Back in the day, masturbation was pretty much viewed as a sin. In the 18th & 19th centuries, the act of “doing unto one’s self as they would otherwise do unto others” progressed from a morally reprehensible act to a medical condition that needed an urgent treatment and cure!
John Harvey Kellogg (yes, THAT Kellogg!) was a physician from Michigan. He was a staunch abstainer of sex…he never consummated his marriage and adopted his kids. He began a crusade to rid the world of the evils of self-satisfaction!
It was believed that some of the triggers to indulge in the act included diet…meat and flavoured or spicy foods increased the desire, while plain or bland foods helped the urges to subside. According to recent article in Mentalfloss – “Kellogg cataloged 39 different symptoms of a person plagued by masturbation, including general infirmity, defective development, mood swings, fickleness, bashfulness, boldness, bad posture, stiff joints, fondness for spicy foods, acne, palpitations, and epilepsy” WOW!!
So, Kellogg began developing foods/cereals that would aid sufferers! One of those creations is still eaten & enjoyed today – Cornflakes!! Yes, that yummy bowl of flakey goodness you enjoyed as a child…and probably serve your kids now, was originally meant to stop people from…well…you know!
In the future, if you notice any…er…nefarious websites popping up on your kid’s browser history, you might wanna slide over a bowl of Cornflakes to the guilty party and say “chow down!!”
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