Urine Therapy Is a Terrible Idea

Why you should not drink your own pee (yes, really) for Covid-19 or anything else

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd
Published in
4 min readJan 11, 2022


Pictured: Less useful as a medical tool than you might’ve heard. Source: Pexels

If there’s one truth you can rely on regardless of the situation — from the current unending pandemic nightmare to the balmy days before — it’s that someone, somewhere, will try literally anything if they think it might help their health. For example, I’ve previously discussed geophagy, where people eat dirt, or slapping therapy, the discredited practice of, you guessed it, slapping yourself over and over again to cure medical problems.

One topic I’ve never touched on is urine therapy. This is the practice of drinking, bathing in, and generally reusing your own pee for medical purposes.

Pictured: The holy grail of pseudoscientific advice. Source: Pexels

Now, this is pretty out there, and most people don’t need a detailed reason not to drink their own urine, but it has recently gained prominence because a well-known anti-vaccine advocate has recommended urine instead of a jab. For most normal people, this sounds like a terrible joke, but in fact urine therapy has been a mainstay of many alternative therapy groups for some time. The idea that you should drink (or bathe in) your own pee, as bizarre as it sounds, is not actually new at all.

Urine Trouble

First, let’s be very clear — there is not one shred of scientific evidence anywhere that drinking your own urine will help with any disease. Urine is a waste product of the body, and contains a bunch of stuff that you are actively trying to get rid of. It’s also filled with bacteria, which can cause issues if reingested. There is absolutely no reason, none at all, to use your urine in an attempt to treat Covid-19 or any other disease.

Remember: No drinking — flush after use. Source: Pexels

The concept of urine therapy, at least as far as its modern form, is usually traced back to a book by British pseudoscientist John Armstrong from 1944 called The Water of Life. The book, which you can listen to in its entirety here, is basically a series…