Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Love Hormone


Ok, first of all, this is not a spam post. And, I have not become a spokesman for the latest craze in the treatment of sexual problems. But, you are reading this post, aren't ya? So, here's what this is about.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are theorizing that the hormone oxytocin can be used in the treatment of disorders like schizophrenia, autism, and anxiety. In quoting this UPI article, oxytocin "is a brain chemical associated with pair bonding, including mother-infant and male-female bonds and increased paternal involvement with children."
"That's why oxytocin is sometimes called 'the love hormone,'" [researcher Dr. Kai] MacDonald in a statement. "It's said that the eyes are the window to the soul ... they certainly are the window to the emotional brain. We know that the eye-to-eye communication -- which is affected by oxytocin -- is critical to intimate emotional communication for all kind of emotions -- love, fear, trust, anxiety."

People with schizophrenia or autism often avoid eye-to-eye gaze, focus on less relevant areas of the face, and avoid meaningful social contact. The researchers theorize that oxytocin might act on the brains of patients with schizophrenia and anxiety and may ultimately increase the level of trust or emotional contact between patient and physician, or with patients and significant others.
I have no idea why this is a news story. I just found it interesting that there is an association made between oxytocin and the term 'the love hormone,' because I have never heard that before. Has anyone else? But, this being Valentine's Week, I'm hoping to get a lot of Google searches (*waving to all of you who are here from a google search*)

Also, this is a great segue into reminding you about The Doctor Anonymous Show on Valentine's Day night - Thursday, February 14th at 9pm eastern time. It's going to be a great time with medical bloggers Dr. Val, Jenni from Chronic Babe, Crzegrl, and EE.

I have the number three listened to show in the health category on BlogTalkRadio, and I'm hoping to surge to number one with your help. So, tell your friends and neighbors to join us for The Doctor Anonymous Show: Valentine's Day Estrofest. You won't want to miss it!

7 comments:

emily said...

I'm countin' down the days like a little kid waiting for Christmas! Oh the advent calendar this could be!!! hehehehehe

enrico said...

Unfortuately, that's the time I'm going to be moving back for good, so I'll have no modem, no internets. I wish so so much I could be there, especially in light of the fact that I feel 1/3 responsible for the creation of this reversal of the natural order of things (as in many males usually showboat around a single female, with one doomed male dying horribly without mercy for his brief success) along with Dr. A. and Dr. Nick Genes, but I gotsta take care o' bidness.


So since I can't be there, I leave you with this factoid regarding oxytocin: it produces immediate, spontaneous erections when injected directly into the brains of male rats. A viable alternative to Viagra this is not, unfortunately. :P

Good luck to all! :)

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

"I have no idea why this is a news story. I just found it interesting that there is an association made between oxytocin and the term 'the love hormone,' because I have never heard that before. Has anyone else? But, this being Valentine's Week, I'm hoping to get a lot of Google searches (*waving to all of you who are here from a google search*)"

Shameless attempt at pumping up your reader volume! I wish I would have thought of it.

SeaSpray said...

Hi and yes i have heard it called the love hormone in women's articles or love related articles on the net...hmmm not sure where now. I have a thing about eye to eye contact...love it!

Looking forward to Thursday! :)

Barbara K. said...

and here I thought the love hormone was chocolate...

looking forward to your showt his week.

frectis said...

I just found it interesting that there is an association made between oxytocin and the term 'the love hormone,' because I have never heard that before. Has anyone else?

I have! Check out Oxytocin.org and tons of 'net resources on this if you Google it, which you may have already. Oxytocin (natural) v. Pitocin (synthetic) gets a lot of attention in my little corner of the medical world when it comes to labor and maternal bonds.

Parlancheq said...

So the treatment for schizophrenia is more sex? ;)