Diabetes Cure in Cow Urine?


Indian researchers have found that cow urine contains certain molecules that can fight diabetes, according to this report.

Not to knock anyone’s good, hard research, but what popped into my mind when I read this was a scene with the witches in Macbeth:

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

* My suggestion: substitute the words “pee of cow” in place of “eye of newt.”  Not bad, right?

The truth is, I don’t know what to make of this report, and since it’s so sparse it’s difficult to gauge the seriousness of the research.  I don’t think using bovine urine molecules would be considered xenotransplanation, like infusing pig islet cells into humans.  But certainly, whatever it is,  if it works (and no cows are harmed while their urine is harvested) then I’m all for it.  Hey – with Avandia under fire there is a nice opening for a new diabetes drug.


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