I saw something new and scary - page 6

Ive done this for a long long time now. And for the first time in a long time I saw someting new. A mother had brought her teenage daughter in for drinking her own urine.The pt had no c/os other than... Read More

  1. by   Cindy_A
    Mahatma Ghandi is reported to have regulary drank his own urine daily. He believed it purified his soul.
  2. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    As for the urine on jellyfish stings, I hadn't heard that until recently. Back in 1988, I got into a Portugese Man O' War off the coast of Dauphin Island (Alabama). Not only did it hurt worse than anything I had ever experienced in my 12 year old life, the lifeguards said I had to soak in meat tenderizer for 2 hours to neutralize the venom and remove it from my skin... I smelled like a steak for a couple of weeks. Although I think that still might be preferable to gettin peed on, IMO...
  3. by   Really An Actress
    Applying urine to your scalp is an old cure for baldness. So says folklore.
  4. by   NurseLatteDNP
    I have also heard that If you get hurt and you are stranded somewhere without supplies to take care of the wound, putting urine on it would clean it up and prevent infections.
    Last edit by NurseLatteDNP on Oct 24, '05
  5. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    I have seen a geri-psych patient who craved liquids and would drink anything, I mean anything. Yes urine was on of the things she drank. We were told to encourage her to not drink her own urine and to stop her when we found her drinking it.
  6. by   ohioln
    I thought that there are ketones and other things in urine that are harmful if they are drank. They are products of metabolism. Although urine is sterile in the bladder, once it passes from your body, it comes in contact with germs and bacteria when passing through the end of the genitalis. I believe that when people eat their own fecees and/or drink their own urine, they are displaying evidence of a psychiatric issue or may be demonstrating symptome of seniliey.
  7. by   gr8rnpjt
    My ex husbands grandmother used to save her urine in jars in the basement to water her garden in the summer. Needless to say, after we discovered her policy, we stopped eating at her house...
    ...on a lighter note, just for a bit of humor when I used to work in the "hallowed halls" when I would sit down to chart, I would get some apple juice from the fridge to sip on and used to drink it from a specimen cup... It stopped a few nurses in their tracks when they saw that, sometimes I would pretend to be very surprised and say, OMG! I left my drink in the utility room!
    (a little 11-7 humor)
  8. by   jasmine4494
    Just a few points of interest:

    1. Premarin = PREgnant MARes' uRINe, from which the estrogen is extracted.

    2. Drinking urine exacerbates dehydration. Urine entering the gut is a hypertonic solution that pulls water from the interstitial space via oncotic/ osmotic pressure. So, if you think you might be dying of thirst in the near future, definitely ditch this idea.

    3. Throwing away any beauty products containing urea may be a bit premature. It is unlikely that the urea has originated from an animal source (unless you paid extra to have the REAL thing! LOL)
    It was the synthesis of urea (an organic compound) from ammonium cyanate (an inorganic compound) in 1828 that revolutionized the field of organic chemistry. Since they've been able to do this for well over 150 years, it seems unlikely that animals would be used for this particular ingredient. Slap on the night cream and rest easy.

    4. As for saving your urine in fruit jars in the basement........
    The nitrogen is great for growing plants, and (unlike farmers with tanks of anhydrous ammonia) you'll never have to worry about meth manufacturers trying to steal your urine.

    Trivial pursuit, anyone? :smiley_ab
  9. by   anichols
    off the medical subject...if urine is good for plants why does puppy pee kill the grass?
  10. by   peachespsw
    Quote from Shamira Aizza
    I prefer to view urine as the waste product that it is. If it were useful to the body, it wouldn't be eliminated.
    babies are eliminated from the body and they are not considered a waste product
  11. by   wolfgirl
    First off, let me say that your body will not stop producing urine unless your kidneys fail. The water that is included in urine is designed to dilute the toxins that your body is excreting. Your body produces these toxins on a continual basis due to cellular respiration, etc. The body will concentrate the urine as much as possible in order to conserve water when dehydrated, but this is taxing on the kidneys, and the underlying dehydrating issue should be eliminated as soon as possible (understanding, of course, that being stranded in the desert could pose some difficulties).

    As far as urine being "safe", I'm not sure that I would go that far. It certainly is sterile, unless you have a urinary tract infection, but the aforementioned toxins would be re-introduced into the body and have to re eliminated again, this time through the digestive system. Not an option I plan on having to experience any time soon.

    And yes, urea is used in many cosmetic products--but it, in itself, is not "urine". Urine is composed of many elements, of which urea is but one. The uric acid in urine was vital to the tanning of hides in prehistoric times.
  12. by   sillynurselady
    This is my first time here, but thusfar I have enjoyed reading the questions and responses. The TV show CSI (the original one in Vegas) had an episode last season about a doctor writing a book regarding the benefits of drinking your own urine. In his belief (and he had written a book about it on the show), it was beneficial in reducing the signs of aging or maybe it was delaying the aging process. Either way, it's gross and disgusting! The show was primarily about this MD who did all sorts of weird treatments for aging, and this came out because a couple of his patients died and the coroner found urine in their stomachs. Maybe this teenager saw that show, or worse yet, maybe there is an actual book out there touting this as a new treatment for aging. I sure hope not!
    Sillynurselady, RN
  13. by   Shamira Aizza
    Quote from peachespsw
    babies are eliminated from the body and they are not considered a waste product
    I suppose that depends if you are having a baby or an abortion now, doesn't it?

    BTW, babies are not useful items to be carried about in the human body.

    Otherwise, I see not the relevance to this discussion. Since some folks like to compare ourselves to other animals, it might be reasonable to point out that some species eat their babies.
    Last edit by Shamira Aizza on Oct 26, '05