University professor attempts to live underwater for 100 days

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Previous studies have found that cells exposed to increased pressure doubled within five days.

for 100 days and seek to break a world record while attempting to make himself super-human, according to a press release by the institution published this month.In order to examine how the human body responds to long-term exposure to extreme pressure, Joseph Dituri will live 30 feet below the surface in a 100-square-foot habitat located at Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo.

“The human body has never been underwater that long, so I will be monitored closely,” Dituri said. “This study will examine every way this journey impacts my body, but my null hypothesis is that there will be improvements to my health due to the increased pressure.” Dituri is basing his theory on conclusions found in a study where cells exposed to increased pressure doubled within five days. This indicates that the increased pressure can help humans to increase their longevity and prevent diseases associated with aging.Dituri previously served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years as a saturation diving officer. It was after his retirement in 2012 that he enrolled at USF to earn his doctoral degree to learn more about traumatic brain injuries.

“I knew well that hyperbaric pressure could increase cerebral blood flow and hypothesized it could be used to treat traumatic brain injuries. I hypothesize that applying the known mechanisms of action for hyperbaric medicine could be used to treat a broad spectrum of diseases.” During the 100-day mission Dituri will also test new technologies, such as an artificial intelligence tool developed by a colleague that can screen a human body for illness and determine if any medications are needed.


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