A stomach-churning video has surfaced of a woman claiming that drinking her dog’s urine has helped clear up her acne and keeps her “looking so good”.
The woman is then seen walking a dog to a nearby tree, placing a clear plastic cup under its lifted leg, and watching it fill with yellow liquid.
“Until I first drank my dog's pee, I was depressed, I was sad, and I had bad acne," she says after finishing the cup. “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.”
The 1.5-minute video had nearly 150,000 views at the time of publish. Lynn Lew claims pharmaceutical companies are keeping this “secret out of the public eye” by paying lobbyists to “get politicians to make you buy expensive pain medicine and chemo.” She also suggests the “secret cure” will alleviate pain, prevent the swelling of joints, and treat cancer.
It is not certain whether Lew actually drank dog urine or whether the whole video is a fake. The cup is hidden for some time behind the dog and captured from a poor camera angle. Nonetheless, promoting such activities as science is completely and utterly bogus. To be honest, we don’t really want to give this woman any more media attention but felt it our journalistic duty to remind the public that no, drinking your dog’s pee does not have any proven health benefits. None. Whatsoever. So don’t do it.
Documented prescriptions of urine therapy – drinking one’s own urine for medicinal purposes – originates in ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt, but there is little medical or scientific evidence to suggest it actually works. More than 3,000 chemicals are found in human pee, 72 percent of which are made by bacteria and the rest coming from the body itself or compounds from drugs, cosmetics, or environmental exposure.
As if drinking “waters out of thine own cistern” wasn’t bad enough, dog pee is a whole other level. Dog urine is made up of ammonia, bacteria, hormones, and uric acid. One study found more than 20 bacteria, including some that have been known to cause urinary tract infections in their pet owners.
The video appears to be made for media attention. Lew has other questionable "scientific" statements littered throughout her Facebook page, which has more than 5,000 followers.