The body has key requirements that must be fulfilled for health to be present. If these are not fully operating then the adult body begins to fail or, in the case of children, their bodies never develop properly. Over time the body becomes less healthy and less functional until there is a catastrophic failure and death. We know that we are going to die so that should not come as a surprise but why health declines and disease manifests is not well understood by most people or the medical mainstream. Cellular dehydration is part of the collage of why the body succumbs.
Water in the Body
Water is so ubiquitous that its importance is largely ignored in medicine as well as most sciences. In physiology, the body’s water volume is the measure of how much water is in the body.
Arthur Guyton ‘s Textbook of Medical Physiology states that “the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms) is approximately 40 litres, averaging 57 percent of his total body weight. In a newborn infant, this may be as high as 75 percent of the body weight, but it progressively decreases from birth to old age, most of the decrease occurring during the first 10 years of life. Also, obesity decreases the percentage of water in the body, sometimes to as low as 45 percent”.
It can be inferred that as the body ages or becomes sick the percentage of water becomes less not more. Further it is known that two-thirds of the water in the body is inside the cells (intracellular). This is approximately 25 liters on average in the above example.
The one-third of the water that is outside of the cells (extracellular) is easy to adjust. For example, if the blood pressure is low due to trauma, disease or blood loss then a saline solution (approximately 1%) is often administered via IV to restore normal blood volume and, hopefully, good flow and pressure. A less rapid adjustment can be made by drinking mildly salty water (1 teaspoon/qt.) or salted soup or other liquid. Extracellular dehydration has to be addressed somehow with both water and salt (sodium chloride).
The degree of hydration of the interior of the body’s cells is much harder to determine and to remedy if it is low. Cells cannot be forced to accept water merely by drinking water. The cells are not passive sponges. They have active structural, chemical and energetic systems that manage the placement of water in the cell for proper function. If the cell has been traumatized or abused in any way (think typical lifestyle and environmental actions) then its internal systems will not be functioning properly. Water will be lost from the cell because the mechanisms to keep water in place are not working properly. If water is lost from the cell then potassium is also dissipated and lost. We call this cellular inflammation because disorder or entropy has increased often times showing up as some degree of swelling.
An extrapolated status of cellular water in the body can be indicated by the BUN/creatinine ratio on a standard blood chemistry test. It should be around 10± and not over 20. The kidneys filter the blood and control water balance with a two step process. First, they filter the plasma which is the water and soluble component of blood. The second stage then returns to the blood what the body needs to be conserved. What does not go back into the blood becomes urine. If the kidneys are trying to conserve the body’s water then it is going to have a tough time getting rid of water soluble urea (Blood Urea Nitrogen) and possibly other wastes. Urea is constantly generated by the liver from ongoing protein breakdown. If water is abundant in the body then urea can be excreted easily. If the level of waste products is normalized, water has the possibility of entering the cells if needed.
Beyond the function of the kidneys, why does cellular dehydration happen? First let’s understand the basics about water.
What is water?
The idea that water is a simple fluid is mistaken. This simplistic notion is often framed in a way that construes water in the cell as merely a convenient medium to suspend and move around important molecules and perhaps to keep the cell lipid membrane from collapsing. Water is actually an active, not passive, partner in the cell’s biochemical and energetic processes. There are literally only a few molecules of water between adjacent proteins and structures inside the cell. If the molecules of water were animated individually as single molecules bouncing around inside the cell then very little biochemistry could be accomplished in such chaos and life would not exist.
Fortunately, life exists because water is not what standard chemistry and biology teaches – simply as H2O. Through the work of scientists like Gilbert Ling [gilbertling.org], Gerald Pollack [Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, Fourth Phase of Water], Mae-Wan Ho [Institute of Science in Society] and others, water has been shown that it can be assembled into large structured arrays especially inside living tissue. This means that the individual molecules of water do not always exist as we have been taught. Rather the hydrogen and oxygen atoms can arrange themselves into a multi-layered hexagonal (six-sided) network similar to layers of chicken wire. Instead of the ratio of hydrogen to oxygen being 2:1 as with normal bulk water, the ratio is approximately 3:2. In this case, oxygen (larger yellow circles in diagram) is at the intersection points and hydrogen (small green circles) reside in between them. This new configuration of water leaves it with an overall negative charge unlike neutral bulk water. Layers of hexagonal water sheets will bond with one another simply by being slightly offset from the adjacent layer. It has been shown that as many as millions of layers can be stacked on one another under certain laboratory conditions. This structured water is significantly denser and has unique properties, electrical and otherwise. Solid ice is similar to structured liquid water but it has a different bonding configuration between the hexagonal sheets and has no electrical charge.
Consider that a gelatin dessert contains about 95% water yet the water it contains is not liquid even at room temperature. The water has formed layers along the charged collagen proteins and so becomes structured.
Of course, there are many other details about the structuring of water and its properties but the takeaway concept is that water in living cells is actually a semi-solid liquid crystal with unique physical properties.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)
A quick trip back to high school biology – it was taught that the formation of ATP by the hundreds of mitochondria located inside each cell is the source of mobile energy units used by the cell. ATP is formed by a complex biochemical system within the mitochondria that extracts electrons from the food we eat. Three phosphate ions are serially joined to a molecule of adenosine to form adenosine tri-phosphate. A large amount of energy is released to the cell when one phosphate group is removed from ATP to form ADP (adenosine di-phosphate). The amazing nano-machinery in mitochondria daily churns out an amount of ATP that equals the weight of the entire body! ATP is used and recycled continuously about 10,000 times per day. Anything that slows or disrupts the production of ATP results in a disruption of the body and it functioning. This is fundamental to the aging process.
