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A bearded vegan who drinks his own month-old urine and smears it all over his face claims his sister now hates him because of his disgusting habit.

‘Open-minded’ Harry Matadeen, from Hampshire, began consuming his own waste in 2016 because he was ‘desperate to heal’ his mental health problems.

He said his urine, which he drinks 200ml of every day, left him feeling ‘a new sense of peace, calm and determination’ and cured him almost immediately.

And the 34-year-old — who sometimes cups his own stream and splashes it on his face — claimed it’s the ‘secret to eternal youth’.

But Mr Matadeen, who has written books about the supposed health benefits of his habit, said he has been rejected by his sister because of his so-called urine therapy.

Advocates say urine, which is 90 per cent water, cures everything from autoimmune disorders to chronic pain. 

But medics warn there is no proof urophagia has any benefits whatsoever. They say the practice — thought to have originated in ancient Egypt — speeds up dehydration and exposes drinkers to bacteria. 

Madonna has previously claimed to drink urine, as well as singer Kesha.  

Harry Matadeen (pictured), 34, from Hampshire, began drinking urine in the summer of 2016 because he was 'desperate to heal' his depression and 'open-minded' on how to do this

Harry Matadeen (pictured), 34, from Hampshire, began drinking urine in the summer of 2016 because he was 'desperate to heal' his depression and 'open-minded' on how to do this

Harry Matadeen (pictured), 34, from Hampshire, began drinking urine in the summer of 2016 because he was ‘desperate to heal’ his depression and ‘open-minded’ on how to do this

He said his urine, which he drinks 200ml of every day, left him feeling 'a new sense of peace, calm and determination' and took years of his appearance. But Mr Matadeen, an author who has penned books about the supposed health benefits of his habit, said he has been rejected by his sister because he practices so-called urine therapy

He said his urine, which he drinks 200ml of every day, left him feeling 'a new sense of peace, calm and determination' and took years of his appearance. But Mr Matadeen, an author who has penned books about the supposed health benefits of his habit, said he has been rejected by his sister because he practices so-called urine therapy

He said his urine, which he drinks 200ml of every day, left him feeling ‘a new sense of peace, calm and determination’ and took years of his appearance. But Mr Matadeen, an author who has penned books about the supposed health benefits of his habit, said he has been rejected by his sister because he practices so-called urine therapy

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every, which he tops up with fresh urine. Pictured: Jars of his urine

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every, which he tops up with fresh urine. Pictured: Jars of his urine

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every, which he tops up with fresh urine. Pictured: Jars of his urine

Mr Matadeen (pictured in 2016 before he started drinking urine) began drinking his urine after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: 'It was beyond my wildest imaginations how powerful it was when I drank it. 'From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen (pictured in 2016 before he started drinking urine) began drinking his urine after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: 'It was beyond my wildest imaginations how powerful it was when I drank it. 'From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen (pictured in 2016 before he started drinking urine) began drinking his urine after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: ‘It was beyond my wildest imaginations how powerful it was when I drank it. ‘From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Madonna (pictured) has previously claimed to drink urine, as well as singer Kesha

Madonna (pictured) has previously claimed to drink urine, as well as singer Kesha

Madonna has previously claimed to drink urine, as well as singer Kesha (pictured)

Madonna has previously claimed to drink urine, as well as singer Kesha (pictured)

Madonna (left) has previously claimed to drink urine, as well as singer Kesha (right)

Why you really should NOT drink your own urine 

Urine therapy is said to date back to the Bible. 

Historical documents suggest that the Aztecs disinfected wounds with it, while the benefits are also mentioned in Indian and Chinese literature.

Fans of ‘urotherapy’, a term used to describe drinking your own pee, include Madonna.

In 1945, John W. Armstrong, a British naturopath, published a book claiming that drinking urine could cure all major illnesses, however there is no scientific proof of this.

Urine consists of 90 per cent water. During the digestive process, the liver deals with toxins and removes them to be excreted.

The blood then goes to the kidneys where it is filtered again and extraneous components the body no longer needs are collected in a sterile solution which is then passed as urine.

But GP Dr Rob Hicks told the Mail: ‘Over the years many people have claimed health benefits from drinking their own urine, but as far as I’m aware there is no scientific evidence to back-up these claims.

‘The kidneys are an efficient filtering system getting rid of what the body doesn’t need, so to put this back into the body seems counter-productive.

