Environment Advocate Series

The Pathway The initial pathway of free radical damage

Free radical formation can be triggered by external environmental stimulus (pesticides, fluoride, GMO’s, house hold chemicals, air pollution) or internal stimulus (exercise, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, normal bodily functions). These triggering events can lead to inflammation and immune responses referred to the initiation process. As this process continues additional pro-inflammatory messengers and free radicals continue this cascade of collateral damage in a process called propagation. If the body has adequate antioxidants and a healthy immune response this process is quickly terminated and homeostasis and vitality return. However, since our environment, diet, and busy lifestyles constantly drain our antioxidant reserves the termination process is too often not accomplished. Resulting in continued cellular damage leading to cell membrane rigidity. Cells with rigid cell membranes are less able to perform essential life-giving processes. They also take in excess water leading to cellular eruption and cell death. Additionally, free radicals target the fats and proteins of the cells, which can lead to DNA and RNA damage. Compromising the cell formation and reproduction, if left unchecked, this will result in chronic disease.

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