Emotional perversions are strange. They seem to give the unfortunate victim an uncanny power to influence others who may be hovering on the brink, and drag them down into the pit. To any healthy person, the idea of injecting urine into one’s body, or of drinking the stuff, is repulsive in the extreme. But to one whose whole system is almost frantic with toxic overload, the prospect may seem less forbidding. (That is, of course, if they realise what is being offered to them. There are many more who happily submit to equally degrading treatment, because they are not sufficiently interested to find out what is being administered. Vaccination is a case in point).

The consumption of urine is not, as some suppose, a new therapeutic discovery. It is mentioned, for example, in a French dictionary of drugs in the eighteenth century: "Fresh urine, two or three glasses drunk in the morning fasting, is good against gout, hysterical vapours and obstructions".

The fascination of such treatment is bound up with childish complexes and adolescent repressions. The problem is assuredly psychological. Mental kinks can, of course, be resolved by physical treatment, but the symptoms cannot be described and comprehended in simple terms of physical cause and effect. In a psychological disturbance, the reasons given by the victim for his actions are not true reasons, but "rationalisations". So it is with the "theory" behind urine therapy. It does not bear investigation, but if said with dignity may sound like sense. The argument goes something like this: "The kidneys are organs of elimination: they throw deadly poisons from the body and keep it clean. What comes from the kidneys must inevitably contain much of the material which helps the kidneys to work. The essence of kidney-activity is in urine. The body will be better if the kidneys have more of this essence to work with. Therefore, restore to the body the valuable material which would otherwise simply go to waste".

Put rank poison into the body to make it cleaner. Yes, the same tale is spun by the homeopaths, the upholders of vaccination and inoculations, and the druggists—"ethical" and herbal. The magic lure of the paradox!

The so-called National Health Service, the principal function of which is to facilitate and increase the consumption of drugs of all kinds, is also fundamentally based on this ancient superstition. Other aspects of the massive fallacy are seen in the various attempts to medicate the population by mass-prescription. Iodisation of salt is one instance, while an even more insidious and menacing example is the fluoridation of drinking-water supplies. (Some of the pathological and financial effects of the latter are discussed in Fluoridation and Tooth Health.) These forms of medication, however, have a certain cultured respectability and no unpleasant taste or smell, whereas the idea of urine-drinking is so repellent to the normal individual that there must be intense emotional distress, as well as faith in the paradox, to overcome the natural revulsion.