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Pheromone News July, 1999 Comments Off on Pheromone News July, 1999

July, 1999

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying life. Here in Japan, well, last month it was sunny every day during the rainy season, and now it’s pouring every day in the sunny season. Go figure.

FREE pheromones!
I’m pleased to say, the free bottle of pheromones contest was a big success, meaning that I got a lot of interesting e-mail, which I will try to summarize for you today. And, oh yes, read on! As promised, I will be giving away another free bottle this month and every month!!!

Don’t forget to smile at someone today,
Bruce Boyd
editor
news@love-scent.com
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Sources:
I am signed up with two services that notify me of any new appearance of pheromone research or other news anywhere on either the web or any of the thousands of Usenet newsgroups. I also periodically run searches on the medical research web-sites to see if any new material pops up, and of course I get occasional hot tips from you, my “alert readers”. I have also been known to just make stuff up, as you will see, so beware.

Sometimes the “news” will be not so new. If it doesn’t appear on the PRI site (http://www.love-scent.com/research) or the pheromone E-zine archives (http://www.love-scent.com/zine), and I find it interesting, than it’s news to me and I’ll review it, so don’t be afraid to send in an old article you come across. If it hasn’t found it’s way into the internet or a research journal, I probably haven’t read it and would be very happy for a copy, which I would then of course highlight in the “News” (with your name if you like).

I’m also interested in printing personal experiences with pheromones, so if you have something to enter in that area please send it in. I can leave your name off or print it as you like.

Pheromone News may be distributed freely, if copied in its entirety.

Send articles and personal stories to:
news@love-scent.com
Back issues and sign up information located at:
http://www.love-scent.com/zine
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This issue’s “news”:
*June’s Survey/Contest Results
*This month’s “free pheromones” contest
*The pheromone Blueprint and its Utility in Mate Selection
-Bruce Boyd
*pheromones in the Cinema
-weekly feature
*Alert reader pheromone story
-Ken
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The June issue’s Survey Results

AAAAND the lucky reader is….(drum roll)……envelope please……(rrrip)……Charlene, from Longview, Texas! Congratulations!!! She picked MC Marble’s Hi-Octane +2 for her prize “bottle o’ pheromones” She should be receiving it very soon. I suppose she will be writing to say that she had to hire a private bodyguard to keep all the men away.

As you may or may not know already, I picked the winner from readers who completed last month’s “being friendly as an aphrodisiac” survey. I received a variety of thoughtful responses. Some of them, however, detailed the effects of wearing pheromone supplements, rather than smiles. Since the survey was about the effects of smiling and friendliness, I’ll hold onto the off-topic ones until a later date.

Here are some excerpts. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

***Question: “Please describe your experiences, comments and/or feelings regarding
being friendly as an aphrodisiac:”***

“Being friendly sets the other person at ease with you and with themselves…as long as it is a natural real friendliness. not a forced or fake friendliness. it is the warmth of smiles and laughter that lights up the room.”

“Being friendly has an amazing impact on the male species! A sweet, warm smile, brief, yet long enough to notice the color of their eyes, eye contact. It’s all great! It’s this truly powerful weapon- as I pass these strange men in the halls at work or out with the girls, a quick friendly smile, eye contact, and a simple ‘hello’ almost always gets a good reaction for me.”

“A lot of people tend to take advantage of those of us who are always nice, that treat the entire world with a smile. Some people ignore the smile, some smile back. Sometimes this smile back is real, sometimes it’s fake. And in several cases you get the question, ‘What are you so happy about?’ Or, ‘You must really love your job.'”

“I could not believe how much response that I got from just being over friendly. People who usually didn’t talk became un-shy and talked about just about anything.”

“Everyone at school talked to me different. They smiled back. They say things like: ‘Oh you’re in a happy mood.’ It made some people smile so that felt good.”

“I always try to be friendly at any given time and women find it easy to talk to me both locally and when visiting foreign ports. It’s not unusual for women to want to keep in touch after a first meeting, even if just friends.”

“It was a new view of Life and life experience. I will try it again. Interested what would happen in the same situation if I have the magic scent on my body. I think as a man it would be selfstrengthen my ego and therefore i can be more in my biological role as a man in this emancipated women’s world. who knows. Bin gespannt darauf wie es ware mit dem Mittel.”

“People think you’re up to something if you smile all the time, and I think that it makes me more mysterious. People are just dying to know what it is that makes you smile. As far as it being an aphrodisiac, if you smile in a certain way to someone of the opposite sex, it makes them want to know you better or just to know what is on your mind.”

“Some start outwardly flirting. Some excitedly talk nonstop, happy that someone is paying attention to them. And a few actually blush and become extremely shy. My job in the construction field takes me into many homes everyday. Being kind, polite and friendly is a part of the job that comes easy for me. It certainly sets the stage for a successful business relationship. As for being especially friendly in my personal life, there’s almost no other aphrodisiac like it!”
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July’s “free pheromones” Contest
In response to last month’s contest survey, I got quite a few interesting comments on the results of wearing pheromone supplements, which weren’t technically on target at the time, but rather than let them go to waste, let’s turn the investigation in that direction this month. I don’t want to eliminate anyone from the running, so if you have never worn a pheromone cologne before, you can write me about your experiences with a non-pheromone fragrance that you find particularly seductive. As usual, I will put together all the completed surveys that I receive in the next few weeks, and pick out one at random to receive a free bottle of a popular pheromone product. Just be sure to put a little thought and sincerity into your response in order to be included in the drawing.

Here is the survey:
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1. Have you ever worn a pheromone cologne?

2. Do you ever use non-pheromone fragrances with the intention of making yourself more attractive to the opposite sex?

3. What products have you tested and are you happy with the results?

4. In general do you feel that supplemental pheromones have any effect?

5. In general do you feel that colognes have any romantic effect on those around you?

Please write a few sentences on your experiences with supplemental pheromones and/or other colognes as aphrodisiacs/attractants……

Send completed surveys to:
news@love-scent.com
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The pheromone Blueprint and its Utility in Mate Selection
Bruce Boyd

This article was inspired by an interesting experiment conducted in Switzerland by the zoologist, Claus Wedekind. It is somewhat related to this month’s “pheromones in the Cinema” below, but it brings up an important point about pheromones that is usually overlooked by the public. On the fragrance market today there are no more than 3 specific types of pheromones available, while in the laboratory several hundred human pheromones have been isolated so far. It also stands to reason that countless thousands more may be discovered in the future. What does this mean? It means that pheromones are not just something that a particular person has a lot of, and which therefore makes him/her more popular with everybody. Each and every individual has his/her own unique pheromone blueprint or “signature” as the scientist, James Kohl (pheromones.com) calls it. This personal pheromone collage in all probability gives those around us an accurate and complete picture of who and what we are without even opening their eyes, perhaps a more accurate impression than is available via the sense of sight. I wouldn’t be surprised if at sometime in the future, law enforcement authorities were able to identify criminals on the basis of “pheromoone-prints” left at the scene of a crime. In a horrifying scene in the movie “Leon”, a super-villain druglord is able to “smell” that one of his dealers is lying to him, and there is little doubt left in the viewers mind that his ability is accurate.

