Most people do not look at water as a nutrient but it is, and it is the most important one along with oxygen. Thus chronic water deficiency is like any nutritional deficiency except it can quickly develop into a medical emergency much faster than other nutritional deficiencies. One of the most common lawsuits in pediatric emergency room medicine is overlooking dehydration.
Aristotle pointed out that, “One should know that living beings are moist and warm, however old age is dry and cold.” Galen continued this theme by writing that, “Aging is associated with a decline in innate heat and body water.” Galen’s most pertinent observation was that dehydration is difficult to diagnose, and this remains true today. Dr. Gerald Pollack, America’s premier water expert adds, “Water is central to life — so central that Albert Szent-Györgyi, the father of modern biochemistry, once opined: “Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.” Without that dance, there could be no life.”
It is useful to understand and appreciate that without water there is no life. Without sufficient hydration, all other medical treatments tend to fail. There is no substitute for good water and no getting around the realities of dehydration. All functions within the body require the presence of water. A well-hydrated body enables biological functions to occur quickly and efficiently.
Yet one will rarely hear a physicians prescribing water, and you’ll never hear of a pharmaceutical firm recommending it either, but water can prevent and cure many common conditions because it is the single most important nutrient after oxygen. It hosts every physiological processes.
Doctors are not proficient in diagnosing this common condition so it really is up to each individual to do so, which is easy enough to do simply by looking at the color of our urine. The darker the yellow the more dehydration. Urine has been used to diagnose disease since Susruta originally tested “sugar” in urine to diagnose diabetes mellitus. By the 16th century, urine color charts had been developed to diagnose disease.
According to a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, more than 70% of preschool children never drink plain water. This leads early on in people’s lives to chronic states of dehydration. This is alarming when you consider that chronic dehydration is one of the most basic causes of disease including cancer.
Water is a medicine. At the Canadian Society of Nephrology’s 2013 annual meeting, researchers reported that chronic kidney disease was 2.5 times less likely to develop in people who drank more than 4.3 liters of water a day than those who drank less than two liters a day. Tap water pH 6.2–6.9 is associated with a fourfold higher risk of type 1 diabetes compared with pH ≥7.7. Our bodies really do not enjoy acid water or acid conditions in general because acid conditions are synonymous with low oxygen.
Water is crucial to biological existence and we find that dehydration removes water layers around proteins that are essential for maintaining the original protein structure. Dehydration also tends to run us down into lower energy states, inflammation and eventually to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Full hydration is needed for full healing. When treating cancer or any other disease the most basic answer to inflammation is water for any level of dehydration is inflammatory. Add magnesium and bicarbonates to that water and you are making your water into a powerful medicine to confront cancer and just about every other disease.
When a body doesn’t have enough water it doesn’t get rid of the all the toxins and waste in the system. When your body is dehydrated it will slow the blood flow and your skin and other tissues in the body do not get enough oxygen or nutrients. Even the flow of oxygen to the brain is lowered due to lower blood volume caused by dehydration.
Dehydration inhibits the effectiveness of one’s lymphatic system and allows cellular waste products to linger to create further havoc. Since detoxification is made more difficult with dehydration, and toxins are a main cause of cancer, we should be able to understand one of the several reasons why chronic dehydration can eventually lead to cancer.
People become dehydrated via alcohol, caffeinated drinks and sugar-laced water replacements or they simply do not drink enough water. The dehydration process produces inflammation throughout the body. Because inflammation is also a basic cause of cancer dehydration is carcinogenic. When you do not drink enough water inflammation feels worse because it gets worse.
There are other reasons why massive parts of modern populations become dehydrated. New research suggests that insufficient sleep tends to cause dehydration by disrupting the release of a hormone that is key to regulating hydration. People who reported that they regularly slept for 6 hours or less each night were 16–59 percent more likely to be dehydrated than those who slept for 8 hours a night.
With a third of U.S. adults saying they do not get the recommended amount of sleep each night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we can begin to see how widespread dehydration actually is. Disease, such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and kidney disease also increase dehydration risk.
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Mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. As we get dehydrated, we fail to get oxygen and hydrogen in the form of water inside the cell, thus we lose the ability for our mitochondria to be cranking out as much energy as normal. Here we start looking straight in the face of how cancer begins according to metabolic theories of cancer.
If defective mitochondria are responsible for the origin of cancer, and defective energy metabolism is responsible for the observable characteristics of cancer than we must clearly see how water deficiencies will lead to mitochondrial deficiencies that can turn a cell cancerous.
Dr. Zach Bush contends that oxygen is not just breathed in but derived from hydrolysis of inter-cellular water into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O), and that to consistently get the proper ratio of oxygen to hydrogen, you need to liberate the oxygen from the water (H2O). Light would probably be a part of this process and we do know that Red and Near Infrared light do penetrate into the mitochondria.
Bush believes that “The water we drink is a delivery of both oxygen and hydrogen in a nice ratio where you can release the O's with their electrons. They become O2. They release H's in the form of H2. They become a scrubber of inflammation and substrate for the ATP pump." According to Bush, all of his patients are dehydrated.
