Final Results: Oxytocin and Liquid Trust Experiment

Written by Paul Zannucci on 7:27 AM

(Please note that I've included some helpful oxytocin information links at the bottom of this post for all the people who are coming here genuinely seeking help.)

Okay, so before I abandoned this blog, now reawakened, to start a site called American Sentinel, I said that I was going to run a test on Liquid Trust, which is supposed to contain oxytocin. Checking the Google Analytics, I see that these threads are still some of the most read on the site, so I might as well finish what I started...

For those of you who don't know, Oxytocin is a naturally occurring substance that makes you less shy, more loving and trusting. Several pharmaceutical companies are working on a synthetic form and a delivery system that will keep oxytocin in the body longer and help the millions who suffer from social anxiety. Many doctors are already prescribing oxytocin in nasal spray form for the patients suffering the most.

I, on the other hand, was just making fun of a site called Liquid Trust, which sells what it claims is oxytocin in a spray bottle. Their claims are that if you spray their Liquid Trust on yourself that OTHER people lose their inhibitions around you and begin to trust YOU more.

So I knew that this claim was ridiculous but thought that there might be some slight (very slight)chance that Liquid Trust might actually work on the person it is sprayed on, so my premise was that I was going to buy some and watch a bunch of Barack Obama commercials on the Internet and see if I grew to trust him.

I never actually tried that, although I did get the Liquid Trust and used it as an aftershave for a week, assuming that closer to the nose was better, and I can report to you that I had absolutely no side effects, meaning nothing at all happened. I might as well have put water on my face.

HOWEVER, real oxytocin is proven to work. As I said above, several pharmaceutical companies are working on a synthetic form and a delivery system that will keep oxytocin in the body longer and help the millions who suffer from social anxiety. Many doctors are already prescribing oxytocin in nasal spray form for the patients suffering the most. Below are some links and other data that have to do with oxytocin, relationships, etc. and it appears that social anxiety sufferers may soon have some help.

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From Dr. John Gray:

One way to combat stress for a woman is to stimulate the production of oxytocin, a hormone proven to lower their stress. "Whenever a man does something romantic--it doesn't matter if it's big or small--it stimulates oxytocin," said Gray. "Men make the mistake of doing big stuff thinking it's going to last a long time. That's why they end up feeling like whatever they do, it doesn't seem to be enough."

Talking about problems is another big oxytocin producer in women, which may lower their stress, but can do just the opposite for men. "Men need to fix things, solve problems, and feel important," said Gray, which increases their testosterone--the hormone that lowers cortisol levels. "The bigger the problem, the more testosterone." However, 90 percent of the things women talk about have no solution. Men think if there's nothing they can do and no way to solve the problem, then why talk about it?

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From Philly.com

The hormonal and neurotransmitter cascade triggered by kissing includes adrenaline (which increases heart rate), endorphins (which produce euphoria), oxytocin (which helps development attachment), serotonin (which affects mood), and dopamine (which helps the brain process emotions). Your heart rate increases, your blood vessels dilate, your body receives more oxygen. Your earlobes swell.

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Lack of social interaction "bad for your health"

States that lack of social interaction and the use of social websites like facebook increases stress because it doesn't promote the release of the "cuddle chemical" oxytocin.

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Love potions in our future, neuroscientist says

"I think it would be very useful in marital therapies. What oxytocin does is it tunes you in to other people. It makes you more trusting (and) better able to understand the emotions of other people."

It's easy to give oxytocin: A nasal spray works.


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A Hormone to Remember

Given only a small dose of oxytocin, individuals in a recent study found that their memory significantly improved. Not for historical dates, strings of digits, or bars of music, but for something much more significant: each other.


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Scientists join self-styled love doctors in seeking love potion

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For all those coming here seeking help for social anxiety, the bottom line is that true help is on the way, but it's not here quite yet.

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