René Quinton was a French biologist born in 1866 and died in 1925, mainly known for having treated thousands of patients with serious diseases (cholera, severe intestinal ailments, syphilis, cirrhosis, skin diseases etc) by injecting them with seawater. He wrote a book in 1904 which remained his main work: “Seawater, organic milieu, constancy of the original marine milieu as the vital milieu of cells, through the animal series”.
In this book, he demonstrates during more than 400 pages that animal life as a cell appeared in the ocean, that the origin of each animal group is marine, that every animal organism is a true marine aquarium, and that the « vital milieu » (body fluids) of “high” vertebrates as he calls them, such as dogs or humans, has almost exactly the same mineral composition as sea water.
From this observation, he deduced that we can replace human blood plasma with seawater, and in doing so, replace the “culture medium” of cells, “polluted” in sick people, with a fresh, healthy culture medium: seawater.
He thus demonstrates the relevance of Béchamp’s statement: “the germ is nothing, the terrain is everything”, by showing that changing the terrain, the body environment in which cells and microbes bathe, can cure many diseases.
In his book, he describes his experiments with dogs that he injects intravenously with seawater in different ways, as well as his early experiments with injecting humans.
He later wrote other books and reviews on the same topic, such as:
“Seawater in subcutaneous isotonic injections, at the maternity ward”
and “Marine Plasma in subcutaneous injections in infantile gastroenteritis: communication to the National Conference on Milk Drops, Fécamp, May 26-28, 1912”, of which I will quote a few lines at the end of this article.
I wrote this article to provide a digest of Quinton’s main work, his book “Seawater, Organic milieu,” to make his writings accessible to as many people as possible. Indeed, I believe that it is important that people who are interested in Quinton plasma read Quinton’s book or at least the most important samples of the book, because a lot of false claims about the Quinton protocol are circulating on the internet, on websites claiming to talk in the name of Quinton himself. It is very easy to identify lies or false claims when you have read Quinton’s book. I bet that most of the so-called « Quinton experts » have never read his book.
Here are typically the false claims that can be found everywhere: The Quinton protocol stipulates to collect seawater at least 20 meters deep, in a vortex with strong planktonic activity and sterilize it with a 0.22 micron filter.
However, in Quinton’s book we do not find a word about planktonic vortices. Often the argument of the Quinton plasma vendors is that in order to harvest quality water like the one that Quinton used, one must be able to locate plankton vortices by satellite, which makes the seawater harvesting process downright impossible for the average person. I think this is just a completely bogus marketing argument. Quinton used seawater harvested at 10 meters deep and filtered it with a Chamberland filter. In addition, modern Quinton plasma vendors claim that their water can be stored for several years without affecting its quality. However, Quinton writes that seawater, even sterilized, stored too long (more than a few weeks) loses its qualities and becomes relatively toxic (by injection). Okay, these vendors are not selling their plasma for injections but for oral consumption. However, it is false, if we refer to what Quinton wrote, to say that seawater does not lose its properties after several months or years of storage.
Quinton also says 120-degree celcius sterilization makes seawater toxic. Yet the modern process for making Quinton water vials involves heating to at least 1000 degrees celcius, the temperature needed to melt glass, needed so seal the vials.
Finally, Quinton does not specify the size of the pores of its filters. He used a Chamberland filter, which has a pore size ranging from 0.1 to 1 micron, which filters out bacteria (but not most viruses neither some toxins).
I will now give you a summary of Quinton’s book which consists mainly of numerous quotes taken directly from his book. Of course, I can only recommend that you read his entire book, available for free online on the Gallica site, in french: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k746094/f1.item.r=84. zoom
Going to the source is always the best way to know the truth.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN BLOOD PLASMA AND SEAWATER
Quinton begins by demonstrating in his book that the blood plasma of animals is very similar to seawater.
“Seawater in the oceans has an average concentration of 35 grams of salts per 1000 of water, of which an average of 33g is made up of chlorides, mainly sodium chloride.
The mineral characteristic of seawater is the enormous preponderance of its chlorides (about 84% of its salts, most of which are sodium chloride) ”
Page VI : “The salts of blood plasma are the very salts of seawater. They go so far as to rank among themselves in both cases in the same order of importance:
1: Chlorine, sodium
2: Potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur
3: Silicon, carbon, phosphorus, fluorine, iron, nitrogen (ammonium)
4: iodine, bromine, manganese, copper, lead, zinc, lithium, silver, arsenic, boron, barium, aluminum.
