A notorious anti-vaxxer has graduated from urging his followers to drink their own pee as a cure, to injecting himself in the arm with the fluid.
Christopher Key injected the "aged urine" into himself during an interview, having previously touted "urine therapy" (or, more accurately known, quaffing your own pee pee) as "the antidote" to COVID-19.
There is, of course, no evidence for either practice.
“If you look at urine in the index of medical textbooks, you will not find it referenced as a therapeutic agent, your own or from anyone else,” Dr. William Schaffner, an expert in preventative medicine and infectious diseases from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told The Daily Beast. “There are no studies of any kind of quality to show that drinking one’s own or anyone else’s urine has a medical benefit.”
And injecting urine is no better. In fact, in a shocking turn of events, injecting yourself with waste products can actually be quite damaging to your health. In one man's case, it was nearly fatal.
A 38-year-old livestock inspector was brought into the emergency room completely unconscious, following two episodes of seizures, his doctors write in The Journal of Global Infectious Diseases. He had no other medical history of note, and had not suffered any seizures prior to this episode. In a coma, he was transferred to intensive care and tested to find the cause, while doctors tried to fight his sepsis.
"On day 11, he confessed that he collected his urine in a container and self injected about 10 milliliters of his urine intravenously to maximize his vitality and potency, as he had developed nausea and vomiting twice after drinking his urine orally," the team wrote in their report.
"This might have led to polymicrobial sepsis, toxic encephalopathy [brain dysfunction], and septic shock with multi organ dysfunction. Psychological assessment did not reveal any abnormalities."
Meanwhile, COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective, and at least 99 percent less icky than injecting your own piss.