People wash their face with urine to stay young lookingBy Mason White 8:40 AM June 29, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
The unusual treatment of drinking urine for its health benefits became popular across China.
There are reportedly at least 100,000 people, who swear that it keeps them fit and young.
79-year-old retired engineer Bao Yafu, is chairman of the China Urine Treatment Association, and has been drinking urine for the past 22 years.
He insists that there are many health benefits in drinking urine. He admits that many people have a hard time overcoming the initial “gross” taste.
Bao not only drinks three cups of his own urine every day, but he also uses urine to wash his face. Bao said that he did not have a cold since he began drinking his own urine 22 years ago.
“My eyes become brighter and I have no age spots on the face,” he said.
However, local doctors said that the treatment of drinking urine has no scientific proof, and advised against consuming it.
One man got sick after drinking urine for health benefits.
88-year-old Linhui Zhou, began drinking his own urine 24 years ago, believing it would cure his ill health.
When he started feeling better, Zhou continued drinking his urine for its health benefits. However, Zhou was hospitalized with kidney failure, doctors treating him said that the kidney failure is a direct result of drinking urine.
“Urine is a waste product, why anyone would ever put it back in their body is beyond me,” Urologist Yu Xiong, who is treating Zhou, said.