Giving birth is one of the most painful things your body can go through – but would you eat cow poo if it could guarantee you had a healthy labour?
A doctor from India has claimed munching on dung has many pseudo health benefits, including preventing illnesses and caesarean deliveries and has encouraged others to try the gross trick themselves.
To prove it’s safe to eat, Dr Manoj Mittal filmed himself eating a piece of cow poo in a stomach-churning video shared online, which shows him picking the dung up off the floor and placing it in his mouth.
Dr Mittal, from Karnal, India, even says his whole family have been eating cow dung for years because of its supposed health benefits.
He said: “Every part of Panchagavya obtained from the cow is very valuable for mankind.
“See, if we eat cow dung, then our body and mind become pure.
“By eating cow dung, it removes impurities from our body.
“We are nine siblings, and we have been eating dung. My mother also consumes it from time to time, and she had given all of us birth via normal deliveries.”
The viral video comes after a number of other doctors discredited the surge in stories emerging in India that claim cow poo can help cure coronavirus.
Multiple videos went viral earlier this year after many people started bathing in cow dung as Covid-19 prevention, and some believers had been going to cow shelters once or twice a week to bathe in cow poo.
Dr Vasant Patel, who is a member of the Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA), blasted cow dung as a cure saying it has nothing to strengthen the immune system.
He said: “It’s all a misconception. If one uses cow dung or urine, they are inviting an infection known as Mucormycosis.”