Oxytocin and ethical issues over its possible uses

Oxytocin is appearing so often in the media of late, and getting everybody from scientists to entrepreneurs excited, is because of the power it might have to change both individuals and perhaps even society itself.  An easily manufactured, in fact naturally produced, substance that has the potential to make anyone who comes into contact with it more trusting of other people.  A possible transformative cure for children blighted with autism or adult suffering the mental torture of social phobia, perhaps even conditions such as schizophrenia.  On the other hand, the potential for misuse of such a drug hardly needs to be spelled out.  When you consider the lengths and costs that politicians and businesses go to make the voter or consumer ‘trust them’, then you can already hear them itching to get their hands on this stuff.

On a wider scale, if oxytocin does indeed live up to its present hype, it could perhaps generate social and cultural change on a scale even greater than that reputably triggered by the widespread use amongst young people of the original ‘love drugs’, such as acid and LSD, in the 60’s.  A drug that could be used by a nefarious government to placate and manipulate a docile population or something truly transformative and liberating that could turn society into a lasting version of what the flower people could only dream about in the ‘summer of love’..

Another study shows that Oxytocin reduces social anxiety

Swedish and British scientists have shown using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that the hormone oxytocin can inhibit feelings of anxiety in specific individuals. Their discovery might lead to a better understanding and the improved treatment of psychiatric affections in which people feel distressed when meeting others, such as in cases of autism and social phobia. Read More…

It seems the scientific research is mounting now.  At the very least, surely the government should be putting some serious money now into research programs specifically in terms of using Oxytocin as a treatment for these devastating psychiatric problems.

Oxytocin Nasal Sprays

Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the body.  Interest in it’s possible role in increasing empathy between people sprung from the recognition that women who have recently given birth have much higher levels of it in the bloodstream than other women do.  For several years now, researchers have been investigating oxytocin as a possible treatment for shyness, social anxiety, and possibly even other psychological handicaps or disorders such as autism or schizophrenia.  Reports of such research now appear regularly in the newspapers and popular and online media, such as this report on Oxytocin featured in USA TODAY.

This blog will bring you the latest news on all the latest research of Oxytocin as a treatment for psychological problems.  It will also provide news and links regarding the sale and manufacture of Oxytocin Nasal Sprays for the purpose of that treatment.