Gilbert Ling has shown that ATP is used by the cell to unfold proteins so that potassium and water can bond to the numerous charged sites along its chains of amino acids. Water becomes structured as it forms a multi-layered reverse micelle which is simply a water-coated protein or other suitable organic molecule. So ATP is not the ultimate source of energy for the cell. The ATP is used to open the branches of proteins for potassium and water adhesion. Of course, this is contrary to standard biology which is largely based on outdated data and theories that do not acknowledge the principles of modern physics such as quantum electrodynamics [QED].
The ultimate source of energy for the cell is from the quantum effects of liquid water crystals that collect and conduct the energy of electrons and photons (think light hitting the eyes and skin). There are many more details to how exactly this happens but the point is that the binding of water to cellular proteins, DNA and the collagen connective tissue networks of the body is how the body is powered and how it can move energy instantly from one point to another.
Playing Nice with Water
Water requires energy to structure itself so that it can function as part of the body’s energy system. As I have stated, ATP fulfills that step as well as natural electro-magnetic waves (EMFs). This means that the body’s ability to produce large amounts of ATP can be a serious limiting factor for health. Any hiccup or lacking is a serious problem. Many things can limit the mitochondrial function. A wide variety of stress responses from many sources can, especially over the long term, cause a decline in ATP production due to dysfunctional mitochondria. It is not just about what you put in your mouth such as nutrients or anti-nutrients (toxins) as some people think. Defective mitochondria are a major producer of oxidants that damage mitochondrial DNA and enzymes and deplete native anti-oxidants such as glutathione.
Water does align to a magnetic field. For water molecules to slow down their random motion enough to self-assemble along the charged sites of organic molecules there needs to be a relatively static magnetic field for them to orient to. The earth’s magnetic field of about 0.5 gauss normally provides that stabilizing force. Magnetism arises at a right angle from the flow of an electric current such as the massive currents in the earth’s core.
In our modern lives, we are surrounded by 60 cycle electric power around the clock from wiring in buildings and along power line poles and high tension towers. The health dangers of electric power were first brought to light by Dr. Robert O Becker and others during the 80’s. Becker was an orthopedic surgeon and had done unique research to uncover the natural electric currents in bone and other body structures. Sufficient exposure to even very weak fluxing magnetic fields from oscillating electric currents caused demonstrable dysfunction to cells and body systems.
Now for the last two decades we have flooded our environment with microwave radiation and its accompanying magnetic field that comes from personal cell phone use and the commercial infrastructure that makes it possible. Wireless computers and other electronic devices are ubiquitous in our homes, businesses and institutions. They use the same band of frequencies as cell phones and your microwave oven (2.4-2.5 gigahertz).
Industry, academic and government experts say that the levels of electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) are too low to cause thermal effects (i.e. heating). Of course, this is true but the non-thermal effects on cell biology and the health of living organisms is very real. There is academic research that shows the negative effects that the official experts don’t want to acknowledge. Even children have done simple experiments with plants showing the obvious negative effects of cell phones and wireless routers.
The situation is very similar to the long ordeal with the tobacco companies a few decades ago. This time there is much more at stake from a business perspective. Telecom and computer technology is pervasive and people are hooked on it. The rotating doors of government and business allow an authoritative subculture to grow that finds very little is wrong with adverse health effects as long as they can be denied or at least vigorously questioned. The precautionary principle is often framed as being anti-business and denies the advantages of a useful technology! As with tobacco and some pharmaceutical drugs, the death toll can get very steep before a restrictive action is officially advocated. Health effects that don’t involve death are largely ignored and simply become part of the noise of low level chronic dysfunction. The growing epidemic of numerous diseases is directly correlative with our increased exposure to electrical power fields and electronic signals. This does not prove anything by itself. Disease is multi-fold but a big piece of the EMF-health picture can be found in the biological and medical research albeit with some effort.
Another axe to functional water in the body is the fluoride content of potable water. 90% of cities in the US are fluoridated vs. the reverse situation in Europe. There is no legitimate science or policy that justifies fluoridation of drinking water. It is easy to find many sources of information about the various issues around fluoride. The point I would like to make is that fluoride does not benefit the body in the high amounts recommended and made allowable by government. Yes, 1-2 parts per million is way too much according to much evidence showing fluorosis. Fluoride is a very efficient toxin that can penetrate throughout the body. Besides water treatment, it is used in the formulation of a number of common prescription drugs. The low level ingestion of fluoride has been found to severely block the electron loading of the cellular water matrix talked about above. High levels are used as rat poison and in saran gas, a poison gas used in chemical warfare.
Water is Life
In summary, water is an important key for life. About ninety-nine percent of our body’s molecules (not weight) are water. Some creatures like jellyfish are literally almost pure water yet life in them exists because energy is transduced in and through the coherent semi-crystalline water networks that link all parts of the body. We may think that food gives us energy but without water nothing would work. Plants use water and the photons in sunlight to derive useful energy for growth and function. We are not plants with leaves and roots (a direct connection to the electron-rich earth) so we need a boost from some photonic energy in the form of electron-rich foods. Our biochemical battery ATP is the switch that turns the real power on. Modern physics has connected many dots regarding subatomic elements and how they interact. Perhaps other sciences will grasp how the study of energy dynamics [remember E=MC2] may shed light in other areas.
Medical knowledge is a combination of clinical experience with a foundation in academic education. Often this academic knowledge is biased and/or incomplete. Coupled with dogmatic or egoistic thinking, functional biologic/medical knowledge suffers. When a field like medicine chooses not to incorporate all realms of science and be goaded by business interests, it will not solve difficult medical problems such as cancer or brain diseases. Witness the current state of medicine. It cannot prove its worthiness unless it acknowledges its blind spots and revises its current paradigms. Only then can clinical practice be allowed to align to a more complete view. Understanding cellular dehydration is one of those critical issues.