Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Birds and the Bees and the Brain

We all know that sex relieves stress; we also know that stress hormones cause damage when they remain elevated for prolonged periods of time. What we didn’t know was that sex helps brain cells grow.

According to a recent study done at Princeton University and published in the Journal PLoS One, rats who had sex every day for 2 weeks had better brain cell regeneration than those who got lucky only once in that period of time. I know, we are not rats, but wouldn’t you like to be, at least like the ones in the first group?

I cry at romantic movies. I view love with a romantic partner as one of several ways to become enlightened. And, like you, I have suffered from the pain of loneliness, which, according to the J. Science, is as real as physical pain. This is why I am writing these lines, hoping that you are not lonely and that you are getting lucky in a respectful, honest and responsible relationship. A significant number of people are not so lucky; their chronic health issues are often magnified when this is the case.

Sadly, many in our society have placed roadblocks in their lives that hinder their emotional and sexual fulfillment. No doubt some do so because of religious ideals; I respect that, but only when those ideals are there to emphasize true love. What “true love” is and when it may be given wings is debatable. Safe to say that one’s peace of mind with this issue is the most important factor.

Others are scarred for life by sexual abuse and other emotional issues as children. They need help to recover and so do the offenders. The latter have a much harder time changing their toxic behavior, often the result of sex abuse in their own childhood.

Whatever the reason is keeping your brain cells from growing, I hope you get lucky and start a new life today by forgetting and forgiving.


At September 1, 2010 at 10:01:00 AM PDT , Blogger Jillian Saunders MD said...

damn lucky rats!

At September 14, 2010 at 9:44:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your heart felt and professional comments. I too have suffered from the pains of childhood sexual abuse and have used it to improve my life and try to help others. If we all band together we will be much less lonely


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