The ‘Sex is Always Good for You’ crowd are silent.
I know it’s Guardian but this one is science.
Transmissible venereal tumor (TVT) is an 11,000 year old cancer, says Dr. Elizabeth Murchison, lead researcher with Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. They decoded the DNA of the tumor taken from an affected dog and not only discovered the cancer’s historical age, but also its origin, a husky-like primitive canine. The cancer literally “jumped into other dogs”, transforming (or mutating) a million times over the centuries. TVT is a sexually transmitted, highly contagious cancer. The question is raised, are there contagions that cause cancer in humans?
“The genome of the transmissible dog cancer will help us to understand the processes that allow cancers to become transmissible,” said Prof Sir Mike Stratton, Director of the Sanger Institute.
Helen Briggs with the London BBC says, “this ancient cancer existed in an isolated group of dogs until only 500 years ago.” The most supported explanation is that our early sea-faring explorers, who were often accompanied by hunting dogs, came into contact with the infected canines. When they were discovered, the travelers either boarded these dogs on their ship, or the infected dogs mated with the travelers’ dogs prior to their departure.
So how does this translate for a human’s health?
The American Cancer Society makes it very clear that a healthy person cannot catch cancer from someone who has cancer. Researcher at the ACS say there is no evidence that proves cancer can spread by close contact, sharing utensils, or walking in the same vicinity as a sick person.
No evidence isn’t the same as impossible.
It means you haven’t studied it, because ethics.
However, cancer causing organisms can exist and increase your chances of acquiring the disease.
Carcinogens. They don’t increase the risk, you catch them, or you don’t. When you do, they might trigger or cause cancer.
The viruses that have proven to be associated with various cancers are the human papilloma virus, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B and C, herpes simplex virus, and human T-lymphotrpic virus-1.
That list is WAY, way too short.
Browse this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_diseases_associated_with_infectious_pathogens and consider how likely it is to be the tip of the iceberg. “Some estimates currently attribute 15% to 20% of all cancers to infectious pathogen causes.”
Why don’t they like admitting this? Antibiotics, Doctors’ BFF, have downsides, who knew?
The viruses named are only some of the organismal agents that increase your risk of cancer. There is also a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, that has been linked to stomach cancer. Not only has the H. pylori bacterium been found associated with this disease, but in 80 percent of stomach ulcer cases, H. pylori is the cause (2005 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine winners, Dr. Barry J. Marshall and Dr. Robin Warren). It is not exactly known how the H. plyoi bacterium is spread, but some actually view this as proof that some cancer can be contagious in humans as well.
It could get there literally at any point, from birth, food, eating with the fingers……….
Finally, the last cancer causing (or influencing) organism on the list by the American Cancer Society is the parasite. Because there is not much information on the ACS’s website for this correlation, Dr. Simon Yu explains her take on parasites, inflammation and degenerative disease. Many doctors have known for a very long time there is a relationship between infection and cancer.
Could’ve fooled us.
Yu introduces Jean Marie Houghton, MD, Ph. D from the University of Massachusettes Medical School who has found that infectious microbes are hidden by inflammation, and in this toxic environment cancer cells can grow. Low-grade fever is one of the signs of infection, but this can be overlooked for a number of years leading to disease and chronic illness like cancer.
There is a bridge between Dr. Simon Yu’s research and the research done at the American Cancer Society. The ACS clearly states that the effect which germs play on cancer in people is an indirect role. Germs will cause an inflammatory response and will weaken a person’s immune system. Cancer is usually caused by mutations in our DNA from sun exposure, or cigarette smoke, car oil, and anything named to be a carcinogen (or have YET to be named).
It isn’t the mutations actually, it’s the body’s inability to clear them as usual.
Does canine cancer directly affect humans in anyway? Many hope not, but the finding of a cancer with a DNA structure so unique will have researchers scrambling to find funding for future research. It also brings to light the knowledge and research already available for decades about infection and cancer. Is cancer contagious? For some species and in some unique circumstances the answer is, yes. And in humans, the causes of some cancers are currently known to be contagious.
A great evolutionary explanation for why normal people avoid those with multiple STDs (sluts) like The Plague.
This post is a pure celebration of breasts primarily in art, with some random opinions hither and thither.
There are many breasts.
A breast is often a synonym for woman’s power of creation. It’s a common motif in art (yes, this is another art post, with a twist).
You could say a nipple twist.
Typical example of a 17th century theatre costume
The connection with sex has been ushered in by modern times and began as a reaction by Victorian modesty values.
