Dirtiest Job

One of my 13 year old son’s favorite TV show is Dirty Jobs. For those who have not seen this show the host of the show Mike Rowe films himself working on jobs that can be quite gross and disgusting. It is too bad Mike Rowe can’t go back in time 1,000 years ago in China and film a segment on how the first bio-identical hormones were made.

 

The Chinese Royalty would select boys and girls in their late teens and early twenties, free from any illness as donors of their urine. They were bathed and their clothes changed daily. In addition, they were provided with innocuous food and soup being careful to avoid foods with rank and pungent smells such as leeks, onions, garlic, ginger or other things which have an acrid property. These young boys and girls would urinate in large vats until 24 gallons has been collected from each group. Some lucky individual then had the job of adding to each vat half its volume of water stirred and then filtered through 7 layers of paper. The filtered urine was then evaporate leaving a snow-white substance. To this precipitate was added good sweet milk and mixed. It was left in the open air to absorb the sun during the daytime and the dew at night , in order, to acquire the essence of the sun and the glory of the moon. After it has been dried further, more milk was added. This liquid was then given to both the men and women of the Royal family. Those who drank it found that they had more strength, looked younger and had a higher libido.

 

Terry Pfau, DO, HMD

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