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What The Color of Your Urine Says About You (Infographic)

Color, density, and smell can reveal health problems

Human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. The color, density, and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of our health. Here, for starters, are some of the things you can tell from the hue of your liquid excreta.

 The color of your urine says something about your health. Infographic from Cleveland Clinic HealthHub

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  • MrBLinstrot

    You barely mentioned odor. I regularly told my children, and now tell my grandchildren that if they can smell their pee they are not drinking enough water.
    Also, I think I remember that some type of odor was affiliated with diabetes. Please address odor issues.

    • leigh

      Fruity breath smells and sweetish smelling urine are indicative of diabetes.

    • mjs_28s

      foods can impact it too, big time.

      For me Honey Nut Cheerios makes my pee smell like the cereal.

      Asparagus for most anyone – phew! Musty rotting rags and plant matter.

      For sure, look out for the sweet smelling urine as a sign of trouble, less my honey nut cheerio pee.

  • MrBLinstrot

    Thanks!

  • Karen Mann

    Ummm… I expect that you have heard of PUBS (Purple Urine Bag Syndrome)? It’s kinda rare, but can happen in folks who have long term indwelling catheters. Their urine IS purple.

    • Health Hub Team

      Thanks for your comment, Karen. Yes, we have heard of purple urine bag syndrome – a rare condition that occurs in patients who have catheters when they get a highly alkaline urinary tract infection. In PUBS, it’s technically the urine drainage bag that turns purple, while the urine itself remains unchanged. In this infographic, we were simply referring to the actual possible colors of urine.
      HealthHub Team

      • Karen Mann

        Ok, you are right, the bag is purple, not the urine. I just had a patient with this the other night! Weird, and very stinky.

      • Bree

        http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-color/DS01026
        Why not include porphyria as a cause for purple urine?

      • Tulip

        It’s what you are eating, eat a lot of red beets and drink the juice, everything you eliminate will be red in color, it will scare you pink, but its ok and that goes for other colors of foods.

  • Dave

    Dogs have known this for ages. They check up on the status of others in the neighborhood by checking out smells at fire hydrants etc.

  • CalebBoone

    Dear Doctors:

    Thank you.

    The best diagnostic aid is an observant, conscientious, intelligent patient.

    Who thinkles when he tinkles.

    Have a Dovely.

    Sincerely yours,
    Caleb.

  • Michael G

    What color is this? It looks purple to me.

  • bakscorpio

    what if you have dark amber color urine and all you drink is water, can you still be dehydrated or not getting enough water?

    • Kristin

      Get your liver checked out.

    • eddytawler

      cut down on the alcohol if you drink

  • DogLoverinKailua

    Ah….. I thought including the purple urine was cute. But then a thought struck me and I Googled purple urine. Yep. Two kinds of patients can have purple urine. Those with Porphyria (See Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/urine-color/DS01026 ) and those with Gram-negative bacteruria. (See Medscape). So please change to another color to make us chuckle.

  • Esther

    Porphyria can produce purple urine.

  • leo

    Good diagnistic. Very useful. Thank for awake us.

  • leo

    Very useful diagnostic

  • ThisIsNot4U2

    And if your urine is PLAID, then you are either Rush Limbaugh or Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

    • Smitty927

      You moron, Rush has been sober for YEARS! Don’t get why some idiots just cannot get over other people’s mistakes when they have themselves!

      • ThisIsNot4U2

        Unless you live with him…you have NO WAY of knowing that for sure. So why don’t you take it down a notch.

        • Smitty927

          Just as you have NO WAY of knowing otherwise. So why don’t you take your slander elsewhere!

      • biffster

        Remember all those years that Rush railed against how weak, lazy and evil drug addicts are, all the while being a drug addict himself? The man is a lying hypocrite. Don’t believe anything he says, especially about addiction and drugs.

        • Shrugged

          Rush became addicted to Oxycontin following a failed back surgery. It happens. He admitted it very quickly and placed himself into treatment for 30 days and has been clean ever since.

          Is there something wrong with that example?
          You may not like Rush, but you will never succeed bashing him on his personal responsibility for his one-time drug use.

          The man is 100% deaf – but you’d never know it. He never complains – and he is working full-time without much accommodation. To most people, this would mean a life of medicaid and disability payments — obama voters of course.

          • biffster

            That is so disingenuous. He placed himself into drug rehab after his drug use became public knowledge. As he himself said: “Over the past several years I have tried to break my dependence on pain pills and, in fact, twice checked myself into medical facilities in an attempt to do so,” Limbaugh said at the time. “I have recently agreed with my physician about the next steps.”

            So he spent several *YEARS* being a hypocrite about drug addiction.

          • Shrugged

            And during that period he did NOT rail against drug addicts. I was a listener and waited through his rehab period. Were you listening the years prior and daily at that time? He became silent. Not to minimize his addiction, but the extent of hypocrisy is not a blatant as you wish to construct after the fact. And let’s turn to Hollywood and Washington DC for the most extensive authentic hypocrites on planet earth – Rush doesn’t hold a candle next to these towering giants of hypocrisy.

            Rush’s problem was more than 10 years ago – a single event – and you still want to crucify him today? If so, then, there will NEVER be another Hollywood movie you can watch or another politician you can vote for — because their individual and aggregate hypocaicy is staggering.

          • geob01 .

            It was YEARS of Single Events. And since we are talking about his character, you need go no farther than him calling Chelsea Clinton a ‘dog’. WHY would ANY sane person listen to him after he so reveals his character? Oh, I forget— he apologized.

          • Shrugged

            You really don’t have much to say and very little in the way of substance to your claim. You don’t like him – I get that. But you don’t listen to him and have no idea that 99.9% of his time is spent in constructive discussion.

            You need go no further than the liberal lunatics of MSNBC and Hollywood to hear people name calling beyond any reasonable level — horrific names — ALL DEMOCRAPs — ALL LIBERALS. And all you can do is refer to chelsea being called a dog??

            She IS a DOG and takes after her DOG Mother.

          • Hey You

            He got hooked on pain killers, idiot, he didn’t get there by injecting, sniffing or smoking. There is a differance. His mistake was trying to take care of it on his own without seeking help.

          • biffster

            Wow, are you Rush’s illegitimate child or something? Apparently you just aren’t going to face the facts that Rush was a drug addict, and a hypocrite about it.

          • Percocet

            Actually, Rush found out from a DNA test that he is black and then his mother confirmed the sad, sad news. He’s been in pain ever since.

          • Shrugged

            @Perc — Yes, you demonstrate so well the “tolerance” of the left.

            50% of Hollywood is addicted to drugs, alcohol or their own ego and you want to pick apart one man – one episode – that is more than 10 years ago that he successfully solved. You show your shallowness, your intolerance, your severe hatred of mankind.

            Thanks for this verification. Duly noted.

      • EnduringBrevity

        A joke at the expense of those two blowhards is nothing to get your panties in a bunch about.

      • Margey DeHuff Sebastian

        Wow, a little overreaction there. Who the heck defends rush limbaugh anyway.

        • Shrugged

          Me.
          And if you spent a little time listening to him your IQ would go up at least 100 points — to double digits.

          • Margey DeHuff Sebastian

            Yes, and then I would believe the recent cold snap was a liberal conspiracy to push the climate change agenda. What will he come up with next? LOL.

          • Shrugged

            . . .Thus proving beyond a shadow of a doubt you have never listened to him and are an ongoing low information voter (by choice sadly) because you reject any rational discussion of issues. He would never say such a thing, but that you would allege such a response suggests you get your news from John Stewart.

          • Margey DeHuff Sebastian

            Ah, where’s Walter when you need him? Some nice, unbiased straight reporting would do us all a world of good. Maybe you wouldn’t be so angry and personally insulting.

          • Margey DeHuff Sebastian

            How did this get in the middle of a discussion about urine anyway?

        • Guest

          What would ever make anyone fall so in love with Rush Limbaugh. He is a pig in so many ways.

      • Fitpro

        He may have been sober for years; perhaps he is punch drunk or simply a bigoted moron. Or possibly a closet liberal getting rich by stating what bigoted morons want to hear — ha ha!

      • geob01 .

        Because Rush uses the mistakes of others forever against them.

    • Red_Geologist

      Lol from a Scott

      • ThisIsNot4U2

        :-)

  • hdavis

    So happy I had my phone with me in the bathroom when I was reading this.

    • mark1702

      Eeeeuuuuwwww

      • Olivia

        Calm down, this century the majority of people bring their laptop and phones with them to the toliet.

  • Bryan

    Sometimes, after I eat BBQ, my urine smells of onions and garlic. I’m assuming that’s mainly because my food had a strong concentration of onions and garlic, right? Or are onions and garlic two foods where the body doesn’t process the chemicals that way and I need to see my doctor ASAP?

    • SGUMS2

      Onion and garlic contain sulfur compounds that easily make their way into the urine because they easily dissolve in water. These sulfur compounds are also responsible for the flavor of these vegetables. That’s why your urine smells.

