Kellogg’s Corn Flakes - originally developed to stop boys masturbating.
Heavily influenced by Christian aversion to masturbation, Dr Kellogg argued that “if illicit commerce of the sexes is a heinous sin, self-pollution, or masturbation, is a crime doubly abominable. As a sin against nature, it has no parallel except in sodomy. It is the most dangerous of all sexual abuses because it is the most extensively practiced.”
The Adventists believed that a bland, meatless diet would help prevent boys from masturbating and so Kellogg developed corn flakes while managing the Battle Creek Sanitarium, which was owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was influential in the development of many of the Church’s distinctive health and dietary teachings and practices, although I doubt that enemas, and the daily introduction of a pint of yogurt into one’s rectum remains Church doctrine.
Kellogg devised additional remedies for masturbators, recommending that “to prevent children from this “solitary vice”, bandaging or tying their hands, covering their genitals with patented cages, sewing the foreskin shut and electrical shock.
In his 1888 article ‘Treatment for Self-Abuse and its Effects’ he stated that: “A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment, as it may well be in some cases. The soreness which continues for several weeks interrupts the practice, and if it had not previously become too firmly fixed, it may be forgotten and not resumed.”
And for females: “The author has found the application of pure carbolic acid to the clitoris an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement.”