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Walk for the cure was wrong to oppose show of water cure.
Published: June 22, 2010


The RSD fund raiser, "The Walk for the Cure" at McDade Park on June 13 to raise money to fund research to find a cure for RSD, the most painful disease known to man, turned into the "Walk From the Cure." Evidently the worst thing that could happen to any disease fundraiser is to have proof that the disease for which they are raising money to cure can be easily cured and, without any cost.

When the facilitators for this event saw our water cure group, they immediately told us to get out and we'd not be allowed to hand anything out because it doesn't work. If we didn't leave, they'd have the sheriff evict us. I guess they were upset that presenting evidence that RSD can be easily cured without pain, suffering or cost certainly has a bad effect on raising money to cure a problem already cured, as evidenced by the presence of RSD sufferer Todd Thorne of Pittston and his family. Last year Todd could not walk so he rode in a wheelchair during the "walk for the cure." Now he is walking as the water cure rid him of much of the symptoms from a disease whose pain often drives victims to suicide. Some even choose to have their limbs amputated to avoid the pain in their arms and legs. His family who accompanied him could not believe how angry the people were who manned the booth for the RSD fundraiser. At the same time, no fundraisers that I'm aware of have any interest in the the fact that simple dehydration is the cause of most so-called incurable diseases.

While so many people are suffering from bad economic health, they are forced into suffering bad physical health to protect profits made on often easily cured health problems. On a bright note, MS sufferer Alan Osmond of the Osmond Family sought information for his MS from our water cure site on about May 28 and got some relief in hours from this so-called incurable disease and continues to improve dsily. You can read his positive comments on the Osmond family website, where he recommends the water cure..

At any rate, the actions of those who manned the RSD fundraiser booth were some of the most unconscionable acts I have ever seen. What is it that dehumanizes us so much that we are blind to the harm we do to each other when obsessed with money? Our only objective is to help people get well and without cost. Could it be because we are bad for any business that gets more profitable the worse our health gets? Ironically, when these people were venting their anger, a downpour erupted, washing the event out.

I might add that not one of our legislators, state or federal, has any interest in this either.

Bob Butts



Businessman Betting $50,000 Water Cure Works

By Denise Allabaugh , Citizens' Voice Staff Writer 04/08/2004

Ask anyone about Bob Butts and he is known almost everywhere as the "water cure guy."

Butts, owner of Cee-Kay Auto Parts stores, has spent more than $500,000 over the last nine years advertising what he believes is a free cure for nearly every illness, including cancer.

His "cure" involves drinking enough water to equal half your body weight in ounces and using one-quarter teaspoon of sea salt for each quart of water. Some believe this cure works.

Others, however, believe it is a scam.

Yet, Butts is willing to stake another $50,000 on his claim. He plans to "treat" cancer patients with water and sea salt. If 50 percent of them are not cured, he said he will donate $50,000 to the American Cancer Society.
Butts does not believe cancer is an incurable illness. He believes it is caused by dehydration.

He is so adamant that water and sea salt will cure cancer that he emphasized, "I'm willing to stake my life on it.
"If we only cure 50 percent, I will be upset," Butts said. "Trying to cure cancer with drugs is like trying to cure brown grass with Prozac. They are calling it incurable because there is no drug or procedure that will cure it. I think this is the biggest hoax in history."

Butts learned of the "water cure" in a book, written by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, called "Your Body's Many Cries for Water." At his auto parts stores, he provides free information and videotapes. He also provides additional information on the Web site

Over the years, Butts has gained a following of people who believe in his "cure" and have felt better as a result of drinking more water and using sea salt.

Sharon Negron of Exeter, who suffers from breast, lung and bone cancer, said that she has been drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day and using sea salt and that now, she has more energy. She also has been eating more fruits and vegetables. "I have so much energy. I don't sleep as much. When I wake up, I'm not tired. I feel great," Negron said. "It's amazing. It really is. I don't know why more people aren't aware of this. I don't know why more people don't try it."

Attorney Tom Munley of Scranton, who has multiple sclerosis, has been drinking three quarts of water and using one teaspoon of sea salt each day. He also continues to take medication. "I do feel a lot better. I have been having trouble with my eye, and I started drinking all this water and using salt, and my eye has improved a lot," Munley said.

