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Hydration & Musculoskeletal Pain
can affect any or all parts of the body, especially the spine, intervertebral
joints and their disk structure. Hydraulic properties of water stored
in the disc core, as well as other parts of the
musculoskeletal system are indeed dependent upon
adequate hydration. Contact surfaces in the spinal
vertebrae require water for it’s lubricating.
disc core within the intervertebral space also
water, and supports
weight of the upper body. Dr. Batmanghelidj
states, "Fully 75 percent of the weight
of the upper body is supported by the water
volume that is stored in the disc core; 25
percent is supported by the fibrous materials around the disc."
fifth lumbar disc is affected
in the majority of cases.
appears to be a universal lubricating agent
for all joints in addition to sustaining the force
produced by weight or tension produced by the action of muscles on the joint.
Water is made available
in most joints through an intermittent vacuum
effect. The water is then dispersed by pressure
brought about by joint movement.
factors in relieving back pain are:
pain is also exacerbated by dehydration and poor posture. Adequate hydration
and exercise will help establish adequate circulation and a vacuum within the
now have a hydrating formula called HYDRATE-1
that enhances the body’s uptake of water
when used in combination with hydrating juices.
Hydrate –1 is available through health care practitioners only.
A New Paradigm by Dr. Harris
denominator in all living things is the need for water. Building the molecules
of life is only possible when their components are dissolved in water.
Adequate water intake and utilization is indispensable to all microorganisms,
plants, and animals. The human body is composed of 25 percent solid
matter and 75 percent water. Water is essential to life and is a key to
the rate of aging, immunity, and all biochemical processes that occur in
biological systems especially the brain, which consists of about 85 percent
water. Water makes life possible because it has unique physical and chemical
people are unaware of what happens to the body if it is not adequately
hydrated. Whole metabolic systems are disturbed, often severely by
dehydration. Some of the signs of dehydration are bloating or abdominal
discomfort that occurs after drinking, dry mouth or difficulty forming saliva,
disinclination to drink water because of the taste and sometimes
not drinking water but obtaining water from coffee, tea, fruit drinks or
manufactured beverages, etc. Other symptoms include insatiable thirst, craving
and eating sweets followed by drinking a lot of fluids, lack of elasticity in
skin and water retention are but a few. Unfortunately many of these beverages
accelerate water loss rather than increase hydration.
Batmanghelidj, a medical researcher presents a new paradigm regarding the
function and role of water in the human biochemistry. Scientists have assumed
that the solute composition is the governing factor of all biological
functions of the body, and water as only a solvent--a space filler and means
of material transport in the body. Science considers the human body as a huge
with a myriad of solids, and the water in the body as chemically irrelevant
is my belief, and the belief of Dr. Batmanghelidj, that the water (solvent
content) of the body governs the activity of all the solutes and directs all
functions of the body. When the water metabolism of the body becomes disturbed
various symptoms or signals appear. This indicates a "system"
disturbance associated with water regulation. In consideration of this view,
the importance of water intake has indeed been established. If there is an
excessive production or over activity of the regulating neurotransmitter
systems (histamine and its subordinate agents), one could assume that
initially they are becoming involved in the regulatory action of water
management (rationing) of the body. It is erroneous to block their action by
pharmaceutical intervention. Achieving optimum levels of hydration should
satisfy their purpose.
regulates all functions of the body, including the activity of all the solutes
that are dissolved in it. The bonds that hold hydrogen and oxygen atoms
together permit water to be fluid at the environmental temperature compatible
with life. Water forms the aqueous medium that delivers nutrients to the
cells, dissolves and dilutes
poisonous wastes and removes them from the cells. Long-term health maintenance
can only be achieved through efficient hydration.
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Three Stages of Water Regulation
Water regulation is divided into three different stages during one’s
lifetime. The first stage is the life of a
fetus in the
uterus of the mother. The second stage occurs approximately between the ages
of 18 to 25 when full height and width is attained. The third stage is from
adulthood to the death of the person. Dr. Batmanghelidj points out that
dehydration begins at an early adult age and becomes chronic due to a gradually
failing thirst sensation. With increase in age, the intracellular water
content diminishes to the point that the ratio of the volume of water inside
the cell compared to extra cellular water changes from a figure of 1.1 to
almost 0.8. This is a significant change and since our daily
consumption of water directly contributes to cellular function, the decrease
in our intake
affects the quality of cellular activity. The end result is chronic
dehydration, which contributes to disease symptoms, and in many cases is the
direct result of a water shortage in the human body. Frequently these symptoms
are treated with medications ignoring the body's cry for water.
