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I Drink My Urine at You, Herr Doktore!
Opposites Day, December 2009
by Tantra Bensko

What's the last thing most people would automatically assume we'd want to do with our urine in order to be healthy? Drink it? Well, yes, maybe so. But is that the worst you can think of? Really? How about let it stay out for a week and get smelly, and rub it on our skin? Ha HA!

Yet, the practice of drinking urine straight up and homeopathically, and massaging with it, has been used for thousands of years by many advanced populations such as Indians, Native Americans, Aztecs, Egyptians, and Chinese, and continues to be done successfully, for treating a long list of ailments, and bringing youthfulness, and meditative improvements.

"Urine is not a waste product of the body.... I know that we generally think of urine in just this way: you eat and drink, the intestines 'wring' out the good stuff in the food, and the urine is the leftover, dirty, waste water that your body doesn't want, so it should never, ever be reintroduced into the body in any form-right? Wrong."
     —Martha Christy at http://www.ablentrust.com/urine_therapy.htm

Toxins in the blood are removed by the liver, and sent out as feces. The pure blood moves to the kidneys, and is further filtered by the nephron, to become urine. Much of the urine is reabsorbed and sent back into the blood, so the idea of reintroducing the urine shouldn't be digusting.

What does Wikipedia say about it?

"It has been claimed that urine is similar to other body fluids, like amniotic fluid or even blood, but these claims have no scientific basis.
"Urine does contain substances that are beneficial, such as Vitamin C; however, these substances have been excreted because they could not be used or because they were present in excess, so re-taking them will just result in re-excretion."

Yet, this is actually the opposite of the case, according to a large number of studies, and you can read about the practice in a substantial number of articles by chiropractors, naturopaths, and researchers.

Many studies show that urine helps prevent and cure cancer. "Bringing Cancer Cells into Line" was a report at the 1966 "Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology", which showed how Uric acid, Directin, H-11, and 3-methylglyoxal in urine negatively affects cancer.

Antineoplastens, which are peptides and amino acid derivatives destroy tumors, as discovered by Dr. Burzynski. (Oncology News, of the Academy Professional Information Services July-Aug., 1990)

Studies show urine helps circulation as well. Doctors announced to the American Heart Association meetings back in 1967 that urokinase dissolves clots, after having studied 200 people who had them. 1

According to Science Digest, in July 1958, urine dilates arteries similarly to nitroglycerin, bringing blood to the heart, thus relieving angina.

Doctors Alexander Glazer and Stocker, from University of California have showed that bilirubin in urine reduces damage from cancer, the effects of growing older, coronary disease, as well as inflammatory ("Express" (U.S.A.) 1.3.87.) Retine and antioplastons in urine are also helpful against cancer.

Lars Hanson and Eng Tan proved that urine successfully provides antibodies needed those things they studied: cholera, Salmonella typhus, diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and polio. Who knows what else would have shown up if they had tested even more diseases. This study was done in 1965 at the Rockefeller Institute.

In 1982, at the University of California at Berkeley, medical researchers showed that uric acid prevented cancer and the premature aging, and improved the immune system, through the destruction of free radicals. (O. Davies, "Youthful Uric Acid", Omni magazine, October 1982)

"It is not a waste product. Waste products are eliminated through the skin, lungs and digestive system."2

There are also numerous, thorough, excellent books on the subject, including the first one that I read and took to heart long ago when it first came out, Urine Therapy: Your Own Perfect Medicine, by Martha Christy. After a lifetime of trying everything the medical world had to offer her to deal with her chronic illnesses, and spending 100,000 dollars, Martha Christy attributes urine therapy to, after 30 years of suffering, curing herself of CFS, mono, kidney, ear, and sinus infections, cystitis, adrenal weakness, allergies, Candidiasis, Pelvic inflammatory disease and endometriosis, allergies, ulcerative colitis, Chron's disease, Hashimoto's disease, and many more difficulties, very quickly, just by using urine therapy.

"URINE IS NOT A WASTE PRODUCT. Urine contains all the essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins that our body needs. It is where all the extras that have to be removed from the body goes to. The body will only absorb the exact amount that it requires and expels the excess. So the urine is very potent multi-vitamins-minerals-protein, it is no toxic as stated in old outdated information."3

And obviously, something in urine must be useful as it is in various medicines, such as drugs used to dissolve clots, which use the enzyme, Urokinase. Urea is in medications to treat cancer, edema, meningitis, glaucoma, epilepsy and more. Injections including Profasi, Personal, Antineoplastens are made from urine.

Pergonal, a fertility drug uses luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating urine hormones. Panafil is a urea and papain ointment used on skin ulcers, burns and wounds that have become infected. Murine Eye Drops, the diuretic Ureaphil, Premarin, which is estrogenic, many skin creams, and a urea based cream for issues with the cervix are all useful for the health, though not as natural and holistic and individuated as pure, unadulterated urine. But they make money for the pharmaceutical industry.

But do Western doctors prescribe simply drinking urine, to make people well, bring their patients to glowing health? Well, it's opposites day, remember.

However, in some cultures, such as India, where the practice, which is Tantric, is called Amaroli, or Shivambu, it is held in great esteem in the medical profession, and talked about openly by even Prime Ministers.

