Oddball Book on Drinking Your Own Pee

Front cover of the book "Auto-Urine Therapy"
Original photo taken by “counterclockwise”.
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“Auto-urine therapy” is just a nicer way of saying “drinking your own pee”, which some people believe has healthful effects. There are a number of famous people who tried auto-urine therapy for health reasons: Gandhi did it, as did Idi Amin, Steve McQueen, Keith Richards and Jim Morrison. You know what they have in common? They’re all dead!

(Some of you might say “Wait a minute — Keith Richards isn’t dead! I suggest that you take a look at the photo of Mr. Richards below:

Keith Richards

Whatever that is, that ain’t what I’d call “alive”.)

The front cover of the book Auto-Urine Therapy (shown at the top of this article), while amusing, is nowhere near as entertaining as the back cover:

Back cover of the book "Auto-Urine Therapy"
Original photo taken by “counterclockwise”.
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The text on the back cover is filled with unintentional hilarity, such as refering to urine as “salubrious water”, but the best line of all is:

If we can drink the urine of cows, why can’t we drink our own urine?

I said the same thing at age 8 to freak out any gullible classmate who was drinking milk in the lunchroom. Clearly the book’s author (or perhaps the publisher) is missing the whole idea of what it means to be a mammal.

Recommended Reading

The Urine Cure and Other Curious Medical Treatments is a brief history of urine as a curative. It includes excerpts from the pamphlet Urine-Therapy: It May Save Your Life.

2 replies on “Oddball Book on Drinking Your Own Pee”

“Thanks” Accordion guy. This “info” might be useful towards the
defense of the recent media attention of 4 U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban
terrorists. Peeing on them is in no way as disrespectful as when the Taliban tortured and beheaded American soldiers. Some Americans were dragged through the streets with their bowels hanging out. Some were hanged and lit on fire. War is War.

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