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Thursday, March 28, 2024 2:15 PM

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Plastic exposure is quite common in modern day living. Plastic is not usually a problem until it gets heated, either in the microwave with plastic food containers, or if you sweat in sheets or sport clothing that are made of plastic. We need to be aware of the fact that it surrounds us, and it is increasingly causing health issues, not to mention the landfills that are filling up with it. 

Here are common plastic chemicals in your home or office. 
Taken from the book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition.” 
By Elson M Haas, MD 

• Polyurethane foam – in beds, cushions, and pillows and maybe a lung, skin, and eye irritant. 
• Polyester – in clothing, bedding, diapers, tampons, and upholstery, this may cause irritation, allergy, and skin rash. 
o Note - If you sweat profusely in clothing made of polyester, you will get this chemical in your body through your pores. 
• Nylon – in clothing, toothbrushes, other brushes, upholstery, carpets, and so on. This is probably safe. 
• Acrylics – these are made from acrylonitriles and are in acrylic fiber, waxes, paint, and plexiglass. 
• Polyethylene – high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) are found in containers, wrappers, kitchenware, plastic bags, and squeeze bottles. They are carcinogenic. 
• Vinyl chloride -this is the worst of plastics and is carcinogenic. 
• Polyvinyl chloride – found in adhesives, containers, records, tapes, toys, beach balls, pacifiers, raincoats, and boots, all of which can release vinyl chloride and cause cancer. Liver disease, birth defects, and more. 
• Urea-formaldehyde plastic resins – found in particleboard, plywood, insulation, tissues, and towels as outgas formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen. 
• Fluorocarbon plastic – known as tetrafluoroethylene or Teflon, the nonstick coating, this is also found in ironing board covers and can be an irritant to the skin, the eyes, and the respiratory tract. 
• Plasticizers – known as MEHP (mono[2-ethylhexy]phthalate), DEHP (di[2-ethylhexy]phthalate), and PET (polyethylene terephthalate), these are found in most plastic packaging containing printed labels or logos. 
• Styrene – this is found in Styrofoam, egg cartons, fast food burger packaging, and restaurant take-out meals.
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