An Indian Hindu group says it has a cure for some "70 to 80 incurable diseases," but it might not appeal to everyone. The miracle medicine is cow urine—specifically, pee from a virgin female taken before sunrise, LiveScience reports. The head of a cow shelter in northern India tells the Daily Mail: "We all gather in the morning and drink fresh urine that mother cow offers us." But you don't have to drink it neat: "We have developed a soft-drink formula with gau jal," or cow water, "as the base," Om Prakash told the Telegraph in 2009. Prakash is part of the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh sect of Hinduism.
Does it work? Some data seems to support it. In 2012, a study on diabetic rats given the soda, called Gomutra Ark, showed that they had significantly lower blood glucose than rats in a non-soda-drinking control group. It said the drink has a "high therapeutic index and is safe for chronic use." "I had diabetes, but ever since I have started drinking cow urine, my diabetes levels have been under control," a longtime user tells the Mail, which has a long series of fairly unappetizing photos of people drinking the urine. Last year, another study suggested distilled cow pee could help prevent rats from getting kidney stones. It's even said to cure cancer. But a Mayo Clinic doctor pooh-poohed that claim in a 2009 interview: "I think I'm perfectly comfortable in saying that I'm aware of no data that cow's urine—or any other species' urine—holds any promise ... in treating cancer." (As far as the pee of humans goes, scientists finally know what's in it.)