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Confirmed: Urine is not sterile
LiveScience via FoxNews ^ | 5-23-2014 | Stephanie Pappas

Posted on 05/26/2014 5:21:53 AM PDT by equalator

The popular notion that urine is sterile is a myth, new research finds.

Yes, the myth that comes up every time someone pees in a pool (or drinking water reservoir) is actually false. In fact, bacteria do live in urine, Loyola University researchers reported this week at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston. "We need to reassess everything we think we know about urine," study researcher Evann Hilt, a graduate student at Loyola, told Live Science.

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"We need to reassess everything we think we know about urine,"

Okay, that's funny, but still-- it's 2014 and we're just getting around to finding that there are bacteria living in urine??????

"They found whole swaths of bacteria not detected before in healthy urine, simply because no one had ever looked."

Let me guess, the sterile urine theory was settled science?

1 posted on 05/26/2014 5:21:53 AM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

If you read this article, urine big trouble.


2 posted on 05/26/2014 5:23:04 AM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle

This is the 7th planet

3 posted on 05/26/2014 5:24:31 AM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator
"We need to reassess everything we think we know about urine," study researcher Evann Hilt, a graduate student at Loyola, told Live Science.

i don't...

4 posted on 05/26/2014 5:25:45 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: equalator; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

NO PEEING IN THE SHOWER!


5 posted on 05/26/2014 5:26:02 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: equalator

“American Society for Microbiology in Boston. “

I wanna party with these folks.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 5:27:53 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Gamecock

You used all caps when you should have been quietly reassessing what you knew about urine.


7 posted on 05/26/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

I truly worry about the state of modern science when the — gasp! — discovery of bacteria in human urine is a shocking surprise worthy of newspaper headlines.


8 posted on 05/26/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: equalator

I always figured that if my body got rid of it, there was something in there that was not healthy for me.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 5:34:45 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: equalator

Exactly!

We need to reassess everything we know about most everything. Settled science indeed!


10 posted on 05/26/2014 5:37:33 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: equalator

So does this mean surgeons will have to stop scrubbing up before surgery with urine?


11 posted on 05/26/2014 5:39:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: equalator

a healthy kidney should not release bacteria. but one could have an infected bladder and you can get bacteria from that venue. then there are kidney that are NOT 100% and all bets are off.

now even if the kidney’s ultrafiltration system is 100% and one has no infections downstream. Viruses are small enough to pass through the filter. so urine will not block AIDS or Hepititis.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 5:40:31 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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"Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? I do it because it's sterile, and I like the taste."
13 posted on 05/26/2014 5:41:48 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: equalator

Wasn’t that settled science?


14 posted on 05/26/2014 5:42:56 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: cripplecreek

15 posted on 05/26/2014 5:43:15 AM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

Next thing you know they’ll be telling us boogers aren’t nutritious.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 5:44:43 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Gamecock

“It’s all pipes! What’s the difference?” George Costanza


17 posted on 05/26/2014 5:44:46 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: equalator

Someone thought urine was sterile?

I always forget just how stupid a person can be.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 5:44:59 AM PDT by sakic
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To: sakic

Kenya-- I kid you not!!

19 posted on 05/26/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

Extremely misleading headline.

It should be, “Urine is Usually Sterile, but not Always.”

But then, we’ve known that all along.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 5:46:16 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: equalator

Any woman who has had to pee into a cup for tests can daily assure you that bacteria live in urine. The pre-pee instructions are copious to make sure you ‘get rid’ of the other bacteria that is floating around (wipe front to back wipe front to back)


21 posted on 05/26/2014 5:47:07 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: equalator
The popular notion that urine is sterile is a myth, new research finds.

Popular notion? Among who? I've never met anyone who said urine was sterile.

22 posted on 05/26/2014 5:48:21 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: equalator; Gamecock

“Urine, you’re out!”


