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I want to revisit low thyroid, as it is a possible source of an incomplete or inaccurate diagnosis for diabetes! Yes, you read that right. Let’s learn more from Dr. Robert Rowen, MD and from Dr. David Brownstein, MD. The first article is here: Diabetes and Thyroid Connection

Dr. Rowen asks in a recent email:

Is your diabetes really hypothyroidism?

If you have hard-to-treat Type 2 diabetes, your problem might not be insulin and your pancreas, but rather, it could be your thyroid!

Research scientists know that both humans and animals exposed to cold temperatures get high blood pressure. Next, they wondered if diabetic mice exposed to cold would get the problem even faster than normal mice.

They placed diabetic and control mice in a constant 41 degrees F environment. The normal mice survived, while the diabetic mice died (in just two hours)!

The team surmised that the diabetic animals died because they couldn’t maintain their body heat — which is regulated by their thyroid gland.

In good scientific fashion, the researchers decided to take it to the next step. They wondered if giving the diabetic animals thyroid hormone might help them withstand the cold.

So, they administered thyroid hormone to the diabetic mice. Those mice increased their body temperature AND even more interestingly, they also had a significant drop in their blood sugar within two hours (and a 50% blood-sugar decrease within four hours)!

The researchers then looked at blood sugar levels at the start of the study, and in the diabetic animals, they found the level had been five times normal! They found that the thyroid levels in these animals were also low.

Diabetes affects at least 150 million people worldwide, and that’s an understatement, as many people do NOT know they are diabetic.

In Oklahoma, where this research was conducted, there are over 268,500 cases of human diabetes. Most of these people, at any age, are obese or overweight;  most can cure it with a proper diet and moderate exercise, alone.

However, Dr. Rowen says that in his practice, he has  seen a number of people resistant to a simple dietary fix. And, there is also a group of adult diabetics who are thin. Yes, you can be thin and be hypothyroid (low thyroid). You can also be heavy, with low thyroid as a contributing factor to that overweight condition — often ascribed to your “diabetes”.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, at any age, then get your doctor to check your thyroid level by blood tests, to include a “free T3, free T4 and TSH” (and Dr. Brownstein insists on these and a few more lab tests: reverse T3, antithyroglobulin and antimicrosomal antibodies … and I think and knowing your Iodine level would be useful). Do not allow your doctor to just order a TSH test (it’s notoriously inaccurate).

However, Dr. Rowen uses the tests and learns a lot because he also compares the results to his patient’s basal body temperature. What’s that?

It’s the important lab test you take yourself as Dr. Broda Barnes, MD, famous endocrinologist in the early 20th century, described.

Dr. Rowen and Dr. Brownstein both ask you to check your “under the tongue” temperature the moment you open your eyes in the morning, three days in a row (several days away from your menstrual period, for women).

You have to have a Basal Thermometer (a special one from the pharmacy — with a numbering scale that let’s you see the tiniest changes in the temperature range that you need to understand).

Shake the mercury down the night before. Have a clock where you register the time. Open your eyes and reach for the thermometer and look at the clock. Do not move, except to breathe, until the 2 or 3 minutes are up.

Your morning, without movement, “basal temperature” should be at least 97.8F. If it’s not, see your integrative physician immediately!

What’s likely needed then? A prescription for T3 (as used in this study) might help your low thyroid and diabetes all in one go. Do NOT let any physician put you on synthetic thyroid preparations! Read more on that next time.

Meanwhile, Dr. Brownstein, MD alerts us to the facts that:
“Your body is composed of 70-80% water, and your brain is closer to 85% water!”

And, thyroid problems, like all illnesses, cannot be solved without getting sufficient water in your diet.

So, here’s how to know if you’re drinking enough water:

Do you have any of these signs of dehydration?

Dry tongue
Coated tongue
Vertical ridges on your nails
Dry skin
Poor skin elasticity

Even if you don’t notice any of these signs, Dr. Brownstein says you could still be water-deficient. It’s extremely common, especially in those with thyroid issues, and maybe that helps to account for that famous “diabetic” thirst!

Here’s an important formula for your recommended water intake:

Take your weight (in pounds) and divide in half.
That amount (in fluid ounces) is your recommended water intake.
That number divided by 8 equals the number of 8 ounce-sized glasses of water you should drink per day.

This process probably works for metric, too, but confirm this with your physician.

I recommend getting a big water bottle and loading it up in the morning. Then, carry it with you, while sipping on it through the day. That’s what I do.

