Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Possible Solution to the Arab-Israel Conflict

Seems that there is a study out that claims the first steps toward erasing bad memories is only a pill away.

Some of the details:

A widely available blood pressure pill could one day help people erase bad memories, perhaps treating some anxiety disorders and phobias, according to a Dutch study published on Sunday.

The drug was shown to significantly weaken people's fearful memories of spiders. The generic beta-blocker propranolol significantly weakened people's fearful memories of spiders among a group of healthy volunteers who took it..."We could show that the fear response went away, which suggests the memory was weakened"...

[okay, so it's only spiders - but it's a start]

The findings published in the journal Nature Neuroscience are important because the drug may offer another way to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems related to bad memories.

...people given the drug had a greatly decreased fear response compared with people on the placebo when shown the picture and given a mild shock, the researchers said...The next steps are to look at how long the drug's effects on memory last, and testing the treatment in people who actually are suffering from some kind of disorder or phobia, Kindt said.

But then, again, as the Besht is quoted:

סוד הגאולה בזכירה

"In remembrance lies the secret of redemption."

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