Reuniting - January 2008 Newsletter

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January, 2008

Mind-benders: When 'Natural' Is Risky – Part II

Part I of this article explained that junk food (especially high sugar/high fat nutritionally-empty foods) and sexual stimulation (especially with the emphasis on climax rather than affectionate contact), although natural, have the potential to distort sound judgment. Both are examples of supranormal (unusually intense) stimulation, which reinforce learning – that is, they draw our exaggerated attention to anything associated with experiencing them. 'Learning reinforcement' is the same brain mechanism that distorts addicts' judgment, and locks them into their destructive behaviors. It occurs in the reward circuitry of the brain, and the neurochemical dopamine plays a critical role. ...

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Have A Laugh at the Gender Gap

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Letters from the Trenches

I've reflected a bit on my experiences growing up in a community where nudity was the norm. It was and is not a nudist colony, i.e., the main focus of the group is not to be nude. But, since one distinguishing feature of the landscape there is that it has natural hotsprings, and one purpose of the community is to be stewards of the springs, and most people do not have showers in their own houses and therefore always bathe together, everyone sees each other naked on a regular basis. How does this affect the sexuality of people living in such an environment? ...

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People sometimes ask us “what can I take?” to support the transition from conventional sex to controlled intercourse. We're not doctors. However, one visitor to our site has had good results using homeopathy. Learn more or contact a naturopathic physician.

Seeking inspired guidance? Visit the Inner-Wisdom Oracle.

If you aren't familiar with the book that inspired this newsletter and the "Reuniting" website, you may wish to read this review by one of its newest fans.

Review by Richard A. Smith

Buddhist Marital Therapy

The late Japanese psychiatrist Shoma Morita used to advise disharmonious couples who came to him for therapy to do five things each day for the benefit of their mates, without waiting to be asked. He instructed them not to call attention to what they had done, or expect thanks. Predictably, their selfless care of each other often eased the tension between partners more effectively than any other kind of therapy. For one thing, neither person had to wait for the other person to change before taking constructive action.

Morita developed this approach from Zen Buddhist principles about 'right action.' A key idea is that no matter how uneasy a person is feeling, s/he can still choose to do something constructive. ...

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Meds 'Made Him Gay'

High levels of dopamine can warp perception in all kinds of ways. This man's experience suggests that even sexual orientation can be distorted. For more on the potential dangers of drugs that mimic dopamine see "Super Size Orgasms?"

A French court is set to award substantial damages to a 47-year-old father-of-two with Parkinson's disease who was ruled to have been turned into a gambler and thief, with compulsive homosexual urges, by the drugs he was being treated with. ...

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