Page 212 : Composition of seawater:
1 Chlorine, sodium = 84%
2 Sulfur, magnesium, potassium, calcium = 14%
3 Bromine, carbon, silicon, iron, nitrogen, fluorine, phosphorus, lithium, iodine, boron = 1.9997%
4 Arsenic, copper, silver, gold, zinc, manganese, strontium, barium, cesium, rubidium, aluminum, lead, cobalt = 0.0003%
Page 213 : Mineral composition of the living environment of high vertebrates:
1 Chlorine, sodium = 90%
2 Potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur = 8%
3 Phosphorus, carbon, silicon, nitrogen, iron, fluorine = 2%
4 Iodine, Bromine, manganese, copper, lead, zinc, lithium, silver, arsenic, boron, barium, aluminum = traces
5 Strontium, Caesium, Rubidium, Gold = traces
Regarding point 5, he clarified: “Three other elements, not yet recognized in the body, can be considered almost with certainty as part of it. These are Strontium, Caesium, Rubidium. Gold seems likely there. On the Cobalt alone, we have no information. ”
P.157 “The prosperity of a bacillus is only possible under certain conditions. The mineral condition seems to be one of the most important of these conditions.
The pathogenic bacteria of man and animals, which cannot thrive in any artificial mineral medium, placed on the contrary in pure seawater or simply with the addition of nitrogenous and phosphate salts, develop perfectly in this medium, which provides the mineral conditions of the organism (marine conditions). ”
P. VI, P. 160 “The white blood cell is the witness par excellence of the vital milieu of an organism. Its delicacy is such that it is deemed not to live in any artificial environment.
P.161 The white blood cells of all species we experimented live in seawater, with all signs of a normal existence. “
THE AMOUNT OF SODIUM CHLORIDE IN THE VITAL MILIEU IS INDEPENDENT OF THE AMOUNT OF SODIUM CHLORIDE IN THE FOOD
Then Quinton wonders why there is such a concentration of sodium chloride in the blood. He assumes that this marine composition of the living environment is the result of the chemical composition of food:
P.322 “We have just established in the previous paragraph the close analogy of mineral composition between seawater and the vital milieu of the highest organisms. An objection was possible. Does this analogy not result from a meeting? Would it not be the simple fact of natural food, imposing by chance of its mineral composition, an organic composition similar to that of seawater? To this objection, two refutations, which will clearly establish that the marine composition of the vital milieu cannot be explained by the mineral composition of the diet. “
The following paragraph is no longer a quote, but my summary of this chapter:
1. In the organism, only the vital milieu (the liquids in which the cells bathe) have the chemical composition of seawater.
The mineral composition of living matter, dead matter, secreted matter are very different. Therefore, we cannot say that the chemical composition of the vital milieu is the result of the chemical composition of food. The composition of the vital milieu does not depend on the food ingested, but on less simple causes.
2. The basic food of higher vertebrates is plant food. However, while the salt constituting the vital medium is sodium chloride, plant foods are extremely low in sodium. It is impossible for an animal to build up its vital milieu with the correct sodium levels by eating only plant foods.
Consequently, the marine composition of the vital milieu is not due to the natural foods ingested, but it is constituted despite the diet.
The dominant salt in the vital milieu, as well as for seawater, is sodium chloride (chloride and sodium, 85 to 90% of total salts), the dominant salt in living matter is potassium phosphate (acid phosphoric and potash, 64% of the total salts).
P.347 “In summary, vital milieu, living matter, dead matter, secreted matter offer perfectly distinct mineral personalities, and only that of the vital milieu is that of seawater. As these different personalities are constituted at the expense of a common diet, the diet is therefore unable to explain any of them in its own peculiarities. None are the passive results of eating.
Whatever the mineral composition of the diet, we can not therefore say that that of the vital milieu results. The marine mineral composition of the vital milieu does not depend only on the food ingested, but on other less simple causes. “
The rest of this chapter is, for me, one of the most interesting because it describes the diets of different peoples around the world, which is in part similar to the work that Weston A. Price did a few decades later. As you might know, I’m a fan of Dr Price’s work.
The rest of this chapter therefore teaches us that carnivorous animals do not feel the need to consume salt and are even disgusted with it, while vegetarian animals are fond of salt and waste away if they do not eat it. This is verified not only on different animals but also on humans, carnivorous peoples and vegetarian peoples. I won’t quote many paragraphs from this chapter, but I encourage you to read them yourself directly from Quinton’s book.
P377 “Let us finally arrive at the capital point of the demonstration. Better than any other, one fact testifies to the latent morbid state and decline of vegetarian organisms deprived of salt: they are not resistant to external microbial agents; the disease is born on them, the epidemics carry them away, their organic terrain is thus a fallen ground, their state of life, a state of life slowed down. “
P. 382 “Man as a vegetarian seems to endure salt deprivation even less than cattle. John Marshall published important observations on the dangers of salt deprivation in 1818. He reports that the poor in Cornwall County, unable to afford salt as a result of the increased taxes, were succumbing to edema, general debilitation and special anemia. According to the same author, the ancient laws of Holland ordered that criminals be fed only unsalted bread. These unfortunate people were devoured, he said, with worms which engendered in their stomachs.
Barbier reported in 1831 that in Russia, the lords having wanted to save on their vassals of the salt that they distributed to them, a state of decline followed, on which precise details are lacking: general languor and weakness, morbid pallor , edema, growing of worms in the intestines.
