YOU'RE NOT DEMENTED, JUST DEHYDRATED
By Peter Ragnar
don't need to be stranded in a desert to feel the effects of
dehydration. Almost all the people you see and meet on a daily basis
are dehydrated. How many folks complain of a lack of energy? It's the
number one complaint in America. Insufficient energy is the first sign
that the blood, tissues, and organs are not getting enough water, and
your liver and brain are the least tolerant of a lack of water. This
has led some medical researchers to conclude that Alzheimer's disease
is simply the result of long-term dehydration of the brain. The same
loss of brain function that causes a lost and thirsty person to eat
sand believing it to be water... causes your wife, husband, mother, or
father not to recognize you any longer. They are not demented, only
When you were born (depending on the drugs in your mother's
body), you were ninety percent water. As you become an adult, the
hydration level begins to drop; it can drop to as low as sixty-five
percent in men and fifty-two percent in women. However, if hydration
levels drop just five percent more, death occurs. Both water intake and
thirst sensation decline with age, and so does mental function. When
your pituitary gland begins to dry up, vasopressin, a hormone it
secretes, is likewise handicapped. Vaso refers to the blood vessels,
and pressin refers to constriction or pressing. Vasopressin regulates
the flow of water to the cells and intracellular spaces in your body.
When this hormone reaches a cell membrane, it presses water through a
filtration receptor so that only water reaches and hydrates the cell.
This is crucial because vital organs begin to fail without proper
hydration. Consider this: when you take a coffee break, that ingested
caffeine limits the secretion of vasopressin and keeps it from
circulating. Thus, even though you are getting plenty of water with the
coffee, your cells are dehydrating. Alcohol has the same effect, which
is why drinkers are incredibly thirsty in the morning after a bout of
heavy drinking. Bear in mind that the five quarts of blood coursing
through your body are ninety percent water, and the rest of your body
holds between fifty and eighty quarts of water. Your brain and nerve
tissues are eighty percent water or more. Every time you move any body
part, even a finger or toe, water is required. That's why dehydrated
people have so many aches and pains. It's also why people look so old;
their dehydrated organs steal the water from their skin in order to
function. Remember, under ordinary circumstances, you expel up to a
gallon of water every twenty-four hours. What do you think happens when
you don't replenish that supply? Your body experiences a drought
condition! *A mere two percent drop in hydration will make your
short-term memory so fuzzy that you'll be unable to remember your
friend's names, have trouble doing basic math, and forget where you put
your keys. Since seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically
dehydrated, it's no wonder people are losing their minds.* Yet, the
solution is so simple: cool, clean water. Drink eight to ten
eight-ounce glasses a day of pure water, and you'll be amazed at how
many ailments disappear. Don't worry; you're not demented -- just
The Water Cure
Water & Salt - Are They The 2 Most Important Substances Needed By The Body For Excellent Health?
By: Crusador Interviews Bob Butts
CRUSADOR interviews water & salt enthusiast Bob Butts about two
simple elements that are healing diseases that doctors have said were
I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry
ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine
offspring.” (Isaiah 44:3)
“Salt is good: but if the
salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in
yourselves, and have peace one with another.” (Mark 9:50)
water, and salt are the most crucial elements the human body requires
for survival. Without adequate supplies in every cell, serious health
problems will result, ultimately leading to death. Dehydration and salt
deficiency are the two leading causes of virtually all the diseases
afflicting mankind. Sadly, because of profit motives, medical doctors
treat these symptoms with drugs that cause further problems, instead of
giving patients what the body really needs – Water & Salt.
