Water intoxication . . . part 5 of 6 on WATER

Dr. B and other experts say you should drink half your weight in ounces (that’s 8 glasses of water for a 128 lb. person), with ¼ tsp. unrefined salt dissolved in water for every quart you drink.

Of course, the most important fact is that most people are chronically dehydrated and need to drink more.   Clear or very light colored urine shows good hydration, and the darker your urine, the more dehydrated you are (first thing in the morning, most of us are dehydrated).   Small children, the elderly, and athletes are at highest risk for dehydration, because we lose 10-15 cups of fluids daily through elimination, sweat, and breathing.   The biggest factor increasing that amount is exercise–but altitude and temperature are other variables to consider.

You can, in fact, drink too much water to achieve water intoxication.   This usually happens only to athletes, since your kidneys can’t process water during exercise, so competitive athletes must balance sodium and water intake.   Thirteen percent of distance runners whose weight was measured before and after running and their water consumption studied, drank too much water, causing abnormally or dangerously low blood sodium levels.

Dissolve about ½ tsp. of Original Crystal Himalayan Salt (or RealSalt would be my second choice) in your water first thing in the morning to balance water and sodium levels for best hydroelectric conductivity in your body.

Get in the habit of taking your favorite reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go.   Find spaces in your routine where you learn to always drink a glass or two.   For instance, drink your 16 oz. water bottle all the way home from work in the car, before you prepare dinner.

How do you know you’re dehydrated? More than just dry mouth! . . . part 4 of 6 on WATER

This is from Dr. B’s interview with Mike Adams, one of the last he gave before he died in his late 70’s.   We should realize more signs and symptoms of being low on water than just dry mouth.


“The human body manifests dehydration by a series of symptoms and signs, perceptive symptoms of dehydration — in other words, brain senses dehydration, or tiredness when you haven’t done a good day’s work, or first thing in the morning when you want to get up out of bed and you’re tired, you can’t get up — that is a sign of dehydration.


Then anger, quick reaction, depression, these are all signs of dehydration, when the brain has very little energy from hydroelectricity to cope with the information or take action. These are some of the perceptive signs of dehydration. Then the body has its drought management program, which are allergies, hypertension, diabetes, and also immune diseases.”


Robyn here again.   I’ve been made fun of for the weird, even obnoxious fact that I bounce out of bed in the morning like the Energizer Bunny while others need an hour to clear the fog.   I wonder if that’s because I drink lots of water and therefore am not low on hydroelectric energy like Dr. B speaks of?   Worth a try for you–let us know if you notice any differences, increasing your water consumption.

Go and wash in the water: are the simplest answers the hardest? . . . part 3 of 6 on WATER

Dr. B’s plain, simple, commonsense advice to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 lbs. of body weight reminds me of another story.   In the Bible, Naaman was a captain in the Syrian army, and he was very ill with leprosy.   He went to Elisha the prophet, the introduction having been made by the kings of Syria and Israel.   Imagine his surprise when Elisha, rather than receiving him, sent a messenger out to tell Naaman to simply wash in the River Jordan seven times.   Naaman was indignant.


In 2 Kings 5:13, Naaman’s servants say to him, “If the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it?   How much rather then, when he sayeth to thee, wash, and be clean?”   Naaman follows the simple advice and is healed.


The simplest answers are sometimes hardest to believe.   Sometimes, especially in this age where we’ve come to expect whiz-bang, high-tech miracles, simple answers are the last ones we consider instead of the first.   Doctors don’t often start with the most simple answers, like chronic dehydration.   They go right to pharmaceuticals.   So we have to try those simple answers ourselves.


Let’s all do this from today forward.   Are you drinking 10 glasses daily?   How can you find a way to fit this habit into your schedule?   For me, a very important part of that involves drinking about 16 oz. immediately upon waking up.   I drink another 16 oz. after my workout in the morning.   The rest I fit into my day, avoiding drinking water right before or after meals (wait 2 hrs. after meals to avoid diluting gastric juices).   When I was a first-time nursing mother, a friend told me, “Never walk past a sink without drinking a glassful.”   This was very helpful advice.

How does dehydration effect the heart . . . part 2 of 6 on WATER

(Yes, sorry, I’m aware “effect” should be “affect,” but that’s the search phrase people use according to my research assistant, Steff:   how does dehydration effect the heart!)


Dr. B studied over 3,000 peptic ulcer patients and found that all of them responded favorably to being hydrated.   Though his theories have gained much traction thanks to his doggedness, since the 1980’s, still so many of us are calling “liquids” or “fluids” our hydration, and we’re not drinking much water.   Dr. B says absolutely nothing stands in the place of pure water. In fact, sugar or caffeine in a beverage have their own agendas that compete with water’s agenda.   To put it very simply, they not only confuse the body’s signals that it needs water, but they defeat water’s purpose.


Now, in 2008, one or two fringe voices are telling us, hey, water’s not that big of a deal.   Go ahead and count your soda as “fluids” for the day.   Beware of these voices; they have no real evidence, that critical “reliability” standard in research.


Dr. B’s research showed that chronic pain involved in a number of “disorders” can often be treated easily and without drugs or expensive diagnostics, with water.   Those include dyspeptic pain (for instance, heartburn, gastritis, duodenitis), rheumatoid arthritis, anginal pain, low back pain, intermittent claudication (leg pain when walking), migraines, hangovers, colitis, and constipation.