  • Helen Stewart

    I just went to the doc yesterday for my annual checkup and she said that taking b- multi-vitamins can darken it to a deeper yellow. Totally normal. I drink at least 20 oz of water everyday so I know my body is not craving water. This article needs to mention the effects of Vitamin b – surprised the Cleveland Clinic didn’t mention this

    • Dr. Heide

      20 oz. is hardly anything… If you are active… Try drinking your body weight in ounces everyday, or at least 100 oz.

      • Tyroanee

        I’m drinking 20 oz before I even have my breakfast.
        Guess some people are different than others….personally it would be difficult for me to function with only 20oz.

        • Lori Smith

          I’m the same way. I’ve been drinking a lot of water for years, now, & I’ve found I can’t go long without it before feeling thirsty.

    • Concerned

      You are so correct. I was concerned about this myself but when I stopped taking the B+ my urine color changed to more normal. Thanks for adding this.

      • Latigo 1026

        You would be better off taking the B vitamins and ignoring the orange urine.

    • stephan schwebke

      It’s the riboflavin, B2, that causes it to turn yellow. Any excess the body takes in is simply excreted. Buy some riboflavin and you’ll see the color of the tablet, bright yellow. It’s totally harmless, taken in excess, since, like I said, the body excretes whatever it doesn’t need.

    • http://nathanrein.com Nathan

      It does, however, mean that you will have very EXPENSIVE urine.

      • Cliicki

        My pawn shop didn’t seem to think so…

    • 68gto

      64oz a day is the absolute bare minimum for the body to survive (over time). you may get away with less for a short period but not for the long term.

      • jimmyd787

        the 64 oz of water a day is a myth. that comes from three eight oz glasses of water a day myth. there is water in foods… BTW oxygen doesnt burn, rust does not cause tetanus, it’s OK to swim right after eating

    • Tulip

      hey, you should drink a quart of water for every 40 lbs. of weight you are that is what one alternative doctor told me. try it for 3 days to see how you feel. Set your cell phone alarm to time you choose to remind yourself to drink 8 oz. of water, your milk, orange juice and soft drinks are extra.

    • Jeanne

      20 oz is definitely not enough water you are supposed to drink at least 64 oz a day! Yes b vit. do make your urine darker.

      • jimmyd787

        myth…the 64 oz of water a day is a myth. that comes from three eight oz glasses of water a day myth. there is water in foods… BTW oxygen doesnt burn, rust does not cause tetanus, it’s OK to swim right after eating

    • Mr Highliter

      This is almost hilarious! I’m recovering from a urology related surgery and a moment ago my urine was practically highlighter yellow.
      I did however take a B-Multiple Vitamin. So this makes perfect sense from your post.

    • GumbyR

      Technically, you just need fluids. I drink plain water MAYBE, once every third month. Otherwise, it’s coffee, diet soda, energy drinks. Never had a kidney infection, kidney stones, bladder infection, diabetes (least not yet), and my urine is usually clear to pale yellow.

      • Guest

        Not very likely. In fact more in the range of unbelievable.

  • rachel brewer

    When I eat asparagus my urine smells like it for days!!!

  • ozric

    It’s great that you show the different colors and give an easy definition for the root causes, however not all kidney diseases can be cured. I fell into the trap of the American Medical Association and nearly went bankrupt from all the tests that they recommended. It wasn’t until I asked if there was a real cure for my disease (there isn’t) that I saw all the medical garbage float to the top. When I started to decline the offers of having tests done all the time to monitor my health, my doctors started to ease me out of their offices. First it was doctors every month, then every three months, then every six months. Now I have personally stopped seeing all of my doctors because they have nothing to offer but monitoring services and I can monitor my health better than any of them. So the first thing you should ask your doctor is if there is a real cure for your ailment, not if they can make you feel better. Don’t waste your hard earned money on a system that “practices” medicine, search out the natural remedies that have been used for centuries around the world and tell the American Medical Association that incorporating the health care system under the banner of major health corporations for better health is nothing but a scam for the medical professional to charge you more money than the services that they provide are worth. Watch your diet and stop eating the garbage that the Food and Drug Administration allows the corporations to add to your food. Unless the Food and Drug Administration is dissolved I will never trust any of the lies that the corporate world throw out to the masses as truth. Stop using additives that cause cancers and stop using artificial sweeteners that cause diabetes. The only reason corporate America adds such ingredients to our food is to make sure we will become sick so they can sell us their drugs in the future.

    I will never again allow myself to be a slave to the medical community and blindly follow their recommendations. I would rather die than ever support the crooked corporations that run this land.

    • Sam

      My sentiments exactly. The medical establishment is the 5th largest economy in the world, surpassing France, and money is the game. There is no profit in finding cures.

      • Carolyn Alarcon

        Get real people! You really think that by the time 2014 rolled around, there is still no cure for the simple “common cold”.……talk about a money maker.,..that is a staple for EVERY General Practitioner! Mark my words…there will NEVER be a cure.

        • spaghettimonsterfan

          I have been told and did some reading about the common cold and it seems it is a way for the body to wake up and exercise your defense system. If true there should never be a cure for it. Let it run it’s course.

          • jamann1

            I do think companies need to work towards cures for actual diseases instead of treatments, but I also agree with just treating a cold. If we completely remove these viruses from having contact with us, it will weaken our immune systems. Then, when a new virus his the scene, we are screwed. Cure the big stuff, but don’t sweat the little stuff.

      • force majeure

        France is 1st in healthcare quality. The U.S. spends the most per capita and is 17th in quality.

    • Graham Freeman

      Or move to Canada. Those tests are free here.

      • Rational_Being

        I love Canada and its citizens (and actually do want to move there), but, as they say, nothing is free.

        • ursulamargrit

          Exactly. The taxpayer pays for those tests here, because the government doesn’t own any money.

          • Sara B

            I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but, with the exception of the military (and we offer up our lives, so it’s not exactly free for us), the vast majority of government employees have to pay for at least some of their healthcare costs through the use of co-pays, etc. Also, most agencies have a cap on how much they’re willing to spend for health insurance, so if one wants a “cadillac plan” and works for the government, one will have to pay the difference.

          • Broke

            I believe when she referred to govt…she wasnt implying military. Everyone know our military guys/gals get crapped on. BTW…thank you and your family for your service.

          • Average Redneck Girl

            Thank you Sara B. Again, nothing is free. My family has had several military members over the years. If it the military is an easy way of life, then more would do it.

            Yes, I do recognize the fact the military members do indeed write a blank check payable up to the price of their lives to our government. Many do not understand this and never will.

        • Andrew Walzer

          In the USA it is FREE for half the people: Govern. Employees with their GoldPlatedHealthCare (paid by the middle class taxpayer),and people on Medicaid (most of Obama’s People) who also get free health care. People who actually work for a living and are productive in private industry and pay taxes into the USA, its not free for.

          • 68gto

            Hmm. I’m a Government employee (federal). My ‘free’
            GoldPlatedHealthCare costs me $415 a month, plus $30 copay, plus huge
            deductable. No government employee (at least Federal) gets free
            insurance — stop spreading false information. How much is that
            Obamacare costing you?

          • godivademaus

            I don’t know how much experience you have with government healthcare plans, an earlier response indicated that they have co-pays and premium requirements just like anyone in the private industry. My brother works as a civilian for the DOD and he has premiums to pay and co-pays just like normal insurance.

            Medicaid is insurance to people who are extremely low income. Last I checked a single individual would have to make less than $956 per month in order to qualify. I don’t know how you figure “most of them are Obama’s people” since 26 of our 50 states declined the medicare expansion and because, pursuant to the Henry J. Kaiser Family data on percentage of persons on Medicaid broken down by state, one state exceeded 19% — West Virginia the rest hover closer to 15% of the population (See: http://kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/medicare-beneficiaries-as-of-total-pop/).

            Depending on how low their income is and depending upon the state they live in, Medicaid participants still have co-pays and contributions toward coverage they need to make.

            Remember, qualification for Medicaid still requires that your income falls within the “extremely low income” bracket OR, you have certain serious diseases (like kidney failure).

          • geob01 .

            A fascist doesn’t need facts to know he is RIGHT!

          • Evelyn Connaway

            godivademaus – Thanks for some real FACTS – TRUE ONES.
            As I listen to people discuss our people who really need help, I see the difference in people. The benevolent, who care for people and the malevolent, who do not care for people. You can hear the difference in their voice and the look on their face, and by the written word in their opinions in these columns, the truth and the untruth. How awful to live with such hate of another human being who has done nothing to the writer of the written words of hate.

          • Johnny

            Ur brother works for dot. He’s a crook too

          • Joe1938

            John, In any population of people, we have good people and bad people. I have had contracts where I worked with government people. Some of them were great, smart, and not lazy. However, these great people were a small minority of the population.

          • http://www.thedonovan.com/the_farm bethdonovan

            Medicaid requirements vary by State – and can be quite different from one state to another. So, this may be accurate where you live, but not necessarily where other people live.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Martellini/100002036311928 Tony M

            I’m going to drop the PC,,and stop the nonsense you libers try to SPEW like vomit. EVERY SINGLE GOVT employee from postal worker to ________. PAYS for their helth insurance,,they pay CO-PAYs and annual deductibles. OH,,,except for the HIGH and mighty OBAMA and BIDEN, they pay for NO medical, not a penny! Even the military, when they leave active duty have to pay for TRI-CARE and co-pays. Stop your liberal, whiney pants,,woa is me,,,crap! IF you have failed in your personal life, it is becasue you are a loser!!! BTW, as retired Army and now civil service, I pay 412.50 a month for my policy.

