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Lawrence Alma-Tadema - A Favourite Custom, 1909
Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon

I will be arriving in Paris
tomorrow evening.
Don't wash!

Napoleon's Message to Josephine

Numerous scientists have observed that as cultures advance to higher levels of bathing, interpersonal bonding seems to decline.

They suggest that the washing removes skin pheromones and weakens the interpersonal bonding in families and between couples.

In the Roman Republic, family ties were very strong.

However, as it evolved into the wealthy Roman Empire with its adequate water supplies and free municipal baths, personal bonds became weaker, divorce became common, and social disorganization increased.

With the rise of Christianity, with its dislike of nudity and bathing, family ties began to strengthen. It is said that few people bathed for the next 1,500 years in Western Europe.

In North Africa and the Middle East, where Islam prevailed after the collapse of classical Roman culture, a somewhat different scenario occurred.

Musk, a strong pheromone obtained from the male musk deer, was a special favorite of the Prophet Mohammed.

The El Ktab, a classic Islamic text, describes musk as "the noblest of perfumes and that which provokes men and women to venery".

Islamic culture always emphasized the use of perfumes and pheromones1.

"The Lonely Crowd" - Cleanliness Can Produce Loneliness

William Bouguereau - Seated Nude, 1884

In the United States, California led the way on personal cleanliness.

By the 1940s, many Californians bathed or showered daily and washed away their personal pheromones, while most of the USA stuck to weekly bathing.

However, California soon led the USA in divorce rates and family breakdown.

Likewise in Europe, Scandinavia led the way in personal cleanliness in the 20th century and soon experienced family breakdown and chronic cultural complaints of interpersonal coldness and a lack of bonding. Immense social programs, prosperous economies, and a basic friendliness of people both in California and Scandinavia have not solved these problems.

While many social historians would disagree that a lack of pheromone could cause family breakdown, there are other precedents where chemical changes may have altered history.

The poor leadership of the upper classes in the Roman Empire may have been influenced by chronic lead poisoning.

Wealthy people used lead cooking pots and the bones of wealthy ancient Romans often have lead concentrations 100 times the level that causes brain dysfunction.


Low Pheromones Reduce Your Attractiveness

Edward Burne-Jones - Saint George and the Dragon The Princess Tied to the Tree, 1866

Human pheromone levels peak at around age 20 then slowly decline through our life. By age 40, your pheromone signals no longer excite others when you enter a room as they did when you were 18.

We all tend to think that the physical beauty of young people is the source of their attractiveness - however, smells activate the emotions.

Thus, the declining interest of others as we age may be more due to pheromone declines than physical changes in our bodies.

Thus, to increase your pheromone signature as you move beyond puberty, you need supplemental pheromones - just as supplements of anti-oxidants reduce degenerative diseases.


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