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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Do Spammers Try to Sell
This Breast Enlargement Product?

I can imagine that spammers would latch onto this product:

A chewing gum which the makers say can help enhance the size, shape and tone of the breasts has proved to be a big hit in Japan. B2Up says its Bust-Up gum, when chewed three or four times a day, can also help improve circulation, reduce stress and fight ageing.

The plant's underground tubers [from which the gum is made] contain a number of chemicals called phytoestrogens - natural compounds which mimic the effects of the female sex hormone oestrogen.

These include miroestrol and deoxymiroestrol, which are believed to exert a particularly strong effect, as they are very close in chemical structure to oestradiol, the main human oestrogen.

B2Up says that it is the effect of these two chemicals, coupled with a third phytooestrogen isoflavone, which makes its gum so effective.
It cites tests carried out by Thailand's Chulalongkorn University which found Pueraria mirifica therapy was able to enhance breast size by 80%.
Further tests carried out in England found that the plant had a beneficial effect on the skin, and hair, as well as the breasts.

[Thanks to JC for this link.]
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