Humans eat and breath plastic. Plastic now has been found in the blood stream of humans. What in fact does this mean?
The short answer is that there are no studies on the subject. Certainly, the plastics industry doesn’t want to pay for research into the damage they are causing, and no one else has.
How does plastic get into our bodies?
- Ocean plastic gets into seafood that we then consumer.
- Ocean plastic gets into drinking water.
- Micro plastic waste (defined as plastic less than 5 mm in size) can pass through water treatment systems and get into drinking water.
- Plastic that is burned becomes air pollution that we breathe.
- Plastic is in products that we use, including toothpaste.
What damage can small plastic particles do?
Small plastic particles are abrasive.
- If in haled, plastic will irritate the lungs and compound breathing issues for people with asthma or COPD. This is a known issue.(5)
- Now that plastic has been found in the human blood stream, it’s logical that it can cause abrasions to the wall of arteries and to organ through which it passes, like the heart. That means internal bleeding at the very least. That makes sense, but it’s not yet proven through research.
What else it can do, we just don’t know. The body is naturally acidic, and whether that can break down plastic into component chemicals — well, there is no research on that.
Arguably, the overpopulation of the planet and the accompanying pollution is changing life forms on the planet. It may account for changes in thinking, upticks in violence and changes in our sex lives. Whether it’s possible to reverse some of these effects remains to be seen.