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Swedish medical doctor and physiologist Moberg persuades readers to cultivate the pleasurable moments of life-when our bodies produce the hormone oxytocin, the "ready-made healing nectar" she asserts is responsible for inducing peace, growth and bonding. As the ying to the better-known yang adrenaline, which triggers feelings of stress and defense, oxytocin increases "social memory" (like a mother's recognition of her child), she says, inspires serenity, spurs physical growth and healing, lowers blood pressure and regulates digestion. In simple, flowing prose ably translated by Francis, Moberg argues that both hormones are equally necessary parts of a balanced, healthy physiological system. She explains how oxytocin works to inspire "calm and connection," and explores the various physical and mental routes to activate it: massage, sex, meditation and prayer, medication, alcohol and food-some of which obviously carry other health risks if overused. While Moberg admits that her assumptions are largely based on piecemeal evidence from experiments and observations of animals and humans, she provides a clear, lay introduction to a little-known hormone and a convincing case for further studies.
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"A fascinating look at the roles of oxytocin-not only in breastfeeding and childbirth, but also in eating, socializing, and sex." -- Mothering March/April 2004

"A pleasure to read and should be enjoyable to a broad, although educated audience." -- Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health January/February 2005

"An excellent introduction for the general public...The first book to summarize the full spectrum of oxytocin's effects...Entertaining, succinct." -- Nature Medicine February 2004

"Uvnss-Moberg shows that oxytocin...plays a role in pair bonding, an evolutionary adaptation for long-term care of infants." -- Scientific American February 2004
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; NONE, A Merloyd Lawrence Book edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780738207483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738207483
  • ASIN: 0738207489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Justin Tsay on October 4, 2010
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I chose this book for my introductory neuroscience class to help me write a Wikipedia article, as well as to learn more about the effects that oxytocin has in our daily lives. Having an actual doctor as the author certainly swayed my decision when deciding between several books about oxytocin.

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I was worried whether or not I would have to read up on oxytocin before hand, but Dr. Moberg dedicated the first couple of chapters to explaining the traditionally known effects that oxytocin has. My worries were laid to rest when she dedicated the first parts of the book to basic physiology for beginners as well a giving knowledgeable readers a refresher course. Overall I enjoyed the book, found it informative while not being a dry read that is common in textbooks.

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The book is laid out into an introduction talking about the basics of oxytocin and expanding into 5 parts: The Calm and Connection System, Oxytocin's Role in the Brain and Nervous System, Oxytocin's Effects, Connections and The ways We Seek Calm and Connection. Dr. Moberg starts the introduction off by listing several examples of opposites that we commonly think in (good/bad, light/dark), setting the groundwork for the opposite of the fight or flight reaction that has not been as talked about: calm and connection. In general, the calm and connection system may not be have been as well researched so far due to the effects taking longer to respond and harder to isolate. Dr. Moberg partially went into this field of study due to personal experiences as a mother of 4 and experiencing first hand the effects that oxytocin has.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sara on June 18, 2012
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The information listed on Amazon.com for this new edition was incomplete. This edition is not revised in any way except that there is a new Foreword. If you already have the original publication of this work, you will, essentially, be buying a duplicate. The new foreword does not add very much, in my opinion, and does not make it worth it to buy a second copy--unless you prefer this paper back edition. Now I, essentially, have 2 copies of this book: the original hard cover--which is my preference--and this paper back. I had hoped this new edition might have some reports of new research in this area, and it did not.

As for the book itself: "The Oxytocin Factor,..." etc. (I cannot find a way to underline for this review.), however, it is a most informative, interesting and needed book. The information is very valuable and an important "missing link" in our knowledge and understanding; and it is well written and succinct.

It is of great value to women for our own information, as well as to professionals who work with women around birth, mothering, bonding & attachment, breast feeding, as well as emotional well-being.

Those who are interested in stress--related to both men and women--as well as children (they have stress, too)--and the body/mind connection related to health will, I believe, also find this information interesting and valuable.

For people--men and women--who have noticed that they, themselves, may have difficulty forming and maintaining relationships, this information may shed some light on how that may have come about--with some information about what might be done to help change existing patterns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sara on June 18, 2012
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Kerstin Uvnas Moberg, M.D., Ph.D.,--and mother--has given us a gem in this little book about, what may be described as a previously "missing link" in our understanding of stress, in general, and birthing, mothering, breast feeding, bonding & attachment, emotional well being and so much more, specifically. The information shared in this book comes from her--and others'--scientific research--which is usually reserved for scientific journals, read by other researchers and people involved in various types of scientific work. We are so fortunate that this book reports on this important scientific information for all of us to read and learn from--and the information is stated "in plain English"--which has been translated from the original Swedish.

Dr. Moberg tells us that oxytocin is a brain chemical: both a neurotransmitter and a hormone--which means, as a neurotransmitter, it works within the brain to communicate with structures within the brain and other chemicals within the brain (including serotonin and dopamine)--to create various events and outcomes; and, as a hormone (created within the brain), it communicates with structures throughout the whole body and other chemicals that circulate throughout the whole body to create various events and outcomes. As you may have noticed, I am beyond fascinated with all of this information, and my purpose in writing this review is not to restate the information contained in this book. My review needs to be about "reviewing" this book.
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