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Science: Health: Drug
The Isotopic Edge   (+5, -2)  [vote for, against]

This is a mineral pill containing metals (iron, copper, zinc, molybdenum, etc.) that the body normally uses for enzymes and other proteins, except these are the lightweight (but stable) isotopes. As you incorporate these into your body, your metabolic rate increases (technically, the chemical kinetics of your enzymes gets a kick in the pants) so you can run faster, jump higher, or win the gold instead of silver.
-- ldischler, Oct 12 2004

Table of Isotopes
[ldischler, Oct 12 2004]

Why would the isotopes produce this reaction?
-- bristolz, Oct 12 2004

It’s chemical kinetics. Isotopes are chemically the same, but they don’t react at the same rate. The lighter the weight, the faster they react. So if you can get oxygen to interact with the iron in hemoglobin faster, you’ll have an edge in respiration.
-- ldischler, Oct 12 2004

This sounds unworkably brilliant. Let’s go round up some gullible test subjects.
-- Laughs Last, Oct 12 2004

Yes, chemically you get a faster reaction, but that's not what you'd always want. We have enzymes to slow down reactions, mostly so we can get the most out of it (heat, kinetic energy, ATP, etc.). Will the accerated rate reduce our efficiency?

I don't know all that much about how accerated the rate is, but if it does what you say, heatstroke may set in, and it may be difficult to get the isotopes out...asuming no overdose+
-- swimr, Oct 12 2004

random, halfbakery