His name is Joseph Dituri, and he is a 55-year-old Florida professor who plans to spend 100 days 10 meters below the surface. oceanin a kind of underwater shelter under the surface in Jules underwater house in Key Largo.
His goal: to find out how the constant increase in pressure affects his body and mind, as well as other people.
As Dituri explained in an Instagram video when the trip began on March 1st:
“For the next 100 days, I will live in my underwater habitat. And guess what, guys, we’re going to make a science out of this. We’ll be talking about biomedical engineering, doing experiments in biology and biomedical engineering, we’ll be talking to the who’s who of the underwater realm, and we’re going to have a good time!
The human body has never been under water for this long, so I will be under close supervision. This study will explore all the ways this trip affects my body, but my null hypothesis is that my health will improve due to increased blood pressure.”
The professor bases his underwater body improvement hypothesis on the results of a study in which cells subjected to higher pressure doubled in size in five days. Therefore, Dituri believes that high blood pressure can increase life expectancy and prevent age-related diseases.
Some conditions and guarantees that you must have: the habitable space must be constantly pumped with air, which creates a pressure of about 1.6 times more than at the surface of the Earth, and the monitoring that the professor speaks of consists of a medical team that will visit him regularly for blood tests, ultrasounds and ECGs, as well as psychosocial and psychological tests, to understand the mental consequences of being so alone under water for so long.
Source: Digital Trends
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