This ground breaking is conducted by borrowing a gene from algae that is sensitive
to light and placing it in the amygdala pathway of a laboratory rat. In the algae, the protein's function is to
activate the pathway that causes the organism to gravitate towards blue spectrum light. When the goal was to reduce
the pathway in response to light, the researchers infected the pathway with a gene from a light responsive
bacterium that codes for a protein that inhibits a pathway to a particular spectrum of light.
Now comes the surprising part. When whole neuronal cell bodies were activity through this procedure anxiety
increased dramatically but when the laser focus on a smaller area all of the sudden the anxiety riddled mice lost
their anxiety and were filled with courage boldly exploring areas of their cage they had been fearful to approach
in the past.
While somewhat complicated and maybe even a little bit confusing what this research may be telling us is that
someday it might be possible to vanquish anxiety instantly by targeting specific pathways in the brain with laser
But as you can see this exciting research is only in its infancy and as for today we must make the best out of the
treatment option available to us at this time.
Prescription drugs are one of the current options but tend to promote drowsiness along with a long list of label
warnings. The side effect risks associated with the current bath of anxiety remedies has caused many anxiety
suffers to seek more natural alternatives such as controlled breathing, daily doctor approved exercise, diet
modification, talk therapy, anxiety avoidance techniques, relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation) and herbal and
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