Retired NOAA/NASA Climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, Discusses Global Water Politics on Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Show

The main causes of water shortages, Dr. Cecil believes, tend to be more political and economic than environmental. Political causes can include greedy or impoverished governments unwilling or unable to spend money on water infrastructure; unscrupulous leaders who use water as a weapon of control; and water shortages as justification to attack other countries. Poor water infrastructure is the most frequent economic cause. In the United States, water shortages may result from governments not willing to work together and from shortsightedness in planning for the future of water resources.

Dr. Cecil and Sharon Kleyne both emphasize that without water, life on Earth could not survive. Dr. Cecil noted that the resolution of human conflict regarding water is made more difficult because chronic physical dehydration from drinking too little water can cause an increase in stress, aggression and anger. Abundant water and good nutrition has the opposite effect.

(This is an excerpt of a full summary of the radio show dated 04/22/2014. Click here to read the full article.)

Hydration helps Nigeria beat Ebola outbreak

ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff.

Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa.

In the end, Nigeria — the most populous country in Africa, with 160 million people — had just 20 cases, including eight deaths, a lower death rate than the 70 percent seen elsewhere across the stricken region.

Officials are crediting strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus, and aggressive rehydration of infected patients to counter the effects of vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

Nigeria’s containment of Ebola is a “spectacular success story,” said Rui Gama Vaz, WHO director for Nigeria.

Dr. Adaora Igonoh, a survivor, said the treatment is not easy. It entails drinking, as she did, at least 1.3 gallons of the solution every day for five or six days when you have mouth sores and a sore throat and feel depressed.

“You don’t want to drink anything. You’re too weak, and with the sore throat it’s difficult to swallow, but you know when you have just vomited, you need it,” she told The Associated Press.

Some 9,000 people have been infected with Ebola, and about 4,500 have died, mostly in hard-hit Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, with the number of cases expected to increase exponentially in the coming weeks.

Dr. Simon Mardel, one of the world’s leading experts on viral hemorrhagic fevers, said the number of deaths could be cut in half if infected people were taught to properly hydrate themselves and do not take anti-inflammatory drugs, which can actually harm Ebola victims.

Mardel, of Britain’s University Hospital of South Manchester, called rehydration a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research.

Nigeria’s outbreak started in July when Patrick Sawyer, an American of Liberian descent, traveled by air from Liberia to Lagos, the country’s biggest city, starting a chain of infection that spread the disease to 19 other people and resulted in eight deaths.

Sawyer died five days after arriving, but the disease spread to Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil industry hub, after a close contact of Sawyer’s flew there for treatment, adding to fears that Nigeria faced what could become West Africa’s worst epidemic.

Nigeria’s success in averting that outcome started with the action of Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a doctor at First Consultant Hospital in Lagos who diagnosed the Ebola virus in Sawyer and later died of the disease. Together with Benjamin Ohiaeri, the hospital director, Adadevoh had insisted on keeping Sawyer isolated despite threats of legal action by Liberian officials demanding his release.

Many feared the worst in a city with large numbers of people living in crowded and unsanitary conditions in slums.

Instead, with swift coordination among health officials, the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with ample financial and material resources from Nigeria’s government, isolation wards were constructed and Ebola treatment centers designated.

Health workers tracked down nearly all of those who had contact with the infected, paying 18,500 visits to 894 people.

The eight deaths included two doctors and a nurse.

Monday’s announcement came 42 days, twice the incubation period, since the last case in Nigeria tested negative.

Still, Nigeria, like Senegal, which was declared free of Ebola on Friday, is susceptible to new cases by virtue of its proximity to the West African epicenter, health authorities warn.

There is no licensed treatment for Ebola, so doctors focus on hydration and supportive care, even in developed countries. In some cases, doctors have been surprised that keeping patients hydrated has been enough to save them.

To improve survival rates, Mardel said, it is time to designate packaged rehydration solutions as part of the cure. He said more needs to be done to make the fluids palatable, such as making the solutions weaker or flavoring them.

Igonoh said she sometimes added orange juice.

Fresh Water Can Be Priced to Assure Availability while Remaining Affordable Reports Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne

Bio-Logic Aqua Research Chairman Says Water Companies Can Upgrade Facilities and Still Keep Water Affordable During Global Fresh Water Crisis

The price of home delivered fresh water is the biggest bargain available to consumers in the United States, according to water advocate and Bio-Logic Aqua Research Chairman Sharon Kleyne, However, Kleyne adds, fresh clean water is becoming increasingly expensive to locate, impound transport and process. During the global fresh water crisis, with the US experiencing increasing drought, a growing population, widespread water wasting and lagging technology, fresh water cannot continue to be sold at a loss. The inevitable price increase, says Kleyne, must provide for those who can’t pay but whom, like everyone else, require water to stay alive.

Kleyne will discuss the issue of fresh water pricing and fairness on her Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Radio show of October, 27, 2014.

Kleyne hosts the syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, 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.

Two recent articles support Kleyne’s views about the global fresh water crisis. A New York Time article of October 14, 2014,* Noted that wasteful water use by Californians is way down and many homeowners are abandoning their lawns. The article notes that there is sufficient fresh water in the United States to supply everyone but the problem is getting the water to where it is needed, eliminating waste and acquiring investment to improve processing and recycling facilities.

Under the present pricing structure, says the article, there is little incentive to conserve and, in fact, large users are often charged less than smaller users.

*Porter, E, “The risks of cheap water,” New York Times, 10/14/14

A Bloomberg News article of October 15, 2014,suggests that technology and infrastructure investment in fresh water utilities is increasing but remains inadequate. The article notes that only one percent of total water consumption in the US is by low income individuals unable to afford a higher price. Were a profitable program in place, this group could easily be subsidized.

