‘I like warm pee – it’s comforting’: Meet the woman who drinks and bathes in her urine
By Victoria Wellman
PUBLISHED: 15:55, 16 March 2012 | UPDATED: 22:54, 16 March 2012
Carrie is a 53-year-old cancer victim who according to her friend has ‘done some strange stuff over the years’. But this may be the strangest of all.
The middle-aged brunette from Colorado Springs has taken to drinking her own urine, a four-year-old, five-glass-a-day habit that she calls ‘comforting’.
On TLC’s finale of the shocking series, My Strange Addiction, Carrie explains that drinking the warm pee for the first time didn’t make her throw up so she decided: ‘You know what, I can do this.’
Diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma eight years ago, the mother of four daughters began drinking her urine in the hope that it may help with her recovery.
But it seems that the alternative medicine fan has taken quite a shining to the beverage. Of the taste, Carrie enthused about the variety of flavours that change depending on her diet.
‘My urine does smell depending on what I eat,’ she says. ‘Today it tastes a lot different than it did four years ago. Sometimes it’s salty….sometimes it tastes like plum champagne.’
Slugging down a glass of the bright yellow liquid she pauses for a minute and then remarks: ‘Hmm maybe a little lemony.’
The quirky pee-drinker describes how on sampling her daily urine she can taste the different foods going through her body and as such has had to give up foods that she once loved.
‘I love love love asparagus but I won’t eat it anymore. It makes the urine taste…ugh not good,’ she laughs.
But Carrie not only drinks her own liquid waste, she uses it to rinse out her eyes, brush her teeth and she even ages it and applies it as an ointment all over her body.
During the episode she reveals her secret habit to her friend Denise.
‘I drink almost all the urine that comes out of my body,’ she confesses as her companion stays calm.
When Carrie invites her to watch to prove she’s telling the truth, Denise gently refuses saying: ‘You can tell me anything you want about it but i don’t think I want to watch you drink it.
‘I’ve survived many things with you over the years…I mean you’ve done some strange stuff.’
One of her daughters told TLC: ‘Urine is your body’s waste. It’s what you body has decided to filter through and get rid of so it doesn’t seem healthy to me.’
Urine is not, as she believes, a product of unwanted waste that is expelled by the body, but a by-product of blood filtration that is known to have been consumed by Egyptian, Chinese and Indian civilisations for medicinal purposes.
However, in a report by The Independent in 2006, medical experts refuted claims that any proof existed of its healing nature.
Dr Michael Stroud, an expert in nutrition at Southampton University, went so far as to say that people who believed that urine could cure disease were ‘daft as brushes’.
Helen Andrews, of the British Dietetic Association, told the British paper: ‘There are no health benefits to drinking your own urine, and in fact I think it could be quite detrimental.
‘Each time you put it back it will come out again even more concentrated and that is not good for health as it could damage the gut.’