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FYI: Is It Ever OK To Drink Your Own Urine?

• Ryan Bradley via PopSci.com

Not really, but urine has been a faddish health drink for centuries nonetheless. Celts in the Iberian peninsula gargled it to whiten their teeth about 50 years before Christ; amaroli is a Sanskrit word that refers to urine therapy, which in ancient Ayurvedic practice meant imbibing urine in the morning, mid stream; Proverbs 5:15 is thought to be in support of the act (“Drink waters from thy own cistern, flowing water from thy own well”); and J.D. Salinger famously sipped his own, as did the former prime minister of India, Morarji Desai, who even appeared on 60 Minutes to defend his habit.



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Still, drinking your urine has no known health benefit. Urine is at least 95 percent water, but the remaining 5 percent is not very good for you—that’s why your body is getting rid of it. It carries excess electrolytes, such as chloride, sodium and potassium (urine also carries small traces of excess toxins in the form of acids from your kidney, but you’d need to drink a lot for that to do damage). Electrolytes enable some of our cells to conduct electricity, but too much sodium draws water out of our cells, dehydrating us, and too much potassium leads to a heart attack. “Think about it like drinking ocean water,” says Jeff Giullian, a nephrologist (kidney doctor) at South Denver Nephrology Associates in Colorado. “It’s going to dehydrate you and do significantly more harm than good.”

Dan Woolley would disagree. He spent 65 hours trapped beneath the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Haiti after last year’s earthquake and partially attributes his survival to drinking his own urine—many survivors do. Yet survival experts are split on the issue. Bear Grylls, the host of the TV show Man vs. Wild, is for it (Woolley credits Grylls for teaching him the trick), but the star of Survivorman, Les Stroud, is not. The U.S. Army Survival Handbook lists urine on its “do not drink” list, but Aron Ralston, the adventurer pinned under a boulder and forced to sever his own arm, drank his urine too (both acts were depicted in the movie 127 Hours).

Drinking urine for survival is even more harmful, since dehydration makes it less dilute and all those electrolytes and acids appear in greater concentration, making a bad situation worse. Also, it’s gross.

 

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Carrie Taranova
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Urineology has been a healer for thousands of years, and it works ! 

It has been used to CURE many things, including today's illnesses and chemical attacks on our bodies; but it has to be your own urine.  Urine is the most sterile liquid on Earth. IT de-toxifies your body, and normalizes your pH.  Today, the  so-called medical profession whats to make big money on their deadly drugs and vaccines, they do not want you to know about the natural healer that they cannot patent or make big money off of.  Odd how today's people fall for all the chemical deadly killer drugs, and will take those things into their body - just because they are TOLD to. WE have all  been so programmed to think like the masters want us to, yet give a free CURE to the public that is safe and made just  for their own body, and they freak out !  The public has been perfectly programmed and manipulated.  Perfect  brainwashed sheeple.  Does not seem to matter that the deadly chemicals they are TOLD to take kills millions a year.  Urineology has never killed anyone in thousands of years !

By the way, you have to know how to do it right, as you do not just  drink urine straight.  It's mixed with pure drinking water on a special ratio.  However for those men who have been trapped underground for days with no water, they have saved their own lives by drinking their own  urine. Those who didn't, died.

 

Urineology ended my Chronic Fatigue syndrome that I suffered with for many years.

IT works !

Don't mock what you don't have experience with.

 

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Urine is a highly reactive toxic waste product.  There is a reason your body excretes it.  It cannot do anything with it.  You certainly do not want to ingest it.  Gout is the result for people who cannot excrete enough urine (uric acid, urea).


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