Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 2-10-13 February 11, 2013Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 1g=the law, Apollo astronauts, Apollo astronauts cardiac conditions, artificial gravity, calcium/magnesium ratios., Dr. William Rowe, exercise in space, ISS, lunar dust, NASA, rat microgravity studies, space adaptation sickness, Telomeres, urban pollution
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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 2-10-13
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We welcomed Dr. Rowe back to the program to discuss his latest findings regarding four Apollo astronauts, lunar dust, microgravity, and cardiac conditions. His work is presented on his website so do check it out, www.femsinspace.com. Dr. Rowe’s latest findings came from his research using the Freedom of Information Act to get medical data from NASA after the recent passing of Neil Armstrong. During our first segment, Bill explained what he found, what specific blood pressure and other information strongly suggests, and his comparison of the Armstrong data with that of several other Apollo astronauts per available data. He also brought our attention to the problem independent researchers have in getting Apollo information and medical stats from NASA. Bill used stress test blood pressure numbers and other medical information from the astronauts in question to illustrate his points and to back up his conclusions. Most of our first segment was devoted to Dr. Rowe putting forth the information and his conclusions. Bill took several email questions and listener calls, often wanting more information than he could provide because the reality is that there is an absence of additional information or relevant studies suggested. One listener was asked if the ISS astronauts evidenced similar cardiac problems. Dr. Rowe was unable to answer that question due to the absence of information.
In the second segment of this 2 hour 20 minute program, Dr. Rowe connected problems of lunar dust with urban pollution, suggesting microgravity studies that would benefit millions on Earth given how widespread the problem of urban pollution is on the planet. One of the studies he proposed would use 30 female rats subjects to different calcium/magnesium rations on the ISS for six months. Bill spent time in this segment explaining the importance of the calcium/magnesium ratio and what this means in space and for us back here on Earth, hence the rat study. Dr. Rowe also talked about the difficulty of having a quality exercise RX for microgravity. A listener asked about studies related to the Mt. St. Helens eruption several years ago re dust exposure. Near the end of our discussion, Bill talked about their being no hurry to go to Mars, suggested many of the near term human spaceflight missions such as one way trips to Mars won’t happen for a long time because the human issues will not be resolved in the near term. He also advocated the Moon first. We talked about artificial gravity and I mentioned what other human factor gusts have said on air in that artificial gravity may not be the same as 1g here on Earth and may prove to not be a solution. Listeners did not like hearing that as they kept saying there would be an engineering solution to the microgravity issues. Listener disagreements about artificial gravity not being the same as earth gravity continued long after the program ended.
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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 1-22-12 January 23, 2012Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: 1 G, artificial gravity, body sensing microgravity initiating event, calcium/magnesium ratio, cardio-vascular issues in spaceflight, Chinese Space Program, decompression sickness, Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, female advantage in space, gender lifespan issues, genomic selection for astronauts., human factors for space exploration, ISS, magnesium, microgravity, microgravity exercise routine, oxidative stress, pharmaceuticals in space, rat experiments in space, space medicine, telomerase enzyme, Telomeres
Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 1-22-12
Guest: Dr. William (Bill) Rowe. Topics: Space medicine issues, magnesium issues, microgravity, ISS experiments, and more. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed back to the show Dr. Bill Rowe for updates on his presentations in China and elsewhere, his continued research on the role of magnesium in space medicine, the role of telomeres and gender crew issues for long duration spaceflight including trips to Mars. During the first segment of our two hour plus program, Dr. Rowe directed us to many of the pages, articles, and documents on his website, www.femsinspace.com. I urge you to access the pages he directs us to at various times during his talk and follow along with him. This is important. In this segment, we talked about the latest telomere research and its application to space flight. Bill proposed ISS rat experiments and what the experiments should tell us. He also talked about the role of magnesium deficiency in cells in spaceflight. He talked about the need to develop a subcutaneous replenishable silicon device/pump to deliver magnesium and explained why this was essential. Dr. Rowe talked about cardio-vascular issues in spaceflight in the context of magnesium and the overall issues of vascular disease. This took us into the area of gender lifespan differences and studies showing that an all female crew to Mars might be desirable. Also in this segment, Dr. Rowe talked extensively about oxidative stress and referred us to his submarine diagram on his website, www.femsinspace.com/Oxidative_stress.htm. Marshall called in to talk about the ISS and the need for artificial gravity, partial gravity, or 1 G. Dr. Rowe said 1 G was essential for humans. Dr. Paul Dear called in from the UK with several questions, including asking about the initiating events for the body to sense microgravity down at the cellular level. Bill & Dr. Dear also talked about genomic selection for astronauts.
In the second segment, Dr. Rowe continued his discussion of the first segment topics and his proposed rat experiment regarding telomeres. Many listener calls and emails came in and Dr. Rowe expanded the discussion to the role of calcium for space flight and the calcium/magnesium ratio or relationship. He was asked why magnesium was not discussed by most human factors space medicine doctors. Dr. Jurist was also asked this question during his call, listen to what they said in response to this question. Bill talked about exercise routines for spaceflight & said it was a challenge to know the right exercise RX. Don’t miss his comments on this issue. Near the end, he used Columbus and sailing ships as an example saying we are not ready for long duration spaceflight or a trip to Mars. Listen to how he and I explained this during the closing comments for the show as I helped Bill phrase his analogy.
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