          • LTC, Ret

            Well my fellow retiree please tell us WHY you are paying 412.00 per month when you can opt in to TRICARE for YOU and YOUR DEPENDENTS for < $1000 per YEAR. Now you stop your needless rant.

          • Evelyn Connaway

            LTC, Ret – Thanks for your answer. I chose not to answer
            Tony M. He really is a Whiner!!

          • geob01 .

            Retired gov’t worker, I pay $1000/month, just for myself.

          • peeler englewood

            Yeah, that nasty Obama and his Crony Biden – they dont pay a penny for healthcare ever. Just like George Bush Jr, Bill Clinton, Bush Sr, Reagan, Carter, Nixon……

            So, when it is a President you dont like, his free health care is a concern for you. Were you out there on message boards when Bush or Clinton was President, harping on the free healthcare, “paid for by the almighty tax payer”. Right, i didnt think so. Con-tard!!!!

          • Hey You

            Look peeler, those are all past presidents and during their time healthcare was affordable, covered pre existing conditions and was great. I had four employees from Reagans time up until Obama that I paid 100% of their healthcare. Although Obama isn’t responsible for what we saw happening in the 90′s with the increases in premiums and the lowering of coverage his act had made it the worst ever. So your tolerant with seeing people with coverage they loved lose it overnight and no longer have the doctors that were treating their cancers etc? Look around and pay attention to what is happening. This whole situation with the uninsured should have been solved through the private sector maybe with a little government assistance but to have turned our whole healthcare system upside down and turning it over to government control is completely insane. Do you realize if you have a complaint about the system there is no higher up you can go to our another company to switch to? You must be one of those people sucking off the taxpayer to think aca is good for us.

          • hokieduck

            Yes, because the private sector operates out of concern for a person’s well-being. Oh, oops. I mean operates both ethically and practically for obtaining the most profit possible.

            Health care provided for profit is not “care”.

          • Hey You

            So Hokieduck, Your against anyone making a profit providing health care. Your one sick puppy. I’m willing to bet you try to get everything in your life for nothing. That your owed. Gotta be an idiot to think government run health care is anything close to free or caring.

          • hokieduck

            Hey you. I hope you will take the time to read this article I just saw on Reuters. It reminded me of your reply to my comment. Given the vitriolic and personal attack that you made against me in your comment, I doubt anything can make the slightest impact on your preconceived notions. But read it if you feel daring.

            For others who may see this comment. This is a post written by a young woman who recently lost her father to Stage Four Pancreatic cancer. He began his treatment at Sloan Kettering and completed it in his birthplace in France. It is a pretty amazing story.

            http://blogs.reuters.com/anya-schiffrin/2014/02/12/the-french-way-of-cancer-treatment/

          • Martha Lacy

            You got to be an idiot to think that anyone asking for AFFORDABLE care is asking for it for free. Or a Republican.

          • badphairy

            Wait, what? What about the free market I keep hearing about, that’s going to make everything fair? Are you some kind of socialist that wants to steal doctor’s skills from them and give them to the unworthy for free?

          • Conserv8iveWoman

            Obamacare did not address the frivolous lawsuits out there. You cannot have affordable healthcare without tort reform (thus alienating trial lawyers: huge donors to the democrats).

          • Raqtman

            Just wait till employers force all of us into a private exchange, which is already happening. We are going to end up in a single payer system before it’s over…. The high deductibles basically mean we’re buying catastrophic coverage and most of us will never meet the deductibles that most plans have put in place. The insurance companies have it fiqured out and will continue to enjoy the profits seen in the past..

          • Martha Lacy

            Liar.

          • colbertfan

            You mean the ACA, which was inspired by ROMNEYCARE? You Teahadist Repug idiots are a cancer on the US’s soul.

          • ds

            ahem… REAGAN IS DEAD. JERK. And he was the best president of my lifetime thus far.

          • bill

            reagan was an actor. period.

          • hokieduck

            Who played second to a monkey in one of his most noteworthy roles. Then he went into politics and Nancy became President for a good part of his second term.

            They trickle-downed the country into the plutocracy we have today.

          • Conserv8iveWoman

            No, Clinton was the actor. He talked about women’s rights and women’s equality while using his office to chase most every skirt that worked for him?

          • Martha Lacy

            You do know Reagan was an actor, no? As was Schwarzenegger. They both sucked as politicians. You clearly don’t like Clinton cause you’re a right wing extremist, but there is no doubt our country was in better shape under his administration. He may have chased women, but never fell asleep during arms negotiations like Reagan did. Talk about puppets, Reagan has been the biggest one yet.

          • colbertfan

            She’s a Teahadist; they believe what they want and ignore inconvenient facts. Wanna talk climate change?

          • colbertfan

            And a bad actor, bad economics student, bad president.

          • force majeure

            Reagan was the beginning of the end for America. When the idiot took office the U.S. was the world’s largest creditor. By the time Reagan left the White House the U.S was the world’s largest debtor.

          • colbertfan

            Teahadist!

          • bill

            that’s a lot of hate, con

          • Linda Stewart

            Look not everyone on Medicaid is a lazy bum. I have worked since I was 14, became disabled in 2003 and I am on medicaid ! Yes I paid my taxes all those yrs I worked and would give anything to be able to still work, but I have 17 diseases and 5 doctors said ” you can not work anymore ” .. so please don’t label everyone on medicaid as a lazy bum ! thanks..;-)

          • LydiasDad

            Agreed, but there are more lazy bums ON Medicaid, than OFF Medicaid.

          • Evelyn Connaway

            LydiasDad – Know all of them do you? Frankly you don’t know what you are talking about. One can’t get on Medicaid by just asking to join. Check all the different checkups you have to go through by Doctors to pass an exam to get Medicaid. All the different checks you have to go through to get Food Stamps. I still thank God every day for Barack Obama for The Affordable Care Act, for our people who need healthcare.

          • Jennifer Corgan

            I and my family get medicaide. ( My husband works full time but makes so little. BUT HE WORKS FULL TIME!! BUT, there are NO medical tests and exams to go through to get medicaid.

          • aaron

            All you have to do is be irresponsible and have children without the income to take care of them. Its people who work full time and don’t learn enough money but don’t have kids that can’t get medicaid.

          • Martha Lacy

            Very ignorant statement.

          • tnwoman1948

            Very naive/ignorant comment. Haven’t you ever heard of LIFE CHANGING situations such as DEATH, LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT, DIVORCE, etc.? I smh at your ignorance and lack of empathy. Remember, aaron, “There but by the GRACE of God (Yes, He is REAL!) go I”.

          • Cathy Ledbetter

            Evelyn Connaway: You need to know what you are talking about before making comments on a public forum…YOU DON’T! AND, you need to read up on the “Affordable” Care Act before you start praising it so highly.

          • Martha Lacy

            Cathy Ledbetter, you need to follow your own advice and educate yourself before commenting and putting down the ACA. All Republican made up horror stories have been disproved.

          • dave

            No Martha just because harry reid says they are made up dont make them disproved he offered no evidence he jist stated it.

          • Martha Lacy

            I’m not even talking about anything Harry Reid said. Every single story has been disproved, with facts.

          • Republicans Suck

            The Republican Party does not give a dang about the ACA all they care about is getting their misinformations out in the media. All their lies , posturing , racist remarks is all they know because they have no other platform to go on. “If it sticks, that’s all that matters.” They have been caught with their lies over and over again.
            The ACA is booming! This is going to hurt them. What lies and deceit will be next? The R s. have stunted Americas growth by their constant obstruction for past 5 years. They have given America a bad name t/o the world
            —Never trust a republican –!!

          • Conserv8iveWoman

            I see enough of them while sitting on my porch after a hard day at work. I listened to one at the bus station talking about not being able to party right now since he had to take the $300 voucher his social worker gave him to pay his cell phone bill. He was in his 20′s and I could see no physical handicap.

          • julianenglish

            I’m always impressed by the way some people can just look at another person and diagnose their health. Who needs CAT scans, MRIs and blood work when we’ve got Conserv8tiveWoman on the job!

          • Johnny

            I think we should have population control in the USA. Welfare seems to only go to losers who had kids knowing they can’t afford it, and the people who came here illegally. Thanks Obama. U should have deported them all instead

          • colbertfan

            Shrub had his chance, why didn’t he?????!

          • unsilent majority

            Bravo.. my neighbor quite job because they MAKE more getting medicaide. wife cut fown to part time. BTW their brand new camper looks great next to their Jeep Grand Cherokee…ill drive my 6 yr old bucket ti my full time middle class job to pay for it, their childcare credit, their food ( smokes and beer).
            I watch this looser every day put his kids on bus then light up his ( medical?) MJ at 8:00am as buddies come over…by time I leave for work there are 3+ other loosers ever AM.. so dont wonder why middle class is angry! I can hold my head high, and have no mkney for disney vacation, eat black and white mac n cheese…I did it witjout big brothers hand out.. I will not be forcex into dependency but a goverment system that claims to care for the poor, but really only wants to keep them poor enough to ensure the next vote.. by the way. the ACA did take my healthcsre an away!!!! now my premiums are double ( over $1100 a month!!!!) and a $5000 deductible PER FAMILY MEMBER!!! I have an autistic child.. so ppl understand the middleof class may make a high wage, but we pay for ourselves and those making less than 50k/ yr thanks to our socialist idiots in thw WH. just wsit…it will hit you too, and youll be begging to keep what you have. I for one would rather have a stroke working hard thsn yo tesch my kids to accept something they did not earn if they were truely physically capable.

