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Your Body's Many Cries for Water: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty: Don't Treat Thirst With Medications

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  173 reviews
For the first time in medical history, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., has identified the crisis calls of the body for water -- pain, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more. He has discovered the key to a longer, healthier, and more vigorous life. He shares with you his medical breakthrough, that many people put their minds and bodie ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Global Health Solutions (first published 1992)
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Patricia Grootjans Yes, it does. It also says how much water is needed in specific situations. For example; when someone is experiencing pain, drink 3 glasses and notice…moreYes, it does. It also says how much water is needed in specific situations. For example; when someone is experiencing pain, drink 3 glasses and notice the difference.(less)

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Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health-books
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
Iona  Stewart
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Annie Kate
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: health, nonfiction
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
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm actually glad I read this. Obviously, the main premise of this book is that we all should drink more water. The author hits home over and over that this should be a great shift in the way western medicine operates. That dehydration is (at least initially) the cause of nearly all disease and doctors should prescribe water before medicines. I think this is an impossible uphill battle but kudos for his efforts.

This book is also a GREAT primer on just how the body works. I learned a lot about h
Ashley Sekal
Here I will share my rather saucy review I wrote for class:

1. What is the "Big Idea" of this book?

To quote the author, I think the big idea of the book is that “dehydration is the number one stressor to the human body.”

2. List three things you learned about water and hydration from this book.

In retrospect, I suppose that the importance of hydration to all the body’s functions should have been obvious. I’ve struggled for years with keeping plants alive, presumably because I can’t find the sweet
Feb 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, water, thinkers
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
My mother recommended this book so I agreed to read it. The authors claims seemed a little over the top to me and didn't make sense. Why would your body respond to dehydration by signaling pain and discomfort instead of thirst. The author kept claiming his research was strongly backed by science and studies. After doing some quick checking it was clear that it is all a lie. The author has no (yes, ZERO) peer reviewed published articles and no clinical studies to back his claims. Everything is ba ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Informative and interesting. Too medical for me to thoroughly enjoy got lost in the jargon.
Al Kutil
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Guillaume Belanger
Dr. Batmanghelidj is an Iranian medical doctor working in the US. He was a political prisoner for some time and discovered by chance the amazing healing properties of water through his treatment of fellow prisoners by the only means available to him: drinking water.

This is a very important book as it explains in great detail the physiological effects of dehydration. I find it so important, in fact, that I have written three articles about water on my blog: Water, ageing and diseaseWhy we shoul
Jun 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, nutrition
It took me a while to get into this book because I don't like his writing style or the copious amounts of letters from patients (it felt really salesy) and it came across as pretty hokey a lot of the time. I felt like I couldn't trust a lot of his claims because there didn't seem to be much scientific backing or citing of sources for many of his claims. Additionally he was pretty hyperbolic about water curing practically everything and being almost all you need to reverse problems and stay healt ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a lot I liked about this book. The scientific explanations describing the negative effects of dehydration on human physiology were VERY interesting. I agree with the author that all too often, we rely on medication, popping a pill, to alleviate discomfort and disease when it may not be necessary. Pharmaceutical companies make money by getting people on and keeping people on medication, not by having doctors suggest that patients try to increase their intake of water first before resorti ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
I was living in California when I heard about this book. I was coming out of a store in Encinitas when a guy walking into the store said, "What your body needs is water," and then he told me about this book. I bought it and still own it. Over the years doctors have constantly told me that I needed to drink more water. Last year it was my urologist who said that all my issues were due to lack of water. I keep trying.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a gift from a friend. Because I battle with different health issues they thought it might be beneficial. While the wording was veryyyy similar to that of a ~medical journal. It was an interesting and different read and it made me look at drinking water and what I put into my body very differently. It was a learning experience, great for people who may be interested in learning about treating health issues without prescription medications.
Farhana Faruq
I LOVED this book! I listened to it - audio was awesome. Basically the importance of water. Yes, we ALL know water is good for you and most of us are quite aware we're not drinking enough (Not liquids, water.) - but this is why it's so important. Our body is 75% water and yet we hardly pay attention to that part.

The doctor covers the importance of water, how it effects our different systems, letters from people/patients that have tried his water protocol and why the medical field doesn't want t
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a very dense and technical read, but, for a non-expert, still beneficial. I've learned a few things I can implement in my day-to-day, but would have appreciated more pointed guidance, especially as it pertains to the salt requirements. What about the sodium contained in our daily foods? How does that affect Dr. B's guidance? I was left with a few questions.
Lucas Gialluisi
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Douglas Larson
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Well the premise of we are all dehydrated and don't drink enough water is a good one. I don't believe that all the diseases listed in this book will be cured by drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day with a few crystals of sea salt on your tongue. I was disappointed in his lack of information about tap water. Finally it needed more than just testimonials to make all his claims legit. If you are looking to read an informative book on water, there probably are better ones out there.
Some people think this book's philosophy is outrageous. I find it believable. If the composition of the body is primarily water, does it not make sense that we need to keep it topped up? Does it also not make sense that the water we take in should be pure?

Some of the reading gets a little ponderous, but overall I think what is presented here should be taken more seriously than it seems to be taken,

Louanne Sluiter White
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this book when it first came out back in the early 90s. I dug it back out of my library and read it again. So glad I did. Here's what increasing my water intake to at least 8 cups per day did for me. Five years ago a doctor told me my kidneys were in trouble, functioning at 50%. I also had high cholesterol and blood pressure was higher than I wanted it to be. I increased my water intake drastically and changed my diet and my kidneys bounced back to normal. My BP and cholestero ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: myp
This book was written in the early 1990s and is showing its age. I think it's generally accepted now that drinking plenty of water is essential for good health. The author starts off by stating that this is not generally known by the public nd not accepted by the medical profession. He derides the latter for being indoctrinated and bribed by the pharmaceutical industry who have instead developed a pill or a procedure for dealing with many illnesses which are actually caused by dehydration. He is ...more
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