This Valentine holiday season…
Love, it PHYSICALLY effects you: Heart, soul, mind…
[via LiveScience] Falling in love can wreak havoc on your body. Your heart races, your tummy gets tied up in knots, and you’re on an emotional roller coaster, feeling deliriously happy one minute and anxious and desperate the next.
Research shows that these intense, romantic feelings come from the brain.
In one small study, researchers looked at magnetic resonance images of the brains of 10 women and seven men who claimed to be deeply in love. The length of their relationships ranged from one month to less than two years. Participants were shown photographs of their beloved, and photos of a similar-looking person.
The brains of the smitten participants reacted to photos of their sweethearts, producing emotional responses in the same parts of the brain normally involved with motivation and reward.
“Intense passionate love uses the same system in the brain that gets activated when a person is addicted to drugs,” said study co-author Arthur Aron, a psychologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
In other words, you start to crave the person you’re in love with like a drug. [...]
But the brain studies did suggest that love changes over time, Aron said.
“As long as love remains, we get used to the relationship, and we’re not afraid our partner will leave us, so we’re not as focused on the craving,” he said. [Read More]
Unless you are super careful?
And by “body” I mean in a forever, a penicillin-will-not-get-rid-of-it kind of way.
[via The Extinction Protocol]February 10, 2012 – NORTH CAROLINA – In this morning’s NEJM, physicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Washington bluntly warn that gonorrhea at least threatens to become untreatable, thanks to the acquisition of antibiotic resistance: It is time to sound the alarm. During the past 3 years, the wily gonococcus has become less susceptible to our last line of antimicrobial defense, threatening our ability to cure gonorrhea and prevent severe sequelae. As I reported here last July, gonorrhea (which acquires resistance mutations much more easily than syphilis does) has been steadily becoming indifferent to entire classes of antibiotics used against it: first sulfa drugs, then penicillin, then tetracycline, then fluoroquinolones such as Cipro. The last class of drugs that worked against the disease easily, quickly and cheaply – key attributes, if you’re running publicly funded clinics where people may not give you their real names — were the class called cephalosporins. But for the past several years, decreased susceptibility to cephalosporins has been moving across the globe, appearing first in Japan, and then spreading both west across Europe and east via Hawaii to the United States. One case of true resistance has been identified in Japan. But here is the key point: Gonorrhea, which causes about 700,000 cases a year in the United States, is steadily ratcheting up the doses of drug necessary to cure it, while at the same time there are no new drugs in the pipeline to treat it. For decades — since the magic bullets of antibiotics made it possible for STDs to become a public health priority — STD detection and treatment has followed a single well-worn pattern. Highly resistant STDs could change that, if they become widely distributed across the planet. –Wired [Read More]
So practice a little Valentine’s precautions, eh?
Think of it as a gift your are giving both yourself, and your loved one this time of year.