At the end of the last century, a bad harvest, joined to a commercial crisis, had reduced to the deepest misery the whole population of the circle of the mines (Erzgebirg), in Saxony, population always mainly industrial. The situation was such that the majority of the inhabitants were reduced to eating only potatoes without linseed oil … and even without salt, which at that time was very expensive, owing to the state monopoly. A strange and terrible disease, having some analogy with scurvy, soon manifested itself, and made such rapid progress among the needy classes, that it attracted the attention of the government and prompted an investigation by special men. From the outset, we noticed a singular fact: it was that the miners, although reduced to the same misery as the other workers, had remained, they and their families, completely free from disease. However, the diet of these men differed in only one respect from that of the rest of the workers; all belonging to the state, they received free, or approximately, a certain quantity of salt very sufficient for their maintenance. Therefore, attempts were made to use salt and very salty foods as a curative remedy, and these trials were very successful. A government ordinance intervened which drastically reduced the price of salt and put it within the reach of the poorest: the disease ceased as if by magic and has not reappeared since. “
“In summary, despite the sodium savings that the vegetarian animal manages to achieve on its evacuations, vegetable food does not provide it with a quantity of sodium corresponding to its needs: its cravings testifies, as well as the slowed down state of life which is the result of a pure vegetable diet, without the addition of salt. The physiological fact therefore confirms the chemical fact.
We see to what extent the marine composition of the vital milieu of higher vertebrates is little the result of their diet. Food would tend to create in them an environment exactly opposite to the marine environment. Far from the marine composition of the vital milieu of vertebrates being explained by the mineral composition of their basic nutrients, it is therefore achieved, on the contrary, in spite of this diet. “
After reading this chapter, I wondered under what conditions modern humans like us could go without salt altogether. Nowadays, most people who follow a Primal Diet (mainly raw carnivore diet) do not consume any salt and, according to their testimonies, they do not feel the urge or the need in consuming it and they see an improvement in their health month after month, without consuming any salt.
Quinton explains, however, that what makes it possible for animals or carnivorous people to do without salt is their consumption of blood (rich in sodium) and not just meat. Indeed, he tells us that in our modern way of consuming meat, we bleed animals and therefore we consume their meat devoid of blood and therefore devoid of the most important source of sodium chloride in the animal. He explains that there is ultimately very little sodium in the muscles or even in the organs of the animal. Carnivore tribes always dipped their chunks of meat in fresh blood before eating them.
I guess there is a difference in sodium intake between raw meat and cooked meat. Indeed, people following a cooked “carnivore diet » consume salt and report feeling unwell without sufficient salt intake.
It seems that raw meat, even if it comes from a bled animal, contains enough sodium chloride, in any case more than cooked meat. I found a few studies that would support this hypothesis :
SUPERIORITY OF SEAWATER OVER ARTIFICIAL SALINE SOLUTIONS
Quinton demonstrates in this chapter the superiority of seawater injections in isotonicity over injections of artificial sodium chloride solutions as administered in hospitals:
P.161 “In a 4th group of experiments, we establish the physiological superiority of seawater over the simple sodium chloride solution, used for several years and which owes the already remarkable effects that we know only to its chemical composition, similar to the vital milieu or to seawater. ”
P.176: “A question then arose, only incidental: would seawater not offer physiological superiority over chlorine solution? In order to truly represent the vital milieu, the chlorinated solution lacks all the secondary salts present in the plasmas: sulphates, phosphates, carbonates, silicates, chlorides, iodides, bromides, fluorides, etc. Potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, etc. All these salts, on the contrary, are present in seawater; the salts that make up seawater are the very salts the body contains; these salts even go so far as to present remarkably similar quantitative relations between them in the two cases, except as regards the phosphates and the magnesian salts. It was therefore probable a priori that seawater, closer to the composition of the vital milieu, would offer physiological superiority over the chlorinated solution. We will see later that this superiority is a fact. ”
Quinton injects the circulatory system of dogs with seawater and a chlorine solution in comparison.
P.177 First series of experiments: comparative injections of sea water and sodium chloride solution.
Injections in Isotonia. The sodium chloride used was chemically pure.
1. injection of seawater: hypothermia. With sodium chloride: hyperthermia.
2. Abundant, rich renal elimination under marine injection. Less abundant, less rich under the chloride injection.
P.184-185 The amount of fluid excreted by the kidneys is twice as high with the injection of seawater compared to the injection of sodium chloride.
“The number of solid molecules, eliminated by the kidney at the same time, is double under the marine injection than it is under the chloride injection.
Ultimately, the kidney cells, excrete under the chloride injection:
1 liquid molecule,
1 solid molecule,
excrete under marine injection under the same conditions:
1.9 liquid molecules,
2.1 solid molecules.
This whole series of experiments can be summed up briefly:
1 ° under marine injection, tendency to hypothermia; major work of kidney cells; 2 ° under the chloride injection, tendency to hyperthermia; kidney work about half less than the previous one, both as liquid molecules and as solid molecules removed.
