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"Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocator of natural medicine died on November 15 at Fairfax Hospital. He was 73. The cause was complications from Pneumonia.
Born in Iran, Dr. Batmanghelidj attended Fettes College in Scotland, and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University, where he had studied under Sir Alexander Fleming.
He practiced medicine in The United Kingdom before returning to Iran where he was instrumental in the development of hospitals and medical centers. He also established a number of sport projects for the advancement of youth in the country, including the construction and management of the first ice skating and sports complex in the Middle East.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979 Dr. Batmanghelidj was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for two years and seven months. With limited access to conventional medication, he discovered the healing powers of water while treating more than 3,000 fellow prisoners who suffered from peptic ulcer. He considered this environment as an “ideal stress laboratory” and began extensive research into the medicinal effects of water. Dr. Batmanghelidj discovered that a careful regimen of water drinking could prevent, relieve and can even cure many painful degenerative diseases that are today treated with drugs. .. "