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Updated on August 24, 2011


What is Hydrocephalus

Frequently, hydrocephalus is referred to as "water on the brain". Everybody has fluid that cushions their brain, rather like a shock absorber, but few people aware that the fluid surrounding the brain, called "cerebral-spinal fluid" can, for reasons doctors don't understand completely, increase so that it causes increased pressure on the brain. The type of hydrocephalus I had was called "normal pressure hydrocephalus."

Normal pressure hydrocephalus is thought to be incurable, and I was told I would have to have a shunt in my brain to drain the excess fluid, and that I would have to have that shunt for the rest of my life. But before we go into how I cured myself, I'd like to talk about early warning symptoms I had, that I didn't know were early warning signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus.

I wish to state here that this is my own experience with hydrocephalus, and you should be under a doctor's care, because it is a potentially fatal condition. However, I had a neurologist monitoring me, because the only other alternative was having a brain shunt installed to pump fluid out of my brain for the rest of my life. I refused to go along with the idea of a brain shunt. So I am not recommending that you ditch your doctor, just consider some of this strategy.


  • Dirty bathwater - this is a sign that toxins are building up in your body.
  • Night sweats that have no explanation
  • Nausea
  • Headache, constant
  • Craving for bananas
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Clumsiness
  • Pain down the left side of your body - this is also a symptom of neuropathy, which can be a result of hydrocephalus
  • Dirt under the fingernails, on the bottoms of the feet (the body tries to get rid of toxins any way it can
  • Thickening nails


  • Sleeping more, as much as 16 hours a day
  • Being too nauseous to eat much of anything except bananas
  • Blue or purple gums or tongue
  • Increased clumsiness
  • Mis-judging where objects are and tripping over them
  • Bumps, bruises, skin abrasions that appear without cause
  • Inability to notice these symptoms are happening to you
  • Decrease in pulse rate, as low as 60 per minute


  • Any or all of the above symptoms
  • Fluid that your family doctor can confirm by x-ray
  • Messed up hormones and other blood levels, again that your family doctor can confirm by x-ray
  • Neuropathy - This is a whole other topic I found a natural cure for - but essentially it is a disease that effects your nervous system in some way. 
  • Stumbling as though drunk when walking (this can also be one of your first warning signs)
  • Pain down the left side of your body
  • Peripheral nerve damage - which manifests as pain or tingling or numbness in your fingers, hands, feet, or toes, and can be 
  • Black tongue, gums, bathwater, fingernals, toenails. This is a symptom that your body is not able to get rid of toxins on its own. 


I had been taking a medicine called "Seroquel" for bipolar 1 disorder for 3 years. The medicine is notorious for helping people sleep. However, when I first started taking it, I had symptoms such as racing heart and problems with balance. The medicine is SO powerful that once my boyfriend took one pill, of 100 milligrams, and he slept for 24 hours. Other people may or may not have similar experiences, but for me, the medicine slowed down my metabolism. 

Shortly after starting the medicine, I began to notice the tips of my fingers did not feel right. They were slightly painful, but it manifested more as having agitated fingertips. I remember that I kept flicking the ends of my fingers. I never once connected it with the toxic effects of Seroquel. One thing I learned about Seroquel is that heroine addicts often buy it on the street, because it gives them a heroine-like effect. In fact, if you Google "toxic Seroquel" you wlll be taken to many sites that, within the site, are online pharmacies that actually SELL Seroquel, without the guidance of a doctor, who should be monitoring your use of such a powerful medicine. For some people, Seroquel is a lifesaver. Other people have sued Astra-Zeneca because it is commonly known that Seroquel can cause people to develop diabetes. In fact, if you Google "Seroquel lawsuits", you will find a vast number of lawyers willing to help you sue Astra-Zeneca. Additionally, Seroquel is their best-selling pharmaceutical. Now, I am not putting down Seroquel, but it should be very carefully monitored by a doctor, and I want to warn people what happened to me, so that it doesn't happen to them.


The first thing I did with my diagnosis is read about hydrocephalus, where I discovered a lot of people have it, and a lot of people who have it have no identifiable cause. In a nutshell, here is what I learned that helped me: everybody has fluid surrounding his or her brain. One role the “water” (the official name is “cerebrospial fluid” but you’ll also find websites calling it “cerebrospial” fluid). This fluid within the brain has several important duties. You might think of it as a shock absorber, one of its main roles. The role that I was interested in was when I read that this fluid also serves to keep toxins out of the brain. At the time I was diagnosed with normal-pressure hydrocephalus, I had been on a prescription medicine for 3 years. Additionally, even when I first started taking the medicine, I had problems with it, such as my heart getting jittery and my balance being “off”. I complained about those symptoms to my doctor, but was told they were just side affects that would eventually go away. I thinking discovering that discovering that CSF (cerebral-spinal fluid) protects the brain from toxins was the first clue I got as to what was really going on with my body: the increase in cerebral-spinal fluid helped me realized that the CSF was trying to protect my body from a toxin. Since I was taking only one medicine at that time, my first step to curing myself was to eliminate that medicine from my life.(It was a medicine that helped me sleep, but later I learned abou Melatonin, which helped me greatly without practiacally killing me).

