An unrecognised genius
René Quinton worked in various areas of knowledge and was considered a sage because of his humanistic and scientific training.
He applied a constant maxim “the science of sensitivity“ in his many well-known or unpublished works, integrating the spiritual and the physical into a harmonious whole. In addition to his research in the areas of biology and physiology, he was a philosopher, military hero, patron and promoter of aviation. A champion of humanism of his time!
In one of his books, he wrote, “In contrast to the physical world that obeys stable laws, evolution has accustom
ed us to considering living matter as a plastic substance moulded by the environment, adapting to survive in the changeable conditions on the earth“. However, in 1897 Quinton formulated a new principle that, without questioning evolution, revealed the ultimate objective pursued by life in all its forms. He discovered that animal life born in the sea has a tendency to retain the conditions of its origins, despite any changes over time.
Instead of passively obeying the influence of the environment, life resists such changes. Anatomical forms change to help maintain the temperature and saline concentration of their original marine environment.
Thus, disease is defined as a change in this fundamental environment. This formulation led René Quinton to base his scientific theory on a universal premise that underlay his basic therapy: reconstituting the damaged cell using the water of the oceans, a vital medium where the mineral content remains identical to our internal medium.
His work culminated in 1904 with the publication of his seminal work, “L’Eau de Mer, Milieu Organique” (Seawater, Organic Environment), that presented the solid basis and demonstrated scientifically the therapeutic virtues of Seawater. Quinton said that, “any change in the extracellular matrix changes cell nutrition“.
The Key Discovery
SEAWATER, ALL THE ELEMENTS OF THE PERIODIC TABLE
At the start of his research, René Quinton discovered that Seawater contained 15 elements of Mendeleev’s periodic classification and he added another five in the course of his observations. He felt that eventually all would be found.
In fact, development in analysis techniques provided evidence of new elements, which confirmed his feelings as a biologist, that Seawater contains all the natural elements of the periodic classification, with proportions analogous to those of our internal medium, composed of various organic liquids such as extracellular liquid, blood plasma, tears, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.
This discovery was confirmed by Henry Doffin, Professor of Biology of the Faculty of Sciences of Poitiers, who stated in 1950 that, “the sea constitutes the universality of what exists on earth“.