Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Coctails anyone?!

BANGKOK (AFP) - Drinking urine can eliminate sinus trouble, turn grey hair black and even cure cancer, a Thai academic said, citing a study of local Buddhists who engage in the unorthodox practice.

Ratree Cheepudomwit, of the Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Development Department, said hundreds of urine drinkers attested that consuming a daily cup worked wonders for their overall health and helped slow the ageing process.

She said that in June she queried 250 members of Santi Asoke, a strict indigenous Buddhist movement believed to have thousands of followers, and 204 respondents said they had learned from ancient Buddhist manucripts that drinking one’s urine improved health.

“Of the respondents, 87 percent confirmed that it had head-to-toe benefits for them, including for example reduction of dandruff, grey hair, sinus problems and cancer,” Ratree told AFP.

The medical elixir was not easy on everyone’s system, as about one in 10 urine drinkers suffered diarrhea afterwards, but the practice should not be viewed with disgust, she said.

“Other groups of people who drank urine were Buddhist monks who practised in accordance to scriptures which are more than 2,500 years old,” she said.


So, would you drink your own urine? What if it cured an ailment, like cancer or aids? Hmmm...

11 comments, add yours here:

Mags said...

Um....

Ew.

But I suppose if I grew up doing it from the beginning of my life, I wouldn't know differently. So I can't judge them.

But still...ew.

Kara said...

EW!!! I don't know if I could do that. Maybe if I was dying of cancer and it was a proven cure, but even then I think I'd have to take it without being told what it was lol. And maybe add some fruit flavoring :P

Kai said...

Hey no fair! You suckered me in with the title!! (hehe)

I don't know, maybe if it was PROVEN without a doubt to cure cancer or something.... I could maybe do a shot glass worth (my own pee, right??) but a CUP a day? That'd be tough.

Interesting info though!

Morgen said...

What they don't say is that it has to be the first urine of the day - after at least six hours of sleep - to have the most benefit.
Yes, only the mo-man would know such bizzaro trivia. And NO, I've never drank my own urine.
But the first urine of the day is supposed to be full of natural anti-biotics and beneficial bacteria, as well as many minerals that your body needs but doesn't keep in them long-term.
I know that one folk remedy for acne is peeing on your washcloth in the shower and washing your face with it (first pee of the day) - allegedly it works, nope never tried this one, either.

I did pee in a coke bottle once on a road trip, but that's my only weird true pee story.
cheers,
mo

Stephanie said...

I don't know.... The taste has got to be a real buzz kill.

Comedy + said...

Yuk! Your cartoon says it all for me. YUK! I don't care, I ain't doing it.

Bubba's Sis said...

Ew.

Travis said...

NO! I don't care how beneficial it is.

Neila said...

Dude! I don't care how sick I am. That is just not going to happen! . . . . unless they also discover it is some miraculous way to lose weight. But that would be the ONLY way I would do it! ;-)

Dayngr said...

Bleeeeeeeeeeech! I don't think I could unless I was terminally ill and that was the last resort.

Shaz said...

Ewwwww! But if it was an extreme condition & the choice between life or death I'm sure I'd do it!