Kyle Grimshaw-Jones ND, RT




-- I have created this document in the hope of spreading the truth for the good of all. This document has been created without the supervision, knowledge, or consent of Dr. Batmanghelidj. It is possible that I have made some errors in interpreting his work, for which I am totally responsible. The below is for purposes of health education for self-healing purposes to improve our collective situation on Mother Earth, and to promote the awareness of Dr. Batmanghelidj's book.

1. The acidic food mass when ready to leave the stomach, will not be allowed to pass through the pyloric valve until the pancreas has secreted a watery bicarbonate solution into the small intestine. This cannot happen efficiently or properly in dehydration, and this is the first step in the production of dyspeptic pain which precedes other stomach ulcer problems.

2. In dehydration the body absolutely will not allow the highly acidic contents of the stomach, therefore, to come into contact with the delicate intestinal walls. For this reason the strength of contraction on either side of the stomach reverses. This results in reverse peristalsis and predisposes to heartburn, hiatus hernia, nausea, vomiting, and cancer of the lower esophagus.

3. Proportional to the volume of water that enters the stomach, a hormone/neurotransmitter called motilin is secreted by the intestinal tract and can be measured in blood circulation. Motilin produces rhythmic contractions of the intestines -- peristalsis -- which move food virtually the entire length of the digestive tract. Therefore dehydration causes right lower abdominal, constipation, and colitis pain.

4. Dyspeptic pain is a cry of your body for water.

5. Brain cell dehydration is the primary cause of Alzheimer's Disease. Histamine blocking agents have many side effects: enlarged breasts in men, dizziness, confusion, interference with brain capillary dilation during dehydration-caused-dyspeptic pain resulting in lack of blood supply to the brain. In prolonged dehydration the brain cells begin to shrink.

6. On the average, less severe cases of dyspeptic pain in peptic ulceration recover totally from the pain in eight minutes when water is administered.

7. Dr. Batmanghelidj treated 3000 persons with dyspeptic pain and associated complaints using ONLY water. The report on this was published as the editorial article in the Journal of Gastroenterology in June of 1983. All pain and pain-associated clinical problems disappeared for these patients.

8. If the problem has persisted for many years, those who wish to test the pain-relieving property of water should make sure their kidneys can make sufficient urine so that they do not retain too much water in the body. They should therefore increase their water intake gradually over a few weeks, building up to about 2 quarts (minimum).

9. Pain is a result of dehydration.

10. Increase in age has usually been proportional to decrease in cell hydration (dehydration).

11. The new PARADIGM SHIFT is: Water, the solvent of the body, regulates all functions, including the activity of the solutes it dissolves and circulates.

12. The dry mouth is the very last sign of dehydration. The body can suffer from dehydration even when the mouth may be fairly moist. Still worse in the elderly, the mouth can be seen to be obviously dry and yet thirst may not be acknowledged or satisfied.

13. Water has an essential hydrolytic role important for many chemical reactions. Water liberates the growth energy in seeds and plants.

14. The osmotic flow of water through the cell membrane can generate hydroelectric energy that is converted and stored in energy pools of ATP and GTP. This is important for all cellular processes, esp. neurotransmission.

15. Two boards stuck together with water are very difficult to pull apart. This stickiness seems to be employed in the bonding of the cellular architecture.

16. Neurotransmitters produced in the brain are transported along microtubules out to their destination in the nerve endings. This can be visualized as a flotation process, which can fail or be impaired by varying degrees of dehydration.

17. Proteins and body enzyme function are more efficient in solutions of lower viscosity -- this is true of ALL receptors in the cell membranes.

18. In dehydration, the body resorts to a priority distribution network as a form of drought management.

19. Humans seem to lose their thirst sensation and the critical perceptions of needing water. NOT recognizing their water need, they become gradually, increasingly and chronically dehydrated with progress in age.

20. Histamine directed and operated neurotransmitter system becomes active and initiates subordinate systems. Histamine has growth hormone effects.

