Quinton History


Ancient wisdom

The healing power of seawater has been known since the ancient times of Pythagorus and Hippocrates who first advised us to use it to treat the individual and not the disease.  The innate ability of seawater to support the body through recovery to optimal health is once again being recognised and backed by science.

Physicians throughout the centuries have harnessed the power of seawater to treat illness.  Dr Richard Russell (26 November 1687 – 1759) was an 18th-century British Physician who encouraged his patients to use a form of water therapy that treated enlarged lymphatic glands.

In the 1800's Antoine Béchamp led research showing that it is the health of the person’s internal environment that determines whether or not a bacteria or virus would give rise to an infection.  If our internal body terrain is at optimum composition then we are more able to resist and fight illness.

René Quinton's Research


René Quinton (1866-1925) was inspired to look to the sea for its connection to body fluid compositions (termed the Milieu Intérieur) and human physiology.  For 2.5 billion years cellular life evolved in unique oceanic areas that were rich solutions of mineral, biochemical and energetic activity. Quinton determined that in order for an evolving species to successfully leave the ocean it was necessary for the organism to take this life-supporting solution with it.  Our internal body terrain today has evolved from the sea.

He also theorised that the saltiness (salinity and tonicity) of the sea at the time an evolving species first moved onto the land determined the tonicity of the organism’s internal environment and consequently that of its descendants.  The sea has become more concentrated since the first sea to land transition of our amphibian ancestors which is why Quinton had to search carefully for the right spring water to use when diluting present day collections in order to maintain the correct balance of all the elements at the correct pH. 

Quinton drew up precise instructions for diluting and cold-sterilising natural, complete and raw ocean water by cold micro-filtration through a micro-porous filter thus preserving its beneficial properties. It is the precise execution of these instructions that maintains the unique properties discovered by Quinton in the products we bring you today.

History of Quinton

Starting in 1897, Quinton used stray dogs from the streets of Paris to perform what are even by today’s standards, quite remarkable experiments.  In the most radical of these experiments Quinton drained a dog of all his blood to the point of no eye (palpebral) reflex and replaced the withdrawn blood with an equal volume of Quinton Isotonic.  Not only did the dog survive but recovered to a higher state of health than prior to the experiment.  Quinton kept this dog who he named “Sodium” as a reminder of the experiment.  He was reportedly still alive and well until he was killed in a road traffic accident 5 years later.  These experiments were carried out without the use of antibiotics and with no cellular replacement for the RBCs and WBCs. 

In 1904, Quinton showed that Quinton Isotonic is almost identical physically, chemically and physiologically to our milieu intérieur and provides the optimum conditions for red blood cells (RBCs) and leukocytes (White Blood Cells) and other blood fractions.  Quinton carried out a variety of in vitro experiments in which he kept RBCs and leukocytes (WBCs) alive in Quinton Isotonic longer than the most advanced manufactured culture mediums are able to achieve today.  In the case of WBCs they retained amoebic activity and adherence behaviour for over one month.

After having conducted these animal experiments, Quinton treated his first human patient; a man dying of typhoid. When he visited his patient the following morning, after the first intravenous injection with Quinton Isotonic, he found the patient revived and eager to eat again. Over the following days of repeated Quinton Isotonic injections, the patient made a complete recovery.

 Following this first success, a patient suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, complicated by erysipelas, also recovered after being injected with subcutaneous Quinton Isotonic.

Quinton's first Marine Dispensary opened in Paris in 1907 where over 9,900 injections were administered every month. Daily, hundreds of mothers brought their babies for treatment. In December 1907, a second dispensary opened in Paris. He eradicated some of the most virulent diseases of the time in France; infant cholera and gastro-intestinal infections. The newspapers recognised Quinton as a new Louis Pasteur. It was logical that after helping children, Quinton became interested in pregnant mothers. He used his therapy with enormous success and greatly reduced the number of miscarriages, virtually eradicating it in treated expectant mothers. Quinton was the first clinician to photographically document his patients’ progress, most notably for malnutrition, eczema and psoriasis.  The therapy was also applied in the treatment of many other illnesses. In the meantime, 12 new dispensaries opened around the country. This method of using marine plasma also spread to the UK, Italy, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.

