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Published December 15, 2013 by Tony


After reading this article you’ll realize that sexual activity is comparable to a sport, better than a drug, but more fulfilling and without side effects. One of the latest scientific studies on sex, led by Barry Komisaruk (University of New Jersey), who for ten years has been studying how neurons affect pleasure, says that an orgasm works better than a sudoku or other mental exercises, avoiding their degradation.
In the light of the findings conducted to date, it seems that sex is the panacea for many ailments, especially those due to aging, from the immune system to the heart, from the skin to the bone, and… up your mood!
And, in light of all these researches, old and new, in the points listed below you find 20 good reasons not to give up sex, and indeed to have it more frequently.

One more intense sexual activity improves the quality of male sperm. Similarly, sex also regulates female hormones, increasing the chance of conceiving.

Having sex a couple of times a week increases 30% the levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that protects against infections.

According to a study by David Weeks of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, men and women, with an active sex life, look from 5 to 7 years younger than their biological age.

Sex increases the production of estrogen, a hormone that helps to keep the skin young. Hormone that unfortunately decreases after menopause.

Sexual activity increases 5 times the levels of the natural hormone DHEA, which is considered the hormone of youth.

An Australian research suggests that three orgasms a week reduces mortality more than in people having one orgasm a week.

In many women, sexual activity reduces muscle tension of the uterus, relieving pain due to the menstrual cycle.

As in any sport or physical activity, even sex fights hypertension in both sexes.

A regular sexual activity (three times a week according to the Queen’s University of Belfast), remove cardiovascular problems and prevents stroke. Another Israeli study indicates that in women more sexually active the risks of myocardial decrease by 30%.

The frequent sexual activity promotes the production of pheromones, chemicals that, like in animals, help to attract a partner.

Similarly to the sport, sexual activity causes the release of endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitter and hormone that have to do with pleasure and satisfaction.

One University of Texas study shows that one of the psychological benefits of sex is to increase people self-confidence.

Sexual activity strengthens the muscles of the pelvic floor (urinary-genital area). Typically, these muscles relax with age and after menopause.

Sex also has an analgesic effect due to increased levels of oxytocin. The same hormone that helps to decrease the pain of childbirth.

Oxytocin, released during and after sex, gives a relaxing effect helping to sleep.

The increase of estrogen, resulting from a regular sexual activity, helps to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

A constant sexual activity after age 50, it decreases the risk of prostate cancer.

According to dr. Debby Herbenick, sex in the morning does improve mood during the whole day.

A study of “Psychological Journal” states that sexual activity causes the decrease of cortisol, the stress hormone.

20. Finally, if all this is not enough for you, please know that 30 minutes of sex burns about 100 grams of calories, and most importantly, if you are imaginative and change positions in bed, it is as if you are doing physical activity, toning your body’s muscles.


Published May 17, 2013 by Tony


The eating disorders are on the rise (a sort of DSM), especially among women, and not only among adolescents, because today even forties chase a stereotypical model of beauty, with the illusion of stopping time and find a sexier body.
In Italy, this problem affects 5% of women and becomes a social problem.
Yet, the death of Isabelle Caro, the French fashion model who made scandal for her photos for a campaign against anorexia, should serve as a warning.
In Italy, about 0.8% of the population suffer from anorexia, but a much greater proportion suffer from eating disorders, of which 9 out of 10 are female.
The true Anorexia leads women to get excited for their thinness, to maintain at all costs and become fasting-dependent. The next step is bulimia, a worse condition because it is not about thinness that can lead to death, but thru the bad and constant habit to eat and vomit or purging, even with the use of drugs.
The reflection is not to be done on standards of beauty but rather on the media mechanisms that induce these canons, especially for women at an age close to menopause. Once, at that age women no longer had the duty to express sexual signals, becoming free.
Today, also this freedom is vanishing.


Published March 2, 2013 by Tony


In the history of medicine, over the time, numerous cases of rare diseases or malformations have been reported and documented, and from the time of the daguerreotype on many of them were also immortalized. Singular cases, sometimes so bizarre and abnormal to create real monstrosity. For this reason, in the past centuries, some of these people became phenomena attraction for circuses (freaks) or part of the collections of medical and scientific museums. I cannot deny that during this photographic search, came across some picture and testimonial so disturbing and strong to bring me to exclude some of them, and though these images show unusual syndromes, I tried to select the older one. Where specified, you will find the type of disease, the time, and the name of the subject.

