Drink your urine? There is a group on Facebook for this. Two, also | news

ORand the benefit of being part of a social network with over a billion members: there will be thousands of people sharing that "one in a million" interest. Facebook is a paradise for those with rare diseases or niche interests; one able to support two separate groups of over 5,000 "urinary therapy" supporters.

This is the ancient folk remedy to bathe, wash and yes, drink your own pee to "purify the body and eliminate the disease". The groups, which have recently poured over the broader Internet thanks to screenshots leaked to Reddit and Twitter, make a lot of enthusiastic statements about the effectiveness of urine in the treatment of all kinds of diseases.

"It works, better than you could ever imagine!" Says the home page of 4,881 members Urine Therapy. Another group, "Urinary Therapy: THE REAL UNIVERSAL REMEDY" (6,674 members), goes even further by stating that "open the doors of your soul, healing every part of your being" – but not without stressing caution. "Use the knowledge you get here wisely," he warns. "It can change your life if you choose to allow it."

It's hard to imagine how regularly bed-washing would not change your life – if nothing else, freeing up huge chunks of your social calendar.

Groups are inundated with advice for those wishing to intensify therapy beyond simple drinking ("the mid-stream of the first morning urine is the most important drink of the day"), suggesting drops of urine, enemas or shotguns; gargle with the urine for 20 or 30 minutes or aged urine (to concentrate the effects).

The community has spread on Instagram, with lawyers who alternate artistic posts with mason jars containing carrot and celery juice with other artistic posts containing piss.

There is no scientific evidence to support the practice, which exists today as a hybrid of Indian folk remedies and pseudo-science promoted by John W Armstrong in the 40s. One of the basics for his book, The Water of Life, was a fairly literal reading of Proverbs 5:15: "Drink water from your cistern and running water from your well."

Far from us go against the word of God and Facebook groups, but: do not do it. Leave the water in your cistern. We have the touches now.

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