People around the globe believe drinking their urine will cure cancer, improve their cardiac health, prevent hair loss, reduce aging, and improve acne. Facebook is a central hub for many urine therapy seekers. Several groups contain tens of thousands of pee swilling fools. People drink, bathe, brush their teeth, and apply to their eyes to rid their bodies from toxins. Most disturbing are parents that force their children to drink their urine.
As with most miracle treatments, people that drink urine believe it cures everything. I found posts of people talking about curing autism, reversing vaccine injuries, and curing HIV and cancer. Parents in the group discussed giving their children urine. Some of them even collected their children’s urine for consumption.
Urine enthusiasts brush their teeth with urine. Many of them wash their faces. Others put urine in their eyes to help with eye infections, dry eyes, and other eye disorders. In addition to all of these, people recommended using urine in a neti pot for a sinus rinse.
I collected screenshots to outline some of the ridiculous claims and horrible science provided in the group. Earlier this month a man asked about using urine therapy to lose weight and augment his HIV treatment. One commenter told him to stop taking his medication completely. He also falsely asserted that HIV isn’t a real disease.
One poster on the same thread suggested drinking the urine of someone with AIDS was safe.
After a bath of urine, one poster told the group his eyes turned red. He said he opened his eyes in the tub. Fear not though, a friend in the group told him to keep blinking his eyes. The friend said looking at phones all day makes us not blink enough, so our eyes turn red.
Next, a member complained about her teeth turning yellow from drinking the urine. The group helps with suggestions on how she whiten her teeth.
This member recommended using Hydrogen peroxide and filtered water.
Another member suggested drinking aged urine instead of fresh urine. The woman with yellow teeth told her that old urine gave her the trots. Of course, as any good woo-maniac would say, she reminded the yellow teeth sufferer that diarrhea was a good sign.
Parents talk about a variety of topics. One mother discussed collecting her 3-year-old’s urine. When she noticed sediment accumulating at the bottom, she ran to the group for help.
The use of urine to treat autism is a topic of conversation in these groups. One woman wanted to know if a non-verbal child with Autism could learn to speak by drinking urine. Naturally, the group discussed, incorrectly, that autism is related to poor “gut health.”
A commenter within the group shared that autism is reversible with proper nutrition, detoxes, and using urine therapy.
Is Urine Therapy an Effective Treatment?
You might wonder if urine therapy is beneficial for the health. There are some websites dedicated to helping people learn the fantastic benefits. However, these sites are run by organizations selling products related to urine therapy. They also claim the urine in a sterile and safe drink.
However, the science of urine tells us that there are no health benefits to drinking pee. Urine is a waste product of the body. When the urine exits the body, it can contain bacteria, toxins, and medicines not absorbed by the body. Recycling the toxins from the body means the kidneys have to refilter the toxins out. Working the kidneys in this way puts added stress on the body.
If you take medications, the medication not absorbed by the body is in the urine. By drinking urine with the leftover medicine, the individual introduces more medicine into their body. Drinking other people’s urine means you can introduce foreign drugs into the body.
Urine contains a lot of salt. While there is a myth that urine can hydrate people, drinking urine is no different than drinking salt water. The result from drinking urine results in dehydration from excess sodium.
Side effects of drinking urine include diarrhea, rashes, itchy skin, pain, fatigue, sore joints, and fever. Aged urine is caustic to the skin.
Even though there are reported healing benefits from urine, there is no scientific data that supports the claims. Studies have been unable to show that urine cures anything. Scientists that research the topic believe the urine therapy may work more by a placebo effect.
Drinking urine is not advised by doctors. Drinking urine introduces your body to toxins, medications, and bacteria. Despite the history associated with urine therapy, the therapy is just another quack-based science with no supporting evidence.
Finally, parents, please don’t force your children to drink their own urine. Not only is the practice unhealthy, but parents can risk losing custody of their children. Forcing a child to drink their own pee is abusive and wrong.
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