So step one for me was eliminating the source of the toxin. Within a week, my pulse was back up to 60. I also had a neurologist following my progress. Within a couple of weeks, he did some sort of test and confirmed my legs were also getting better because in addition to hydrocephalus, I had developed neuropathy. The neurologist semply confirmed that my legs were getting better. Since my pulse was better and I got a good report from the neurologist, I figured I was on the right track, but I still was far from well.

About that time, my whole body began breaking out. Bumps mysteriously appeared on my body. I had scatched, lumps, bruises, and the bottoms of my feet were covered with a substance like tar. I had no clue what was going on, but looking back, I now know that every part of my body imaginable was trying to rid my body of toxins. About this time, I went to a health-food store and showed the guy the bottoms of my feet, which were streaked with tar-like substances. Luckily for me, he’d grown up poor and unable to go to doctors, so he had a good idea of what would to help me. He referred me to a “detox kit” which I didn’t believe in at the time. Yet seeing is believing, and I was quite amazed to see the results of a detox kit, and after doing a couple of those, my headaches went totally away.

Another thing I discovered was Potassium. Craving bananas and being able to eat hardly anything but bananas made me curious about Potassium. But there is a whole lot of misinformation about Potassium out there. One or two bananas is nowhere close the the USDA.
In fact, the USDA is 4.7 grams a day, and in fact if you go to the following link, you’ll see that one banana has only 12 per cent of the Potassium you need each day:USDA for Potassium (but you will need to scroll down to the third page to get the values for Potassium). And take a really good look at the foods that are supposedly rich in Potassium. A sweet potato, at 20% of the Daily Value, is the most rich in Potassium. But can you really imagine eating 5 of them a day to get 100%.

The problem with buying Potassium in stores is that the supplements you can buy at a store like Walgreen’s have so little Potassium in them that you can only get 1% or 3%, depending on the strength you buy.

And despite the fact that the body needs 1.4 grams a day of Potassium, there is a huge scare out there about getting too much. But I did a lot of research, and was pretty sure I needed to try to get the USDA of Potassium into my body. I was just too sick to eat 10 potatoes or 20 bananas. About that time, my daughter made a discovery: the main ingredient in salt-substitutes is Potassium. I get mine at Walmart, and the only two ingredients are Potassium and Chloride. You want the Potassium and the Chloride. Without Chloride mixed with the Potassium, it is not safe to use. Most salt substitutes have ingredients added to the Potassium Chloride, but you don’t need them if you’re using the salt substitute as a way of getting your USDA of Potassium.

Within days of substituting my diet with Potassium Chloride, so that I was getting at least 50% of the USDA, I began to notice that my brain seemed to be working more quickly, and I generally felt a sense of well being, without feeling wired. To this day, I still use Potassium Chloride as a daily supplement.

Another dietary measure I took was Wheat Grass, which claims to have the nutrients of five servings of vegetables. It is probably the food highest in Chlorophyll, and it is often found at Juice Bars. It has a long list of health benefits, and all I know is that I took it daily, with packages of fruit flavored vitamins mixed into it. I did that five times a day.

About 2-1/2 years after I was told “You need a shunt in your brain for the rest of your life”, I went to a doctor for a follow-up. I’d gotten gradually better and had almost no symptoms by then, except for a little big of pain in my fingers. But I had come a long, long way. Still, I wanted tests to confirm that the normal-pressure hydrocephalus was gone. Without question, he ordered a CAT scan (I believe that’s the one). I spent an hour in a long tube. And there was no indication of normal-pressure hydrocephalus.

I just want to add that this is an unorthodox cure. Many people, like my nephew who has spina bifida, has a shunt in his brain and it has helped him tremendously. But you might want to consider detoxing and other treatment, especially if no cause can be found for your hydrocephalus and you have odd symptoms, like dirt under your fingernails, and are sweating at night, or if your bathwater is grey because these kind of symptoms are your body’s way of getting rid of toxins.


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      Robin 4 weeks ago

      Thank you for this info. There is so little data on the web. I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus over a month ago after having severe migraines (never had headaches before). No treatment option, doc just told me to keep a log of migraines. Told me to have a "good life". Discovered my atlas and C2 seriously out of joint just below skull. Seeing chiropractor; using herbs; and yoga every day. Chirop and yoga give me the most relief. It is getting better, slowly. I will try the potassium and report back. Thanks again!

