Thursday, July 07, 2011


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Got this image when i was trying to search some info's about TOXINS. This is a photo of a marvel comics, toxin. The main character is "Toxin: The Devil You Know".

Let us now go to my real purpose why i'm doing this blog, i really need to give some important info's about what TOXINS are. As what you've notice in the story above, toxin is the devil you know. So it gives us the hint that toxins are bad and do no good.

Universal warning symbol used to indicate
       toxic substances or environment.
TOXINS are poisonous substances produced by living organisms. A small substance that are capable of causing diseases and harm to humans when introduced to body tissues. It is also capable of inducing neutralizing antibodies or antitoxins.
Woaah! Dint know we are exposed to a lot of toxins everyday and dint expect that we can have it through the stuffs listed below.

Still, praise God for we can help our body detoxify these toxins though we can't avoid them =)

TOXINS FROM EXTERNAL - are toxins derived from the environment which get into our body. some sources maybe from:

foods -food stabilizers,coloring,herbicides, etc.
air -stagnant air, tobacco smoke,toxic fumes, etc.
water -water contaminated with bacteria, chlorine, heavy metals, etc.
medical treatments -chemotherapy, antibiotics, artificial hormones, etc.
dental treatments -root canals, acrylic dentures, implants, woooah! even braces! (i actually wore braces before :z)
radiation -CT scan, X-rays, gamma rays, etc.
household -new paints, varnishes, new carpets, etc.
personal care -perfumes, soap, toothpastes, etc.

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We SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE the degree of toxicity from the items listed above!

Let's now go to other source of toxins.

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Challaney Nolasco
I am a pet lover and my favorite pet are dogs. i sooo love them<3<3<3
But wait! Do you know that we too can be exposed to toxins through ANIMALS? By poisoning, animals defend themselves and/or capture preys. One of these animals are some types of frogs. These frogs are eye catching for mostly they are brilliantly colored.

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Phyllobates terribilis, the Golden Poison From or the Golden Dart Frog is the deadliest among them. It's toxin is called "batrachotoxin". pumiliotoxin is another type of toxin found on poison frogs. These toxins have been used for "poison darts" by some people in South America.

Frogs too can get the toxins from the preys they eat, such as ants, flies and termites. One of such preys has been identified as Choresine pulchra, a small beetle of about rice grain size.

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Amanita muscaria
-A poison mushroom that contains muscarine. However, the primary active component of the mushroom is muscimol that is an agonist of GABA-A receptors.

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This is a fried fugu. A japanese delicacy. Sad thing is it contains a toxin called "tetrodotoxin". The cook should know where it is located and should know how to remove it safely.

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No wonder, snakes are another group of animals that contains toxins.the toxins called snake venoms are quite different from those of frogs.
hemotoxins and neurotoxins are the two general kinds of enzymes enject by snakebites.

NEUROTOXIC VENOMS attacks the nervous system of the victim. The victim may experience heart failure and difficulty in breathing. Cobra and sea snakes are example whose venoms are mostly neurotoxin.

HEMOTOXIC VENOMS attacks the circulatory systema and muscle tissues. Rattlesnakes and copperhead are example of snakes which use hemotoxins.

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Elisabeth Wilkinson ©
One good example of toxins from plants is MORPHINEOne of the ultimate pain killers are NARCOTIC, MORPHINE. MORPHINE is the main ingredient of opium. A derivative of morphine, heroin has been widely used as a drug to get "high". These components are alkaloids which is produced as defense chemicals by PLANTS.

Chemicals for Life and Living

 By Eiichiro Ochiai

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