          • Johnny Lee

            Shows what a real dumbass u r

          • Rachel

            If not for the ACA, I would be a volunteer EMT w/o health insurance constantly in excruciating and debilitating pain from migraines. I worked until I was asaulted at work. Now my husband has to pick the slack, but I can’t get insurance through his job. Not everyone just lazy. However, Everybody you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always.

          • tnwoman1948

            EXCELLENT comment, especially, “Everybody you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always.” God bless YOU and your family!

          • tim sweeney

            correctamundo! because we live in a fallen world everyone is doing battle with Satan also known as “The Prince of the Power of the Air”, we are all trapped in these aging bodies as we wait for the soon return of Jesus Christ Who will seperate the wheat from the tares on Judgement Day. The Blood Red Moon we saw this week is a sign of the Promise of His sure coming. The first Blood Red Moon occured in the evening of the day that Jesus Christ was crucified on Calvary. On that day there was darkness for 3 hours, and there were huge earthquakes that shook the entire earth and opened the graves of many dead people who were seen walking the streets like zombies that day. The Veil of The Temple was torn in two, representing that the death of Jesus meant that now every man has personal access to His Creator.Only The Creator of the Universe could possibly have orchestrated all these events to transpire on that day.The Roman Soldier who himself pierced The Sacred Heart of Jesus with his spear that day remarked, “Truly this was The Son of God” when he saw these things take place, and they must have frightened to death when the first Blood Red Moon rose into their sky that evening. The exact same Blood Red Moon those Roman Soldiers saw was predicted to be seen again prior to The Second Coming. We ARE the Fig Tree Generation, the last generation of human beings on planet earth that will witness His second coming. These signs in the heavens are meant for you,to get your attention back to the Creator of your soul. For behold, He stands at your door and knocks, will you now answer? The gift of eternal salvation is free to all who hear and cho

          • tim sweeney

            it is free to all who hear and choose to repent of your sins and give your life over to Jesus. Choose this day whom you will serve, for TODAY is the day of your salvation!

          • Shande

            My lazy alcoholic Oxy brother didn’t have any problem getting food stamps. Now he has more money for drugs. His sneaky pos girlfriend lives off the system and teaches other low life’s how to work it. My recently divorced sister in law had to move to a low income Apt and was struggling until the neighbors (not citizens) taught her how to work the My other brothers partner from Mexico says it makes him mad that groups of his family are living together up to 5 families, collecting aid, then all the men go out and work for cash. Their kids have more then his and he is doing everything legit. It’s a sad situation.

          • rj

            shame on you Obama is a government paid puppet that has no control of office or himself this country is corrupt, the sooner you realize the simplicity of puppetry, the better you may understand and see the bigger picture.

          • UnsilentMajority

            Really?? what medical exam is required to get foodstamps or medicaide? I’ve been in Healthcare for nerly 20 years and have NEVER, not one time, EVER ( seen a certification or physical form of any kind to get foodstamps OR qualify for medicaide! Check you terms and facts…and post you reference site.
            SS and disability benefits is NOT medicaide FYI!

          • dave

            While you are thanking God I am cursing Harry Reid ,Nancy (we have to pass the bill to see whats in the bill) Pelosi and Barack Obama because I was one of the early cuts 3 months after Obamacare was passed I recieved a letter from my ins company stating my plan didnt pass the new standards and they were discontinuing it the replacement plan was 2x the cost at about roughly the same cost. My work doesn’t offer ins. I was a divorced father of two with full custody and no child support. Things got better when I remarries I could get on my new wifea cadalac plan… ooops the company would have to pay peanalties because her plan was too good so they tripled her cost added a large up front deductable and because of her medical problems e could afford the family plan….so tell me how good this is again please do

          • dave

            *we could not afford the family plan

          • Martha Lacy

            You’re full of it. And, can’t write.

          • bill

            just your opinion which the facts do not support

          • julianenglish

            How do you figure that? Most great weath in the US is inherited, not earned. The idle rich are where you’ll find the true lazy bums. They may not be on medicare, but they sure are living off the public dime through favorable tax laws thet help insure that they never need work a day in their lives.

          • Conserv8iveWoman

            You mean like Jane Fonda and those darned Kennedy kids and their trust funds? Seven of the ten wealthiest people in Congress are democrats – and they LOVE to preach about ‘taxing the rich’ and yet somehow minimize the taxes on their own wealth.

          • BilbaoMoon

            Conserv8iveWoman-not sure what point you are making, other than having an excuse to troll with names like Jane Fonda. But in the 212th Congress, 32 of the top 50 wealthiest members were Republican. The top two – Michael McCaul and Darrell Issa – are together worth more than half a BILLION dollars. Mitt Romney paid just 14.1% of his income in taxes in 2011 ($1.94 million on income of $13.7 million), far less than the income bracket of 35% he is in.

          • force majeure

            From 1996 through 2009 Willard Mitt paid $zero in income tax. Then, when it was politically expedient, he started paying token amounts.

          • colbertfan

            And Repugs don’t, you Teahadist tool?

          • tnwoman1948

            STOP judging! A wise friend once gave me the best definition of life I have ever heard: “LIFE is what happens to YOU when you are busy making other plans.” Ms. JUDGMENTAL, just remember, “There but by the GRACE of God (Yes, He is REAL!) go I”.

          • colbertfan

            Oh really? Start with Congress.

          • Hey You

            Linda, please be assured that when these folks blast those taking advantage of medicaid they are not talking about people such as you that truly have a need for it. These people are referring to those that claim hardship to get medicare yet seem to come up with funds for their alcohol, cigarettes, big screen tv’s etc. If the government would only require real proof of need and remove those sucking off the programs imagine how much more would be available to take care of the real needy. I hope you’re health improves soon.

          • Arwen Bernard

            Some of those people that you see buying that stuff manage their money and save as much as they can so they can by that stuff. Just because they are medicare doesn’t mean they can’t manage their cash. Also some of the people that are on it are either mentality or physically disabled meaning they can’t work. I’m one of those people. My kids are on medicaide as I’m rated 100% disabled as per the VA. I am also being evaluated by SSI as trying to live of VA disability with 3 sons is impossible. You don’t even know what the hello you’re talking about. I sadly do.

          • L

            Good point! That is what you and everyone else pays taxes for.

          • dawn Pendleton

            I’m on Medicaid. I would loved to have a job & a life. Other then 45surgeries & rehab. Living at Drs offices. Being in being horrific pain. All disabled people work real hard. I rather be working! Then be on medicaid. Try living on $700.00 month. Your body is in major severe pain. Your sick all the time & Your energy level is low. Your life is surgeries & i would trade all my sicknesses & pain & suffering. To be healthy & have energy. And be off medicaid. And have a life & job. And be able to pay my bills. I work hard everyday. Just to be able to walk & take care of myself. I was hit by a drunk driver @ the age of 32. Im now 54yrs old. Don’t judge people until you walk in there shoes.

          • geob01 .

            Thanks Rush.. er.. I mean WallStCorrupt; for your normal vitriol, objectifying certain groups, and divisive harsh intentions. And total stupidity. Your words don’t match your name, as you are acting as a shill for the wall street rich guys! They love it when you start parroting their jingoism that they use to distract us from the truly important social economic and political events taking place. This is how they keep us sheeple from turning on THEM.

          • Evelyn Connaway

            WallStCorrupt- People on Medicaid? When you have nothing and no money to pay for help – you take what you can get, which isn’t much. Doctors just over charge Medicaid just like they do on Medicare! What’s this crap of “most of Obama’s People”?? Medicaid was in the making before Obama was born, you dunce! And if you mean the race of people, as the African-Americans, as Obama’s People, then you need to check the records because we have as many Caucasian’s on Medicaid, as we do other races. And they all live way under the poverty line, way under and family groups live together and share what little they get. I have been an Advocate for the poor and disadvantaged and disenfranchised all my life. I adopted a handicapped child and took care of him, because my husband and I worked, When my husband died and I no longer worked, I had to join the group on Medicaid, as I couldn’t buy insurance for a MILLION DOLLARS for him. He is now 49 years old and I still have him at home. Medicaid pays for his medicines. Medicare now pays for the two of us. My husband never got to use Medicare , which we both paid for all those years. The same with Social Security. We both receive Social Security, which my husband and I paid for all our working years, and our
            Medicare premiums are taken from our Social Security checks each month. I pay for my medicines in full. So friend, nothing is free.

          • FlamingLiberal

            People are on Medicaid because healthcare is so out of reach for a lot of people. And for the Republcians they just like passing tax cut laws for their cronies. But I do like the Republician Health plan: 1. Pray to God you don’t get sick, 2, if you do get sick go to the ER.

