Anti-vaccine leader tells supporters to ‘drink urine’ as COVID treatment

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(KXAN) – Despite the proven efficacy and safety of the three FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States, an anti-vaccine leader is urging his supporters to treat the disease with their own urine.

It is one of the latest “alternative” treatments touted by anti-vaccine advocates during the pandemic.

Christopher Key, known as the “Vaccine Police,” made this unsubstantiated claim over the weekend on his Telegram account, the Daily Beast reported.

Key, who was recently released from prison, told supporters in his group, “The antidote we’ve seen now, and we’ve got tons and tons of research, is urine therapy. OK, and I know that to a lot of you this sounds crazy, but guys, God has given us everything we need.

Key, who was arrested on Jan.5 on a Whole Foods Market trespassing charge last year, previously made headlines for claiming he planned to arrest Louisiana Governor John by a citizen. Bel Edwards, who he said was forcing the vaccination of children. The Alabama resident also called for the execution of pharmacists who administer vaccines and called the vaccinations a “crime against humanity.”

Key told the Daily Beast that he believed in “urine therapy”. Also known as “urotherapy,” the alternative medicine practice of ingesting or applying one’s own urine has not currently proven its medical benefits.

Consumption of urine, known as urophagia or urinary therapy, has been practiced by some for centuries, although the benefits have not been scientifically proven. Over the years, there have been numerous refuted or unfounded claims about urine ingestion, including reports that it can stop cancer growth – for which the American Cancer Society has no scientific proof.

“There is no health benefit to drinking her own urine, and in fact, I think it could be quite damaging. Every time you put her back on she will come out even more focused, and that’s not good. for health as it could damage the gut, “Helen Andrews, of the British Dietetic Association, told The Independent. “If you get stuck, your body will try to conserve as much water as possible. Drinking your urine would be like drinking sea water.” Except, you know, less tasty.

While some populations in Asian countries practice urine therapy as part of traditional medicine, authorities, including those in Thailand, still say there is no evidence from articles or clinical trials to prove it. ‘efficiency.

Conspiracy theories and unproven / denied treatments for COVID-19 have proliferated since the start of the pandemic, including the dewormer ivermectin and, recently, the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges and reminds Americans that the COVID-19 vaccines currently available: Pfizer (now fully approved by the FDA), Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are safe and effective. Booster shots are also available for most Americans.

While vaccines don’t guarantee that you won’t get infected with COVID-19, they do have important real data confirming that they prevent serious illness and hospitalization.

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