The Effects of Weaker Gravity on Life
Now that we have discussed the idea that gravity’s intensity can be altered and has been altered to greater intensity over time, and now that we have shown that it was approximately 13.5%‒–25% weaker before the Flood of Gen. 7, the question is, “How does that effect life?” Why does it even matter what the intensity of gravity was in the past? Well, the human body is a dynamic system; that is, it is adaptable to various changes in the environment as long as those changes are not too large. Since we are talking about the effects of changes in gravity for this chapter, we’ll focus on specific adaptations of the body to changes in weight exerted on the body.
To illustrate how gravity effects the weight of a body, let’s lay a foundation first. Consider how a person is weighed. There are two primary methods: pressure-based and mass-based scales. A person’s weight is measured by a pressure-based weighing machine, such as the bathroom scales in most homes. With mass-based scales (such as at the doctor’s office), there is a known counterweight. The weight is measured in pounds (lb.) or kilograms (kg), but in physics, the unit of measurement for weight is newtons (force = mass x gravity = ma = m (m/s^2). Whether we increase the mass or increase the gravity, the force increases proportionately. And the force does not know whether it was an increase in mass or an increase in gravity that caused the force to increase. And for this reason, examples that will be discussed below of the destructive force from being over-weight on life, proves the destructive force from an increased gravity on life.
Different planets have different densities and different mass, and this affects the intensity of their gravity and thereby effects the newton weight of an individual. But whether someone stands on Jupiter, the sun, the moon, Earth’s pole, or Earth’s equator, the mass of that person remains the same. However, newtons (or how much someone weighs) will vary greatly. Let’s see some examples of someone’s weight on different planets and see how they vary.
A 100-kg man (220 lb.) weighs 16.5 kg (36 lb.) on the moon. Mass equals 100 kg.
A 100-kg man (220 lb.) weighs 99.5 kg (219 lb.) at the equator. Mass equals 100 kg.
A 100-kg man (220 lb.) weighs 100.5 kg (221 lb.) at the north pole. Mass equals 100 kg.
A 100-kg man (220 lb.) weighs 2,804 kg (6,169 lb.) on the sun. Mass equals 100 kg.
Review: The greater the gravitational force, the more an object weighs. The weaker the gravitational force, the less an object weighs. In both scenarios, mass remains unchanged.
How does the human body respond to varying amounts of load placed on the body? The following are some examples of how the body responds to increased and decreased loads placed on the body:
When someone is overweight, that puts an extra strain on their knee joints, and they have an increased propensity of having arthritic knees. Arthritic joints are a result of increased wear, increased friction, and subsequent premature break down of the cartilage, synovial fluid, and meniscal material. This illustrates the idea that extra axial loads placed on the body can cause life to suffer. In this case, it’s a premature breakdown of the normal function of a joint.
Let’s say someone is weight lifting, and they are doing leg squats, which puts an increased load on the spine. This increases the risk that they could injure a lumbar disc in their lower back from the exercise. The extra weight applied to their spine creates axial loads that increase the odds of compromising the integrity of the disc material and causing the disc material to bulge out onto the spinal cord. This is very painful and often is permanent, unless a doctor of chiropractic can move the joint back into alignment; or an orthopedic surgeon will have to remove the disc material that is pushing on the spine cord. Herniated disc are usually associated with increased axial loads, which exceed the weight threshold tolerance of the disc, and this leads to a ruptured/herniated disc. This illustrates that extra axial loads placed on the body can cause a living being to suffer.
When someone is overweight, this usually increases blood pressure because it’s harder to push blood longer distances to reach skin that is further away. This increased pressure can cause tiny tubules within the kidneys to spring leaks and rupture. These tiny see-through tubules are used for filtering the impurities out of the blood and discharging those impurities into the bladder for urination. When these tubules spring leaks, the kidney can no longer filter at 100% efficiency, and the patient may become toxic. The patient will need blood dialysis to clean out the impurities in the blood or a kidney transplant, or it may lead to premature death.
An example of this outside the body is the water pressure in a home’s internal water pipes. Normal water pressure in a house is usually 60 pounds/square inch, but let’s say we increase the pressure to 100 pounds/square inch. The pipes in the house will spring leaks over time. Well, that is exactly what happens to the body with high blood pressure from being overweight. The kidneys share a weak link with the thin cellular membrane tubules, and they can spring leaks in the delicate nephron tubules that are designed for filtration. This illustrates how extra axial loads placed on the body can cause high blood pressure and can cause living beings to suffer.
Another example of the effects of strong gravity on life relates to height. If someone is measured in the morning and measured the same day at night, they will be fractionally shorter at the end of the day. Why? Gravity squishes some of the fluid out of the vertebral disc, and each disc is then fractionally smaller. This even effects people in the long term. Older people start to shrink fractionally in size. You’ll hear older people say, “I used to be 5 feet 11, but now I’m 5 feet 10.” Gravity has permanently effected them over the long term. This illustrates that extra axial loads placed on the body can cause living beings to suffer.
Another result of someone being overweight is high blood pressure. This higher blood pressure causes the heart to work harder. The heart responds by increasing in size to handle the extra load placed upon it. This is called cardiomegaly, and the side effects of high blood pressure can include death. This illustrates how extra axial loads placed on the body can cause high blood pressure and can cause someone to die prematurely.
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