21. Non-infectious recurring or chronic pains should be viewed as indicators of body thirst.

22. A rheumatoid joint is a thirst signal of the body. Water held in the cartilage of a joint is the lubricant that protects the contact surfaces of the joint. Dehydration causes drought management priority of fluid distribution. The top priority is growing blood cells in bone marrow. The normal bone route (tubules in the bone) of serum diffusion to joint surfaces shuts down. Nerve endings in the joint surfaces request water which causes compensatory vascular expansion which is the dilation and edema around an arthritic joint.

23. One type of drought management is the shriveled constriction of the lung tissue which we see in asthma. This can be compared to the way the leaves on a tree curl up so as not to lose so much water, in times of water stress. The constriction of asthma decreases the effective surface area for water vapor exchange and this conserves the body's water.

24. 75% of the weight of the upper part of the body is supported by the water volume that is stored in the disc core; 25% is supported by the fibrous material around the disc. So, hydration and spinal exercise are priorities to rehydrate the 5th lumbar disc in low back and sciatic problems.

25. The common factor to all of the various conditions labeled as different diseases of the heart and lungs is an established dehydration. Anginal pain often completely disappears with increased water intake.

26. Dehydration plays a major role in the precipitation of migraine headaches, caused by temperature regulation problems. Many migraine people have completely recovered simply by rehydrating the body. The general tendency to migraine disappears almost completely with rehydration.

27. Once the water requirements of the brain tissues are no longer met, the level of energy generation in the brain decreases causing depression, chronic fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity.

28. Dehydration causes stress, and stress will cause further dehydration.

29. The following hormones are triggered as part of a dehydration stress response: endorphins, cortisone releasing factor, prolactin, vasopressin, and renin-angiotensin.

30. Endorphins raise the pain threshold.
Cortisone mobilizes the body reserves and basically makes the body feed off itself.
Prolactin primes gland cells in breast tissue to regenerate, increase in quantity, and grow. Vasopressin is produced in greater quantity so there is an increased water influx into the cells. This is achieved by its causing a vasoconstriction that puts a squeeze on the local regional fluid volume causing increased water influx into the cells.
Vasopressin secretion is suppressed by alcohol, thus causing brain cell dehydration. This then leads to endorphin secretion and addiction.

31. Alcohol and caffeine cause a lack of nerve cell hydration in severe dehydration, causing the body to bring more blood to the nerve cells. This process involves the release of histamine from cells in the nerve lining. This eventually causes damage to the nerve lining, manifesting nervous disorders which are labeled with various names, including M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis).

32. Rein-Angiotensin (RA) is activated to retain water and absorb more salt. Hence water or sodium deficiency causes an increase in RA secretion. RA tightens capillary bed and vascular system causing hypertension.

34. Stress causes use of available water for breakdown of stored materials. This leads to body compensation mechanisms causing increased hormone secretion.

35. Decreased filtration pressure in the kidney causes RA secretion and tightening of blood vessels causing hypertension. Water and salt, in that order, are the off switches for RA secretion.

36. Salivary glands produce kinins in sodium shortage causing increased saliva formation and triggering the body's RA system, affecting all parts of the body.

37. Salt shortage leads to a devastating water shortage outside cells, causing essential hypertension and chronic pains in humans.

38. Constant substituting of caffeine-containing drinks for water will deprive the body of its full capacity for the formation of hydroelectric energy. Caffeine overrides the body to liberate energy even when it does not wish to and continues this override effect until a lower level of energy shortage is reached.

39. Excess caffeine depletes the ATP stored energy in the brain and body causing attention deficits and chronic fatigue, and eventually exhausts the heart muscle from overstimulation.

40. Caffeine inhibits PDE enzyme system involved in learning and memory development. So people with Alzheimer's disease and learning disabilities should drink only water -- NO caffeine drinks of any kind (tea, coffee, cola drinks).

41. Dehydration is the number 1 stressor of ANY living matter.

42. High Blood Pressure is the result of an adaptive process to a gross body water deficiency.

43. Decreased total fluid volume leads to a decreased aperture of the blood vessels. Otherwise gases would separate from the blood and fill the extra space forming gas locks.

44. In body water shortage, 66% is taken from the water volume normally held inside the cells; 26% is taken from the volume held outside the cells; and 8% is taken from the blood volume.

45. The vascular system all over the body adapts to blood volume loss by selective closing of the lumen. One major cause for blood volume loss is the loss of body water or its under supply through loss of thirst sensation.

