Section 3-1. Meals for astronauts

It is reported that the meals for the astronauts in the spacecraft were initially paste-like nutrient foods which did not need chewing by he astronauts. This is because ingestion of the well-balanced nutrients would suffice as the foods according to the medical paradigms in those days. Actually, there were published reports saying that both digestion and absorption of foods were not associated with presence or absence of chewing of foods.
However, after repeated flights in the spacecraft, it was revealed that paste-like foods could not maintain psychosomatic soundness, and therefore, currently, the menu for astronauts comprises the foods requiring chewing efforts. “Takoyaki (Octopus balls)” is also included within the current menu. The space science always pursues the maximum efficiency by means of utterly eliminating all the waste. We can easily anticipate how difficult it is for all the astronauts to take solid chewable foods. However, US NASA made such a selection, indicating that NASA found such a great significance in the astronaut’s chewing works. The cosmic space provides us with the ultimate conditions which challenge the vitality of human beings. If the foods in the spacecraft had been investigated based on the new medical paradigm like “Hazo theory”, the current menu might have been employed from the very beginning and in addition, more effective foods would be mapped out. Such an approach based on “Hazo theory” might have selected better and appropriate methods rather than correcting mistakes through a trial and error under the old paradigm. For example, improvement of dental bites to the optimum conditions representing another effect of “Hazo theory” might induce paranormal functions possessed by human beings and expand our vital ability. If this theory is applied to space science, we can anticipate that further possibilities would be cultivated.

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