"I am a firm believer in the water cure," he stressed. "I think Bob Butts is doing a good job in trying to help people. He's not in it for monetary gain. He's spending a lot of his own money on this and he doesn't make a penny. I think he deserves a lot of credit."

Butts' "cure" has not been supported by most members of the medical community.
Dr. David Greenwald, a medical oncologist at Medical Oncology Associates in Kingston, said most doctors do not want to give Butts' claim "any legitimacy." "I don't even attempt to refute it because it is outrageous," Dr. Greenwald said.

Over the years, Greenwald acknowledged there has been a number of claims about home remedies and products that can cure cancer. These products range from shark cartilage to sea calcium and from laetrile to apricots. None has worked, he said.

"I know for a fact the National Cancer Institute investigates all claims," Dr. Greenwald said. "The challenge is to produce one patient and prove that cancer disappears. My guess is it doesn't."

Dr. Greenwald emphasized there is "no scientific evidence" that drinking water and using sea salt can cure cancer. He noted some patients may have cancer that develops slowly and they may believe their condition is improving by drinking water. When detected at early stages, all cancer is curable, he added.

A local oncologist in the Citizen's Voice article challenged us to produce one patient and prove that cancer disappears.  Thanks to Geisinger Hospital, it has been done.  They have the medical records of Andrew Bauman of Old Forge who was sent home terminally ill as the result of 26 malignant tumors.   Andrew picked up water cure information at my store (Cee-Kay Auto) and had remarkable improvement within four days.  In less than six months he was 100 percent cancer free as per his Geisinger doctors.  I'm certain that Geisinger would share his records with the oncologist.

Michael Wood, regional manager of the American Cancer Society Northeast Region, also does not believe research supports Butts' claim that drinking water and using sea salt can cure cancer.

"The American Cancer Society supports effective treatment decisions based on scientific discovery and the recommendation of the patient's doctor," Wood said. "Frankly, we are not aware of any research that supports his claim."

Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA.    Friday, April 16, 2004




A local oncologist in The Citizens Voice article challenged us to produce one patient and prove that cancer disappears.  Thanks to Geisinger Hospital, it has been done.  They have the medical records of Andrew Bauman of Old Forge, who was sent home terminally ill as the result of 26 malignant tumors.  Andrew picked up watercure information at my store (Cee-Kay Auto) and had remarkable improvements within four days.  In less than six months, he was 100 percent cancer free, as per his Geisinger doctors.  I’m certain that Geisinger would share these records with the oncologist.

Last week I announced (April, 2004) that I will offer $50,000 if the free watercure doesn’t cure at least 50 percent of terminal cancer patients.  The money is to be offered to a local, non-profit organization with no paid employees.      

The Citizens’ Voice article that ran April 8, 2004, did not specify  that our offer is to cure “terminal cancer.”  The watercure will prove to the entire world that cancer is not a mysterious disease, but just a simple problem caused by chronic dehydration, like most of the other so-called incurable diseases.  We will prove the truth of the watercure by curing at least half of the cancer victims sent home to die.  The full, scientific explanation of the watercure is available at

We will have accomplished with $50,000 what medical science could not do in hundreds of years with trillions of dollars and millions of employees.  History has proven many times that orthodox thinking tends to resist every new idea, as it is now doing with the watercure.  I sincerely believe that the watercure could virtually eradicate cancer in less than a year.  Don’t you think it’s about time that something different was tried?  Even the New England Journal of medicine says the success rate of orthodox cancer treatment is abysmal.

National Cancer Institute co-founder Dr. Dean Burke said, “The only things that prevents cancer from being cured are lies, prejudice, superstition, ignorance and the big money made by not curing cancer.”

The people who have cancer couldn’t care less who is right.  They just expect research to concentrate on eliminating it.  We must come together as one human family working to make life less difficult for each other, not to perpetuate the problems that are our sources of income.  By so doing, we give cancer and 99 percent of the rest of our problems little reason to exist.

Bob Butts

Our Guarantee

It Works or We Pay in N.E.PA. 

An interview by James Yates Advance Staff Writer published in the 

Staten Island Advance October 2, 2000

Is Water the Ultimate Weapon Against Disease?

Pennsylvanian says 'yes' and is willing to pay people to drink up.

Everyone has heard about the benefits of drinking water. But one individual in particular swears by the stuff and is willing to put his money where his mouth is. 

Bob Butts believes that if people would simply drink enough water each day they could rid themselves of most ailments, including asthma, allergies, depression, cancer, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.

