Look at this little critter. Isn’t life just amazing! Such biodiversity.
Trillions of cells uniquely organized into tissues, organs and systems of function—the nervous system, immune system, gastro-intestinal system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, osteoskeletal system, urogenital system, detoxification system, excretory system and so on—all working together towards the survival of this species. What is its common name and scientific name for the big prize? Many people have them as pets south of the equator.
We’re no different are we? Maybe a few more cells, around 10 trillion for the human body. But, it’s the same story, trillions of cells working together for our survival. So it is cells that are the basic building blocks for life itself—from one celled bacteria and plants to complex higher critters like ourselves and the creature above.
Cells are the engines that drive all life. The creation of a membrane separating the inner milieu of the cell from the external world—taking in substances selectively from the environment outside itself into its inner world, transforming it into useful molecules for energy, for work, for repair, for reproducing its own kind, while excreting its waste back into the external world for use.
Primarily, the microbial world had figured out the biological processes necessary to make the molecules of life, and these primitive pathways of metabolism drive our highly evolved human bodies today.
All body functions operate through metabolic pathways. Proteins are the building blocks of these pathways. Each of the millions of pathways within our body requires a unique sequence of proteins in order to function in a healthy way. It is in fact proteins that provide the structure and function for all biological organisms.
Here is a collection of illustrations of how pathways are constructed and how they work:
If the cell is the engine that drives all life, then what drives the cell—tells the cell when to produce proteins, how many to produce, and when to stop? Is it the DNA, the Genes—whose function is to produce proteins?
We used to think so, but the thinking has changed with the understanding about life coming from the emerging scientific discipline of Epigenetics. Under this new paradigm of thought genes are merely the blueprint for the production of the over 30,000 different proteins required for the different structures and functioning within our body. Who or what directs and orchestrates a gene to open up and produce (transcribe) its unique protein? That direction comes from the cell membrane, traveling through metabolic pathways within the cell’s cytoplasm to the cell nucleus—dictating the unfolding of the genetic blueprint to produce particular proteins.
To help us visualize the mechanical nature of a cell, I will share with you quotes for your contemplation from two wonderful books—Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman and Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert.
Lipton and Bhaerman created an illustration of a cell with metaphorical parts—a set of gears, driven by a motor, controlled by a switch and monitored by a gauge.
Candace Pert in her book, Molecules of Emotion reminds us that:
Thus the new science of epigenetics says that environmentally derived signals activate membrane switches, sending secondary signals into the cells nucleus. Within the nucleus, these signals select gene blueprints and control the manufacture of specific proteins. This is far different from the conventional belief that genes turn themselves on and off. Genes are not emergent entities, meaning they don’t control their own activity. Genes are simple molecular blueprints and it is the receptors sites in the cell membranes through protein built metabolic pathways that directs the genetics within the cell.
Pathways are built with proteins. Receptor sites are make up of proteins. Cytokines and chemokine and the majority of communication molecules are protein or at least peptides. I think we can all agree, proteins are very very very important toward the functioning of our body.
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It’s the Fall/Winter season and we’re all seeing colds and flus around us, knocking on our door. The above platform along with a good diet keeps me strong. However, if I have a hint of something like a soar throat coming on, I simply add a couple of capsules a day of our organic garlic, for a couple days, and that almost 100% of the time escorts any sore throat right out the door. Try it, it’s good.
PS open the garlic capsule in water, let them react for a minute and swig it down. IT will coat the whole esophagus.
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