These two results, thermal and renal, combined, are at first sight contradictory.
The thermal lowering, under marine injection, would seem to indicate a slowing of cell life. However, renal elimination, so abundant and so rich at the same time, shows, on the contrary, remarkable cellular activity. Hyperthermia, under the chloride injection, would seem to indicate organic overactivity (especially as the animal has to raise, in addition to its own temperature, that of the water injected into it to a much lower degree). However, its renal elimination is evidence of very poor cellular functioning. Any discussion would, for the moment, be fruitless. A second series of experiments is decided, in which differently toxic liquids will be injected, in order to observe how will behave, depending on the degree of toxicity: 1 ° temperature, 2 ° renal function.
Second series of experiments: intravenous injections of differently toxic liquids.
Twenty injections of normal and pathological urine were given, carried out at a slow speed, of a dilution aimed at bringing the urine to a point of molecular concentration close to that of the body.
With the injection of toxic urine, hypothermia occurs every time.
The more toxic the injection, the less renal elimination.
P.203-204 The more toxic the injection, the less solid molecules are removed.
Low toxicity = major renal elimination
High toxicity = minor renal elimination.
Hypothermia after seawater injections, as well as after toxic injections. Therefore, hypothermia after seawater injection should be a sign of seawater toxicity. But it is not. Hypothermia after marine injection has no known cause.
P.207 “Other experiments not reported here further show that the chloride solution, at high doses, has a very marked convulsive effect. It is therefore very probable that this tendency to hyperthermia, under the chlorinated injection, results, not from a normal activity of the organism, but on the contrary from a morbid excitation, due to a particular disorder of the environment. ”
[…] Results: “The marine solution is about half the toxic, at least in dogs, than the chlorinated solution.”
P.211 “1 ° Diluted seawater is better tolerated than “artificial serum” and I will add, better than salt water for any reason, in the sense that it can be injected, without noticeable damage, at higher doses, or at greater speed. Apart from slight vomiting, the accidents noted following saline injections (artificial serum) were not observed here, despite the huge dose injected.
2 ° Sea water lowers the temperature; however, this reduction can be greatly reduced by wrapping the animal and injecting the solution at a temperature slightly above that of the blood. The saline solution at 7 or 9 per 1000, on the contrary, produces a constant hyperthermia.
[…] The decrease in density was less with the injection of seawater than with the injection of salt water; which seems, as far as other experiments have seemed to show us, to imply better functioning of the kidney. “
EXPERIMENTS ON DOGS
Quinton in this chapter describes experiments that I found mind-boggling when I first read them:
SEA WATER USED BY QUINTON FOR ITS EXPERIMENTS ON DOGS:
P.164: “The seawater that will be used for the experiment was collected at the Arcachon zoological station. It is collected at a depth of 10 meters, at the entrance to the channel, at rising tide, about two or three hours after the start of the tidal current, so that this water can be considered roughly as water from the open sea. This water, sent to the Collège de France as it is, without prior sterilization, shows great purity. It is used within 1 day to 8 days, during the summer months, from one day to three weeks, during the winter months, and invariably without having been sterilized. These remarks are of major importance, because seawater 1 ° collected on the coast, soiled by waste from the coast; 2 ° or collected offshore and perfectly pure, but used too long after its harvest; 3 ° or simply sterilized at 120 degrees in an autoclave, in a glass flask, have almost always been shown to be toxic. The water to be used for the laboratory is therefore water from the open sea, very pure, recent and not autoclaved, at least according to ordinary methods.
In all the experiments, seawater was reduced, by addition of distilled water, to organic isotony, that is to say to the molecular concentration of the animal’s vital milieu (for the dog, sea water 83, distilled water 190). […] It is well understood that this addition of distilled water does not in any way change the chemical character of seawater, that it only changes one purely physical quality: concentration. ”
Injection temperature: 28 degrees Celsius.
P.160 In all the experiments, sea water is reduced to organic isotonicity. The term “seawater” is used here for this marine liquid reduced to isotonicity.
“First group of experiments: Three dogs are injected with seawater, the first of 66 hundredths, the second of 81 hundredths, the third of 104 hundredths of its weight (in 8 hours 14 minutes, in 8 hours 40 minutes, in 11 hours 40 minutes respectively). Kidneys eliminate at the speed of injection. Throughout the experiment, the animals barely cease to be normal, no agitation, no digestive or negligible disturbances, no hematuria, no albuminuria, all reflexes. After 24 hours, recovery is complete, the animals appear more lively than before the experiment.
Second group: Two dogs are bled dry by the femoral artery (bleeding resulting in the death of the animal if it is left to itself), then immediately injected with seawater, in an amount equal to that of lost blood. The next day, they trot. They overcome the infection determined by the wound, quickly replenish the lost hemoglobin. After a few days their recovery is complete, their appearance more lively than before the experiment.”
