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Dr. David Stevens worked in Africa for 13 years. He saw first hand the complications associated with dehydration.

Here is his description:

“As dehydration begins there is extreme thirst, dry mouth and thick saliva. The patient develops severe cramping in the arms and legs.

“In misery, the patient tries to cry but there are no tears.

“The patient experiences severe abdominal cramps, nausea and dry heaving as the stomach and intestines dry out. The skin and lips crack and the tongue swells.

“As mucus membranes dry out and break down, patients suffer from severe nose bleeds and a patient’s hands and feet become extremely cold as the circulatory system begins to shut down and move blood to vital organs in an attempt to keep the person alive.

“The patient has problems urinating and is prone to excruciating headaches.”

Dr. Stevens claims that, contrary to those who paint a picture of a gentle dying process, “Death by dehydration is a cruel, inhuman and often agonizing death.”

We may also recall that when prisoners escaped from Nazi concentration camps, others were sentenced to death by starvation and dehydration because it sent fear through the other prisoners.

[RTLGC, 8/05]