The article notes a trend by large industrial water users, such as brewers and soft drink manufacturers, to invest in water technology and utilities. While their investment alone can’t solve the problem, it can help. Their involvement can also raise public awareness and finance lobbying for a more effective water policy.

Farnall, C, “Time for a serious policy on water pricing,” Bloomberg Week, 10/15/14

Fresh, clean Water in the US, Kleyne notes, is considerably less expensive than cable TV, electricity, gasoline and food. US water is also far less expensive, and with far better service, than fresh water inmost other countries.

Fresh water, Kleyne notes, is a necessity of life. Every function of the human body and every cell in the body require a constant water supply to function properly, avoid dehydration and sustain life. Water is essential for digestion, growing food and sanitation. Without the water vapor in the atmosphere, our bodies couldn’t absorb oxygen and would soon dry up and die. A large percentage of our daily water intake, according to Kleyne, comes through direct absorption from the atmosphere by skin, eyes and lungs.

As a solution to the fair water pricing problem, Kleyne advocates a three-tiered water pricing program: “Essential water” for household cooking, drinking and sanitation, “Agriculture and Industrial Water,” and “Luxury Water” for lawns, swimming pools, etc.

Kleyne also advocates total water recycling in which all water sold by a fresh water utility is eventually returned to the supplier, where it is recycled and resold. Total water recycling would reduce the amount of water removed for human consumption from the natural ecosystem. Allowing more water to naturally evaporate into the atmosphere and become part of the hydrologic cycle, could also impact human caused aspects of global drought and climate change.

New Global Women for Water Mission

Radio Host Sharon Kleyne has announced a new global women’s mission to educate the world about water shortages, water recycling and the need for governments to work together to solve water problems. The mission will be called “Women for Water”. Kleyne made the announcement during an interview on her radio show, the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water®, while interviewing guest Jerry Wiles, President of Living Water International. Wiles and Kleyne had been discussing the critical importance of women to the success of his agency’s many water projects around the world.

As a woman entrepreneur, researcher and educator, Kleyne has been an outspoken water advocate and activist for over 30 years. Kleyne is a member of the International Woman’s Association.

Living Water International was founded in 1990 to bring safe and reliable water to rural areas in developing nations in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. As of 2014, with an annual budget of $28 million, the organization has constructed over 14,000 water wells. Jerry Wiles, PhD, was President of Living Water International for 12 years and is now President Emeritus. The current president is Gary Evans.

During the interview, Wiles noted that historically, women are far more impacted than men by water shortages and unsafe water. In rural villages in developing nations, the task of fetching water each day from the nearest creek or pond is considered “woman’s work.” This sometimes entails carrying water for several miles. The women usually bring their children, and young girls are trained to fetch and carry water at an early age.


Fresh Water and Correct Qi Breathing Are Keys to Health

For decades, radio host Sharon Kleyne has advocated drinking fresh water to maintain health. This view is backed by most physicians. In a recent interview with Effie Chow, PhD, Kleyne discovered a surprising new reason why water is the key to good health. According to Chow, to maximize water’s beneficial effect, correct Qi breathing is also necessary.

Effie Chow was born in China and grew up in a traditional family. After moving to the United States, she became a registered nurse. Although she supported Western medical practice, she concluded that traditional Chinese medicine, particularly Qi-Gong, had enormous potential value in maintaining health. Dr. Chow is Founder of the East-West Academy of Healing Arts in San Francisco, has authored several books, and in 2000, served on President Clinton’s White House Conference on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

The globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, with host Sharon Kleyne, is heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. Kleyne is Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmosphere and health research, and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist®, a 100% pure water mist, is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eyes. Effie Chow is a frequent Sharon Kleyne Hour guest.

In Qi-gong, according to Chow, water is one of the “Five Elements of Life.” The others are earth, water, fire and metal. Qi-Gong philosophy teaches that each element controls a different part of the body and a different emotion, and that water is the element that integrates all other elements and prevents dehydration.

Air is not considered an element of life, Chow explains, because air is everywhere and cannot be isolated. To benefit health and the human body, says Chow, each of the five elements requires air, liquid water, and atmospheric water vapor. In other words, they all need to breathe. Sharon Kleyne has long taught that water on Earth is the “Breath of Life.”

Qi-Gong, which means “controlling the life force,” according to Chow, teaches that the balance of life elements in the human body is a microcosm of the balance of elements in the universe. That appears to supports Sharon Kleyne’s belief that water on Earth affects the entire universe.

Correct breathing, according to Chow, should be done from the diaphragm. The air should be clean and pure and the body relaxed and erect. Slowly breathe in as much air as possible, while extending the diaphragm outward. The diaphragm is located at the bottom of the ribs in the center of the chest. Then slowly exhale and relax the diaphragm. Do this exercise ten times a day.

Regarding, water, according to Kleyne, drink at least eight glasses a day in addition to all other fluid intake. The water should be clean and pure but not distilled, and with no additives. Drink at least half the water in gulps rather than sips. For maximum absorption, the water should be at room temperature or warmer.

Seven Years of Making News and Influencing Water Policy

When a high-ranking water policy official, discussing the record breaking California drought, hung up on radio host Sharon Kleyne during an on-air interview, Kleyne knew that people were finally taking her show and message seriously. Kleyne’s show, Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® will soon mark its seventh anniversary on the air. During that time, Kleyne’s 298 shows and 377 guests have taken the lead in educating the public about numerous global water related issues that are only now becoming critical in the pubic mind.

Of the 298 shows, 27 offered education about dry eye, vision care and natural supplementation of tear film water. More than half the 298 shows dealt with water related health issues such as diet and nutrition, lifestyle, water access and sanitation, dehydration diseases and much, much more.

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