Elephantiasis Cases
[A disease characterized by the thickening of the skin and underlying tissues, due to a microscopic parasitic worms]

Joseph Carey Merrick

Joseph Carey Merrick
(5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890),  was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named the Elephant Man.

elephantiasis elephantiasis
elephantiasis Baron Raimund von Stillfried, (1839 – 1911), was an Austrian photographer.
Bellevue Venus- Oscar G. Mason's portrait “Bellevue Venus” portrait.
Oscar G. Mason (1830 – March 16, 1921), better known was an American photographer and radiographer at the department of Bellevue Hospital in NYC.

Hands and Legs Deformity

lobster boy

Grady Franklin Stiles, Jr. (1937 – 1992) known as Lobster Boy”,was a freak show performer with ectrodactyly deformity, in which fingers and toes are fused together to form claw-like extremities.

Marfan syndrome Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. People with Marfan tend to be unusually tall, with long limbs and long, thin fingers.
Ella Harper Ella Harper (born in Tennessee in 1873), known as the “Camel Girl“,was born with an orthopedic condition that caused her knees to bend backwards.
Blanche Dumas Blanche Dumas was born on the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1860. and had a third leg attached to her sacrum. Her pelvis was wider than normal and with double genitalia.
Francesco Lentini Francesco Lentini (1881-1966) was born in Sicily with with three legs, and two sets of functioning male genitals.
hugh baily Hugh or Huey Baily was born in Louisiana around 1936 and appears to have had OI or very rare type of dwarfism.
Johnny Eck the “Half-Boy” with his twin brother Robert Johnny Eck, (Baltimore 1911 – 1991), an American freak show performer and was born with a birth defect that deprived him of the entire lower part of the body, starting from the end of the ribcage. Although equipped with pelvis, feet and legs, they were minute, malformed and non-functional.
John Dougs John Doogs, known professionally as Nicodemus, was born in 1863 with two shortened legs and one truncated arm
Acromesomelic Dysplasia Cases of Acromesomelic Dysplasia
Prince Randian Prince Randian or Prince Rardion (ca. 1871 – 1934), also known as The Snake Man, The Living Torso, The Human Caterpillar, a famous limbless American performer, was born with tetra-amelia syndrome.
Sirenomelia is a rare congenital malformation Sirenomelia, known as Mermaid Syndrome, is a very rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together, giving them the appearance of a mermaid’s tail.
Mutter Willard Family

Historic Medical Photographs, a photograph from the Willard work at Mütter Museum

myrtle corbin Josephene Myrtle Corbin (1868 Tennessee, 1928 Texas) was born with a dipygus, two separate pelvises side by side from the waist down.
Dwarfism, Gigantism,  Obesity
Francis Joseph Flynn Francis Joseph Flynn (1864–1898), known as General Mite, was an American who performed as a showman at various competitions as the smallest man in the word. The back of one of his Cart-de-Visite photos states that at 16 years old, he was 22 inches in height and 9 pounds.
Carrie Akers Carrie Akers was a double feature in the world of sideshow – she was both a midget and a Fat Lady. While the date of her birth is not certain, Carrie  weighed a purported 309 pounds and stood only 34 inches tall.
tumblr_lxjjjeNmAK1r84gmfo1_400 Medusa Van Allen (1908-1943), “The Sunshine Girl”. After she was born, her bones never grew, (only her head) making it impossible to even sit up. She exhibited with Ripley’s in the 1930’s
John William Rogan (1868-1905) Sumner County, Tennessee John William Rogan (1868-1905),Tennessee, is one of 17 known people in medical history to reach a height of 8 feet (2.44 m) or more.
Robert Wadlow reached 8’11.1” (272 cm) Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918–1940) is the tallest person in history. Sometimes known as the Alton Giant or Giant of Illinois Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m)in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22.
Robert Earl Hughes, over 1,000 pounds Robert Earl Hughes (1926 – 1958) was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history. Hughes was born in Illinois an at the age of six, he weighed about 92 kilograms (200 lb), while later the highest and confirmed was 1,041 pounds (472 kg).
The Living Skeleton by jack_mord Isaac W. Sprague (1841-1887), Bridgewater MA, called the ”Living Skeleton”, at the age of 12 he began rapidly losing weight despite having a healthy appetite. He apparently suffered from an extreme case of muscular atrophy, having a weigh less than 50 pounds.

