• Wed, Feb 4 2009

Healthbolt Op-Ed: Is a Glass of Urine Your Cup of Tea?

Sometimes I think that there is too much of what I think here at Healthbolt and so, occasionally, I’m more than happy to open up the floor to someone else’s opinion.

Hence the Healthbolt Op-Ed – a place where readers can express their thoughts and opinions on interesting and entertaining health related topics.

Today, we’ve got Holly McCarthy ruminating on an interesting and, to most westerners, a somewhat bizarre form of treatment - urine therapy.

Since early times, healers have believed that urine has many curative and preventative properties. The Romans thought it helped whiten teeth, the Chinese thought that wiping babies faces with it helped protect the skin, and the French believed it help add in curing Strep throat.

And of course, let’s not forget the benefits of urine on jellyfish stings (I’m sure all Friends fans will remember that hysterical episode).

But let’s face it, using urine as a therapy just makes most of us cringe.  

Here’s what Holly thinks…

Is a Glass of Urine Your Cup of Tea?

by Holly McCarthy

It’s hard to fathom the ideas that people come up with in an attempt to gain better health or rid themselves of ailments that seem incurable through conventional means. The wackiest (and most disgusting) one I’ve come across is that drinking your own urine has various health benefits. Some swear that it’s beneficial for the skin while others go off the deep end and announce that it’s the only cure there is for AIDS.

Some advocates of this so-called urine therapy try to offer scientific explanations to back their claims – since urine is one of the body fluids tested to determine the presence of any disease, they believe that by drinking your own urine, you’re automatically immunizing yourself from the strains of any disease that are found in your urine. Call it a stink-raising form of vaccination if you will!

Ok, a quick question to those who firmly believe that urine is good for health – how do you bear the stench that’s a part and parcel of anyone’s urine? And if it’s good as an immunization measure, would you be willing to drink the urine of other people who have had certain diseases that you don’t want to contract? How far does your tolerance level go?

I understand that it’s a matter of personal preference – to drink or not to drink, that is the question you need to ask yourself and answer honestly. But if you do intend to start this therapy, make sure that the habit stays in the closet. Because the moment it comes out, you’re never going to hear the end of the ribbing and disgust-laden comments that follow.

On the other hand though, if you want to play a great practical joke on your friends (or people you’re not too fond of), tell them you owe it to the power of urine therapy when they ask you the secret of your quick recovery from an illness or the reason behind your glowing skin and healthy look. Extol the virtues of this fluid and egg them on to try it, just once. Believe me, if not anything else, it’s a great way to get back at someone you’ve been itching to target!

Well, I have to wind up, because the call of nature beckons, but you can bet your last dollar that I’m definitely not putting anything that’s meant for the toilet bowl, in my mouth!

(This post was contributed by Holly McCarthy, who writes on the subject of certifications for geriatric nursing. She invites your feedback at hollymccarthy12 at gmail dot com)

Got a health topic you’d like to op-ed on here at Healthbolt. Just send it through (kiwiwriter at xtra dot co dot nz). Healthbolt, however, does reserve the right not to post if it doesn’t fit the editorial requirements.

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  • http://www.crankyfitness.com Merry

    Oh, urine for some bad puns with this post.
    Luckily, I’m going to exercise restraint.

  • Liz

    pun away!!!