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Don’t Believe Everything You Read On The Web

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Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience's Bad Medicine columnist, reported recently on a study by the Pew Internet Project about the abundance of unsubstantiated trust many people put into health reports they have found on the Internet. Millions use the Internet to search for explanations, treatments and alternatives to health problems from the minor to the serious, possibly fatal illnesses. They are not always discerning in their reading said the Pew study.

It seems that 25% of the people who search the 'Net for health information do NOT check the sites and statements for date, source information or other indications of veracity and applicability to their needs. It is a dangerous situation. According to these figures 110 million Americans search the 'Net for information on matters of health. It is, writes Wanjek, a dangerous situation because of the plethora of bad or questionable facts and advice available on the Web.

On the other hand, how large a percentage of print media readers checked out each article of health interest by looking at journals and study results? One of Wanjek's suggestions was to use common sense – something which is too often in short supply. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

He specifically offers the example of (he suggests) taking a deep breath and running a search on "urine therapy". I followed his advice and found that Google had pages of links on this “therapy”. I had never even thought of drinking my own wastes, short of being lost in the nearest desert without a canteen or a Starbucks nearby. I hope that my readers will forgive me for not offering myself as a vessel to imbibe this wonderful liquid of my own making. If you, dear reader, want to give it a try, please let us all know your reaction, enjoyment and the eventual benefits to your health – if you find any.

Biomedx's website – one of the search results – sounds scientific but introduces its urine therapy page by stating that, "Urine therapy can be a very effective healing modality. Sometimes when all else fails, urine therapy will turn a person around."

Biomedx suggests two methods of self-administration of your self-made medicine. First, use your own in a "homeopathic fashion":

First, collect midstream urine in a clean cup or container. This should be a clean catch, meaning the genital area (important for women in particular) has been cleaned beforehand. To 1/6 ounce of distilled water in a sterile bottle, add one drop of fresh urine. Cap and shake 50 times. Take one drop of this mix and add to another 1/6 ounce of distilled water and shake 50 times. Take one drop of this mix and add to 1/6 oz. of 80 to 90 proof vodka which acts as a preservative.

Take three drops sub-lingually hourly "until there is obvious improvement…"

The second method is to begin in this oral fashion…

Use fresh urine drops direct. For some cases, sub-lingual drops work well.
(Should always use fresh urine immediately upon collection. You should not boil or dilute the urine in any way. You must use it in its natural form)
…and increase dosage and frequency until you can take "an ounce or two at a time."

Another likely site that includes this liquid treat is Shirley's Wellness Cafe. The name of the site may not sound as scientific as "Biomedx" but , sure enough, it encourages this same "therapy". Take a deep breath and enjoy thoughts of using this cure with newly found faith because it is, after all, on the Internet. Who knows what other fine, medical surprises can be found. I can't even begin to think of other things I can search for to come up with as tasty an idea.

Shirley's Cafe, as distinguished from Alice's Restaurant, touts this cocktail by saying:

Urine is considered to be an invaluable source of nourishment and healing that perhaps has been too controversial or not financially rewarding enough for it to be talked about and encouraged as a potent medicine. One's own urine, a living food, contains elements that are specific to one's body alone. The body is constantly producing a huge variety of antibodies, hormones, enzymes and other natural chemicals to regulate and control its functions and combat imbalances that one may not be aware of.

They go on to imply that the drink will help all manner of serious illness:

Multiple sclerosis, colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hepatitis, hyperactivity, pancreatic insufficiency, psoriasis, eczema, diabetes, herpes, mononucleosis, adrenal failure, allergies and so many other ailments have been relieved through use of this therapy. After you overcome your initial gag response (I know I had one), you will realize that something big is going on, and if you are searching for health, this is an area to investigate.

Perhaps they are right but my view is that you should be careful when you belly up to their bar. This entire article is to remind you that promises are easy to make when they affect other people's health. Mainstream medicine is far from perfect. Don't let that convince you to try any therapy that happens (or streams) by.

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  • Deano

    I suspect that what we will probably see in the near future, is some form of online “Quality” guarantee or symbology, much like people look for Verisign when making an online purchase.

    Sites could apply for recognition as a dependable information source, get vetted, ranked and rated. Reputable sites would then be tagged, possibly showing up higher on Google or searches as a reward.

  • Christopher Wanjek

    Google news altered me to this article from Howard that mentions me and one of my columns. For the record, I thought his “chocolate” article was great, certainly not one of the vapid ones I was referring too. Right on, Howard. And you’re a brave, brave man for venturing into the (web) world of urine therapy.