Auto-Urine Therapy

The About.com urban legends forum has a thread going about auto-urine therapy, which translates into 'drinking your own urine'. Is there really a thriving urine-drinking subculture? Well, yes. As the poster points out, all you have to do is google 'drinking your own urine' and you get all kinds of hits. The reason urine-drinking has so many fans is that it's supposed to offer numerous health benefits, including improving the immune system, giving you nice skin, acting great as a gargle if you have gum disease, and having very powerful anti-aging properties. I think I've mentioned before somewhere on my site that I have personal experience with this urine-drinking subculture. NOT that I've ever drunk the stuff myself (and I definitely never plan to). But I do have a relative who, according to family scuttlebutt, used to do it. She was into all the new-age, alternative medicine stuff like that. In her defense I have to say that she's now approaching 90 and is still in excellent health. In fact, she could probably pass for a sixty-year old. So maybe there's something to it (though I've still got no plans to try it out). I'm actually going to her house on Christmas day for dinner. I don't plan to sample the apple juice in her fridge.

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Posted on Sat Dec 18, 2004



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Posted by Evey  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  01:22 PM
I remember seeing an Indian Yogi on the old Merv Griffin show, years ago. The yogi claimed that he drank a cup of his own urine every day, and it came out clear after a while. Merv about barfed. Oprah also had a urine-themed show a year or so ago, and she, too was aghast at the concept of urine drinking, but seemed fascinated at the standard of normal urine color. See also, the opening theme of the film WaterWorld, in which Kevin Costner filters, and the drinks his own urine. I'd prefer to think it's better to be pissed off than pissed in, myself. Ugh.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  02:12 PM
I dont know about drinking the stuff but I do know that it was used as cleaning solution by some watchmakers during wwii and earlier when normal chemical based solutions were in short supply. In a shop everybody would contribute into a bucket and I'm told, made for an excellent, if somewhat smelly, cleaner...
Posted by Paul de Goutiere  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  03:03 PM
I had an uncle who was a coal miner. In 1958, there was a major accident and he, along with 6 fellow miners, was trapped 15,000 ft. underground for 7 days before being rescued. Dozens of miners died. After the first few days they were dying of thirst and resorted to drinking their own urine to survive. It's amazing what people will do when they have to. Why would anyone do this when they don't?
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Sat Dec 18, 2004  at  05:10 PM
Geez, you people are so judgmental... You're going on about how disgusting it would be, and you haven't even tried it. I don't think it would taste very good with the high ammonia content and all, but (provided it's fresh) it's cleaner than most water you drink.
Posted by John  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  03:44 AM
I've also heard of it being used as a cleanser, but not straight from the body to the sponge...It's age a bit before being used to clean. I would have to think it's the ammonia they're after. I thought ammonia wasn't safe to drink.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  08:22 AM
Urine is nearly sterile when it leaves the body. In the absence of contagious infection, it picks up minute quantities of normal, everyday pathogens as it flows past internal and external body parts, urethra, etc, you get the point. It will serve as a culture medium for the growth of bacteria acquired thus, but mainly acquired from the surface, and other contents, of whatever container it is filled into. This is why we put acidic blue stuff, etc, in our flush toilets - to retard that growth, besides perfume our sense of smell. Only freshly excreted urine is consumed by some Hindu 'holy men', and the sorts, usually as a first drink of the day. Muhatma Gandi is said to have started each day with a glass of his own warm urine. He felt it put a certain "perspective" to the beginning of his daily activities.
Posted by stork  in  the spiracles of space  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  02:52 PM
"Urine is cleaner than most water you drink." Where do you get your water?
"Urine is nearly sterile when it leaves the body." Does this mean we don't have to wash our hands after going to the bathroom?
Correct me if I'm wrong. Our bodies produce urine as a form of waste, right? I take that to mean, the body does not want and cannot use it anymore.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Sun Dec 19, 2004  at  09:18 PM
Nothing satisfies like a huge, tall glass of icey cold piss. NOT
Posted by Craig  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  06:36 AM
Its kind of hard to argue to hard against urine drinking when as a nation we drink so much bovine gland product. We actually take the liquid that comes from the underside of a cow and drink it happily, but drinking our own urine, which is like swallowing your own spit, is seen a gross.
Posted by Oscar  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  11:51 AM
Milk is different. It's produced for the singular purpose of nourishment. Also, I buy pasturized milk. Spit has a purpose also...it's not a waste product. It is created to help inside your mouth. Urine is being EXPELLED. Your body is trying to get rid of it. If you 'hold it' for too long, you can get very sick!
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  12:23 PM
Skeptics Dictionary article regarding urine treatment
http://skepdic.com/urine.html
Posted by will  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  01:31 PM
Yes, you had something about this recently in the museum.

