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Claiming her dog’s waste products contain vitamins and cancer cures, an unnamed woman videotape’s herself collecting the urine and drinking it.
In the 1 1/2 minute clip she explains, “Until I first drank my dog’s pee, I was depressed, I was sad, and I had bad acne. Dog pee also has vitamin A in it, vitamin E in it, and it has 10 grams of calcium, and it’s also proven to help cure cancer.”
What is urine?
Urine is a yellowish liquid, created by the kidneys, as a result of filtering toxins and unneeded substances from the blood. From the kidneys, it travels through a ureter, into the bladder for storage, and then upon urination, travels through a urethra to the outside world…..to get AWAY from the body.
Why is urine yellow?
Urochrome is responsible for the yellow color of urine. It’s a byproduct from the degradation of heme when red blood cells are broken down.
Why do vitamins make urine brighter?
If one takes a multivitamin or B-Complex they may notice their urine turn neon yellow as the body is trying to eliminate the excess riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
What is urine comprised of?
Urine is approximately 95% water with the remaining 5% consisting of:
- salts such as sodium, chloride, and calcium
- variety of cells
What causes urine to smell?
Healthy urine should hardly have an odor as its 95% water. However, dehydrated individuals may exhibit more of an ammonia smell. Infections, food and medications can also alter the odor of urine.
Is urine a good source of vitamins?
No. Vitamins leached out into the urine are the excess the body does not need and may additionally be the byproducts of their original useful form.
Does drinking urine cure acne?
No, not by drinking. Acne is caused by a multitude of factors ranging from hormones to bacteria infections, such as Propionibacterium acnes. However, if one claims their consumption of it clears their complexion, the only thing I can fathom is hydration with water has proven beneficial for the skin….water. This is not an approved traditional medicine treatment for acne.
Topical applications, however, have been suggested to help as some believe the urine has antibacterial properties against the P. acne bacteria….but I’d rather reach for the Clearasil.
Is it safe to drink your own urine?
This is debatable because in theory, urine is sterile and mostly composed of water. But realize this is in situations where one is healthy and hydrated. If in a survival situation, chances are the urine is highly concentrated with salts and waste products, so drinking it could severely strain the kidneys and not give the hydration benefit desired.
Does urine cure anything?
Actually, in practice I’ve noticed that those who’ve peed in the shower, soaking their feet in the urine as it exits the drain, seemed to have the smoothest of feet. Studies have shown, the urea in urine, applied topically, can help dry skin, feet and callouses.
Urotherapy, or the application of urine for medicinal purposes, is believed by some who practice alternative medicine, to cure cancer as it reintroduces antigens, that exited the body once, in hopes of stimulating the immune system. In traditional medicine, however, this is not an approved cancer treatment.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician