Water – Elixir of life Essay
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Water, that magical substance from which all life springs forth, is essential to the very existence of every life form on earth. The role of water in the living organism has not changed since life’s first creation in salt water billions of years ago.
The human body is 75% water, while the brain alone is comprised of 85% water. The blood, consisting of 92% water, carries oxygen and essential nutrients to capillaries where they are released into a water-based fluid that surrounds the cells called lymph.
From the lymphatic fluid nutrients are transferred to the cells and toxins are removed, keeping the entire system nourished and cleansed for optimum efficiency. In addition, water serves as a lubricant that cushions joints and protects tissues and organs, including the spinal chord, from shock and trauma. Neurotransmitters are transported to the nerve endings for transmission of messages on waterways. Water also regulates body temperature, aids digestion, works to keep the muscles and skin toned, and assists in weight loss.
Water is so essential, that without it we could live for only a few days.
In his enlightening book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj states, “It is chronic dehydration that is the root cause of many of the diseases we confront in medicine at present.” He explains that water regulates all functions of the body, and that when the system is depleted in water, disease symptoms appear as a result of the body’s attempts to ration its vital stores of water. In fact, all symptoms of aging are accompanied by slow dehydration of the organs and tissues and associated free radical damage to cells.
While most doctors tend to think that dry mouth is the primary sign of dehydration, Dr. Batmanghelidj believes that this is the last outward indication of extreme dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration may be arthritis, ulcers, colitis, constipation, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, diabetes, low back pain, angina, migraine headaches, stress and depression. Water retention is actually a sign of severe dehydration, resulting in the kidneys’ efforts to conserve water. Instead of taking diuretic medications, drinking more water can often correct this imbalance.
To maintain a hydrated system it is recommended that we drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water a day or as many ounces as half our body weight. However, considering the state of our environment, it is important to find a good source of healthy drinking water. Although water covers more than 70% of the earth’s surface, only 1% of this water is available for drinking, and the health of that water is highly questionable.
Whether from wells or city tap, drinking water contains numerous pollutants, some with devastating effects on health. Contamination from agricultural pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, improper disposal of toxic chemicals, and harmful microbes and parasites all contribute to the pollution of our ground and surface waters. Lead, often found in the joints of water pipes, can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, kidney and liver problems, hyperactivity and learning disabilities.
Volatile organic chemicals that come from pesticides and herbicides are often undetectable in drinking water, and can cause cancer, kidney, liver and brain damage, reproductive problems and immune system deficiencies. Certain toxic chemicals, called endocrine disrupters, mimic hormones and are responsible for birth defects, reproductive failure, diminished sperm count, smaller penises, impaired memory, violent behavior and cancer. When these chemicals are combined they are up to 1,000 times more potent.
Chlorine added to water mixes with organic compounds causing the creation of trihalomethanes, a toxic substance linked by numerous studies to bladder and rectal cancer. Due to chlorine’s offensive odor and taste, most European countries have switched to ozone water purification, an equally effective and much safer method of water treatment.
Perhaps the biggest folly of all is the addition of fluoride to our nation’s water supplies. Fluoride is a toxic industrial pollutant which, evidence has shown, since the 1930’s has been poisoning crops, livestock and humans. Fluoride emissions into the air, lakes, rivers and oceans come from the production of aluminum, iron, steel, phosphates, plastics, gasoline, pesticides, ceramics, glass, and from coal-burning electrical power plants
and uranium processing.
According to the Summer 1998 issue of the Food and Water Journal, the idea of adding fluoride to drinking water originated in the 1930’s when industry was gearing up for war which necessitated releasing tons of fluoride waste into the environment. At that time the Public Health Service was under the jurisdiction of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, a founder and major stockholder of The Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). A Public Health Service dentist named H. Trendley Dean was sent to remote towns in the west to research fluoride damage claims made by citizens drinking contaminated well water. Dean found that teeth in these towns were often discolored and eroded but they appeared to have fewer cavities than average.
In 1939 Alcoa funded scientist, Gerald Cox proposed that the U.S. should fluoridate the water supply to “help prevent dental caries”. This master public relations stroke resulted in the mass water fluoridation we have today. This has been achieved, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that fluoride can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, nervous system and digestive system. Between 1990 and 1992 eight different studies suggested that water fluoridation may have increased the rate of bone fractures in males and females of all ages in the U.S. Other studies have implicated fluoride in the onset of arthritis and bone and joint cancers.
In light of this information, point-of-use (at home) water purification is a necessity today if one wishes to drink healthy water. Even bottled water may not be pure, as 25% of bottled water is reprocessed tap water and must meet the same standards as tap water. Bottled water can also become contaminated when stored. There are many kinds of water filtration systems available, some more effective than others. The ideal water purifier will remove all contaminants without removing essential minerals.
Recently, some fascinating scientific discoveries have been made regarding water, leading to exciting breakthroughs in natural health care. Hungarian scientist, Dr. Henri Coanda, known as the “father of fluid dynamics”, spent many years studying the unique properties of water in places around the
world such as Hunza land in the mountains of northern Pakistan where people typically live healthfully well into their 100’s. Dr. Coanda believed that the secret to their longevity was in the water they drank, and he discovered that Hunza water was different than all other water in distinct ways.
The source of Hunza water came from glacial runoff, which contained abundant negative hydrogen ions and colloidal minerals that held a negative electrical charge. A negative charge is a key factor in healthy water because it bonds with positively charged molecules, creating more energy potential. This made the surface tension of Hunza water lower than other water, making it more compatible with body fluids and thus more readily absorbed. Surface tension refers to the wetness of a liquid, which can be measured on a scale in dynes.
While ordinary drinking water has a higher surface tension of 73 dynes, Hunza water had a surface tension similar to body fluids of 68 dynes. Unlike all other water, this water had the ability to hydrate and nourish the body in the way nature intended. Hunza water was literally “energized water”, capable of providing the life force required by all living systems.
When Dr. Coanda was 78 he turned his research over to Patrick Flanagan, who at the age of 17 was already a notable inventor and scientific genius. Many years later Patrick and his wife Gael Crystal Flanagan were able to duplicate the properties of Hunza water, and at last make it available to humankind. Their liquid crystalline formula, Crystal Energy, when added to regular drinking water, lowers the surface tension to the ideal level and negatively charges the water molecules to approximate that of Hunza water. The Flanagans have further developed Microhydrin, a unique concentrated powdered crystalline mineral formula charged with negative hydrogen ions that, when taken as a supplement, enhances detoxification and assimilation of nutrients, and provides the most potent antioxidant in the world.
The Flanagans’ discoveries have brought awareness to the importance of hydrogen and the role of water as a carrier for energy. Hydrogen bonds are the glue that holds together the molecules in the DNA helix which floats in water. As we age dehydration may cause these bonds to lose their flexibility
causing the DNA helix to contract, reducing the number of times our cells can divide. The Flanagans believe that energizing these hydrogen bonds may restore flexibility to the DNA, thus increasing longevity. For a fascinating history of the Flanagans’ breakthrough discoveries and innovations read Towards a New Alchemy, by Dr. Nick Begich.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, the Nobel Prize laureate who discovered Vitamin C, calls water the “mother and matrix of all life.” This simple ubiquitous fluid is so much a part of our lives that we tend to overlook its importance and look elsewhere for that special elixir that will heal us and extend our lives. Perhaps the importance of pure water will one day be valued enough to create a global intention to stop polluting our planet’s most valuable resource.