Literature on the dangers of masturbation from as early as the 18th century (serious)

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  1. tl;dr - masturbation can cause physical and mental health problems and people have been trying to warn others for years

    If you suffer from depression, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, poor memory then you should read this and investigate further

    John Harvey Kellogg (MD and creator of corn flakes cereal)

    Kellogg was able to draw upon many medical sources' claims such as "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. Kellogg 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.

    In the 1990s, Abd al-Aziz bin Baz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, argued masturbation causes disruption of the digestive system, inflammation of the testicles, damage to the spine, "trembling and instability in some parts of the body like the feet", weakening of the "cerebral glands" leading to decreased intellect and even "mental disorders and insanity".

    Immanuel Kant regarded masturbation as a violation of the moral law. In the Metaphysics of Morals (1797) he made the a posteriori argument that 'such an unnatural use of one's sexual attributes' strikes 'everyone upon his thinking of it' as 'a violation of one's duty to himself', and suggested that it was regarded as immoral even to give it its proper name (unlike the case of the similarly undutiful act of suicide). He went on, however, to acknowledge that 'it is not so easy to produce a rational demonstration of the inadmissibility of that unnatural use', but ultimately concluded that its immorality lay in the fact that 'a man gives up his personality when he uses himself merely as a means for the gratification of an animal drive'.

    A pamphlet first distributed in London in 1716 and attributed to Dutch theologian Dr. Balthazar Bekker, titled "Onania, or the Heinous Sin of self-Pollution, And All Its Frightful Consequences, In Both Sexes, Considered: With Spiritual and Physical Advice To Those Who Have Already Injured Themselves By This Abominable Practice." With dire warnings that those who so indulged would suffer:

    Disturbances of the stomach and digestion, loss of appetite or ravenous hunger, vomiting, nausea, weakening of the organs of breathing, coughing, hoarseness, paralysis, weakening of the organ of generation to the point of impotence, lack of libido, back pain, disorders of the eye and ear, total diminution of bodily powers, paleness, thinness, pimples on the face, decline of intellectual powers, loss of memory, attacks of rage, madness, idiocy, epilepsy, fever and finally suicide.

    In 1743�45, the British physician Robert James published A Medicinal Dictionary, in which he described masturbation as being "productive of the most deplorable and generally incurable disorders" and stated that "there is perhaps no sin productive of so many hideous consequences".

    Ellen White published a book entitled "An Appeal to Mothers. The Great Cause of the Physical, Mental, and Moral Ruin of the Children of Our Time". This was Mrs. White's first book on health reform. Its intent was to warn the world about the evils of solitary vice or masturbation.
    "After having indulged in this habit for a time, the child loses its bright and happy looks; it becomes pale with a greenish tint, the eyes are sunken, and surrounded by dark rings; the vermillion of the lips is faded, the limbs are attenuated, the muscles soft and flabby both in form and feature the child has the appearance of being old and worn out."

    In the 1870 book A Solemn Appeal Relative to Solitary Vice, and the Abuses and Excesses of the Marriage Relation, edited by James Springer White, husband of Ellen G. White, we find:

    If the practice [of self-indulgence] is continued from the age of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse he has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of his laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system, and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous tumors. Some of nature's fine machinery gives way, leaving a heavier task for the remaining to perform, which disorders nature's fine arrangement, and there is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution; and death is the result.

    Samuel-Auguste Tissot. In 1760, published L'Onanisme, his own comprehensive medical treatise on the purported ill-effects of masturbation. Citing case studies of young male masturbators amongst his patients in Switzerland as basis for his reasoning. Tissot argued that semen was an "essential oil" and "stimulus" that, when lost from the body in great amounts, would cause "a perceptible reduction of strength, of memory and even of reason; blurred vision, all the nervous
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  2. Da Werd

    Da Werd Fapstronaut

    Wowww :emoji_smile: if this were all true I would be dead or crippled by now :emoji_smile::emoji_smile::emoji_smile:

    Victorian era puritanism is known to be a little over-the-top. And medical authorities of the day prescribed mercury for all sorts of illnesses. All the time.

    Just saying. Of course abusing one's self isn't healthy but, come on... death by fapping? It would be a pandemic if so.
  3. TheForsakeen

    TheForsakeen Fapstronaut

    also blindness, he missed blindness.

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