REDOX SIGNALING MOLECULES- and what they do, a Layman’s Perspective
I just completed reading the book THE SCIENCE OF HEALING
by Gary L. Samuelson, Ph.D. I THINK I have a vague understand
of how the REDOX SIGNALING MOLECULES work INSIDE and OUTSIDE
We all know that LIFE IS IN THE CELLS… meaning a healthy cell
typically means a healthy body. That’s what I believe anyway.
That being so, I want to do all I can to keep or make my cells
healthy and happy… I can just see (visualize) all my healthy
cells rejoicing in my body….giving me energy, strength, and
So…in an effort to explain my version of REDOX SIGNALING
and the activity of the MOLECULES within the cell… I’m going
to tell you a story of a cell experiencing and using REDOX
SIGNALING… However… remember most of this takes place
INSIDE the cell but it also works OUTSIDE the cell.
Once upon a time, there was a happy cell named Timmy.
Timmy was a good little cell and did everything his mom and
dad wanted him to do. He listened to his parents and the
neighbors and Timmy NEVER got into trouble.
Timmy was very healthy but frequently got a little sick
and sometimes injured when he fell off his skateboard
and skinned his knees and elbows. Like most little boys.
When that would happen Timmy would call out to his mommy,
“Mommy, Mommy, I’m not feeling well. Something
is wrong “.
Timmy’s mom came running.
Like most mom’s Timmy’s mom wanted all the help she
could get, so she would call out to the friends and neighbors
to come with her to help.
Of course everyone who “heard the call” would immediately run
to Timmy’s support to wash and clean the injury and to
treat it so it would heal quickly.
It wasn’t long before Timmy was healed and on his skateboard
again…. Trying all sorts of new things.
This cycle went on for years and years and Timmy stayed
healthy and happy… doing his work and helping others
who frequently had health issues themselves.
All was going well in the neighborhood and all the cells
were living a great life. They were all healthy and full of
As time went on or as the neighborhood became older,
their hearing became poorer and the “communications”
between those in the neighborhood became more difficult,
and therefore less communication occurred.
As those in the neighborhood became injured or sick
it became more and more difficult to get help in time to keep
injury and sickness under control. Yes… all because of
hearing problems or should I say… lack of communications.
Because of this, others in the neighborhood started
getting sicker and began to die. The sad thing was the
younger folks in the neighborhood had not learned to call
upon their friends and neighbors so they too began to
develop all the same injuries and illnesses their parents had.
What was happening?
One day Timmy noticed some new, younger folks moving
into the neighborhood. These new folks had strange
names like REDOX, SIGNAL, and MOLEC. But that
didn’t matter to Timmy, he was just glad they had
Timmy also noticed that when he was around
these new neighbors he too felt younger and more alive.
It was as if these young neighbors were always talking and
singing and full of energy and vitality.
It wasn’t long before Timmy began to see a difference
in the neighbors. It seemed the neighbors could hear
better (like with a hearing aid) and also communicate better
(like with a megaphone).
Timmy noticed that this ability
to hear and communicate also provided those living
in the neighborhood with new friends and neighbors
who would respond quickly to cries for help.
Timmy noticed that this quick response to cries for help
began a renewal in the neighborhood. It seemed the
neighbors recovered quicker and became healthier
and full of energy just like when they were young.
He noticed now that when a neighbor got sick,,, aid would
come quickly to help those who were sick recover quickly.
The young folks in the neighborhood also began to see what
was going on and quickly committed to respond quickly
to help others. This eventually caused the young ones to
recover quickly and NOT develop the same health issues their
All this improved communications gradually caused the
entire neighborhood to become alive again…. To move around
quickly and easily…. Again… like when they were young.
One could almost say…. The entire neighborhood was
LIVING YOUNGER LONGER!
That thrilled Timmy and those in his neighborhood.
In fact Timmy had heard from a reliable source that
other neighborhoods were experiencing this same
This RENEWAL soon made the entire city a thriving
place to live. In fact Timmy noticed the entire
STATE was taking notice of the changes that had
occurred, first in the neighborhood, then in the cities
and then the State.
What remarkable things had happened when REDOX,
SIGNAL and MOLEC moved into the neighborhood an
began to increase neighbor communications
inside and outside the neighborhood. If fact it seemed
that this improved communications was like a SIGNAL
to the entire neighborhood to RUSH in and help others
when someone became sick or injured.
Everyone (the entire world) was beginning to take notice
and also wanted to see if the changes that occurred in
Timmy’s neighborhood could also occur in their neighborhood
and all over the world.
So Timmy began to tell people what he had seen
happen in his neighborhood.
First, Timmy told them that when he was young
the entire neighborhood worked together to help others.
This was accomplished mostly by hearing what was needed
and responding to help those in need.
Next Timmy told them that as those in the neighborhood
began to age, their ability to hear and respond began to diminish.
With this diminishment (just a little at first then more)
came more and more health issues and the neighbors began to die.
Then, Timmy said it wasn’t until his friends REDOX, SIGNAL
and MOLEC moved into the neighborhood that everyone’s
hearing and communications improved. It was as if REDOX, SIGNAL
and MOLEC , because of their increased communications, saved
the neighborhood,,, mainly because others living in the
neighborhood could rush to the aid of those needing help.
Timmy then told the reporters that he had come up with a
name for this phenomenon and it’s to be called
REDOX SIGNALING MOLECULES.
Then let us know what you think.
Jerry and Diane