05 January 2011

Hormones, Vitamins and Peace

Science is still revealing a great deal about many aspects of the human body and human mind, and many of those findings frequently contradict previous findings.  Can we find peace with our decision making tasks as far as our health is concerned?


If we do not know our own bodies, or our own minds, how can we manage our health better?  What is science revealing about the links between chemicals and behaviour?  How should politicians shape policy based on the findings of science?


Royal College of Physicians, London - Hormones through history

Society for Endocrinology - 100 Years of hormones

Wikipedia - hormone

Wikipedia - vitamin

The history of - vitamins

Nutritional influences on behaviour


I am especially interested in ways to prevent aggression.  Is there a proved link between aggression and vitamin deficiencies?  Are there things we can learn about aggressive behaviour and hormone levels?

The topic of prenatal testosterone exposure and its effects after birth and into adulthood have been researched in recent years, with some interesting findings.  Could there be a link between nutrition during pregnancy and testosterone levels in the womb?


MIT Press - Prenatal testosterone in mind

BBC - Prenatal testosterone, finger length and sports

Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society - Prenatal testosterone and musical ability

BBC - Theories about testosterone

BBC - Testosterone and women

BBC - Testosterone and masculinity

ABC Australia - Testosterone - A many gendered hormone

Wikipedia - Testosterone


Do you have a theory about a possible relationship between prenatal testosterone levels and their influence on social problems?  If you know of a scientific study on this topic, I would be very interested to know about it.

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