I'm sure most of us would try drinking urine if we were trapped in a mine, lost in the desert, stranded on a mountaintop, or otherwise threatened with immediate death from dehydration and had no other liquid available, but vountarily supplementing one's diet with urine is another question. It probably won't hurt you, but I don't know of any proof it would help, either.
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  02:26 PM
You wash your hands after urinating due to bacteria traveling from a near by area...clothing, walking and such tend to move things around down there and it wouldn't be uncommon to find e-coli around the urinary area. That's why woman are taught you wipe from front to back; guys are left to figure that one out themselves.
Posted by Evan  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  02:27 PM
That does it. Now I'm pissed
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  06:46 PM
Eat your own boogers as well. Seems I read an article about that. I'm certain the next article I read is going to tout the benefits of flinging your own crap and picking parasites off your dog and eating them.
Posted by Ralph  on  Mon Dec 20, 2004  at  07:58 PM
hey i heard that drinking your own pee wee is good as well, (once glass a day the article said). but thats not the worst, famous cartoonist robert crumb (keep on truckin) has a brother named max crumb who dated a girl who ate her own poopie, by the time max found out he said it had been processed so many times it looked like chocolate moose
Posted by joe odd  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  06:40 AM
long time ago I had a book about Tibetan medicine.
Interesting enough most popular ingredient in their remedies is 4 year old boys urine (like 30% percent of all recipes)
Posted by Loxx  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  10:12 AM
Some of you folks really seem like whizzes on the subject, as there seems to be a steady stream of comments on urine. A lot of people would void this thread completely, not seeing some of the comments urea here. The French would say "Oui, oui, void that subject", and pass altogether. Let us spray.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  01:23 PM
I'm the only one here daring enough to have tried it! Urine tastes like chicken broth.
Posted by John  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  07:40 PM
Drinking urine is a sensible part of certain mushroom rituals, as the psychoactive agent (but not the nauseating parts) of the fly-agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria) survives metabolic processing for up to five ingestions. Hence the line of the Rig-Veda, "Full-bellied the priests piss the sacred Soma." It won't work for ordinary psilocybin magic mushrooms, however.
Posted by Eivind  on  Tue Dec 21, 2004  at  10:33 PM
Damn. And all I have are ordinary psilocybin magic mushrooms.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Dec 23, 2004  at  12:59 PM
My puppy eats his own poo.
Posted by jack  on  Fri Dec 24, 2004  at  07:55 PM
"Say there boy, you gonna drive me to drinkin', some Hot Pee whether clear or stinkin" From the classic by Commander Coldpee and The Lost Planet Amen, "Hot Pee Drinkin" ...yuch
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Dec 26, 2004  at  01:21 PM
It got real cold here last night... How cold was it? Well, I peed on the electric fence, and it froze solid immediately. I was stuck until dawn, when the electricity thawed out and shocked me loose... My zipper caught on fire, which I then used to relight the woodstove... I'm going to stand very near it to thaw things out... I'll keep you fence-posted
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Mon Dec 27, 2004  at  10:22 AM
I saw an article about storing pee...if you pee in a container & keep it, it will grow bacteria if you don't put it in the fridge.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Dec 29, 2004  at  11:10 AM
Umm for those people who don't even understand what urine is, keep your uneducated opinions to yourself!
Urine is filtered blood, when ever you consume a liquid it is absorbed into your blood stream. Your body then filters that liquid and you pee it out. That doesn't mean that its a waste material, its just that your body has a filtering process that makes it so that you are capable of drinking your own urine. If you drank your urine enough and kept refiltering it it would eventually pee out clear, which is probably the most sterile liquid you can find. Urine has been proven to help treat hundreds of ailment. About its toxicity, its completelty sterile unless you have some type of bladder infection.
Posted by LOSERS  on  Wed Jan 05, 2005  at  01:58 AM
Dear LOSERS, you need not re-drink your pee many times over in order to achieve a "clear" pee as you put it. The color of your pee is an immediate reflection of the amount of good old H20 CURRENTLY in the system. Here's a little test for ya that'll prove my point. Go for a good while (most of a day or so) without intaking any liquids... eventually your going to need to urinate... which will be anywhere from a deep golden to a light brown even...(a result of dehydrating so to speak) after you note this go and have yourself 6 or 8 beers or glasses of water or even iced tea... whatever you prefer. After an adequate amount of time... say a couple of hours or so... you'll have yourself another pee which can and will be significantly lighter in shade (due to the amount of H20 passing directly through your system) if not clear all together. Your sort of on the right track thinking that pee is filtered blood, but that's not 100% correct and this little experiment should allow you to learn this. You can change the color of your pee from gold to clear and get it back to gold all in about the span of a day or so... it all depends on your bodies H20 needs and wants. 😊
Posted by Mark-n-Jen  on  Wed Jan 12, 2005  at  06:23 PM
i have done for the past 17 years urine therapy, sorry for bad english i am italian. I am now 66 years old and all i can say is that i am in good health and i look younger than 66. i hope this will help me for better aging.
it's not gisgusting actually, it's just a practise. many medicines are way more terrible.
Posted by ennio  on  Tue Feb 15, 2005  at  11:06 AM
Water-soluble nutrients generally enter your body, at which point some of them are absorbed, and then leave again. Only those which your body needs at the particular time while the water-soluble nutrients are in your body are actually used. Everything else is filtered out of your blood and leaves. So chances are, putting them back into your body will be of some nutritional value. However, I see no logical reason why you couldn't just get those nutrients from their original source. Bacteria will, after a brief time, interact with urine, causing it gain a smell (this is roughly the same thing that causes perspiration to smell), and ammonia is produced, which is probably not entirely safe to drink, even though it's in small quantities. Also, on a largely unrelated note, despite the fact that urea is a good source of nitrogen for plants, urine, being mostly salt water, will usually end up dehydrating and killing plants instead.
Posted by something  on  Mon Apr 04, 2005  at  08:23 PM
As a long time urine therapy practitioner and occasional advocate, I wanted to add a comment or two to this discussion.

