Monday, October 24, 2016

The Medical Use of Butt Plugs

Butt plugs used to be sold to Americans as a "miracle cure" for insomnia, insanity, headaches, bad breath and acne and a wide range of other maladies.

Sold under the name "Dr Young’s Ideal Rectal Dilators", early primitive forms of butt plugs have been traced back to the late 1800's.

Dr Young’s Ideal Rectal Dilators were made from jelly-like material, with one set the dilators coming in a set of four “torpedolike” rods, from a little half-incher to a four-inch long and inch-wide version (ouch!).

Writing in a 1893 medical journal, the eponymous Dr Young touted the devices as a cure for insanity, insisting that it could cure 75% of people considered insane "in a few weeks' time". The device grew in its alleged benefits the longer that it was on the market, benefiting from lax regulation on medical devices.

Read more about it and how the Federal Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1938 put an end to all the fun over at PinkNews: Butt plugs used to be sold as a ‘miracle cure’ for headaches and acne.

I think I am going to try these as my "go-to cure" for my migraine, insomnia and every other kind of illness I encounter from now on.


  1. I have trouble sleeping. This might be the answer to my problem. Will think of you when I try it. (grin)

    1. Best of luck, dear Carl, and I hope you enjoy the cure ;)


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