The Sea Lives in Every One of Us

Did you know humans and seawater have something in common?

Aside from the fact that the sea covers more than two-thirds of our planet and our bodies are made of two-thirds water, there is another connection. We humans are made of intercellular fluid, otherwise known as plasma. And seawater is like human plasma.

To back up a bit: we don’t talk about plasma often but we should as it is essential to our function as much as white and red blood cells and platelets. Plasma carries these blood components throughout the body; it is the fluid that provides the roads throughout our systems, if you will. Plasma makes up about 55 per cent of blood and its purpose is to move nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the parts of the body that need it. Cells also deposit their waste into the plasma which then helps remove it from the body.

French biologist (and aviation pioneer!) Rene Quinton (1866 – 1925) discovered that the makeup of our plasma and sea water are like one another, aside from the salt content (our blood has far more salt). He noted that extracellular fluid is identical to the content of seawater and that human amniotic fluid is a copy if it. To strengthen people’s immune systems, Quinton used knowledge from his experiments and began giving those in ill health intravenous injections with purified and diluted sea water that had the same concentration as blood plasma. The experiments were noted as being successes as many of his patients overcame serious diseases such as typhoid fever and stomach infections.

It’s an interesting bit of history and if you’d like to hear more, here’s a short video about Rene Quinton’s work.

It gives extra meaning the quote whaling wall artist Robert Wyland is famous for (incidentally, there is a whaling wall in White Rock, BC, near SeaLuxe’s home base in Crescent Beach):

"The sea lives in every one of us."