What if oxygen is actually slowly poisonous and it just takes 75–100 years to kill us?

Your hypothesis is 100% correct.

Let me state that again

Your hypothesis is 100% correct.

Let’s start with a little background.

You should immediately recognize what this is. Rust/Corrosion. Or less commonly known as oxidation (or the effect thereof).

Now this also occurs inside your mitochondria when it turns glucose into ATP. There are also many other biological processes that require oxidization as a catalyst for the reaction, hence your bodies requirement for oxygen to survive.

Can you survive without oxygen? Nope.

When this occurs, the reaction results in a left over electron, or many left over electrons, which are referred to as Free Radicals.

These little buggers cause cell damage and a variety of other not-conducive-to-life processes. While it remains true that oxygen is a basic requirement for “most” life on planet earth, the chemical reactions that occur generally have bad side effects.

Your body naturally produces antioxidants to try and limit the damage caused by these little buggers - but eventually the damage aggregates into a final transition… death by old age (If you believe the Free Radical Theory of Aging).

Now let’s go back to the question… what constitutes a poison?

In biology, poisons are substances that cause disturbances in organisms, usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular scale, when an organism absorbs a sufficient quantity. (Link)

Does oxygen cause a disturbance in organisms, by chemical reaction or some other activity on the molecular scale, when an organism absorbs a sufficient quantity?

It sure does!

Now isn’t that bitter sweet irony.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Anthony Valentine Salvatore
"Life is a disease because the outcome is death "
Jul 27, 2018 5:01PM
Ian Swindale
Life expectancy means more and more people are getting older and older and it doesn't seem to have affected those who reach 100. My Aunt died 1 month short of her 102nd birthday and I have another friend who died just after her 104th birthday - and both were totally compos mentis to the end.
Apr 19, 2019 5:16AM
Hog wash piece of trivia unless you want to live to 1000 with a body that is useless. For me it is quality of life NOT quantity. The body is a marvelous piece of biology. Can any one make a better one so far? Take care of it. Period. Everything will kill us in excess. We are built with an expiration date.
Apr 20, 2019 2:23AM
Greg Hirst
Interesting and thank you!
Dec 30, 2022 1:12AM
James McLean
Nothing we can do about it anyway,even If this is true,which I doubt.
Aug 25, 2022 6:09PM
Elsy O. Stromberg
Robert Mookerdum, You're a real day brightener!
Aug 8, 2022 10:41AM
Doris Dallaire
So the better care we take of our health, the longer we can expect to live. But there are exceptions too. Death is a fact of life, nothing is forever. Might as well enjoy it and try and extend it by taking good care of our bodies.
Jul 11, 2022 7:43PM
Bernice Sartori
We'll, thanks a lot 😏
Jul 11, 2022 5:09PM
Léger Cadorette
Whatever you try or do, nobody can’t escape his destiny, which in many cases seems to be more or less a lottery⁉️🎶💫🇲🇶🤣
Mar 20, 2022 6:57PM
Armando Garciacano
Let’s face it, your born then you die, what really matters is what’s inn between, called life!
Oct 30, 2021 10:38PM
Leticia Olsen
🥺Let’s face it, we’ll get rusty when we get older. Our organs started to deteriorate and collapse. Just remember we’re borne to die. That’s life!! So enjoy life every minute of it!!💓
Aug 25, 2021 5:20PM
Robert Mookerdum
Once a living being is born,it slowly begins to die till it's finally dead.
Aug 22, 2021 2:57AM
Jim Harris
Add a couple hydrogen atoms and you have the "universal solvent", water.
Aug 16, 2020 11:42PM
Jim Adams
Oxygen you can’t live with it, can’t live without it. Buy seriously an infomercial posing as a legitimate quiz question, you’ve gotta be kidding.
Aug 25, 2019 5:17PM
Ian Swindale
The only thing that is truly certain in life is that we'll die (it's trite to say it of course) - plus in most cases taxes as well
Jul 28, 2019 4:37AM
Barry Wade
what choice do we have
Jul 28, 2018 4:49PM

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