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Urine Therapy

Is urinetherapy scientific?


SOURCE; WEB PAGE http://www.lifepositive.com/Body/traditional-
therapies/urine-therapy.asp


Claudio Acu
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Urine therapy is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)therapy.  I could find no evidence-based studies that have shown it to be helpful.  The information given at this website is reports from individuals.  This information is not the result of a scientifically controlled study.  Like many complementary therapies, some people swear by it.  However that does not mean it is helpful.
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Auto-Urine Therapy is NOT scientific. It is considered an alternative medicine. The Chinese are very big on this and claim it helps a whole bunch of alements including asthma, skin problems, skin disorders, pain mamagement, and even cancer. None of this has been proven in the lab however.

Urine is a method of how the body gets rid of waste products. Its 95% water, and 5% nitrates and other trace elements. Drinking urine in small volumes, provided it's not infected with germs, is probably okay. But if you started drinking significant volumes, or particularly if you drank almost all of your own urine, essentially what you're doing is recycling your own waste products - you're not excreting them permanently, so it's just the same as if your kidneys are not working - you're going to accumulate them, and that would be very hazardous.

Urine is meant to be excreted naturally. I suggest if you have any such alement....take a pill. It will be much easier to swallow.

-Andy, RRT, CPFT
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"Urine is the best medicine produced by the body"??

Excerpts from an interview with Sudarshan Dheer, Founder of Water of
Life Foundation, who is a graphic designer by profession:

What is the Water Of Life Foundation all about?
Sudarshan Dheer: Water Of Life is a foundation to promote the cause
of urine therapy in India. As you know, urine is the best medicine
that our own body produces, and it is free. So we at Water of Life
are committed to spreading knowledge about this wonderful therapy to
as many people as possible.

How can we consume our own waste, when the body itself is rejecting
it?
SD: The whole notion of urine as a waste product of the body is
wrong. Urine is made up of chemicals that are discharged by the body
at rest. It is only those chemicals that the body was not able to use
at that particular time. That in no way makes them waste. However,
just as one drinks water from a clean pot, urine must also be free
from any adulteration
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Andy, good to see you back my friend.  I really don't have much of an interest in this area of medicine, but I always like reading your comments, since I find myself learning new stuff, and the more I know about health conditions in general (of all specialties) the better the choices I can make in my own life.  Welcome back.
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Good to be back. I have been pretty busy lately lecturing. Just had another paper published in Respiratory Care Journal. (March issue)

I'll be sure to stop by from time to time and continue filling in suggestions where I can.

=o)

-Andy
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Claudia,

Being a clinician myself, I need to look down on your AUT info. I will value the input of a Harvard medical professor over that of a graphic designer ANYDAY. If you want to blow up my skirt about AUT, then show me hard core data that shows its medical value. If you can't...I can. All data shows that AUT is bunk. Its actually considered plecebo. Furthermore, despite urine being sterile, if a person has a UTI, they'll put themselves at risk for spreading infection.

It's recommended by conventional medical practices NOT to practice AUT. But again, what ever floats yer boat. Just don't push "pee-pee drinking" on this messageboard.

-Andy, RRT, CPFT
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Urine Therapy according to a Berkeley Medical Journal Issue

Drinking urine - an ancient therapeutic practice revisited.

