Oxidation and Oxidosis


Oxidation and Oxidosis

Majid  Ali, M.D.

Oxidation is loss of electrons, which are energy particles in atoms. In simple words, oxidation is loss of energy and a substance that loses electron energy is oxidized.

Butter turns rancid, a flower wilts, meat decomposes—that is oxidation. A person develops a cataract and loses his eyesight. That happens when the proteins in the lens become oxidized. When a heart fails after a heart attack, that is because oxidosis in the heart muscle cells interferes with their function. In all tissues, excessive oxidation means a rapid breakdown in tissues. Thus, I see the hand of oxidosis at autopsy in each and every case, regardless of whether the death was caused by cancer or by chemotherapy, by coronary artery spasm or by a cardiologist’s stent, by hepatitis or by pneumonia.

People see electrons every day. There is a spark when the plug on an electric appliance is pulled without first turning the unit off. That spark is a storm of electrons. In this example, a running appliance gains electrons from the source in the power company and uses it to produce energy for its function. That is exactly what happens in oxygen-driven oxidative reactions in the body. Oxygen first gains (steals) electrons from other substances and so begins the process of generation of energy. Those substances, in turn, are oxidized. Light is produced by a light bulb in a similar way. A high-energy beam of electrons loses some energy as light particles called photons and turns into a low energy beam of electrons.


Oxidosis (oxi-do-sis) is excessive loss of energy through rapid loss of electrons. In the context of aging, oxidosis causes disease and premature aging. Oxidation is loss of electrons. In chemical reactions, electrons are transferred from one atom or molecule to the other. The donor substance loses electrons and is so oxidized. The recipient gains electrons and so is reduced. The gainer becoming reduced seems strange but that is the awkwardness of the scientific terminology

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