[or goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland which can lead to a swelling of the neck or larynx

goiter struma

Genitals Abnormalities

ectopic_testis genital cysts
scrotal elefantiasis elephantisis
hermaphrodite Mutter Museum archive
Intersex is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, and genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as female/male sex binary. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity.
Mutter Museum Theodore, a four year-old boy with precociously developed adult genitalia. The physician was Dr. Robert King Stone (1822-1872), a professor of physiological anatomy in the National Medical College at Washington. Mütter Museum.
Precocious Puberty Picture-of-Kids-suffering-from-Early-Puberty
Precocious%20puberty As a medical term, precocious puberty describes puberty occurring at an unusually early age. In most of these children, the process is normal in every respect except the unusually early age, and simply represents a variation of normal development. In a minority of children, the early development is triggered by a disease.
early puberty transactions
 Il portoghese Ean (or Juan) Baptista dos SantosJean (or Juan) Baptista dos Santos was born in Portugal around 1843.It was not dos Santos’ three legs that most
excited medical men, but his double genitalia. He possessed two functioning penes and three scrota, the outer two of which each contained a single testis. Wrote the photographer C.D. Fredericks, creator of the only known photograph of dos Santos, in 1865, “….He functionates with both of the penes, finishing with one, then continues with the other.” He urinated and achieved erections with both penes simultaneously.
Parasitic genitals twin parasitic genitals

Hyper –


 [also called Ambras syndrome is an abnormal amount of hair growth on the body.  Extensive cases of hypertrichosis have  informally been called werewolf syndrome]
jo jo The Russian Fedor Jeftichew (1868 – 1904), known as “Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Man”, became a famous sideshow performer in United States of America.
Stephan Bibrowsky Stephan Bibrowski (Poland, 1891–1932), better known as Lionel the Lion-faced Man, was a famous sideshow performer.
Ambras syndrome A recent example of Ambras Syndrome. A  girl named Supatra, from Thailand, with thick hair growing оver hеr fаce, еars, аrms, lеgs аnd bаck. Nоthing cоuld stоp the hair growth, even laser treatment.

Conjoined twins

and Parasitism

[A rare phenomenon of identical twins whose bodies are joined in utero. Parasitic twins occur when an embryo begins developing in
 utero, but the pair does not fully  separate, and one embryo maintains dominant development at the expense of the other.]
Pascual Pignon Pasqual Pinon (1889–1929), known as The Two-Headed Mexican, was a performer with the Sells-Floto Circus in the early 1900s.
tocci Giacomo and Giovanni Battista Tocci were Dicephalic conjoined twins born in Italy between 1875 and 1877.

Cutaneous Horn

Madame Dimanche Madame Dimanche, called Widow Sunday, a French woman living in Paris in the early 19th century, grew, in six years from the age of 76, a 24.9 cm (9.8″) horn from her forehead before it was successfully removed.
Wang exhibit in Ripley’s Museum Wang, a Chinese farmer from Manchuria, had a 13-inch horn protruding from the back of his head. This 1930 photo was featured in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Others malformations

Monosomy X abortus
Early documented case of progeria, c. 1905._400
Thalidomide effects


Published October 17, 2012 by Tony


After the apprehension for the Hantavirus, the viral infection of animal origin broke out in Yosemite Park in California, of which there is no vaccine and that can lead to death, another alarm now comes from England.
The alarm was set up following the death of a man and the hospitalization of another coming back from Qatar. At first it was thought that the infection was due to SARS, as the symptoms of the disease left suppose, instead scientists have then identified a new virus that already had caused some deaths in Congo in the past, whose infection is transmitted by ticks found on domestic and wild African and Asian animals. What frightens most virologists is that the symptoms of this new virus, unlike SARS, may not become visible before the spread of infection, and this could lead to a severe pandemic which there is no cure or vaccine.
For those who think that an Asian virus could hardly reach their distant country, change your mind please…. with the goods that travel everyday and reaches all the ports of the world, or people who move around the globe, the transmission of a virus is very easy nowadays. Oh, poor us!