46. The more the muscles are exercised, the more their capillaries will open and hold a greater volume of blood within the circulation reserves. This is the reason why exercise is a most important component for physiological adjustment in those suffering from hypertension.

47. When there is a shortage of water, some cells will go without a portion of their normal needs and some others will get a predetermined rationed amount to maintain function (as it was explained, the mechanisms involve water filtration through the cell membrane). However, blood will normally retain the consistency of its composition. It must do so to keep the normal composition of elements reaching the vital centres.

This is where the solutes paradigm is inadequate and goes wrong. It bases all assessments and evaluations of body functions on the solids content of the blood. It does not recognize the comparative dehydration of some parts of the body. All blood tests can appear normal and yet the small capillaries of the heart and the brain may be closed and cause some of the cells of these organs a gradual damage from increasing dehydration over a long period of time.

48. Unless we get wise to the paradigm shift and professionally and generally begin to recognize the problems associated with water metabolism disturbance in the human body and its variety of thirst signals, chronic dehydration will continue to take its toll on both our bodies and our society!

49. Essential hypertension should primarily be treated with an increase in daily water intake. the present way of treating hypertension is wrong to the point of SCIENTIFIC ABSURDITY.

50. The mechanism of sodium retention in hypertensives is in an overdrive mode. When water intake is increased gradually and more urine is being produced, the edema fluid swelling that is full of toxic substances will be flushed out, and the heart will regain its strength.

51. My colleagues who still insist on blindly using diuretics in the treatment of hypertension are walking into foreseeable litigations for negligent treatment of their patients. The new information will provide their patients with sufficient insight to understand what damages have been caused in them by the stupidity of asserting the treatment of hypertension with diuretics.

52. Higher blood cholesterol is a sign that the cells of the body have developed a defense mechanism against the osmotic force of the blood that keeps drawing water out through the cell membranes; or the concentrated blood can not release sufficient water to go through the cell membrane and maintain normal cell functions. Cholesterol is a natural clay that, when poured in the gaps of the cell membrane, will make the cell wall impervious to the passage of water. Its excessive manufacture and deposition in the cell membrane is part of the natural design for the protection of living cells against dehydration.

53. Imagine that you are sitting at a table and food is brought to you. If you do not drink water before you eat the food, the process of food digestion will take its toll on the cells of the body. Water is used in the stomach, the intestines, the liver, and the lungs, in processing food materials. The blood thus becomes excessively concentrated from eating food in dehydration. The thirst message that comes during the meal is too late. Damage has already occurred to the larger blood vessels and capillaries of the heart and brain.

54. If we begin to appreciate that for the process of digestion of food, water is the most essential ingredient, most of the battle is won. If we give the necessary water to the body BEFORE we eat, all the battle against cholesterol formation in the blood vessels will be won.

55. The hormone-sensitive, fat-burning enzymes of the body have been shown to become active after one hour's walk, and remain active for 12 hours. Thus, walking two times per day will maintain the activity of the hormone-sensitive, fat-burning enzyme (hormone sensitive lipase) day and night and help clear away the excess lipid deposits in the arteries, especially when combined with adequate water intake.

56. Excess cholesterol formation is the result of dehydration.

57. Asthma is produced by the constriction-producing chemicals secreted in dehydration affecting the bronchioles. When these spill over into the circulation that goes to the heart they will also constrict the walls of the heart arteries. This will lead to anginal pains and will set the stage for the deposition of cholesterol in the walls of the arteries.

58. In my professional and scientific view it is dehydration that is the biggest killer, more than any other condition you could imagine. You are now privy to information on where the mistake lies in the creation of monstrous problems within the health-care systems in scientifically advanced countries. They seem to allow the arrogant treatment of a simple dehydration of the human body by chemical mallets until real diseases are born.

59. People don't know when they are thirsty; they also don't know the difference between fluids and water.

60. Hunger and thirst are generated in response to the brain's need for water. We mistake both indicators as a need for food, and thus fail to drink appropriate water. By drinking water before eating food, we can learn to separate the two sensations. This can help to avoid overeating to satisfy an urge for the intake of water.

