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Boys' pee-pee sold online as 'health' tonic

05-17-2010 14:12 BJT

BEIJING, May 17 -- The quest for health and beauty has enticed many Chinese people into trying bizarre food and drinks, but none stranger than the newest "health product" being peddled by online shops: the urine of young boys that is said to be "melamine free."

Apart from the question of knowing where the drink actually comes from, the online shop owners claim that boys' urine can treat various illness, even cancer. Doctors, meanwhile, say such "drinks" can be detrimental to health.

The sellers promote the idea that the urine, costing between 20 yuan ($2.90) and 2,000 yuan ($290) per bottle, contains neither melamine nor preservatives.

One of the online shops on Taobao, Shaogongzi1314, said the urine is a "green" product freshly collected with vacuum-sealed packaging.

"Put two drops in warm water or soup. Stir it before drinking," the shop said, listing the price at 66 yuan ($9.60) for a 30-milliliter bottle.

Similar products are found in many other online shops, including eachnet, with sellers advertising from different locations, including Shanghai, Guangdong and Shanxi.

"The baby is 10 months old and fed with breast milk. The mother and the baby are living in the countryside where the air is fresh and not polluted," Dong Jianyong, owner of an online shop named dy99hyn, told the Global Times Sunday.

He said the urine is salty and non-toxic, and can be used to treat everything from headaches to cancer, nourishing the stomach and kidneys.

The urine costs 1,999 yuan ($292) for 30 milliliters at his shop.

"The value of the product declines when the boys get older. The boys should be less than five years old," Dong said.

The product is not popular.

"Many people talked with me about the urine, but no one really buys it. Some of them said it is expensive," he said.

And some online shoppers dislike the shops.

"Selling bizarre things is the sellers' way to make money," a person surnamed Cheng told the Global Times Sunday.

Some people believe boy's urine is beneficial to health even though there is no scien-tific proof.

A local newspaper in Sichuan Province, Tianfu Zaobao, reported that some European countries have used urine to cure illnesses, but the amount of protein and amino acids are low in human urine, and hardly benefits good health, according to doctors.

"Drinking the urine may put a burden on the kidneys and stomach. In addition, urine contains toxic substances, which may result in deteriorating health," a doctor surnamed Zhang from Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital told the local newspaper.

(Source: Global Times)

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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