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      idbroadcast 10 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article, its mind boggling how people have more faith in doctors than in themselves. My aunt it going through this and this was one of the few TRUTHFUL articles on the subject.

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      San Mateo 14 months ago

      Hi Picarpe and all, I have recently been diagnosed with Hyd but they still don't know what type after 1 MRI. I have started taking the Potassium Chloride and have change my diet to include lots of fruits and veg wholw and in juice. One doctor says I need surgery, two more say I don't need it yet. I want to avoid a shunt at all costs as the complications are multiple. My symptoms are mild at this stage, just headached that have reduced with the changes on diet and potassium intake (hopefully this is the reason) and a little dizziness sometimes.

      I would like to know how the author of the article is getting on these days, have the symptoms gone away and you are "cured"? Is anybody out there who knows more people being cured from Hyd without a surgery? Do you think your problem was caused by stress or was it related in any way to stress? I believe in my case it all started during a very stressful stage in my life. One surgeon dismissed the suggestion immediately but another said that it could be related.

      Is the solution to some cases of Hyd a healthy lifestyle, some potassium intake and reduction of stress in our lives?

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      Agatha 16 months ago

      Hello Patie, just wanted to update you on the new development of my baby.I introduced a feeding timetable for my baby.He feeds every after 3hrs and the kind of food i give him is balance diet which contains proteins,carbohyrates,protectives food. i mix them and blend and i add milk. so thats his meal and i have seen some improvement atleast he has gained he is now weighing 4.5kg from 4.2kgs which he has been weighing for more than 3months.Praying he will gain.

      I know its not much but atleast it makes a difference

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      Agatha 17 months ago

      Patie, my baby was born with hydrocephulus as well and he was premature at 7month.He had a shunt at three months but had diffucult eating and swallowing food.He coulsnt gain weight as well.He is 7months old and weighs 4.2kgs.I have tried to ask doctors no much help is done.I have now started using formula milk s26 gold and some multivitamin for premature babies and malnutrised babies.For the past days i have tried this he seems to be doing well am praying and trust God that all shall be well.Check with your chemistry on the multivitam.

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      Karen 22 months ago

      You can buy potassium chloride in powder or tablet form from an online company in the USA called They are very efficient and will send your order via courier for a small postage fee. I pay about $12.oo for my orders and they arrive in Australia within 2-3 days via DHL.

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      Joyce 23 months ago

      m Husband Has Hydrocephalus And I Would Like To Find Out Where I Can Buy Potassium Chloride. Does Anyone Know ?

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      where do i get the potacium cloride without the potacium mix ed with cloride for my sister she does have hydrocephalia , and i dont want the stunt operation done on her.. how do i ask for the  2 years ago

      where do i buy the potacium cloride and how do i ask for it in the phamarcy

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      Rina 2 years ago

      Do you have any email address available where I can get more information about Hydrocephalus. I was diagnosed with it 2 weeks ago, and never experienced bad health, i only take 10mg tablet per day for high bloodpreasure, age 56, never experienced ill health. Please I am desperate to find out more about natural healing and if it is really possible!! Could you please email me @

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      patie 2 years ago

      My baby has hydrocephalus since birth and had a shunt at 8 months. now she is 10 months and still cant sit or gain much weight. she is currently 4.2kg. can anyone who has knowledge help me please. Doctors don't really say much

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      Beth 2 years ago

      My Dad has hydrocephalus. So yours was caused by taking medicines? And detoxing with taking potassium helped it to go away? He is older and on meds. But this is slowly killing him and they don't know the cause. I'm trying to find anything to help him!

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      Debra 5 years ago

      Last year I was sick from March until this year in February when I came across this article. IT SAVED ME!! I thought I was going crazy. I didn't have the banana craving but I was having severe brain fatigue. I think it all started when I took a trip out of the country and started to get sick. Upon returning I got a sinus infection and didn't use any meds (Hind site is 20/ I will take antibiotics and no longer view them as a negative) Anyway, I ended up with what the drs said was double pneumonia, bronchitis and pleurisy. Not sure what I really had bc they said that I had waited too long to get to the ER and the double pneumonia was cleared up.

      Main thing is I was left with this TIRED feeling. My brain was constantly trying to compensate. I ended up doing three MRI's and having tubes put in my ears all in search of a CURE. The thing that FINALLY cleared me up and helped me tremendously was the potassium. I was desperate and took 10 tablets 3X Day. Cured me! Made me a believer and helped me beyond belief. Now I take a Potassium/Magnesium aspartate for maintenance.