VI Chronic Hypoxia Symposium
Dedicated to the late Prof. Dr. Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo (Sr.)
October 8-13, 2016
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We thank all the colleagues that have expressed their interest to participate.
New concepts about Chronic Hypoxia
We think that Chronic Hypoxia has to be looked upon in a different manner than how it is seen today. For anyone visiting us, you will find an active, busy modern city in the bowl shaped city of La Paz and El Alto. The streets are filled with people, in their daily routine, going up and down the streets, some quite steep. How many are concerned that they are living between 4100m and 3100m? I could almost affirm: NONE. However some foreigners do feel the altitude as they are comparing it with sea level. But many of those start living here and adapt perfectly well. They also end up forgetting they are at high altitude!
The city of La Paz with much construction of buildings going on, lately.
How about sports at high altitude?
Some of you may recall the soccer game we carried out in the summit of Mountain Sajama at 6542m. under the leadership of Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo (Sr.)
Did you know that several bicycle world speed records have been broken in La Paz? The lower density of the air is an advantage. Hypoxia is not a drawback.
and how about the 100m dash?
The current men’s world record is 9.58 seconds, set by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in 2009, while the women’s world record of 10.49 seconds set by American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 remains unbroken.
We think that the 100 meter dash world record could also be broken here!!! Lets propose it and see if it is true. Falciform anemia, if by any chance present, could of course be a major drawback.
And about disease at high altitude?
We have to quote Dr. Thuppil Venkatesh, President of the Chronic Hypoxia Society: “I always keep thinking how two individuals (you and your Dad) with no resources could bring the world together to have a rethinking about the Physiology at High altitude as a way of life and not as sickness. you both.”.
We are naturally most thankful for his kind words.
We see the increase of red blood cells as a blessing, not a culprit. In fact we are happy when red blood cell counts increase. At high altitude, in our experience, anemia reduces your capacity for exercise, polycythemia does not. The most adequate terminology, as created by the late Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo (Sr). is Polyerythrocythemia.
Poly-erythro-cyt-hemia = Poly (many) + Erythro (red) + cyt (cells) + hemia (blood).
Can Chronic Hypoxia help in space travel and new settlements?
In our previous conferences we have proposed that space capsules have the same barometric pressure as La Paz (1/3 less than at sea level). This would help in energy resources, allow for longer travel, facilitate and speed the change of reducing pressure of the environment for the extravehicular suits to 1/3 of the sea level barometric pressure.
These are some of the advantages of chronic hypoxia.There are many more.
Are we (high altitude dwellers) afraid of life at sea level?
At high altitude, we are not afraid of mosquitoes and the risk of Dengue, Chikungunga or Zika. We don’t have them and they never disturb our sleep. That is wonderful!!!
In fact, we feel safe here at high altitude and we avoid going to low lands as we don’t want to put our health at risk.
Homage to the work of the late Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo Sr.
If you missed it, you can read it here:
Interested in performing high altitude research?
Interested in performing research here in La Paz (3500m) in our labs at IPPA and/or Chacaltaya (5250m) at our pyramid laboratory two hours by car from La Paz? You could do it the week or two prior to the meeting. We will help you arrange it. A television network has expressed interest in recording this research at extreme altitudes.
Come join us and lets discuss all these concepts and many more. Express your ideas freely here in La Paz
See you in October.