But if these pheromone signals are real, and we are really broadcasting all our deepest secrets for all the world to see, how are they being picked up? Is it via the sense of smell? A resounding “no” on that. pheromone signals are sensed with an entirely separate apparatus from those used to pick up smells. It is called the VNO (see last months Pheromone News for more information), and all indications are that the VNO/pheromone system is worthy of being referred to as a new sense, perhaps the long sought after “sixth sense”. Even though I sincerely believe in the therapeutic and social value of the pheromone products that are available on the market today, it is clear that they represent a paltry offering compared to what is on the horizon for pheromone technology in the future.

The Wedekind study is interesting because it specifically deals with this pheromone blueprint, the relationship it has with an individual’s immune system type, and the ability of the human VNO to give us reliable information about others around us.

The experiment:
Male subjects were given a t-shirt and instructed to wear it to bed on two consecutive nights. The subjects were also given scentless soap and other toilet articles and told to use them only. At the end of this period all the t-shirts were put into boxes and rated by female subjects on the basis of smell alone. Some boxes were filled with new t-shirts to act as controls.

The results:
Female subjects preferred the boxes containing t-shirts that had been worn by males with dissimilar immune systems as rated by an MHC test. Many women said that the smells reminded them of old boy-friends, while shirts worn by men with similar immune systems reminded them of male family members.

From an evolutionary point of view, this phenomenon needs little explanation. It has long been noted that breeding within a large gene pool, where the chance of dissimilar gene-types mating increases, results in superior offspring, while the opposite conditions, often referred to as “inbreeding” has been shown to bring unfortunate results. The Windekind experiment seems to indicate that without knowing why, women prefer to mate with men with dissimilar immune systems, thereby increasing the chance of producing healthy offspring and can make this decision entirely on the basis of sensing the potential mate’s pheromone blueprint.
But just in case, don’t forget to smile!
Bruce Boyd
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pheromones in the Cinema
Ever notice the fascination in wearing your girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s clothing? Ok, guys, I’m not talking about her dresses and stockings. That is an entirely different phenomenon and goes way beyond the scope of this zine. ūüėČ I just mean an old sweater or jacket. I used to think the attraction was simply due to some stray perfume on the borrowed garment, but now I know better. It’s the natural pheromones. It never fails to give a secure feeling to wear the clothing of a loved one. Along those lines there is a great “pheromones in the cinema” shot in the hysterical movie, Mask. I’m sure you’ve all seen the movie, but do you remember the scene I am thinking of? Our hero, Stanley Ipkis, and his work buddy are sitting around the office, when in walks the ravishing night club singer, Tina. Stanley gets the girl and his friend ends up with her jacket. Hurt but making the best of the situation, the rejected suitor buries his nose in the jacket and inhaling deeply his eyes turn upwards. He is transported to heaven.
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User Corner

Hi Bruce!

Yes, I received the BEACHES and I will be totally honest with you. It didn’t automatically make me god’s gift to women, but what I noticed is that women seemed more *aware* of my presence, which opened the door for me to make a move, if I so choose

I’ve had several people comment and tell me how erotic the smell is. Personally, the smell reminds my *mind* of passion, and hot sex. I think if someone goes around wearing this cologne with a smile and a confident personality, they can pretty much control any situation.

I actually gave some to my single divorced dad to go wear out at a dance club. I was surprised when he came back at 2:00am with details of how women acknowledged his presence, and he actually hit it off with a nice lady.

If anything, I think these pheromone colognes arouse the senses, and awaken the animal sex driven curiosity force in *most* women when smelled in the proper setting.

Ken

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Thank you all, and keep those articles and experiences coming!

Feel free to distribute this newsletter freely if copied in its entirety. Sign up information and back issues are located at:
http://www.love-scent.com/zine

In the mood for some laughs? Try my weekly humor/joke E-Zine at:
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Bruce Boyd
Sendai PRI
news@love-scent.com

Pheromone News June,1999 Comments Off on Pheromone News June,1999

June, 1999

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and enjoying life. We are supposed to be in east Asia’s rainy season at the moment, but have been getting beautiful skies every day here in Japan.

FREE pheromones!
This month’s Pheromone News contains another editorial entry, meaning I just plain made it up as opposed to reporting on a research article. It was inspired by all the mail I get from readers who want to know how to make pheromone supplements work for them. I hope you find it useful. Don’t miss the contest at the bottom. FREE BOTTLE OF pheromones TO THE LUCKY WINNER! If I get enough response to this, I will run a contest every month.

If you are having any interesting experiences with pheromones, supplemental or otherwise, PLEASE, write them down and send them to me. I’m running low, and I know there is a wealth of useful information out there “in the trenches” as they say.

Enjoy,
Bruce Boyd
editor
news@love-scent.com
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Sources:
I am signed up with two services that notify me of any new appearance of pheromone research or other news anywhere on either the web or any of the thousands of Usenet newsgroups. I also periodically run searches on the medical research web-sites to see if any new material pops up, and of course I often get occasional hot tips from you, my “alert readers”.
Thank you.

Sometimes the “news” will be not so new. If it doesn’t appear on the PRI site (“http://www.love-scent.com/research”), and I find it interesting, than it’s news to me and I’ll review it, so don’t be afraid to send in an old article you come across. If it hasn’t found it’s way into the internet or a research journal, I probably haven’t read it and would be very happy for a copy, which I would then of course highlight in a PRI newsletter (with your name if you like).

I’m also interested in printing personal experiences with pheromones, so if you have something to enter in that area please send it in. I can leave your name off or print it as you like.

Pheromone News may be distributed freely, if copied in its entirety.