it comes to maintaining your health or restoring lost health, water and
salt are the least expensive, most beneficial elements you can put into
your body. People spend thousands and thousands of dollars on expensive
drugs and nutritional supplements that don’t do anything to
hydrate the body, or supply salt containing vital trace minerals needed
for survival. All living things utilize water and salt for life. The
body is under a constant drive to retain salt to keep water inside the
system. In the book, Water & Salt – The Essence of Life, it
discusses the important role salt plays in the functioning of every
“Transformability of salt is very important for our
body because it is the foundation of our cell metabolism. The
life-giving principle of metabolism in all living beings is osmosis,
when liquids transfer from one cell to another. This process of osmosis
is managed by the salt concentration in the cells. The liquid in a cell
always moves from a cell with a lower salt concentration (potential) to
a cell with a higher salt concentration (potential), because the cell
membranes are permeable for water but not for salt and the body always
strives to achieve a balance in concentration.” (1)
our October/November 2006 edition of CRUSADOR, we ran an interview
titled, “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty” where
we discussed the importance of getting enough water and salt into the
body. The response and feedback we had from that interview was nothing
short of phenomenal. Bob Butts stated that every time he did a radio
interview with Dr. Batmanghelidj on the “Water Cure” and
what it can do for your health, the switch board lit up. I can see why.
Our phones rang almost non-stop for weeks with customers requesting
extra copies of the interview. One health food store in Pennsylvania
even ordered 10,000 extra copies. Since the response was so fantastic,
and the information so life-changing, we decided to do another
interview with Bob Butts, so our readers will have additional
information on this subject.
Crusador: Bob, obviously this
topic strikes a nerve with people. I’m thrilled to expound on
this subject further with you. Explain how the “Water Cure”
works for depression? I understand that you gave a lecture at a
counseling center to people that had depression so bad that they
couldn’t work, and in three weeks they were all better.
was asked to give a lecture at this center as a result of a nurse who
got rid of MS by using the water cure, and the center thought I could
be of help to their patients. My first question to the group was, how
much water do they drink, and what else do they drink. They hardly
drank any water and lived on caffeine and/or alcohol. I then asked what
other problems they have because by drinking that little water, they
must have a whole lot more, which they did. I told them how Dr.
Batmanghelid, who was slated to be shot as a political prisoner in
Iran, had cured over 3,000 highly depressed inmates of ulcers just by
correcting their dehydration.
What else astonished him was that
not only did the ulcers vanish, but so did much of their depression.
That was when he realized that the main cause of depression was
dehydration. I spoke there on a Thursday and by Monday amazing things
were happening. One woman who also had severe asthma and could not even
be around people or drive a car, along with a few other problems,
literally came bouncing in Monday depression free, and told of how in
just two days she drove her mother from Wilkes-Barre to a shopping mall
near Philadelphia. In less than three weeks every one of those people
were discharged and I was never invited back.
Millions of people suffer with migraine headaches. You made the
statement that curing migraine headaches is a no-brainer. How can it be
Dr. Batmanghelidj’s research has proven that the
main cause of migraine headaches is dehydration in the brain area. When
two to four glasses of cool water are taken, the circulation to the
brain improves and the pain goes away. There is a lot of great
information in Dr. B.’s book, “Water for Health, For
Healing, For Life” under Headaches and Migraine. Obviously, if
the migraine goes away just by drinking water, then it is a no-brainier
and so are countless other dehydration problems being treated with
drugs and procedures. Before I found out about the water cure, I had
plenty of migraines and once I drank more water, I never had another
Crusador: Chronic fatigue is a problem that millions
of people suffer with. In most cases you say that it’s a lack of
water and salt. Can it really be that simple to correct, and what kind
of testimonials have you had?
Water and salt together create
energy and according to Dr. B. they are the main sources of energy for
the human body. Most people with chronic fatigue quickly get rid of it
after going on the water cure. That’s because only water and salt
can cure a problem that is caused by lack of water and salt. I’ve
had countless testimonials on it. In fact, the first thing almost
everyone notes is the increase in energy.
