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I am surprised that the Japanese have not invented a portable ' back-of-knee-red-light-shiner 'It's all quite obvious really.Jet lag fairies live in your blood stream....they commute back and forth every day and of course obey the highway code !.....The shining of a red light in the back of the knees acts like a traffic light.......when you disembark the plane.....flick the light to green momentarily and this will start the Jet Lag Fairies back on their usual path and acclimatised already to the new time zone.This is true.
Jet Lag Only Skin DeepFriday, 1 November, 2002by Nature Australia Resetting the body clock after a long-distance flight can often take days to adjust. We've known for some time now that jet lag cannot be slept off; rather it requires a good dose of sunlight to be cured (see Nature Aust.* Summer 1990--91). Previously it had been assumed that the light signals reach the brain via the eyes, but new research shows the secret to altering the body clock may lie under the skin.Scott Campbell and Patricia Murphy of Cornell University Medical College have shown that shining light directly on the skin can change the body clock. In lab trials on humans, sleeping patients had a beam of light shone for three hours on the area behind their knees. By switching on the light just before the patient's temperature reached its lowest point, at about 5.30 in the morning, the body clock was set back by three hours. Conversely, turning the light on after the body reached its minimum temperature allowed the body clock to advance three hours.
A mammalian clock protein responds directly to lightJuly 2nd, 2008 We all know that light effects the growth and development of plants, but what effect does light have on humans and animals? A new paper by Nathalie Hoang et al., published in PLoS Biology this week, explores this question by examining cryptochromes in flies, mice, and humans. In plants, cryptochromes are photoreceptor proteins which absorb and process blue light for functions such as growth, seedling development, and leaf and stem expansion. Cryptochromes are present in humans and animals as well and have been proven to regulate the mechanisms of the circadian clock. But how they work in humans and animals is still somewhat of a mystery...Although this paper by Hoang, et al, shows that cryptochromes in animals and humans do respond to light in a similar fashion to those in plants, the question as to how exactly light effects them is still open for further research. Although cryptochromes are mainly found in the retina of the eye, they are also present in many different tissues of the body that are close to the surface. This suggests that cryptochromes may have non-visual functions, and may also affect protein levels and behavior.