Send articles and personal stories to:
news@love-scent.com
Back issues and sign up information located at:
http://www.love-scent.com/zine
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This issue’s “news”:
*Being Friendly as an Aphrodisiac
-editorial and contest
*The Human VNO; How We Sense pheromones
-by Bruce Boyd
*pheromones in the Cinema
-weekly feature
*Alert reader pheromone story
-anonymous
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Being Friendly as an Aphrodisiac
-editorial

I receive quite a bit of mail from readers (mostly men) wanting to know how to make supplemental pheromones (colognes, sprays etc) work for them, and it has stimulated quite a bit of thought on all sides in coming up with answers to these questions.

At the heart of the problem lie a few questions. What is it that pheromones, natural or supplemental, do for people? What don’t they do, and what is it that people *want* them to do? From my experience, I think I can safely say that people who purchase the popular pheromone products are hoping that they will make the wearer seem more attractive to those around him or her with some social (usually romantic) goal in mind. Personally, I feel that enough scientific studies have been done to conclude that there is a strong possibility that this will occur, but looking at pheromones as an aphrodisiac that will drive the opposite sex wild with no effort involved is a big mistake in my mind.

What do pheromones do? I’m going to go out on a number of limbs here. Remember, this is an editorial, and in a moment, it may even turn into a sermon. pheromones create “chemistry” between people, which is a very powerful thing, but keep in mind that pheromones as an industry is very young and that of the potential hundreds of human pheromones that exist, only 3 that I know of have been bottled and sold. Of these, the two most sold and tested are andorstenone and andorstenol, which are produced naturally by both men and women. They have been linked with social attraction between the sexes, and seem to heavily affect our perception of people we don’t know or have just met. When we are attracted to someone, what is it about them that we find special or more importantly, *how do we respond* to that attraction?

I am convinced that androstenol and andorstenone whether natural or supplemental give the bearer an aura of attractiveness, which could be interpreted as beauty, youthfulness, strength or even intelligence by the perceiver depending on his/her own psychological make up. But is that enough? Is that our final goal, to be perceived as beautiful or powerful. I don’t think so. People who write me, want to make contact. They want to meet someone. They want to do things together. The world is full of young beautiful people oozing with natural pheromones who can’t get to “hello”, who go through life enshrouded in a protective cloud of aloofness or fear.

People want to know if pheromones can help them meet men/women. The short answer is “yes, but you’ve got to smile once in a while.” If there is anything useful that I’ve learned in four years studying psychology, it’s that “people like people who like them.” If you go through life wearing a suit of armor, an aura of sexiness and power are only going to make it harder to meet others. You have to be friendly and helpful, and is that really so difficult? You don’t have to be cool or witty or come up with great pick-up lines. Just smile, be helpful and let people know that you are a decent sort of person. Then you will see some fireworks with your pheromones whether they come out of a bottle or not.

There is a popular feeling among men that women are attracted to strong (dominant) males, and I suppose it is true, but common sense says that Mr. Powerful, along with his pheromones, had better give off the impression that his powers are going to be used for protecting his offspring and other benevolent purposes if he expects to find a partner with any self-respect and intelligence.

So in closing I would like to try an experiment/contest, and would like to ask everyone who is reading these words to participate. For the next 24 hours I want you all to give a warm smile and greeting to everyone you meet. Then sit down and fill out the following survey and e-mail it to me at:
news@love-scent.com
I wish I could say I will send a free bottle of pheromones to everyone who responds, but I can’t afford that, so I will send one free bottle to ONE person who thoughtfully fills out the survey. I will choose at random from those who put a little effort into it, so you don’t have to BS your way through it.

I will try to summarize the results in the next issue. If you are the winner, I will notify you immediately by e-mail, ask you for your mailing address and send you a bottle of pheromones. I can withhold your name or print it here as you like. How’s that?

Regarding being especially friendly (check the appropriate):
___ I felt like an idiot.
___ It was painful.
___ It was a disaster.
___ It was surprisingly great
___ It was hard to remember to do it.
___ It was hard to do.
___ It made me nervous.
___ It set me at ease.
___ I always smile at everyone anyway, so I didn’t notice any change.
___ I felt phony
___ I couldn’t manage it.
___ People took advantage of me.
___ I think I will try it again sometime.
___ I met someone nice.
___ I got a date.
___ I got a raise.
___ I got nauseous.
___ Other event(s) (explain)__________________

Please describe your experiences, comments and/or feelings regarding being friendly as an aphrodisiac:

Send completed surveys to:
news@love-scent.com
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The Human VNO and how we sense pheromones

After many years of darkness on the subject, scientists now seem to agree that there is a very unique system with which both humans and many other animals receive their pheromonal chemical messengers from the air. This system is quite separate from the one with which we detect normal smells and is especially linked to our emotions and sexual behavior. This system is known as the AOS (accessory olfactory system) and even uses a special pair of organs to do its work, the VNO (vomeronasal organs). The following is a short history of the discovery of these organs through which pheromones influence our perceptions. Many of the details come from an article that appeared in the Journal of NIH Research in January of 1994 (volume 6) by Robert Taylor and from the book, The Scent of Eros by James Kohl (pheromones.com) and Robert Francoeur.

A great deal of research has been done, which clearly shows the power of pheromones over the sexual and territorial behaviors of various animals. In these studies there can be little doubt of the importance of the VNO in mediating these effects, because when the VNO is surgically removed from any of these animals they will not mate at all unless they have had prior sexual experience. If you open most medical text books, however, you will read that the human VNO disappears while we are still in the womb, and therefore does not exist in adult humans. This was the unchallenged medical dogma for fifty years, and has only recently been corrected.

The human VNO was first mentioned in anatomy books as early as the late 1700s, but the whole idea of its existence was stricken down by a team of well-known scientists in the 1930s and no one has had the courage or inclination to refute them until now. There is a lot of speculation as to the psychological forces that could create such a long and hard to break “dark ages” for pheromone research, but in any case the independent efforts of two teams of researchers have demonstrated to everyones satisfaction that humans do indeed possess a VNO that does in fact react to stimuli in the air. David Moran, Robert Josephson and colleagues at the University of Toronto in Canada reported in the Journal of Otolaryngology that vomeronasal pits were present in about 40 percent of the adults they examined, and Bruce Jafek, an otolaryngologist at the University of Colorado in Denver found a VNO in all of his subjects.

The jury is still out as to whether the VNO is actually connected to the brain or not, but there is plenty of strong support that it does. Two of the VNO’s staunchest supporters, scientists David Moran and David Berliner have helped found two companies that are banking that it does, the Pherin Corporation in Menlo Park, which is devoting a lot of time and money into researching the VNO as a delivery system for drugs, and the EROX Corporation, the first fragrance manufacturer to patent pheromones for reputed effects on sexual behavior.

