Clearly urine is not toxic, although some substances might be present in urine in small amounts, especially if one is ill. This small amount of substances possibly contributes to the effectiveness of urine therapy. If these triggering substances enter the body, the body's defense mechanisms are called into action (immune system). If substances, which leave the body via the urine, are the same as those involved in the illness process, they can stimulate the defense system to attack and in this way urine therapy has proven so helpful in treating allergies.
A similar process takes
place when a person is vaccinated against certain disease, in which case, a
small amount of poisonous substances is injected into a healthy body. This
stimulates the immune system to manufacture antibodies (and thus defend the
body), and could be called a homeopathic or isopathic effect. The practice of
drinking and massaging with urine allows the antibodies, greater access to the
body, which stimulates the immune system. The possible significance of urea and
glutamine for the immune system is earlier discussed.
Abele suggests that
the presence of antigens and antibodies in urine strengthens the immune system
when urine is re-introduced into the body. The re-introduction of small amounts
of bacteria or parasites found in urine may stimulate the production of IgE. IgA
(a virus inhibiting substance that prevents micro-organisms from becoming
embedded in the mucous) also plays a role here. IgA is found in mucous and in
excretions of body, and therefore also in urine. Urine therapy increases the
production of IgA which possibly explains why this therapy has a positive effect
on infections of the urinary passages and the kidneys while other treatments
offer little relief.
Several studies demonstrate that antibodies against
for example salmonella diphtheria poliomyelitis and HIV can be found in
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