Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Word of the Moment: Galactorrhea

The recent article I read on how your appendix is no longer considered useless, but a marvel of evolutionary engineering in multiple evolutionary branches, designed to retain beneficial bacteria in the case of accidental bacteriocide, led me to the article linked above about the Top 10 Useless Limbs and Vestigial Organs. Organ/limb #2 is The Male Nipple, of which livescience.com states, "The subject of male nipples is a sensitive, and maybe confusing, topic to many."


And did you know galactorrhea is the spontaneous flow of milk from the breast, unassociated with child birth and can be caused by excessive nipple stimulation? They don't define excessive at wikipedia, so be careful, but do avoid twiddling your nipples with licorice and rubbing antipsychotics on them. That's begging for trouble. Which brings us back to topic 1...if the male nipple is useless, then this couldn't happen to men...right? Right?

Au contraire! Associated Content says that everyone is a potential victim. And can. Can. Result in "great embarrassment to the sufferer." I'm slapping my breasts with licorice just thinking about the humiliation and how well it'll go over with my friends at Ground Zero.

This is where you wish that my mother interrupting me for details about the salt to water ratio in a normal saline solution were enough to derail me from this line of investigation. Too bad for you.

Here's "Milkmen: Fathers Who Breastfeed", courtesy of unassistedchildbirth.com. And for those doubting Thomas' in the crowd, the Bible condones it.

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