Does this mean we are no more than animals and can be literally led around by the nose? Not according to Robert Taylor: “the effects of chemical cues in mammals depend strongly on other visual, auditory, or tactile stimuli received at the same time. Furthermore, mammals are behaviorally more complex than other animals. Human sexual behavior depends on everything from hormonal state to childhood memories and moral philosophy. A chemical cue is unlikely to override a lifetime of socialization.”

In other words, as I said in the editorial above, you might want to smile once in a while!

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pheromones in the Cinema

I was trading a few funny movie pheromone stories recently with Jim Kohl (pheromones.com), who aside from being one of the top pheromone researchers is also a regular guy in the true Dave Barry sense of the word, and has collected more than two hours worth of “pheromone moment” segments! I have yet to stump him. Here is one of my favorites:

from a great movie entitled:
A Fish Named Wanda
Remember the numerous hysterical scenes of macho ex-CIA operative, played by the fantastic Kevin Kline bracing himself for sex with his girlfriend (Jamie Lee Curtis) by inhaling the vapors from her boots. Remember what gets her off? That’s right, men speaking foreign languages. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

I have enough of these to last me a couple of years worth of issues, but I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, so please send me your favorites and I’ll print them for you. Names withheld on request.

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User Corner

Dear Bruce:

I’ve had great results with the Hi-Octane + 2 product. Women are definitely attracted to it. I’m in sales and I’ve noticed that my female clients are more receptive and spend more money. It’s like a secret weapon.

name withheld on request
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Thank you all, and keep those articles and experiences coming!

Feel free to distribute this newsletter freely if copied in its entirety. Sign up information and back issues are located at:
http://www.love-scent.com/zine

Bruce Boyd
Sendai PRI
news@love-scent.com

Pheromone News May,1999 Comments Off on Pheromone News May,1999

May, 1999

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and enjoying the Spring (or Fall), wherever you are. We had our baby a couple of weeks ago (see related story below). Everybody is healthy but no one is getting any sleep around here!

Enjoy,
Bruce Boyd
editor
news@love-scent.com
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Sources:
I am signed up with two services that notify me of any new appearance of pheromone research or other news anywhere on either the web or any of the thousands of Usenet newsgroups. I also periodically run searches on the medical research web-sites to see if any new material pops up, and of course I often get occasional hot tips from you, my “alert readers”. Thank you.

Sometimes the “news” will be not so new (like this month!). If it doesn’t appear on the PRI site (“http://www.love-scent.com/research”), and I find it interesting, than it’s news to me and I’ll review it, so don’t be afraid to send in an old article you come across. If it hasn’t found it’s way into the internet or a research journal, I probably haven’t read it and would be very happy for a copy, which I would then of course highlight in a PRI newsletter (with your name if you like).

I’m also interested in printing personal experiences with pheromones, so if you have something to enter in that area please send it in. I can leave your name off or print it as you like.

Send articles and personal stories to:
news@love-scent.com
Back issues and sign up information located at:
http://www.love-scent.com/zine
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This issue’s “news”:
*pheromones at Home
-editor
*pheromones, Attraction and the Performing Arts
-review of article by Tom Clark
*Danger…Deodorant!
-news short
*Alert reader pheromone story
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pheromones at Home
-editor

Our new baby boy, Kai (japanese for ocean) was born exactly on his due date, April 22nd, just like his elder brother, Sora (sky) 3 years earlier. My wife, Mika, is very suggestible I guess. If a doctor says our baby will be born on a certain date, it probably will be. In fact, two weeks before the birth, the doctor said Kai was getting rather big and that it might be best if the baby were born early. Sure enough, the next day my wife went into labor and we were back at the clinic, until the midwife mentioned that it might only be a “false labor”, at which point the contractions stopped and we went home. I wish she listened to me like that. : – (

I have a pheromone related reason (excuse) for mentioning this. For the first few days after Kai’s birth, he had an overwhelming musky smell of male sex pheromones, which would not wash off. I have read on a number of occasions that male infants immediately after birth release a large surge of testosterone that results in the very different ways that male and female children relate to their worlds, despite the fact that they won’t be receiving another serious jolt of sex hormones until they reach puberty. It is also fairly well accepted that male sex pheromone production is closely tied to testosterone levels, so I suppose this could result in the macho smell on my helpless infant son. An interesting sidelight on this pheromone phenomenon was that my wife was completely unable to detect the smell. The eminent pheromone researcher and author of my favorite book on pheromones (The Scent of Eros), James Kohl has been kind enough to answer many of my questions on pheromones. His comments on this were:

“There are reports of a testosterone surge that occurs within minutes of birth, with the surge lingering (only in male infants) long enough to do some serious masculinizing of the brain. I wrote of this in an online paper linked from my site.”

“How is she (your wife) with musky odors in general? For example, a large percentage of people can’t smell androstenone. However, with repeated exposure, the ability to smell it develops. It will be interesting to see if she is able to detect the odor in the weeks to come.” [ed. note: The smell faded slowly over the course of a week and my wife was never able to smell it.]

“Also, a woman’s hormone levels may influence olfactory acuity/specificity. With pregnancy, things get pretty wild, hormonally speaking. Still, women have been shown to be able to identify the odor of their baby within hours of birth. It might interest you to experiment with her, if you can borrow some clothing from another baby.”

Be sure to check out James’ pheromone research site. You can find the entire article mentioned above, and a wealth of other pheromone information.
http://www.pheromones.com
I hope to review his book here soon.

By the way, in addition to the surge in my sons testosterone level there has also been a surge of in sign-ups for this newsletter, and I happened to notice the name of at least one other prominent pheromone researcher on the list who is like a god to me. I hope that anyone reading this, who (unlike me) actually knows what he/she is doing will not take offense to my groping playfully around in the world of science, but will instead write me with any corrections, additions or comments that he/she might have. I would be delighted to hear from you and happy to feature your work and/or publish your homepage information.

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pheromones, Attraction and the Performing Arts

from an article entitled “Whose pheromone are You?” by Tom Clark originally published in World Medicine magazine in July of 1978

In scanning the internet for Pheromone News articles the same ones keep popping up over and over. In fact, sometimes it seems like they were all written from the same 5 or 6 press releases. Running into “Whose pheromone are You” by the british researcher Tom Clark was a pleasant surprise. Although it was published in a medical journal, it is full of fun and creative interpretations of its loosely compiled “data.” There doesn’t seem to be a truly controlled study to be found, and he himself refers to this work as “art” rather than “science”. I myself love to see the results of the strictly controlled scientific studies come in with their verdict, but articles like this one open up whole new ways of thinking about pheromones and what they can do. Also keep in mind that the original article was written over twenty years ago!