          • Conserv8iveWoman

            Again – 7 out of 10 of the wealthiest people in Congress are Democrats. I do not see the Heinzes or the Kennedy grandchildren (and now great-grandchildren) giving it back any time soon.

          • PhasmaFelis

            Do you think that the solution to that is to give free and equal health care to everyone? Or would you rather just take it away from the people you don’t like?

            My health care isn’t free, although my employer pays part of it. I would happily pay more than I am now if it would help every American citizen, regardless of wealth or employment, get free and equal health care.

          • Sophomoric1

            My husband is in the military and gets that so call “free” “goldplatedhealthcare” and let me tell you his take home pay is $2,200 each month and he pays over $500 in taxes, social security, medicare and other goverment cuts. That means that 20 percent of his earned income is going towards his “free” healthcare and let me assure you that the doctors we have access to and the hoops we have to go through to get the tests we need and the treatments we need is certainly mot worth what we are paying. It may be GoldPlated but it is rusty if you look closely.

          • Joe1938

            Yes Wall, A multitude of fools have transformed the United States of America into two classes of people; Entitlers and producers. Unfortunately for the United States of America, we will run out of producers.

          • Citigroup

            Who is Obama’s people …..

        • Average Redneck Girl

          Thank You! I learned a long time ago that nothing is free. People who actually believe this are idiots. There is a price for everything. It may not be monetary but the price is still there.

        • md mal fatal

          there was a documentary in regards to people in canada and what they said bout healthy care.. too. Doctors are just to insane. i had a friend who went to yale and said it sucked because people felt thy were smarter than they really were. so imagine why doctors kill so many people. its not just yale..

      • rosalina9877

        If those tests are free, how are they getting paid for????

        • Graham Freeman

          Same way your cops are paid for. Same way your garbage collection is paid for. Same way your public libraries are paid for. Same way your schooling is paid for. Here in Canada we think someone’s health is just as important as all of those things.

          • rosalina9877

            So should we have the gov’t pay for our houses and food and cars and vet care too???? Is there no end?? You really think you get a better system that way???

          • Daniel Schealler

            That’s the exact definition of a strawman – you’re taking Graham’s argument to an extreme that Graham did not espouse, and then dismissing him because the extreme is silly.

            Try harder.

          • rosalina9877

            You know what’s silly: gov’t health care.

          • Daniel Schealler

            I’m from New Zealand.

            I like living in a country where people aren’t going to die from preventable and treatable diseases because they’re too poor. Society as a whole is better for it. As a result, I get to live in a better and healthier society even if I never use those services myself. But when I do need them, they’re there.

            I like that we do this by funding healthcare directly. I like that we don’t do it by having the government fund a layer of middle-men (insurance companies).

            I like that this helps to keep healthcare costs (relatively) down because the bargaining power of the healthcare provider is strong enough to drive competition amongst their suppliers. I like that we don’t have a system like in the states, where the buying power of healthcare providers is fragmented to the point that suppliers can call most of the shots.

            I don’t think any of this is silly.

          • rosalina9877

            I work in private hospitals. I’ve also worked in gov’t hospitals. I guarandamntee you that the private hospitals I’ve worked in are far better than anything in New Zealand. We already have a system in this country that covers poor. It’s called medicare. So don’t sit there and lecture me about socialized commiepig healthcare that’s in your country.

          • Daniel Schealler

            Private hospitals are better than public ones? Of course. They charge more. Spend more money, get a better service. Duh.

            I thought Medicare only applied to those over 65, with exceptions made for the disabled and certain severe conditions such as renal failure. What about a 35 year old who can’t afford health insurance?

            Also: What do you think ‘socialized’ means in this context? If it means ‘taxpayer funded healthcare’, then Medicare is funded in part by taxes on employers and employees.

          • Evelyn Connaway

            rosaina9877 – Ignorance is an unlimited natural resource and stupid can’t be fixed! Medicare is not a system for the poor – only if the are over 65, retired and one draws their Social Security. They take the premium for your Medicare from your Social Security.
            Or if you become Disabled, you are put on Disability, with Medicaid and if you are diagnosed as not being able to return to work, you are put on Medicare after that time, and draw SSI until (which is less than Social Security) you are 65 years old.

          • geob01 .

            Rosalina, I have spent several hours reading health care statistics. Most of people of the world do not agree with you. Most of the countries of the developed world have better health care than the USA. Most of them have longer life expectancy. Most of these countries pay MUCH LESS than we do for their medical care. We are inundated by.. oh, sorry for the big word.. I mean we are FLOODED with propaganda from the health industries, insurance, AMA, etc with the goal of keeping us paying as much as we do for as little as we get. We don’t look around us at what the rest of the world is doing. I would encourage you to do some reading on the topic. Just Google most anything on the topic. Google ‘World health care’. Oh, I just did! World Health Organization says that we are ranked #37 out of 190 countries in the quality of our care. But we PAY THE MOST!!!

          • rosalina9877

            Only you are slaves to the gov’t that’s all. GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH.

          • geob01 .

            Oh, Rosalina, I forgot to ask… do you live in a country with public (free) health care? No? Have you asked anyone who does live in such a country what THEY think about it? Several of them have given their opinion in this column. Read on…

          • rosalina9877

            If all you get is “free” care, then you get what the gov’t says you get. If you live in a FREE SOCIETY then the sky is the limit on what you get. Why on earth would you want the gov’t DICTATING TO YOU WHAT YOU CAN GET???? It’s like the gov’t decides that everyone gets a FREE CAR. Only the car that you get is a FORD FIESTA. Do you think you might want something better than a ford fiesta (ooooh the ford fiesta is FREE you say). Well guess what. I want a Suburban, and I will pay for it if I have to!!!! If your healthcare is FREE why are you paying out the wazzzoooo in taxes????

          • geob01 .

            Rosalina, if you are talking about the USA being a free society you have been drinking too much koolade. The health industry has the government bought and paid for. You will get what THEY decide to offer you and at their price. The system is NOT working. The government, in collusion with the health industry, is ALREADY dictating to us all what we can have. There are MILLIONS of people in this country who cannot afford the most expensive medical system in the world. So many examples come to mind, a close friend broke his toe at work. He works 6-7 days a week and cannot afford any of the insurance plans out there. He certainly can’t afford a trip to the emergency room or a doctor who can fix his toe. So he just works with it. No disability, he’d get fired if he took off work. No bargaining power, the large industries, in collusion with the government, as far back as Reagan have worked to destroy unions. He can’t afford to get married because his sweetie would lose her food stamps and they simply CANNOT live without them. The sweetie has two toddlers who *I* believe have a right to eat, in this rich country of ours. The man is being a good father to them even though he didn’t ‘sire’ them. I could tell you her story and I expect any reasonable person would agree she is doing the right thing, food stamps and all. Another young man who fell and broke his wrist.. He is layed off from his job and cannot even pay the emergency room visit. THEY did nothing for him anyway, gave him pain pills and referred him to a surgeon that he can’t afford. So his wrist is growing back crooked. This is short-sighted of a society to act this way. He would be a good investment to keep healthy and productive. We pay more in the USA for health than ANY other semi-civilized country– and we are #37 as far as quality of care. Says World Health Organization. And at #37 even banana republics are ahead of us.
            The bottom line is you are talking theory– but in practice here it just doesn’t work that way.
            I pay $1000/month for insurance. I can get most any type care I want… but very few people are in my position.
            I don’t understand your comments about health care being free. Nobody expects to get anything for free. We DO want to get what we are paying for but are NOT getting. Some countries (I have some in mind but you do the research) have HIGH taxes. They also are progressive compared to the USA. They have public (not free) health care. people are battering at their gates to get in! They have SO restricted immigration that it is HARD to get in unless you are simply a short-time tourist.
            We make the rich richer and the poor poorer and the middle class is disappearing into the poor. There IS a class war going on, and WE little people are losing it.

          • rosalina9877

            Look. That was a lot to read. The bottom line is that no one is guaranteed life. No one is guaranteed everything they want. When our immigrant ancestors came to this country, they did it although there were NO GUARANTEES. Do you want to be free, or to be a slave, because gov’t healthcare will ENSLAVE YOU. If the gov’t did not dictate what insurance companies had to provide, our insurance costs would be cheaper. Think how much of the pie they get when they are just a THIRD PARTY.and the gov’t makes it way worse!!!! How many people are programmed to think they shouldn’t have to pay for their own care, yet they have many tvs in their houses, have cable, have cell phones, etc. How many more jobs would be available for people to support themselves if the gov’t didn’t jack up the costs of everything with all the taxes? (Sales tax, property tax, income tax, gas tax, electricity tax, cell phone tax, phone tax, cigarette tax, alcohol tax, estate tax, cable tax, tanning bed tax, etc etc etc)

          • peeler englewood

            Sorry – i think what geob1 was trying to say is that we are ALREADY ENSLAVED to Big Pharma, Big Insiurance AND the Government – THEY tell us what healthcare we can have and you know what the real limit is (hint: its NOT the sky). Its as big and fat as your wallet is. and if you dont have one, well, there must be something wrong with you and therefore, you must not deserve any healthcare. This is the same old tired Tea Bagger BS that you people keep peddling. I for one am tired of it. Lets elimate the mifddlemen (insurance, pharma) and do what we should have done in the first place – single payer!

