urine therapy

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urine therapy

Pseudomedicine
The oral, parenteral, rectal or topical consumption of one’s own urine as a therapeutic “agent”. Urine therapy was enthusiastically adopted in the early 20th century by the Briton JW Armstrong, who believed its consumption was effective for asthma, bladder problems, burns, cancer, diabetes, fever, gangrene, heart disease, malaria, renal failure, tuberculosis, wounds and other conditions. Because Armstrong viewed urine as a panacea, a specific medical diagnosis was unnecessary; urine has been more recently extolled as a therapy for AIDS, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes and leprosy.

There are no peer-reviewed studies to suggest that urine has a any kind of therapeutic role.
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On his part, Floyd Shivambu, the right-hand man of Julius Malema, thinks the high levels of unemployment and poverty in the country can be solved by a state-controlled massive (and protected) industrial expansion.
Spokesman Floyd Shivambu said: "We believe that the captain of Bafana Bafana, Aaron Mokoena, sometimes makes costly mistakes, which the team and the country simply cannot afford in a do-or-die soccer encounter.
The drinking of urine, an ancient medical therapy known in India as shivambu, was of interest to many of these mystical groups and a key component in Wasson's Amanita deductions concerning the Vedic hymns which recount drinking urine, a practice also used in recycling the "drug" among Siberian and American shamans.
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