The Neurobiology of Trust

ShareBy Paul J. Zak If you were asked to fall backward into the arms of a stranger, would you trust the other person to catch you? Such a situation, a common exercise in group therapy, is a bit extreme. But every day most people place some degree of trust in …

Oxytocin (Part 1/5)

ShareFeeling is the central organizing principle of human behavior. You can measure feeling in the brain, in the body’s biochemistry, in mother’s milk, in saliva and in spinal taps. We can measure it in brain chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine. Feelings are all encompassing, and love is …

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Oxytocin – The Neurochemical of Everything Good

ShareOxytocin has been a favorite focus in my e-newsletter before. (Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness at www.lindagraham-mft.net.) Oxytocin is the brain’s naturally occurring hormone of “tend and befriend” (Healing Heartache, Sept. 2008), the molecule of motherly love and attachment (The Neurobiology of Feeling Unlovable, Feb. 2009), the neuropeptide …

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Could Oxytocin Be the New, Natural Viagra?

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Oxytocin May Improve Sexual Performance

It’s official: those men who are looking to improve their libido should forget about drugs such as Viagra. In fact, there could be a much more natural solution available to men who want to improve their performance in the bedroom. That new solution comes in the form of oxytocin. A study earlier this year found that the hormone, which is often referred to as the “cuddle drug,” can drastically improve male sexual performance.

A hormone with “Blockbuster potential”

Scientists hailed oxytocin as having “blockbuster potential” following the results of the groundbreaking study. The University
of California
 conducted a study on a married father of three who previously suffered from attention deficit disorder (ADD), which caused him to have difficulty maintaining social relationships. It also meant that he was having difficulty maintaining an adequate relationship with his wife.

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Oxytocin and Depression

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If you are looking for ways to treat illnesses and ailments, then there are more avenues to take than ever before. The consensual opinion merging of all types of nationalities and cultures through the Internet means that there are more alternative treatments for any given problem. While proven medical justification for many supposed remedies varies, many alternative treatments are now being recommended by physicians themselves. This article examines the symptoms of depression and the use of oxytocin in alleviating them.

Depression in the modern world

The CDC states that depression affects roughly 1 in 10 adults in the US, which is a figure that echoes around most of the western world. As it stands, depression is therefore a very relevant issue for the general health of the populace, and it becomes even more important when the symptoms of depression are noted.

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Oxytocin and Weight Loss: A new study reveals indicators for possible breakthrough

An exciting new animal study has found that the hormone oxytocin could be a potential breakthrough weight loss treatment

Weight loss is one of the most challenging issues for many people. There are so many suggested weight loss formulas and diets, that it is not surprising people become confused over the subject.

New findings

Oxytocin, a reproductive hormone, has been found to regulate food intake and energy metabolism, according to the study, which was presented at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting on June 24, 2012, in Houston. The study’s leaders presented how oxytocin helps initiate uterus contractions in women, and stimulates the milk-producing glands during childbirth. Previous research by the same medical team had also found a link between oxytocin and the body’s control over energy intake and use.

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Aging: Fight Back!

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Oxytocin and its link to aging

Modern science is quickly transforming from an established base of general care for the populace, to a much more individual heath focus. In other words, thanks to sophisticated analysis and personal healthcare options, minor imbalances and deficiencies present in the body which can often lead to problems can now be addressed, where before they would have been left unchecked.

Hormone imbalance is now an issue that professionals believe to be the underlying cause of many problems, which often start out small, but progress to form life-changing ailments. This is significant because it is very easy to address such an imbalance with prescriptions and supplements. The problems that are associated with hormone imbalance are extremely varied, though usually relate to psychological and emotional conditions.

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Holiday Stress Relief

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Top Causes of Holiday Stress

10. Believing the Holiday will somehow fill an emotional absence that you experience throughout the rest of the year.

9. Believing the commercials on TV and in print. Marketers are trying to sell you stuff from a place of fear…You are no good unless you buy your children, wife, husband, parents, friends, the perfect gift.

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Research on Oxytocin as Autism Treatment

The 1988 movie “Rain Man” was the first to address the topic of autism in a ‘popular’ context. That it had two such stars as its front men did more than most scientific papers to bring a perception of the disorder into the public forum.

But how prevalent is autism? Is it the same for both sexes? Is it really treatable?

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Oxytocin: The Key to Fidelity

The famous poet, Oscar Wilde, once said: “Those who are faithless know the pleasures of love; it is the faithful who know love’s tragedies.” Perhaps Oscar was referring to the emotional torment felt by those on the receiving end of infidelity. Or perhaps he was referring to the temptation all too often experienced by men – and women – to cheat on a partner. Either way, infidelity is without a doubt the most difficult problem any couple can face, for both the faithful and the faithless partner. Surely if there was a drug that could cure people from the temptations of infidelity, it would be flying off the pharmacy shelves? Well, it appears there might be.

“Social distance” is what can prevent people from cheating. It is the unwritten physical distance that people keep between them when they communicate. Communication within this distance is the point at which people start to feel uncomfortable. One set of circumstances that really tests the boundaries of social distance is when two people flirt. When these people give in to temptation, that social distance is broken down.

It was initially thought that oxytocin, a substance that encourages social relationships, would be able to break down that distance. Researchers at the University of Bonn recently decided to put this theory to the test. Oxytocin has long been nick-named the “love hormone”, so researchers at the institute thought that the substance would diminish any desire to maintain social distance.

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ShareIt is my goal in therapy to help patients love and have the capacity to receive love; all else is secondary. Love makes us strong for our progeny. We need sex to enhance love, have progeny, and vice versa. It is the natural outgrowth of love. What we too often …

Oxytocin (Part 4/5)

30 Jun 2011

ShareAnother hormone, vasopressin, contributes to male nurturance of offspring – it makes for caring fathers. It also has pain-killing effects and helps make animals venture out and be more exploratory. If vasopressin is blocked, there is immediately less paternal behavior. When injected directly into a section of the brain of …

Oxytocin (Part 3/5)

23 Jun 2011

ShareBonding is the most positive aspect of human relationships. We learn how to bond emotionally in adulthood through early bonding in childhood, as simplistic as that sounds. It cannot be taught! And it certainly cannot be taught in later life. Attachment is pretty well set in our childhood. It is …

Oxytocin (Part 2/5)

16 Jun 2011

ShareOxytocin is found only in mammals. When it is high, one experiences a sense of relaxation, rest, and growth, repair and healing, loving behavior and emotional-attachment. Love and nurturing early in our lives are necessary for optimum health, and healthy brain development cannot take place without it. It isn’t just …

Oxytocin (Part 1/5)

9 Jun 2011

ShareFeeling is the central organizing principle of human behavior. You can measure feeling in the brain, in the body’s biochemistry, in mother’s milk, in saliva and in spinal taps. We can measure it in brain chemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, and dopamine. Feelings are all encompassing, and love is …

Oxytocin Promotes Social Attachment, Beginning with Mother and Child

1 Apr 2011

ShareBy Maureen Salamon Oxytocin’s nickname as the “cuddle hormone” is well-earned, since many studies have proven its ability to promote attachment not just between mother and child, but among groups. One of the primary bonds among mammals, of course, is between mother and baby, and much research has focused on …

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