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Friday, April 01, 2005

Hurt Me Some More..... Please!

BrianF sent me this (the one at the bottom of the page to which this link leads). Quite frankly, I don't care if it works -- I'm not trying it.

Russian scientists claim a beating with a cane on the naked buttocks is a way to cure everything from depression to alcoholism, reports Izvestia. Researchers at the Novosibirsk Institute of Medicine say the caning releases endorphins, leading to feelings of euphoria, a reduction of appetite, the release of sex hormones and an enhancement of the immune response. "The treatment works," says biologist Dr. Sergei Speransky. "I'm not sadistic, at least not in the classical sense, but I do advocate caning." Dr. Marina Chuhrova added she had 10 patients she caned regularly: "At first they didn't like it, but when they started to feel the benefits, they kept asking for more."
From one of my all-time favourite movies, "Thank you, sir! May I have another?"

The U.S. soldiers weren't torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib --
they were practicing Russian acu-caning.
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