Police in Iran has arrested a fake doctor who claimed camel urine cures coronavirus. Mehdi Sabali calls himself a specialist in Islamic medicine.
He peddled a fake treatment for coronavirus on Instagram. He asked people to drink camel urine thrice a day for three days to cure coronavirus.
Mehdi Sabali posted a video on his Instagram account that has 60,000 followers. He said camel urine can cure asthma and other lung diseases. He added that ‘fresh’ and ‘warm’ camel urine is effective against coronavirus.
Sabali is the director of the religious-scientific institution in Iran. He is an Iranian regime’s loyalist. He often propagates the agendas of the Iranian regime in his videos.
One reason this fake cures merchant was punished: Iranian opposition used the original video to illustrate that Iran under the Islamic Republic is backwards.
The government needed to show they disapproved of the camel urine cure. pic.twitter.com/sVBcwKngRf
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In his bizarre claims, he claimed that the US research institute has proved the camel urine is a cure for cancer. In the video, Sabali drank camel urine and urged people to do so.
A score of Iranians mocked Mehdi Sabali for outlandish claims. The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned the side effects of camel urine. It said camel urine was the transmitter of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.
This video of a man promising “the best cure from coronavirus” caught fire in Iran on April 13. Standing next to a camel. He recites what he says is a verse from the Koran, in which a man who cannot breath is prescribed…
camel urine. pic.twitter.com/cGJuGmlYA9
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The Iranian authorities have also arrested the administrator of the Iranian Labor News Agency Telegram Channel. He was arrested for publishing a cartoon titled ‘Islamic medicine’. The cartoon mocked the controversy of camel urine cure for coronavirus in Iran.
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The image showed Ayatollah Khamenei backing fake COVID-19 treatments including the drinking of camel urine and inserting violet oil in the anus under the guise of Islamic treatment.
The cartoon was immediately removed from the publication’s Telegram channel. The other caricatures in the cartoon were of Ayatollah Abbas Tabirizian and Mehdi Sabali. Ayatollah Tabirizian had suggested inserting velvet oil in the anus to cure coronavirus. These are some of the quackery by religious scholars in Iran to treat coronavirus. Other imam claims that people have to sniff a special perfume to treat coronavirus.
The cartoon mocks those promoting fake treatments to ward off the coronavirus, including drinking camel urine and inserting violet oil in the anus, under the guise of Islamic medicine.
It appeared to suggest that Iran’sSupreme Leader AyatollahAli Khamenei is supportive of such. pic.twitter.com/fNp556bf2e
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700 people in Iran have died after drinking methanol to cure COVID-19. People believed that methanol-an alcohol will cure and protect them from coronavirus.
Belief in methanol developed because alcohol is a major ingredient in hand sanitizers.
A similar bizarre practice is rife in India as well. The Hindu follower believes sacred cow urine is a cure for coronavirus.
A BJP activist has been arrested for arranging a cow urine drinking event touted as a cure and prevention from coronavirus. The arrest came after the volunteer registered the complaint following the consumption of cow urine.
Dozens of Hindu activists held a cow urine party in the Indian capital to protect themselves from coronavirus, as countries around the world struggle to control the deadly pandemic.
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Members and supporters of All India Hindu Mahasabha staged fire rituals and drank from earthen cups to fight COVID-19 at the gathering in New Delhi dubbed as ‘gaumutra (cow urine) party’.
Many in the Hindu-majority nation of 1.3 billion consider cows sacred and in recent years have made several assertions about the liquid being an elixir, claims that critics have rejected as quackery.
Governments and scientists have said no medicine or vaccine is available to protect or cure people of the infection.