          • med mal fatal

            michael moore had the solution in start in his film sicko.. u need to be your own doctor and teach med classes in grade school to kids . to undermine the ineptness of doctors. the more self aware kids are of their health the more they can do.. for themselves.. and cut out the dirt doctors.. and make them starve .. unless its something they can’t do. i had to learn my own self to stay alive deprived of medical care for survival.. i saved my life over and over where doctors sat and did not care.. to busy out eating fine good dining and social clubs and show off what good taste they have.. and so on..

          • geob01 .

            Here the various ‘health’ industries are so rich and powerful they get whatever they want from the government. They complained to Bush that people were escaping from their clutches by buying expensive medicines at 1/2 price and lower in Mexico and Canada. So Bush made it illegal. Bush also took in a HUGE amount of campaign funds from the health industry. because the health lobbies are SO rich and powerful
            WE will never have a plan as good as Canada’s. We will never have single-payer option medical coverage, even though people are dying and going bankrupt because of the rotten health system we have here, they will not stop listening to the propaganda.

          • Evelyn Connaway

            The medical establishment is the 5th largest economy in the world, and money is the game. There is no profit in finding cures. Men once became physicians due to their love of humanity, but for the last 100 years it has been for the “Jingle of Midas”!
            The Pharmaceutical companies are a disgrace and should be taken over by the Federal Government. Our medicines are sold in other countries cheaper than they are sold in the USA.
            By the way, Canada fought for their healthcare for their citizens longer than we have, and would give up Christmas before they would give up their Healthcare. The day will come when the same will happen in the US. The GOP are trying to get us to give up, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the same as they want us to give Affordable Health Care, before it really gets started. Been trying to repeal it over 40 times already.

          • Evelyn Connaway

            Graham Freeman – Our Great Socialist Government was set up to collect taxes, which they use to pay for the needs of the citizens. Our Military, our federal government employees, our schools, our libraries, our firemen, our policemen, all the employees of the States, Counties, Cities, along with their health, pensions benefit packages, along with contributions from the individual citizens. A portion of our GOP politicians constantly gripe about our Socialist Government, but BOY, do they enjoy all the perks and would raise heck if we tried to change it. They don’t want taxes to be raised on ones who make the most money, which would help our country – most of them are very wealthy and they would have to pay more taxes. They also don’t want taxes raised on the big corporations who really make the money, like the oil and gas
            companies and get subsidies from the government, which the shouldn’t. The Chamber of the Commerce is one of the biggest crooks against the US Government. In fact they, and all the corporations work against the US Government.
            Politicians help these corporations, because they are paid bribes by lobbyist to do so, plus they own stock in the companies. They aren’t interested in our Country or the Citizens , only their selves, power and greed. And to top it all, 5 of our Supreme Court Justices help them with Citizens United. The get paid the same way, by our Socialist TAXES. And the love it also., but want more POWER.

      • Dennis Cain

        Do you really think it’s free??

        • Graham Freeman

          I need the test, I get the test, I don’t pay for the test. It’s free.

          Unless you subscribe to the theory that NOTHING is EVER free in which case you’re technically correct, but also a massive tool when it comes to operating as a member of society.

      • Conserv8iveWoman

        Just try and get a doctor’s appointment there?

        • Graham Freeman

          I do. Often. It’s not a problem. I’m surprised you think it is.

      • thohan

        It is possible that you do not entirely understand the meaning of the word “free”.

      • Joe1938

        Graham, Nothing is free. Someone has to pay.

    • Tulip

      You are right. If you go to a dr for any reason when u walk out their door with a fist full of prescriptions, oh but now they call them into your drugstore. It is a recurring every month. A merry-go-around when do they let u get off.. never

    • chris morris-roberts

      What if it’s not any of those listed? Rather brown, dark yellow and red like a tea color???? I had a bad injury to my back and now its tea colored. Could I have done something bad? Pain is chronic and I have a strong smell to it. The color isn’t all Brown yellow orange or red …It’s tea colored. It’s worrisome but it’s not listed unlike purple. …which there is no color.

      • al

        That falls under the brown ale color. Tell your doctor only need one test it’s the urinalysis test. If no blood or spinal fluid it most likely is medication.

      • rosalina9877

        tea colored urine is liver problems, I think

    • LydiasDad

      This kind of stupidity gets people killed. See your doctor everyone, and ignore this Ozric foolishness. He’s just one of those nutty “natural remedy” and anti-doctor guys. Probably sells herbs out of his trunk, and tells everyone to avoid immunizations.

    • origwwotp

      I agree ozric. When I was on my family plan as a child, they nearly killed me by listening to the “experts” and driving me insane with tests, procedures, pills, etc. None of which would cure me. There is no cure for my genetic disorder. They didn’t even diagnose my genetic disorder, that happened when my sister got a doctor just out off med school who was curious why her hematocrit level decreased while on iron pills. Exactly what was happening with me.

      When I got off their plan, I stopped going. Guess what? No change in my condition, no problems either. My blood levels went to MY normal, which was just fine. I’ve lived without their interventions for over 30 years without problems other than the usual female problems of occasional UTIs usually curable with lots of water intake.

      Doctors are pill shills and profit centers. Other than broken bones, I don’t trust them with anything.

    • JustJess29

      Either the FDA is corrupt, too small, or not doing their jobs whatsoever. People are dying from the poision in our food, medicines, and vaccines and they do nothing to stop it!

    • Barbara Silano

      I feel the same way and natural is the way to go!

      Doctors know that there is a schedule and progression for immune system causing diseases. They know this and won’t tell you why because, it will interfere with their dosing schedules and money making schemes. They are still telling new mothers to give fluoride drops to infants (babies as young as six months old have markers for kidney disease) insuring the future of the profession.

      I cured my own osteopenia avoiding calcium and increasing my magnesium for a time. I was then diagnosed with high cholesterol and I’m working on that. I have and had host of problems like I can’t sleep, dry skin, weight gain, pre-diabetes. Had cataract surgery and tumors on my para thyroid removed.

      What I have found out is that the fluoride they put in our water is one reason everyone is getting sick (sodium fluoride is industrial waste). There are water filters for it but, they must say they remove fluoride. Another reason we are all getting cancer and heart disease is, we all need iodine and the government bleaches out the salt and adds iodine and it is only enough to avoid getting a goiter. It isn’t enough or the right kind to fuel our thyroid and they know it.

      I bought one filter so far for my shower (you get a cup of fluoride in your body and lungs every time you take a shower) and I use that water to cook with. I am getting filters for the rest of my house and also, I started taking nascent iodine only yesterday and felt better right away.

      I go to europe every year and started comparing the differences and noticed that they don’t walk any more than we do and watched a friend eat gobs of pasta and he is thin so, I asked him if he was afraid to get diabetes and he told me that people in Italy don’t get diabetes. I googled it and couldn’t believe that only 3% of the entire population has it (its probably all the americans that are moving out of the US).

      They don’t fluoridate the water or bleach their salt (although they do have it) their soil is good they don’t use GMO’s or hormones and as a result, the food is more nutritious! The only country in europe that does fluoridate their water is Ireland and they have the highest rate of heart disease in europe.

      If people read about these things I’ve mentioned and take appropriate steps to change this, they might have a chance.

    • xxsimmonsxx

      Youre right. Dont talk to doctors and use “natural” remedies. Just ask Steve Jobs. It sure worked for him. Oh wait you cant ask him can you?

    • JohnnyL53

      Artificial sweeteners do not cause Diabetes.

    • A. zia

      I agree to most of stuff mentioned above, The preservatives and the chemical we are eating every day some bodies adapt to these chemicals and some don’t, the one’s do get adopt don’t get these man made horrible diseases and the others do .why some bodies get immune and some don’t we don’t know or maybe I should say ii don’t know. But overall these drugs are making us live longer the life expectancy is twenty five years more then it was in the forties.

  • ozric

    I see that if I do not agree with the propaganda that the corporate world spews out and post it, that they will delete it immediately because someone else may be awaken from their lies.

  • P Buyas

    OK we have the color, and smell, then why is urine cold sometimes? That’s when it’s coming out and not left in a bottle in the sun.

    • Matt ‘Doug’ Cordell

      What the heck are you talking about?

  • Dave2

    When I take vitamins My urine turns flourescent yellow.

    • Mark Seifert

      It means you are taking too much of something.. I’m currently taking 2 different stress formulas and I need to cut back on one of them or something else in the mix. Mine is currently a neon yellow.. so I know it’s time to modify what I’m taking. :|

  • John Andrews DC

    Awesome post and I would only like to add that light green can indicate both excessive copper and b vitamin surplus, dark brown can mean blood in the urine fron kidney or liver issues, and.most importantky the color should be checked in a clear container, not as it appears in the toilet. That is obviously far diluted from the water already there and is too pale to measure.especially if you have a minimumm1 gallon per day, not 20 ounces!

  • bakscorpio

    the previous post wasn’t for me I was asking for my elderly mother. she doesn’t drink alcohol and her liver enzymes are fine. thanks for your comments though.

