Cairo (Web Desk): A mayor of a village in the Kafr el-Sheikh governorate in northern Egypt, Ali Gneish, is 76 years old and says he has not drunk water , tea or coffee for 58 years now.

Gneish has not been checked by a doctor ever since, he told, he has also not eaten vegetables with a high water content, such as spinach or potato.

He added that it all started three months after getting married in 1959. He was so thirsty that he drank a large amount of water to satisfy his thirst; he went to the doctor who told him that water has caused him severe inflammation in his stomach.

The doctor had asked him to stop drinking water for a short period of time, until he heals from the inflammation, but this did not happen.

He added that after a while, he tried to drink water but he was in pain again. A farmer who was his father’s friend advised him to drink some sugar cane juice but he was also in pain; the same man advised him once again to drink red cane juice, and this time, it worked and he felt comforted.

He started drinking red cane juice instead of water but the problem was in providing the juice, so his father decided to buy him a cane juicer and dedicated a small area of land for red cane cultivation.

In Egypt the cultivation of red cane has been stopped but still Ali is dinking red cane juice, so he was forced to ask a farmer from a neighboring city to allocate a small area of land to plant red canes. His son-in-law helped him in buying a modern juicer from China. He completely stopped eating or drinking anything that has water in it.

Gneish added that he is living a normal life and his kidneys have not been affected at all. He thinks he is perhaps healthier than those who are younger than him.