Every now and then I find a reference to a study done in a public theater, demonstrating that women will unconsciously prefer seats that have been sprayed with male sex pheromones, and apparently I have finally found the source. The experiments featured here were conducted by Clark, who had already done similar tests on unsuspecting patients in a hospital waiting room, Matthew Guiness, an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company who had produced a late night “pheromone happening” experiment at the famous RSC, and Robin Klassnic, an artist who had experimented with the effects of pheromone sprays on visitor traffic at art exhibitions.

The trio booked the Gulbenkian Studio Theater in Newcastle, UK for their experiment on the attractive power of pheromones. First they observed the usual flow of traffic in the theater to see which seats would normally fill up first, and then sprayed certain seats with pheromones to see if they could alter the standard flight pattern. They also sprayed a portion of the programs to see if that might affect their being selected for purchase. The results were interesting. In Clark’s words: “It had worked much better than we dared hope.” The seats on the side balconies which had remained empty during the control (no spray) performances, were now filled and mainly with women, after having been sprayed with pheromones. The researchers were initially disappointed that all the programs both sprayed and unsprayed had sold out before the concert, as that upset the other variable that they had hoped to measure (which programs were selected for purchase), but on a hunch, after the performance was over, the many programs left behind in the theater were examined, and not a single sprayed program could be found. They had all been taken home by their owners, while the unsprayed ones had largely been abandoned.

Rock Concert Mania?

Clark goes on to speculate about some even more “exciting” pheromone phenomena: “If you observe the crowds at rock concerts you can see pheromones at work.” He claims that the level of hysteria at a rock concert is controlled by the type of ventilation in the concert hall!

“If the air currents in a concert hall move from the stage to the audience, the excitement is literally carried from performers to fans. That is why a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon works up the crowds more than one at the Festival Hall, where extractors move the air the other way. Most of the big successful closed theaters have air conditioning circulating air from the front to back and make ideal pop venues.” “The new National Theater, like the Royal Festival Hall, has all round ducted air conditioning. Actors there are said to feel a sense of isolation from the audiences — a sense they never felt at the Old Vic. The cool unemotional atmosphere of these places is OK for classical music or Ibsen, but deadens emotion.”

But that’s not all! Clark says that researchers have carefully examined the theater seats occupied by young girls following rock concerts and found that they had been dampened with vaginal secretions by these “girls in orgasm” as he calls them. AND…(I am not making this up!)…he says that from examining these secretions scientists can speculate that a large percentage of the young women had synchronized their menstrual cycles during the weeks of anticipation of the event, stimulated by TV and newspaper ads and were ovulating on the night of the concert! He further supports this with the fact that the evidence for a statistically normal percentage of menstruating women, which can usually be found in the women’s restrooms is completely absent at rock concerts. Other studies apparently support this theory: “It has been noticed that after pop concerts girls often show menstrual disruption, and their periods become irregular.” says Clark. The system which controls menstruation (pituitary gonadotrophins) appears to be “upset by rock concerts as well as leaving home or changing jobs, and is possibly triggered by the presence of new, or strange *male smells.*” Clark also points out that five of the girls that worked in the theater where the pheromone experiment was carried out had had their menstrual cycles disrupted.

In the words of Tom Clark himself:
“Can one call it an experiment? Ludwig Wittgenstein tells us we can arrive only at an approximation of the truth whatever we do, and however we do it. Thus a scientific approach is limited by its language of controls and double blind techniques; double talk indeed. The theater however is a place of much greater flexibility of human expression than the laboratory. In the theater, miracles can happen, and marvels and magic are everyday means of expression often performed twice nightly.”

“But it did work. It worked in public. It doesn’t amount to a scientific paper but a few hundred people witnessed it. Human pheromones, we maintain, do exist. If you don’t believe it, ask the Royal Shakespeare Company to show you sometime.”

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Danger…..Deodorant!

Remember when it hit the news that the aluminum in spray deodorants might be causing alzheimer’s disease? Well, put away your underarm sprays again. According to the newspaper the Guardian: “Research by Robin Klassnik and Tom Clark has shown that the effect of natural male pheromones can be reversed by deodorants! It is feasible now to spray a football crowd with deodorant to calm them down or to spray political gatherings.” Or perhaps spray an unwanted suitor with Right Guard in order to get a good nights sleep!

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User Corner (A big thank you to alert reader Mark)

Just wanted to speak about my experience of how Beaches (pheromone cologne) worked for me when I used it. In one particular situation I was playing cards at a casino and the table was full with 6 other guys. I was sitting closest to the dealer and had my beaches on. Once I sat down, not more than five minutes into the game, this dealer (and she is extremely good looking- I kid you not) was talking to me and no one else. She then started to wink at me every so often and I am just an average guy. It was so easy to get her phone number, it was like she just was kinda glued to me only at the table. Never happened to me before like that.
Mark
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Thank you all, and keep those articles and experiences coming!

Feel free to distribute this newsletter freely if copied in its entirety. Sign up information and back issues are located at:
http://www.love-scent.com/zine

Bruce Boyd
Sendai PRI
news@love-scent.com

Pheromone News April,1999 Comments Off on Pheromone News April,1999

April, 1999

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay in this issue. My goal is to come out with one around the beginning of each month. My wife and I are waiting anxiously for the birth of our second child as the cherry blossoms bloom here in Japan. Lot’s of sweet smells in the air.

Enjoy,
Bruce Boyd
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Sources:
I am signed up with two services that notify me of any new appearance of pheromone research or other news anywhere on either the web or any of the thousands of Usenet newsgroups. I also periodically run searches on the medical research web-sites to see if any new material pops up, and of course I often get occasional hot tips from you, my “alert readers”. Thank you.

Sometimes the “news” will be not so new. If it doesn’t appear on the PRI site, and I find it interesting, than it’s news to me and I’ll print it, so don’t be afraid to send in an old article you come across. If it hasn’t found it’s way into the internet or a research journal, I probably haven’t read it and would be very happy for a copy, which I would then of course highlight in a PRI newsletter (with your name if you like).

I’m also interested in printing personal experiences with pheromones, so if you have something to enter in that area please send it in. I can leave your name off or print it as you like.

Send articles and personal stories to:
news@love-scent.com
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This issue’s “news”:
*pheromones in research literature
-Winnefred Cutler
*pheromones in new age literature
-Deepak Chopra
*pheromones in the classics
-?Surprise?
*pheromones in international news
*Alert reader pheromone story
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More Sex anyone?