P.161 “In summary, in the first group, we were able to inject an organism of more than the weight of its body with seawater, that is to say 3 times the mass of its vital milieu, without this organism undergoing any dammage. The kidney eliminating at the speed of the injection, and the elimination having necessarily had been on the vital milieu as well as on the injected liquid, we can consider this vital milieu as having had to be almost renewed at the end of the process. However, from this renewal, we have seen the body show no disturbance, much better, show, it seems, a benefit. Renal work still makes it possible to assess the integrity of cellular life in the presence of injected seawater. The dog’s kidney cells, eliminating 150g of urine in 12 hours in the normal state, were able to eliminate 10 kg in the same experiment at the same time, i.e. a volume 60 times greater, without the richness of this urine falling to no moment below the molecular richness of the injection liquid, nor without the kidney showing a noticeable fatigue, in which case the albumin would have passed in abundance. At the end of the experiment, the seawater being partially substituted for the original vital milieu, the renal work showed no weakening.
In the second group, the organism was placed, by dry bleeding, on the limits of conditions compatible with life, therefore in the most unfavorable circumstances to resist any intervention which would have a toxic character. However, the injected seawater presided over the organic recovery, the leukocytosis determined by the infection over which it triumphed, the repair of forces, the rapid reconstitution of blood tissue, which was richer after a few days in hemoglobin than before the experiment. ”
P.167 Another experiment: We inject a lot of seawater very quickly into a dog, so that the kidneys do not have time to eliminate:
P. 168 The injection is divided into 3 speed periods.
First period: from 0 min to 30 min, injection speed: (illegible) per min and per 10 kg of animal. Violent reaction, followed by coma. Contractures. Difficult breathing. Eyes bulging. Huge abdominal bloating, so much so that the animal is unrecognizable. Slow heartbeat. No corneal reflex. Very slow renal elimination: 3cc per minute and per 10 kg. Drop in rectal temperature from 38.2 to 33.6.
Second period: from 30mn to 67mn. The injection speed is set to the kidney elimination speed, i.e. 5cc, 4.
If the toxicity of the injection was chemical toxicity, respiratory, heart and nerve failure would only worsen. But the heart rate quickens, the oppression decreases, the chills begin, the temperature rises, the renal elimination improves, the corneal reflex returns.
Third period: from 67mn to 90mn: Fast injection again: 58cc, 2. All of the previous symptoms return and get worse. Coma. Drop in rectal temperature to 32.5 degrees.
Stop the injection. At this point, it reaches 3,560 kg. Renal elimination only reaches 0.464 kg. The organism therefore supports in its tissues an overload of seawater of at least 3.1 kg, or 31% of its weight, or roughly the same mass of its vital milieu.
At the end of the injection, the temperature rises, renal elimination accelerates, after 10 minutes the corneal reflex returns. Once released, the animal staggers, it is very bloated, difficulty to breathe, watery diarrhea.
6 days later, its condition is slowly improving.
On day 11, “the animal, fully recovered, shows extreme gaiety and exuberance, despite spending 5 days in the cellars. Its weight did not change: 5 kg. “
P.169: “It should be noted that dry bleeding removes from the body something more than part of its vital milieu; at the same time it removes from it a considerable part of one of its most important tissues, the blood tissue, responsible for oxygenating the body: the respiratory function is thus affected in its living part. It also removes all the white blood cells (phagocytes) that came with the blood, just as the body, operated without aseptic precautions, will have to fight against the infection caused by the wound. Finally, it places it on the limit of conditions compatible with life. Hayem, in his classic works, Faney (1896) have indeed shown that dry bleeding, when it reaches 1/19 of the body’s weight, invariably determines the death of the animal, if it is left to itself. Dry bleeding therefore puts the organism in the most unfavorable conditions to resist any intervention which would have a toxic character, the most demonstrative consequently regarding to the vital qualities of sea water, if this one possesses these qualities. ”
P.175: “From all these experiments, it results in summary that: seawater, substituted in one way or another, partially or totally, in the vital milieu of a vertebrate, behaves near its cells (at least relatively) as the vital milieu itself. Between seawater and the vital milieu of the vertebrate there is physiologically identity. “
SEA WATER USED BY QUINTON FOR INJECTIONS TO PEOPLE
After its conclusive effects on dogs, Quinton continued his experiments on his patients, while taking some additional precautions:
P.459: “We can see the rank that seawater can take in therapy, in all cases where the culture liquid of organic cells (vital medium) is vitiated for any cause: chemical or microbial poisoning, insufficient functioning of detox organs, deficiencies etc.
Let us say moreover the considerable role currently played in therapy by seawater, even without the knowledge of the practitioners who employ it.
1 ° We know the excellent effects of the waters of Salies-de-Béarn, Salins-Moutiers, Balaruc, Bourbonne, Bourbon-l’Archambault, Nauheim, Soden, Creuznach, Niederbronn, Wiesbaden, etc. . on bone and skin tuberculosis, on rickets, on paralysis, on arthritis, etc. All these waters, called sodium chlorides, are mineralized in the salt banks, of which the oceanic origin is certain.