Butts, a resident of Moosic, Pa., was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Mid-Island Rotary last Wednesday where he continued to stump for something that's been dubbed the "Water Cure."

Butts believes so strongly in what he preaches, that his automobile supply stores - Cee-Kay's One Million Auto Parts, located throughout Pennsylvania - pledged in April to give away a total of $100,000 in $25 gift certificate amounts valid at his store, to customers who fail to notice changes in their health after being on the diet for one month. Since the promotion began, Butts says that he has found no one willing to take his money. He has since incresed the gift certificates from $25 to $100 amounts.

"Don't believe me , but don't disbelieve me," Butts said. "Prove it to yourself."

Butts first learned about the water regimen through Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, a scientific researcher and author of 'Your Body's Many Cries for Water.' 

Butts maintains that the two biggest problems individuals face in terms of illness are dehydration and malnutrition. A proper balance of both is all anyone needs to ward off illness, he said. "I believe in no such thing as 'incurable'."

Doctors are taught to treat the effects and not the cause," he continued, referring to Dr. Batmanghelidj's research that says most diseases are symptoms of dehydration in the body.

Dr. Batmanghelidj believes that most diseases are simply labels given to states of drought in the human body.

"The common thread is dehydration," Butts explained.

While Butts alone won't call this a cure, he said that's only because of a technicality. "I'm not saying it's 100 percent, but it's as close to 100 percent as you can get."

According to Butts, the water diet is easy to follow.

First, individuals must drink half their body weight in ounces of water a day. For example, for someone who weighs 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water per day.

Second, individuals must ingest one-quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt for every quart of water they drink. Sea salt is better than table salt, says Butts, because table salt is devoid of minerals found in sea salt.

Third, people should avoid caffienated or alcoholic drinks.. These beverages will cause dehydration. For every ounce of a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage that a person drinks, an additional ounce of water must be ingested to re-hydrate them.

Butts also suggests seasoning food withsea salt as well.

Asked if people should concern themselves with all the pollutants found in water, Butts joked, "Polluted water is still better than caffeine." He suggests drinking filtered tap water, as opposed to bottled water or seltzer.

In most cases, results are seen within the first month of beginning the diet, Butts said, "but it all depends on the illness and how much damage is done."

He joked, "If everyone started this today, inside of a month undertakers would be holding sales. The biggest part is being willing to change your lifestyle," he said. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the "Water Cure" and some of its success stories, are invited to log onto for more information.

Auto Parts Dealer Believes Drinking Water Cures Most Illnesses 

Reproduced w/permission ABC News

"Crusader Believes Water Cures All Ills"

by Michael Rubinkam
The Associated Press

newspa1.jpg (180735 bytes)Moosic, Pa., June 19 — It’s a humble appliance, the kitchen spigot. It fills drinking glasses and watering cans. It rinses dirty dishes. The only time people give it a second thought is when it’s leaking.

Not Bob Butts. He looks at the spigot and sees something entirely different: the cure to most diseases.

The auto-parts dealer believes so fervently in the healing power of simple tap water that he has spent hundreds of thousands of his company’s dollars to convince you to drink more o f it.

Butts’ six-year odyssey has come with a price: Business has suffered, and some family members say he devotes too much energy and money to such a far-out notion. To the medical community, he’s all wet.

Undeterred, Butts soldiers on. He is on a single-minded mission to cure his corner of the world, northeastern Pennsylvania, of what ails it. “If everybody in the valley was doing this today, undertakers would have to start having sales,” he says.

The Water Cure

Butts, 65, is a devotee of what proponents call the “water cure” — outlined in a 1992 book, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.” The author, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, claims that degenerative diseases and other illnesses are simply the result of dehydration.

The remedy? Divide your body weight in half and drink that many ounces of water a day. Abstain from caffeine. Add a half-teaspoon of sea salt to the diet.

Doing that, Batmanghelidj says, can prevent and cure asthma, arthritis, back pain, migraines, high blood pressure, heartburn, depression, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and a host of other illnesses.

Disease Is More Than Dehydration

Although doctors have long advised drinking eight glasses of water a day, they are doubtful. “These diseases are more complex than simple dehydration,” says Dr. Michael Traub, vice president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, whose members practice alternative medicine.

 In Butts, however, Batmanghelidj has found his staunchest ally.

