Millie Mitra (center in red top) eats dinner with her family at her home in Benson Town, Bangalore, India. (Millie Mitra is featured in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) Millie, a vegan, has a thirst for alternative medicine and homeopathic healing, as well as a deep interest in how her diet affects her body. She has practiced Shivambu (sometimes spelled Sivambu), which is the drinking of one's own first morning urine (200 cc in her practice) as a curative and preventative measure, for over 15 years. Millie applies urine to her skin as well, for the same reasons. Her husband Abhik has tried Shivambu and she helped her children to practice it when they were young, but currently only Millie practices urine therapy.