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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 6-2-13 June 2, 2013

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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 6-2-13


Guest:  Dr. William (Bill) Rowe.  Topics:  Moon walking astronauts, stress tests, cardiac problems,  HSF to Mars.  Please direct all comments & questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments & questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright & are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.

We welcomed back Dr. Bill Rowe to the program to discuss his important discovery regarding four Moon Walking astronauts.  In our first segment of this two hour discussion, Bill explained his latest research findings& what his conclusions mean for human spaceflight.  To find out more about Dr. Rowe’s research, to read his papers, & to learn more about telomeres, oxidative stress, & astronaut cardiac issues, visit his website www.femsinspace.com.  In this segment, Bill talked about damaging the lining of the endothelium, too much or too little adrenalin & magnesium, & the four Moon Walking astronaut abnormal stress tests.  Our discussion then turned to the Inspiration Mars flyby mission which our guest said was not survivable.  Bill went over his reasons for his conclusion regarding this proposed 501 day mission& talked about 1G being the law & what that means for our bodies to be in less than a 1G environment.  Bill then talked about telomeres & possible damage for the round trip Mars mission, plus he talked about the lack of an effective space exercise protocol as well as problems with prescription medications in space, including the need to deliver medicines subcutaneously but there is no such subcutaneous drug delivery system.  Several times during our discussion, Bill said we might not be ready for humans to Mars for a long time, he kept asking what the rush was to go so quickly.  He commented on the Buzz Aldrin cycler plan which he thought was doable 22 plus years from now assuming our research advanced in the time leading up to such a mission.  Bill talked about radiation, including the recent data NASA released from the RAD instrument on MSL in space & on the Martian surface.  Eric sent in a clarification comment about the possible death of an Inspiration Mars crew member& he asked Bill about his exercise statements which he said did not seem to be in agreement with statements made by other aerospace medicine professionals.  Dr. Dear emailed in a question from the UK about Bill’s thinking that there will be no survival chance re Inspiration Mars.  He compared that to the record in space held by the Soviet Cosmonaut on Mir, citing that record as reason to think that the crew could survive the 501 day Mars trip which would only be about 64 fewer days in space than the Mars flyby mission.

In our second segment, we talked about possible lessons learned from the Inspiration Mars flight & Dr. Rowe talked more about the Buzz Aldrin Mars plan.  Bill then moved to the issue of females being better suited for spaceflight than men.  He had much to say on this subject plus he has several papers addressing the subject on his website.  Hint: Iron toxicity is a big issue.  Dust issues were discussed in this segment& Bill talked again about his submarine analogy on oxidative stress from his website (www.femsinspace.com/Oxidative_stress.htm).  When asked for some recommendations, Bill talked about the need for centrifuge studies & suggested rat studies with an on orbit centrifuge.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  Dr. Rowe can be reached through his website or directly using RoweRun@aol.com.

Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 6-10-12 June 11, 2012

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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 6-10-12


Guest:  Dr. William (Bill) Rowe.  Topics:  Space medicine, magnesium, calcium & astronaut heart problems, oxidative stress & exercise protocols in space.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://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 Dr. Bill Rowe to further discuss certain aspects of human spaceflight (HSF) and space medicine.  Please note that all Space Show programs are educational programs.  This particular interview with Dr. Rowe is no exception.  As an educational program, Dr. Rowe, at the end of the interview, offered to respond to your serious comments & questions posted on the blog and said you could email him through his website, www.femsinspace.com.  Unlike most space medicine discussions, Dr. Rowe goes into lots of details on several key issues.  I have no doubt that some of you will reject, challenge, and not like what you hear. Some of you will take issue with Dr. Rowe & be critical of this program. You might even see him as being negative though that is not the case, but he is definitely scientific. I urge you to discuss disagreements, challenges, & issues with him.  Civility is the only requirement.  During our first hour of this nearly 2.5 hour discussion, Dr. Rowe started out by going over astronaut cardiac issues, referring to former astronauts Jim Irwin & Dave Scott on Apollo 15 pertaining to issues with Irwin’s hear rate.  The articles he mentions on his website are in the upper left hand corner of the home page.  Dr. Rowe then segmented into the first of many magnesium discussions & oxidative stress, using his submarine analog, (www.femsinspace.com/Oxidative_stress.htm.  Microgravity exercise routines were discussed along with the need to get rid of excessive body heat.  Dr. Rowe had much to say about the inadequacy of current on orbit exercise routines & heat.  He also talked about plasma leakage, the loss of magnesium, & what this does in space.  Also in this segment, he went over the Chinese Taikonaut requirements for female crew members, making the case for an all female crew. Don’t miss what he had to say about this.  Our last topic in this segment was 1G and artificial gravity.

In our second longer segment, Dr. Rowe talked about recent studies pertaining to calcium usage & he brought this home to HSF.  We talked about the importance of the calcium-magnesium ratio. Caller John introduced us to the issue of Vit. D3 & calcium.  Tim called to make some good points about artificial gravity in terms of needed data points.  He did not agree with the all female crew suggestion.  Next, Dr. Rowe talked about the gastrointestinal lining, iron, & bone issues in space.  Dr. Rowe also referred to anthropological studies to see how some groups habits might positively impact skeletal muscle issues in space. Issues with high adrenalin levels were discussed throughout the program along with possible treatment/intervention tools.  At the end, we learned that resolving these complex issues is not just a matter of more money.  I also asked Dr. Rowe about private Mars missions & one way trips with private crews ignoring space medicine factors.  He called them dreamers but in the end if they want to go knowing the risks, they should be able to go.  Dr. Rowe said his research & comments were focused on scientific HSF missions, not the dreamer type missions we often hear & read about in the media.

Post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email Dr. Rowe through his website.