The 18th century had low cuts and was renowned as a time of debauchery where orgies were quite commonplace on the heels of publications like This Misterie of Fucking from the late 17th and sexual self-improvement L’Ecole des Filles. Erotica was invented (I recommended Fanny Hill to begin with) and a flourishing market for erotic materials such as carved stone dildos (green jade from the Orient was a popular choice and remain so) and these were mechanized in the 19th century (here’s one operated by hand crank) in a way the steampunks would lose their mind over if they knew. Expanding shipping routes broadened horizons on that front.
The neckerchief (gathered, ruched fabric seen above) arose to partially veil the frequent pop-outs caused by the tight-laced corsets demanded by the time when following the fashionable bustline. Courtesans and other prostitutes were the celebrities of the time (has anything changed). With this constraint of voyeurism from a former era, it led to the Victorian emphasis on the arse and the emergence of the bustle.
A bared breast in the 19th century was tied to Pagan values because pagans tend to go skyclad (naked). However, in the 18th century it was associated with chastity in art. The innocence of baring, as a child and height, as youth. Women would rouge their nipples. Here’s a recipe. The pale pink or as we call it now when naming a fabric, the blush of youth. Women still buy blusher… (I think it’s aging, since the nipples darken after childbirth).
In religious portrayals, it took from the Catholic Church’s change of heart on the Madonna. She became a key figure and some Orthodox families are still headed and defined by their Matriarch for this reason.
They found Renaissance “chamber paintings” kept in bedrooms or sometimes a wardrobe behind clothes to keep from the wife and associated topless females with masturbation, the reason they were commissioned.
Sleeping Venus by Giorgione
These examples of former chamber art became quite famous and emulated until the establishment barred them from public show by refusing to purchase under (im)morality laws.
Olympia by Manet
The Victorians weren’t fans of the practice of masturbation these vanities encouraged and the public, common men were now allowed to see them for a small fee under arts exhibitions headed by Queen Victoria. Equality: miners and barons allowed to ogle at the same pair of tits.
Art was a moral battleground and the Academy deemed these messages unacceptable (politically incorrect). The portrayal of nude females was confined mostly to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood outcasts, who hated them anyway, with a mind to portray women as both pagan (creative, fiery muses of men) and chaste, innocent (associated to their sex in a positive Christian way for the time). Potentially, they included so many nudes to piss off the Academy. Trolling par excellence. The combined interpretations taken up explains….
Lilith by Collier
The sex appeal was acknowledged to the viewer, as the choice to remain chaste.
Can’t you see how sexual those women are? One is even holding a HORN.
Virgins were sexy. There were urban legends about them which remain to this day, on par with unicorns. UNICORNS. (Modern beautiful virgins are like bloody unicorns). Virgins are still sexy (to men, whose opinion is The Word on sexual allure of normal women). It guaranteed paternity and makes a marriage almost divorce-proof (statistics and charts).
The Goddess Diana with a Lion by Angelo Von Courten
Women were powerful, and sex wasn’t a factor in it at all. In fact, sex diminished these women’s power. Promiscuous women were fallen and lost (kind view) or evil temptresses (femme fetale view kept today), who enticed men by plying their illegal trade as prostitutes by what they wore and the male spaces they chose to frequent (taverns, bars).
If you’re thinking “that sounds very feminist”, you are correct. This is the line the original feminists used to gain power, that female power was NOT rooted in sex and sexuality whatsoever! And lending women say, The Vote, wouldn’t lead to such immorality because women were the superior, purer, fairer sex acknowledged by the Classical Ancients (who the Victorians emulated in NeoClassicism).
It is Modern ‘Feminism’ which sexualizes and objectifies women because it is profitable; they charge for contraceptives, abortion and fertility treatments when it’s too late. ‘Sex-positive’ feminists are funded by companies. There is no profit in chastity. A few minor feminists have caught on, and coined the term Virgin Shaming. It hasn’t taken off because most feminists are deceptive. Feminist women in the 1960s began it wholesale to pass off the guilt they felt in the Sexual Revolution, from The Pill invented by men, onto other women who were competition for husbands later on (if everyone does it, men can’t preferentially choose the type of woman I can never be again, same with STDs at present, commented as positive to “get over with” again again and again although sluts in college are uncommon and it’s natural for a woman to be ashamed of her promiscuity, that’s why they downgrade, distort or try to redefine it as if the hymen doesn’t exist) and men caught on, who use it to this day to pressure a girl into why she should sleep with him because she needs to ‘lose it’ or be a loser (yep, that includes rape). Thanks, feminism!