Also, Dr. Brownstein addresses tips to prevent water loss that could lead to dehydration. All liquids are not equal. Only water counts to hydrate you, the rest dehydraye your tissues, in varying degrees. He says:

___   “Don’t overload on caffeine”  . . . (I say, try not to use caffeine, except for 2 cups of green tea a day)
___   “Don’t drink a lot of soda”  . . . (I say, don’t drink any! It’s VERY pH acidic.)
___   “Take it easy on the alcoholic beverages”  . . . ( I say “Why use them?” They are Carbs and do affect your blood-sugar levels, rob you of minerals and vitamins and stress your liver.) Get the “goodness” of wine by eating red organic grapes, instead!

Dr. Brownstein and I recommend that you use a water filter that removes fluoride and chlorine as well as bacteria and parasites. Tap water and bottled water (in plastic bottles) contain chemicals potentially harmful to your thyroid.

Now, I have yet to find a water filter which states that it removes fluoride! So, as my city stupidly voted to fluoridate the water, before I arrived, I go to markets in nearby suburbs which do NOT fluoridate their water and get state-of-the-art commercially-filtered water OR I buy spring water — and decant it into a porcelain crock, immediately.

You need to do all these steps to get baseline information on your health AND to stop the slide on a slippery-slope from these various beverages. More next week.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Being more specific about the life-giving information from my recent article (see link below), about water therapy, including how it is used for some diabetics, here are guidelines and caveats. For this protocol, only water counts as liquid — not tea, coffee, soup etc. even though they have water in them.

CRITICAL: If your kidneys are not working well, then don’t follow this program, as it is written below, if at all. If you still want to try it on your own, just drink one eight-ounce glass of water and wait until you go to the bathroom. Then drink another glass. When your kidneys come up to speed (input matches output — you will have to urinate into a plastic hat* on the toilet and look at the number guide on the inner surface), make sure if you drink 8 ozs. that the same total, 8 ozs. comes out! Keep a log. Then, if you are meeting your target, and not “retaining fluid”, that shows your kidneys are functioning better. Then, start the sea-salt protocol slowly to make sure your kidneys are still working OK, only if your doctor approves.

IMPORTANT: For everyone on this protocol, when you drink your water, get it down in 5-6 minutes, “Don’t nurse it”. Make sure that you have water readily at hand and available to you, while at work. Some people have to start with just (1) 8 oz. glass of water, as described in the paragraph above. But, if you do not have kidney issues, then still never drink more than 1 quart every 2 hours. Whichever amount you drink, on this continuum, you are aiming to hold it in your body and not to urinate any more often than every 2 – 3 hours, as a sign of proper kidney health and your body’s ability to absorb the water to use it.

If you do not drink the protocol’s basic amount of water (mentioned below) right now, you must start adding the extra water very slowly. This gives your body time to adjust to the added water intake. If you don’t, the water will act like a water pill (diuretic), pulling necessary minerals from your body, possibly causing more harm than good. Senior citizens and children MUST start adding the extra water slowly (see the process below).

* The “rule of thumb” GOAL for using the purest spring water you can get, is to drink half your body weight in ounces, taken throughout the day. A little less or even a little more is OK. So, if you weigh 160 pounds, then your goal will be to drink a least 80 fluid ounces of water a day — working up to that level gradually, if you are not already ingesting that amount.

* The “rule of thumb” for sea-salt is 1/8 tsp( ¾ g ) of salt per 16 fluid oz. ( ½ liter ) of water. Some people require a little less, others a little more. Listen to your body.

* If you have any swelling of your feet, ankles, legs, arms, fingers or eyelids or you are suddenly having excessive diarrhea, then you must stop all salt for 2 – 3 days and just drink the water. The exception to this would be if the swelling is from an injury/accident.  Then begin taking the salt again, but add it back slowly. You should use no more than 1/8 tsp ( ¾ g ) of salt per 16 oz ( ½ liter ) of water.  He also suggested you take a multi-vitamin with all three main meals to replace what minerals might have been pulled out of your body by the diuretic action of the water.

When the swelling is gone, you can restart the program of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. However, this time  you will take the water in small amounts throughout the day, slowly increasing the amount  until up to half your weight in ounces of water has been reached.  Also start taking the salt with the water.

Here’s how to increase your water intake slowly. Start out with (3) – 8 oz glasses of water your first day, during waking hours. The next day add one or two glasses. Keep doing this until your required glasses per day is reached, as long as you are checking that you are not “retaining fluid”, that nothing is swelling-up, that you are sure that input = output and that you are not having excessive diarrhea, suddenly.