Crusador: How did
Paul Harvey get a hold of the “Water Cure” information and
what did he say about it in the three spots he dedicated to it on his
I believe it was from an outside source that
suggested he take a look at it. I have copies of three of his
commentaries which he read on his radio show heard nationally. They are
available on our web site www.watercure2.org where he reads them as
radio spots. If you go to the media links section on our website under
WYOU TV, you can hear these spots. Basically, as Paul Harvey so
eloquently does, he discussed different people who have been helped
immensely by following the simple formula of drinking water and salt
outlined by Dr. Batmanghelidj in his books. I’m sure the spots
had a big impact. I know they add a lot of credibility to what I tell
Crusador: Woman’s World magazine also ran a great
story about the “Water Cure”. What prompted them to cover
this topic, what did they get into, and did you have a part in helping
them with the story?
Actually, Woman’s World ran
headlines across the front page called “The Slimming New Water
Cure” four times from 9/01 to 10/10/06. The initial story was the
result of an Associated Press feature story on my personal and
financial commitment to Dr. B. and his water cure, where I would not
accept one cent for anything that I did. The story was also carried on
ABC news. I received many offers of interviews. Woman’s World
contacted me from Chicago for an interview and I referred them to Dr.
B. and also to Amy Biank, a Chicago talk show host who had previously
contacted me for an interview, which more than doubled the all time
record for listener calls. Amy dropped a few dress sizes in a short
time and got rid of a number of problems. Amy was the featured guest in
the initial article. The responses have been so great that
Woman’s World continues to run articles. I spoke to them in
October and they plan to do more from time to time.
An article that ran in a Physician’s newspaper details how water
helps prevent heart disease. What was the actual paper that ran this
story, and what did the article have to say?
It was called
“Family Practice News,” the leading newspaper for the
family physician. The headline read, “Drinking a Lot of Water
Sinks Fatal Heart Disease Risk.” No local paper would run the
story, so I paid to have it run again myself. The highlight of the
“In a study of more than 34,000 Seventh
Day Adventists followed for 6 years, drinking at least five glasses of
water a day was associated with a significantly decreased risk of fatal
coronary heart disease among those without CHD, stroke, diabetes or
baseline, Jacqueline Chan, Ph.D., reported at the 20th Congress of the
European Society of Cardiology.”
Crusador: You say that
some of the quickest visible results with the “Water Cure”
that can be seen are with pets. Can you elaborate on this since pets
are such an important part of so many people’s lives?
met a chiropractor friend, Dr. Gary Weissberger, who had a severe limp
and nobody could figure out what was wrong with his foot. He was going
to go for an MRI and told me not to tell him about the water cure
because he warned all his patients to avoid salt. He said that he
didn’t drink any caffeine or alcohol. I told him that his foot is
hurting him because he’s salt deficient. He just laughed. I
challenged him to prove me wrong. I told him to just take ¼ tsp.
of sea salt in 16 ounces of water before bed and do the same thing in
the morning before he goes for the MRI. He agreed. The next morning he
called laughing and said, “I don’t believe it.” He
told me that he took the salt water before getting in the shower and
before he got out the pain was gone. He thought it was just a
coincidence; that it’s not possible for salt to cure his problem,
although he did cancel the MRI.
“Let me think”, I
said, “There must be a simple way to prove it to you and it
immediately hit me. Dogs and cats get cancer and arthritis and the only
thing they drink is water. That means it must be lack of salt or junk
salt in the pet food that is the cause. I asked him to try to find
someone with a dog or a cat with terminal cancer or severe arthritis
and just suggest that unprocessed sea salt be sprinkled on its food and
water for three days. Put ¼ tsp. per quart of water.
“I’ll do it,” he said.
Two weeks later he
called saying, “I’ve got a testimonial from Pete the dog.
Pete belongs to another skeptical doctor, Dr. P.J. Marciletti, a
naturopath who also was telling his patients no salt. Pete had a big
malignant tumor over his eye. He only had about 30 days to live. Within
three days the tumor shrunk 50% and they were both astonished. Dr.
Marciletti had Crohn’s Disease and decided to try the water cure.