“He is one of the outstanding Americans I’ve come across,” Batmanghelidj says from his headquarters in Falls Church, Va. “He’s totally selfless.”

Since 1994, Butts has turned Cee Kay’s One Million Auto Parts, the store he owns in Moosic, into a promotion for the water cure.

 The store lobby is plastered with posters touting its benefits. Employees urge sick-looking customers to drink more water. Upstairs, in a makeshift broadcast studio, Butts’ associates extol water and healthy living on a daily radio show called “Positive Press Live.”

Free Auto Parts If Water Fails

In the last six years, Butts has blanketed local media with more than 12,000 radio, TV and newspaper ads. There probably isn’t a soul in Luzerne or Lackawanna counties who hasn’t heard of the water cure.

In Butts’ latest promotion, any customer who fails to notice health improvements after 30 days of the water cure will get $25 worth of auto parts. Butts has pledged up to $100,000.

“I’m totally addicted. I can’t imagine getting a high like this from anything else,” he says.

His store is filled with employees who claim to have been “cured.”

Accounts payable manager Karen Simone swears she no longer has asthma. She drinks nearly three quarts of water a day. Ed Dippre, who handles deliveries at Cee Kay’s, claims it rid him of muscular dystrophy. “Doctors told me I’d be in a wheelchair in three years. That was six years ago,” he says. (Simone says she drinks nearly three quarts of water a day, Dippre up to four. The boss? At least two.)

Butts relishes the testimonials, but doctors are skeptical.

Doctors Skeptical

“I think his motivation is good,” says Dr. Robert Czwalina, a family practitioner in nearby Wilkes-Barre. “But I don’t understand the connection between him and this Iranian physician who is bordering on junk science.”

That kind of talk dismays Butts. “Thinking is something that really isn’t prevalent in medical doctors, because they’re taught to memorize, memorize, memorize,” he says.

Butts’ zealotry is rooted in a financial setback that he suffered 13 years ago. A bad business deal cost him $800,000 and sent him into a depressed and angry funk that lasted three years.

Personal Tragedy Motivated Him

He woke up one day in 1990 finally ready to move on with his life. “It was just a complete 180-degree reversal,” Butts recalls. “I felt totally free.”

Deciding that money would no longer drive him, Butts began looking for a worthy project that he “couldn’t make a dime on.” In 1994, he read about Batmanghelidj in a natural health newsletter.

Butts was an instant fan: The water cure seemed like common sense. After consulting a local health-system executive, Butts decided to commit most of Cee Kay’s advertising budget to promoting Batmanghelidj’s theories.

His family wasn’t happy. “They said people won’t appreciate it,” Butts says. “That didn’t really bother me much.”

Crusade Cost Him His Marriage

For the first few years, Butts also committed most of his time — about 50 or 60 hours a week — to the cause. Lately he logs only 35 hours a week and spends more time on Cee Kay’s.

“We’re not anywhere near as profitable as we were,” Butts says. “My heart is in this, but I’ve got to run a business.”

Divorced since his crusade began, Butts is now engaged to the host of “Positive Press Live.” Genial but stubborn, he has no plans to stop doing what he loves.

“This is the biggest story in the last 100 years.” 


MEMBERS ALERT FOR AUGUST 2000            Vol. 5, No. 2

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Nature’s Greatest Medicine

It costs next to nothing… and you have it at home…

Dear Member,

It happened about three months ago.  I was rooting around in the basement of HIS, looking through old issues, when I came across a book that made some amazing claims.  Entitled Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, it argued that most chronic disease-rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, allergies, adult diabetes, anginal pain, peptic ulcers, etc., is actually caused by chronic dehydration.  If you actually drink the right amount of water daily, these problems will disappear.

Imagine being free from disease and illness…simply by drinking more water.

Sound silly?  That’s what I thought.  But being the kind of person who can’t fall asleep without reading, I decided to take it home.

Thank heavens I did.

Dehydration: the source of chronic disease!

Not only does the author, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj (Bat-man-GELL-idj), explain how lack of water causes these disorders, but he cites dozens of prominent studies backing up his claims. Keep in mind, you are composed primarily of water-it’s about 80 percent of your body weight.  Water governs all your functions, from your brain right down to your immune-system strength.  It seems obvious then that a lack of water would seriously harm the efficiency and effectiveness of your body’s various systems.

