Individuals not native to Earth or its interstellar colonies require strong medication to withstand the gravitational pull of such bodies. While Martians might endure gravities nearing or exceeding 1g with relatively moderate effort, Belters are nearly incapable of doing so.
Martens said that Bobbie needed a blood oxygen booster, muscle fatigue inhibitor, and a rapid bone-density enhancer (apparently with the brand name Osteo-X). The therapeutic regimen is necessary due to the Martian gravitational field being weaker with respect to Earth, because of Mars' smaller size. As a result, less exertion is needed to move on the Martian surface, therefore blood does not need to carry as much oxygen and in turn the skeletal structure does not have to be as dense to counter the stresses of the gravitational pull.
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- The long term effects of residing in deep-space, is similar to the aging process. That is why John Glenn., elder statesmen and pre-eminent astronaut, returned to space for a second time, to conduct experiments in order to understand the process better, in doing so he was better able to appreciate the effects of aging on his body.
21st century substitutes Edit
- Epogen - blood oxygen booster, in the case of Epogen, it stimulates the production of Red Blood Cells, which in turn enhance the delivery of oxygen to one's muscles, through the use of EPO protein or hormone signal given by the kidneys.
- Collagenase Santyl - muscle fatigue inhibitor, Collagenase is an enzyme that breaks down collagen in damaged tissues within the skin and helps the body generate new healthy tissue. Collagen is a type of protein that connects and supports fibers in body tissues such as skin, tendons, muscles, and bone.
- Forteo - In the episode, Osteo- X is the brand name, and the generic name is teriparatide. In the real-world, the drug goes by the name of Forteo ( derived from Spanish, meaning strong). It is of recombinant DNA origin, as in, it is a byproduct of manufacturing from bacteria, and it is a synthetic version of what is produced in the human body called the parathyroid hormone. The hormone, in high quanities, causes the bones to release calcium into the blood; bones are simply the storage system for calcium.