One way or another water is absolutely necessary for every physiological process including the transport of oxygen to the cells. Water is the primary transport for the removal of toxins out of the cells and oxygen in. Just think how important water is for the blood and oxygen flowing through our circulatory system.
Blood flow declines with dehydration. Dehydration reduces the amount of fluid circulating in our bloodstreams and this is crucial for oxygen delivery to the cells. Health demands that we keep the speed of the blood high so that it contained sufficient oxygen (enough water = blood volume = speed through the body and oxygen capacity). It also helps to retain more CO2 in the blood because appropriate CO2/bicarbonate levels keeps the vessels dilated so the blood flows more freely. Slower breathing and intake of bicarbonates help increase blood CO2 levels, which helps with oxygen delivery to the cells.
No wastes or toxins can leave the body without first being combined with oxygen. The more toxins the less oxygen, the less oxygen the more acidity. Dr. Otto Warburg and many others have implied that the more pollution thrown into bodies the less oxygen will be available to the cells. “The Secret of Life is both to feed and nourish the cells and let them flush their waste and toxins,” according to Dr. Alexis Carrell, Nobel Prize recipient in 1912. The cells need plenty of oxygen and water to do that. The role of heavy metals is very important in the rise of cancer rates.,
Dr. Sang Whang, author of the Reverse Aging, says the aging process is basically the accumulation of acidic wastes built up within the body. He says, “The nutrients that we deliver to our cells burn with oxygen and become acidic wastes after giving energy to our body. The body tries its best to get rid of these acidic wastes through urine and perspiration.” Dehydration retards the process of elimination. Cells are more vulnerable to chemical poisoning and acid buildup when in a dehydrated state.
Oxygen and water are the two most prime elements for life. No one has to tell us to breathe oxygen because the autonomic nervous system makes us do it when CO2 builds up in the blood. However keeping hydrated is not so simple because its not just the amount of water we consume but the quality of the water that matters.
Cells under low oxygen concentrations are stressed; with increased free radicals further augmenting cell death by inducing free radical chain reactions and consequent more oxygen deprivation. ROS overproduction is a feature of cancer cells and plays several roles during the natural history of malignant tumors.
 Toxic metals and breast cancer; http://www.townsendletter.com/AugSept2007/toxicmetalbreastcancer0807.htm
Associations between water intake and bladder, breast, and colon cancers were found. One study found a significant association between colon cancer risk and water intake in men and women 30-62 years of age. Colon cancer risk was reduced in women that drank 5 or more glasses of water a day. For men, the risk was reduced with 4 or more glasses a day. Another study (2013) found that colorectal cancer risk may be reduced, especially in women, by also consuming no less that 4 cups of water a day.
Cancer patients are also especially susceptible to increased risk of dehydration as a result of their cancer treatment. Several sources suggest that an adequate intake of water for them is at least 40 ounces, while others suggest at least 64 ounces of water a day.
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I have written much about water, so much that I have to update my Water Medicine book. Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, the modern worlds first true water doctor said, “Unintentional chronic dehydration (UCD) contributes to and even produces pain and many degenerative diseases that can be prevented and treated by increasing water intake on a regular basis.” Dr. Batmanghelidj believed completely that the unintended chronic dehydration is the root cause of all disease, including cancer. Dr. Batmanghelidj blames chronic dehydration for the anaerobic and acidic condition of the body.
One of the signaling mechanisms that initiate inflammation in the body is histamine. Histamine increases the permeability of blood vessels to white blood cells and proteins. Dehydration has been shown to increase production of histamine leading to a general, widespread inflammatory response. By ensuring proper hydration of the body we can prevent dehydration and reduce this over production of histamine and hence inflammation.
Dehydration, which can lead to cancer formation (of any type) has the following consequences to our physiology:
4) Immune system suppression. Dehydration suppresses the immune system because histamine production in the body is increased, which also increases the production of a chemical called vasopressin, a strong suppressor of the immune system. The importance of proper hydration cannot be overemphasized. If you are properly hydrated and your body is less acidic, your antibody soldiers will be produced in the millions and trillions.
Because allergies are pronounced when the body is short of water and the histamine is acting as a drought manager, the immune system is shut down and antibodies are not produced. Antibodies are part of the army defending home territory from invaders.
In a scientific advisory issued on Aug 1, 2019, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology announced the findings of a study that scientists had been able to generate PRL3-zumab, a humanized antibody. Using antibodies to attack cancer cells in the body is a form of cancer immunotherapy that harnesses the immune system to kill cancer cells.
This drug is still in clinical trials so back at the ranch we can still use water to increase the strength of our immune system. Full hydration supports optimal body and immune function. Thus we can conclude that full hydration has an anti-carcinogenic effect. Dehydration caused immune system suppression means there is nothing to halt cancer’s progression no matter what form of chemotherapy one uses.
Dehydration is common in older persons and is associated with poor outcomes including increased mortality and an adverse effect on quality of life. Dehydration occurs because physiological changes associated with aging interact with a variety of disease processes.
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