Multiple Roles of Water
Water plays other important roles in the body than just being a unique solvent
and means of transport. Hydrolysis or hydroelectric energy (voltage gradient)
is generated at the cell membrane and is stored in the form of ATP. This is
used for elemental (cation) exchanges particularly in neurotransmission.
Another important function of water is that of forming a specific structure
pattern that is utilized as the adhesive material in the bondage of the
cellular architecture. The brain cells manufacture products that are delivered
to their target in the nerve endings for use in the communication of messages
on "waterways." According to Batmanghelidj, there appears to be
microstreams along the length of nerves that “float" the packaged
materials along "guidelines," called microtubules. Enzymes and proteins
are more functional in an optimally hydrated environment; this is true of all
cell membrane receptors. On the contrary, enzymes and proteins operate less
efficiently in a dehydrated state.
is becoming more obvious that sub clinical and clinical dehydration activates
the histamine directed neurotransmitter system, which promotes water
intake and management. With this system intact water that is in circulation
can indeed be recirculated or be drawn away from other areas. In addition, prostaglandin,
kinin, renin-angiotensin and vasopressin are subordinate systems
employed as the intermediary agents. It is important to remember that
there are no water reservoirs the body can pull from. Rather, it operates a
priority distribution system commensurate to water intake, and uptake.
is interesting to note that in amphibian species, histamine production becomes
pronounced when the animal is dehydrated. Under normal circumstances, however,
production is minimal.
Batmanghelidj states, "For
rationing regulation of the available water in dehydrated animals-drought
management-the naturally coupled response is a proportionate increase in the
production rate and storage of the neurotransmitter histamine. When they come
across pain-sensing nerves in the body, histamine and its subordinate water
intake and distribution regulators, prostaglandin, kinin and PAF (another
associated agent) also cause pain." Based
upon this new shift in thinking, many times chronic pain caused by excessive
histamine production could indeed be the direct result of a water shortage in
the body, and should be treated as such.
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Dyspeptic pain is indicative of dehydration and is a thirst signal. More
specifically, gastritis pain, duodenitis, and heartburn are important signals
of dehydration in the body. Ulcers however, require more rigid dietary
management in addition to water intake. Dr. Batmanghelidj published an
editorial article in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in 1983
in which be describes his successful treatment of over 3000 persons with
dyspeptic pain with water as the only medication. He states, "They all
responded to an increase in their water intake and their clinical problems
associated with the pain disappeared."
has shown that if we drink a glassful of water, it is immediately transported
to the intestine and absorbed. Within 30 minutes the same quantity of water is
secreted in the mucosal glandular layer of the stomach ready to aid digestion.
Adequate digestion is dependent upon adequate amounts of water. The glandular
layer of the stomach is normally covered in mucus. Mucus consists of 98
percent water and 2 percent the physical "scaffolding" that traps
water. This protects the inner lining of the stomach by acting as a natural
buffer state. An important part of this buffer system is sodium bicarbonate
that is secreted by the cells below the mucous layer. Sodium bicarbonate
becomes trapped in the water layer. This protects the stomach from acid
production by effectively neutralizing it. The result of this natural biochemical
reaction is an increased salt production (sodium from the bicarb and chlorine
from the acid). Excess sodium changes the water-holding properties of the
"scaffolding" material of mucus. To much acid neutralization and
deposition of sodium in the mucus layer would make it less homogeneous and
will allow penetration to the mucosal layer resulting in dyspeptic pain.
re-secretion of water through the mucus layer appears to exert a "back-washing
effect" on the mucus layer removing the salt deposits. The effectiveness
of this phenomenon of course is dependent upon the intake of water. As a
note of caution, pains that do not respond to an increased water intake over a
period of time could be the result of a serious pathological condition. It
would be prudent to consult your physician for assessment of the condition.
Other conditions responding well to proper hydration are, Colitis and false
appendicitis pain. Rheumatoid Arthritis pains can initially be considered
indicators of a lack of adequate hydration in the affected joint cartilage
surfaces. The cartilage surfaces of bones in a joint contain much water. This
“held water" provides a lubricating quality. A well-hydrated joint
obtains its nutrition from the blood supply to its base attachment to the
bone. A dehydrated joint will get some form of fluid circulation from the
capsule of the joint, producing swelling and tenderness in the joint capsule. Low
can affect any or all parts of the body especially the spine, intervertebral
joints and their disc structure. Hydraulic properties of water stored in the
disc core as well as other parts of the musculoskeletal system are
indeed dependent upon adequate hydration.
Contact surfaces in the spinal vertebrae require water for its
lubricating property. The disc core within the intervertebral space
also contains water and supports the compression weight of the upper body.