There are numerous benefits to urine therapy. Some are physical/physiological and some are psychological. It is impossible to separate them.

I began with drinking in 1991 while in India. I wanted to test the waters and see if it would help my travellers diarrhea. I was surprised that it did and I felt a little high from it.
Nothing like an affordable high that allowed me to travel without incidents. I continued and it helped to lift a mild chronic depression. I was hoping it would cure my allergies. It did not.
But later I was able to control my allergic reactions with small injections of my own urine.

I have found to the most appropriate use of the stuff to be is rubbing it on the skin. It is good to use the fresh stuff or if you can tolerate it, some that has ripened. The skin immune system is accesible in ways we don't understand yet. The skin converts uv light to vitamin d... and it seems to me it also converts urine to better health. Unfortunately, in order for a person to take advantage of this aspect of the therapy, they have to have something much more valuable than urine and also something much scarer: TIME.

If you ever have the time and a suitable place, I recommend that you suit up.... that is strip down to your birthday suit... and rub a cupful of your pee on your skin. Don't rinse it off for awhile. Let it percolate through. If possible don't rinse it for 5 or 6 hours. Notice how it makes you feel. It should give you a real boost. It is not something I can explain.
Its a real mystery and a nice one as well.

Happy Travels.

John
Posted by John Wynhausen  on  Wed Aug 31, 2005  at  11:30 AM
to all you none believers, read this:

since the age i realized i had toes, (about 3 years old) i would look at them and wonder why they were so DARK and brittle. i didnt ask my mom about them, i just figured they were supposed to be that way.

