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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 8-23-15 August 24, 2015

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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 8-23-15

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Guest: Dr. William (Bill) Rowe: Topics: Possible magnesium deficiency for space walks, cardiology issues for astronauts. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and 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. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Dr. Bill Rowe back to the show for this nearly two hour discussion regarding medical risks for spacewalks and astronauts. During the first segment, Dr. Rowe focused on a possible astronaut magnesium deficiency that would cause cardiovascular problems, especially with a space walk. Dr. Rowe explained why, talked about the adrenalin levels being 2 times those on Earth plus decreased plasma levels. He spent some time explaining these issues, their relationships to one another and why he believes them to be risk factors. In his discussion, he referenced health conditions for some of the Apollo era astronauts, plus he talked about microgravity issues and a possible mitigation strategy of using I.V. saline with the astronauts in space. At times the discussion was medically and technically complex but Bill broke it down for those of us not in the medical profession. He also talked about his experience over decades of practicing medicine and being a diagnostician, referencing many of his relevant patient studies along the way, including for example his work with Sy Mah. Dr. Doug sent in an email regarding dehydration and a headward fluid shift. Toward the end of the first segment, Dr. Doug called in to suggest that if an astronaut did an EVA in a pressurized rover vehicle rather than an Apollo era spacesuit, adrenalin levels and other risks would be mitigated. This was an interesting discussion with Dr. Rowe who did not agree with Doug’s premise. Listen and let us know what you think by posting on TSS blog.

In the second segment, Dr. Rowe started off saying more about the use of I.V. saline with astronauts, a topic he discussed in the first segment. . BJohn had several email questions asking about spacesuit gloves and exoskeleton gloves given what Dr. Rowe was saying about finger tips and related items. Other topics discussed in this segment included the ISS, the one year Twins Study, Vitamin D usage in space, iron risks for spaceflight, plus the implication for some of these space risks to the problem of terrestrial urban pollution. As he has done before, Bill advocated for the need to have subcutaneous pharmaceutical administration for astronauts, then he addressed issues relating to the calcium-magnesium ratio. Bill provided us with a good set of concluding comments, plus he suggested healthy guidelines for our lives right here on Earth.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above. You can find out more about Dr. Rowe’s work by visiting his website, www.femsinspace.com.

Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 2-10-13 February 11, 2013

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Dr. William (Bill) Rowe, Sunday, 2-10-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1947-BWB-2013-02-10.mp3

Guest:  Dr. William (Bill) Rowe.  Topics:  Apollo astronauts cardiac & medical issues. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and 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 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.

    If you have comments/questions, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can contact Dr. Rowe through his website or through me.

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