A similar letter was also sent to NASA Astronaut contact: Sheryl Baca for Kate Rubins and Stephanie Wilson
Dear Mr Matthew Cox,
I read your article June 21, 2019 on Lt Col Anne McClain. She will return to Earth soon, so this email is relevant to her. I address her colleagues Kate Rubins and Stephanie Wilson as well per their education in microbiology and engineering.
Per your article, you wrote Lt.Col McClain worked on the following: “human immune-system response and antibody production and protein crystal formations to provide insight into Parkinson's disease, the release states.” The human Fascial System has everything to do with Parkinson’s and the immune system, so my email is relevant to her work.
Would you be so kind as to help me get this email to Lt Col McClain? Please.
Dear Awesome Astronauts Lt Col Anne McClain, Kate Rubins and Stephanie Wilson: I am writing both of you because of your space travel experience and education in Immune System and PD, microbiology and flexible structures in space, respectively.
I am not sure of your interest in what I am about to say, but my interest is high. Therefore, I am inclined to get your thoughts/input?
Dr Karen Lloyd was on the TED stage discussing the complex criss-cross structures underneath our feet. “Tiny little fractures and empty spaces....filled with astronomical quantities of microbes.” Dr Lloyd runs Lloyd Lab (deep subsurface biosphere research) in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee.
This subsurface of Earth resembles our human body subsurface. This is what I want to introduce you to: fascia. I believe there is a way to help your bodies recover from space flight and microgravity.
The Fascial System of the human body has not been in textbooks as a System, but it is gaining traction. More scientists are researching the Interstitium and technologies are improving to view inside the living body at smaller scales.
As the human body comes back to Earth, it undergoes profound aging (eyes, muscles, bone) and neurological shifts. Perception of balance and coordination “in gravity” takes time to acclimate to after microgravity, despite a rigorous exercise routine.
Exercise helps to restore large scale hydration, electrolyte balance and health, but what about the smallest of the small criss-crosses of our sub-surface? Without gravity and pressure drive forces, fluid does not flow well. Minimal pressure driven forces cannot hydrate “Tiny little fractures and empty spaces....filled with astronomical quantities of microbes.”
Exercise helps but it is not the whole story. Mechanotransduction (compression, push/pull - coined from Donald Ingber) influences cell behavior, the telocytes and integrins necessary for communication at the smallest cell level.
The microbes within us also need mechanical forces in our tiniest of tiny spaces so communication (Quorum Sensing) may occur.
I see profound aging in my clients who are not old. Their body either has pain, their mind has brain fog, or their coordination is poor - not because of trauma. With loading and unloading tissues, their body regains suppleness (less stiff) due to the hydration of microvacuoles within the Fascial System.
We are a Biotensegrity structure. When under duress, the structure cannot find the center of gravity. Pressure driven forces cannot move fluid efficiently. Balance and coordination are no longer automatic, they have to be constantly considered in every movement. This is exhausting.
If you have time, or an interest, I encourage your next pre/post space flight to utilize Sue Hitzmann’s MELT Method along with the prescribed rigorous exercise regime in space.
Your colleague Anne McClain-whom is set to return Monday 6/24/2019-may find the MELT Method helps her body to reconnect to the mind and function as a unit, more profoundly and faster than without using the MELT Method.
If you are interested in being in contact with Sue Hitzmann directly. I will put you in contact with her right hand lady, Jaci Dygos.
Other resources regarding fascia and tensengrity models, since you both are grounded in science, are below.
Thank you to you all for being incredibly positive role models for my 12 year old daughter. She wants to study astronomy in Sweden.
Safe travels in the future to you both,
All my Best,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden.
Fascia Research Society
Dr Melody Swartz
Trends in Cell Biology
Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2007, Pages 44-50
“A driving force for change: interstitial flow as a morphoregulator”
Dr Neil Theise - Liver pathologist
Meet Your Interstitium, a Newfound "Organ"
These fluid-filled spaces were found in the body’s connective tissue
By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience on March 27, 2018
Dr. Carla Stecco- Italian orthopedic surgeon, research and author. Dr. Carla Stecco has become an amazing force with her pioneering work in the cadaver lab. She has provided the realization of fascia no longer being discarded as refuse by the anatomist. Her book published 2015, Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System, tells how the human body’s fascial system interplays with muscle, ligaments, and tendons as well as functions as an organ of sensory perception.
Excerpt from page 6 of her book, “Fibroblasts are the principal cell of the CT (connective tissue).” Fibroblasts main function is to maintain structural integrity of CT. They do this by secreting collagen, elastin, and complex carbohydrates of the ground substance into the Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM). Fibroblasts have a role in remodeling the matrix by degrading and synthesizing new fibers and proteins. "Fibroblastic proliferation and degradation is a normal occurrence in everyday mechanical loading such as walking, running, and most forms of movement. Collagen synthesis in the patellar tendon increases by nearly 100% as a result of just a single bout of acute exercise, and the effect is still evident 3 days later."
Prof Dr. Carla Stecco spoke at the 5th Fascia Research Congress in Berlin, Germany November 2018 regarding a new receptor recently found, Endocannabinoid Receptor (CB2) in living tissue. This is found only in the fat cells of the subcutaneous and superficial fascia (not the deep layers of fascia). This receptor gives credence to soft tissue massage, as the receptor can stimulate the endorphin system.