  • bobbyhayes

    In the clear listing at the top, you say “you might want to think about cutting back” on your water intake. Are there any serious health issues that develop from drinking too much water? This is the first I’ve heard of that.

    • OpieJuanCannoli

      In extreme cases, yes. Drinking excessive amounts of water can lead to electrolyte imbalances that can affect heart and brain function. It is rare, but “water intoxication” can be fatal. Essentially, drinking large amounts of water over a short period of time can rob the body of minerals (e.g. sodium, potassium, etc.), and it strains the ability of the kidneys to handle the increased fluids that must be filtered (thus leading to problems with brain function). As you probably expect, the problems associated with not drinking enough water are FAR more prevalent than those of drinking too much. To Dr. Andrews’ point below, keep in mind that color must be determined by examining the urine sample in a clear container. If you are looking at the toilet bowl after urination, urine with a “healthy color” can very easily be diluted to the point that it appears clear.

  • Casper

    I found some imformation from “The National Center for Biotechnology Information” which is about PURPLE URINE, actually, “Purple urine bag syndrome”: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22941873
    What’s your opinion about that ?

    • Elle

      This only happens if you are catheterized and have an infection with a gram negative organism. Unlikely to happen in the outpatient population.

  • get it right

    your chart is wrong, when i was a kid i used to eat bucketloads of beetroot and my pee was bright purple. Plus the boy scouts have had this chart for years.

  • peter christopher

    my mother in law smells of old cigars

    • orriol

      do you smell your mother in law’s piss ?

    • David

      Then buy her a crate of new cigars for Christmas and you won’t have to suffer any longer!

  • Justin

    Guys thanks for all your helpful comments. I noticed intense smell in my urine whenever I eat asparagus. Have you noticed this too?

    • orriol

      yes. it’s normal. i have that too…

    • Schnauzer

      Mucinex, or guafinesin, makes urine smell extremely strong and just like the medicine.

  • KRW

    Porphyria can cause purple urine.

  • Thom Frost

    mine glows in the dark :P

    • Mark Seifert

      Maybe you live too close to a cooling tower?? lol.. If you’re taking vitamins or different herbal remedies, you may be taking too much of something and your body is passing the extra..

  • Corina Marie Howell

    I really wish there was someplace to purchase this graphic in poster form! Would be great to hang in my bathroom. :)

  • Daniel Schealler

    I thought Porphyria could turn urine purple in sunlight?

    Did I learn/remember that wrong?

  • Blake Jackman

    Hey, every single day my old man smoked 4 packs of unfiltered cigarettes, drank a fifth of bourbon, ate red meat and potatoes every meal, maybe a vegetable once in a while, and slept only 3 hours a night. He lived a long, happy 38 years, so don’t be lecturing me about what not to eat.

  • Shade

    Purple is caused by a rare inherent condition. It’s also a sigh someone might be a werewolf.

  • The guy in knickers

    I peed in the pool.. yeaaaa

  • Alfred

    Unless you just drank a cup ot two of beet juice freshly juiced. I did that and had purple urine for a day. No such thing as purple urine, bah humbug. Quacks, the whole lot of them.
    Its not a science, its an art, thats why its called a practice of medicine.

  • Jessica N. Casimir

    surprised they didn’t mention brown or black urine. and fizzy/foamy urine doesn’t just indicate a kidney problem… indicates kidney failure.

  • joan

    Ok…first time I disagree…my daughter’s apendex ruptured at the age of 6…gangrene set in quickly and she was urinating green from this…please correct your opinion of this, thank you.

  • Lola Rose-N-Bush

    A visit to my PCP was a constant reminder my ‘gold’ colored urine was a sign of dehydration but I drank water constantly, it didn’t make sense until I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. The signs were obvious to those previously diagnosed but to the ‘new-by’ nothing made sense. There were times when I’d ‘pee’ every 15 minutes sometimes more than 30 times a day than I’d go for hours w/o ‘peeing’ my sisters laughed (I wet the bed as a child) and they blamed it on my imagination (a really vivid imagination if I must say so which I must since no one else will).
    The blurred vision I’d blame on looking at a computer all day, if I couldn’t sleep a prescribed pill such as “Lunesta” which had no affect whatsoever. A normal thinking adult would think ‘gee maybe it’s something wrong with me specifically’. Once my sugar level dropped I’d finally sleep even though it might’ve been 3 AM and I knew I had to wake at 6 AM to get ready for work.
    I suppose the most prominent time I realized it wasn’t my imagination was when I was at work I couldn’t keep my eyes open and I told my Boss I had to go home, while heading north on I-95 I slammed on my brakes while travelling at about 65 mph due to what I thought was a stopped jeep in the middle lane. Thank you “Jesus” it was simply put the shadow of my jeep. So, needless to say I became suspicious of the weird things happening.
    I also recall feeling shakey (so much so that others could see my tremors) as any intelligent person would think I blamed it on an ‘empty stomach’, the orange spots I saw were also due to either not eating or looking at a computer too much. Oh and yes, let us not forget the pain I had, my feet were like walking on pins and needles this too occurred to my hands again blaming the 8 hour plus usage of the computer. My headaches often disabling but I kept forging on I blamed on TMJ (which was acceptable since my jaw clicks with any movement whatsoever) or my glasses I actually wore 2 pairs (one pair to read small print and another pair to see the computer screen) simultaneously and looked like an eyeglass commercial.
    I should also mention the ‘heart pounding’ wherein which I simply could not sit still, my swinging foot gave me relief at meetings or in my office but that’s not a response when sitting in miles and miles of backed up traffic. So, yes I’m a stupid idiot that didn’t recognize the effects of blood sugar levels; as it stands now my ‘pee’ is light golden and scentless. That is of course as long as I take Metformin 2K mg daily (AM and PM with food). The aforementioned are items normal people are not made aware of until they seek professional medical advice in search of answers for this, that and the other…..Lola

  • Tywaggs

    I’m pretty sure they is a such thing as purple urine I mean it could of been bs I saw on TV but if pee is left in the sun and turns into a purpleish color it’s some sort of super rare disease I believe it’s called
    Acute intermittent porphyria of course it won’t come out of u purple but there is a such thing as purple urine

  • Kathy DeCant Haller

    amazing.

  • DBP

    My dad was a pharmacist and one day a panicked patient of his came in the store. Her urine WAS PURPLE. It can happen if certain drugs are taken at the same time. My Dad diagnosed the problem and told the patient to tell each of her two doctors what the other was prescribing! She thought she was dying, but it was just the combination of two different drugs.

  • Tom

    Cures??? The Best cure is not to get sick, stay away from those Quacks they will Bleed you to death. There is no cure . If there was a cure they would be out of Business along with the poison manufactures. you get something they will prolong your visits to keep on seeing them so they can extract more of your Hard owned money. watch yourself and what you eat and you will never have to visit those Quacks. I’m 68 years old and never in my younger days ever went to a Quack because I did not need to. now I’m 68 and on Medicare and its doctors all the time Check ups visits for this and for that, and trying to push poisons on me which I do not take. They tell you it will help you get better, but the fact is you get worse and keep on going to them and you get poorer and they and the poison manufactures get Richer.

  • Pay Jerome

    GLAD THIS CHART WUZ POSTED

  • peepee

    fort payne,al makes millions of dollars on colors an uren test.they love to wactch it,smell it,an shack it once an awhile, but most of all they like to put you in a room an lock the door if you have disease or they might just try another color an tell you to pay up frount for a couple more years.i wish they had to check their color uren for diseases.so good luck to all no disease free money pissers of fort payne al.

  • elmyra dickerson

    What if you eat onions and fish and you urinate and it smells like fish or onions?

    • Political_Poop

      Or garlic??

  • R. Hamilton

    Bright yellow could still be well hydrated if you just took a vitamin pill with B2 (riboflavin) in it.

    There used to be a (supposed) diuretic called Dewitt’s Kidney and Bladder Pills that had lots of methylene blue in it. Alone, they’d turn urine bright blue; with B2, the result would be almost fluorescent green.

    All of those effects typically lasted less than a day unless you took more.

  • dstampfer

    Nicely done, but purple urine IS possible. If you have blue urine from taking a medication dye like methylene blue and also have blood in your urine making it reddish (but not opaque red from too much blood) you will have purple urine. Good news is that if these things are happening, you’re probably already under the care of a urologist.

  • Have some common sense

    Wow! Where do you live, Ozric? That isn’t my experience at all but I live in a small town. I think people can monitor a lot of their health and should try alternatives such as those given by integrative medicine doctors. However, to shun them all and proclaim no one needs them is short sighted. I have a friend who would have been dead from a very deadly cancer without them. Yes, she was a very proactive patient which undoubtedly helped save her life as well but without them she would be gone, leaving two very young daughters to a lifetime without their beloved mother.

    Also, she is well because she gave up eating garbage and grew her own food too ! But the medical community and the billions of dollars put into research also saved her. Being cavalier about doctors is too easy. Saying you would rather be dead is anger that is more likely to kill you than they are. Try some loving-kindness meditation to help you let go of the anger and see the medical community clearly. Some are good and some aren’t just as in every profession. Everyone should be participating in maintaining their health.

