Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tea Pee News

From Shenzhen Daily, 1 Aug 2012 titled "Reporter tests hospital with urine trick"

"A TV news program in which a reporter submitted green tea as a urine sample and was then diagnosed with various diseases has accused private hospitals of overprescribing patients.Some doctors questioned the reporter’s method of using green tea to judge the accuracy of medical tests, calling the ploy “unprofessional.”In the China Central Television program, an undercover reporter went to a major public hospital in Beijing for a health check, and his results all turned out fine. He then went to several private men’s hospitals and submitted a small cup of green tea as his urine sample.The reporter was stunned when doctors at a hospital in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, told him they found an excessive level of white blood cells in his “urine,” indicating that he was suffering prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland, and orchitis, swelling in the testicles.A doctor said he would need to undergo seven days of treatment, with each day costing 546 yuan (US$86).At another private hospital in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, a doctor checked another green tea sample and diagnosed the reporter with spermatoceles, or cysts near his reproductive organs. The doctor said the reporter needed immediate surgery that would cost 5,000 yuan.A third hospital, in Changchun, Jilin Province, told the reporter he needed to pay 8,000 yuan for a health check.The program sparked a public outcry online.Some people said they wouldn’t know where to seek medical help after watching the program. Others said the journalist shouldn’t have set up such a trap for hospitals because a doctor should believe the sample was from the patient, without having to check its authenticity. (SD-Agencies)"

Pix shows a "pee pee boy".  That's what they called it in the mandatory tourist tea shop when you take a package tour in China.  This 3 inch very porous clay figurine is filled with water when immersed.  Place this boy on your tea table/tray and pour boiling hot water on its head.  The expansion of the air and water inside the pee pee boy will result in the clay boy pee-ing away.  Great fun

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