Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's love got to do with it? (Everything)

Chris has been testing a mammalian neurohypophysial hormone, secreted by the posterior pituitary gland, that acts primarily as a neuromodulator in the brain, a.k.a. oxytocin. (Not to be confused with Oxycontin!)

Oxytocin is available in the form of a nasal spray to be taken twice a day.

Chris reports feeling quite “good” and his enthusiasm level does seemed to have perked up. Seeing an opening, I jokingly (but not really) suggested that he change his phone message, which right now sounds like his best friend just died. Why not record, “Hi, This is Chris! Leave a message!”

Oxytocin is the “love hormone,” so how can I put this delicately? Anyone who hopes to be in a relationship could, umm…. use a dose of it because it’s linked to orgasm, pair bonding, social recognition, and trust and empathy with outsiders. Perfect!

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