2 ° The therapeutic importance of sodium chloride is known. Already successfully used by Amédée Latour in pulmonary tuberculosis, by Martin Solon and Bouchardat in diabetes, by Plouviez in scrofula, chlorosis, anemia, etc., by Piorry, Gintrac, Brugs, Larivière, Villermin, Huchinson, Moroschkin , Pioch in intermittent fevers, it has just been widely used by all the modern school in intravenous or subcutaneous injections in the most diverse affections. Now, sodium chloride is the primordial salt of seawater. Much better, kitchen salt, most often used in its place, is something other than sodium chloride; The analysis reveals a whole group of salts of marine origin, which have withstood industrial purification. The sodium chloride treatment, without being the true marine treatment, is therefore already approaching singularly (Note: Quinton speaks here of the table salt of his time. Nowadays, table salt has nothing to do with that of his time. Our modern table salt is extremely refined and contains only NaCl, in addition to additives such as anti-caking agents, added iodine etc.)
3 ° Finally, the results obtained in various ailments, mainly in bone and skin tuberculosis, by the simple stay on the seashore, by baths, etc., are so obvious and so specific that for some years sanatoriums have been built at great expense on many points of the French and foreign coasts. The treatments performed there daily are too classic to need to be emphasized. However, we are dealing here with a real marine chemical treatment: the air we breathe on the coast, in addition to the sodium chloride it already contains, holds in suspension droplets torn from the waves by the wind, which one’s organism is continually imbued. ”
P.461 “The marine treatment that we applied in the hospital services of Paris and of Arcachon consisted in the subcutaneous injection of seawater reduced, by addition of distilled water, to organic isotony (water of sea 2, distilled water 5), in the dose, for this mixture, from one hundredth to one hundredth and a half of the body weight. I do not give this treatment formula as definitive, nor is it the best that can be used. I thought I had to inject with isotonicity, to rule out an unknown and a possible disorder in the experiments, but I have learned from marine physicians that excellent effects followed the simple injection of pure seawater: this practice would have the advantage of reducing the volume to be injected by two thirds; the comparative experiment is therefore to be attempted. I limited the injection dose to 1% or 1.5% because it seemed to me that this dose was sufficient to produce the immediate effects of a double or triple dose, but a stronger injection in itself might have advantages that I have not had time to observe.
[Footnote: The first injections I gave (July-August 1897) were intravenous injections. In my absence, in a case of cirrhosis ending in erysipelas, hopeless case, death expected the same day, Mr. Stancouléanu, Mr. Vaquez’s temporary intern, having obtained full success after a subcutaneous injection of seawater, which he practiced without any hope and even without referring it to his supervisor – the patient was released from the hospital two weeks later – I immediately gave up the intravenous route for the hypodermic route, which is more practical.]
Where the observation is more precise, it is on the quality of the liquid to be injected.
1 ° Do not use artificial seawater.
2 ° The water must be collected offshore, away from any river current, from any port, and in calm weather.
3 ° It must be fresh.
4 ° Distilled water, however diluted, should be carefully checked.
5 ° Sterilization should never be carried out in an autoclave, at least by ordinary methods.
Let us briefly review these 5 points.
1 ° It suffices to refer to the infinitesimal analysis of seawater that we have given II, VI, p. 221-235, to understand the impossibility in which we are in the laboratory to compose water really close to that of the ocean. Even so, the benefit would be minimal. The salts would not be present there as they are in natural seawater. We have seen, p. 257, Pouchet and Chabry miss all the rearing (sea urchin eggs) in artificially constituted seawater. An experiment is even more typical. Having evaporated one liter of seawater, I redissolved the resulting salts in one liter of distilled water. All sea salts (except insoluble residue, see p. 223) were therefore present in the new liquid. Injected into the dog, it proved to be relatively toxic.
2 ° In general, shore water lacks purity, due to all the coastal waste that it constantly brews and with which it pollutes. Above all, the vicinity of ports and rivers should be avoided. Some bays (that of Concarneau for example) are completely soiled. Finally, even offshore, the water may be unusable under certain conditions. Three days after heavy weather, with only a slight swell remaining, I sailed for four hours off Dieppe without being able to make a successful harvest. The water was oily in appearance; a multitude of fatty droplets were suspended there. The four samples brought back to the College de France gave, the next day, a foul odor.
3 ° After various times (a few weeks), on which I am not very fixed and which must vary with the containers, the water loses its qualities. It eats into the glass. Needles, transparent films, with a density very close to that of water, sway in it when agitated. Injected into the dog, it is relatively toxic.
4 ° Good distilled water is rare. […]
5 ° Finally, sterilization is of utmost importance. Autoclaved at 120 degrees, for half an hour, in an ordinary glass flask, it makes the water so toxic that a 700 gr injection may suffice on a 10kg dog to determine its death in a few days. The water, after sterilization, looks milky, whitish to the eye. Its flavor is completely changed. During the experiments reported previously, p. 171, I have never been able to obtain amoeboid movements of white blood cells in a sterilized seawater mixture. At a temperature of 105 °, these effects are strongly attenuated; I have had excellent therapeutic results with water heated to this temperature for only 10 minutes. […]
I ended up giving up autoclaving completely and using only the filter. Let us add, however, that at the doses used for humans in therapy, these different toxicities are harmless. They simply negate the benefit of the injection.