By Natalie Bouaravong

Nothing compares to the satisfaction of that warm, tingly
sensation from the first morning whiz. From the bladder, to the
toilet and then, flush! To some people, flushing urine down the
toilet is a complete waste of what could be a refreshing breakfast -
one's own fountain of youth, an elixir of health and beauty.
Drinking urine is a concept that is hard for most people to
swallow, but its claimed healing abilities may make this ancient
practice worth a try. From canker sores to cancer, there is nothing
that its advocates claim it will not cure. Urine is said to be
effective against the flu, the common cold, fever, broken bones,
toothaches, dry skin, psoriasis and all other skin problems. It is
said to deter aging and be helpful against AIDS, cancer, allergies,
animal bites, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, burns, fatigue,
infertility, baldness, insomnia, gangrene, chicken pox, tuberculosis,
and a countless number of other diseases and disorders.
Urine may provide energy, maintain youth, and make skin and hair
beautiful. With such wondrous properties, it is amazing that science
developed new medicines when a key to good health was already in the
bottle, so to speak. Everyone is a walking pharmacopoeia.
The first world conference on auto-urine therapy was held in
February of 1996 in Panjim, India. It drew about 600 delegates from
nations around the world. The numerous applications of urine were
discussed, including use in nose-, ear-, and eye-drops, as well as
ingestion and external massage application.
For thousands of years, several cultures included urine therapy,
also known as uropathy or urotherapy, for all manners of disease and
injury. Uropathy has been recorded in Egyptian medical texts and in
ancient Chinese medical documents. The Aztec civilization also used
urine to heal wounds while Hindu practices noted the benefits of
drinking one's own urine. Urine therapy may have been referenced in
the Bible: "Drink waters from thy own cistern, flowing water from thy
own well." (Proverbs 5:15).
In the ayurvedic tradition of yoga, drinking one's urine is
called amaroli. Yogic techniques explain exactly how to go about
drinking or applying amaroli. One of the most famous users of urine
therapy was Prime Minister of India from 1977 to 1979, Morarji Desai.
On the occasion of his 99th birthday in 1995, Desai attributed his
longevity to drinking his morning urine on a daily basis.
Though many have been conditioned to think of urine as "dirty,"
quite the opposite is true. Except in the case of a urinary tract or
kidney infection, urine fresh from the urethra is sterile, devoid of
any pathogens. Urine is 95 percent water, with less than five percent
urea, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones, proteins, antibodies,
and other beneficial pharmacological agents.
Contrary to popular belief, urine is actually a by-product of
blood filtration and not waste filtration. Medically, it is referred
to as "plasma ultrafiltrate." It is a purified derivative of the
blood itself, made by the kidneys whose principal function is
regulation of all the elements and their concentrations in the blood.
Nutrient-filled blood passes through the liver where toxins are
removed to be excreted as solid waste. Eventually, this purified
blood undergoes a more extensive filtering process in the kidneys,
where excess components not usable at that time by the body are
collected in the form of the sterile, watery solution that is urine.
Far from being harmful, urine contains known healing agents.
Clinical studies have proven that the thousands of critical body
chemicals and nutrients that end up in urine reflect the individual
body's functions. When re-utilized, these chemicals and nutrients act
as natural vaccines, antibacterial, antiviral and anticarcinogenic
agents as well as hormone balancers and allergy relievers.
For example, melatonin, present in significant amounts in urine,
is a natural hormone that has already been proven to help regulate
sleep. Muramyl dipeptide, another natural hormone found in urine,
mirrors the calming action of serotonin. If wishing to enhance
fertility, one could drink urine high in a specific hormonal content.
An important component of urine is urea, a commonly recognized
antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent. The presence of urea
in the urine results from the body's chemical balancing of the sodium
chloride and water ratio. When used on a wound, urea causes an
osmotic imbalance inside bacteria and fungi that utlimately kills
them. Due to its effectiveness, urea is used in many topical
ointments and creams sold pharmaceutically, both prescription and
over-the-counter. Urea is found in a broad range of medicines used to
treat inflammation and is a main ingredient in Herpigon, a medicine
used to treat herpes infections. Additionally, urine can smooth and
moisturize the skin. Face creams or wrinkle removers most likely
contain urea or a derivative of it. According to John Armstrong's
1971 book, The Water of Life, expensive and elegant European facial
soaps often contain human, cow or pig urine.
Urine therapy is also being used to treat cancer patients. "The
Italian surgeon Stanislau R. Burzynski, separated anti-neoplastin
from human urine and showed remarkale results in the treatment of
cancer," said B.V. Khare, M.D., a physician from Mumbai, India who
advocates urine therapy to his patients. Cancer cells release various
antigens, some of which appear in the urine. Oral auto-urotherapy is
suggested as a new treatment modality for cancer patients because it
provides the intestinal lymphatic system with the many tumor antigens
against which antibodies may be produced. These antibodies may
infiltrate the blood stream and attack the tumor and its cells.
Another present-day application based upon the theory of uropathy
is being practiced in Serono Laboratories in Italy. The labs use the
urine of post-menopausal nuns to prepare the pharmaceutical extract
Pergonal, in order to stimulate fertility.
Advocates claim that urine is an invaluable source of nourishment
and healing that has been too controversial or not financially
rewarding enough for it to be encouraged as a potent medicine.
However, Dr. Khare insisted that "doctors who were under my treatment
showed no signs of aging and insisted that urine therapy should be
invited to the general public."
Dr. Khare further argued the medicinal use of urine
therapy: "After starting auto-urine therapy, a family of four have
not gone to a general physician for any ailment for more than a year.
My experiences runs to so many years and if I start quoting, it will
fill a 200-page notebook."
While some of the constituents of urine are being used and tested
for their potential or actual therapeutic value, critics opposed to
urine therapy assert that it does not necessarily mean that drinking
one's urine is therapeutic. For example, "If you are ingesting more
vitamin C [a water soluble vitamin] than your body needs or can
process, you will excrete it in your urine. It does not follow that
drinking urine is a good way to get vitamin C into your body. An
orange or a tablet might be preferable," said Robert Farnsworth M.D.,
leading urologist at Australia's Prince of Wales and Prince Henry
Hospitals.
The reason urine contains vitamins and minerals is because the
body did not need them or could not use them. "Certainly in small
volumes, provided it is not infected with germs, there is probably no
hazard in drinking [urine]. But if you started drinking significant
volumes of your own urine, then essentially your recycling your own
waste products - you're not excreting them permanently." said
Farnsworth.
According to skeptics, urine is not likely to be healthful or
useful either for those rare occasions when one is buried beneath a
building or lost at sea for days. Dr. Farnsworth concludes
that "hopefully, [people will] excrete it naturally and then [allow]
the usual methods of getting rid of the waste product. We have a
sanitary system and I think they're designed to get rid of urine." As
a daily tonic, opponents argue there are tastier and more practical
ways to introduce healthful products into one's bloodstream.
Not everybody can jump right in and start drinking his own urine
without negative side effects. The Chinese Association of Urine
Therapy warns that "common symptoms include diarrhea, itch, pain,
fatigue, soreness of the shoulder, and fever. Each episode typically
lasts three to seven days, but rarer incidents have reported lasting
side effects for over six months."
Urine may or may not be the golden fountain of youth. It may or
may not be the elixir of good health. Often, there are broad,
sweeping claims made by proponents of almost every therapeutic
modality, but there is no therapy that can meet claims of 100 percent
success. Despite the first impression that the Western mind often has
of seeing the modern practice of urine therapy as antiquated at the
least, or revolting at the most, its value need not be immediately
dismissed. However, it is up to the people to decide if it is right
for them.


Natalie Bouaravong is a second-year MCB student at UC Berkeley who
believes that there's not a gesture, even the most insignificant that
can not change the world. Every detail, every gesture, as slight as
it maybe, reveals an infinity of truths.

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