Monday, October 06, 2008

Cold Hard Nipples

"Are you taking care of your breasts?
Harden your nipples with daily washing in cold water."

Russia, circa 1930
(Early breast cancer awareness, perhaps?)

You laugh, but the therapeutic properties of cold water are being studied ... by researchers at the far fringes of the medical community, but studied nonetheless. Meanwhile, big pharma is working to secure the patent on a derivative of the chemical compound H20.

Picture credit: From Ghirlandajo, on Wikipedia


Meloncutter said...

Ya know? If someone caught me dipping my nipples into ice water, they would probably lock my fat ass away for a long time.

Hmmmmmm 3 hots and a cot vs today's economy? Might not be a bad idea.

Later Y'all.

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D. said...

Cold water has been studied for more than a century now. Unfortunately, mostly in Europe and Russia - language problems for mainstream America. But in this economy, it might be worthwhile to take our health in our own hands.

Cold water works. End every hot shower with a short cold shower (start with feet, then hands, then face, then whole body) - and within six weeks your immune system will be geared up to withstand colds and flu better. (Contraindicated in uncontrolled high blood pressure and arterial disease).

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author of "Health20 - Tap into the Healing Power of Water", McGraw Hill 2007.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

The prescribed "hardening of nipples" sounds more like preparation for breast feeding than buffing up ones immune system.

Great advertising picture.