OK, it’s been a topic of debate over and over again on this site, but this is not quite a fair assessment.
While it’s true that a lot of what is researched has financial motivations, you’re talking there about stuff done by the pharmaceutical industry itself. But there is also a whole world of basic and applied “knowledge for the sake of knowledge” stuff out there that is funded by sources other than people trying to make a profit off of it.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other government and non-profits fund stuff like this all the time. Think about things like research on bird migration or astronomy as extreme examples. Think about things like research on dieting
or the dangers of radiation as more subtle ones.
Nobody is making any money off of saying dieting, exercise, or staying away from strong radiation is good for you. Nobody is making money off of knowledge about bird migration either. But people do the research because they believe (mistakenly or not) that this knowledge about nature will be good for society. A jelqing study may fall into this category - some urologist may find it interesting to understand natural forms of correcting ED, and may try a study like this.
Woah! Slow down cowpoke. Are you trying to tell us that dieting is not a profitable area of research? Pardon my incredulity, but do you realize how huge the dieting industry is? How many millions of dollars it pulls in each year?
The space program and the study of astronomy is also lucrative. Do you realize how much space junk, much of it profit generating, is floating around the earth? Do you realize how much of this particular study is done with military advancement in mind? Studies about the universe outside of this planet have potential profits with tecnology and the future. They aren’t only done for the sake of knowing. If that you can be sure.
And the study of animal behavior helps us to gain an understanding on the impact we have on the planet and that effects regulations that effect businesses all over the planet. Humans do nothing that they do not benefit from, in some way. Nature of the beast.
There are problems with that scenario of course - for one, there are already safe ways of treating ED, and a urologist, understanding the risks of jelqing, may follow the main tenant of the hypocratic oath (do no harm!) and shy away from this. There is also the fact that funding for research on penis size and function are considered peripheral and less important (rightfully so) than things like cancer and genetic disorders. I’m not talking here about research on drugs for cancer that will make pharmaceuticals money - I’m talking about basic research we do in the lab on why cancer occurs in the first place. Things that pharmaceutical companies don’t want to touch right now because (you guessed it) there’s too much of a risk that they won’t make money.
So before everyone goes on another tirade bashing scientists for not researching PE because we “just want to make money” remember that most of us live barely above the poverty line and research things for knowledge sake because somebody (other than a for-profit company) believes that the knowledge will benefit humanity.
Look, I have gout. It’s genetic. It’s very painful and can be very harmful if not regulated. You know what the DR gives you for it to cure an attack? Anti-inflamatories.
Do you know how to keep it from flaring up? Use mederation in the consumption of things that contain purines, like beer and shrimp. Eating dark cherries helps insure that it doesn’t flare up. So does keeping your left toe warm, not letting it get cold. If you feel a flare coming on, you take afew advil. It’s an anti-inflamatory.
Does anyone really make money from these things, except for advil if you get a flare? No.
So, do you see ads for these remedies? No. You have to look them up on-line. The Dr office gives you a list of all but advil. They don’t tell you about that because they want to make money off of you if youi do get a flare up.
What do you see ads for? A perscription medicine, that the companies do make money off of, and that has all kinds of side effects.
Science doesn’t care about natural, free, ways of making your dick bigger. There are a lot of natural, herbal, remedies for a lot of things, but the scientific community tries to demonize them because they can’t make money off of them..the same as they try to cast doubt of PE. If they could come up with a drug that really would make your dick bigger, especially if you had to take it regularly to maintain, they’d be all over research for that because they could see a profitr from it. That is simply the way it is.