How to make Oral Rehydration Therapy fluid

Doc Gurley (who’s been going to Haiti since at least the first earthquake relief started) wrote a post today about cholera (currently hitting Haiti hard).

She found there were very few YouTube videos about how to make Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) fluid, which is the mainstay of cholera treatment.  Simply put, if you can replace orally what you’re losing from the far end, you get to live.  It’s cheap, it’s easy, but you have to know what to do for it to work.

ORT is super cheap and amazingly easy to make.  Thanks to Doc Gurley, there is now an illiterate (as in language independent) how to video: Recipe for Life!

While it seems graphic, I think it makes perfect sense.  Here’s hoping it helps!

Per Doc Gurley, swipe the video!  Repost it everywhere!  She says Haitians have cell phones, and the more universal this knowledge is the more likely it is to help.


  1. I heard and obeyed Recipe for Life | Recette de la Vie for Haiti and anywhere Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) Is Needed — plus I’ve twittered the ^&*( out of it with a direct link to the video & Doc Gurley’s post.

  2. Tsu Dho Nimh says:

    How do you deal with the potassium loss? Can it be ignored?