February 9, 2013

Plastic Dangers

Posted in OFF TOPICS tagged , at 8:35 pm by PCOSLady

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/09/plastic-dangers.aspx?e_cid=20130209_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130209
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By Dr Mercola
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Story at-a-glance
~ Today’s “throwaway society” has created mountains of plastic waste, including billions of bottles and bags that clog up landfills and take hundreds of years to break down, as this documentary shows
~ Twenty billion pounds of plastic is making its way into our oceans each year, where wave action turns them into a plastic soup; the five oceanic gyres each have massive whirlpools of trash in their cores, damaging sea life and marine ecosystems
~ Fish and other sea creatures are being contaminated with plastic, in and around their bodies; sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish (their favorite food), and albatrosses are found strangled to death by plastic six-pack rings; many species consume plastic “nurdles” and suffer dire consequences, including death
~ Chemicals from plastic waste harm living things all the way up the food chain, from plankton to humans; BPA and BPS disrupt embryonic development and are linked to heart disease and cancer; phthalates (such as the plasticizer DEHP) disturb gene expression;
~ Even more disturbing, a groundbreaking study suggests serious adverse health problems may be passed down multiple generations
~ Suggestion are given about how you can break your plastic addiction and reduce your own plastic footprint

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