Batmanghelidj states, "Fully
75 per cent or the weight
of the upper body is supported by the water volume that is stored in the disc
percent is supported by the fibrous materials around the disc." The
5th lumbar disc is affected in the majority of cases.
appears to be a universal lubricating agent for all joints in addition to
sustaining the force produced by weight or tension produced by the action of
the muscles on the joint. Water is made available in most joints through an
intermittent vacuum effect. The water is then dispersed by pressure brought
about by joint movement.
factors in relieving back pain are:
pain is also exacerbated by dehydration, and poor posture. Adequate hydration
and exercise will help establish adequate circulation and a vacuum within the
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Mechanisms Associated With Dehydration
triggers a series of biochemical events that are the same as the body's
response to stress. Dehydration produces stress and subsequently actuates
several strong hormones, which "mop up" some of the water reserves of
the body. This in turn will elicit further dehydration.
body reaction to stress is to mobilize a "fight or flight" response,
which in turn causes secretion of hormones. Initially, ACTH levels are
increased with a consequent increase in cortisol secretion. Endorphins,
cortisone, prolactin, vasopressin and renin-angiotensin are also part of the
hormonal crisis management team. Endorphin secretion is induced by
stress and prepares the body for impending danger or hardship. Endorphins also
increase the body’s pain threshold.
is cholesterol. Exogenous cholesterol, in normal conditions accounts for 80
per cent of the total cortisol production and 25 percent being synthesized by
the adrenal cortex. Cortisone mobilizes the body’s store of raw materials
such as fat and protein for energy conversion and synthesis of extra
is similar to growth hormone due to its specific action on tissues. It also
has no regulatory effect on a secondary endocrine gland. The only established
function of prolactin in man is the initiation and maintenance of lactation
even if there is dehydration. Although the nutritional components of milk are
indeed important, the water content is of primary importance to the
developing fetus. During mitosis a single cell gives rise to a daughter cell
and 75 percent or more of its volume requires water. Hydration of the
daughter cell enables it to access its other dissolved contents.
Batmanghelidj alludes to a study conducted on mice that revealed when
prolactin was increased there was an increase in mammary tumours. He believes
that due to the similarity of prolactin to growth hormone there is more than a
casual relationship to chronic dehydration, persistent prolactin secretion and
tumour production in the breast.
Vasopressin has a regulatory action on the
bioavailability of water in some cells of the body. It
also has a vasoconstrictive effect on the capillaries it activates. The
architecture of the cell membrane is a bi-layer. The adhesive property of
water is partially responsible for cell wall integrity. According to Dr.
Batmanghelidj, enzymes travel and perform their varied functions in a
connecting passageway located between the bi-layers of the cell membrane. He
characterizes this waterway as a "water filled beltway." The body
bas a unique safeguard against significant wafer loss in the beltway. He
states, "The vasopressor
receptor converts to a 'showerhead' structure when vasopressin hormone
reaches the cell membrane and fuses with its specially designed
plays a key role in water management and rationing in the body when
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system is a primary regulator of aldosterone, which is produced by the zona
glomerulosa. The juxtaglomerular apparatus of the nephron is responsible for
the release of renin (an enzyme) into the general circulation.
Renin-Angiotension (RA) plays a crucial role in water regulation and is a
subordinate mechanism to histamine activation in the brain. The (RA) system is
extremely sensitive to decreased levels of fluid volume in the body and sodium
depletion. The (RA) system is also responsible for vasoconstrictive action on
the capillary bed and the vascular system. This in effect reduces the slack in
the circulatory system. This system is largely responsible for restoration of
fluid volume in the body. Adequate hydration is essential since hypertension
can occur from prolonged (RA) activity.
The Sleeper Phenomenon
water intake does not always solve the answer to re-hydration. Though
body may not be able to utilize more water. Glenn Braddy, an Australian
architect and nutrition research scientist devotes his time to alchemical
solutions to human biological puzzles such as dehydration. Mr. Braddy, and the
IFA (International Foundation of Alchemists) have discovered the "sleeper"
phenomenon. In simple terms, a "sleeper" is a vital component of body
chemistry which has gone into a state of suspended activity… a hibernation.
