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Your Body's Many Cries for Water: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty! Don't treat thirst with medications; A Preventive and Self-Education Manual for Those Who Prefer to Adhere to the Logic of the Natural and the Simple in Medicine

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This book explains a new discovery that lack of water in the body--chronic dehydration--is the root cause of many painful degenerative diseases, asthma, allergies, hypertension, excss body weight, and some emotional problems including depression. The book explains the damaging effects of dehydration in the fourth dimension of time.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Global Health Solutions (first published 1992)
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Shayla
I didn't love the conspiratorial tone of the book, and I thought that it was not very well written. It seemed disjointed and he jumped around a lot as he was trying to explain something. At times, the medical/technical jargon was so much, that I just put it down or skimmed it and moved on. I wanted to give it 2 or 3 stars for these things. I almost didn't give it a chance because of how it was written, but it was recommended by a specialist we have been working with and I wanted to read it to no ...more
Iona  Main Stewart
I'd heard for years that I should be drinking more water, but nobody could tell me why this was so. At the same time I found it extremely difficult to increase my intake of water for apparently no good reason.

Finally, here is a book that explains why we should drink more water.

Dr B's explanation, which constitutes the important message of this book, is that many common, serious ailments are caused by simple dehydration.

When Dr B was incarcerated in prison in Iran for political reasons, he made t
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Belasonic
This book is a must-read resource that clearly explains a theory worthy of immediate consideration, in which we no longer regard the body as being regulated by SOLUTES (like minerals and vitamins). Instead, water, the life sustaining SOLVENT, regulates the functions of all systems first. This understanding of the cause of many pains and dis-eases would treat symptoms first as a simple local thirst by recommending to drink at least 2 L of water a day for 2 days. This simple prerequisite to pharma ...more
Lia
The good thing about this book is that it gets you to think differently about water and how much of it you drink each day. It gets you to consider the difference between a well-hydrated joint and a dehydrated joint.

The not-so-good thing about this book is that he really doesn't bother to cite any research and pretty much just explains his view along with testimonials from people with various problems who are doing better because they are drinking water.

The really dumb thing about this book is h
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Jodi
This book was an interesting read and is worth reading if your library has a copy.

Maintaining good hydration is an important part of any health program, although other steps are also going to be necessary for almost all of us. Food allergies, high insulin levels from too many refined carbohydrates, chemical exposures and poor nutrient levels in food and many other problems all contribute to disease and must be dealt with in addition to drinking adequate water.

I wasn't at all convinced by the wat
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Ellis
Bad, Horrible......

Yes, I believe that being properly hydrated is essential and under-appreciated. However, the volume of and reliance on anecdotal "evidence" reported in this book is reprehensible. While reading this book, many times I remembered what my mentor told me when I was a young Ph.D. candidate who was a little to ready to find the subject of my research to be a key element in so many other biochemical models. He told me, "when all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail". Well
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Annie Kate
Ever since I discovered, decades ago, that drinking water cures my headaches, I've had a great respect for water.

That was enhanced when, as a physics graduate student, I studied biochemical molecules and became aware of the incredible supporting role water plays in biochemical processes by influencing the shape of molecules. Water is never mentioned, but it is always there.

So I was ready to pay attention to this book, and I'm glad I did. I feel much better when I drink water as the author sugges
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Al Kutil
Jul 23, 2014 Al Kutil rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Al by: Kalim Siddiqui
This is a controversial book! But many medical advances often find it difficult to convince the AMA that the new information should be supported. But I firmly believe that after reading this book, the position that a number of diseases are caused by chronic dehydration. Here are some chapters titles, and the diseases involved:

Dyspeptic Pain, Colitis, Hiatus Hernia
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Back pain, Neck pain, Angina pain, Headaches
Stress and Depression
High Blood Pressure
Higher Blood Cholesterol
Asth
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Rickey Larson
Mar 04, 2014 Rickey Larson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: speakers who would like a strong foundation to present from
Being well hydrated helps in one's energy management, or health, in so many ways. This helps to decrease stress and increase function, so this can help with poise for performing.

Also, one's water level affects one's phonation, or vocal expression.
Irissska
Feb 02, 2014 Irissska rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who cares anout health
Я эту книгу на одном дыхании прочитала. Были, конечно, моменты, когда мой мозг просто отключался от пресыщения описаниями физиологических процессов, но в целом книга доступно объясняет важность употребления воды человеком.
Я не могу объективно оценить верность всех утверждений автора, так как у меня нет соответствующего образования, да и интереса к медицине и физиологии; но я полностью согласна с главной идеей книги: люди, пейте больше воды, именно воды, а не чая, кофе или сока. А так же занимай
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Barbara
Despite his poor and often boring writing style, I have often liked his books for the information in them. I have seen proper hydration make a big difference in my life. This book however spent so much time complaining about how he has "been kept down by the man" in the medical community, that I had an easy time understanding why people believe him to be a quack. It was terrible whiny and took away from the importance of his message.

