Apr 1, 2009

Home-grown Viagra Alternative Has UK Riled Up


O
nce upon a time, the only aphrodisiacs were the ones that were reputed—by either extreme cost and rareness (rhino horn, sea turtle, whale penis, etc.), or by sheer pleasure of indulgence (chocolate, oysters, candlelit dinners at expensive restaurants, etc.) rather than actual. Oh, wait—there was one—Spanish Fly—that was apparently effective, but the over-indulgence of same could lead to death.

Fast-forward to the 21st century and you have the pharmaceuticals erecting their tents of fortitude in the aphrodisiac market (if you thought this article would avoid the chance at silly puns, you were wrong!). Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and other prescription gravity-defiers came to fruition—and all reputedly work well to counteract impotence. Meanwhile, non-prescription aphrodisiacs have also made a resurgence (with such clever brand names as Rise 2, ProVigrax, PassionRX, and Zenerx). And other, more simple herbal assistants, such as yohimbe, passion flower, and horny goat weed (I am not making this up) have burst forth on the back shelves of health food stores world-wide.

Now, the latest craze is—are you ready for this—a grow-your-own aphrodisiac. One that is neither rare nor pricey. And discovered in no less of an exciting hotbed of wanton lust than the United Kingdom. Michael Ford, an amateur gardener whose main occupation is as a furniture restorer, had been experimenting for years with plants for making teas. He recently tried an infusion of the common garden plant, winter-flowering heather (Erica Carnea are the genus and species), and voila, as he reported, "The effect was almost immediate. I had to stay in my potting shed for an hour or so before I could decently walk down the street." Lest you think this is mere hype, botanists and chemists are reputed to have verified Ford's results (one can imagine they too remained in their labs for extended periods before they could walk down their scientific halls decently). The UK has seen an immense swell in the demand for the previously common flowering bush, and in fact, men have been seen cock-fighting over the few remaining heathers in stock at garden centres around the country—at least that is the report from Independent UK.

Since then, reports have come out questioning the timing of the "discovery" and its coincidence with April Fool's Day. The British have been known to unapologetically publish pranks like this.
The Independent UK was the one who published the information, so on the surface it looks legit. Other bloggers have since written about this and speculated that it is likely a joke. One blogger reported that calls to the research institution that was reported to have verified the testing were not returned. Want to know more? Just do a search by "grow-your-own-Viagra" and let us know what you find out.)


The Source of This Info


The Independent UK


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