Monday, October 20, 2008

SEO Writing, Tea Tree Oil, and Moobs

Just posting a comission I received last week. Could barely stop laughing long enough to word a reply. It's odd how Search Engine Optimized driven article requests throw up topics sometimes. For some people unfamiliar with the concept, alot of the content you find in websites is paid for by advertisement space. Those advertisers will pay the site owner money depending on how many people check out that site on a daily basis. To that end, many site owners commision informative articles based on topics which are frequently entered into search engines.

Writing articles that include key words and topics that are frequently used in people's searches increases the chance that the site hosting the article will be viewed more often. Such articles are called SEO compliant, and pay the lion's share of my bills. The thing is, people are wierd when they think no one's watching, and search for some really oddball topics, not realizing that most search engines keep a log of how often certain keywords are searched for. This article I wrote, entitled: Does Tea Tree Oil Cause Male Breast Enlargement? is one such case in point. Enjoy.

Does Tea Tree Oil Cause Male Breast Enlargement?
Yes it does. A New England Journal of Medicine study completed in early 2007 conclusively proved that male breasts can be enlarged as a result of the application of both tea tree oil and lavender. A case study was performed when three preteen boys, ranging in age from 4 to 10, found they experienced breast growth over a period of several months. The only thing all three boys had in common were the hygiene products they used all contained tea tree oil and lavender. Both compounds were scientifically tested and found to induce a condition known as Gynecomastia. However, it is as yet unknown whether or not tea tree oil is capable of causing Gynecomastia in a full grown adult.

What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in which the breast tissue of boys and men becomes overdeveloped and swollen. It is a condition resulting from a hormonal imbalance and is most commonly experienced by males during puberty around the age of 13 or 14. Essentially the levels of estrogen in the male body increase beyond the norm. This estrogen reacts with the breast tissue, causing it to swell. As the hormonal levels in an adolescent teen fluctuate rapidly during development, Gynecomastia is experienced by more than half of all male teens. An older male may also develop Gynecomastia when the estrogen levels begin to rise as the testosterone levels decrease. However this disorder in a preteen is very rare. Tea Tree Oil was found to cause a minor increase in the estrogen levels of a preteen male. It also had an androgen blocking effect, suppressing any attempts by the body to produce male hormones in response to the estrogen.

How is Gynecomastia Treated?
Gynecomastia is typically outgrown by teens as time passes and the hormonal levels stabilize. Likewise an older male experiencing Gynecomastia can increase his testosterone levels by increasing his level of exercise and energy output, counteracting his body’s secretion of estrogen. For those who experience Gynecomastia as a result of frequent use of products containing tea tree oil, they simply have to stop using them. The disorder should disappear within a few months. For those who refuse to wait or who experience breast enlargement regardless, doctors prescribe the use of tamoxifen. This drug is typically used in the treatment of breast cancer; it prevents estrogen in the body from interacting with breast tissue.

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