René Quinton was the biologist who proved, one hundred years ago, that the composition of human blood plasma and the raw but diluted oceanic water were alike. Based on this premise, he elaborated a Marine Plasma bearing his name.
Who was René Quinton? The Vidal (1975) dictionary states that he was a French physiologist born in Chaume-en-Brie in 1867 and died in Paris in 1925. In his chief scientific work "L'eau de mer, milieu organique" (Ocean water, organic matrix), 1904, he demonstrated the analogy between the body inner environment, the blood plasma, and ocean water, the medium in which all cellular life had its origin. From this discovery he elaborated a therapeutic method largely used in his time which is being rediscovered today, one hundred years later.
René Quinton cured tens of thousands of children in France and Egypt with his plasma, derived from oceanic water. He eradicated some of the most virulent diseases of the time in France; infant cholera and gastro-intestinal infections. In the 1950's the benefits of his therapy were further vindicated by thalasso-therapy, the therapy that uses oceanic water baths.
Quinton defined the law of osmotic constancy at the end of the nineteenth century. Our inner environment, the liquid in which all our cells are bathed, has almost identical mineral composition and concentration with diluted ocean water, and responds to constant osmotic interchanges with the intra- and extra-cellular environments.
The quasi 'oceanic water' of our body is in synergy with the minutest part of our tissues. Wonder of wonders! But it was necessary for Quinton to prove his discovery. At that time, Mendeleev’s famous Periodic Table of elements which lists the 92 elements found in matter, was just little known. Quinton detected 17 elements in oceanic water with the analytical methods at his disposal. Today, thanks to the biologists Gregory and Overberger, we know that all 92 elements are present in seawater and that all of them are essential to our good health.
After having conducted careful animal experiments, Quinton was asked to secretly treat a dying typhoid patient. This he did by injecting him with a small quantity of diluted seawater, his Marine Plasma. When he visited his patient the following morning, after the first injection, he found the patient revived and eager to eat again. The patient completely recovered with time.
Following this first success, a patient suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, complicated by erysipelas, also recovered after being injected with Quinton's plasma. Quinton continued to perfect his therapy by treating more patients. After four years, he published the results of his work in a book entitled "L'eau de mer, milieu organique", 1904. (Ocean water, organic matrix).
The book was acclaimed by the Paris Academy of Medicine and Quinton was looked upon as a new Darwin. From 1906 on, Quinton concentrated his work on saving some of the 70,000 French babies and children that were annually dying of gastro-intestinal infections, knowing that his therapy provided the body with the needed defence against infections.
Quinton's first dispensary opened in Paris in 1906. Daily, hundreds of mothers brought their babies for treatment. In December 1906, a second dispensary opened in Paris. The newspapers recognised Quinton as a new Louis Pasteur. It was logical that after children, Quinton became interested in pregnant mothers. He used his therapy with enormous success and greatly reduced the number of miscarriages. The therapy was also applied to many other pathologies. In the meantime, 12 new dispensaries opened around the country. This method of using marine plasma also spread to the U.K., Italy, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.
Then, Quinton was invited to Egypt where the ravages of death were taking thousands of
babies’ lives every summer. The same successes were repeated. Quinton returned to France in 1913 and in 1914 was conscripted into the French Armed Forces, and served
for the duration of World War I. His therapy was partially neglected until after the war, when his co-workers and disciples Doctors Jarricot, Macé, Simon, Potocki and others, continued his work until World War II.
After that war, the medical world first began to revive the marine plasma therapy in Germany, then in France. In the 1980's the therapy became also known in Spain, Italy,
Portugal and is now becoming accepted in Switzerland, Canada, U.S.A. and Latin America.
As a continuation and follow-up, please read our section: Where we are now.