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Toxin (Overview)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small molecules, peptides, or proteins.


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What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent outbreaks in Europe are due to a specific type of STEC called strain 0104:h4. In the USA E. coli o157:h7 is a more common strain.Each produces a toxin (shiga) which can disrupt colon cells causing bloody diarrhea or destroy kidney cells & lead to HUS. ...Read more

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Toxin (Overview)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small molecules, peptides, or proteins.


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What is a toxin?

What is a toxin?

Poisonous substance: From greek word toxicon) produced within living cells, i.E bacteria, insects, fungi or plants. Antharx, botulinum, bee stings, snake bites, poison ivy poison from deadly fungi are all examples. Often erroneously used interchangeably with toxicants or toxics which are man made or in-organic substances which can be toxic. Thse can be man made drugs, or chemicals like mercury etc. ...Read more

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Which toxins accumulate in our body?

Which toxins accumulate in our body?

Complicated: There are many toxic heavy metals, plastics etc that can accumulate in your body but it is unclear if they affect you. Most are in insanely small amounts and cannot be shown to cause problems. Other chemicals such as mercury and lead have known toxicity and can cause harm. These are best treated by avoiding them in the first place. Do not buy the worthless detox products you see. ...Read more

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Which type of toxins are in the body?

Few: There is a theory in alternative practice that somehow the body is full of toxins that need to be eliminated. In fact the body is terrific at identifying substances that do not belong and will get rid of them. Of course if you are exposed to high levels of certain toxins like mercury, lead and some obvious poisons, the elimination may be overwhelmed but true toxins are rare. ...Read more

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What are the ways to remove toxins from the body?

Live: By living well, drinking plenty of fluids, getting good rest and eating a balanced diet. Your liver and kidneys and lymph system are designed to clear up any toxins or waste products that come from living. ...Read more

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What helps to reduce toxins in your body? Are saunas helpful?

Detoxification.: Only if part of a more intensive detoxification program. By the way, a number of providers on this site, have answered similar questions by stating it doesn't help. So expected varied responses. ...Read more

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How effective is the high voltage 30 minute toxin eliminator?

How effective is the high voltage 30 minute toxin eliminator?

Dont buy it: Which toxins are you talking about? The word toxin is used a lot but often no one knows what they mean by it. Many products out there promise to remove "toxins" and charge a lot of money for it. You almost certainly are wasting your money. Your liver and kidneys do an excellent job removing toxins without bogus products. Other toxins are best avoided (ie mercury) make sure you know which. ...Read more

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How many toxins are in cigarettes?

Lots: According to http://quitsmoking.About.Com/cs/nicotineinhaler/a/cigingredients.Htm, over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette. ...Read more