Ultimately, the liquid to be injected is: very pure seawater, collected from the open sea under conditions ensuring this purity; reduced by adding distilled water to a point close to organic isotony (sea water, 2; distilled water, 5); the distilled water used for this purpose carefully checked; the mixture finally sterilized through a filter. Minimum injection dose: 700 grams, for an adult with an average weight of 65 kg. Subcutaneous route. Intermittent injections, when they must be repeated: every 5 days, then every 6, 7, 8, etc., depending on their very easily appreciable duration of action (see below). When several injections are performed on the same patient, it is advantageous to inject in the same place. The local pain of the first injection is only felt very much reduced in the following ones.
Immediate effects of the injection: The injection is followed by a reaction which lasts about 12 hours. At a variable time (1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours later; sometimes, during the injection itself, if it is slow), the patient experiences chills, often very violent, with chattering of teeth and varying degrees of thirst. The temperature rises continuously for 4 or 5 hours (about 1.5 ° to 2 °), then drops as fast as it rose and generally returns below the initial temperature. The patient, thirsty, drinks 1 to 3 liters of water. The lack of appetite is absolute; a few mild heart or headaches are quite common. The stronger this reaction, the greater the benefit to be expected from the injection. In any case, it is not to be feared, regardless of the subject’s weakness or initial temperature. In a febrile illness, where the temperature before the injection was 39.5 °, it was able to rise to 41.5 ° and remain even for 6 consecutive hours above 41 °, without the slightest inconvenience. […]
There are a few signs of improvement, however, becoming clearly evident in favorable cases around the 36th hour, or by day 2 at the latest. It stays that way and becomes more pronounced on days 3 and 4. In some cases, we witness a real resurrection of the patient […] ”
P.465 “In three acute cases of particular severity (the only ones treated), infectious gastroenteritis of an undetermined nature, – poisoning with oxalic acid – cirrhosis-erysipelas, success was immediate and complete. In syphilis, on a precose malignant syphilide, and another inveterate, the injection was followed from the second day by a very marked healing of the ulcers that covered the body of the subjects. “
P. 466 “The therapeutic effect of seawater is therefore obvious. Subsequent experiments will have to measure and specify it. It is possible that in certain affections this action is sovereign. It is possible that in others it is completely harmful. Seawater introduced into a vitiated vital milieu renews the culture fluid of organic cells; it must therefore accelerate their vitality. But at the same time, it renews the culture fluid of bacterial cells. The problem is: which, the organic element or the parasitic element, will receive the major benefit from the intervention? All of our experiments so far have shown the organic element was favored. But the opposite is possible […] “
CLARIFICATIONS GIVEN BY QUINTON IN HIS BOOKS “Seawater in subcutaneous isotonic injections, at the maternity ward” AND “Marine plasma in subcutaneous injections in infantile gastroenteritis”
Some additional writings dating from 1905 for the first, that is to say a year after the publication of his book “The seawater, organic milieu” and 1912 for the second, give some details about his protocol: the filter used for sterilization, how long he would keep the stored seawater, how to make the injections, etc.
“The artificial serum used is ordinary sodium chloride solution at 7.50 ° / 00, sterilized in an autoclave. The sea water is collected offshore, at a depth of 10 meters, by Professor Jolyet, director of the Arcachon biological station. It is reduced to isotonicity by adding spring water, cold sterilized using a Chamberland filter, free of any metallic and rubber contact, and used within fifteen days or at most three weeks following its harvest. “
“Of the 40 children observed, 34 left the ward alive and well: the edema did not occur in them. Had it intervened, because of the injections, by the retention of chlorides, it would probably have been less under the marine injection than under the sodium chloride injection, the kidney being twice as permeable to seawater as to artificial serum; as well as Quinton and Julia established it “
I selected this quote because it underlines here something which already emerged clearly from his book “Seawater, organic milieu”: the kidney does not suffer from the filtration of seawater, it eliminates it easily, whereas the artificial serum is more toxic and the kidney does not eliminate it as effectively. We can extrapolate on the effects of real unrefined sea salt and the effects of refined table salt …
“The marine injection works by detoxifying the body, rejuvenating the vitiated culture medium in cells with fresh culture medium. It is therefore important not to interfere with its action by inappropriate adjuvant treatment.
Plasma injection should be done in the scapula area, at room temperature during the very hot months of the year, at a higher temperature (30-35 °) when the weather gets cold. (Never heat the vial for this purpose, but immerse part of the injector tube in a container of hot water, at approximately 45 °). When the injection is complete and the needle withdrawn, seal the hole in the skin with a cotton ball soaked in collodion. The tension of the liquid injected into the tissues would partially release it, if this precaution were not taken.
