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Researcher Retreats on Sexual Enhancement Claim for Watermelon
Med Page Today ^ | 7/3/08 | John Gever

Posted on 07/07/2008 3:12:18 AM PDT by Born Conservative

COLLEGE STATION, Tex., July 3 -- Chalk up the widely publicized report that watermelons can enhance erections, much like a certain PDE-5 inhibitor, to a stretched version of the truth by a university PR officer seeking a good story for the Fourth of July.

A somewhat red-faced plant scientist, who was quoted extensively in a Texas A&M press release, backed away from claims that the summer picnic staple actually can promote erections. But he didn't abandon the notion entirely.

Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M, said he was sorry that a press release, issued by the university, referred to the well-known erectile dysfunction drug in its headline.

Hundreds of news outlets around the world picked up the release, which archly suggested that watermelon "may be better suited for Valentine's Day."

"That's because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body's blood vessels and may even increase libido," according to the release.

In reality, studies at Texas A&M and a nearby U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Oklahoma have found that watermelon contains high levels of citrulline, which is converted into arginine in the human body.

Arginine is the raw material from which nitric oxide, the powerful vasodilator critical to penile erection, is generated in vivo.

But according to Dr. Patil, as well as physicians familiar with erectile biology, no studies have shown that boosting arginine -- through high-citrulline foods, arginine supplements, or other means -- promotes erectility.

(Excerpt) Read more at medpagetoday.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: ed; watermelon

1 posted on 07/07/2008 3:12:18 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: neverdem

Ping


2 posted on 07/07/2008 3:13:34 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Visit my blog: Chronic Positivity - http://chronicpositivity.com)
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To: Born Conservative

Then just bore a hole in one and fantazise


3 posted on 07/07/2008 3:14:35 AM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be a Jackie Robinson.)
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To: Born Conservative

So something big and round ain’t gonna give me a woody?

My dreams are dashed.


4 posted on 07/07/2008 3:18:23 AM PDT by djf (I don't believe in perpetual motion. Perpetual mutton, that's another thing entirely!)
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To: Born Conservative

Apparently the doctor’s watermelon date wasn’t a success.


5 posted on 07/07/2008 3:18:29 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: nikos1121
Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center

After this embarrassment, perhaps Bhimu could find and join the "Fruit and Nuts Improvement Center".

6 posted on 07/07/2008 3:19:20 AM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: djf

I like spitting the seeds out.


7 posted on 07/07/2008 3:23:43 AM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Born Conservative

That’s racist.


8 posted on 07/07/2008 3:25:37 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: MARTIAL MONK
That’s racist.

Your right. However, I would venture to suggest that their will be no mention of watermelons and a certain segment of our population who is rumored to like this fruit considerably and are usually linked in a derogatory manner.

I would not expect anyone to be asking Barack ("Peace Be Upon His Middle No Name") Obama if he likes watermelon, anytime soon. lol

9 posted on 07/07/2008 3:43:42 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Born Conservative; SpinnerWebb
A somewhat red-faced plant scientist, who was quoted extensively in a Texas A&M press release, backed away from claims that the summer picnic staple actually can promote erections.

On the other hand, it's been rumored that the content of a summer barnyard stable has been known to promote them among the male student body at A&M ...

Aggie Wedding

10 posted on 07/07/2008 3:49:29 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Privatizing profits and socializing losses is no way to run an economy)
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To: Born Conservative

11 posted on 07/07/2008 3:55:31 AM PDT by dubie
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To: Born Conservative
Chaste Men of America Let the Watermelon Eating Begin!
12 posted on 07/07/2008 3:57:13 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: nikos1121

Bad bad boy nikos.


13 posted on 07/07/2008 3:58:55 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: dubie

LMAO!

PA gets the shaft again!!


14 posted on 07/07/2008 3:59:48 AM PDT by djf (I don't believe in perpetual motion. Perpetual mutton, that's another thing entirely!)
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To: djf

Big and round dash most mens ability.


15 posted on 07/07/2008 4:00:08 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: Shady

With that post I’d say your screen name is hot.

I have a feeling this thread is going to get ripe.


16 posted on 07/07/2008 4:02:03 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Barry the Irishman?

He prefers his Lucky Charms.


17 posted on 07/07/2008 4:04:41 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: dubie

Now thats a huge front.


