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Study: Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women

(AP) --Women who perform the act of fellatio on a regular basis, one to two times a week, may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 40 percent, a North Carolina State University study found.

Doctors had never suspected a link between the act of fellatio and breast cancer, but new research being performed at North Carolina State University is starting to suggest that there could be an important link between the two.

In a study of over 15,000 women suspected of having performed regular fellatio over the past ten years, the researchers found that those actually having performed the act regularly, one to two times a week, had a lower occurance of breast cancer than those who had not. There was no increased risk, however, for those who did not regularly perform.

"I think it removes the last shade of doubt that fellatio is actually a healthy act," said Dr. B.J. Sooner of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. "I am surprised by these findings, but am also excited that the researchers may have discovered a relatively easy way to lower the occurance of breast cancer in women."

The University researchers stressed that, though breast cancer is relatively uncommon, any steps taken to reduce the risk would be a wise decision.

"Only with regular performance will your chances be reduced, so I encourage all women out there to make fellatio an important part of their daily routine," said Dr. Inserta Shafteer, one of the researchers at the University. "Since the emergence of the research, I try to fellate at least once every other night to reduce my chances."

The study is reported in Friday's Journal of Medical Research.

In 1991, 43,582 women died of breast cancer, as reported by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Len Lictepeen, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said women should not overlook or "play down" these findings.

"This will hopefully change women's practice and patterns, resulting in a severe drop in the future number of cases," Lictepeen said.

Sooner said the research shows no increase in the risk of breast cancer in those who are, for whatever reason, not able to fellate regularly.

"There's definitely fertile ground for more research. Many have stepped forward to volunteer for related research now in the planning stages," he said.

Almost every woman is, at some point, going to perform the act of fellatio, but it is the frequency at which this event occurs that makes the difference, say researchers.

The reasearch consisted of two groups, 6,246 women ages 25 to 45 who had performed fellatio on a regular basis over the past five to ten years, and 9,728 women who had not. The group of women who had performed fellatio had a breast cancer rate of 1.9 percent and the group who had not had a breast cancer rate of 10.4 percent.

"The findings do suggest that there are other causes for breast cancer besides the absence of regular fellatio," Shafteer said. "It's a cause, not THE cause."

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Journal Journal: how to recruit in 2004 1

Location: Sometimes people from CA will say location is their priority, and they really like my location in Boone, NC (I started a dynasty with Appalachian State - replaced Vandy). So, that makes no sense. However, a lot of the time (when I was first starting up) I would recruit mostly in-state kids and use location as my pitch, and about half of them would say that was a big draw. So, use location if they're in state (or maybe adjacent state) when you first start recruiting them.

Playing Time: If you are shallow at a position use playing time as your first pitch. That usually draws them, but sometimes a guy will say he doesn't care about playing time, even if you have nobody at that position. It's odd. I've also had 5 WRs and recruited one for 3 weeks with everything BUT PT, yet on week 4 I put playing time and he said "he was excited about the chance to play early". That made no sense either.

Prestige: If you've built up a good team and have a star rating of 4 or above, and you don't have any other obvious draw to a kid, use Prestige.

Coaching Style: If you're trying to get a WR and you pass the ball all the time, but you already have WR's, try coaching style, maybe. Actually, coaching style is what I use if I don't think anything else fits. It hardly ever excites the recruits. In fact, the last time I recruited I had two OL say they liked the coaching style (after I tried prestige and location) and that was it.

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Journal Journal: My story about quixtar spam

That's right, these goonies of herbalife/quixtar/amway are out in full force trying to sign up as many unwitting subjects as they can. Here's my personal story:

I started my own website,, and in an effort to promote it I made my own bumpersticker and put it on my car. One day when I was getting gas, a "successful" looking "businessman" across from me asked about I told him what it was, briefly how I made it, and things like that. He then proceeded to ask me if I was willing to work on other internet projects, and I said "if I have the time, maybe."

Well, I thought I was going to make some extra bucks on the side for a little web design, and Mr. X made me think the same thing when he followed up with "I run a website and I need some extra help with some of it." Then he proceeded to give me his business card, and I gave him mine, and he said he'd call once he'd consulted his associates...

Well he did call, so I thought I was going to make some quick cash for a little web work. We set up a meeting for that thursday and when it came around, I was interested in seeing what needed to be done. Well, I show up at the office and he presents me with this flyer about Britt Worldwide and all this information about their web strategy and "e commerce infrastructure." This is when the bells started going off in my head.

Mr. X then proceeded to elaborate on the whole mission, online sale of products combined with multilevel marketing. It was called Quixtar, the next big thing, and it sounded like a great scheme... if you were an idiot. I didn't beleive one word of it. I sat through about 30 minutes of this and took the brochure politely and left.

When I got home, I went to the website and started shopping. Amazingly, everything was overpriced. I thought "how in the world would they get people to buy this?" The fact is, the only people who do are the ones coerced into joining, so that they earn "points" with their purchases. If you're at the top of the pyramid, this is great, but if you're the average Joe, all you're doing is paying their salaries and getting $5 a month in return (after spending hundreds on "great products.")

I did some more digging and low and behold Quixtar is nothing more than Amway with a new name. It's the same owners, same company, but they don't say a damn thing about it when you ask them face to face. What a scam.

Needless to say, I was pissed. This form of Spam had approached me with a technical need in my field of work, then proceeded to waste my personal time travelling to, meeting, and researching these people. All that effort to find out I had been recruited for Amway. That's the worst type of spam ever.

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Journal Journal: 2002-02-07 21:40:34 Buzz Aldrin to launch Martian cruise ser

Buzz Aldrin plans to have a chain of "orbiting hotels" by the year 2018. These vessels will use gravity from the sun, earth, and mars to propel them between the two planets, allowing shuttlecraft to intercept their orbit and bring passengers and supplies. The article is a little sketch on details like how long they expect one iteration of the orbit to take, and how fast the taxi craft will actually have to go to catch up, but the idea seems to solve a lot of the problems with interplanetary travel.
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Journal Journal: More Slashdot Censorship 1

2002-01-22 15:21:59 Friend or Foe - Stay or Go? (askslashdot,slashdot) (rejected)

Once again, when you ask Slashdot a question that may have criticism of their site in it, they strike you right down. Damn Linux Geeks give normal computer nerds a bad name. All I wanted was a discussion by slashdot readers about their experiences with the Friend or Foe system. Guess that's too much to ask.
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Journal Journal: Well, um...

Well, I don't usually talk to myself much, so there probably won't be that many entries in my journal. If you were looking for something insightful, sorry. I do post replies to articles a good bit though and those are mostly funny/thoughtful (or so I hope.) Anyway, enjoy.

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