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Suggest an interesting altitude study, now!

Postby WouterB » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:30 pm

Your suggestion might (or might not) be used on Aconcagua in 2012.
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Postby MScholes » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:57 pm

The affect that oxygen thin air has on asthma.

Everyone I know feels that there is much benefit that altitude has on asthma conditions - not to mention well known climbers - Anatoli anyone? :D

Is there any actual medical evidence to support it though? I don't actually know if there is or not, but it'd be nice to see.
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Postby peladoboton » Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:38 pm

My idea is the effects of energy drinks on altitude. A small study was done on tea (which showed that it improved everybody's mood pretty well, but not their performance).

I wonder what the effects of components of the everage energy drink would be on altitude (high dose caffiene, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate, taurine, etc).

I really like the asthma idea, and will dig through the literature today to see what could be tested on that account.

The allergy idea also has my interest, for sure.

Many thanks, WouterBski for getting this ball rolling!
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Postby mstender » Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:51 pm

Not so serious, but how about studying the effect of doing rippers (pot :lol: ) at high altitude. I once smoked a bong at 10000ft and it really kicked my ass. I would not be available to do it though since I kicked the habit many years ago.
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Postby peladoboton » Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:54 pm

sjarelkwint wrote:I believe it's impossible to drink energydrinks for 20 days ...

BTW: isn't caffeine dehydrating which would make it dangerous?


dunno about 20 day, but giving some guys RebBulls on the heavy push days could be interesting
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Postby WouterB » Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:55 pm

mstender wrote:Not so serious, but how about studying the effect of doing rippers (pot :lol: ) at high altitude. I once smoked a bong at 10000ft and it really kicked my ass. I would not be available to do it though since I kicked the habit many years ago.


Yes, I can see how this could work. Drive to Holland, buy a kilo, put it in my backpack, drive to the airport, go through customs, oh wait... .
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Postby peladoboton » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:33 pm

customs aside, i am not sure the funding of this project would support a whole kilo
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Postby fatdad » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:53 pm

The effects on vision of people who have had radial keratotomy. I heard of instance of people on Everest having vision problems. Supposedly the lack of air pressure at higher altitudes permits the eyes to bulge out more, but I don't know if this theory has ever been tested or at what altitude the effects become noticeable.
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Postby Luciano136 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:07 pm

mstender wrote:Not so serious, but how about studying the effect of doing rippers (pot :lol: ) at high altitude. I once smoked a bong at 10000ft and it really kicked my ass. I would not be available to do it though since I kicked the habit many years ago.


I think this one is pretty much proven to increase the effect. Same with alcohol. Someone once lit up at 13k while I was having a bad headache; that made for an interesting downclimb LOL

Maybe the effects of altitude on potency :lol: ? Some old folks using Viagra might not need it at 20k because of the lower pressure :lol:
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Postby mconnell » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:35 pm

MScholes wrote:The affect that oxygen thin air has on asthma.

Everyone I know feels that there is much benefit that altitude has on asthma conditions - not to mention well known climbers - Anatoli anyone? :D

Is there any actual medical evidence to support it though? I don't actually know if there is or not, but it'd be nice to see.


Depends on what triggers a certain person's asthma. Mine is allergy related, so high altitude tends to cure all symptoms. A friend's was caused by exertion and cold, so she was in bad shape as soon as she tried climbing at higher altitudes.
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Postby Smoove910 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:16 pm

Test the effects of an orgasm at elevated altitude compared to sea level. Male and female.

I'm sure you can find a lot of subjects willing to be the control. :P
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