It wasnt until i was about 37 years old that i realized that i actually had a nail fungus, and i didnt know this until i seen a commercial for Lamasil (you know the one with the weird looking talking fungus on it?).

So i asked my doctor for a sample of the Lamisil and in a few days time, my toes actually started clearing up! i couldnt believe it!! but the stuff is a VERY strong drug and i chose to just put up with my toes being dark, until i did some research on urine therapy

One of the many things that urine therapy is purported to remedy is nail fungus, so for the past week i have been drinking after first a sip and now up to 1.5 ounces of urine 3-6 times a day, and guess what? MY NAIL FUNGUS IS CLEARING UP! toes that had pitch black nails on them now are turning PINK! im also putting urine on my face, which seems to be clearing up my acne and is stopping new acne from appearing. so look at me with disgust if you want to, but im very happy that im using something natural and free to get rid of a fungus i have had my entire life!
Posted by new at this  on  Sun Sep 25, 2005  at  12:34 PM
I love urine whehther its mine or my wife's. I have been taking self-drink of urine since my childhood. I am male 47 by profession a college professor of English. I look just the half of my actual age. The result of two glasses of urine in the first morning ritual. My skin is vey soft, no fat on the body. I work very hard for 20 hrs. I am never tired nor having any sense of fear. My sexual power is so much well-maintained; nay, rather Urine drink habits made me a successful professor, author( I write for six hours with my fountain pain atleast 20 pages creative writing. sex is now all pervasive.I have made it a routine I fuck my wife twice every day.I am fair, slim, energetic and sexy.Sex incites the imagination and removes deprression.We occassionaly drink eachothers urine.Its a cosmic Urino World 😊
Posted by samiran paul  on  Fri Oct 21, 2005  at  08:14 AM
Im a urologist many celebrities drink there own urine too keep looking young and healthy many of my clients include Jennifer Anniston ,Brad Pitt ,Tom Cruise , Oprah , DR.Phil,Past celebrities that were users were Jim Morrison ,Jack Klugman ,Steve Mcqueen ,and Ghandi To name a few the list goes on and on .i wouldnt be suprised to see brittany too.
Posted by ladiesman  on  Sat Oct 22, 2005  at  11:38 PM
Samiran Paul, are you really a professor of English? Looking at your spelling, punctuation and grammar, I'm more than little doubtful. Unfortunately, because of that, it also discredits your "testimonial" in my eyes.
Posted by Ms. Anon  on  Sat Nov 05, 2005  at  11:57 PM
Samiran Paul,
I have been trying to get my wife to allow me to drink her urine alas to no avail. Do you have suggestions on how I can accomplish this? I am a very strong proponent of urine massage!!!
Posted by steer  on  Thu Nov 10, 2005  at  10:26 AM
From the year of chemistry I did at uni many years ago I would guess that urine is the waste products of metabolism that the body is unable to utilize. On drinking urine I suppose the constituent products would react with gastric juices and be broken down and altered. Eg urokinase(used intravenously for dissolving blood clots through converting plasminogen to plasmin)would be broken down and not absorded directly into the bloodstream through the stomach wall. I may be wrong on that but so far I have not found a mention of orally administered urokinase. If you really want to tie your "noodle" in a knot look at http://www.innov-research.com
Posted by keith  on  Sat Nov 12, 2005  at  10:05 PM
From http://www.emedicine.com

Urokinase

"Urokinase (Abbokinase) is the fibrinolytic agent most familiar to interventional radiologists and the one that has been used most often for peripheral intravascular thrombus. At the time of this writing, urokinase is not available from the manufacturer. Its availability in the immediate future is not known. In the meantime, the FDA has encouraged the off-label use of reteplase and alteplase for local-regional lysis of venous and arterial thrombus at any location.

Urokinase is a physiologic thrombolytic agent that is produced in renal parenchymal cells. Unlike streptokinase, urokinase directly cleaves plasminogen to produce plasmin. When purified from human urine, approximately 1500 L of urine are needed to yield enough urokinase to treat a single patient. Urokinase is also commercially available in a form produced by tissue culture, and recombinant DNA techniques have been developed for urokinase production in E coli cultures.

