Healthy Beginnings

CHRONIC DEHYDRATION Part 6: It Causes Disease

A chronically dehydrated human body can be compared to an above ground swimming pool filled with water. As the family gets caught up in life, pool maintenance is assigned to the family’s young child who sometimes forgets to add water. Each day the hot sun evaporates some water from the pool. The child puts the hose in the pool, but since he’s not tall enough to see inside, he never lets the water run long enough to fill it. The sun evaporates more water. As the summer passes, the water level drops to 60 percent of capacity. Then the October leaves fall into the water, they rot, and bacteria begins to grow. When a family member checks, the pool is found to be only 50 percent full and putrid.

Our bodies can be like that pool. We get so busy living our lives that we forget about our bodies. We get so enamored with the tasty beverages available that we give up filling our water needs. We can’t see into our bodies to gauge the water level, so we don’t realize how low the water becomes.

That’s how chronic dehydration occurs–over time, when we aren’t paying attention. What does get our attention is when this long-term water shortage causes debilitating disease. This is when we turn to our doctors for a pill or an operation to fix things. Medicine can give us a temporary fix to regulate heartbeat, dissolve a blood clot, filter the blood or add insulin, but it can’t cure the problem. The heart may become more erratic, other clots may form, the kidneys will continue to decline in function, and the pancreas will not produce insulin.

The following information is not the result of “scientific studies,” because there is no money to be gained by telling people to drink water. We put too much stock in human logic anyway. The great scientist Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Some health specialists eschew the scientific “evidence” proving the rational cause of disease. Some ignore the “logical” conclusion and intuit a better solution for the degenerating diseases they observe. Some have ignored the symptoms of these diseases and focused on the cause as being chronic dehydration, which is due to long-term deficiencies of water, salt, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

On average, 75 percent of our body is ideally comprised of water. Not only is there water in every cell of the body, but also in the space between the cells. We can go weeks without food; it takes only six to ten days without water for us to die. Before that demise, lack of water causes cells to die, beginning with the least vital ones and progressing to the most necessary organs.

If water weren’t as important to life as we know it, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration wouldn’t be looking for it on other planets.

Water = life.
Lack of sufficient water = cell death and disease.

This is why Dr. F. Batmanghelidj believes that chronic dehydration can cause as many diseases as medicine has invented names for.

In ABC of Asthma, Allergies and Lupus, Dr.Batmanghelidj publishes a letter from Andrew Bauman recounting his health struggles, which represent a great number ofthose serious diseases.

Andrew began his trip down the chronic dehydration road as a child. He seldom drank water and suffered from severe allergies and asthma. He also experienced “aborted polio” episodes after an initial polio vaccination, and again after a polio booster. As he grew to adulthood, Andrew still drank little water, preferring four or more cups per day of coffee, tea, alcohol (all dehydrating liquids) and sodas.

As he grew in years, so did the list of afflictions diagnosed by his doctors:

Juvenile diabetes with vein blockage with possible removal of both legs
Retinal bleeding in the eyes and vision loss
Enlarged prostate and potency loss
Deteriorated kidneys
Mononucleosis on two occasions
Over stressed immune system
Many bacterial infections
A second spleen was grown
Arthritis, bursitis
Acid reflux, bowel problems
Thyroid nodule
Heavy metal poisoning
Sleep apnea and narcolepsy
Cutaneous B cell lymphoma over entire body surface

At age 39, Andrew learned of Dr. Batmanghelidj’s water cure. He seriously increased his water intake and three months later, doctors pronounced him free of skin cancer. By age 40, he was ingesting salt liberally and drinking 1 ½ gallons of water per day. It was then that Andrew wrote his health problems had disappeared, including the thyroid nodule and second spleen. His daily insulin intake was down from 95 units per day to 35-45, and new pulses had developed in his degenerated legs.

Chronic dehydration can cause many more complications than Andrew endured and some will be explored in the coming issues. If you have had success curing or relieving disease through re-hydration, please contact JeanAnn at 775-828-7194.


1. Batmanghelidj, F., M.D., ABC of Asthma, Allergies and Lupus. Global Health Solutions. 2000.

*This article was reprinted with the author’s permission.