The prestigious Medical Tribune ran an interesting article covering a controled study done by Dr. Winnefred Cutler which seems to indicated that men wearing synthetic human pheromone supplements have more sex than men who don’t. The doctor refered to the tested sex pheromones as “the natural substance given off by healthy virile men in their 20s that makes them so attractive to women” Wow!

In the study 38 men were randomly asigned to two groups. One group was given a small bottle of the pheromone brew to add to their own regular aftershave, while the other group was given a placebo (plain alchohol with no pheromones). No one knew what they were getting or exactly what the experiment was about. Everyone was told to wear the new mixture and keep a record of all “romantic activity” for the next 8 weeks.

The results were “stimulating” as the pheromone supplement users were reportedly “busier sexually–engaging in significantly more hugging, kissing and sexual intercourse with their female partners–than before the study”

Results in detail: “Forty-seven% of the men using the pheromone reported that they engaged in more sexual intercourse since using the cologne, compared with 9.5% of the placebo users.” And, “Thirty-five percent of pheromone users reported they slept with women more often, compared with 5% of placebo users”

Dr. Cutler was quick to add that there is more to this new medicine than fun and games. “Studies have shown that sex with a regular partner makes a woman more fertile, and that regular sex delays the aging process, while increasing self-esteem” she said.

Wow again, finally someone says sex is “good for you.”

Alan DeCherney, MD., chairman of ob-gyn at Tufts University in Boston, was also pretty happy about the results: “It’s good,” he was quoted as saying “to have a product that increases romantic attractiveness.”
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Here’s a wild one. These are some exerpts from a book by the new age medical guru, Dr. Deepak Chopra entitled: What is the True Nature of Reality? The Basics of Quantum Healing

On plant pheromones:
“A few years ago, scientists got interested in a group of hormones called pheromones that were produced by plants. So if you infect a plant, for example, with gypsy moth, the plants will give off hormones into the atmosphere called pheromones that immediately inform the rest of the forest that there’s gypsy moth around – be careful. And the rest of the forest will immediately make the appropriate antibodies to protect itself. A plant is aware. It’s got a mind. it informs the others, ‘This is what’s happening. Watch out!’

On insect pheromones:
“Insects communicate through pheromones too. You’ve seen termites build perfect columns in the dark with arches that meet at the top, perfect architectural designs. How do they do it? They communicate through pheromones. Sexual and mating behavior is also influenced through pheromones.

On mammalian pheromones:
“recently it’s been found that these pheromones in fact may also be the molecular substrate of our emotions. An experiment was done at Stanford, a particularly cruel experiment, where mice were taken and were given electric shocks. After a while the mice were removed from the room. Other mice are brought into the room and as soon they enter the room they panic. They release stress hormones and cortisol because they have inhaled the pheromones of fear.

On human pheromones:
“now it’s known that in fact for every single emotion that we have there is a counterpart, a molecular event that happens not only inside our body but in fact we release those pheromones as information substrates into the environment. So now when you say, ‘l went into this room and I felt that the atmosphere was really tense.’ That’s physiological. When you say, ‘I went to this holy shrine and I felt peace, love and compassion.’ That’s completely understandable from a physiological point of view. You say, ‘I don’t know what it is about this chap, but he certainly gives me the creeps.’ That’s also completely understandable.”
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pheromone quote of the month:
“Who you are shouts so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you’re saying.” -Emerson
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Below are exerpts translated into english from an article entitled “Chemical Messengers of Love” which appeared in Germany’s number one news magazine, Der Stern. It is quite long, but well worth the read. It is the single best source of background on pheromones that I have ever read. I had a hard time finding anything unimportant to edit out.

“Napoleon Bonaparte was to the point: ‘Don’t wash any longer, I’m coming back soon,’ he wrote in a dispatch from his camp to Empress Josephine. The brilliant strategist obviously possessed an infallible sense of how the nose plays a key role in love and sex. Now, 200 years later, researchers can scientifically explain the behavior of the little Corsican. The organ of smell detects not only intoxicating perfume or the offensive stench of a body. It can also register the mysterious agents of enticement and information, the pheromones. For humans they guide many emotions, as well as sexual attraction and the choice of partners. Although they are mostly odorless and waft through the air only in the smallest traces, they determine who appeals to us and who doesn’t. Like invisible procurers, they stand behind love at first sight, which strictly speaking, has to be called ‘love at first smell.’ These chemical messengers have also been discovered in the last few years to play a role in the proverbial ‘spring fever.’ Their great time comes when winter is over, the coat and cap are put into mothballs, and colds no longer stop up the nose. Without hindrance, these secret seducers can now escape from low-cut necklines. They begin to show their full effect when they float into a ‘foreign’ nostril and land there on the ‘vomeronasal’ organ. This sensory instrument is only a centimeter long and as thin as a match. Although it was described by a Dutch military doctor in the eighteenth century, research only re-discovered it a short while ago.

Professor Werner Langthaler, psychologist at the University of Munster exclaims: “It is a sensation that now, almost in the year 2000, we are tracking down a new human sense.”

“Without the VNO, nothing happens in the animal kingdom. Baby marmosets and grass carps, blue crabs and ants release pheromones to mark the boundaries of their territory, as a warning to enemies, as recognition signs, enticements to love, status symbols, and for many other purposes. Queen bees use pheromones to inhibit the sexual maturity of female workers and to make the drones swarm. While entire brigades of researchers are focusing on animal pheromones, little has been known until today about the chemical agents of human attraction. We don’t even know how they are produced. There is every indication, however, that it happens in the skin, the largest and most complex organ of the human body, an organ that still presents scientists many mysteries. Crowded together in a single square centimeter are on the average over six million cells, 5000 sensory bodies, 100 sweat and 15 sebaceous glands, as well as 200 pain points, 10 to 25 pressure points, 12 cold and 2 war m points. Four meters of nerve fibers and one meter of blood vessels guarantee interconnection and supply. The most important pheromone factories are the armpits. Their sweat glands mix together a series of attraction agents. The substances are secreted during perspiration and evaporated from the heated skin.

