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The author, a physician trained in Iran (Your Body's Many Cries for Water), not only believes that drinking water is healthy, but makes extravagant claims for its curative powers. He recounts here how he first discovered the healing abilities of water, when he was a political prisoner more than 20 years ago. While incarcerated, he successfully treated with plain water the stress-induced peptic ulcers that afflicted some of his fellow prisoners. According to Batmanghelidj, most people rely on dry mouth to signal thirst and as a result are seriously dehydrated. He posits that symptoms like fatigue, anxiety or depression indicate dehydration, which may result in serious conditions such as asthma, hypertension, brain damage, cancer, constipation, allergies and obesity. In order to compensate for fluid lost through urination, respiration, and perspiration, Batmanghelidj suggests drinking a minimum of two quarts of plain water daily (not alcohol, caffeine beverages or juices). In order to maintain good health, he also advises ingesting half a teaspoon of salt to balance water intake. In addition, a diet consisting of 80% fruits and vegetables and 20% protein should be followed along with an exercise program. To back up his theories, the author presents a wealth of somewhat confusing medical data as well as patient anecdotes that testify to water as a cure for various diseases. Batmanghelidj does state, however, that those diagnosed with specific conditions should not stop taking their medications abruptly, nor should they embark on a water regime until they have consulted with their physician. This controversial program will have the greatest appeal for devotees of alternative medicine.
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About the Author

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, was born in Tehran, Iran, and now lives in Falls Church, Virginia


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446690740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446690744
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocate of the natural healing power of water, was born in Iran in 1931. He attended Fettes College in Scotland and was a graduate of St. Mary's Hospital Medical School of London University, where he studied under Sir Alexander Fleming, who shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery of penicillin.

Dr. Batmanghelidj practiced medicine in the United Kingdom before returning to Iran where he played a key role in the development of hospitals and medical centers. He also helped establish sport projects for youth in Iran, including The Ice Palace in Tehran, the first ice skating and sports complex in the Middle East.

When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, Dr. Batmanghelidj was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for two years and seven months. It was there he discovered the healing powers of water. One night, Dr. B. had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr. B. gave him two glasses of water. Within eight minutes, his pain disappeared. He was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and became absolutely pain free for his four remaining months in the prison. Dr. B. successfully treated 3,000 fellow prisoners suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease with water alone. While in prison he conducted extensive research into the medicinal effects of water in preventing and relieving many painful degenerative diseases. Evin proved an ideal "stress laboratory," and despite his being offered an earlier release, Dr. B. chose to stay an extra four months in prison to complete his research into the relationship of dehydration and bleeding peptic ulcer disease. The report of his findings was published as the editorial of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983. The New York Times Science Watch reported this discovery on June 21, 1983.

On his release from prison in 1982, Dr. Batmanghelidj escaped from Iran and came to America. At the Foundation for the Simple in Medicine he began to research the effect of chronic unintentional dehydration on the human body. His findings were published in the Foundation's "Journal of Science in Medicine Simplified" in 1991 and 1992. They can be read on the web site

Dr. F. Batmaghelidj wrote his first self-help book "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" in 1992, in which he stated that a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. The body signals its water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration actually produces pain and many degenerative diseases, including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, angina, adult-onset diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Dr. B's message to the world is, "You are not sick, you are thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication."

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj devoted the last 20 years of his life promoting public awareness of the healing powers of water. He appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and lectured around the world. He has left a body of valuable works of six books and more than a dozen educational audio and video seminars. His work has created an international community that has embraced the natural healing of the water cure. His ground-breaking book "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" has been translated into 15 languages and continues to inspire readers all over the world.

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj died of complications from pneumonia on November 15, 2004, in Virginia, U.S.A. He was 73."

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319 of 323 people found the following review helpful By Nalin Nirula on April 7, 2005
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Dr B's book is one of the most useful detailed observations about wellness and disease relating to our relationship with water, well correlated and compellingly illustrated with concurring scientific findings--all of which are available in any good medical text on the human physiognomy.