‘Personally, I believe there are better – and more palatable – ways to keep the body healthy including not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and keeping stress under control.’

Medics warn drinking urine can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and cause an electrolyte imbalance — which speeds up dehydration.

Health expert Aisling Pigott, dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, added that urine contains toxins expelled from the body and kidneys, and drinking it could therefore be harmful and cause infection.

Dr Jeff Foster, a GP in Warwickshire, said: ‘There are no known reported health benefits from either drinking or rubbing your own urine onto your body (or anyone else’s urine).

‘Orally, it is much worse – it can actually speed up the dehydration process and potentially introduce bacteria.

‘Bottom line is if you would not eat or rub in your own faeces, then don’t think applying the same principle with urine is any healthier.

‘Waste products are waste for a reason.’

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Mr Matadeen turned to drinking urine six years ago after reading about its alleged health benefits.

He said: ‘It was beyond my wildest imaginations how powerful it was when I drank it.

‘From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression.

‘I felt a new sense of peace, calm and determination. I thought “wow I can make it for free and always keep myself in this happy state”.’

He has previously wrongly claimed drinking urine can reduce the risk of developing cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease and strokes. 

Despite his claims of health benefits, Mr Matadeen has received fierce backlash from family members and friends.

He said: ‘My family never approved of it and thought it disgusting from the beginning.

‘My sister doesn’t speak to me and one reason is my partaking in urine therapy.

‘I’ve chosen all of my friends now and all of them either do aged fresh urine therapy or approve of it. 

‘If they didn’t I wouldn’t have them as friends – simple as that.’

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every day, which he tops up with fresh urine, and ‘not much else’.

He eats one meal a day and follows an intermittent fasting diet.

Mr Matadeen said: ‘Fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it is neutral smelling and not a bad taste unless you are really toxic.

‘But the aged urine is always smelly and the taste is a refined and acquired one. I’ll just say it takes some getting used to.

‘I actually like the smell and taste of my aged urine now, due to neuro-association of what benefits and joy it gives me after I take it into my system.’

He also rubs his urine into his skin and claims it has left him looking a decade younger and is the key to ‘eternal youth’. 

He said: ‘Urine has made me look a lot younger. 

‘Drinking the aged urine has revitalised my face to its youthful years and when I rub it on my face, the difference is instant and obvious.

‘My skin is young, soft and glowing. Aged urine is the best food for the skin that I have found to date.

‘When you rub it on, it softens the skin and keeps it youthful and elastic. I don’t use any other skincare other than urine. It’s the secret to eternal youth.

‘Sometimes when I’m in the urinals and no one is watching I will cup my hand and splash the fresh urine I am excreting on my face and rub it in.

‘Urine therapy has changed my life.’

Dr Jeff Foster, a GP in Warwickshire, said: ‘Urine is a waste product that contains about 90 per cent water. 

‘The rest is ammonia and salts, some bacteria and other waste products.

‘There are no known reported health benefits from either drinking or rubbing your own urine onto your body (or anyone else’s urine).

‘Orally, it is much worse – it can actually speed up the dehydration process and potentially introduce bacteria.

‘Bottom line is if you would not eat or rub in your own faeces, then don’t think applying the same principle with urine is any healthier.

‘Waste products are waste for a reason.’ 

Mr Matadeen (pictured) turned to drinking urine six years ago after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: 'From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen (pictured) turned to drinking urine six years ago after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: 'From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen (pictured) turned to drinking urine six years ago after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: 'From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen (pictured) turned to drinking urine six years ago after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: 'From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen (pictured) turned to drinking urine six years ago after reading about its alleged health benefits. He said: ‘From the moment I drank the urine, it woke up my brain and removed my depression

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every day (pictured), which he tops up with fresh urine. He said: 'Fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it is neutral smelling and not a bad taste unless you are really toxic'

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every day (pictured), which he tops up with fresh urine. He said: 'Fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it is neutral smelling and not a bad taste unless you are really toxic'

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every day (pictured), which he tops up with fresh urine. He said: 'Fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it is neutral smelling and not a bad taste unless you are really toxic'

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every day (pictured), which he tops up with fresh urine. He said: 'Fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it is neutral smelling and not a bad taste unless you are really toxic'

Mr Matadeen drinks 200ml of mostly his one-month old urine every day (pictured), which he tops up with fresh urine. He said: ‘Fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it is neutral smelling and not a bad taste unless you are really toxic’

Source: DailyMail

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