Define Toxin/ToxicA toxin is:
a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation Merriam-Webster Dictionary onlineWhereas toxic means:
1: containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation 2: exhibiting symptoms of infection or toxicosis 3: extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful Merriam-Webster Dictionary onlineSo most of the time when we talk about toxins we’re actually talking about toxic substances. However, the two are often used interchangeably nowadays and I tend to do so also. I refer to a toxin or a toxic substance as any chemical, poison, thought, emotion, food, person, etc., etc., etc. that causes harm, disease or death. The amount of harm is inconsequential by definition as it’s all relative to the person or situation. This opens a BIG DOOR leading to what is or can be toxic. I’m starting with 5 areas in which the toxins can be pretty easy to understand overall. I won’t go into great detail in this post because these areas are very comprehensive, but I’ll give you a glimpse of baby steps you can take in each area.