Micro-Plastics – Unseen Threats to Human Health

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are less than 5 millimeters in size and can come from a variety of sources, including plastic bags, bottles, and microbeads in personal care products. These small particles can enter the environment through wastewater treatment plants, storm drains, and agricultural runoff, and can persist in the environment for hundreds of years.

Once in the environment, microplastics can be ingested by a wide range of organisms, from tiny zooplankton to large fish and mammals. Ingesting microplastics can cause physical harm, such as blockages in the digestive tract, and can also leach chemicals into the body that can cause toxicity. Additionally, microplastics can accumulate in the tissues of organisms, providing a route for toxic chemicals to bioaccumulate and potentially causing long-term health effects.

Human beings are also exposed to microplastics through their diet, with studies showing that microplastics have been found in drinking water, seafood, and even in the air we breathe. Inhaling microplastics can cause respiratory problems, and ingesting them can lead to gastrointestinal issues and potentially cancer.

Dr. MIchael Wald, DC, Board Certified Nutritionist, Dietitian

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*DISCLAIMER: Dr. Michael Wald is a doctor of chiropractic with a masters degree in nutrition. He is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Nutritional Specialist and Sports Nutritionist. Dr. Wald is certified to provide acupuncture in several states, but not New York. Dr. Wald has two board certifications in nutrition. Dr. Michael Wald earned his MD diploma, but did not complete a residency and is thus not licensed to practice medicine. The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not to substitute for sound medical or health advice. Information contained within this website may change at any time without prior notice. The information on this website is under copyright, 2021.