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    Who put together the first devices and manual techniques? What an amazing amount of ingenuity and creativity. I'm so thankful for the people that have put this together. I know Ron Low is an innovator and pioneer, where did he learn and get his inspiration? Thank you

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    Men have been restoring since biblical times. Look at the first book of Maccabees chapter one around verse 15 "they made themselves prepuces." https://www.biblegateway.com/passage...+1&version=DRA People who don't know anything about restoration have interpreted this passage as remarkable ancient surgery, but it was non-surgical just like today. They have found ancient clay devices from around 600BCE. This "Pondus Judaeus" was shaped like a small Saturn rocket. The user would stretch the skin over it and tie it with twine and just let it hang. This is comparable to today's TLC Packer except the Packer is not as heavy.

    There is some information about the history of the modern foreskin restoration in the book The Joy of Uncircumcising. It describes early efforts by Brothers United for Future Foreskins BUFF in the 1980s and 1990s. See also http://www.circumstitions.com/Restore.html

    Some clever people back then found things in the hardware store which allowed them to get tapeless tension like with the TLC Tugger. They used plumbing parts or baby bottle nipples. The first commercial tapeless device was probably the RECAP-EZ by Arthur Gibson and the first (only?) tapeless one to get a patent was the Tug-Ahoy made by the late Dr. James Haughey. See him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS9JT6s7YWc

    -Ron Low
    [email protected]
    847 414-1692 Chicago

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      Here are a couple brief articles on the history of foreskin restoration:
      http://www.cirp.org/library/restoration/schultheiss/
      http://www.cirp.org/library/restoration/bigelow1/

      The Joy of Uncircumcising is available as an e-book download for a small donation to www.norm.org - link is in the upper right. It was written in 1991, and predates some of the devices and methods available today.

      I've met a few people who were on the BUFF mailing list (stood for Brothers United for Future Foreskins). One of them is the current director of NORM (the National Organization of Restoring Men, linked above), a support group based in San Francisco. When he and another restorer founded it, it had been called RECAP (which stood for RECover A Penis) - the name was changed in 1994. They had the first meeting in 1990, and other BUFF members around the country started similar groups. In 1995, a group in Los Angeles was the first to get its regular meetings into a support group center. From what I've been told, meetings were often well attended, and a few of the regulars would publicize the subject by discussing it on radio talk shows. Then in 2000, the Wall Street Journal did an article on NORM and its co-founder, R. Wayne Griffiths: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB977961796953086118.

      There were one or two internet forums on restoration around that time. In 2004, I stumbled across one with a chat room that became popular for a few years, and a couple others (including Ron's original forum) showed up in 2006. A few have come and gone; currently there's this one and www.restoringforeskin.org, which started in 2009.

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        I just now published the first post on my Blog, Foreskin Restoration History. I drove up to LA a handful of times in 2000 to meet with the NORM-Los Angeles group. It was a great group of men, and the forum was wide open. I remember one fully-restored member presenting a video of his surgery to tighten-up his restored foreskin. Whoa! At another meeting, Dr Haughey was selling prototypes of his Tug Ahoy, before they officially went on sale. I feel I knew him well enough to call him "Jim" after he had taken us into a side room, one at a time, to be fitted for, and buy said Tug Ahoy for $50. At another meeting, I was given a testosterone salve, to use in conjunction with tugging. Several of us were testing to find if there was a future in this supplement. I don't remember that it was very successful. I know I still have that original Tug Ahoy. I'll put a picture of it on my blog when I can.

        Anyway, the intent of my blog is to dig up some of the history of foreskin restoration is still discernible on the internet.

        Keep on Tuggin'

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          The "T-Tape" method of foreskin restoration was invented by D. Evans about 21 years ago, during the first year of the restoration group now known as NORM-Phoenix: http://www.norm-phoenix.org/ The two of us were co-founders of the group, which will begin its 22 year in January 2016. Information about T-Tape can be found on the site ... and almost everywhere else foreskin restoration is mentioned.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by steveknees View Post
            I just now published the first post on my Blog, Foreskin Restoration History. I drove up to LA a handful of times in 2000 to meet with the NORM-Los Angeles group. It was a great group of men, and the forum was wide open. I remember one fully-restored member presenting a video of his surgery to tighten-up his restored foreskin. Whoa! At another meeting, Dr Haughey was selling prototypes of his Tug Ahoy, before they officially went on sale. I feel I knew him well enough to call him "Jim" after he had taken us into a side room, one at a time, to be fitted for, and buy said Tug Ahoy for $50. At another meeting, I was given a testosterone salve, to use in conjunction with tugging. Several of us were testing to find if there was a future in this supplement. I don't remember that it was very successful. I know I still have that original Tug Ahoy. I'll put a picture of it on my blog when I can.

            Anyway, the intent of my blog is to dig up some of the history of foreskin restoration is still discernible on the internet.

            Keep on Tuggin'
            A few of those meetings were in late 1999. I currently maintain the website at http://www.norm-socal.org, and there are some old meeting notes that were kept from back then (before I was there). Our group's previous coordinator has talked about them, as well. He said people were concerned about the testosterone expanding the skin expanding in all directions, which is briefly mentioned in the notes. This was supervised by the late Dr. Paul Fleiss. It says in one of the notes that he intended to submit his findings to a medical journal, but I don't know if that ended up happening (but if anyone does know, please message me).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by admin View Post
              Some clever people back then found things in the hardware store which allowed them to get tapeless tension like with the TLC Tugger. They used plumbing parts or baby bottle nipples. The first commercial tapeless device was probably the RECAP-EZ by Arthur Gibson and the first (only?) tapeless one to get a patent was the Tug-Ahoy made by the late Dr. James Haughey. See him here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS9JT6s7YWc
              Roland Clark patented the {taped} PUD back in the 1990's as well. The maker of the MySkinKlamp tried to patent it in Australia it looks like - not sure if the patent was granted.
              Visit my restoration progress journal.

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