Thursday, 31 January 2013

new scientist article and urine drinking

does this mean New Scientist is recommending urine therapy?:

Science: A glass of urine a day keeps the stress away

Pictures of spreads from New Scientist magazine
Drinking your own urine first thing every morning may 'promote tranquility during meditation', according to two Australian researchers. Urine is rich in melatonin, a hormone which can make people feel slightly sedated. This could explain why traditional yogis of the Indian subcontinent recommend the practice, known as amaroli (Medical Hypotheses, vol 36, p 195).
Melatonin is released by the brain's pineal gland during the night; its production is shut off by light shining into a person's eyes. No one is quite sure what melatonin does, but it plays some role in setting our various daily (circadian) rhythms and may even be part of the body's 'master clock'. A dose of melatonin can act as a modest pain killer and can make people feel sleepy. It seems to lessen the trauma of jetlag if taken at bedtime after a flight.
M. Mills and T. Faunce of the University of Newcastle...

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