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Yup. You read that right. You have Corn Flakes, or rather Dr Kellogg (the man behind Corn Flakes) to thank for your penis being cut at birth! Backstory time:

 

Dr. John Kellogg

Dr. John Kellogg

There is Dr. Jack Kellogg! This guy helped invent delicious, delicious cornflakes and hated sex.  When he graduated medical school, Dr Kellogg began working at the Battle Creek Sanitarium (which is the name he gave it). There they served a super healthy diet to all patients, and also gave daily yogurt enemas to cleanse the gut. Dr. Kellogg also mandated celibacy and stated almost all illness came from sexual intercourse (source). (FYI this guy was also a super big fan of eugenics and was kinda a racist douche. And by kinda I mean a GIANT racist)

But racism aside, he was pretty whacked out for other reasons. He had many therapies for his patients that included vibrating chairs, applying carbolic acid to the clitoris to prevent masturbation, immersing patients in radium laced ice water, and genital electro shock therapy. Surprisingly, the man was married. Not surprisingly, he lived his whole life not getting laid.
Here we have his  most famous quote on anti-masturbation:
Covering the organs with a cage has been practiced with entire success. A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision, especially when there is any degree of phimosis. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anæsthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment, as it may well be in some cases. The soreness which continues for several weeks interrupts the practice, and if it had not previously become too firmly fixed, it may be forgotten and not resumed. If any attempt is made to watch the child, he should be so carefully surrounded by vigilance that he cannot possibly transgress without detection. If he is only partially watched, he soon learns to elude observation, and thus the effect is only to make him cunning in his vice.(pg 295 of his book)

So, this guy thinks the best way to prevent masturbation (which will kill you I guess) is to CUT YOUR PENIS. SO, it became common practice to cut the penis of a boy when he was born in America so that he would not masturbate as a child and stay clean. This is what brought about the myth that a cut penis is cleaner than a whole penis. Then, as time went on, people kinda forgot what the original reason for circumcision was. And it became a ‘I want him to look like his dad/I heard it was cleaner thing’. And thats kinda it.

oh and true story, corn flakes were invented as a way to prevent you from wanting to have sex. I wish I was joking. Kellogg and his brother….Kellogg (Will to be exact) worked at the sanitarium and forced the patients to have a bland diet to combat their lust for sex. SO, they had created a pressed corn meal, and one day left it on to heat and bit too long, which caused it to flake instead of pressed. Thus, creating corn flakes.

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Megan Anthony is a full-time work at home mommy. We practice Positive Parenting Solutions, and love to discuss the information that we've learned.
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