Book Reviews

 

‘The Water of Life’, Armstrong, John W.,Vermilion, 2005.

This book was first published in 1971 in the UK by The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd. I reviewed the 2005 edition, apparently the most recent publication. Armstrong took some convincing to write this book. One of his concerns was a 1940′s UK law that made it illegal for anyone but a qualified medical practitioner to say he/she could cure a specific condition. So when he speaks about success in curing a particular condition he is forced to state in the Preface to the book that the condition had been previously wrongly diagnosed. Armstrong was born in 1881 and commenced his work with urine therapy in about 1918. He continued his work until the early 1940’s. Armstrong is someone who successfully treated himself, in his case for a chest condition, after it had been unsuccessfully treated for two years with conventional medicine. He began his self-treatment with a 45 day fast during which he drank just his urine, and water. He also used his own urine to massage himself. The essence of Armstrong’s therapeutic approach was fasting, a diet of urine and water, and massage. The length of the fast was varied, depending upon the type and gravity of the condition being treated. Armstrong believed that the failure of conventional medicine was treating a disease as a separate entity to that of the person. He thought the cause of the disease or condition and how it was contracted did not matter because the treatment was always the same: fasting, drinking urine and water, and massage. He outlines numerous case histories covering conditions as diverse as cancer, heart disease, malaria, venereal diseases (something more common in his day), wounds, burns, and the common cold. Armstrong practised urine therapy at a time when it was better known and more accepted than it is today. Urine therapy went into a decline post WW II with the growing emphasis on the pharmacological approach to treating disease. If you accept that anecdotal evidence can validate the efficacy of a particular approach, then there is plenty in this book that will satisfy you. It’s probably the book to read ahead of the many others on this topic, if only because of its historical context.

 

‘Your Own Perfect Medicine’, Christy, Martha M., Wishland Publishing, 1994.

Like many people who become advocates for a particular therapy, they have used that therapy to successfully treat themselves. So it was with Christy who used urine therapy to treat herself for Chron’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a number of others from which she had suffered for thirty years and which had unsuccessfully been treated with conventional medicine. Of course she took additional measures including good nutrition and rest which would be well advised for everyone, whatever condition they were treating and whatever way they were treating it.

Christy describes herself as a nutritional and natural health care consultant, medical research writer and editor. She is the author of about half a dozen other publications. This book is a 1994 publication and so its content is not more recent than 1993, despite its five subsequent reprints, the most recent of which was Feb. 2000. To some extent the success of ‘Your Own Perfect Medicine’ is attested to by the numerous reprints. Christy devotes over half of her book to what she calls research evidence, and 44 case studies. These studies cover a broad range of conditions such as infected wounds, ulcers, jaundice, respiratory conditions, cancer, AIDS and allergies. She appears to reference her work wherever she can. Other chapters include a history of urine therapy, how to use the therapy at home, and there is a chapter containing personal testimonials about specific conditions, including cancer and Hepatitis B. There is an Appendix of suggested reading but the weakness of the Appendix is that only one of the fifteen titles is about urine therapy. There is quite a detailed index making it easy to track down a particular topic. This is a book to be read by anyone wanting more up to date accounts of the successful use of urine therapy.

 

‘The Golden Fountain The Complete Guide to Urine Therapy’, van der Kroon, Coen, Wishland Publishing, 2011

This book was first published in Dutch in 1993 and translated into English in 1996. It has undergone several reprints, the last of which was 2011. Its author is very well known in the context of urine therapy. Chapters include a history of urine therapy, a practical guide for the use of the therapy, and explanations about how the therapy is thought to work. This is a short book and easy to read. All thirty two of the publications referred to in the bibliography are about urine therapy, although not all are in English. It is quite well referenced. It is an essential book to be read by anyone wanting to get a good understanding of urine therapy.

 

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