Some time ago, a childhood friend of mine sent me this message:
I want to help this man. He has a problem with his tendons in both legs. In the morning, he can’ t stand up. Can you recommend some minerals and vitamins? Maybe some exercises that can help? Your advice is important.
That’s all he wrote. So, I replied:
How can I give any advice? I don’t know anything about him. I help/treat people with a complete eating and drinking programme. Vitamins and mineral supplements are only used as adjuncts to correct deficiencies. So, before saying anything, I need to know some basic things:
How old is he? What work does he do or did? How long has this problem been developing for? Does he drink water and how much? What does he drink? What does he eat every day? Does he have other complaints? How is his digestion? How is his skin (any rashes or dry skin or eczema)? What kind of other problems has he had in his life? And anything else about this health that could be useful?
Here’s what I got back:
- How old is he? What work does he do or did? He’s 81. He was a manager.
- How long has this problem been developing for? The problem started when he was around 65. It has gotten much worse in the past 2 years.
- Does he drink water and how much? He drinks little water, 0.5 litres a day.
- What does he eat every day? He eats meat, potatoes, tomatoes, some cheese, and a lot of bread.
- Does he have other complaints? Heart, kidneys.
- How is his digestion? He has problems going to the bathroom every day. He goes once every three days.
- How is his skin (any rashes or dry skin or eczema)? His skin is fine.His doctor told him to exercise, but he can’t even stand up or move properly.
With this info, I was able to get a better idea, and did my analysis of the situation. This is what I replied:
Here is my diagnosis:This man has been chronically dehydrated for most of his life. Being chronically dehydrated is one of the most health-damaging situation we can be in, but because it is not acute, the consequences are manifested over long periods of time.The lack of water first leads to a deterioration of the digestive system and digestive function: of the stomach (poor digestion and ulcers), and of the intestines (damaging of the lining, ulcers, and leaky gut), constipation and from it toxins and pathogenic bacteria going back from the colon into the bloodstream.Second, it leads to deterioration of the kidneys and the nephrons (little filters in the kidneys), because the only way to get the acids out of the blood is to dilute them in water, but if there is a lack of water, then the kidneys do everything they can to keep this water, because water is more important to keep than to get rid of acid. Therefore, not only do the kidneys get destroyed little by little, but the body accumulates the uric acid everywhere in the soft tissues, starting in the joints, and then in the tendons, ligaments and muscles. This leads to incredible stiffness, pain, and eventually to not being able to move.Third, because our diet is usually rich in calcium but very poor in magnesium, everyone tends to be over-calcified and to accumulate calcium everywhere in the blood vessels, soft tissues of the joints, and in the muscles. This is made much worse by over-acidification and chronic dehydration. Calcification also leads to stiffness, pain, and eventually, to not being able to move properly.Therefore, the most important things to do in order or priority are the following:
- Drink a lot more water (at least 3 litres per day), on an empty stomach (at least 20 minutes before eating), and making sure it is alkaline water (high pH 9-10).
- Take baths with 2 cups (500 g) of sodium bicarbonate and 1 cup of magnesium chloride (or magnesium sulphate). The bicarbonate and magnesium will be absorbed into the body through the skin, and will dissolve uric acid and calcium deposits throughout the body.
- Drink juice of green vegetables to remove acid buildup in the body, and clean out the intestines.
- Take supplements of magnesium (the best form is L-Threonate, because it is bound to fat and is 100% absorbed) in order to help remove build-up of calcium.
- Take supplements of vitamins A-D-K2 (I recommend DaVinci’s combo supplement because of the high concentration of K2), as these are the most important fat-soluble vitamins, and K2 is the only nutrient that can effectively de-calcify blood vessels and soft tissues.
- Take supplements of vitamin C and collagen to help rebuild the cartilage and heal the damaged soft tissues, especially the blood vessels and the joints. It is essential to take whole-food vitamin C, and high quality collagen.
- Stop eating sugar, bread, cheese, yogurt, and eat basically very big salads and fatty meats like lamb, veal and porc (only outdoor-living animals).Good luck, and make sure to let me know how things evolve. If you don’t understand something, just ask.
Three weeks later, I got his note from him:
Today I called the old man’s wife. She told to me that since yesterday he has no pain, and can move his arms and legs a lot better. He drinks more than 2 litres of water per day, eats and takes the supplements as you prescribed. His grandson translated your message for him. I am very impressed. Thank you so much for you help. Your method works.
It’s a nice feel-good story, isn’t it? Here’s the thing, though. How many millions of people do you think are in the same situation as the one in which this man was? Suffering like he did, for decades growing older, stiffer, less mobile, and in more pain, until the end, which by that point comes as a relief from this difficult and painful life. And from what? Dehydration. Simple dehydration. Long-standing, chronic dehydration.
13 thoughts on “Case study: old man can’t walk”
Excellent post. Thank you sharing this man’s story and for helping others so generously, including myself.
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Thanks Guillaume, it’s a sad and uplifting story at the same time.
If this is the old man on the photo and that’s his ashtray I also assume that he is or was a smoker. Maybe a heavy smoker judging by his skinny and weak body.
At only 52, my father, a chain smoker, was diagnosed with gangrene caused by reduced blood supply to his feet and toes. He died at 53 during a surgery because of heart failure. Lack of hydration is life threatening, thank you for building this awareness, but smoking kills too.
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Thank you for sharing that Bostjan. I think the picture was taken on the terrace of a small restaurant. I’m not sure he was a smoker. My friend didn’t say that, and I think he would have. But in any case, your father’s story definitely drives the point home.
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Hi Guillaume! Great article! On a bit of a tangent, I thought you might be interested in the movement work of Ido Portal, a “new wave” martial artist, who focuses a lot on trying to exercise and train the body in unstable positions to develop soft tissue and tendon “strength” for long lasting mobility. He calls it the “corset”, I’ve attached a video below if anyone is interested, I’d recommend watching until at least minute 7! Very best!
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So, that would be your recommendation for the old man who can’t walk: to start ring pull ups and muscle ups? :)
Hola Guillaume. Gracias por compartir este post.
Muchos médicos hubieran mandado ibuprofeno y algún laxante suave o fibra(en el mejor de los casos). Es el problema de ir a los síntomas nada mas.
Gente que busca las causas es necesario. Ojalá tuvieras más tiempo para escribir más.
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Guillaume, what do you think about trigger points as a cause of the old man’s pains? Have you studied trigger points and do you have any opinions on them?
Haven’t read about trigger points. I think the causes of most people are usually the basic ones, like in this case, just dehydration, and the slew of other issues that arise from it over the long term.
Thanks so much for this article, Guillaume. Really appreciated. I think I can relate on some level… For the past couple years, at nighttime while I slept, I’ve had on-and-off tingling numbing pain in my forearms that would wake me up at least 10 times/night. I’m gluten-free, but early this year, I gave up sugars (including honey, fruit, etc.), and within a couple days the pain had disappeared. I’ve been off sugars for nearly four months now, and I’ve been completely pain free. Sleeping the entire night like a baby. Keep up your fantastic work — so grateful for what you do. Take care, Kristin
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Excellent news Kristin! Glad to hear it.
Similar to my dad, can’t propertly walk. He said cannot move up his legs. My dad also drink less water but often go to toilet to pee..
Hopefully this protocol can help him get better.