Monday, December 24, 2012

Short note on the idea of energy excess

Health scientists don't like cellular energy surpluses.  They think that the cells do bad things like become resistant to things.  I have problems with the facile notion that our cells just have too much energy to process and so they shut down.  I think this has more to do with moralistic underpinnings of health research that infect many parts of the glorious institution to this day.  Cells are not subject to the 7 deadly sins.  Unlike us, whenever they get energy they do something with it.  The problem is that researchers don't seem to look at the big picture.  When you have an excess of acetyl CoA or pyruvate or fructose 6 phosphate or whatever, your liver doesn't just throw its hands up and go "well I guess I'll just let myself go."  It creates steroids, among other things like ramping up its detoxification pathways.  These crazy metabolic monsters that are created from carbohydrate metabolism are dwarfed by the sublime gaze of the protective hormones.

Energy and structure are interdependent at every level.  When you have more ability to do things, the body does things- because that's what life does.  Hysteresis (biological inertia) and resonance govern life's inherent ability to become more elegant, when it has the chance.  The chief product of a decrease in cellular energy is growth (both hyperplasia and hypertrophy).  The chief product of an increase in cellular energy is transformation.  

A literal example is the shift from larval hormone to molting hormone in insects.  You can either continue to be a caterpillar or you can metamorphosize into a moth.  I bet you thought I was going to say 'butterfly.'  Butterflies are savage, vile creatures.


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