How do micro exposures challenge us?


Micro exposures, such as those to microplastics, pose significant challenges to both our health and the environment. Here are some key points discussed by experts:

  1. Prevalence and Persistence:

    • Microplastics, less than 5 mm in size, are pervasive in our environment, infiltrating ecosystems from the ocean floor to glacial ice caps 1.
    • Their small size makes them easily ingested by wildlife and humans, bioaccumulating up the food chain and affecting those at the top 1 2.
  2. Health Effects:

    • Microplastics can disrupt endocrine functions due to the chemicals they carry, which interfere with hormone systems. This can be particularly harmful to developing children, potentially causing long-term health issues 2.
    • They have been linked to systemic inflammation, gut dysbiosis, and oxidative stress which contribute to chronic diseases 3.

      Microplastics Impact

      Microplastics, invisible to the naked eye, pervade our environment from water to air. They bioaccumulate in wildlife, impacting human health through inflammation and gut imbalances. Studies show microplastics present in placenta, affecting immune systems and potentially leading to chronic diseases.

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  3. Cardiovascular Risks:

    • Studies have shown correlations between microplastic exposure and increased risks of coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Microplastics have been found in arterial plaques, significantly raising the risk of cardiac events 3.
  4. Psychological and Identity Challenges:

    • Beyond physical health, the presence and impact of such micro exposures can lead to broader psychological and societal issues. Dr. ties the loss of cellular identity due to chemical exposures with wider societal crises, including mental health issues and the breakdown of human relationships 4.

These insights indicate that even small, seemingly insignificant exposures can have profound and widespread effects, challenging our physical health and well-being on multiple levels.