The book covers detailed understandings of water shortage in the body related to asthma, allergies, blood pressure disorders, diabetes, constipation, auto-immune diseases, pain, heartburn, hiatal hernia, colitis, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, depression, gout---the list goes on and contains practically all the well-known and well-experienced villains of ill-health!

Although there are no clinically detailed case studies, for a book of this nature these are not needed. Dr B's observations and references to the relevant current medical teaching make for a solidly convincing case for reversing with water therapy what Dr B calls "Chronic Unintentional Dehydration". Most of our body is composed of water (about 75%). To think that dehydration takes place only when severe symptoms and bodily reactions take place is one the greatest single errors anyone can make as far as health and wellness is concerned. Like Coleridge's ancient mariner, in the present day we seem to be marooned upon a painted ocean going nowhere, losing our health because we have forgotten what it means to drink enough water.

Many people have knocked this finding of Dr B's without going into the merits of the findings that water is a fundamental nutrient for the body, chronic shortfall of which leads to serious dysfunction and disease.
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 22, 2006
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Having bought and read the authors book Your Body's Many Cries For Water and given copies of it to friends I was interested in what he had to say in this new book and wasn't disappointed. Water is something that is written about in every religion and is depicted on cave walls thousands of years old. Early settlers here in the states sought homesteads near fresh water. Yet, American don't drink enough water and our health shows it. This is a vast contrast to the third world where fresh water projects are what people request more than any other issue.

The authors chapter 11 which details many ailments and why water is needed to reduce or remove the ailment is worth the price of the book. Chapter 12 which discusses why it has to be water and not just any liquid, is something Americans who consume more soft drinks and coffee than any other country need to read. On page 159 he discusses the importance of water in reducing obesity which is a must read in my opinion.

The author gives an excellent real life example of a woman named Shahla who would drink a glass of wine and lay pool side in order to de-stress from a hectic life and lose weight. The woman became so dehydrated from not drinking water that her body went into shock and what she ended up with was water being put into her by medical professionals and a thirteen thousand dollar hospital bill. Think of how drinking water would have prevented this from happening and ask yourself if you are making similar mistakes.

The author drives home the point that lack of water will dehydrate the brain and other organs much faster than one imagines and that one cannot wait until they are thirsty, but have to drink water throughout the day to stay totally healthy.
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136 of 144 people found the following review helpful By CDig on January 22, 2004
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Everyone should own a copy of this book!! If everyone drank the water they should, we wouldn't be feeding as much $$ to the pharmacuetical companies... water is free and our bodies need it for everything!! Very enlightening information... do not hesitate to get this book!! I paid full cover price at Barnes and Nobles (knowing I could get it here cheaper) because
I couldn't stop reading it and its worth every penny!! I can feel a big difference and I'm telling everyone about it! It's not fair keeping this kind of knowledge a secret!! And what's more-- every doctor should have a copy in his/her practice and in turn, educate their patients... but since that won't happen, we have to help eachother and educate ourselves... hope this helps.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2005
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Somehow we have been persuaded that natural products that have been here since the dawn of time are harmful to us. Water is one of those products.

I have found that simply following Dr. B's advice has had a profoundly positive effect on my health. Now I rarely drink soft drinks or juices. My weight dropped and stabilized.I eat smaller portions because after drinking water before and after meals I no longer want to eat as much as I did before.I do not have any major illnesses and very rarely have colds or flu.

Fortunately for me I was easily able to integrate water into my life because I use a small machine called a Chi Machine. The manufacturer recomended that users drink a glass of water before getting on the machine and after. So since I use it twice a day I was quickly able to get into the habit of drinking water.

I do drink filtered water. I am sensitive to the taste of chlorine in tap water. I use a Brita filter.

I first read Dr.B's Your Body's Many Cries for water in 1994. My first 4 copies of the book were 'borrowed' and never returned. I was surprised at how easy it was for some people to adopt the watercure.

It is not easy for most of us to undo bad habits. I estimate it will take probably one month of determination to get going but once you establish the habit you are on your way.

Eleven years later I do not regret being persuaded to go back to drinking water.Although Dr. B. did not approve of tea drinking I continued drinking about one cup a day.

I am not a fanatic. I still love the occasional freshy brewed cup of coffee.
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