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Health Rubs

Jim Burroway

April 17th, 2008

Did you know that masturbation can prevent prostate cancer? It appears so, according to this new study:

Frequent sexual intercourse and masturbation protects men against a common form of cancer, suggests the largest study of the issue to date yet.

The US study, which followed nearly 30,000 men over eight years, showed that those that ejaculated most frequently were significantly less likely to get prostate cancer. The results back the findings of a smaller Australian study revealed by New Scientist in July 2003 that asserted that masturbation was good for men.

In the US study, the group with the highest lifetime average of ejaculation – 21 times per month – were a third less likely to develop the cancer than the reference group, who ejaculated four to seven times a month.

I wonder if John Smid has heard about this? He’s the outgoing Executive Director of the Memphis-based Love In Action ex-gay residential program who gave an entire workshop on the evils of masturbation at the 2007 Exodus conference last summer. It was definitely the single most bizarre talk have I ever attended in my lifetime. Especially when he bragged, “My wife’s vagina is enough… God created her for my fit” to a room full of struggling celibate ex-gays.

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The “good part” is at the 2:18 mark.

Smid also told his audience that he heard from a Brazilian physician that masturbating actually harmed the immune system. This is how Smid described that conversation:

He said, men actually, when they live in sexual self-control and restraint, actually those hormones and those secretions are reabsorbed into the body, which stimulates the immune system of the male. This is a physician. He said that’s something that’s not often taught because the physician world is built up of a lot of men that don’t want to teach things like that because they don’t want to let people know that they can’t, you know, it’s really kind of a secret. He said we really don’t let that out as physicians.

… And I thought okay, now, think about, who are probably the most unhealthy people? Sexually addicted people. Physically unhealthy. You know, because first of all we’re not taking care of ourselves, we don’t feel good about ourselves. But we’re also possibly eliminating a source of our own immune system boosters. I mean it was very interesting when he said that.

I think we’ve met the very definition of “junk science” here.

Meanwhile, back in the world where real science takes place, Dr. Michael Leitzmann at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda found that spankin’ it about every other day ought to do the trick:

More than 12 ejaculations per month would start conferring the benefit – on average every second day or so,” he says.

However, whilst the findings are statistically significant, Leitzmann remains cautious. “I don’t believe at this point our research would warrant suggesting men should alter their sexual behaviour in order to modify their risk.”

But on the other hand, it couldn’t hurt.



April 17th, 2008 | LINK

But on the other hand

Tee hee

April 17th, 2008 | LINK

exciting news, no pun intended LOL

neil h
April 17th, 2008 | LINK

I think the song ‘I’m a wanker‘ is very appropriate in this case! :-)

Jason D
April 17th, 2008 | LINK

perhaps smid will be citing The Road To Wellville next?

April 17th, 2008 | LINK

[Insert clever hairy palm, blindness, etc. joke here.]

April 17th, 2008 | LINK

what about the womens?!

David Anthony
April 17th, 2008 | LINK

I know I commented here about this being the end of the old Taoist wisdom about men preserving their health by conserving their semen.

But it has dissappeared!

Tim Curran
April 18th, 2008 | LINK

Um, “new study”? The New Scientist story you link to is from April 2004. That’s your idea of new?

Jim Burroway
April 18th, 2008 | LINK

Good lord, you’re right. How embarrassing. Strike the “new”.

April 18th, 2008 | LINK

“what about the womens?!”

Uhh….. They don’t have prostrate glands…

April 19th, 2008 | LINK

I do what I can to keep my prostate healthy. I also have a man in once a fortnight or so, to check it out.

April 19th, 2008 | LINK

Could you post a pic of his wife – I’d like to see if her vagina is enough for me.

Bill Browne
April 19th, 2008 | LINK

That’s why I don’t attend seminars like this. They would have thrown me out for laughing.

Samantha Davis
April 20th, 2008 | LINK

But on the other hand, it couldn’t hurt.

It might chafe though…

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