The treatment requires, however, in order to be well conducted, some specific indications. It should be noted that if the improvement in the gastric state is generally very fast (immediate suppression of vomiting despite an intensive milk diet), it is slower to appear for the stool, and even slower for the general state.”
As we have seen throughout this article, seawater is almost identical to the “vital milieu,” as Quinton calls it. Seawater can not only replace blood transfusions, but it also “cleans” the interstitial fluid, the lymphatic fluid and other body fluids in which our cells bathe. Seawater cleans the “terrain” and by doing see, heals people, meeting the terrain theory defended by Claude Bernard and Antoine Béchamp: “the germ is nothing, the terrain is everything”.
However, it should be noted that Quinton seawater was sold in pharmacies in France for ingestion AND injection until 1982. Since 1982, the administration of seawater by injection has been prohibited. Quinton’s plasma currently sold is for ingestion only. Seawater injections as Quinton practiced are no longer done in France. However, some doctors still give these injections, but to get around the ban, they add vitamins and other nutrients to the injected liquid.
In any case, you can still at least drink seawater. It might not be as powerful as the injections but it still has benefits. However, I recommend that you harvest seawater yourself rather than spending a fortune on seawater denatured by companies who sell Quinton plasma. Indeed, we have seen that the harvesting methods they use are far from following the real protocol that Quinton followed as he wrote it, moreover the steps added by these companies are not necessary and can even be harmful.
Even if these companies retort that these processes they added are modern innovations to improve Quinton’s protocol, which is entirely possible and which I do not deny, the fact remains that making people believe that they need thistechnology that is inaccessible to them to obtain quality seawater is a lie: Quinton, with a simple and accessible protocol, has cured thousands of people of serious illnesses.
If you want to harvest your own seawater, and if you want to follow Quinton’s instructions, you have to harvest it far from the coast, in calm weather, 10 meters deep is enough, then you can use a porcelain filter of the chamberland type (berkefeld). Quinton’s filtration removed phytoplankton and zooplankton in addition to bacteria, but I think these elements are actually part of the seawater balance that gives it its virtues. Filtration is perhaps better if it is to be used by injection rather than ingestion, although this is debatable since Quinton successfully injected the dogs in his experiments with unfiltered seawater.
In Spain and in Latin American countries, they often take little or no precautions when collecting seawater, yet they see many benefits on their health. The English Dr Russel was not taking any precautions either: he collected seawater directly from the beach, at shallow depth and without filtration.
What about ocean pollution? Indeed, we live in a much more polluted world than it was in Quinton’s time. This is why I think it is better to take certain precautions such as collecting water several kilometers away from the coast, away from polluted areas, at a certain depth. The pollution remains mostly on the surface, so if you dive a few meters deep, you make sure you get fairly pure water. If you are unsure of the quality of your seawater, you can filter it through a porcelain filter like Quinton did, or porcelain + activated charcoal to remove as much pollutants as possible. However, by doing this, you will be eliminating bacteria as well as plankton, which are beneficial and part of the seawater balance.
I have read a few studies on the pollution of the seas and oceans, which indicate that the pollution is particularly concentrated along the coasts, obviously, because the pollution comes from the chemical pollutants sprayed on the lands which run off and dump into the seas, but this pollution becomes imperceptible further away in open sea. From my different readings, I deduced a very personal conclusion and therefore to be taken as such: the ocean has always kept the same balance (as Quinton says in his book) of complex of minerals, bacteria etc and seems to digest, assimilate and purifyeverything that gets there because we no longer find the same chemical pollutants at all in open sea. It also seems that contrary to what we hear here and there, even plastic pollution is being eliminated in the oceans. Researchers have found marine worms that eat plastics !
Regarding heavy metal pollution, the number 1 source of heavy metal poisoning, far ahead of seafood consumption, is vaccines. The number 2 source of heavy metals is chemical drugs, almost all of which contain heavy metals, especially aluminum. I’m not saying seafood is free from heavy metals, but it is certainly not the root cause of heavy metal poisoning in most people.
When it comes to table salt, it is of course preferable to use unrefined sea salt, which in addition to sodium chloride contains other minerals. As I have said many times on my Youtube channel as well as in my blog posts, isolated vitamins and minerals are toxic because they are separated from their co-factors. Quinton also proves this in his book, as we saw in the chapter on saline solutions.
However, be aware that even unrefined sea salt is not whole: in salt marshes, the different salts do not crystallize at the same speed or in the same place. For example, the fleur de sel remains on the surface while the coarse salt falls to the bottom of the saline. Magnesium and calcium tend to rise with evaporation. Therefore, when you consume coarse salt, even unrefined salt, you are consuming salt depleted in magnesium and calcium.
I therefore advise you to do rather like our ancestors who cooked directly in seawater, as for example for the famous bouillabaisse of Marseille, or like the Spanish people of today who very often cook in seawater. Just look at the number of seawater bottles sold in Spain in all the supermarkets! They had the wisdom not to abandon this tradition.