In plasma, urokinase has a half-life of approximately 15 minutes. Allergic reactions are rare, and the agent can be administered repeatedly without antigenic problems."
Posted by Keith  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  04:53 AM
I feel scary about drinking my own urine. I don't know if it is safe to drink my own urine. I need some help and more information about drinking urine. thank you for taking time to read this one.
Posted by Ed  on  Wed Nov 23, 2005  at  09:42 PM
Ed, Don't do it. In my opinion it is not and educated rational thing to do and is against what your conscience is telling you.

It is better to go out with friends and do sensible things and talk about sensible things.

What you really need is what is called "living water" that gives eternal life . see in the Bible John 4:10

Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. If you like dissolve a vitamin C tablet in a glass of water and drink that.
Posted by Keith  on  Thu Nov 24, 2005  at  03:41 AM
hello mates thats just nasty
Posted by bob  on  Sat Dec 03, 2005  at  09:47 PM
This is to ladiesman who wrote that he is a urologist to the celebrities. What ever happened to patient/doctor confidentiality? I would love to find out that drinking urine is the big secret in Hollywood, but how are we to know that you are credible?
Posted by abh  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  11:49 AM
Ok - I tried it - and let me tell you what results I noticed. Immediately, (within the first 2 days), I had a new level of energy. My weight lowered by 8 pounds within the first week with no change in my diet or physical activity. I slept more soundly and woke up easier each morning. My skin, especially my face is begining to become clearer. I will say however that I do not drink the first stream in the morning but rather the second and all subsequent streams until bed. Perhaps not related is the fact that my wife commented on how much more enjoyable sex is recently - my new energy levle or something else perhaps. I am still looking on advice on how I can persuade my wife to allow me to drink her urine - I beleive the benefits will be almost two-fold.
Posted by steer  on  Wed Dec 07, 2005  at  12:03 PM
Steer, Your saying you drink the stuff all day?
Posted by Keith  on  Fri Dec 09, 2005  at  01:59 AM
Keith - yes with this exception; If I am not feeling amourous and I'm reletively certain my wife is not interested in sex, I stop by 8:00 PM. I've found that there is a tremendous amount of energy from drinking urine and I liken it to an adreniline rush. It takes some time to "come-down" from the high. the most difficult part was figuring out how to collect and drink my urine while at work but I've accomplished it and it's very successful now.
Posted by steer  on  Fri Dec 09, 2005  at  06:22 AM
Interesting steer.
I found another technical data site that has results of various experiments. I think it is mostly trying to justify using urea in sugar-free chewing gum.

Some of it is very technical. An extract I copied mentions excitement as a toxic reaction. It isn't specific about what type of excitement. Too much urea certainly sounds dangerous though.

http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v32je16.htm

80 patients were hospitalized after ingestion of urea
fertilizer mistaken for table salt. The symptoms observed were
nausea, persistent violent vomiting, excitement, and severe general
convulsions. Complete recovery of all patients was observed within
a few days (Steyn, 1961).

The other couple of links I posted before were to websites and not the actual articles. So you have to do your own searches from information
Posted by Keith  on  Sun Dec 25, 2005  at  04:17 AM
Myth busted. Did anyone mention gout? It is caused by uric acid build up. So be careful.

http://www.hollywoodurology.com/uricacid.html
Posted by Keith  on  Sun Dec 25, 2005  at  03:22 PM
I really want to drink my girl friend urine, just want to know if it is not having harmful effects, please someone email me to advice me,
I really dream to drink it.
Posted by basim  on  Wed Mar 22, 2006  at  05:44 PM
Hi All, Urine is awesome. I've been drinking my own for years now. I also rub it allover myself. My skin is soft, and I love the way it feels. Occasiaonlly I get a sexual rush by urinating directly into my own mouth although it does tend to make a bit of a mess. Yum. Try it. You'll wish you'd been doing it for years.
Posted by Dirk  on  Thu Jul 06, 2006  at  11:23 PM
ok, all you piss drinkers have some real problems. It will be a cold day in hell when I start to drink my own piss. Bunch o' sick freaks.
Posted by LAAOY  on  Sun Apr 08, 2007  at  07:22 AM
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