After a while, your body’s requirements for water and salt may change because of hot weather or cold weather or exercise. Each person must assess their body’s requirement at this time. To help do that, make sure your bowel movements are well hydrated – easy and a couple a day, that your joints move easily, that you do not feel thirsty (this is not an accurate signal for older people), that you are sweating, when appropriate.

* Children ages 2 and up need 75% of their body weight in ounces of water per day. Their bodies are growing all the time and every cell in their growing body needs extra water for cell division and regular biochemistry, as well as water being needed by millions more cells  made each day in order to “grow”.

* Children who are very active or play sports can require up to 100% of their body weight in ounces of water per day.

* The water cure program does not apply to newborns and children up to 2 years of age. In fact, water is NOT recommended for infants unless your pediatrician says so.

There are four ways to take the natural sea-salt:
1. One of the most popular ways is to mix the sea-salt into the spring water. This sea-salt will improve the taste of most water by making it a little sweet.
2. The second way is to just toss the sea-salt into your mouth and drink the water over the sea-salt, washing it down.  Sea-salt is available in many forms – from finely-ground to whole crystals. Putting whole crystals, in your measured amount, is actually a simple way, just letting them dissolve.
3. If you are very salt-sensitive then you would get some empty vegetarian gelatin capsules at a health store and put the amount of sea-salt you require into the capsules and take it with food.
4. You could also just put the extra, measured amount of  sea-salt on your food.  The only problem with that is acquiring a taste for very salty food, so it’s the least recommended choice.

You must also make sure you are getting at least 150 mcg of iodine in your multi-vitamins each day, up to a maximum of 450 mcg of iodine each day.

If you are still urinating more frequently than every 2 – 3 hours:

Try drinking your water along with eating a bagel. This means:
·         Drink and eat the bagel at the same time  OR
·         Eat the bagel first, chewing it well, and then drink your water
·         Optional – increasing the sea-salt to 1/8 teaspoon  per 8 ounces water, when you are eating the bagel, may help retain the water longer.

You can put cream cheese, real butter or jam on the bagel.

After using a whole bagel for a day or two, then you can cut down to using half a bagel, then a quarter and then just stop the bagel and use your food to take with the water.  (See Em’s comment, below.)

Here is how you should slowly go from drinking water with a bagel to going back to drinking plain water again.

After a few days you should try drinking 2 ounces of plain water a half hour before eating food.  Then you can increase the water to 4 ounces a half hour before eating food.  Next it would be 6 ounces, then 8 ounces and so on until up to your required amount while now urinating only every 2 – 3 hours.

All information on this page was edited from Dr. Batmanghelidj’s books, for the internet,  by Mr. Jim Bolen, who was a dear associate of Dr. Batmanghelidj, MD, while Dr. B. was alive.


“Very sick people with a past history of major diseases who are under professional supervision, particularly those with severe renal disease, should not make use of the information contained herein without the supervision of their attending physician.” says Dr. B.


What I have found is that for all that great Evamor and spring water I have been drinking, when I read this information, I knew that I was not getting the benefit of all the water I drank. Somewhere along the line, I wasn’t absorbing the water. It was mostly just flowing through me, leaving me dehydrated, and probably under-mineralized!

I could never slake my thirst, as most diabetics can’t!

Dr. Batmanghelidj always included diabetes as a disease of dehydration — so it’s imperative to learn how to re-hydrate safely and effectively.

So, now, I am using the bagel method, and have been for about a week. I think I will have to be on it quite a while, as I am just beginning to feel my eyes are less dry and saliva is returning to my mouth in an appreciably increased amount (but still not near normal). Timing for the bathroom is better, too. So, I’ll keep working on this and hopefully will be much better off as the weeks go by. It’s frustrating, as I have spent “years” trying to drink the “proper” amount of water, and it evidently was just running through me, without a whole lot of benefit or exchange on a cellular level.

Even though I have had Dr. B’s book since the early 1990’s, he wrote many more and refined his protocol, so I really appreciate his family and colleagues keeping his expertise alive, and offering the newer free book, below.

Best to all — Em


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* good pharmacies or a medical supply store will have an inexpensive plastic hat – which is an object thin enough to place under your toilet’s seat, just to catch the urine, and it measures it at the same time with a scale on the side. If you can’t find one, call a Urologist’s office; you may be able to get one from them.

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