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Camel Urine: A Mouthful a Day [Does Not] keep the Doctor Away

By Walid Shoebat

“A mouthful a day” is supposed to keep the doctor away, reports CNN in Arabic, under “Health and Technology.” You can take it straight up, fill up direct from the source, in capsule form – just like you would with fish oil, massage it into your hair or apply it directly to your face. There are even conferences on the “wonders and secrets of healing from camel urine,” that “camel urine is the miracle of our time and is a gift from Muhammad to mankind.”

Fatin Khorshid, of the King Fahd Medical Research Center sees it as the ultimate solution to “all sorts of ailments” like “cancer,” “digestive tract,” “diarrhea,” “sexual dysfunction,” “liver disease,” “skin ulcers,” “cosmetics,” etc.

In an effort to further promote its medicinal value in the fight against cancer worldwide, professor Khorshid has also applied for a swath of international patents. The US application, which covers “an absolutely novel use of camel urine,” focuses on PM701 (the “PM” stands for “Prophet Medicine”), obtained from the adult single-humped Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius) found roaming natural pastures near Jeddah. ‘Separation and formulation of bioactive fraction and sub-fraction from camel urine work as anticancer agent.’ (US patent app. 2009/0297622 A1)

PM701 (the “PM” stands for “Prophet Medicine”) Amazingly, no one in the Muslim world is insulted by applying camel urine to the prophet of Islam. One seminar (starting at 1:52 mark) is given on how to gather it by poking the female camel to stimulate the urination.

CNN’s Health and Technology (Arabic version) is not ashamed to give a positive report on camel urine or on the dishonesty of this emerging product. For best results, the CNN report recommends “to take mouthfuls of camel urine daily for an entire year” and to make sure the camel be a female virgin. Surveys are even done to conclude from patients that, the urine of a virgin camel has a “preferable distinct flavor and aroma.”

Advertisements are running wild throughout the Middle East. For shiny hair and a solution for baldness one ad boasts that they “will deliver anywhere in the Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates.” The song in the commercial gives thanks to Muhammad the Prophet of Islam for his provision and bountiful blessing: “Prayers and peace be upon our master Muhammad.”

The bountiful blessing is camel urine.

Speaking to the Saudi Gazette, Dr. Khorshid claimed that she was inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s medical advice and that camel urine consists of natural substances that work to eradicate malignant cells and maintain the number of healthy cells in a cancer patient.

“This treatment is not an invention, but rather, taken from our Prophet’s legacy,” she remarked.

Few in the Middle East are attempting to refute the claim for fear of being punished for blasphemy. The Orwellian term for this is groupthink. Dr. Rida Al-Wakil, Professor of the liver and digestive system in Ain Shams University and President of the Egyptian Society of Gastroenterology in Egypt, issued a warning not to use the camel urine hype for liver disease since it causes “severe and dangerous complications.” He added that, “such hype is intended for making money… there is not a shred of scientific evidence that camel urine is a cure for viral infections in the liver.”

Dr Ashraf Omar Professor of Medicine, Cairo liver disease warned:

“…there is a new wave for the treatment of hepatic viruses using this kind of product and the value of treatment courses per patient cost about 10 thousand pounds. And pharmacists who obtained a patent on the invention distributed it in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, many of the newspapers do promote this treatment through intensive advertising. This merely is a cheap trade.”

Dr. Omar calls for the “need to obtain prior licenses from regulatory authorities in charge before putting any medication on the market in order to preserve the health of the people.”

The warning included several cases of severe deterioration including a coma. Medical doctors denounced any benefit from animal waste for breakfast. Such waste they said “contains a large proportion of uric acid, which is very harmful.”

Instead, it’s better to eat an apple.

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