Take rheumatoid arthritis, for example.  When bones meet at a joint, they’re protected by a cushion of cartilage filled with water.  If the protection isn’t there, the bones rub against one another, causing serious damage and excruciating pain.  But what happens if the water inside the cushion is low, because the person isn’t drinking enough of it?  Well, the cartilage at that joint rubs away, and soon the cushion is gone and the bones are unprotected.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?  But seeing really is believing in my case…

The real test

As convincing as the science was, I still needed to experience the effects for myself.  So I gave it a shot.  I increased my daily water intake to the two-liter (eight glasses) minimum that Dr. Batmanghelidj recommends.  Then I waited.

I didn’t have to wait long.

It was routine for me to get a headache at the end of the workday.  Within a few days of my new water-drinking habit, the headaches were gone (and I haven’t had one since).  I also found my energy-level increased, as well as my ability to concentrate.

And then I noticed the best part of all-my allergies were gone.  That’s right, in the middle of a high-pollen Maryland spring (just about the worst place to be if you have allergies) I was fine.

Not runny eyes.  No runny nose.  No coughing or sneezing.  Nothing.

Why? Because in a state of dehydration, the body’s cells release more histamine, leading to the allergy symptoms.  With a proper amount of water, the body regulates the histamine, the allergic reactions are held back.

So you understand why I had to tell you about this.  I’ve been freed from annoying headaches and miserable allergies-simply by drinking water.  And if it worked for me, it can certainly work for you.  Your Body’s Many Cries For Water is full of testimonials from people who have been cured of everything from asthma to ulcers to high blood pressure (and more).

You need to try this.

But don’t just guzzle two liters of water in one sitting.  There’s a bit more to it than that.

  How to drink for maximum effectiveness

Dr. Batmanghelidj recommends two eight-ounce glasses of water after getting up in the morning (you’ve just gone eight hours without fluids).  You also need to drink a glass one half hour before each meal and two hours afterward.  Two glasses of water should be taken before going to bed.

Additionally, you need to drink anytime you feel thirsty.

You should avoid alcohol and caffeine when possible, since both drain you of more fluid than you take in by drinking them.  If you really want to have a glass of wine or a cup of tea, make sure to drink extra water to replace the fluid you’ll lose by consuming them.

You may also need to increase your sea salt intake.  Sea salt is an essential nutrient, and may get washed out when you raise your water consumption.  For this reason, Dr. Batmanghelidj recommends that for every ten glasses of water you drink each day, you should increase your sea salt intake by half a teaspoon.  Obviously, though, you need to exercise care in doing this if you already have a high-salt diet.

The world’s cheapest miracle cure

Here at HIS, we get to see the latest treatments in alternative medicine.  Some of them, though highly effective, can be somewhat expensive.  That’s why we thought it was so important for you to hear about the miraculous power of water.  Where else will you find a cure-all that’s almost free?

IF you suffer from any chronic disease, you must give water a try…you can’t beat the price, and you’ll love the results.

A bottle of water in hand, 

Brian Saint-Paul

Associate Director, HIS

To order: 1-800-759-3999 or www.watercure .com

An interview by M. Paul Jackson published in 

THE TIMES LEADER April 20, 2000

A Watershed Promise

   Butts Using Bucks to Promote Water Cure

Wilkes-Barre - Bob Butts believes in the healing power of water. So much that he is willing to risk his own money to prove it.

A lot of his own money.

Butts, the owner of Cee-Kay's One Million Auto Parts, has pledged to give away a total of $100,00.00 to auto customers who fail to notice changes in their health after drinking ordinary filtered tap water.

A long time advocate of the medicinal power of water, Butts firmly believes that the liquid can cure most ailments - including cancer, muscular dystrophy, and even multiple sclerosis.

Physicians, however, disagree.

Butts' business, with locations in Wilkes-Barre, Moosic, and Pittston, will give away $25 worth of auto parts to any customer who doesn't feel that the water has improved their health. The promotion has a $100,000.00 cap.

Twenty-five dollars? Is Butts crazy?

"If I'm willing to risk my company, then there's got to be something to it," said Butts, owner of the company since 1967.

"It's a good story that some screwball is willing to risk everything on something they're not going to make a dime on and is doing it to educate people."

The promotion will begin Monday, Butts said. Customers must try the "water cure" for 30 days.

Butts does not believe customers would try to scam the promotion, believing in their honesty.

