You Have Tiny Plastic Pieces In Your Stomach, A Study Says

Significant amounts of plastic have been detected in tuna during previous studies. File pic

Reference Assessment of microplastics concentrations in human stool - Preliminary results of a prospective study - Philipp Schwabl, Bettina Liebmann, Sebastian Köppel, Philipp Königshofer, Theresa Bucsics, Michael Trauner, Thomas Reiberger, presented in the scope of the UEG Week 2018 in Vienna on 24 October 2018. The researchers then tested their stool for 10 different types of plastics. The most common were polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene-terephthalate (PET), both found in food and drink packaging. These two microplastics combined to make up almost 80 per cent of the total microplastic level found in the eight subjects.

The study focused in detail on eight people from around the world: one each from the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Finland, Russia and Japan. The group of researchers of medical University of Vienna for the first time managed to prove the presence of plastic in the human body. It was presented this week at a gastroenterology conference in Vienna. It must be noted that no vegetarians were included in the sample of the research.

There are no certain health implications for their findings, and they hope to complete a broader study with the methods they have developed. Beyond that it is highly likely that during various steps of food processing or as a result of packaging food is being contaminated with plastics. Second, through consumption of fish and seafood that swim in polluted seas and oceans. Sea creatures ingest some microplastics which are deposited in the Earth's waterways by humans. The participants' food diaries also showed that they had all been exposed to plastics through their diet by consuming foods wrapped in plastic or drinking from plastic bottles.

What the newest microplastics discovery within humans means overall has yet to be determined, he added. The smallest microparticle particles are able to penetrate the bloodstream, the lymphatic system, even the liver. They're in our water, in our food, and according to a recent study, they're in our shit. "It's therefore inevitable that at least some of these things will get into our lungs and digestive systems".

'Smaller particles could potentially cross the gut wall and redistribute to target tissues'. "That's another question that we just don't know", she said.

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The news in another clear warning signs that non-biodegradable materials are clogging up our planet but some environmentalists say we're becoming too fixated on the quest to eradicate plastic and it's causing us to lose sight of the overall aim-to reduce our carbon emissions.

Brooks described Canada's record on recycling plastics as "abysmal", saying only 11 per cent of plastics used in the country are recycled properly. The particles do, however, end up in the environment.

Human bodies are becoming polluted with plastic, scientists have confirmed for the first time. They also plan to study the harmful effects of these plastics on humans.

"Every single person can actually make a difference". The unavoidable issues are: "Is it harming our wellbeing and what can we do to reduce our exposure?"

Plastic can come from a variety of sources, most notably from pollution entering our oceans and waterways by way of untreated sewage, industrial production or simple littering. "We have to stop that as soon as we can", Brooks said.

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