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I have been practicing medicine for four decades and I have observed that most medical professionals today fully rely on the advanced technology in science in making the diagnoses.

Gone are the days when the physician relies more on the clinical acumen and only submits the patient to tests merely to confirm the diagnosis. The reason why I am saying this is because I have encountered numerous patients being managed by specialists, despite undergoing several laboratory tests and expensive ancillary procedures, still do not achieve the “good” health that they are yearning for.

In my very young age, I dreamt of becoming a medical doctor after my older sister got severely ill and had to be brought to the best medical center in Manila for treatment. It was then that I realized the need for a physician in the family so there will be someone to take good care of the family members. I personally understand the sentiments of bereaved people because I also experienced the loss of my beloved ones, feeling so guilty that I was not able to help them despite being a medical professional. In 1996, three weeks before her 63rd birthday, my dear mother succumbed to diabetes despite being treated by an endocrinologist for several years. I had her managed by an endocrinologist because I was not much adept with the disease. During my younger years as a General Pediatrician, I very rarely handled diabetic patients. Most of them were referred to endocrinologists.

After mother’s death, I studied her case, somewhat doing an investigation of why she never recovered and why she died prematurely. Searching for answers in reference books, medical journals and other literatures, I failed! All of them pointed that my mother was provided the best current medical management. If they were so, the question of why she died still remained in my mind. I did not reach any right answer.

Three months later, a father of one of my patients introduced me to a “water business”. He was marketing a drinking water system (water purifier). After studying the device, I got very interested since infants and children have a very high percentage of water comprising their bodies. A safe and healthy water will definitely play a critical role in their growth and development. It was here that I studied water very intensively, and got surprised that in the profession of medicine, water is never given vital importance to health when the human body is basically water wrapped up by skin. It was also here that I found the answer to my unsolved puzzle.

My mother never loved water. Her favorite beverages were coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and beer in the evening. Her curiosity on beer as many of our workers resorted to relax after work made her an alcoholic. All these beverages are diuretics and her habitual intake gradually dehydrated her entire body, and just like a plant that is not watered regularly, she dried up and died. No medication is able to treat dehydration but water alone.

Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” explains how the state of unintentional chronic dehydration causes diabetes mellitus. The brain is the main organ of the Central Nervous System (CNS). CNS simulates the electric company in a community. Domestically, our electric companies usually rely on water to generate power.

This is hydroelectric energy. When there is water shortage, the electric companies cannot generate sufficient power so they may rely on other sources of energy such as sunlight, wind, steam as geothermal energy, coal, fuel (gasoline or diesel) and nuclear power.

The brain does likewise. It also relies on the water to generate energy. This water is called the

cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The brain is immersed in it. During unintentional chronic dehydration, the volume of CSF may become depleted and so it may not be enough to operate

the brain optimally. It will also seek alternative source of energy to prevent the brain from suffering from any drastic event that may lead to its damage and death. The alternative energy source when the brain is depleted of sufficient volume of CSF is sugar (glucose). The amount of blood glucose is dependent on the amount of depleted CSF, thus, they are inversely related. You would note that most diabetics are frequently thirsty. The problem lies on the fact that water is NOT their beverage of choice and no other fluid but water provides hydroelectric energy to the brain. Only water does the job to quench thirst.

Presently, I just advise my diabetic patients of proper hydration to restore the depleted CSF. By doing so, the incurable disease becomes curable. I have helped numerous diabetic patients restore their lost health to the extent of overcoming the dreaded complications brought about by the disease such as heart failure, kidney failure, hypertension, diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy, cataract, erectile dysfunction, and many more. Rehydrating the body has so many health benefits. Dr. Batmanghelidj cited almost 50 reasons why we should drink water only. I always inform my patients that the human body is like the motor engine that runs on a specific type of fuel. They cannot be interchanged – gasoline fuel for gasoline-operated engine and diesel fuel for diesel-operated engine. No rational driver will ever interchange one for the other even when their price difference is miles apart. None will try to mix them into the fuel tank. Every time I encounter a patient who insists on drinking his favorite beverage, I always tell him that he loves his car more than his body.

Common complications of deep-rooted chronic dehydration include asthma, arthritis, hypertension, heart attack, hypercholesterolemia, peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), cancer, chronic kidney disease, hyperuricemia, liver cirrhosis, stroke, senility, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinsonism, and many more.

“Much of the problem of bad health today is founded on the misconception that any fluid containing water does the job to quench thirst. Water is the only prescribed beverage for the human body and nothing substitutes for water.” – Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

If you are “sick and tired” of being sick and tired, don’t treat your thirst with medications!



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