In Praise of Oxytocin, My Drug of Choice

Saturday night over dinner with some friends, the conversation turned somehow to oxytocin—that wonderful hormone sometimes called the “love drug” or the “cuddle chemical.” The pituitary gland secretes it during orgasm, when we get bear-hugged or massaged, possibly when we pray or meditate, and when we snuggle. It also prompts new moms to produce breast milk, which promotes bonding and builds trust. Even meaningful eye contact... Read More

A New List: The Dirty Dozen

If you grew up in Canada like we did, you probably grew up loving David Suzuki. The environmentalist and educator has been ahead of so many issues for so long, so we were quite delighted to see that the foundation that bears his name has taken on cosmetics. Yesterday they announced the findings of their months-long research into cosmetics, and they’ve unveiled their own Dirty Dozen, which has a lot in common with the ingredients we warn about... Read More

When it Comes to Beauty Confidence Trumps Youth

So we both happen to be 31 years old but, pinkyswear, we are not making this stuff up. A new study done by QVC—yes that QVC—has revealed that 31 (and not, say, 23) is the peak age for beauty. Even more exciting, according to the Telegraph: Some 70 per cent of more than 2,000 men and women polled cited confidence as a key factor in making a woman attractive, ahead of the 67 per cent who included physical beauty and 47 per cent who looked for a... Read More

Women Are Better Than Men at Multitasking

The verdict is in: Women can do more things at once, or should that be: men can do less? A group of British researchers have finally put this long-held (but never verified) theory to the test and the results are pretty unequivocal. According to the The Week, here was the researchers’ methodology: They gathered 100 students—50 men and 50 women—and gave them eight minutes to perform three tasks at the same time. They all got the same tasks,... Read More

Is Jasmine the Ultimate Chill Pill?

A bunch of Germans—why are they always out front on this stuff?—tested fragrances to see if they had any tangible effects on brain chemistry. Most of them did not, but jasmine? Big oui. It’s being called the first scientific proof that aromatherapy works. From The Week: Researchers … have concluded that the smell of Jasmine is just as effective as Valium—at least, on lab mice. Could doctors someday prescribe a daily whiff of this... Read More

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