What are they
An exposure route is simply something you buy, eat, breath in, wear, frolic in, bath in, suck on or put on you, either deliberately, unavoidably or unknowingly. It is a way for toxins or toxic chemicals to get into or onto you. It can be your mattress, an apple, a rubber toy, the backyard lawn, a car seat cover, a nickel mine or the photocopier at work.
An exposure route may potentially contain one chemical, hundreds or even thousands. We divide these routes into categories. Grooming or cosmetics for instance has many categories like nail polish, hair dye, lip stick etc. A single category like lip stick can contain many individual products. We don't go down to the product level - we leave that up to your to investigate - but we do give you an indication of what nasties are commonly found in specific exposure route categories.
Some exposure routes are worse than others. Some contain literally thousands of chemicals. Food for example has hundreds of potential additives (the numbers on the label), possible exposure to hundreds more pesticides (non -organic) AND comes in contact with over 3000 compounds used for transport, processing and packaging. We will have all these compounds up on Toxno shortly. They are not all nasty, but we don't know for sure yet which ones are.
Another exposure route (gold or antimony mining) may only contain one nasty chemical. Like arsenic or antimony trioxide. However both are known human carcinogens.
At first it may seem that we need to avoid everything and that it is all just to hard or depressing. But this simply is NOT TRUE. There are alternative products. pesticide free foods and workplace practices that can significantly minimise or even completely eliminate toxic chemical exposure.
We have designed the learning experience on toxno to be effective and efficient. In essence when you interact here on Toxno your become part of a dance between exposures routes and deadly toxins. The dance will awaken you, it can't hurt you. But if we don't wake up as individuals the toxins will hurt us, now and for generations to come.
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