Within a few days, most of his symptoms were gone. Both doctors said
they wanted to pass out all the water cure information to their
patients and I told this story all over the media, in newspapers, radio
and TV ads because the news media wasn’t interested in doing a
story. These spots along with others are on our www.watercure2.org site
along with the full story of how this discovery was made. It can be
seen under the headline, “Sea Salt Cures Pet Arthritis &
There are many pet testimonials for everyone to
read. Thus far, I have never heard of a single failure in curing pet
arthritis and asthma. A local pet radio show told the story and for
about 8 weeks asked their audience if anyone knew of any failures. Not
one was called in, but a great many positive testimonials were called
in. While the results of pets with cancer were incredible, they were
only about 65% successful. I think it would have been much higher if
they were given more salt.
The bottom line is that when people
saw the great results it had on their pets, many tried it on
themselves. I challenge everyone out there to find one instance where
it doesn’t cure pet arthritis or asthma. When you find out the
truth, please tell everyone and ask your government officials at all
levels to investigate why a free health solution is being deliberately
withheld from people and pets.
Crusador: You have a story on
your website that discusses a year 2000 report from the World Health
Organization that ranks the USA as having the 72nd best health at the
#1 cost. Can you elaborate on this report a little and tell our readers
why drinking adequate water with salt could eliminate most of the
health problems today?
Christopher Murray, M.D., Ph.D.,
Director of WHO’s Global Programme in Evidence for health Policy
said, “Basically you die earlier and spend more time disabled if
you’re an American rather than a member of most advanced
countries.” (A condensed version of this report is on our
I believe it is vital that every American
adult read this report and ask their legislators why they have allowed
this to happen. What does it say about our ethics if we have the 72nd
best health at the #1 cost? And if that is irrefutably true and is
being ignored, then what else is going on that we are unaware of?
the only things water and salt can cure are water and salt deficiency
caused problems. Therefore, everything that disappears was never a
disease in the first place. According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, the common
denominator in most of our worst health problems are chronic
dehydration, and water and salt deficiency, and there is no drug or
operation that can cure dehydration, except a saline IV, which is
nothing more than
water and salt.
Crusador: You made the
statement that you could get at least half the people out of nursing
homes by curing arthritis with the “Water Cure”. Explain
more about this?
Considering that cartilage is made up
primarily of water and salt and we see just about everyone get rid of
their arthritis when they start using water and salt, while avoiding
caffeine and alcohol, then it is obvious that curing arthritis would
keep most people from ever being there. Dr. B. also said that most
dementia and Alzheimer's were caused by dehydration.
everyone could hear what some nurses who work in nursing homes have
told me. They said that most residents of nursing homes are severely
dehydrated. They’ve seen amazing improvements when they’ve
been given saline IV’s. Unfortunately, the IV’s
aren’t continued. They concur that if most patients in nursing
homes were given enough salt and water before they ever went to these
homes, they never would be there today. We have no doubt that many
would be discharged if they were given enough salt and water, while
eliminating dehydrating caffeine.
Like every other business, there are no incentives for nursing homes to want to chase high profit customers out.
You have a testimonial from a man that was dying from cancer who became
cancer after free drinking adequate water and salt. A newspaper even
ran an offer for $50,000 that you were willing to pay if the
“Water Cure” couldn’t cure at least 50% of terminal
cancer patients. That’s a very bold statement. Tell me why you
felt so confident about doing this?
The Citizen’s Voice,
a major newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, PA, ran a full page news story on my
offer. I could not get any hospital willing to take me up on it. One
prominent oncologist called my claim outrageous and he wouldn’t
even comment on it, although he did say that the challenge is to find
one patient that the water cure cured of cancer. “My guess is it
doesn’t,” he said. I responded in an editorial published in
the same paper and said: “Thanks to Geisinger Hospital (the
biggest hospital chain in PA) it has already been done.”