18 posted on 07/07/2008 4:06:14 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: Born Conservative
1... Buy stock in Acme Watermelon Company.
2... Announce the watermelons are like Viagra.
3... Sell stock.
4... PROFIT !!!
19 posted on 07/07/2008 4:37:36 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Born Conservative

Them there Aggies need to go back to playing with super germs and leave them mellons alone.

http://www.sunshine-project.org/publications/pr/pr120407.html


20 posted on 07/07/2008 4:41:26 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: wolfcreek

Let’s hope that Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement, investments in Texas watermelons paid off.


21 posted on 07/07/2008 4:55:34 AM PDT by yorkie01
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To: Gabz

Ping.


22 posted on 07/07/2008 5:01:34 AM PDT by Alia
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To: Born Conservative

Oh, well. Another story to add to the “strange fruit” annals.


23 posted on 07/07/2008 5:02:52 AM PDT by Alia
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To: Born Conservative

Great. Now what am I going to do with all these watermelons I bought?


24 posted on 07/07/2008 5:05:33 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (This tagline is completely naked - STOP STARING!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

BIG WATERMELLON speculator. Time for Congressional hearings.


25 posted on 07/07/2008 5:15:10 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Born Conservative
Now think about it. This story broke sometime before Independence Day. Traditionally, grocery stores stock up on huge, perishable shipments of watermelons for backyard picknickers over the Independence Day weekend. Someone's gotta buy all those watermelons.

It was a brilliant marketing ploy by the melon barons.

26 posted on 07/07/2008 5:18:40 AM PDT by Sender (Never lose your ignorance; you can never regain it!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

BINGO! We have a winner!


27 posted on 07/07/2008 5:22:16 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: Born Conservative
"Nevertheless, Dr. Patil said his laboratory is going ahead with a breeding program to increase citrulline levels in watermelons, in confidence that it will be beneficial".

Who approves the government grants for this kind of crappola research, anyhow? I guess funneling tax money into university departments doing cancer or Alzheimer's research wouldn't be as much fun as studying erections via watermelons.

Leni

28 posted on 07/07/2008 5:40:51 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Stay Home or vote Barr for Obamination, more Taxation, Regulation, Litigation and Ginzburgization)
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To: Born Conservative

what he meant to say was that “Watemelons engenders erectability in some A&M students” instead of ‘promotes’ erectability in humans.

Aggies always plug a watermelon to see if it is edible.


29 posted on 07/07/2008 6:48:24 AM PDT by wildbill ( FR---changing history by erasing it from memory.)
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To: Global2010

sorry lost my head


30 posted on 07/07/2008 6:58:30 AM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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To: reagan_fanatic

Lemon-Mint Vodka Spiked Watermelon
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Show: Food 911
Episode: Big Surf Clambake
1/4 cup sugar
2 lemons, juiced
1 (750 ml) bottle vodka
2 fresh mint sprigs
1 whole watermelon, 10 pounds or larger

Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice. Pour out 1/4 cup vodka and add the lemon mixture and the mint sprigs to the bottle. Cap, shake, and let sit from 1 hour to overnight for the flavors to develop.

Cut a plug from the watermelon about 3-inches deep and as big around as the top of the bottle. Upend the bottle into the hole and let it sit for a couple of hours or until most of the vodka lemonade has been absorbed into the watermelon. Re-plug the watermelon and refrigerate it for a few hours. Slice and serve.


31 posted on 07/07/2008 7:02:28 AM PDT by BruceysMom ( My heart is in Baggs)
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To: Born Conservative

Well, after hearing about the amazing effects of watermelon, I started consuming them nonstop all weekend long. I cannot attest to any improvement in my ineterspousal relations, but I will say that watermelon has some incredible laxative properties.


32 posted on 07/07/2008 10:12:52 AM PDT by webheart (I am Webheart, and I approved this post.)
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To: Born Conservative

Thanks for the ping. I haven’t read it yet, nor the Peds paper on lipid screening, nor another paper on low fat diets that I was given the title. It’s a FReebie too. I’ll link it shortly. Somehow, I think the governmental advice on diet has been a tragedy of errors, at least from the epidemic of obesity.


33 posted on 07/07/2008 1:49:33 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: blam

Ping


34 posted on 07/07/2008 10:56:58 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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