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Slave Master

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How Pornography Drugs &Changes Your Brain
by Donald L. Hilton, Jr.
How Pornography Drugs &Changes Your Brain
by Donald L. Hilton, Jr.

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Published by: Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D. on Sep 11, 2010
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34 SALVOIssue13In 1971 a paper was published inthe journal
Nature
that described howpheromones were used to prevent themoths from mating. The scientists mass-produced the pheromone and perme-ated the moths’ environment with it. Thisunnaturally strong scent overpoweredthe females’ normal ability to attract themale, and the confused males were un-able to find females. A follow-up paperdescribed how population control of themoths was achieved by “preventing malegypsy moths from finding mates.”The gypsy moth was the first insect tobe controlled by the use of pheromones,which work by two methods. One is calledthe confusion method. An airplane scat-ters an environmentally insignificantThis article will seek to answer two questions:(1) Biologically, is the brain affected by pornography andother sexual addictions? (2) If so, and if such addictions arewidespread, can they have a societal effect as well?
The Story of the Gypsy Moth
Let’s begin with a seeming digression. In 1869 the gypsymoth was brought to America to attempt to jumpstart asilk industry. Rarely have good intentions gone so wrong,as the unforeseen appetite of the moth for deciduoustrees such as oaks, maples, and elms has devastated forestsfor 150 years. Numerous attempts were made to destroythis pest, but a major breakthrough came in the 1960s,when scientists noted that the male gypsy moth finds afemale to mate with by following her scent. This scent iscalled a pheromone, and is extremely attractive to themale.
FEATURE
q
W
hile some have avoided
using the term “addiction” in thecontext of natural compulsions such as uncontrolled sexual-ity, overeating, or gambling, let us consider current scientificevidence regarding the brain and addiction.
Slave
Master
How Pornography Drugs &Changes Your Brain
by Donald L. Hilton, Jr.
 
Summer 2010 SALVO 35
SEX
This
resetting
of the “pleasure thermostat”produces a
“new normal.”
In this addictivestate, the person must act out in addiction toboost the dopamine to levels sufficient
 justto feel normal.
number of very small plastic pellets im-bedded with the scent of the pheromone.Then, as science journalist Anna Sallehdescribes it, “The male either becomesconfused and doesn’t know which direc-tion to turn for the female, or he becomesdesensitized to the lower levels of phero-mones naturally given out by the femaleand has no incentive to mate with her.”The other method is called the trap-ping method: Pheromone-infused trapsare set, from which moths cannot escape;a male moth enters looking for a female,only to find a fatal substitute.
Two Fallacies
What does this have to do with pornogra-phy? Pornography is a
visual pheromone
,a powerful, $100 billion per year braindrug that is changing human sexuality by“inhibiting orientation” and “disruptingpre-mating communication between thesexes by permeating the atmosphere,”especially through the internet. I believe we are currentlystruggling in the war against pornography because manycontinue to believe two key fallacies:Fallacy No. 1: Pornography is not a drug.Fallacy No. 2: Pornography is therefore not a realaddiction.As an illustration of Fallacy No. 1, consider the fol-lowing statement by a Wall Street executive whose main-stream company discreetly profits from pornography: “I’mnot a weirdo or a pervert, it’s not my deal. I’ve got kidsand a family. But if I can see as an underwriter going outand making bucks on people being weird, hey, dollars aredollars.
I’m not selling drugs
. It’s Wall Street.”Now consider both fallacies as elucidated in the fol-lowing statement by an executive in the pornography in-dustry:[T]he fact [is] that “drugs, booze and cigarettes”are all physical, chemical agents that are ingestedand can indeed have measurable, harmful, ad-dictive effects. The mere viewing of any type ofsubject matter hardly falls into this category and,in fact, belittles the very real battles that addictsface over drugs, booze and cigarettes—all ofwhich can be lethal. No one ever died from look-ing at porn. While some compulsive types can be“addicted” to anything, such as watching a favor-ite television show, eating ice cream or going tothe gym, nobody suggests that ice cream is akinto crack cocaine [remember that statement] andshould be regulated to protect . . . people fromthemselves—instead, these compulsive actions arerightfully viewed by society as personality defectsin the individual. . . .Here I will review some of the science he refers to, andalso discuss whether pornography is a “physical, chemical”agent, i.e., “a drug,” and also consider the latest researchon natural brain rewards in deciding whether it is a truebrain addiction.
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Adrenaline Grass
First, I would like to share an experience our family had afew years ago on a safari in Africa. While on a game drivealong the Zambezi River, our ranger commented on theadrenaline grass growing along the banks. I asked himwhy he used the word “adrenaline,” and he began todrive slowly through the grass. Abruptly, he stopped thevehicle and said, “There! Do you see it?”“See what?” I asked. He drove closer, and this alsochanged the angle of the light.Then I understood. A lion was hiding in the grasswatching the river, just waiting for some “fast food” tocome and get a drink.We were sitting in an open-air Land Rover with nodoors and no windows. I then understood why it wascalled
adrenaline grass,
as I felt my heart pound. My cere-bral cortex saw and defined the danger, which registeredin the autonomic, or automatic, part of my nervous sys-tem. The brain, which is a very efficient pharmaceuticallab, produced the chemical adrenaline, causing my heartto pound and race in preparation for survival. I was readyto run if needed (not that it would have done any goodwith the lion).We were told that if we stayed in our seats and re-mained still, the lion would look at the Land Rover as awhole and not see us as individuals. Fortunately this wasthe case for us.
A Drug Is a Drug
Interestingly, adrenaline, also called epi-nephrine, is a
drug
we physicians use insurgery and in emergencies to start a pa-tient’s heart again when it beats too slow,or even stops. So here is the question: Isepinephrine
not 
a drug if the brain makesit (causing the heart to pound and race),yet
is
a drug if the same epinephrine isgiven by a physician?Or consider dopamine. This chemicalis a close cousin to epinephrine, both ofwhich are excitatory neurotransmittersthat tell the brain to
Go!
Dopamine isimportant in the parts of our brain thatallow us to move, and when the dopa-mine-producing parts of the brain aredamaged, Parkinson’s disease results. Totreat Parkinson’s, physicians prescribe do-pamine as a drug, and it helps the patientmove again. So is dopamine a drug only ifthe pharmaceutical lab makes it, and notif the brain makes the same chemical forthe same purpose?Of course, both are drugs in everysense of the word, regardless of wherethey are produced. Pertinent to our sub- ject, it happens that both of these braindrugs are very important in human sexual-ity—and in pornography and sexual addic-tion. Dopamine, in addition to its role inmovement, is an integral neurotransmit-ter, or brain drug, in the pleasure/rewardsystem in the brain.
Disruption of Dopamine
Let’s review some of the important com-ponents of the reward system of thebrain. On the outside is the cerebralcortex, a layer of nerve cells that carryconscious, volitional thought. In the front,over the eyes, are the
frontal lobes
. Theseareas are important in judgment, and,if the brain were a car, the frontal lobeswould be the brakes. These lobes haveimportant connections to the pleasurepathways, so pleasure can be controlled.In the center of the brain is the
nucleus accumbens
. This almond-sizedarea is a key pleasure reward center, andwhen activated by dopamine and otherneurotransmitters, it causes us to valueand desire pleasure rewards. Dopamine isessential for humans to desire and valueappropriate pleasure in life. Without it,Look closer!

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