61. Recently it has been discovered that the human body has the ability to generate hydroelectric energy when water, by itself, goes through the cell membrane and turns some very special energy generating pumps; very much like the hydroelectric power generation when a dam is built on a large river.

62. The reason we tend to gain weight is one simple fact: we eat to supply the brain with energy for its constant round-the-clock activity. However, when food is eaten, only about 20% of it reaches the brain. The rest will gradually become stored if the muscle activity does not use up its allocated portion.

63. The mistaken assumption that all fluids are equivalent to water for the water needs of the human body is the main cause of many of the ills of the human body, and it is frequently associated with the initial excessive gain in weight. Dehydration caused by caffeine-containing sodas, in due time, will cause a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a direct result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.

64. Artificial sweeteners cause overeating. Aspartame has been implicated in brain tumour formation. Aspartate, one of its breakdown products, acts upon nerve systems whose products stimulate the reproductive organs and breasts, conceivably leading to breast cancer.

65. Salt sensors on the tongue, when strongly stimulated, remove the body's anxiety and stop it from panicking for water. When salt is available, the body is at least assured of an efficient water filtration system for its emergency supply to the important cells.

66. Dehydration causes excessive histamine production in the body causing asthma and allergic problems.

67. If concentrated blood enters the lungs, local histamine production is a natural and automatic process.

68. Do not overdrink thinking you can undo the damage of many months or years of dehydration by excessive intake of water in a few days. You need to drink a normal amount of water every day -- eight to ten 8-ounce glasses -- until full hydration of the body is achieved over a longer period of time.

69. Orange juice has a high potassium content. Excess potassium in the body can promote more than usual histamine production. Asthmatics and allergic patients should keep this in mind and limit orange juice intake to only 1 or 2 glasses a day. Orange juice is NOT a substitute for pure and simple water.

70. Salt shortage is a contributing factor in severe asthma attacks. In certain people, salt shortage in the body can occur and become symptom-producing in exactly the same way as water shortage, such as some arthritis pains.

71. Salt is a natural antihistamine. People with allergies should increase their salt intake to prevent excess histamine production.

72. In dehydration, mucous secretion increases to protect air passages from drying. This occurs in asthma. Eventually the mucous stays put, preventing normal passage of air through the airways. Sodium is a natural mucus breaker, and it is normally secreted to make mucus disposable. That is why phlegm is salty.

73. A pinch of salt on the tongue after drinking water fools the brain into thinking alot of salt has arrived in the body. It is then that the brain begins to relax the bronchioles.

74. Asthma is not a disease. It is a physiological adaptation of the body to dehydration and salt shortage. It will recur anytime sufficient attention is not paid to regular water and salt intake.

75. Let us collectively set a goal of abolishing asthma as soon as possible within five years or less. Only with your active help, and if we can get the media to lend a hand in educating the public about the role of water in prevention of asthma, can we save these innocent children who are caught in the grips of ignorance and commercialism in medicine.

76. Insulin-dependent diabetes is most probably the result of brain water deficiency. The brain benefits from insulin-inhibition, as it is not dependent on insulin for its functions, while cells in most other parts of the body are totally dependent.

77. In dehydration, during digestion, Prostaglandin E (PGE), which is activated by histamine, is secreted. This causes the shunting of the circulation to the pancreas so that the watery bicarbonate solution can be made to neutralize the acidic stomach contents as they enter the intestines. Simultaneously, PGE inhibits the pancreas' insulin secretion, which would otherwise cause the water, instead of being available for digestion, to be absorbed into the cells.

78. Hence, the paradigm shift can scientifically explain the role of water in disease prevention and/or their cure. With strict and absolutely regular daily water intake to prevent the stresses and associated damages of dehydration, the chief conductor and supervisor of the body's well-being -- tryptophan and its neurotransmitter derivatives, serotonin, tryptamine and melatonin -- will be well-positioned to regulate all functions. A balanced amino acid intake in simple proteins will make sure enough of all of them is available to the body. Regular daily walks will keep muscles well-coordinated and correct any physiological processes that are established in the body as a result of anxiety and emotional stress.

79. People with AIDS are consistently and dramatically short of methionine, cystine and cysteine -- very important amino acids. They also have a manifold rise in levels of arginine and glutamate.