“But what is actually attractive about them? And what do they have to do with love and sex? Sweat glands in the armpit area are only active during the times in which the human being is capable of reproduction. They first take up their work in puberty and suspend it in menopause. Not without good reason does the woman’s head and therefore her nose during snuggling lie mostly in the immediate vicinity of the man’s armpit. “For the transmission of pheromones, physical contact is indispensable,” asserts Charles Wysocki, professor of anatomy and renowned researcher at the University of Philadelphia. “The smelling radius and range of pheromones amounts at the most to a few centimeters.” Thick clothing, therefore, blocks these fleeting messengers of love that, like a fine veil of scent on our skin, are lying like a spring haze above a meadow of flowers. Frequent washing thins the pheromones or dissipates them altogether. That was exactly what Napoleon wanted to prevent.

“‘Full to the brim with pheromones‘ is the way neurophysiologist Luis Monti-Bloch from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City described the nasal groove running from the outer rim of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth. And it is exactly there that someone who is affectionate sticks the end of his nose when kissing. Professor Monti-Bloch: ‘The kiss is probably a ritual that serves especially to detect pheromones.’ That is ‘entirely obvious’ in the gallant hand kiss.

The researcher, Winnifred Cutler, has ‘determined that women who sleep with a man at least once a week have a more regular period than those who are abstinent.’ For this effect, however, neither man nor sex is responsible, but rather theaura of male scent. Women on whom Cutler dabbed an alcoholic extract of male armpit sweat under the nose each day for several weeks also developed a regular cycle without any male visit or touching.

“Quite specialized chemical agents of attraction seem to pour out of the sexual organs. ‘The tip of the rat penis produces its own pheromone,’ says Clive Jennings-White of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. ‘Why should it be different for human beings?’ Up till now, 35 different pheromones have been discovered in the rat. ‘I hardly believe that we human beings possess fewer.’

“In five years of detective work, the researcher has uncovered 25 different chemical messengers in Homo Sapiens and decoded their chemistry. Substances that excite sexual desire were also present. “But we’re not speaking about them!” says David Berliner. The 66-year old, formerly a professor of anatomy at the University of Utah, heads the pheromone companies “Pherin” and “Realm” in California. The experts Jennings-White and Monti-Bloch are also conducting research at Pherin. ‘What we are discovering,’ says Berliner, ‘we will only market as medicines for impotence or disorder of the sexual drive, but in no case as an aphrodisiac.’

Huh?!?!?….. The owner of the company that makes “Realm”, and the most vicious marketeer in the business says: “we will only market as medicine” ???

“besides aphrodisiacs, the spectrum of pheromones contains substances that make one offensive. If you cannot get someone’s scent, then repelling pheromones and a natural defense mechanism are at work. German researchers, like the American ones, have proved that a person instinctively rejects people whose immune genes are very similar to his own. In that way, nature intends not only to prevent incest but also to exclude the possibility that descendants result whose immune defense betrays dangerous gaps.

“This mechanism works infallibly. Although the pheromone production is dependent upon mood, health, and age, each human being possesses his own distinctive pheromone aura. Search dogs obviously make use of this “chemical i.d.” when tracking down lost persons, just as infants do when looking for their mother’s nipple. By the second day of life they can recognize the right source of milk by its scent, that is, by its pheromones. Steered by the vomeronasal organ, traces of pheromones guide the baby to its goal.

“According to the opinion of Luis Monti-Bloch, the human VNO is as powerful as that of a dog or cat. The professor: “Our VNO is about a thousand times more sensitive than our sense of smell.” By means of the VNO, these chemical attractors have an effect upon the hypothalamus. That is a region of the midbrain that regulates the most important processes in the organism – body warmth, sexual drive, fat metabolism, sleep, blood pressure, and breathing. In tests up to now, the substances have influenced twenty various metabolic processes – within fractions of a second.”

“For five years now, research at the companies founded by Berliner in California have been running at top speed. Especially when the researchers test the effects of newly discovered chemical messengers, they experience surprises. With one substance, instead of becoming love-crazed like tom-cats who scent a female in heat, one group of subjects showed deep relaxation. In surprise, Monti-Bloch recorded that the heartbeat and breathing of the test subjects slowed down and their muscles relaxed. “With human beings, pheromones have other tasks than to stimulate us to have sex,” says Berliner. “Social pheromones,” that improve interpersonal relationships, are however “a gift of heaven.”

“Clive Jennings-White has already produced more than 100 artificial pheromones. He calls them vomeropherins. They often have a stronger effect than the natural substances. The chemist: “The potential is gigantic! That’s the reason we’re having them patented like crazy.” Berliner: “I am certain that this research will open to us unbelievable possibilities for treating illnesses.” Artificial pheromones can be employed as appetite suppressants, contraceptives, and sedatives. They first thing they want to do however is to develop a remedy for prostate cancer. The foundation for it is supposed to be a vomeropherin that stops testosterone production in the bodies of sick persons. If the amount of sexual hormone in the blood sinks, the cancer shrinks. Side effects should not be expected, since the patient does not have to be pumped full of drugs and hormones, but rather only has to “smell” the medicine.

“Up to now, Berliner has put five million dollars into the research. He earns his necessary small change with a perfume creation. The cologne is supplied with two artificial human pheromones and is supposed to produce a mild euphoria for the wearer and thus make it possible to flirt with the opposite sex without nervousness or stress. The essence, as a men’s or women’s version in the trade, seems to sell best.

“There is no question that we all possess a vomeronasal organ,” says Professor Hans Hatt, cell physiologist at the University of Bochum, “Any throat, neck, and ears doctor who looks carefully can see it.”

“Monti-Bloch could also prove that little researched agents of chemical attraction, so-called pheromones, influence – among other things – the heartbeat, breathing, skin temperature, and hormonal balance. The pheromone researcher Clive Jennings-White sees the VNO as ‘our most undervalued organ.’ For this chemist, active like Monti-Bloch at the University in Salt Lake City, we are ‘pheromone animals. Not for nothing do we have a larger VNO than the horse.’

“David Berliner, one of the discovers of this secret seducer, classifies the VNO as ‘our third most important sense. It comes directly after seeing and hearing – and before touch and smelling. Chemical communication plays a key role also for us humans.’

“The VNO reacts as quick as lightning to any breath of a pheromone. Physiological changes are already measurable after a ten-thousandth of a second. According to Monti-Bloch: ‘This is proof that nerve paths from the VNO lead directly to the brain; for only they could cause such a quick reaction.’

Professor of Psychology Werner Langthaler of the University of Munster confirms that Monti-Bloch has clearly “proved that the VNO is connected via stimulant pathways to the brain.”

“This small detector of chemical attraction agents in our nose (VNO) is so sensitive that many highly modern analysis apparatuses have had to exert themselves to keep up with it. The VNO of persons examined by Monti-Bloch respond to 30 picograms of pheromone – that is, thirty millionths of a billionth of a milligram.”

