According to a news report published on BBC.com, scientists verified they had discovered microplastics in human blood. A study conducted in March 2022 found that 80% of twenty-two randomly selected members of the public had microplastics in their blood. The report also states that microplastics probably have been in human blood for decades. The negative health consequences to human health have not yet been determined.
A recent investigation by scientists from Canada, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, and Denmark underscores the pressing need to stop the problem at its source. Numerous toxic chemicals, called persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, cannot degrade easily. Persistent organic pollutants can remain in our fatty tissues and blood for several years.
Bert van Bavel, a Norwegian professor of environmental chemistry, found in his POPs research that these chemicals can persist in human bodies for up to 50 years. He analyzed how high exposure in populations is associated with heart disease, cancers, and medical conditions such as diabetes. Van Bavel also developed a blood test protocol that can monitor these harmful chemicals’ levels in the world population.
Safe Planet stated that the harm caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of flame retardants and pesticides, most of which have been outlawed. Van Bavel invented a test that measures the amount of persistent synthetic chemicals that collect in the human body. Over the past ten years, 100,000 people around the world have been tested. Van Bavel believes that most people have a “toxic cocktail” of substances in their bodies. Although many POPs have been banned, these chemicals still persist because they do not degrade easily. Tragically, these chemicals can also be passed on to children via the womb.
The chemicals that distress Mr. van Bavel the most are a newer class of chemicals called PFAS or polyfluoroalkyl substances. There are thousands of PFAS chemicals used in everyday household products such as waterproof clothing, non-stick cookware, stain-resistant textiles, and other toxic “Forever Chemicals.”
“Forever Chemicals” can affect brain development, cause cancer, and damage hormone systems. Forever Chemicals affect the human body in different ways. Forever Chemicals can have delayed effects that can turn up several decades later as breast cancer or other metabolic disorders. These chemicals can also be passed on to unborn babies. The health effects will depend on the type of chemical, the amount of exposure, and at which stage of development the person was exposed.
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