As for the public argument of double standards on breast baring…
A few men rebelled and began walking around topless because miners who did real jobs needed that time to cool off and everyone said “fair enough” and soon male nipples were acceptable and remain thus. However, this doesn’t work for women because they’re erotogenic and connected to vaginal or clitoral nerve stimulation in the brain.
Class dismissed, thank you for not masturbating until you finished here first.
I’m always amused by the exceptionalism of feminists.
One rule for you men, another for us women. Hate men? Of course not.
I’ve asked so many feminists a barometer question: would you sleep with an uncircumcised man? (i.e. natural!)
Their response was disgust, revulsion and mockery (aka foreskin shaming).
The sole logical explanation: all feminists are Orthodox Jews. In which case, premarital sex should be off the cards altogether.
I was tipped off about this and I’m mortified as a woman.
“SMTL carried out a survey of mainly GP practices with regard to their use of disposable and reusable vaginal specula. Disturbing reprocessing practices were revealed in some surgeries, including some practices completely ignoring MDA advice. Most users performing in-house reprocessing were not complying with best practice as recommended by the Department of Health through their various device bulletins and HTM documents.
Many GP practices could reduce the level of risk by investing in better reprocessing systems, contracting out their reprocessing completely, or through the use of disposable specula. Practices may also be able to reduce their costs by using disposable specula or by contracting out their reprocessing.”
Imagine the lawsuits. The NHS has been pushing ALL women above a fixed age to have this exam.
“There is little in the literature relating to the issues surrounding reusable vaginal specula.”
Perhaps this is partially behind the soaring HPV rates?
“They concluded that HPV infected cells can be found on instruments inserted into the vagina of women with HPV infection, and that if these instruments are not cleaned and sterilized properly, they will be a potential source of infection for subsequent patients.”
HPV can cause cancer, btw.
“correct pasteurisation (immersion in water at 80 C for 5 minutes) would inactivate papillomaviruses, herpes viruses, and HIV.“
That isn’t the same as clean. Are women told this? I’ve never heard of it. Uninformed consent. Bleeding is a “common” side effect of these exams, hence the HIV bolded.
“Although there is little in the literature regarding cross-infection from inadequately sterilized specula, we live in an increasingly litigious society. One strand in the defence against patient claims of cross infection from poorly decontaminated and sterilized instruments would be complete documentation of the process, including logbooks, written operating procedures, training records, test results and maintenance data. The other possibility is to use pre-sterilized disposable CE marked equipment from a reputable manufacturer. Either would make it more difficult for a patient to mount a successful legal claim.”
Oh, they don’t really care about patients at all, they want the NHS to avoid the mass of lawsuits.
Here’s Feminist Midwife explaining the infectious problems with these supposedly ‘safe’ exams, I wish feminism would complain about important problems like this (guys, you’re sticking your dick in this too, it matters, and you might think a woman’s cheating when she isn’t).
Apparently, even the disposable ones can be contaminated by the awkward, common habit of touching lots of things with gloved hands and then the speculum, when it’s clean out of the container. (We must assume it’s clean out of the container or I’m out. Yet checking manufacturing/personnel would be vital).
Can someone look into probes for me? I can only find information like this: “High-Level Disinfection destroys all microorganisms except some endospores” ~ forum source
And forceps are a problem too. Contamination news story in Canada Don’t these devices have hinges? Springs? Things that gather dirt and grime and cannot, in most cases, be taken apart for cleaning?
IV fluid too?? FFS!
Study on HPV infection from non-sexual means at the clinic e.g. gloved hands!
And HPV is in semen.
“The incidence of anal cancer among homosexual men exceeds that of cervical cancer in unscreened women.”
I’m going to stop looking now, it’s too disgusting.
http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/176/4/1076.full.pdf “The data suggest that further study of nonsexual spread of high-risk genital HPV via fomites is warranted.”
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003167-pdf.pdf “A woman with multiple sexual partners should use condoms to lower her risk of sexually transmitted infections no matter what other form of contraception she uses.” Rather defeats the purpose of the Pill, doesn’t it? “Certain types of sexual behavior increase a woman’s risk of getting HPV infection, such as having sex at an early age and having many sex partners.” Why don’t men get the vaccine when they’re passing it on?
Update: it gets worse, the lubes used by doctors are probably bad for us too.