Did anyone make it through the whole article? Congratulations!
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Users’ Corner

“I ordered a bottle of beaches recently and used it for a while. At first I thought there was no visible effect but now I can see a difference. It does work well. I get more eye contact and more attention and friendliness from people at work and outside work.”

John Parker
Tokyo
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Thank you all, and keep those articles and experiences coming!

Bruce Boyd
Sendai PRI
news@love-scent.com

Pheromone News, March, 1999 Comments Off on Pheromone News, March, 1999

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well.
This is the first ever “issue” of this newsletter, and I don’t know how much to try to pack in. The mailing is being done by the “List Bot”, which controls the signing up and off. I assume that when you receive this message it will include information on how you can leave the list, God forbid that you would ever want to do that, but if you have any problems with the “system” let me know.

As to the source of my “news”, I am signed up with two services that notify me of any new appearance of¬†pheromone¬†research or other news anywhere on either the web or any of the thousands of Usenet newsgroups. I also periodically run searches on the medical research web-sites to see if any new material pops up. I also get occasional hot tips from you, my “alert readers”. Thank you.

Sometimes the “news” will be not so new. If it doesn’t appear on the PRI site, and I find it interesting, than it’s news to me and I’ll print it, so don’t be afraid to send in an old article you come across. If it hasn’t found it’s way into the internet or a research journal, I probably haven’t read it and would be very happy for a copy, which I would then of course highlight in the following PRI newsletter (with your name if you like).

I’m also interested in printing personal experiences with¬†pheromones, so if any of you have something to enter in that area please send it in. I can leave your name off if you like.

You can write to me at:
news@love-scent.com

Thanks,
Bruce Boyd
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This issue’s “news”:

*Article on pheromones in the Washington Post
*Study on female reactions to male pheromones (Grammer)
*The National Geographic “Smell Survey”
*Various wacky quotes about pheromones from the press
*Alert reader pheromone story
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The following are excerpts from an article which appeared in the Washington Post last year, “Sniffing Out Human¬†pheromones, Scientists Find Proof of ‘Chemistry’ Between People”
by Rick Weiss

“Scientists have found long-sought proof that people release potent chemical signals that can have profound effects on other people. The research settles a 40-year debate about whether humans produce and can respond to¬†pheromones, molecules that are usually airborne and odorless and which, in other species, influence such physiological processes and behaviors as mate choice, the recognition of one’s own family members, and the ability to smell the difference between friend and foe.

“Specifically, the new research shows that women’s underarm odors can alter the timing of other women’s reproductive cycles. It explains why women who live together often develop synchronous menstrual periods, and could spur development of “natural” fertility drugs or contraceptives.

“The finding may also lead to the discovery of compounds in sweat that could be incorporated into fragrances to alter body chemistry or mood.

“‘This is definitely going to make people sit up and take notice,’ said Charles J. Wysocki of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. Previous studies by scientists at Monell and elsewhere showed similar results but later were recognized as flawed. The new work, Wysocki said, seems to answer the question for good.

“‘The evidence has now become quite strong that humans produce and detect¬†pheromones,’ agreed Edward W. Johnson of Idaho State University in Pocatello.”

pheromones¬†have been documented in many species, ranging from insects to elephants, as sex attractants, kinship identifiers or alarm signals. In many species they are detected by a specialized organ inside the nose or mouth called the vomeronasal organ, or VNO.”

“There was ample evidence that human¬†pheromones¬†exist; babies show a clear preference for pieces of clothing that have been worn by their own mothers, for example, and research suggests that men and women choose their mates in part by sniffing out partners with compatible immune systems.”

“If¬†pheromones¬†have a big effect on human physiology, people may want to rethink their heavy use of soaps and perfumes: It may be, Buck speculated, that the constant washing away or covering up of these sweaty social signals account for some of the loneliness or depression in modern society.”

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Grammer, K. 1993. 5-a-androst-16en-3a-on: A male pheromone? A brief report.
Ethology and Sociobiology. 14(3):201-207.

This study rated the responses of 289 women to the chemical 5-a-androst-16en-3a-on, a major component of male sweat, and presumed to work as a male sex¬†pheromone¬†. The women’s responses to the quality of the odor differed, depending on the stage of their menstrual cycle. During ovulation, women rated the odor as neither attractive nor unattractive, but during other phases of their menstrual cycles, women rated the scent as unattractive. An evolutionary consequence might be the facilitation of female choice during ovulation.
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According to the results of the “1986 National Geographic Smell Survey”, women are more sensitive than men to the smell of androstenone (human¬†pheromone¬†contained in most commercial¬†pheromone products).
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Wacky excerpts from the press on pheromones

“Lowell Ponte, a former consultant on exotic weapons and a Readers Digest science writer, said in an interview that: ‘use of the recently discovered chemical Androstenone should be banned. Congress should pass a law making it a crime to use this chemical to influence voters by making politicians appear more lovable.'”
The San Francisco Chronicle

“The stuff attracts women like you wouldn’t believe”
Colorado Telegraph

pheromones¬†influence human behavior in a subtle way. Women are attracted to the smell”
The Daily Telegraph

“The scent is likely to produce a state of sexual excitement or arousal” Men Only
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Users’ Corner

*editor’s note-I took out a name, but otherwise this is the uncut version of what I received:

“The following report is true! I invited my friend, to my place to watch videos. We’re pretty close and have actually been intimate on a couple of occasions in the 15 years I’ve known her. Well, I decided to try an experiment. I put a few dabs of the concentrated¬†pheromone¬†directly on my T-shirt. Just after she arrived, I picked up the phone to order a pizza. While I was on the phone she walked up to me, wrapped an arm around my waist, and started sniffing my shirt!! She actually said, “Your T-shirt smells great!”. She looked like she was in heat! I was tempted to hang up the phone and make a pass at her right there! Well, we ate pizza, watched a video, and then started to get cuddly. It was late, but we had sex before she left! I’m dead serious! Coincidence or¬†pheromone¬†reaction? I did get a amorous looks today in the station–but I’m pretty striking to begin with. I’ll keep you posted.” Name withheld,
Tokyo, Japan
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Thank you all, and let’s keep those articles and experiences coming!

Bruce Boyd
news@love-scent.com

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If you are new to pheromones or are a first time user, please take a look at the Newbie FAQ and Product Guide first as these should answer most of your questions. If anything isn\'t answered properly here, or you want more information, visit Love Scent and browse the forum.

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