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What exactly are ‘toxins’?

We write about toxins a lot on The, and it makes sense. Informing the public about dangerous toxins is what we hope to do. Sometimes though, the term “toxins” can be confused or misrepresented. So today we are going to take a step back, and simply talk about what the term “toxin” means, and just how prevalent they are. So what exactly is a "toxin"? Technically speaking, a toxin is a “naturally occurring” poison; think arsenic, lead, and mercury. A “toxicant” is a “manmade poison”. When we write about toxins, and when you hear about them on the news, toxicants are usually the types of “toxins” that are being referred to. In today’s society, toxins are everywhere. We encounter them almost every day of our lives. They’re in our homes, our products, and our foods. And according to Sophia Ruan Gushee, the author of A-Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, “there have been over 84,000 chemicals introduced into American commerce since World War II.” That’s more than 80 thousand “manmade poisons” in just over 70 years, and to further complicate matters, “the EPA has only been able to test the safety for just over 200 of them." Those are without a doubt some scary numbers. But there are ways to avoid toxins, and Sophia Gushee talks about that as well in her post on

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