That being said, here is the general idea of his message. In to
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Susan
My only complaint with a very good book is that Dr Batmanghelidj does not really, other than indirectly on a recital of his sister's sunstroke, address the issue if one is too ill to get that water that one needs. That of course is a "fatal" flaw. Superb work. I highly recommend it for a good and healthy life though following it, drinking that much water, really is "work". I bought a gravity fed system, my third in this life, and added a water filter to my shower. I am definitely happier and som ...more
Shayne
"Please bear in mind, these letters are real-life stories. They are not 'anecdotes.'" (p. 113)

The book contains several chapters, one for each of various popular ailments, from dyspepsia to weight gain to diabetes. Each chapter combines three things: black-and-white diagrams showing parts of the body under "dehydrated" versus "normal" conditions, a plausible-sounding explanation for how water can solve the problem, and breathless testimonials---from ordinary folks like you and me! Also included
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Jason Fella
I read this book, and I'm not giving it five stars simply because he could've condensed it a bit and not put as much medical system bashing in it. People are reading this book because they already know doctors don't have all the answers, so just give us the facts. Some people have some concerns over this book, but I want to address those:

First, for those people who say you only need to drink 3 or 4 glasses of water a day, that in insane! I've read book after book, study after study, telling you
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Ken
I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I've read reviews of this book here and other places and a preponderance of them say something like, "That much water? cures all those ailments?" And they go on to say that they will never get to the recommended level of water intake.

There are testimonials in the audiobook, however, that indicate that they did take in the recommended level of water and got the results the author purports.

Along with the testimonials, Dr. Batmanghelidj posits that the reason
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Lucas Gialluisi
Great book.. Definitely a must read for those who wants to improve their health without knowing how water can be a powerful medicine in their lives despite being cheap.. It also contains a lot of testimonials of people which suffered from several diseases such as ulcer being benefited through the water consumption..

Another highlight is the right mindset in regards some people who thinks that sodas can be a good substitute for water which in the reality doesnt contain the nutrients that water ha
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Trisha
This book explained the whys of water versus soda, orange juice, Gatorade, etc is not the same. We need pure water. There is specific medical explanations of how water is used for all functions. Salt is also discussed and the importance of this. This would be a good book to recommend to someone who does not believe the pure water importance. There are a few case studies with testimonials sprinkled in from doctors who are finally convinced.
Douglas Larson
An interesting premise that the author presents and then explains. I read this book years ago when the author was still alive. He has passed away now but I still recall reading this and being impressed. I can't speak to all of the medical conditions that the author postulates may be due to or at least exacberated by insufficient water in our diet. But I can speak to one of them. He states that people with chronic heart burn, should drink more water and presents a plan for doing so. At the time I ...more
Cher Johnson
Dr. Batmanghelidj claims that many, many common illnesses and conditions (ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, various other aches and pains) are caused by chronic dehydration. I got this book based on a recommendation by a friend to try to end my increasing migraine headaches. After following the advice in this book for a month, I had only 2 days of incipient migraines, and the headaches did not develop into the usual 3 days of constant pain. However, I also was trying out a new medicine that purports ...more
Ashley Ostheimer kendell
I'm sure this review is going to get shredded to pieces, but this was a terribly written book. I mean, truly awful. The doctor who wrote it wonders why no one ever picked it up to back it (in fact he expresses his disdain for the medical community for at least the first 10 pages...). If the topics had stayed together, I may have given it two stars (Alzheimer's and aluminum being discussed in detail in the digestive disorders; aluminum in Guam's water being discussed in the middle of the Alzheime ...more
Ginger
Interesting read, even if I don't have any of the specific ailments that the book covers. The best thing I'll take away from the book is the authors recommendation "the bests time to drink water are one glass one half hour before taking food and a similar amount two and a half hours after a meal... Two more glasses should be taken around the heaviest meal or before going to bed".
I found the chapter dyspeptic pain most interesting. I appreciated the explanation of why we should drink water befor
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Kayla
I found this to be very informative. It really makes sense to me that our bodies are chronically dehydrated. I began increasing my water intake and immediately my frequent heart burn was gone. I've also noticed that I don't feel the need to snack all afternoon like I used to, and I don't seem to eat as much at meals. I drink 1-2 glasses of water first thing in the morning and I find I can wake up and get moving easier, I don't feel sluggish or groggy for the first hour or two of the day anymore. ...more
Denise
Save yourself some money. The only thing you need to know from this book is that staying hydrated is a good thing. The book is short and filled with anecdotes. Claims are not appropriately backed up with evidence.
Melissa
When reading this book it is essential to have a glass of water handy. I found myself having to go get a drink very often. I enjoyed readying this book and now must figure out a way to implement the new knowledge I have gained.
Luca Conti
Good to know that You can be better drinking more water but this book is not science based so very fascinating but without any scientifical real proof.
Nan
Basically, drink water and everything will be cured. Some of the case studies were interesting, but I did not need a whole book just to say drink more water.
Liesa spring
THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!! my grandpa gave it to my mom to pass around to each of us grandchildren and the summer after 9th grade i picked it up as something to read on the bus. now up until this book i had chronic asthma, couldnt run, couldnt be around smokers, even the heat would set off an asthma attack i followed the books advice increased my intake of water and sodium [though my vegetarian diet already assisted in that] and ive been asthma free ever since, i swear to god. ive not th ...more
Veronique Perrot
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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Barbara
I've been trying to motivate myself to drink enough water recently, so figured a book about dehydration's effect on your body might do the trick. It certainly helped. I'll have to do more research about all of this, but if what this doctor says is true, drinking ample water (and cutting out excessive caffeine, alcohol, sodas and other drinks) can help keep us clear of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, asthma, body aches and pains, etc.

Seems to help quite a bit with allergies and
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