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Do Pheromones Really Exist Or Are They Being Exploited For Financial Gain?

Aug 17, 2007
Ever get that strange feeling of attraction from sweat, yet, your first impulse is to be repulsed. It kind of draws you in and it's almost as if you can't help being attracted. It's probably human pheromones at play.

Although you cannot smell pheromones, studies in the last half century indicate humans, like animals, have the ability to attract other humans by way of phermones. So what are pheromones? They are best described as a chemical picked up by what is known as a VNO (vomeronasal organ) which is supposed to be located in the nose.

Does a VNO really exist though? You know, phermones have caused great debate ever since it was suggested they play an important role in the way we humans attract one another. The crazy thing is that while there is a strong case establishing the existence of pheromones, the naysayers will still debate it to the hilt. So who is right?

It's been established pheromones exist in the animal world but aren't we humans part of that world too? For example, research shows fire ants believe it or not, get aggressive when they pick up pheromones of a fellow fire ant. Research has been conducted in this area to produce a anti-pheromone if you like, to combat the aggressive nature of these ants. Fire ants are considered a menace in many societies and if a way is found to subdue them then maybe we could control there invasive nature.

Ever wondered why dogs seem to take delight in sniffing each others posteriors? Same theory again... pheromones. In humans, a lot of positive research has revealed some startling information regarding menstruating women and the connection to pheromones. Furthermore, a pheromone has apparently been isolated by researchers from the sweat of men which can have an amorous effect on women.

It wouldn't take long before research would start to translate into possible profits and since the 1980's, human pheromones have been marketed in one way or another as a means of attracting members of the opposite sex or for that matter, members of the same sex, for sexual pleasure.

Products in the form of oils, perfume, cologne or concentrate are now commonplace in the market place although you'll need to go online to get an idea of just how big this burgeoning industry is becoming. It wasn't always like that though, as in the initial phase of pheromone marketing, there was a lot of skepticism to greet this once fledgling industry.

So the question still remains... do phermones really exist? Well, perhaps they do but until research can prove conclusively that they are part of the human make up and the naysayers are convinced once and for all they do, then I guess all we can do is to enjoy the mystery surrounding human pheromones. It's a little like the aliens... are they really out there?
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Do pheromones really exist and can they help boost your sex life! Plus, read the latest news and reviews in the world of pheromones at:http://www.thepheromoneadvantage.com
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