PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF: The Straight Dope On Kelloggs, Masturbation, Enemas And Circumcision

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phelps_bong.thumbnail.jpgBREAKING: Eight people connected to a South Carolina party where Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was allegedly photographed smoking pot from a bong have been arrested, WIS-TV reported. Officers from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department arrested seven of the suspects for possession of marijuana and the eighth for dealing, according to the station. One arrest included the suspected owner of the bong — who wasn’t even at the party, but was allegedly trying to sell the pipe on eBay for $100,000, WIS reported. The record-breaking Olympic gold medalist has not been charged in the case. But he has lost an endorsement contract with Kellogg’s and was suspended by USA Swimming for three months. MORE

HUFFPO: So far, three drug-policy reform groups – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Alliance – have all called for a boycott of Kellogg products until Michael Phelps is rehired. The groups have encouraged their members to reach out to Kellogg to share their opinions.  The Marijuana Policy Project is jumping into the boycott fray. “Our members are as angry about this as I’ve ever seen michael_phelps_smokes_weed.thumbnail.jpgthem. We’ve been besieged by emails and phone calls from people wanting to boycott Kellogg’s over the stupidity and unfairness of its action, so we will indeed be joining a boycott. This is a company that didn’t mind that Phelps had a conviction for drunk driving, an illegal act that could actually have killed someone. For them to dump him for relaxing with a substance that’s far safer than beer — less addictive, massively less toxic, and overwhelmingly less likely to make users violent or aggressive — is reprehensible. While boycotts are notoriously hard to pull off, the consumers who have made marijuana the number one cash crop in America represent a silent force that may just have been awakened big-time,” said spokesman Bruce Mirken. MORE

kellogg608.thumbnail.jpgWIKIPEDIA: John Harvey Kellogg (February 26, 1852 – December 14, 1943) was an American medical doctor in Battle Creek, Michigan, who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods, with a particular focus on nutrition, enemas and exercise. Kellogg was an advocate of vegetarianism and is best known for the invention of the corn flakes breakfast cereal with his brother, Will Keith Kellogg.

Kellogg made sure that the bowel of each and every patient was plied with water, from above and below. His favorite device was an enema machine that could rapidly instill several gallons of water in a series of enemas. Every water enema was followed by a pint of yogurt — half was eaten, the other half was administered by enema, “thus planting enemaoldschool.thumbnail.jpgthe protective germs where they are most needed and may render most effective service.” The yogurt served to replace the intestinal flora of the bowel, creating what Kellogg claimed was a squeaky-clean intestine.

He warned that many types of sexual activity, including many “excesses” that couples could be guilty of within marriage, were against nature, and therefore, extremely unhealthy. He drew on the warnings of William Acton and expressed support for the work of Anthony Comstock. He appears to have gone beyond his own advice, since though he and his wife were married for over 40 years, they never had sexual intercourse and had separate bedrooms all their lives. It has been suggested he worked on Plain Facts on their honeymoon.[11]

malechastity_belt_heyser_0_1.pngHe was an especially zealous campaigner against masturbation; this was an orthodox view during his lifetime, especially the earlier part. Kellogg was able to draw upon many medical sources who made claims such as that “neither the plague, nor war, nor small-pox, nor similar diseases, have produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of onanism,” credited to one Dr. Adam Clarke. Kellogg strongly warned against the habit in his own words, claiming of masturbation-related deaths “such a victim literally dies by his own hand,” among other condemnations. He felt that masturbation destroyed not only physical and mental health, but the moral health of individuals as well. Kellogg also believed the practice of “solitary-vice” caused cancer of the womb, urinary diseases, nocturnal emissions, impotence, epilepsy, insanity, and mental and physical debility – “dimness of vision” was only briefly mentioned.

RELATED: He made an issue of abstaining from all sexual relations himself, supposedly to prove that sex was not coffee_enema1a_1_1.jpgnecessary to health. Though he married Ella Eaton, their marriage was never consummated and they lived in separate apartments. It’s quite likely, though, that the doctor was in some way dysfunctional (one book suggests he had mumps). After breakfast every morning, he had an orderly give him an enema. This may mean he had klismaphilia, an anomaly of sexual functioning traceable to childhood in which an enema substitutes for regular sexual intercourse. For the klismaphile, putting the penis in the vagina is experienced as hard, dangerous, and repulsive work. MORE

RELATED: “A remedy [for masturbation] which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision…The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind…In females, the author has found the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement. ” — Dr. John Harvey Kellogg

phelps_kelloggs_boycott.thumbnail.jpgRELATED: William K. Kellogg had worked for his brother since the Sanitarium opened. An organizer with sharp business sense, W.K. wasn’t interested in crusading against masturbation or bad eating habits — he wanted to get paid. In the Doctor’s inventions, he saw a potential fortune. The problem was getting his brother to agree to anything; as he got older, Dr. Kellogg only seemed to grow more and more manic, refusing to compromise his ideals and commercialize his creations. The break-through came when W.K. convinced his brother that they should form a new company to manufacture corn flakes. The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company was incorporated in 1906 and placed under W.K.’s management. Dr. Kellogg was the majority stockholder, but he distributed part of this stock among the Sanitarium doctors. Later, while Dr. Kellogg was away in Europe visiting Pavlov, W.K. went around and bought up the stock until he personally owned a majority. The new president, W.K., promptly put his signature on the box and renamed the company that was ultimately to become Kellogg Co. MOREmichael_phelps_for_subway.jpg

USA TODAY: The Michael Phelps saga continues to surprise. After cereal and snack marketer Kellogg’s said it would not resign the Olympic hero as an endorser due to his now infamous bong photo, some speculated fellow sponsor Subway would follow suit. Surprise. After days of silence, Subway said Friday night it was supporting the Olympic swimming star. “Like most Americans, and like Michael Phelps himself, we were disappointed in his behavior,” Subway said in a statement. “Also like most Americans, we accept his apology. Moving forward, he remains in our plans.” Political campaigns and corporate marketers often wait until Friday night to release bad news. But in this case, Subway waited till the end of the week to support the Olympic swimmer. But wait, it’s not over yet. AdAge.com reported Friday that Subway was likely to “backburner” its first TV campaign starring Phelps. MORE

rihanna.thumbnail.jpgTMZ: Law enforcement sources have now gotten specific with us… police took pictures of Rihanna‘s injuries and they are “horrific.” As we reported, the photos show major contusions on both sides of the singer’s face — there is serious swelling and bruising. Her lip is split and her nose bloody. We have now confirmed there are bite marks on one of her arms and on several fingers. And we now know this… Rihanna claims Brown struck her with his fists and that’s what did the damage. There was no object used in the alleged attack. Rihanna refused treatment at the scene, but before she left cops took photos. We’re told the photos alone are “devastating proof of abuse.” MORE

US MAGAZINE: A day after Chris Brown was booked on felony criminal threats charges, he pulled out of the NBA chris-brown-jv25.thumbnail.jpgAll-Stars, a league spokesperson confirmed to Usmagazine.com. “Chris Brown has withdrawn from NBA All-Star events,” the NBA rep told Us Monday. The singer was scheduled to participate in the basketball association’s All-Star festivities in Phoenix Sunday and was also planning to play in a celebrity game two days prior to the event. MORE

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Wrigley said in a statement Monday that it was suspending its ad campaigns featuring Chris Brown as its spokesman for Doublemint gum until the situation was resolved, but stopped short of saying they will drop the troubled R&B star completely. A company statement expresses concern about “serious allegations made against Chris Brown,” but added that the 19-year-old should be “afforded the same due process as any citizen.” MORE

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