"What did they take? How much did they take? When did they take it? Have they vomited?" Many parents with a child who had ingested a possible poison — some pills, poisonous plants or other toxins — have heard these questions. If it is life-threatening, ridding the body of the toxin or finding the antidote takes priority. Time is of the essence!
National Geographic had a cover story called POISON — 12 Toxic Tales. The article explains that the ingestion of some toxic exposures is
- Intentional (when people intend to hurt or kill themselves)
- Homicidal (when a person intentionally tries to hurt or kill another), or
- Unintentional (such as many of the sad environmental poisonings caused by chemicals, toxins or radiation)
No matter the circumstances, toxins can pollute our bodies, causing devastating effects.
What about toxins affecting our minds and spirits? Are we guilty of toxic exposures and ingestions in this realm? As I watch television, see movies, read magazines and listen to radio, I am amazed at the toxic contents. One can come up with some "good" rationalizations — "just one bad scene", "just one sleazy page", "just one inference to……….". Are we willing to give up many, many "good" plots to avoid just one toxin? What is required of us to maintain purity?
The Apostle Paul speaking to the church in Philippi told them to guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The antidote to the toxicity was,
"…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things." (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
Many of us are sick from toxic exposures – some physical, some emotional and some spiritual. We must first stop the exposure and then take the an
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