Hospital sent Drew Bauman of Old Forge, PA home in terminal condition
with 26 malignant tumors which appeared one month after a single tumor
was removed. Drew came into my auto parts store and I saw that he
looked like road kill. I asked him about his health. He told me his
story and I told him in automotive terms that he looked like he was a
couple of quarts low, and that he drank little, if any water and most
likely drank a lot of caffeine and/or alcohol and used little, if any
salt. While he drank no alcohol, he was guilty of all the rest. I told
him he needed to correct his drought and I think he’ll see some
good improvements in four days. That’s exactly what happened and
in less than six months he was 100% cancer free as confirmed by his
astonished Geisinger doctors. I suggested that this oncologist contact
Geisinger as I’m sure they’d be happy to provide him with
Crusador: You have some interesting information regarding scleroses, which is a 100% fatal disease. Tell us more about this?
Martin of Swoyersville, PA called me to see if I thought the water cure
would help her get rid of scleroses. I asked if she minded if I
recorded the conversation because I wanted to play it on our radio show
that same day because I thought she was going to get well. Other than
dehydration, what could cause her skin to get hard, dry out and have
all of her hair fall out? Within a few days of going on the water cure,
her hair started to grow back and her skin started to soften. In two
months we did another tape and played it on our radio program and she
was doing great, and still is. I honestly think that scleroses can be
easily cured in most cases. If anyone tries the water cure for
scleroses or any skin problem and isn’t getting results in four
days, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism is a very serious problem and it’s getting worse every
year. My research points to a number of factors that may be causing
autism; one is the dangerous neurological toxins contained in the
vaccines. You have said that it’s your belief that autism is
caused by dehydration of the mother. Can you explain more about this?
is no doubt that vaccines contribute to the problem, but Dr.
Batmanghelidj believed it was the result of persistent dehydration of
the body. While he did not do any research on it, I found that a few
mothers of autistic children were dehydrated at the time of the birth
of their children. One mother got her child to drink plenty of water
and he did get cured.
Crusador: You sent out an e-mail recently that
I read with great interest. In it, you discussed a very simple,
cost-effective solution to determine whether or not your body is
dehydrated. Can you explain this further since it could be one of the
easiest ways to validate what you have been telling us?
do a simple test for hydration or dehydration with a hydrometer or
salimeter purchased at a fish supply store, which is used to make
certain the aquarium water has the proper salt to water ratio. It is
used by every person who owns tropical fish and wants them healthy. It
measures the salt/water ratio which ideally should have a specific
gravity measurement of 1.023. For a person it should be between 1.004
and 1.008. This should enable even the most skeptical skeptic to
determine if he is dehydrated or not without talking to anyone. Please
do a search on the Internet for “specific gravity salt
urine” or “specific gravity urinalysis salt urine”
for more information. This alone should make the logic of the water
cure far easier with less explaining, plus it could save countless
Every urinalysis, in addition to other things, also
measures specific gravity for the purpose of quantifying the level of
hydration. Doctors often interpret a reading (over 1.010) as having too
much salt in the diet. It is true that the salt is too high for the
amount of water in the urine, but the problem is that there is too
little water for the amount of salt, which is usually caused by the use
of caffeine and alcohol, or just not drinking enough water. The bottom
line is that the higher the specific gravity reading is over 1.010, the
more dehydrated a person is.
Dr. Polancheck of Tucson, Arizona
told me that he first tells every new patient that they must monitor
their hydration level in their urine daily by using this device, as 80%
of the patients he sees are dehydrated. According to Dr. Polancheck,
the perfect specific gravity level is between 1.004 and 1.008. I
checked mine a number of times and it was within those limits every
time but one.
What could be simpler than this for a person to
determine his hydration? It certainly beats having to explain all the
symptoms of dehydration. There is a rule that what gets measured gets
done, and this easy to use device should inspire any health conscious
person to want to get one to measure theirs. The results are also
irrefutable by medical science because they are already using it in
Everyone should own one. The one Dr.
Polancheck uses is from Aquarium Systems and is called SeaTest. He
purchases them at Pet Smart. Any pet store that sells aquariums should
have one or more versions of hydrometers. The brand is not relevant. He
said it is almost as accurate as the one purchased in medical supply
houses costing many times more.
