Nigerian Strategy Drinking Heavy Doses of Fresh Water Can Control Ebola Supports Sharon Kleyne Dehydration Theory

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Successful Ebola eradication in Nigeria proves need for additional dehydration research, discusses fresh water advocate and Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne on her November 3rd radio show.

Fresh water advocate and researcher Sharon Kleyne has been saying this for decades. A well hydrated body is less susceptible and better able to recover from infectious diseases than a dehydrated body. Recently, health officials in Nigeria, based on the same theory, succeeded in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from their country, the most populated in Africa. Nigerian health officials agree with Kleyne’s evaluation that their approach was “not conventional.” (Hydration helps Nigeria beat Ebola outbreak,” Dallas Morning News (AP), October 20, 2014 http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20141020-hydration-helps-nigeria-beat-ebola-outbreak.ece) Kleyne discussed her findings on dehydration, infectious disease prevention and the global fresh water crisis on her radio broadcast of November 3, 2014. She will further discuss the topic on her November 10, 2014 broadcast. For the live broadcast and/or the complete Sharon Kleyne Hour archive go to: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour

As a result of Nigeria’s strategy, and other public health measures, says Kleyne, Nigeria has been declared Ebola free - despite being located near the center of the current outbreak – Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.

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

Only 54 percent of Nigerians have access to an improved fresh water source, according to Kleyne, and even fewer have access to improved sanitation. This places the population at a disadvantage in coping with the global fresh water crisis and it means that much of Nigeria’s population is either dehydrated, drinks unsanitary water or both.

These conditions, Kleyne believes, opened the door for the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone and started to in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government strategy, according to Kleyne, was to make bottled water readily and inexpensively available to everyone and to educate the population to drink it. This tactic was employed, in part, because Ebola vaccine was unavailable and its effectiveness was uncertain.

Individuals exposed to the disease, or who showed symptoms, Kleyne explains, were given large quantities of fresh water combined with “oral rehydration solution” to prevent primary Ebola symptoms of severe diarrhea and vomiting. When these symptoms go untreated, death from dehydration becomes inevitable. Oral rehydration solution enables the body to retain and absorb water and other fluids despite diarrhea and vomiting.

Oral rehydration solution entails adding a small quantity of salt (electrolyte) and sugar to drinking water. UNICEF and other health organizations in Africa, Kleyne notes, have handed out million of salt/sugar packets for decades to prevent children from dying of dehydration from diarrhea, which is extremely common where drinking water is unsanitary. Hydrating drinks such as Pedialyte and Gatorade are based on the same principle.

Kleyne recommends a minimum of eight glasses of fresh water per day (eight ounces each or 64 ounces total). Increase this to 10 to 12 glasses if ill or in danger of becoming ill. For diarrhea or vomiting, add a small amount of sugar and salt to the water. Begin with two full glasses upon rising. Fluids such as juice and soda do not count towards the eight glasses. Water containing large amounts of sugar, caffeine or alcohol are dehydrating and should be avoided, especially alcohol. Water should be ingested in full glasses rather than sipped.

Children ten or under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day. Thus, a 60 pound child would drink 30 ounces of water.

Kleyne believes that the scientific benefits of expanded research into dehydration, the benefits of fresh water, and the relationship between hydration and disease, would be enormous. She is gratified that the medical community is finally beginning to take notice and that this technology proved beneficial to the people of Nigeria.

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