80. An easy way to stop muscle breakdown is by intelligent adjustment of the daily water intake and by a balanced high-protein diet. Water and some salt have reversed muscle breakdown in a dehydration-produced disease condition. Not knowing the cause, the problem has been labeled as muscular dystrophy.

81. Your body needs an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM of 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. The best times to drink water are: one glass one half hour before taking food -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- and a similar amount two and a half hours after each meal. Also take two more glasses around the heaviest meal or before going to bed.

82. Thirst should be satisfied at all times. With increase in water intake, the thirst mechanism becomes more efficient. Your body might then ask you to drink more than the above minimum.

83. For people who can't sleep, drinking a glass of water and putting a pinch of salt on the tongue has been found very useful, as has adequate exercise during the day before. Be careful the salt does not irritate the palate of the mouth.

84. In Multiple Sclerosis and other nerve diseases the intake of essential fatty acids is a must. Also loss of hair, sterility, weakness, impaired vision, growth retardation, eczema, liver damage, kidney damage, and other degenerative conditions may involve a deficiency of EFA's. These are most easily found in soaked linseeds.

85. Fainting, esp. in heat, after hot showers, or after standing up, indicates dehydration and salt deficiency.

86. For anginal pain -- in the chest and radiating down the left arm -- drink water and walk, walk, walk!

87. Urine should be almost colourless to light yellow. Dark colour urine is a sign of dehydration.

88. The first place that will show signs of being over-watered will be the lungs if your kidneys do not filter excess water.

89. You should for a few days assess exactly the quantity of water you normally drink and the amount of urine you pass. Now begin adding one or two glasses of water a day to the amount you usually drink. Also measure the quantity of urine you pass. If the amount of urine you pass begins to increase, then you can also increase the water you take. This is very important if concentrated toxins, excess strain, and dehydration have caused compromised kidney functions, or if the homeostatic mechanisms for water regulation and cell water uptake are locked-on excessively.

90. When urine formation is reduced and some edema (swelling) of the legs and eyelids is present, increased water intake should be proportionate to increased urine production.

91. The precaution to keep in mind is loss of salt from the body when water intake is increased and salt intake is not. After a few days of taking 6 , 8 or 10 glasses of water a day, you should begin to think of adding some salt to your diet. If you begin to feel muscle cramps at night, remember you are becoming salt-deficient. Cramps in unexercised muscles most often means salt shortage in the body. Also, dizziness and feeling faint might be indicators of salt and water shortage in the body. If such occasions arise, you should also begin to increase your vitamin and mineral intake -- particularly if you are dieting to lose weight or do not eat properly, including vegetables and fruits for their water-soluble vitamin and mineral content.

92. For every 10 glasses of water, one should add to the diet about half a teaspoon (3 grams) of salt per day. One should ensure that the kidneys are producing urine. Otherwise the body will swell up. If you sense your skin and ankles are beginning to swell, DO NOT PANIC. Reduce salt intake for a few days, but increase your water intake until the swelling in the legs disappears. YOU SHOULD ALSO INCREASE YOUR MOVEMENTS -- EXERCISE; MUSCLE ACTIVITY WILL DRAW THE EXCESS FLUID INTO THE BLOOD CIRCULATION AND SOME SALT IS THEN LOST IN PERSPIRATION AND URINE. Do not sit or stand in one position too long. Many salts have additional unnatural chemicals or are processed unnaturally. The best salt to use that I know of is Celtic Sea Salt, on sale in health shops.

93. According to Dr. Sheldon Saul Hendler, author of The Oxygen Breakthrough, cell membrane fluidity directly affects the ability of the cells to absorb, and thus utilize, oxygen to produce energy. Dehydrated cells cannot use oxygen.

94. We can now take a resolute stand to end major dehydration-produced diseases on earth within two decades. Multiple sclerosis, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol complications, Stroke, Fainting Spells, Emotional problems, blood sugar imbalance, AIDS, Cancer, Hiatus Hernia, Digestive problems, Stomach Ulcers, and many others may be completely eliminated. If you desire a world without suffering, then work towards it. Photocopy this brochure and spread the word. Buy a copy of Dr. Batmanghelidj's book and lend it to friends -- GET MOTIVATED! GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT!


Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Grimshaw-Jones ND, RT