Health Preparation for Travel/Living in Space Using Non-Medicinal Integrated Therapeutic Modalities

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Venue TBA
Advisor Joan Vernikos, Ph.D. – Advisor, TI/SIM; Adarsh Deepak, Ph.D. – Chair, TI
Director Dilip Sarkar, M.D., F.A.C.S., C.A.P. – Chair and Advisor, TI/SIM
Sponsor Taksha Space Health and Aging Institute (TSHAI)


Traveling into Space: Among the top imaginable experiences of an adventurer’s lifetime!  And now, well-within the realm of possibility for today’s civilian pioneers, explorers, and curiosity-seekers.  Often lost in the excitement of entertaining such possibilities are the negative physiological effects and requirements of space travel.  Minimizing the health risks and discomforts is crucial to making the adventure more pleasurable and safe.  Staying alive away from Earth’s gravity, atmosphere, and light cycles, and living with other travelers in close quarters requires knowledge of the life support environment, as well as an understanding of gravity’s and light’s relationship with the human body, and the requirements and effects of living in isolation.

This seminar provides the basic knowledge of how human life and health are affected by living or traveling in space, away from Earth and without gravity.  It will provide options for remedial and preventive, non-medicinal self-help approaches that each space traveler can adopt for an optimally enjoyable experience, and for staying healthy during and after return from space.

Topics Covered

  • Physical aspects of space that must be overcome: Supporting life in space – air, water, temperature and pressure, radiation shielding
  • What to expect?: Time course of physical and physiological changes, stress, sensory conflict, lack of convection, adapting
  • Eating, sleeping, personal hygiene, light, biological rhythms and sleep
  • Health effects of living without gravity – muscle, bone, brain, cardiovascular effects, and coordination/balance issues
  • Returning to Earth and rehabilitation – stress – What to Expect?
  • Training – Yoga, Breathing Techniques, etc.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone curious about the health or physiological effects of traveling or living in space, or with a personal interest in space travel.




DISCLAIMER: Attendance at this event is for personal growth, and entails no promise of employment.