Moon Boots…NOW CatSuits?

“Have you ever noticed when we are sick our loving felines come ‘to take care of us?’ In their world it could be like kneading into your stomach or laying on your head. Recent studies show that there may be some logic to this crazy behavior, after all.

The studies were conducted by NASA to solve the problems of astronauts that were coming back from orbit with frail bones and sad, weak muscles. Dr. Elizabeth Von Muggenthaler, President of Fauna Communications Research, suggests that the proper frequency of vibrations can heal injuries and increase bone density. Fortunately this is the same frequency of a cats purr.

Interesting points:

Cats create purr vibrations within a range of 20-140 Hz. This frequency of vibration is medically therapeutic for many diseases.

A cat’s purr lowers dysphonia symptoms.

Frequencies of 25 & 50 Hz are the best and 100 Hz & 200 Hz the second best frequencies for promoting bone strength.

Lowers blood pressure by interacting with the cat and hearing the calming purring sound.

Petting a purring cat calms down & lowers stress.

Cat owners have 40% less risk of heart attacks.

The vibrations are helpful for healing tendons and muscles.

Cats purr can heal infections and swelling.” –vitalityscience

FUN and Factual FYI:“…A true purr is the property of the smaller cats, such as your domestic cat. Although big cats make a thrumming breath sound, it is not, according to the experts at the National Wildlife Federation, a true purr. Why? Physics!

The purr begins in the larynx of the cats, with a vibration of the vocal cords. To resonate correctly, at the established frequency of 25 to 150 cycles per second, the hyoid bone has to vibrate along with the larynx. The hyoid bone is a rough half-circle of bone under the chin. The small cat’s hyoid bone is loose, and hums along with the vibration of the vocal cords. The big cats have a system of ligaments that run along the bone, keeping it in place. They trade this vibration for the greater movement of the larynx, which allows them to roar. The only larger cat to retain its purring ability is the cheetah. No other animal can make the sound that cats do. Which begs the question, why do cats do it?

…Dr. Elizabeth Von Muggenthaler…president of Fauna Communications Research…, suggests that the vibration can heal injuries and has been shown to increase bone density. Bones respond to pressure by building themselves up. Constant low pressure vibrations could work to the same degree that more occasional high-impact motion does. Cats might have adapted to purr to help keep their muscles, tendons, and bones healthy despite their astounding napping ability.

A sedentary lifestyle isn’t the only way to earn frail bones and sad, weak muscles. Going into space will do the same thing. Astronauts come back from orbiting the earth only to head into physical rehab.

Microgravity, the kind that people experience on the space station, can result in one percent bone loss per month. Without the ability to regularly exercise muscles, astronauts also lose muscle mass and strength, especially in their legs. One suit, which simulates the way gravity causes our body to exert pressure on our lower extremities, has already been designed to cope with the damage that space does to people. Maybe a different suit could be designed – one that simulated the frequency and tone of a cat’s purr to help astronauts keep their bones and muscles strong in microgravity. All we need to do is explain that astronauts need to be fitted with vibrating catsuits. “Can suits that simulate cat purring keep astronauts healthy?”—Esther Inglis-Arkell 

AND, THEY DID IT! HERE… http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/strg/2012_nstrf_kendrick.html

 

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