What a pill...
They call it "the hormone of love" because is known to increase empathy and bonding – especially parents and their children. Scientists have discovered that the hormone oxytocin could help wallflowers overcome awkwardness in social situations.
Researchers were examining whether the hormone could make us more understanding of others.
They found that oxytocin did improve powers of empathy – but only among those who were less socially proficient in the first place.
Apparently they take the adage “Better life through chemistry” to heart. What was the reaction to this news…that it might help people with autism to deal better with others or something along those lines???? No…the headlines have all read “A new drug to cure shyness”
Anyone who watches all the drug advertising on television these days knows there isn't a problem, condition or emotion that can't be fixed with some little pill. And we wonder why there are so many drug addicts in America.
Drug advertising has increased an estimated 30-fold in the last decade, and consumption has gone up right along with it.
We've reached the point where one of every two adults and one of five children are taking prescription drugs, and that's just the ones doing so legally. We spent nearly $235 billion on prescription drugs last year in North America, more than double what we spent just 10 years before.
Studies show that nearly 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or family, and that the rates of abuse are increasing because people assume if it's prescribed by a doctor…if its advertised on TV, it's safe to use.
But in fact, adverse reactions to prescription drugs cause 32,000 deaths annually, twice the number of those caused by illicit drugs. By a wide margin, prescription drugs kill more people than guns or car crashes.
Sure, all those drug ads have to feature possible side effects. But those warnings that get read like K Tel commercials can't compete with the wholesome images of health happy drug users who dominate the advertisements.
There's no little pill that will make this problem go away, just a healthy dose of accurate information.
A female arousal product called Zestra, which is designed to enhance sexual arousal for women, has hit the markets in the U.S. However, when it came to advertising Zestra commercial, many TV networks, national cable stations, radio stations and even Websites like Facebook are balking…seems like its ok to take pills for just about anything except allowing women to enjoy sex. Priorities!!