“I experienced a heart attack in May this year,” said Steven Munatones.
“Those nine days were a terrible time for my family. I was down and out…and I do not remember a thing. After a stent was implanted in my left ventricle and I came out of an induced coma, I was shocked to realize what happened to me.
But when I came to, my first reaction was getting out of the hospital and heading to the water.”
That first swim would not come for another several weeks, but when it did, he found an unusual result.
“My doctor didn’t want me to swim for 6-9 months at least, but the water called me. I felt a need to swim and gain back some semblance of normalcy. So I started off slowly and stuck to the pool. I didn’t do any butterfly and did not do any flip turns at first because, strangely and unrealistically, I incorrectly assumed that the stent in my heart might be jarred out of place with vigorous swimming.
But once I realized that I could swim normally, improvement came quickly – much more rapidly than I could imagine. I found that I could maintain an even faster pace for longer periods than before. At first, I thought the faster pace might be the result of taking blood thinners or other pharmaceuticals, but my doctors said that it was a combination of the stent in my heart and the rehabilitation that I did with KAATSU.”
This is where Munatones first realized that improved performance in the water could be a result of physiological reactions in the body due to an artificial body part (i.e., a stent) and something non-intrusive like KAATSU training and KAATSU Aqua that leads to increased vascular elasticity and increased growth hormone secretion.
So while anti-drug testing and PED (performance enhancing drugs) are much talked about topics and controversial issues in the Olympic movement among amateur and professional athletes, it may be that the next evolution of significant enhanced performance is partly due to improved or additional body parts and programmable cells in the human body.
Juan Enriquez, a former swimmer and water polo player, is the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, a Managing Director at Excel Medical Ventures, and the chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, a research and investment firm helping to fund new genomics firms.
He has written on global nucleotide data flow, gene research and national competitiveness, and was a member of Celera Genomics’s marine-based team that collected genetic data from the world’s oceans. He explores, imagines and explains the far reaches of human change and explores the possibilities and realities of human evolution in a number of TED Talks and in his book Homo Evolutis.
Instead of using steroids or other current supplements that some athletes hide and use to their advantage over their competition, the world of sport will see some athletes, coaches, doctors and scientists will use evolving science to manipulate their body for increased speed, stamina and strength.
“Genetic modification and use of enhanced body parts is inevitable,” predicts Munatones. “The incentive to win at all costs is too much for a handful of athletes to set aside. A few will be willing to explore how purposeful physiological modifications like artificial body parts that enable a faster transport of blood or reprogrammable cells that enhance tactile feel or improved sensory nerves can help them get better and faster and ultimately stand on the podium.”
Enriquez explains how scientists and physicians can now not only alter the human body in fundamental ways, but how the pace of research and capabilities of science is also rapidly improving. Listen to some his latest TED Talks (e.g., What will humans look like in 100 years? and We can reprogram life. How to do it wisely and Will our kids be a different species?). He talks about natural selection and random mutation – and how science, research and human ingenuity leads to unnatural selection and nonrandom mutation.
He talks about how the diameter of a nerve can be change. “Perhaps that modification can lead to a faster reaction time,” says Munatones. Or how the gene code can be modified, how cells can be changed, and how cells can be oxygenated through non-natural means. “That could allow breathing during swimming to be more efficient.” Or how to make reprogrammable cells. “That can allow for more buoyancy and the ability to process lactic acid more efficiently in muscle.”
When we observe how fast, how far, how deep, how cold and how old people are swimming around the world, Enriquez’s thoughts, ideas, observations and predictions are totally plausible. As Enriquez explains, “The normal state of affairs is to have various stages of humanoids walking around. Humans continue to mutate.”
These changes will come sooner than expected. Enriquez asks, “Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be in the middle of an upgrade right now?”
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