Quinton continued to perfect his therapy by treating more patients. He published the results of his work in a book entitled "L'eau de mer, milieu organique" in 1907.

The book was acclaimed by the Paris Academy of Medicine and Quinton was looked upon as the new Darwin. Quinton concentrated his work on saving as many of the 70,000 French babies and children that were annually dying of gastro-intestinal infections as possible, knowing that his therapy provided the body with the necessary defence against such infections.


At that time the daily newspaper, L’Intransigeant, published an article that included the following words:

"The works of Pasteur bring us a conscious conception of disease. Those of Quinton bring us a conception of health. What is Pasteur's approach? It's a drug particular to one illness; a drug that attacks a given microbe and no other. What is Quinton's approach? It's a Marine Plasma that doesn't attack any particular microbe except that it gives the organic cell the strength to fight all of them!"

By 1910 almost 70 clinics were opened in France dedicated to dispensing Quinton and saved more than half a million lives. These clinical results were published and the subjects followed for over 15 years. 

Following such success in France, word spread primarily to French-speaking nations.  Quinton was invited to Egypt where the ravages of death were taking thousands of babies’ lives every summer. The same successes of France were repeated in Egypt. Quinton returned to France in 1913 and in 1914 was conscripted into the French Armed Forces in which he served for the duration of World War I. His therapy was partially neglected until after the war, when his co-workers and contemporaries, Doctors Jarricot, Macé, Simon, Potocki and others, continued his work until World War II. 

In 1921 René Quinton and his chief physician Dr Jean Jarricot published their 600 page clinical report containing well-founded directions for using Quinton Isotonic in paediatric work entitled “Le Dispensaire Marin”.

Following his premature death in 1925 as a result of wounds sustained in action in WWI, René Quinton was given a State funeral attended by many dignitaries from France and other countries in recognition of his phenomenal work and achievements. An estimated 1 million people from all over the world and all walks of life attended in tribute to him.

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In 1953, Quinton Isotonic and Hypertonic solutions were registered as medicines and included in the Physician’s Desk Reference (Dictionnaire Vidal) until 1999.  In the 1950's the benefits of his therapy were further vindicated by thalasso-therapy, a therapy that uses oceanic water baths.

In 1960 the René Quinton Association was established in Paris to legally defend Le Dispensaire Marin report from attack by those with vested interests in another medical direction.

In 1970 new permits were issued for Quinton products listed in the Vidal that enabled continuing registration with the World Medical Assembly. However in 1982 with harmonisation of the European Pharmacopoeia and compulsory adaptation of laboratories meant that use of Quinton was phased out. The medicinal permits expired in 1995 and Quinton re-emerged as a food supplement in drinkable form.

In 1974, Dr Alfred Pischinger, Chair of Histology and Embryology at the University of Vienna showed that cells are not in direct contact with each other, and that all inter-cellular information (nervous stimuli, metabolic, immunological and vascular processes, etc) flows through the extra cellular liquid. Pischinger asserted that: “Original seawater is the oldest system of communication between living cells.”  The quality of the minerals and water found within the extra-cellular fluid determines the quality of the communications that take place between cells and that underpins the quality of an individual’s health.

In 1996 Laboratoires Quinton with head office in Alicante obtained the legal patents and secret know-how to produce Original Quinton products.  Using the highest standards of production, technology and cold-filtration in Grade A Clean Rooms, products are manufactured in the ISO 9001 standard manufacturing plant. Sea water is collected according to International Maritime Law that protects and preserves the phytoplankton blooms and vortices. Laboratoires Quinton has been awarded the European GMP certificate and is an established Eco-Excellent company awarded by the Valencian community for companies that adopt the Environmental Management system.

Today, leading health professionals agree that we should be preventing illness, not treating it.  Quinton has once again become the key to keeping our cells in balance and establishing a healthy body and mind in order to prevent illness by helping to keep our bodies optimally healthy and ready to fight disease. The use of Quinton therapy is again spreading and increasing in popularity after becoming known in Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK, Asia and is now accepted in Switzerland, Canada, U.S.A. and Latin America.