23 posted on 05/26/2014 5:54:21 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: GreenHornet

You instinctually knew it in your mind to an extent


24 posted on 05/26/2014 5:54:50 AM PDT by equalator
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To: ClearCase_guy

Now one can understand why there is one study that says that x is good for you, and another that says that x is bad for you. They studied things with certain parameters that were different. There are usually endless possibilities to control, and you can’t control for all of them at once. You control for as many as you can think of and manage at a time. As in this case, no one bothered going any further than the basic criteria, until now. It’s a wonder this group got funding. Urine must not have been made a political issue yet.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 5:55:47 AM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: equalator
Dang, a mighty oak has fallen. The sterility of urine was pretty much the gold standard in common knowledge. It was the one factoid you could count on.
26 posted on 05/26/2014 5:56:00 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: GreenHornet

I’ve never met anyone who said urine was sterile.


I heard it first from a physician (kidney specialist) who is now a tenured Ivy League medical professor.

Urine is normally essentially bacteria-free. Probably less likely to have bacteria than sweat, when considering public pool health factors.


27 posted on 05/26/2014 5:56:37 AM PDT by Freeping Since 2001 (Since 2001. Seriously.)
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To: Yardstick

I feel dirty now.


28 posted on 05/26/2014 5:56:54 AM PDT by equalator
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To: Freeping Since 2001

In a non infected person, which is usually the case, your urine is sterile. It becomes contaminated after you urinate unless you obtain the urine thru a clean catch method.


29 posted on 05/26/2014 5:58:22 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Fightin Whitey

“Next thing you know they’ll be telling us boogers aren’t nutritious.”

But ear wax is! Demaggots eat it all the time.


30 posted on 05/26/2014 5:59:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Freeping Since 2001
Oh noes! Someone tell the Urban Beach Weekend guys quick!!


31 posted on 05/26/2014 5:59:56 AM PDT by equalator
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To: Ouchthatonehurt; Gamecock; F15Eagle
“American Society for Microbiology in Boston. “

I wanna party with these folks.

I was a guest of honor at one of their affairs. I even gave an impromptu speech about the benefits of smoking urine in a pipe, but someone told me to stop the "pee-pipe talk."

Still, it was kind of cool sitting next to Mel Torme.

32 posted on 05/26/2014 6:01:28 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: EEGator
That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I read the headline.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

33 posted on 05/26/2014 6:02:55 AM PDT by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: equalator

Cool a chance to break out my new word.

CHUNDER BUCKET. It was a term used during the revolutionary war period. It came from the days when sailors vomited/crapped took a leak out portholes or overboard. They were expected to yell “Watch Under!” before letting it flow and that was contracted to chunder.

I saw it on “Turn” last night when they were having a drinking party.


34 posted on 05/26/2014 6:11:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

When visiting Wisconsin Dells about 8 years ago, I saw a sign hanging above each urinal in the men’s bathroom.

Paraphrasing, it said: Wash your hands after you finish. It went on to say that while urine is sterile, it is the bacteria that live on the genitalia that are potentially harmful. It stated that urine was sometimes used in field surgery when water wasn’t available to clean wounds.

All of this was admonished and endorsed by a military person of significant rank, though I don’t remember whom or what rank now.


35 posted on 05/26/2014 6:34:48 AM PDT by jurroppi1 (The only thing you "pass to see what's in it" is a stool sample. h/t MrB)
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To: Gamecock

Why not? Goes straight down the same drain as the toilet soon and is washed by a lot more fresh water than the toilet.

Anyway, human urine killes the fungus that causes athlete’s foot & toenail crud......


36 posted on 05/26/2014 6:37:52 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: equalator

Wonder how many $millions that research cost the taxpayers?


