have them accepted the way he would like them to be. I wouldn¿t recommend buying this book¿if you¿re interested in the subject (and I did find a lot of the book helpful and informative, I just don¿t take his claims as to the far reaching effects he would like us to believe), check it out from your local library (like I did) or buy it used¿I give it a C based on the unfounded medical claims alone.
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