"I don't think anyone's going to come to try to collect the money," he said.

We can't make a dime on it. All we're going to do is make a difference in their lives".

But with just water? Butts says yes.

The cause of most diseases is simple dehydration, he said. Drinking too little water and too much caffeine and alcohol can leave the body subject to a host of ailments.

Instead, he suggests drinking two quarts of water a day, along with one-half teaspoon of salt, he said.

"I'm not saying it's going to wipe out these illnesses, but it's going to cut them down," Butts said. "Trying to ignore this is like flunking sandbox."

Doctors have long advocated that people drink about eight glasses of water a day - the human body is mostly made up of water - but disagree that the liquid is a cure-all.

"I think that is a little far fetched," said Michael Rittenberg, a Kingston urologist.

"There's no question that drinking fluids (can help the body), but to make broad, general claims that it can eliminate the need for prescription medicine is pretty far-reaching."

Still, Butts' promotion will continue.

Butts - who said he has spent more than $300,00.00 on advertising promoting water - has been an advocate for healthy living for more than five years, he said.

In the past, he also has advocated alternatives to public education.

"I think people will realize that what we're doing, we're doing for them," he said. "We're really trying to help them."

Understanding the 'Water Cure'

Auto Parts Store Owner Touts H2O for Health

An article by Maureen Manzano published in 


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Bob Butts waits for the next question to be posed by a news production agency from New York.

He was being interviewed about his many promotions of the "Water Cure."

An auto parts store is not the most likely place to find a cure for some of life's physical ills.

But after a conversation with Bob Butts, owner of Cee-Kay Auto Parts on Birney Avenue, visitors will find themselves walking away with a desire to increase their water intake. 

For the past six years, Mr. Butts has touted the "water cure" as the answer to peoples physical problems.

The water cure is simple: drink half your weight in ounces, plus take a 1/4 teaspoon of salt for every quart of water you drink throughout the day. (For example a person that weighs 200 pounds should drink 100 ounces of water a day.) The average amount of water is two quarts daily. The addition of salt balances out the loss of salt expected from increased urine production. 

The cure was discovered by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, Falls Church, Va., who discovered it while in an Iranian prison.

"Water and salt energize you," said an enthusiastic Mr. butts as he showed several pieces of documentation from various institutes supporting the water cure. "The whole thing is a no-brainer."

The water cure has been touted to treat a variety of illnesses, ranging from asthma to depression to cancer, which Dr. Batmanghelidj believes are related to the body's lack of being hydrated.

Mr. Butts, like the doctor, said he believes most health problems are caused by a lack of hydration in the body because people don't drink enough water daily.

"If you have brown grass, do you throw Prozac on it?" he asked.

The story has been featured in Health magazine and was published in the Health and Healing newsletter. Mr. Butts recently gave an interview to a national news production company, which taped a segment of his efforts in promoting the cure. The segment is expected to hit 80 television stations across the country.

In recent years, Dr. Batmanghelidj has also been a guest speaker in the area, having given a talk at Wilkes University in 1996.

The Journal of Gastroenterology and Temple University's Center for Frontier Science has also addressed the water cure. While not coming out in full endorsement, it supports the idea that enough people do not drink water.

Dr. Dan Townsend, associate professor of biology at the University of Scranton, does not dispute water's benefits.

"There's nothing wrong with drinking water, given the fact that our culture tends to bring children up and adults with all kinds of beverages, particularly alcohol or with high sugar content," he said. "There are a lot of people in this country who don't drink enough water."

Dr. Townsend added that there are not enough facts to support the actual cure of catastrophic illnesses by water.

"I'm not a medical physiologist, but I know of no kinds of evidence that that's true," he said. "I don't know what possible trials have been done."

Other physicians have been quoted as disputing the claims as well.

Mr. Butts disregards the criticism, saying doctors who have spoken out against the water cure are basing their opinions on what they've always been taught.

"Health care is not the bad guys," he said. "I believe nobody's to blame, but we're all responsible."

As for the promotion for the water cure, Mr. Butts will continue his crusade.

"This thing is going to revolutionize health care," he said.

To back up his claims, Cee-Kay Auto offers people $25 in auto parts if the water cure doesn't work for them.

Information is readily available at no charge to people who visit his store, and Mr. Butts offers advice to anyone who appears to be "suffering from drought."

"So far, no one has sought a refund," he said.