Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Proposes Changing the Word “Drought” to “Dehydration”

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Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Host Notes Similarities between Drought and Human Dehydration, Believes Terminology Change would Help Generate a Quicker Solution.

Because of the state’s worst-ever drought, a group called the California Water Foundation has proposed changing the picture on the California state flag from a bear standing on grass to a camel standing on sand (Mark Kota, “Drought is so bad, change California flag: group,” CNBC, Sept. 2, 2014.

Water researcher Sharon Kleyne would not change the California flag but she is recommending that the words “drought” and “climate change” be changed to “dehydration.” In an upcoming report on her Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show (September 7, 2014 http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour), Kleyne will describe numerous similarities between global climate change, widespread global drought, desertification, long-term changes in atmospheric water vapor, and the physical symptoms of dehydration disease experienced by humans.

Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a global research and technology center specializing in and fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is her company’s signature product for dry eyes. Kleyne’s globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show is heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes.

The change in terminology, Kleyne believes, would alter the way scientists and the public view the ever expanding worldwide drought, including the California drought. This altered perception, says Kleyne, would open new avenues of research and assist scientists in finding a viable long-term solution

Kleyne defines “dehydration disease” as the “loss of body water with accompanying disruption of metabolic processes.”

Mild dehydration in humans, Kleyne explains, is easily cured with a few glasses of water. Severe or chronic dehydration is less easily cured because dehydration can trigger several secondary diseases. The disease process can become self-perpetuating because many of the secondary diseases, such as flu and diarrhea, are themselves dehydrating. Once the cycle takes hold, curing it can involve far more that just drinking a little extra water.

The same is true of planetary dehydration. With soils, mild dehydration is alleviated by a little extra rain. As the situation deepens, according to Kleyne, changes in Earth’s metabolic processes may be triggered. There may be a disruption of the amount and quality of water vapor reaching the atmosphere, which in turn effects weather cycles. Or there may be a disruption of the microorganisms and organic matter in the soil that holds water and enables plants to grow. As with human dehydration, as the situation worsens, recovery becomes increasingly difficult and complex.

Earth’s miracle, says Kleyne, is water recycling. On Mars, water evaporating from rocks simply floats off into space. Earth supports a myriad of life forms because its water is constantly recycled. Surface water rises into the air through evaporation to form humidity and clouds, which accumulate in the upper atmosphere and are then returned as precipitation.

The human body mirrors this in microcosm by also recycling its water – sending used water back into the environment and replacing it with new water. Kleyne notes that like Earth, the human body has an “underground” (the inner organs and muscles), a “surface” where water is exchanged (the skin, lungs and eyes) and an atmosphere (a thin, easily disrupted humidity layer surrounding the body).

Drought/dehydration is a serious problem for the entire world, according to Kleyne. The dehydration disease now affecting our planet is spreading and intensifying. The process of “desertification,” the transformation of dry, semi-desert areas to true deserts virtually devoid of vegetation, is accelerating. Two billion of Earth’s seven billion people, says Kleyne, live in dry, semi-desert areas vulnerable to desertification.

To avoid human dehydration, Kleyne recommends that adult humans drink at least eight full glasses of fresh water per day, in addition to all other fluid intake. Begin with two full glasses upon rising. Drink the water in full glasses rather than sipping it. Warm water is more likely to be retained than cold water. Children should drink one half their body weight in ounces per day (so a 40 pound child should drink 20 ounces of water).

Kleyne also recommends that scientists and the public begin calling global climate change, disrupted weather patterns and extended drought what they really are – dehydration disease of the planet.

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