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Posted by John on July 20, 2002 at 04:55:58:

I have read many of the GERD posts and nowhere have I seen the following:

In his book, "Your Body's Many CRies For Water" F. Batmanghelidj presents are very simple explanation of the cause of gastritis, duodenitis and heartburn and hiatal hernia etc - internal dehydration. He further says then to test this hypothesis, treat these symptoms first with greatly increased water intake - 2 to three liters per day and avoid those liquids and medications that further dehydrate the body - alcohol, caffience, smoking, coffee, soft drinks, antaacids, histamine blockers and the likes.

Anyway, I tried it and it began working in days and after three weeks almost totally a non-issie. I purposefully reduced the water and it started to come back. He fully and brillantly explains the whole mechanism of why a shortgage of water creates a reverse pressure upwards which begins the problem. Without enough water, all the digestive events do not take place in a coordinated manner. The system will not allow the corrisive acid content of the stomach to reach the intestine if the mechanism to neutralize it has not fully taken place as it wll cause damage to the lining. The first thing that then happens is the reversal of the strength of contraction in the valves on either side of the stomach. The pyloric valve constricts more and the ring valve between the esophagus and the stosmach and the external "valve' of the diaphram will become more relaxed. Now the flow can go upwards instead of downwards. Why? because the stomach content cannot go into the intestine and since it cannot indefinitely remain in the stomach, there is only one way out - upwards throught he mouth. Houston we have a problem! It's a pressure problem due to a shortgage of water all explained in detail in the book.

Sounds too simple! Well, get the bbook, read it and start drinking tons of water and elimiate ALL of the dehydrating liquids mentuoned above and see if your symtoms don't imprve in 1 to 4 weeks.

Has anyone else ever read this amazing book? After all, every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water. Most people don't drink much water. They think they are getting it from other liquids but they in fact are not. Read the book. In the meantime, drink 3 to 3 liters a day. Totally safe unless you have kidney problems of course as you'll be going to the bathroom alot - a small prcie to pay!



Re: GERD (Archive in water.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 21, 2002 at 09:29:15:

In Reply to: GERD posted by John on July 20, 2002 at 04:55:58:

Thanks, John.

More water helps a lot of things. However, I have found that, if that is all that is done, most problems eventually recur. It is a good way to have less symptoms while you are really dealing with what is already known contributes to these problems.

I would be interested in hearing from anyone who does this and how they are doing in a year or so.

Namaste`

Walt

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