Kissing not only activates our reward system, it also produces long-lasting changes in the bacterial flora of the partner. Health risks or even cases of death may lurk behind hickeys. On the dot of midnight smooching, snogging and smacking take place. Whoever hears the ringing in of the new year unkissed, a myth says, will be punished over the following year with an absence of kisses.
The kiss is therefore a must. There are also kiss rejectors What is natural for Europeans and several other ethnic groups is not practised at all in other cultures. Anthropologists investigated among ethnic groups on every continent the kiss within culture. In 77 groups amorous kissing occurs, in 91 groups this behaviour is totally absent. The researchers defined the romantic-intimate kiss as a lip-to-lip contact, which may be of long duration but is not necessarily so.
While in North America a little more than half of the living cultures there practice this kiss, there are only four such groups out of 21 cultural groups in South America. In Europe, the kiss is common practice in seven of ten cultures studied. Kissology to go A person at 70 years of age has on average spent more than 76 days kissing.
Kissing is a muscular and neurological challenge. All 34 facial muscles and more are needed to produce the posture.
These and other results were delivered among others by philematologist Ingelore Ebberfeld. Philematology is the scientific study of kissing. In almost all areas of sciences however kissing plays a particular role. Redemption kisses make princes out of frogs. Kissing the ring of the Pope is a sign of humility and reverence. Biochemically speaking a great deal happens while kissing: The kiss as bacterial exchange Kissing leads not only to a transmitter thunderstorm, but also permanently alters the bacterial flora of the partner.
The Dutch microbiologist Remco Kort found out that kissing is an effective way to transfer 80 million bacteria in a very short time. Spoon licking and children kisses as tooth killer? One of the orally transmitted germs is Streptococcus mutans. It is among other things responsible for caries being able to be transmitted through kissing. In one study Virtanen et al warn against mothers licking the spoon of infants.
This leads to bacterial flora being changed in the child for a long time and may promote the risk of tooth decay. This is a somewhat strange warning, because kissing by the mother can also transfer their germs on to the child and harm oral health. And refraining from kissing and petting is — for mother, father and child — no seriously viable option.
Kiss trauma can kill However kiss caries is harmless compared to life-threatening kiss traumas. A year-old man died a few hours after the formation of smooching marks in the carotid triangle region. Tissue anamolies, a clot formation caused by sucking trauma, an injury of the carotid — these are the discussed causes of death.
As early as a casualty due to a fatal hickey appeared in a medical journal in New Zealand. A case was reported of a year old woman who suffered a stroke under approximately comparable circumstances. Nut — Kiss — End There are also case reports documented in which kisses have led to anaphylactic reactions with a fatal outcome.
A man was eating a sandwich with peanut butter and kissed his girlfriend, who died of an allergic shock. The amount of allergen that was enough to lead to this must have been negligibly small. The man had brushed his teeth after eating and rinsed his mouth. From a legal point of view it is certainly not the kiss which was guilty, but rather it was the peanut. Kissing protects against allergies Enough negative stories: One half of the ig Nobel Prize in Medicine ig being a word play: Numerous allergenic parameters were significantly lowered by kissing.
The second half of the alternative Nobel Prize also went to kiss researchers. Even after one hour the foreign DNA was still detectable. This was evaluated by the researchers to be significant because in this way DNA can be identified even several hours after an act of sexual violence by the perpetrators.