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The other day my brother was stating he was starting to suffer from
arthritic pain in his hip joint. He made the statement as if he was
surprised by the fact he was suffering from this ailment at the age
of 40. To be honest I wasn't, I will make my lack of surprise clear
as you read on. I listened to his ramblings on his own diagnosis of arthritis and
when he stopped to take a breath I asked a simple question, even
though I knew what he was going to say, but I asked anyway.
How much water are you drinking, is what I asked. His response was
not surprising at all, he said oh I drink plently. If I had a nickel
for everytime someone responded this way I would be wealthier than
I tried explaining to my brother if he monitored how much he actually
dranked per day he would see he really wasn't drinking enough water
for his body weight, therefore, creating arthritic symptoms.
"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 complications."~~Dr.Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (My Forever Healthy & Pain-Free Program)
Like so many people in this culture he shook his head and said
there's no way water can make a difference as to preventing or curing
any disease. I begged the differ with him and encouraged him to read
more on the subject, instead he became more objectionable on the
"Improvements in the aches and pains of arthritis also make sense,
given that 85 percent of the cartilage and virtually
all of the synovial fluid lubricating the joints are water."
~~Dr.Julian Whitaker (Health & Healing Newsletter August 2000)
"Whenever you feel pain in any of your joints, the first thought
that should occur to you is, "My body is severely short of water."
That's because the parts of your body that suffer most when you
are dehydrated are those without direct vascular circulation, like
joint cartilage. Without sufficient water and the nourishment that
water provides, cartilage cells eventually shrivel up and die. Taking
medications to mask the pain simply allows you to put more wear and
tear on your joints, making matters worse. Only water can restore
your joints to their more youthful strength and flexibility"
~~Dr.Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (My Forever Healthy & Pain-Free Program)
My brother's response is far from being rare, quite to the contrary,
it's the mainstream way of thinking. In this day and age we would
rather live on over-priced drugs that only temporarily elliviate the
discomforts of dehydration rather than to give our bodies water. It
would appear we as "modern" humans are so far removed from the
simpliest facts we cause our own demise to disease. This is very
unfortunate, so many intelligent people will spend great portions of
their precious lives suffering needlessly from sheer ignorance of how
their bodies function.
If you as a individual don't know water is a must for a disease-free
life don't expect doctors and pharmaceutical companies to be honest
and tell you. Keep in mind, doctors are trained to diagnose and
prescribe, and the pharmaceutical companies are watching their
bottomline which is profits, something they would lose if people
really understood the role water played in their bodies.
"In medical school, I had been taught that water was essentially an
inert substance - necessary, of course, but primarily as a carrier
for the far more important things that are dissolved in it. But think
about it: water makes up 70 percent of our magnificently engineered bodies, and while we can survive for months without food, we can last only -days without
water. So when I encountered the hypothesis that water - or a
deficiency of it - may be a factor in disease, I thought
the doctor (Fereydoon Batmanghelidj) might be onto
something".~~~Dr.Julian Whitaker (Health & Healing August 2000)
Creating disease is one of the ways the body let the owner know
there's a shortage of water, actually disease is usually the final
step of dehydration. It has been proven the body needs oxygen, water,
and salt to keep the immune system functioning properly, but what if
one or maybe two of the necessary ingredients were missing would this
not be a cursor for suffering,disease, death?
How long do you think your car would last driving it low on water and
oil? You will find yourself replacing parts often until finally the
car stops working altogether. Most can understand the premise stated
above but can't comprehend it when substituting the human body for
the car.The human body is the same way, it will function low on water
and salt but leaving in its wake ailments and discomforts until
finally a disease.
We're taught to be illogical with our health, like avoiding salt, a
substance our bodies need to conduct all our bodily functions. When
you're admitted to the hospital saline, i.e salt water, is
administered to you. Why would they do this if salt is suppose to be
so bad for you and water isn't needed for good health?
Go to any gym or office building and you will see people gulping
large amounts of sugary and caffeinated drinks attempting to quench
their thirsts. The same is occurring in social functions but with a
twist, they're drinking sugary drinks with another dehydrator called
alcohol. The logic of filling the body with any liquid substance to
take the place of water is plain ludicrous. I guess this would
explain why people in this "civilized" culture suffers from cancer,
arthritis, asthma, kidney failure, heart disease, and glaucoma at
such young ages.
Here's the simple truth, as long as people turn their noses up on
drinking half their body weight in ounces of water the more they will
be held hostage by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who only see
dollar signs when they see someone sick. The reality of seniors
making monthly pilgrimages to Mexico will continue into another
generation, another generation of people too miserable with their
bodies to know peace and tranquility, but unlike seniors of today
these pilgrims will be forty-somethings looking for relief.
I'll offer the same challenge to you that I offered to my sibling,
have any doubts about the effectiveness of drinking water, first use
yourself as a guinea pig and began drinking half your body weight in
ouces of water. Secondly, research the benefits of water on the
internet and in your local library, there's plenty to read. It's time
people stop assuming their doctors know all there is to know about
the human body and actively pursue the truth for themselves. Chances
are you'll be educating your doctor when he/she see the remarkable
improvements in your health just by incorporating the correct amount
of water into your daily consumption.
"YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY NOT THE GOVERNMENT ,YOUR DOCTOR,
OR THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT, NO IT'S YOURS"
Regena English, editor of The Leather Spinsters Newsletter and
Leather Spinsters on the Web publications for happily unmarried
careerwomen. She is also the author of the controversial ebook
Leather Spinsters and Their Degrees of Asexuality, based on her 12
month interview of 100 women aged 19-87.
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