I am revising Ch. 1 of 12 Steps to include an additional focus, as well, on drinking water (while we’re eliminating soda).   I believe this will help with the cleansing reactions that some have while incorporating intensively excellent good nutrition in the form of green smoothies, as the body recognizes that no more acid soft drinks are coming in, and outstanding building materials are taking its place.   Lots of water is critical in getting through any cleansing reaction you may have as you undertake a whole-foods lifestyle and abandon the toxic foods you were eating before.

How much water should a person drink a day . . . part 1 of 6

My husband and father-in-law are both former college football players.   My FIL was told, while playing football, “Don’t drink water!”   My husband was told by his own coaches and trainers in the 80’s, “Don’t drink too much water!”   Every year a college or high school football player drops dead in the August heat during what every football player knows as “two-a-days.”


We have been collectively rather confused about water, for a long time.


F. Batmanghelidj, an Iranian medical doctor, was a true pioneer, ahead of his time, and probably the main researcher behind changing attitudes towards water.   Football coaches know better, now, than to give the advice my DH and FIL got.   Dr. B spent over 30 years of his life trying to get the attention of the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, and medical journals to take note of his documentation of free, life-saving cure for common ailments.     He addressed a phenomenon every bit as common as constipation in our culture: DEHYDRATION.   (And dehydration is related to our chronic constipation problem, too.)


Dr. B’s teachings have often been repeated with the slogan, “You’re not sick, you’re thirsty.”   But we are still dehydrated and unaware of the many symptoms and problems that occur from not being hydrated.


Dr. B’s first experience as a young doctor reminds me of Dr. Colin Campbell’s paradigm shift studying cancer in children in the Philippines–and, for that matter, many great discoveries, like Ben Franklin, the kite, and electricity.   That is, it was accidental and totally contrary to what he expected to find based on conventional knowledge.


Dr. B was called to tend to a young man curled up in the fetal position from a peptic ulcer, in acute pain.   The young man was lucky his ulcer didn’t perforate, as he had eaten an entire bottle of antacid with no relief.   Having no medication, Dr. B gave him two glasses of water, and the boy began to recover.   Twenty minutes later another glass of water was given, and the boy was up walking around the room, pain free.


From Iran, Dr. B was wrongfully incarcerated after medical school and nearly executed when they discovered he was a doctor and could help in the prison.   During his stay of execution, he found an “ideal stress laboratory” in which to test his water hypothoses.   He presented a paper to his executioners and they dropped the 32 false charges so he could continue his research.   His discoveries about water were published as an editorial in Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and in The New York Times.   The Journal of Anticancer Research published the essence of his first book on pain relief and water–all in the 1980’s.   The vast majority of his efforts to get the attention of the medical profession and policy makers were completely unsuccessful.   But I believe the public is now much more aware of the importance of drinking water primarily thanks to him.   You can read his theories in his books Water Cures and Drugs Kill and Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.


Finally a legislator is stepping up! . . . part 4 of 4

This is the email I received from my legislator, Rep. Steve Sandstrom (haven’t heard from Sen. John Valentine, president of the Senate, yet).   Write him at ssandstrom@utah.gov and tell him thanks and encouragement for his commitment to sponsor a bill to help our kids.




I would whole-heartedly support or sponsor such a bill.   We do not eat junk-food in our own household and our kids are healthy and thin.   I believe we need to push this issue, because childhood obesity is an epidemic.


I am actually in Sweden right now picking up my son who has been here playing hockey for the last two weeks.   It is very noticeable that the kids and adults here are not obese and they eat healthy.   We need to help the children in our state make good decisions for their own health.


 Anything I can do to promote this and get it passed, I am willing to do.  


I will be back in the States on Sunday and I will get in contact with you.




Rep. Sandstrom


Please sign this GreenSmoothieGirl petition to Utah’s legislators and school officials, and encourage health-minded friends to do so, too!



The letter I wrote my legislators re: junk food vending . . . part 3 of 4


Feel free to leverage any part of this letter in your own effort to be heard on this important issue of our children being fed junk food in school, and even the districts making money on feeding the childhood obesity epidemic:


Hello Rep. Steve Sandstrom:


I’m one of your constituents in Lindon, supported you in the last election,

and heard you speak at Jim Ferrin’s home.   I am a charter school founder and

parent.   I also have a nutrition web site geared toward helping families eat

whole foods, with a mailing list and readership of thousands:




On the front page of today’s Daily Herald, an article documents how Utah

tops the nation in junk-food vending in our public schools.   I have written

the Daily Herald in the past, in support of the anti-junk-vending bills that have

come before the legislature.   I write to ask if you would work to pass a

bill in the face of this appalling finding that we are leaders in feeding

the childhood obesity epidemic.   Utah should lead out in clean and healthy

values, not earn the distinctions of feeding kids the most chocolate,

high-fat snacks, and sugary sodas of any state in the U.S.


I would be happy to help!   If you know of bills already being sponsored for

this legislative session, please let me know if you will support it/them.   I

think timing is right with release of this study to make a change to help

our kids.   The former surgeon general Richard Carmona said that childhood

obesity is a more present danger to American lives than terrorism.   We can’t

be asleep at the wheel on this issue.


Before I post a blog entry (and possibly send out a mailing to my whole

readership) urging Utahns to write their newspapers, school districts, and

legislators, please let me know what your commitment level is so I can

comment on that.   Please let me know of any legislators supportive of these



Many thanks,


Robyn Openshaw-Pay