Glass of Water
by Verena Kacinskis
Today I want to talk about this wonderful book I’ve been reading that is totally blowing my mind! I’m talking about Dr. Freydoon Batmanghelidj’s “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”. Dr. B was an Iranian medical doctor who discovered the healing powers of water while he was a political prisioner at Evin Prison in the early 1980s. I actually love this story. One night Dr. B had to treat a prisioner with peptic ulcer pain. Since he had no medications at his disposal, Dr. B gave him two glasses of water. Within less than 10 minutes, the pain disappeared. The prisoner/patient was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and in a few days he was free of the pain. Dr. B treated 3,000 fellow prisioners from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease only with water, and conducted an extensive research into the medicinal effects of water in preventing and relieving many painful diseases. When he was offered an early release from prison, he chose to stay a few extra months to complete his research. Talk about being commited to the cause!
What really caught my attention about Dr. Batmanghelidj’s findings is the simplicity of the treatment and the simplicity with wich he approaches the subject. According to him, the vast majority of degenerative deseases like asthma, arthritis, hypertension, adult-onset diabetes are signals of chronic dehydration. Like the book title says: “You’re not sick, you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”
The book is filled with a lot of information about the physiology of the human body and in each chapter he explains a little bit about each of the diseases he treated only with water: dyspeptic pain, hiatus hernia, lower back pain, headaches, hypertension, just to name a few. Each chapter also brings letters of real people whose lives changed after reading the book and adjusting their daily water intake. It’s a must read for those who have chronic pain. Since I read the book I’ve been prescribing more water intake to my clients with chronic pain and other problems like anxiety and insomnia and in less than 4 weeks they’ve changed a lot!!
There are slightly different instructions for every kind of disease, but if you want to start following his tips right now before your book arrives, here are a few of the instructions taken directly from his book:
– Your body needs an absolute minimum of six to eight 8-ounce (240ml) glasses of water a day. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeine-containing beverages do not count as water.
– The best times to drink water are: one glass half an hour before having food – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and a similar amount two-and-a-half hours after each meal.
– Thirst should be satisfied at all times. With an increase in water intake, your thirst mechanism becomes more efficient.
So grab a cup, fill it with water, take a sip and order your copy of the book!
A bit about me…
I’m a Jungian Psychologist and BodyTalk practitioner. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but spent most of my life moving around with my parents and sisters due to my father’s work. So at the age of 23 I had accumulated the exciting figure of 2 countries, 5 cities, 21 houses, 11 schools, 2 universities and a lot of friends from a variety of cultures and languages. Then I thought it was time to begin my own story and stayed in Brasília, where I still live with my husband and Dexter, our cat. This awesome life experience shaped my worldview and taught me two important things: (1) to travel is to live and (2) the outside world is a small place; what is big is the world each person carries inside. To dive into our own inner world is, for me, the biggest of all adventures!
The beautiful photo at the top of this post was taken by Paul Aloe and is shared through Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic