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Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive 173

Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center, says the key to a man's heart, and other parts, is pumpkin pie. Out of the 40 odors tested in Hirsch's study, a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie got the biggest rise out of men ages 18 to 64. That particular fragrance was found to increase penile blood flow by an average of 40%. "Maybe the odors acted to reduce anxiety. By reducing anxiety, it acted to remove inhibitions," said Hirsch.
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:27PM (#34322588)

    Yes they have.

  • Re:one flaw... (Score:3, Informative)

    by KiloByte ( 825081 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @04:54PM (#34322944)

    No, I never been to a McDonalds there -- or rather, I entered one, saw a monstrously dirty place that stank and quickly ran away. Heck, in a backwards place like Poland McDonalds are safe food, among the better fast food places, priced so the poor can't afford to eat there (or at least couldn't ~10 years ago, things change fast) -- yet in the US they seem to be the lowest of the low.

    My sample comes mostly from going out several times with people from that university I've been to for the summer, and trying out various eateries in the city on my won the rest of the time.

    It might be something like those mythical microbrews people on /. praise whenever someone dares to mention American beer -- yet try going into a shop and choose a beer you didn't try yet. There's 99.9% chance it's pure shit.

    I don't deny there's good food and good beer there -- but if anything you pick at random is that bad, it says well what the _average_ is.

    I been there a month, and did put some effort into trying to find something good -- other Polacks there usually made their own food, I'm an abysmal cook and I wanted to try the local food rather than eating things I can have at home. A guy from China recommended to me several places, these served real Chinese food instead of the westernized faux stuff we're used to so it was too weird to me -- but not bad.

    In the end, the only sources of good food I managed to find were a couple of Italian places and a bar that served omelettes.

    On the other hand, when in Switzerland I failed to find a single bad consumable -- everything I tried was superb (been there only 3 days, but still...), and in Germany or Denmark, the food quality is as good as in Poland. And in Sweden, you just need to know to avoid gems like sugared sausage.

  • by ElectricTurtle ( 1171201 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @05:00PM (#34323034)
    Lavender contains high levels of phytoestrogens, so high that a bath product that overconcentrated their lavender extracts was causing peripheral precocious puberty in children and was acting like topical HRT to males. For some reason I can't paste the link into this box (it's a chrome/slashdot problem), but if you search for lavender precocious on google the second result details the occurrence. In any case, this endocrinological aspect may be the key to interpreting the results.
  • by recoisiche ( 1864820 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @05:49PM (#34323706)

    How the hell do you measure how boneriffic a boner is?

    With a Plethysmograph []

  • by phiz187 ( 533366 ) on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @05:51PM (#34323738) Homepage Journal []

    The linked study is from 1998. It is unclear if the news source was responding to some follow-up research that was published, or (more likely) was searching the archives for some holiday-related news on a slow news day.
  • Re:Hey honey... (Score:4, Informative)

    by shawb ( 16347 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @03:01AM (#34328100)
    Oh yeah, I forgot that there is irony in part of the mechanism behind how insulin shock leads to drowsiness. Insulin triggers uptake of a large number of amino acids into muscle tissue. One of the few amino acids whose uptake does not increase is... tryptophan. This leads to a higher ration of plasma tryptophan levels, so it is then preferentially transferred across the blood/brain barrier. This then allows higher than normal production of serotonin and melatonin, which then depresses the sympathetic nervous system leading to drowsiness. So, it is tryptophan that triggers the drowsiness, but not necessarily dietary intake.

    Eating turkey or other high tryptophan foods within a moderate sized meal will not, however lead to drowsiness. The other amino acids contained in the food ensure that the relative ratio of tryptophan doesn't increase enough to cause drowsiness. Eating turkey by itself can cause enough of a spike to lead to drowsiness.

    Of course the whole thing is probably even more complicated than that, and I'm sure you'll find that there is a perfect storm of factors involved that lead to thanksgiving post-prandial somnolence. Working hard all day to get things just right, travel, kids running around, rapidly declining sunlight levels, stress of upcoming shopping madness, eating by candlelight, a warm fire and heat turned up a little bit for guests would all add on to any dietary induced slumber. And then there's watching the Lions get beat yet again.

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