(See info at end of interview on how to understand and interpret specific gravity measurements.)
Crusador: Tell me a little bit about your new weekly radio show and what you hope to accomplish by your work?
radio show is called “Curing the Incurable and Solving the
Unsolvable,” which are almost no-brainers when the financial and
power agendas are eliminated. In fact, I cannot think of a single major
problem that is very difficult to solve, other than natural disasters
and I think most of those may not be too difficult either.
this: There are absolutely no incentives for anyone to want to
eliminate any problem whose existence is the source of their income.
That means there are no incentives to eliminate crime or our drug
problems when so many jobs depend upon crime not being eliminated, like
our #1 construction business of prison building and the high paying
jobs in our court and legal systems.
Then there’s the
2200 billion annual costs and hundreds of thousands of jobs associated
with our having a medical system that delivers 72nd best health at the
#1 price. Incidentally, on 9/11 about 2700 Americans were killed in the
terrorist attack and according to Dr. Batmanghelidj, 2700 Americans die
needlessly every day as a result of treating water and/or salt
deficiency problems with drugs and procedures.
financial incentives were given to make people want to eliminate the
reason for the existence of these jobs, and all jobs whose only reason
for existence is because of so-called problems being labeled as
incurable or unsolvable.
Yes, we are being threatened by terrorists,
but they pale in significance when compared with the terrorism that
money/power addiction is doing to our nation. 72nd best health at #1
cost is an act of terrorism and people are being terrorized
economically to be quiet.
Corporate America has been
terrorizing our nation for a long time. The Karen Silkwood story of
what was done to silence her to prevent her from getting her story out
on the hazards of nuclear power, the Erin Brockavich story, the deaths
of thousands of people related to asbestos, and now the healthcare
fiasco which makes all else that ever happened look insignificant.
These could never have happened without campaign contributions from the
violators to our politicians, and they never would have happened if we
had term limits of no more than two non-consecutive terms in a
lifetime. That’s because none of us can be trusted with having
very much power. It is too addictive and dehumanizing.
It is obvious
that there are no incentives, other than valuing human life more than
money and power, to make people want to say anything about a free
solution to the problem that is their source of income. If we had an
honest economic system, one that inspires people to want to eliminate
their jobs, we could easily solve virtually any high profit problem.
Here is a way that just might work.
“In the last day,
that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man
thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as
the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
water.” (John 7:37-38)
“Ye are the salt of the
earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be
salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to
be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13)
1. Hendel, B. & Ferreira, P., Water & Salt – The Essence of Life, Natural Resources, 2003, page 105.
How To Tell If Your Body Is Dehydrated Using A Hydrometer Or Salimeter
URINE DIPSTICK CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
Specific Gravity (sp gr)
gravity (which is directly proportional to urine osmolality which
measures solute concentration) measures urine density, or the ability
of the kidneys to concentrate or dilute the urine over that of plasma.
Dipsticks are available that also measure specific gravity in
approximations. Most laboratories measure specific gravity with a
gravity between 1.002 and 1.035 on a random sample should be considered
normal if kidney function is normal. *Since the sp gr of the glomerular
filtrate in Bowman's space ranges from 1.007 to 1.010, any measurement
below this range indicates hydration and any measurement above it
indicates relative dehydration.*
If sp gr is not > 1.022
after a 12 hour period without food or water, renal concentrating
ability is impaired and the patient either has generalized renal
impairment or nephrogenic diabetes insipidus. In end-stage renal
disease, sp gr tends to become 1.007 to 1.010.
Any urine having
a specific gravity over 1.035 is either contaminated; contains very
high levels of glucose, or the patient may have recently received high
density radiopaque dyes intravenously for radiographic studies or low
molecular weight dextran solutions. Subtract 0.004 for every 1% glucose
to determine non-glucose solute concentration.
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