Pheromones are the natural scents that humans create and secrete to attract sexual partners. Ever since they have been discovered in other animals humans, especially teenage boys have been trying to find a way to get more of them working on their behalf. The word "pheromone" is derived from the Greek "pherein", which means to carry, and hormon, which means to excite. Therefore, pheromones may be described as a chemical that transmits a message between bodies. After twenty years of research a team of German scientists identified the first pheromone in 1956. It was a powerful sex attractant for silkworm moths. At even the smallest amount of the substance male moths beat their wings madly in a "flutter dance." They then reduced the amounts until they got to the smallest amount that would cause the reaction and managed to manufacture a similar material that will still cause the same reaction. With humans and other mammals the task proved much more difficult. That's because mammals are more complex than insects and their behaviors are also more complex and harder to identify and classify. Scientists tried to duplicate the Germans' success with a hamster and after great difficulty managed to isolate a substance that worked for Hammy and his girl friend. Scientists have discovered however that human are "the hardest of all" mammals to work with. Some studies suggest that humans may also respond to some chemical signals from other people but to date despite claims to the contrary there have been no real breakthroughs in isolating or duplicating human pheromones. One of the interesting things about pheromones is that contrary to popular belief, pheromones have a perceivable odor that we can detect through normal smelling processes. Some people describe them as having an acrid or unpleasant smell, but some pheromones have been described as the scent of fresh sweat, in a good way. The reason that most people believe that they are odorless is that our reaction to them subconscious. This means of course that pheromones do not have to be smelt to work. So we may or may not smell them and they have a reaction on us. Okay. So what do I do about it? Just act naturally.
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