Plastic Has Finally Got Into Our Bodies, Maintaining In Organs And Tissue

Dhir Acharya - Aug 26, 2020


Plastic Has Finally Got Into Our Bodies, Maintaining In Organs And Tissue

We are using and disposing of so much plastic that the material finally comes back to us and stays inside our bodies. Researchers found it in our organs.

There’s no denying that the world is overusing plastic. We find plastic everywhere from high mountains to the deepest point of the sea bed, including all kinds of plastic from tiny debris to discarded water bottles. The use of plastic has been contaminating the planet and we are nowhere near solving this disturbing problem.

And plastic has finally got back to us, inside our bodies. No, we’re not joking.

We are dumping too much plastic on the planet
We are dumping too much plastic on the planet

Researchers have declared they have observed the presence of nanoplastics and microplastics in human organs and tissue.

Charlie Rolsky, the Director of Science for Plastic Oceans International NA branch and Teaching Assistant in the School of Life Sciences at the Arizona State University, presented the research results earlier this month.

According to Rolsky, there is evidence that plastic is going into the human body but hardly any study has looked into this area. He said:

“And at this point, we don't know whether this plastic is just a nuisance or whether it represents a human health hazard.”

Researchers have found nanoplastics and microplastics in human organs and tissue
Researchers have found nanoplastics and microplastics in human organs and tissue

So far, we have learned that microplastics and nanoplastics cause several health issues in animals like inflammation, infertility, and cancer. So, the researchers thought that it’s time they checked on humans.

Despite taking up small spaces of only 5 millimeters, microplastics can have significant influences if they accrue in nature. Nanoplastics, meanwhile, takes up less than 0.001 millimeters.

The research team was provided with 47 samples of brain and body tissue taken out of kidneys, spleen, liver, and the lungs. Rolf Halden from Arizona State University said:

“This shared resource will help build a plastic exposure database so that we can compare exposures in organs and groups of people over time and geographic space.”

Researchers still need to work further to confirm these findings because they haven’t found a link between microplastics/nanoplastics and human diseases. Regardless, the presence of plastics in our bodies remains a horrific and alarming discovery.

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