    2013 has been a bad year for me with serious back issues. I had to keep shopping to find doctors I thought made sense for my problem, something we all should do rather than throw all their knowledge away.

    And very importantly, neither i nor anyone in my family are in the medical community in any capacity. I’m just a 60 year old housewife with some common sense. I don’t want to die rather than go to doctors! Life is too short as it is!
    BE WELL.

  • guest

    I was born with Spina Bifada, which has messed up a lot of body parts, i lost my leg to osteomylitis, I have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and now i’m in stage 4 chronic kidney decease. I had utis my entire life until i got an indwelling cathater 3 years ago. please people

  • tiz

    I once pissed the color of a cola. Went to ER after two visits and major pain they did a CT to find a kidney stone 12mm. Had to have lithotripsy. Costed roughly $30,000 usd. After insurance I was left with oweing $4,000usd. Could have prevented they said at first after analysis turns out its hereditary.

  • To Your Health

    Drink it for it’s excellent health benefits. Google Urine Therapy to learn more. Millions in China and Russia and the rest of the world have used this for tens of thousands of years to cure diseases that now fill hospitals around the so called developed world. Two ounces early in the morning, every morning. Change your life!!! Use as an eye wash for better vision. Ever heard of Murine, it’s artificial Urine for the eyes. The real stuff works much better. This is not a joke. I’ve used it for six years now and noticed health improvements with in a month. Google Urine!!

  • rambrose

    Actually, there is such a thing as purple urine. It is very, very rare but it can occur with a severe episodes of certain types of porphyria. Should that happen to you you should get to a hospital right away – it can be life threatening.

  • bibslak

    On a related matter, why does “asparagus pee” smell strongly the way it does ?

  • rlpl02

    Purple urine – urine can turn purple when exposed to light if someone has porphyria–the madness of King George (and so many other royals). There is also a thing called purple urine bag syndrome which is associated with urinary tract infection. Odd, this is from a health clinic website where someone failed to do research. That speaks volumes about them.

  • woogiespeed

    Oh My All This Over the Color of Your Urine , Please People Get a Grip, I Mean Seriously !

  • Mary

    I thought this was a place to comment or ask questions about the above subject on urine color and health issues. Please go rant somewhere else.

  • LydiasDad

    Bottom line: Obamacare is a disaster. To tie it into the article, Obama is pissing our money away. His urine is green.

  • RedBloodedAmerican

    I’m from the USA and I’m trying to get my head around this “Who has the best healthcare” thing. Those of you who aren’t from the USA are saying we have the worst healthcare because it costs to much. Those of us from the USA are saying we don’t want a “socialist society” because we aren’t free. Those of you who are not from the USA say your taxpayer funded heathcare system is the best way. So how are we going to solve the “who has the best societal system” the USA’s capitalism or your Socialism? I say we solve it by the old standard “Those with the most toys wins” because it basically shows who has the best living. As we all know the USA has the most toys as a per capita in the world So USA wins this argument. Yes we have a high cost of healthcare but overall we have a very healthy society. I thing because we play hard which keeps us healthy. So USA wins… again.

    • j

      You’re a moron

  • anoynomous

    I’ve been listening to all the comments about health care, when in fact, with a little discipline and watching what you eat,
    you wouldn’t need all this health care coverage. Anyway this great country is so deep in debt with other countries it will
    NEVER get out from under the financial pressure it is under. Healthcare will be the least of our worries in the near future.

  • Danny

    I saw an episode of scrubs where the patient had porphyria that caused pee that turned purple in the sun. Pretty sure it’s a real thing.

  • Scott

    I am absolutely shocked that ‘tea colored’ urine is not mentioned, as that is a telltale sign of kidney failure. I should know- Im a crush syndrome survivor who has experienced 100% kidney failure and lived to tell about it. A tea colored urine sample is what led the docs in the ER discover my kidneys had become clogged and failed.

  • annony

    while the medical profession is so blatantly uncaring corrupt and dysfunctional only because it is allowed to be. could care less about ur life over dollar. why would they make a fas when u chose to die??? if i had choice id be dead right now. and only because of what drs did or did not do to my life….. no other reason i lived and loved my life. not to have it talked away by evil..

  • annony

    i forgot why i people were reading this aricle on URINE. ok what they say here is partially full ofshit. m urine turns dark when i eat sugar or carbs , they do not speak of this. and smells like raw chicken.. sometime yellow when i don’t eat trash or coffee ,and clear when i eat watermelon veg and other..

  • mo

    Obviously a very racist article.

  • Paul F LeBlanc

    I beg to differ ….this is bad medical advise !!! About 20 years ago I started peeing PURPLE …. The doctor said it’s either blood in your urine, or you have Porphyria. I tested positive for Porphyria ….Go back to Med School

  • Joey X. Monaco

    if i remember correctly, porphyria makes urine turn purple if the urine is exposed to uv rays from sunlight or artificial lights

  • Condensate

    I pee rainbows.

  • Political_Poop

    Purple pee IS possible. I’m very surprised the Cleveland Clinic said different.

  • paul tqm

    What. if your urine changes color midstream …or glows in the dark?

  • AllenS_67

    Colour is one thing, what about smell?! Onions, garlic, apples, sometimes horse pee smells better. Nothing like an adventure in your inner self and what is really going on.

  • EmilyGoodall

    Dohhh that Cleveland Clinic . . . Big Pharma’s little angle.

  • mateo.luiz

    this info blurb is ironic since it came from the Cleveland Clinic and claims that they is no such thing as purple urine. I went to university in Cleveland and there is a certain fraternity there that will spike the drinks of pledges with potassium permangenate to turn their urine the fraternity color: purple….

  • someone

    Is it the color of pee in the bowl or when it comes out? I saw that it’s a lot lighter when it comes out.

  • BOOM BOOM

    Bright orange pee from too much cocaine

  • Monique DesBazielles

    All I have to say is :

    Matthew 7

    King James Version (KJV)

    7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

  • JustMe

    Blunt, but great. Thanks. I have to drink more water.

  • Fifty Ville

    Pink to Reddish: You’ve had enough cherry Kool-Aid.

  • WillyV

    Don’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day and green beer.

  • mrego

    Purple-can be a side effect of taking phenolphthalein, a medication that
    has long been used as a laxative, but is falling out of favor because
    of concerns that it may cause cancer.

  • ronwf

    If your urine is green then you’ve been drinking at my old fraternity house out of the wrong wine bottle on Columbus Day – the one that the upperclassmen slipped some bromphenol blue into.

  • RustyShackleford1911

    B complex Vitamins will change the color.

  • deener

    nearly-fluorescent, bright yellow urine can be indicative of a lot of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in the bloodstream.

  • Sjogrens syndrome

    I have Sjogrens with an autoamune disease. The autoamune disease was not realy talked about the specialist. He was more concerned with my Sjogrens. I have had the dry mouth and eyes for a long time and was told it has advanced to affect the soft tissue. What does that mean? Everything I have read says the same thing but does’nt make any sence to me. Can you help?

  • Lisa33

    Turned into a Medicaid war of words? Here’s what the frauds, I know of, do: They claim mental disorders! However, if these folks don’t continue w/medical treatment, why isn’t their checks taken away? Given time, they all quit the “crazy” pills and don’t even bother w/a free, group therapy meeting. Get the frauds off and provide better care to those in true need! It can’t be that hard to review these cases when so much data is electronically available! Also, PROTEIN in the urine may happen if you are HIGHLY ATHLETIC! For yrs I was often given antibiotics, due to this, by mistake, fyi.

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  • Ralph

    Really people you turn from piss to politics!

  • tasha

    I can see the connection between pee and politics.;)

  • oreanasen

    It’s amazing how an article giving information on ways to help monitor your own health can turn into a political debate.

  • Doug

    Purple pee (and blue, green & red) can be seen in acute intermittent porphyria. Hippopotami pee red.

  • lucifer

    bs your urine should be clear it means youre well hydrated

  • solidgoldpee

    i read all the comments below and no one has commented on the most important issues that have yet to be discussed: My piss comes out as a solid. What about that?

    • concernedpisser

      This is one of the most important issues facing our nation today.

    • peeinterrupted

      I’ve heard of this before. You start to pee out liquid but then it becomes goopier and then after a while you are pooping out your urethra. I remember listening to a show on NPR about this.

  • Jen L Dawe

    Vitamin B complex will turn urine an almost neon yellow…..DO NOT PANIC, like I did :)

    • Matthew Fleisher

      Almost any vitamin will do that, especially high doses of C. It’s caused by cheap vitamins and minerals that your body can’t absorb. Your kidneys are just doing their job.

  • aamericannovice

    What about the smell part of this story?

    • Matthew Fleisher

      Give it a sniff and let us know…

      • aamericannovice

        Asparagus does it.

  • peter

    Sweden also Have free healthcare, i get stelara medicin for 15.000 US dollar per year and i Pay Only a fee of 100 US dollar

  • Gabriel Nuñez

    Sometimes my urine is orange ls orange like some other times is real light, and they’re times when it smells is very stinky. What I think that it could be my medications but in the other hand it doesn’t happen all the time any advice?