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    Jul 03, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    below is a piece i just wrote for my newspaper. i experienced some heartbreak lately, and i noticed pain, difficulty breathing, depression, etc. you know, regular separation stuff. i realized though that only a week ago i was experiencing pleasure and invincibility... i went and did some research, and this was the story i created for health & wellness. hope you enjoy.


    Health & Wellness: Medical Health
    The sensation identified as love has many medical benefits, while the lack of it has detrimental side effects.
    CAPTION: Emotions are a summation of hormonal actions, which have cascading effects on various body functions and overall health.

    Emotions are powerful. They influence our lives and politics, but they also change the physiological makeup of our bodies. The two most powerful emotional responses, love and fear, are particularly adept at creating physical responses within us that have ramifications throughout all aspects of individual health and wellness, interpersonal relationships and the world’s political stage at large. Love is life, and it is the focus here.

    Love has three stages: lust, attraction and attachment. Lust causes the release of sexual hormones and creates the impetus for procreation. This stage of love has been shown scientifically to last approximately as little as two weeks and as long as three months. Only rarely does unadulterated lust survive past that cycle.

    Attraction is the stage of love that allows for enough tolerance of one’s partner to see young brought forth full term. It has a duration of anywhere from one-three years. It is associated with the development of nerve growth hormone (NGH), and is present only in newly attracted individuals — it requires more time than lust allows for development, and the nerves and synapses generated have a physical capacity to last about one year. Residual structures of this synaptic development can withstand another two years at most before they physically break down altogether.

    Attachment, the final phase of love, can last decades and gives rise to the ability of individuals to create lasting relationships, whereby stability can be created while children are brought to full maturity. In the attachment phase of love the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin are at their peak levels. These chemicals create a sensation of bonding and are released during sex. Oxytocin and vasopressin also generate feelings of generosity. They prevent the action of hormones that create symptoms for dependence upon and withdrawal from addictive substances (especially opiates).

    Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love

    Love is bliss. Love conquers all. Love heals. Love sooths. (Loss of) Love hurts. (Loss of) Love kills. (Loss of) Love bleeds. All of these clichés are repeated endlessly around the world. Why? Because they are true. The collected feelings, thoughts, emotions and psycho-physiological responses grouped together in this thing called love are a mammalian response mechanism that ensures the preservation of species.

    Why are these universal perceptions in place? Quite simply put: Pheromones, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and amphetamines are released in a constant stream by the brain while we are in love. These are the hormones that directly affect sensations of euphoria, invincibility, confidence, attentiveness, generosity and many other “positive” emotions. Remember also that some of these hormones not only cause “happiness,” they also block “sadness.” As an aside, the cliché “love bleeds” is also accurate: Love hormones thicken the blood to a healthy consistency. Love is good for your cardio-vascular system. Its hormones also cause the lungs to open further, so love also facilitates breathing.

    Please note that many of these innate chemicals, when in too high or too low a concentration, cause the symptoms for depression. Amphetamines are responsible for alertness, excitability, vigor, concentration and wellbeing. Amphetamines are also addictive. If love is lost, then all the hormones that create a tolerance or resistance to addiction become imbalanced, and the chemicals that cause the symptoms of a broken heart (panic, depression, distraction, boredom, complacency, violence, anxiety, suicide, psychosis, etc.) proliferate.

    Many of these chemicals also affect appetite and metabolism. Depression resulting from withdrawal symptoms has another side effect: If serotonin and amphetamines are lowered, they can no longer control hunger. It’s true: Breaking up does make you fat.

    Shot through the heart…

    Why is the heart considered the source or site of love? Because most of the hormones concerned with this emotion are stored in some level within,
  • KansasColt09

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    Jul 03, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    well done. very intriguing and how-so-ever true...experiencing some pain myself right now.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 03, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    I completely agree with you that LOVE as we call it is a process that is somehow hardwired in our brains
    probably since the dawn of mankind to help us in evolutionary terms

    We can quibble about the stages and I think that attraction and lust should change places but I think you hit it dead on
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    Jul 03, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    whoops, looks like the bottom 1/3 of the story got left out... i'll try to get that fixed next week.

    gqjock: physiologically speaking, lust and attraction can't switch places per se. the phase of love that is "attraction" is accompanied by physical developments in the brain that take longer to complete than lust allows... unless, of course you're approaching this from the angle that you have to be attracted to someone before you feel lust for them. if that's the case, you're an officer and a gentleman and i salute you, but that is a social interpretation, not a physiological one.
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    Jul 03, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    GREAT! This means I'm not crazy and I shouldn't feel bad that I'm not into certain types of men. It's as I've always thought, the attraction comes first and the deeper feelings and "attachments" that hold things all together come after. It IS chemistry pure and simple! Now if I can just find someone that is "my type" to feel the same way about me! HEHE! Ah, ain't life grand! icon_lol.gif