We all like to look good, and some of us pursue seriously high maintenance exfoliating and cleansing routines to get there. You might even do that thing where those little fish nibble on your toes to keep the skin smooth, that's your business, I don't judge. I do have to draw the line somewhere though. And I'm drawing it, thickly, at drinking your dog's urine. Facebook user Lynn Lew is blowing the lid right off've this thing, and smacking Big Pharma right where it hurts by letting us all know the only way to truly clear up your skin, add years onto your life and literally cure cancer. Keeping a close eye on fluffy little Rover and collecting his pee in a jar when he goes for a walk. I would have some element of sympathy if she was making weird hand cream out of it or something, but no. She's literally drinking it warm straight from a cup.
Lew claims it's cured her acne completely, and she sure does look spot-free so who knows. Most impressively of all, she says she struggled with depression and often felt lonely, which drinking pee has also fixed. I really feel like just getting a dog and hanging out with him would probably help with the whole feeling lonely thing, but I'm not a connoisseur of these things and I'm also a cat person so what do I know. In the video Lew goes into detail about all the (questionable) science behind her claims: "Many of you have asked me how I always look so good, how my makeup always looks so perfect, or how I always have this natural glow. Until I first drank my dog's pee, I was depressed, I was sad, and I had bad acne. Dog pee also has vitamin A in it, vitamin E in it, and it has 10 grams of calcium, and it's also proven to help cure cancer."
'Urotherapy', more commonly known as 'drinking goddamn pee' used to be pretty common in ancient civilizations from China and Greece to Rome and Egypt, but its fallen out of favour over the last few hundred years. Health experts have roundly stopped endorsing the practice, and the science doesn't hold up to scrutiny which means there's no solid evidence that is actually has any health benefits. Dr Zaki Almallah, consultant urologist at BMI Priory Hospital in Birmingham told Marie Claire: "It's a bizarre concept. The kidneys filter the blood and any excess fluid, and salts and minerals are expelled. The point of urination is to rid the body of excess. Why would you want to re-absorb that? The only time it's medically recommended to ingest urine is if you're stranded without food or water for many days." You heard it here, guys. Only drink pee if you're a cast away or on a Bear Grylls special.