37 posted on 05/26/2014 6:40:56 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: equalator
I must disagree with this article based on my personal experience. Urine IS sterile if properly collected. On the other hand, if contaminated by skin flora, it is an excellent medium for the growth of bacteria. The main constituent of urine, other than water, is urea which is the waste product from the break down of proteins in the body. Urea can be metabolized to ammonia by many common bacteria which is what gives old or contaminated urine its offensive smell. Fresh urine or urine collected in a sterile container that has been refrigerated soon after passage does not have an objectionable odor, unless the patient has a UTI.

I was a medical technologist for five years and saw hundreds, maybe thousands, of urine cultures with no growth on them, even after they were incubated for 48 hours at body temperature. The media on which they are cultured includes a plate which contains sheep blood on which most anything (except Neisseria gonorrhoeae) will grow. I have spent the last 31 years teaching microbiology to Medical Laboratory Technology students and have never read or seen anything that would contradict the fact that properly collected urine contains no bacteria.

38 posted on 05/26/2014 7:11:02 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: equalator

urine cause global warming.


39 posted on 05/26/2014 7:17:10 AM PDT by bikerman (Imagination is more important than intelligence)
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To: equalator; sakic

Actually that is not Kenya. That is a Dinka tribesman from South Sudan. Now, I know to most here it will not matter, and I am sure there are similar stupid (really stupid) pictures of Kenya and Kenyans one can find on the net - for instance Obama - but, for the sake of accuracy that is not Kenya.

40 posted on 05/26/2014 7:18:19 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: equalator

Hand me the eye bleach please, extra strength!


41 posted on 05/26/2014 8:07:37 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: equalator

Don’t eat yellow snow.


42 posted on 05/26/2014 8:13:48 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: equalator
"But I still like the taste..."


43 posted on 05/26/2014 9:09:19 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Yardstick

My dad once confided to me “an old farmers trick”, namely to pee on your hands to alleviate blistering. I’m sure it works great.


44 posted on 05/26/2014 9:18:33 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: equalator
I remember being taught it was sterile in 7th or 8th grade. I remember it because I asked my teacher if it could be used to sterilize a knife or a needle in an emergency. The teacher practically yelled at me, "I said it was sterile, not that it could sterilize!"

I think I was only expressing optimism.

45 posted on 05/26/2014 9:41:42 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: jurroppi1; All

In the News/Activism forum, on a thread titled Confirmed: Urine is not sterile, jurroppi1 wrote:
When visiting Wisconsin Dells about 8 years ago, I saw a sign hanging above each urinal in the men’s bathroom.

Paraphrasing, it said: Wash your hands after you finish. It went on to say that while urine is sterile, it is the bacteria that live on the genitalia that are potentially harmful. It stated that urine was sometimes used in field surgery when water wasn’t available to clean wounds.

All of this was admonished and endorsed by a military person of significant rank, though I don’t remember whom or what rank now.

During the “Battle of the Bulge” urine was somehow recycled from patients urine who were recieving Penicilin and sulfa drugs.Apparently the process saved many lives by reducing infections that is perhaps the origination of that statement.


46 posted on 05/26/2014 9:54:03 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Gamecock
NO PEEING IN THE SHOWER!

Too late!!! *grins* (ducks!)

47 posted on 05/26/2014 9:55:23 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: dr_lew

It can be soothing for itching due to insect bites and stuff. As I understand, it’s a remedy for jellyfish stings, though I have no personal experience with that.
Internal use—not for me, or most Americans I suspect. But I understand its a popular practice in some Asian countries.

There was a lot of discussion(rather more than I would have liked) of urine drinking in the memoir Yoga Bitch. I forget the authors name offhand.


48 posted on 05/26/2014 11:11:03 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: equalator
This the one of the issues that led to the split of Cody Lundin and Joe Teti on Dual Survivor. They had a big argument about drinking urine in a survival situation. Cody insisted that he wouldn't do it because urine is not sterile and that Joe was crazy for doing so.
49 posted on 05/26/2014 11:13:53 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: struggle

I think they are just pissing away our money.


50 posted on 05/26/2014 11:15:18 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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