"Urine is not a waste product produced by our body it is actually comes from blood filtaration. The medical term for urine is "plasma ultrafiltrate"'4

While it seems like urine would be toxic, and nasty, it's actually sterile, made of elements drawn from the blood to keep the electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, antibodies, excess water, hormones, enzymes, and urea in balance at the moment. It has been scientifically proven, during the whole century, that reintroducing those elements can be very beneficial. The toxins themselves are released instead through the skin and breathe and solid waste. You wouldn't say, no, don't take magnesium tablets, for example, when your muscles are in spasm, because our bodies have already all they need, or they wouldn't have urinated out magnesium, would you? So why not drink urine if you want more magnesium?

"After you read the highly-documented proof in these books, you probably won't want to waste another drop of this precious fluid (which is not a waste product, but a by-product of your own blood). In fact, the body has predigested the food, mixed it with elements in your own blood, filtered out the poisons, and is producing a product that is very nutritious and proven beneficial for health, even (and especially) in cases of sickness. This is filtered blood, that is richer and more alive coming out, than the food going in!!"5

Creatinine, which helps build muscles and is useful in CFS is only one of the substances found in urine, and usable by the body once reintroduced, rather than taking supplements. Melatonin is useful for getting sleep at night, and for better meditation. DHEA is a steriod which decreases with age, and helps with illness such as CFS, excellent to replace for reversing weakness, excess weight, and fatigue. The allantoin in urine prevents sunburn. Testosterone, and Estrogen can also be upped through taking urine, if the body needs to reabsorb them. Uric acid helps prevent cancer and annihilates free radicals. Urokinase is an enzyme which destroys blood clots. Factor S helps people sleep, and gastric secretary depressants combat ulcers. HUD prevents cancer.

Urea combats epilepsy, edema, glaucoma, meningitis and kidney issues. Urea synthesises proteins and amino acids, which is especially helpful with kidney failure. Urea also fights against brain tumors and stokes. One report shows a patient's giant tumor being gone in only two hours after he was given urea6. Urea's anti-cancer properties, especially liver cancer, were focused on by E V Danopoulos, who was a Professor of Internal Medicine in Athens. His study was published in a 1974 issue of The Lancet.

Urine contains structured water, which gives us more life force, which may be why it is named the water of Shiva, the divine principle. Structured water helps us absorb hydration much more effectively, helps us digest our food better, and feel more energetic, and alert. Most water we drink has been robbed of its life force, but drinking urine is like drinking water that has been swirled over rocks, bubbled up from springs, into the sun.

Urine is drunk to treat Sickle cell anemia, cancer, PMS, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, polio, TB, asthma, infertility, infections, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic insufficiency, psoriasis, eczema, diabetes, herpes, mononucleosis, adrenal failure, hepatitis, hyperactivity, colitis, diabetes, MS, allergies, AIDS, CFS, anemia, urinary issues themselves, obesity, digestive issues, jaundice, and more. It even helps people spiritually, keeping the mind focused on mediation, with a sense of well-being.

It helps gangrene, balding, leprosy, warts, prostate issues, migraine headaches, rabies, morning sickness, maleria, and arthritis. It is also shown to be effective for Karposi's sarcoma, parasites, Epstein-Barr, bites, burns, and and diarrheah, though it can also cause loose stools if there is a cleansing reaction, so be careful with that one. Dr. Alvin Kien, of the New York University Medical School, discovered that urine includes antibodies to HIV.

Many allergies are often caused by white blood running amok and attacking without reason. They are in the urine, so when taken internally, we create antibodies to them, and the allergies can go away, according to studies such as one in 1982, by Dr. William Linscott (Basic and Clinical Immuniology.). If you are experiencing symptoms of allergy, urinate and drink it to stop it.

Naturopath and chiropractic Dr. Beatrice Bartnett began the Water of Life Institute because she believes in the research so strongly, and wrote a book called Urine-Therapy: It May Save Your Life because urine indeed has saved many people from death. 5,000 years of use, popularity among Buddhist monks, the health of people doing urine fasts, world wide scholarly conferences on the topic, the Water of Life Foundation, and more show people have some reason for take the time to look into urine therapy rather than dismiss urine as a waste product.

"Urine is not, as many believe, the excess water from food and liquids that goes through the intestines and is ejected from the body as "waste". It is much different and much more. When you eat, the food you ingest is eventually broken down in the stomach and intestines into extremely small molecules. These molecules are absorbed into tiny tubules in the intestinal wall and then pass through these tubes into the blood stream. The blood circulates throughout your body carrying these food molecules and other nutrients, along with critical immune defense and regulating elements such as red and white blood cells, antibodies, plasma, microscopic proteins, hormones, enzymes, etc., which are all manufactured at different locations in the body."7


1 See urinetherapeutics.com/articles.htm.
2 See urinetherapeutics.com/auto_urine_therapy.htm.
3 See ablentrust.com/urine_therapy.htm
4 See sinuswars.com/newsletters/Urine_Therapy.asp
5 See fruitnut.net/HTML/201_Article_Urine.htm
6 See cancerresourcecenter.com/articles/alt114.html.
7 See sunnewsonline.com/webpages/features/goodhealth/2008/july/08/goodhealth-08-07-2008-003.htm