Post link 05 August 2015, 11:40
What do Corn Flakes and masturbation have in common? Mr Kellogg believed sexual desires caused disease and invented the plain cereal to stop self-pleasuring
- Corn flakes were invented by John Harvey Kellogg in the 19th century
- He believed sex and masturbation were unhealthy for the body and mind
- Created corn flakes as a decidedly plain meal to prevent masturbation
- Also advocated yoghurt enemas to prevent people pleasuring themselves


For people the world over, a bowl of corn flakes is the go-to breakfast of choice.

But for the majority of those who look forward to their morning bowl, it will come as a surprise that they were invented to stop people masturbating.

John Harvey Kellogg, who first created the cereal in the late 19th century, originally intended it to be a ‘healthy, ready-to-eat anti-masturbatory morning meal’, according to Mental Floss.

Mr Kellogg, a physician, was uncomfortable about sex, believing it was unhealthy for the body, mind and soul.
He was celibate, having never consummated his marriage and keeping a separate bedroom from his wife.
Their creator, John Harvey Kellogg, believed sex and masturbation was an 'abominable crime'

Kellogg's corn flakes were originally invented in the late 19th century to prevent masturbation. Their creator, John Harvey

Kellogg, believed sex and masturbation was an 'abominable crime'
He also adopted his children rather than impregnating his partner.
And while he was anti-sex, he considered masturbation even worse.

'Self-pollution is a crime doubly abominable,’ he wrote, according to Mental Floss journalists.
In his book Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life, he described 39 different symptoms which he said were caused by masturbation.

These included epilepsy, acne, bad posture, stiff joints, infirmity, poor development, fickleness, and palpitations.
He believed that a healthy lifestyle could cure most ailments.
Meat and rich or flavoured foods increased sexual desire, he said. Kellogg also developed an enema machine in which the bowels were cleaned out with yoghurt

Meanwhile, he believed plainer foods could help purify the body and mind.
While working as a physician at Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, he developed a range of breakfasts he believed would prevent a person from pleasuring themselves.

First, he made ‘granula’, a cereal where oats and corn were baked and then ground into tiny pieces.
Under the threat of legal action from another company who was already making the same product under the same name, Mr Kellogg changed the name of his invention to ‘granola’.

Next, Mr Kellogg developed an enema machine in which the intestines were cleaned out with water.
After flushing the bowels with water, he believed they would be further cleansed by administering a pint of yoghurt; half through the mouth and half through the anus.

And finally, Mr Kellogg developed a range of decidedly plain cereals, including corn flakes, which he believed would dampen the desire for masturbation.
He partnered with his brother Will, a businessman who later added sugar to corn flakes and went on to found the Kellogg Company.

Mr John Kellogg renounced this recipe, and the brothers were embroiled in a feud for decades.
Cereals and yoghurt aside, he also had other, more sinister ‘cures’ for masturbation.
For girls, he recommended applying carbolic acid to the clitoris to burn it.
And for boys, he suggested threading silver wire through the foreskin to prevent erections and cause irritation.

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