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Wed Jun 5, 2019, 11:28 AM

Microplastic Pollution: People Eat 50K Plastic Particles A Year, Health Effects Unknown

'People eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year, study finds.' Health effects of ingestion of microplastics via food, water and breathing still unknown. The Guardian, June 5, 2019.

The average person eats at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar quantity, according to the first study to estimate human ingestion of plastic pollution. The true number is likely to be many times higher, as only a small number of foods and drinks have been analysed for plastic contamination. The scientists reported that drinking a lot of bottled water drastically increased the particles consumed.

>The health impacts of ingesting microplastic are unknown, but they could release toxic substances. Some pieces are small enough to penetrate human tissues, where they could trigger immune reactions.

Microplastic pollution is mostly created by the disintegration of plastic litter and appears to be ubiquitous across the planet. Researchers find microplastics everywhere they look; in the air, soil, rivers and the deepest oceans around the world. They have been detected in tap and bottled water, seafood and beer. They were also found in human stool samples for the first time in October, confirming that people ingest the particles...

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/05/people-eat-at-least-50000-plastic-particles-a-year-study-finds




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appalachiablue Jun 2019 OP
greymattermom Jun 2019 #1
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tymorial Jun 2019 #3

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 11:31 AM

1. Remember that plastics contain estrogen-like compounds.

As well as many others. I was doing research on the possible involvement of plastics in migraine before I retired. The work generated my few minutes of fame.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 11:35 AM

2. This is concerning, how much we ingest is huge, and toxic. So many

hormone disrupters and cancers, and other illnesses are increasing. You much be very proud of your work, that's so interesting.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 11:42 AM

3. Tastes like plastic chicken

It's not funny I know but I had to.

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