For some reason this year, the ocean is unbelievably warm. Normally, I'd wait until mid July to take a cool dip immersing myself and dashing out due to shocking coldness still present. But for some reason, the ocean temp has been hovering around 80 degrees. This makes one just want to frolic in the waves for unknown periods of time forgetting that the minutes are ticking away. After a week or so of doing this relentlessly, I was shocked and unaccustomed to feeling very little pain and the clear mind in the hours that followed. I knew it was directly correlated to the ocean water!
I knew it had something to do with osmosis. Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a partially permeable membrane into a region of higher solute concentration, in the direction that tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides. Just as my body drinks in my skin care regiment, it was taking in the ocean water that I was swimming in! I was propelled to see if I could find answers to my better health.
What I came upon was non short that amazing. I read several articles on The Water Cure. The Water Cure is another in a long list of alleged miracle cures discovered by “lone geniuses” who are allegedly persecuted by a resistant medical establishment.
Dr. Batmanghelidj was imprisoned for political crimes in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison. A number of his fellow prisoners had previously been diagnosed with peptic ulcer disease (PUD). Their symptoms recurred in jail and didn’t respond to Cimetidine and antacids. Dr. Batmanghelidj gave a prisoner with unbearable pain two glasses of water. The pain disappeared completely after 8 minutes.
He treated other PUD patients with remarkable success. One patient was semiconscious from pain but after drinking water he recovered in 20 minutes. (One wonders about the wisdom of making a semiconscious patient drink, since there is a risk of aspiration). Patients were advised to continue drinking 1500cc of water daily for 6 weeks, allowing time for the average ulcer to heal. Symptoms did not recur.
During treatment, urine volume increased and patients had to get up at night to pee. Dr. Batmanghelidj assumed this meant that they were losing sodium so he added salt to their treatment. Dr. Batmanghelidj decided that the real problem was dehydration: dehydration was the sole cause of pain so the pain was relieved by drinking water.
Dr. Batmanghelidj eventually got out of prison and came to the US, where he developed his ideas further and wrote a series of books. His philosophy expanded. Although water alone had worked for his initial patients, he added Celtic sea or Himalayan salt to supply trace minerals.
"The causes of most so-called incurable diseases are nothing but symptoms of a weak immune system caused by consuming caffeine, alcohol and/or soda and lack of water and/or salt. They create an acid pH and the more acidic it is, the weaker your immune system, the worse your health becomes and the more difficult it is for your body to repair itself." - Dr. Batmanghelidj
- Prevent and reverse premature aging
- Eliminate pain, including heartburn, back pain, arthritis, colitis, angina, and migraine headaches
- Cure asthma in a few days, naturally and forever
- Cure hypertension without diuretics or other medications
- Lose weight effortlessly and naturally, without strict dieting
The Water Cure:
The water you drink must be free of all impurities.
The water you drink must be warm.
The water you drink must contain salt.
Sea salt is best. Celtic sea salt is the best sea salt. One quarter teaspoon of salt per one quart of drinking water. One quart is 32 ounces.
Drink your salted water throughout the entire day. Sip your water. Don’t drink 6-8 oz at a time. Drink 1-2 oz at a time. Go slowly.
You must consume half your body weight in ounces of water per day, each and every day to recover from the symptoms of long term, chronic, unintentional dehydration and to prevent it from happening again.
The outflow of urine should be equal in volume to the inflow of water. The color of your urine should be very light yellow like the color of lite beer.
I am not a doctor, but I do realize that a possible reduction in symptoms may be occurring due to my body taking in more salt water if Dr. Batmanghelidj's principles hold true. I am in the water for quite sometime allowing body to "drink in" all that healthy sea water. Sea water is highly concentrated with salt so the ratio of actually drinking the Water Cure to swimming in it may be slightly the same. I believe when the ocean water is no longer available due to a decline in temperature I may be tempted to try the Water Cure.
I do not recommend trying anything without your doctor's approval especially for those who are on a low salt diet. Check with your practitioner first. But, since this a site for alternative disciplines, I do want to "throw" it out there for your inspection.