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Jun142010

Stressed? Call Mom

Just a chat with mom can trigger release of a brain hormone that fights stress, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The hormone, oxytocin, is associated with human bonding and is released during breastfeeding, hugging and orgasm. But the Wisconsin study found that when stressed young girls spoke by phone with their mothers for 15 minutes, elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped and levels of bond-building oxytocin rose. The researchers assigned 61 girls, ages 7-12, to give a speech or do math problems publically, both big stressors in this age group. Afterward, a third of the girls were reunited with their mothers for hugs and soothing; another third spoke to their moms on the phone and the third group watched a movie. Tests showed that cortisol levels immediately tumbled while oxytocin increased among the girls who hugged or phoned their mothers, while cortisol continued to spiral up in the movie group. Researchers used to believe that only physical contact boosted oxytocin, but the Wisconsin group now thinks that talking will also do the trick, and will work for adults as well as kids.

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Reader Comments (8)

I hope I can do that for my kids. When I talk on the phone to my mom, my blood pressure shoots through the roof!

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

Interesting. I am the mother of two sons and was wondering if there has been a test similar to this with boys.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

Not so for me.....and I'll bet there are more of us out there that do not have that avenue to vent. I have always been my mothers "mother". Until the last few years, I'm done. I need to take care of me now.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlonely daughter

Hola, Doctor Weil, saludos desde Madrid España. Tengo 35 años y he tenido graves problemas de salud los últimos 20 años. Pero hace 14 0 15 años que tengo su libro La Curación espontanea y creo que sus enseñanazas me han ayudado a sobrevivir.
Disculpeme que le hable en castellano, pero aunque se ingles no lo domino lo suficiente. LLegado a este momento y punto de mi vida y después de muchisimo sufrimiento gratuito, me decanto definitivamente por la Diosa Higea y le pido humildemente dos cosas:
- Que me ayude a restablecer mi salud a un estado optimo.
- Y que me acepte como discipulo, quiero aprender y cuando este restablecido ayudar a sanar a otras personas convirtiendome en medico naturista e higeano.

Tras muchos intentos fallidos he iniciado esta misma mañana mi tratamiento en serio, con tres acciones
ayunar el desayuno, acudir a las 10 am a un osteopata y a una homeopata con los que he trabajado 2 horas y comer a las 3 de la tarde una ensalada de tomate y pepino con una buena dosis de un producto escelente que aqui nos sobra aceite de oliva virgen extra.

Puedo y estaría dispuesto y encantado de ser su alumno y recibir sus enseñanzas a través de internet, puede encontrarme en jesusdelsaz@yahoo.es....allí espero su respuesta.
Con muchisimo afecto por haber recibido hace 15 años el regalo de su libro le envío un saludo, le agradezco su atención y su tiempo y le espero si contacta conmigo en mi mail, por algún sistema de chat, o en mi dirección postal que adjunto más abajo.

Jesús del Saz Alvarez
C/ ARROYO BUENO, 47, 4º B
MADRID- ESPAÑA
PD: Creo que tiene muy buena relación con la comunidad hispana, espero y deseo que alguien le traduzca mi post. Gracias de antemano.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJesús del Saz Alvarez

I wish my daughter would call me just to chat.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Are there any substitues for mom, as mine passed on 12 years ago, and my dad's gone too. Studies show that pets are helpful for stress, but I live in a place where pets aren't allowed. Deep breathing helps!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauralei

Senor del Saz: Yo escrito via email.
Moderator44!drweil.com
y gracias por las palabras pare El Senor Doctor Weil.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermoderator44@drweil.com

Lauralei and Barbara--one wants a call and the other has no one to call.
Finding another who needs what you have or want may be the answer?

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermoderator44@drweil.com
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