Cornflakes Were Invented to Stop Masturbation

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New York: It seemed rather odd to connect cornflakes with masturbation, but believe it or not cornflakes were invented by John Harvey Kellog in the 19th century as a plain meal to prevent the urge to masturbate.

Kellog believed that sex and masturbation were unhealthy for the body and mind. He also advocated yoghurt enemas to prevent people seeking bodily pleasure. He was celibate, having never consummated his marriage and keeping a separate bedroom from his wife

n 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.

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He believed that a healthy lifestyle could cure most ailments. Meat and rich or flavoured foods increased sexual desire, he said. 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.