In other words, the component is indeed present in the body but not
functionally active. According to Braddy, the sleeper can be an amino acid,
vitamin or mineral. As long as the sleeper remains inactive it will promote
symptoms in the patient. If a patient had a magnesium sleeper, the mineral
would be present in the body but inactive or dormant. The symptomatic result
would be that of a magnesium deficiency such as increased sensitivity to
noise, some pre-menstrual symptoms, muddled thinking, morning joint
stiffness... and many of the symptoms of decreased basal metabolism.
normal approach to a mineral deficiency is to supply that mineral through a
dietary supplement. However, if magnesium is the sleeper, adding magnesium
will not solve the problem. The obvious answer is to activate the sleeper. The
cause according to Braddy is almost invariably dehydration.
is crucial to point out that in many cases, increasing water intake does not
equal uptake or utilization. Many people often identify symptoms of
dehydration, and increase their water intake, but fail to re-hydrate. This
could possibly explain why some individuals take certain nutrients and show
best approach to solving this problem appears to be re-hydration and finding a
way to get water into the body. The key to achieving this is to provide a transporter
that will facilitate the uptake of water into the body. Symptoms of
insufficient uptake of water include, remaining thirsty
drinking, disliking the taste of water and bloating after drinking water.
There are many transporters that can be used. Sub-acid fruit juice appears to
have the best hydrating effect (see Instructions for Use). One such
transporter that may come as a surprise is caffeine. Caffeine is an effective
transporter especially for women. Another transporter is Dandelion, which is
particularly important for men.
states, "What is important to identify here is that many people who crave
sugar, coffee and other caffeine sources such as Coca-Cola and chocolate are
actually using those foods and beverages to promote re-hydration and often
address sleeper problems in the process, although temporarily." In other
words, the body is aware of the sleeper and actually promotes the craving or
drive to particular elements, which can activate the sleeper.
important point to remember is that cravings are not the cause of the problem,
but the result of the problem. Unfortunately, the intake of these foods
can only temporarily alleviate the sleeper problem. The fact that the person
craves other beverages, and certain foods and not water is a strong indicator
of the inability to absorb water.
notion of increasing caffeine intake through coffee and tea to enhance uptake
of water, is not a viable option according to Braddy. A simple alternative is
to add BioActive Hydrate-1 formula to your choice of sub-acid fruit juice and
If additional information is required regarding hydration, please call
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useful products for hydration are Plant Derived Minerals from
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Batmanghlidj. M.D., Your Body's Many Cries for Water
Church. VA.) Global Health Solutions Inc., 1994
2. Glenn Braddy, The 'Sleeper' Phenomenon: A New Perspective on Survival. IFA
1, Sept. 90
Robert H. William's, Textbook of Endrocrinology, W. B. Saunders
Robert H. Williams, M.D.
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and developed by Paul D. Harris Ph.D
Contains: (1) Organic coffee (2) Germanium 3x, 5x, 7x (3) Silica 3x, 5x, 7x (4) Dandiplex
and Silica conduct electrons or amplify energy, and can also store
electricity to a point; and then allow current flow. The transfer of
electrons is highly dependent on the availability of molecular oxygen. In
terms of how this influences biological systems, it enhances intracellular
communication as well as increasing assimilation and utilization of elements
at the cellular level.
Instructions for Use
- blueberries - huckleberries
- strawberries - nectarines - raspberries - blackberries - gooseberries - mangos - elderberries - fresh figs - sweet apples - cherries - sweet peaches - sweet plums - persimmons
NON-CARBONATED MINERAL WATER OR PURIFIED WATER MIXED WITH JUICE. CHOOSE
JUICE FROM THE FOLLOWING SELECTIONS: ORGANIC APPLE JUICE, PEAR, RIPE
PINEAPPLE, WATERMELON LEMONADE OR ABOVE. TO AN EMPTY QUART GLASS BOTTLE, MIX
THE WATER/JUICE IN A 3/1 RATIO (3 PARTS WATER-ONE PART JUICE).
ADD 30 DROPS OF HYDRATE-1 TO ONE QUART OR 8 DROPS TO AN 8 OZ. GLASS OF THE MIXTURE.
CONSUME 4-8 OZ. GLASSES THROUGHOUT THE DAY BETWEEN MEALS. BE SURE TO DRINK
AN 8 OZ. GLASS 30 MINUTES BEFORE EACH MEAL TO AID IN DIGESTION. DRINK THE
HERBAL HYDRATION FLUID, MONDAY
THROUGH SATURDAY, CONSUME ONLY WATER ON SUNDAY, THEN REPEAT THE SAME
PROCEDURE AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH WEEK.
IN WEEK 2, AND EACH SUCCESSIVE WEEK, ADD 10 0Z. OF WATER PER DAY IN ADDITION
TO HYDRATE MIXTURE, UNTIL OPTIMUM LEVEL OF 80 OZ. PER DAY IS REACHED OR
UNTIL DEHYDRATION SYMPTOMS ARE GONE.
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