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The Difference Understanding a Word Makes

As a writer, words are important to me. They are the basic unit of understanding. Not understanding a word can prevent the understanding a sentence, which can prevent the understanding of a thought, which can prevent the understanding of a whole subject. And conversely, the understanding of just one word can make something go so right it can be life-changing and even world-changing.

I had a dramatic example of this one day when I decided to look up the definition of the word advocate, after almost forty years of calling myself a consumer advocate. I looked up advocate and then consumer advocate online and when I saw the results and started exploring them I realized that consumer advocate was NOT the right term to describe myself. I actually was “The World’s Leading EXPERT on Toxic-Free Products” And once I named myself with the correct definitions of words and figured out what I should be doing to be that, I took this website from an idea I had been thinking about to a reality.

So please, do take the time to look up any word you don’t understand, especially if you are struggling to understand any of the ideas on this website. Never underestimate the clarity and power that can be released with the understanding of a word.

This entire site is actually a glossary for many words associated with the subject of toxics in consumer products and choosing safe products. This glossary contains some general terms not defined elsewhere.

Please take as much time as you need to understand words. Take my definitions as a starting point and continue to explore untill you reach the satisfaction of understanding. The internet is a wonderful tool that goes far beyond a dictionary.

— Debra


Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is…TOXIC

November 2018

Well! The world is catching up with me. After forty years of talking about things toxic…the Oxford English Dictionary chose “toxic” as the Word of the Year!

The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.

There was a 45% rise in the number of times the word was looked up on the Oxford Dictionary website.

Read more about the word and how the idea of “toxic” is permeating our world here:



< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] decipher to convert (a text written in code, or a coded signal) into normal language. to succeed in understanding, interpreting, or identifying (something). One of the major objectives of Zero Toxics is...

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< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] viewpoint another word for point of view. A point of view is a particular attitude or way of considering a matter the position from which something or someone is observed a way of thinking about a...

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< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] ancillary that which provides necessary support to the primary activities or operations of an organization, institution, industry, or system. Zero Toxics is ancillary to the marketplace of toxic-free...

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half life

< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] half life In the context of consumer products, the term "half life" most commonly refers to the time it takes for pesticides to break down in the environment. Here's a great page that explains this very...

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< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] hypoallergenic Hypoallergic means "to have a decreased tendency to cause allergies; hypo means less, not...

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medical grade

Glossary < back to Glossary [et_pb_row] medical grade Medical grade plastics medical grade plastic materials that meet FDA and USP Class VI requirements. Our high-purity materials have been used in applications from Medical Wands to...

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< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] toxic The adjective toxic refers to the damage caused by a poison. It is used to describe both the poison itself having the ability to damage, and the body that has been damaged. It comes from the Greek...

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micron sizes

< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] micron sizes

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body burden

< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] body burden What is “body burden” – and why is it important to you? ============================================== Persistant Bioaccumulative Toxicants Persist In Your Body Too A couple of weeks ago I...

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outgassing & leaching

< back to Glossary [et_pb_row] Glossary [et_pb_row] outgassing & leaching Outgassing refers to emissions released by materials into the air in the form of gasses. Leaching refers to the migration of gasses from a material into a food or liquid. Outgassing...

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