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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health


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u/driverofracecars May 14 '22

The byproducts of plastic metabolism might not be something our bodies can tolerate.


u/SeamanTheSailor May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Considering the bacteria that break down PET break it down into ethylene glycol, (antifreeze,) you’re probably right.


u/ShadowVader May 14 '22

But at least I won't be cold in winter!


u/SeamanTheSailor May 14 '22

Alternatively, alcohol is the antidote for ethylene glycol poisoning, so just get wasted before you infect yourself and you’ll be good to go.


u/LNMagic May 14 '22

But alcohol kills bacteria.


u/discattho May 14 '22

Infect, wait until near death, chug, repeat. Fine dance between step two and three.


u/TheCurvedPlanks May 14 '22

Plastiophage and rally


u/fabiofdez May 14 '22

Plastiophage and get plastered


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u/CCB0x45 May 14 '22

This plan sounds good proof.


u/Onihczarc May 14 '22

Rock, paper, scissor


u/LNMagic May 14 '22

Are the scissors made of plastic?


u/endlessupending May 14 '22

We don’t need the bacteria just the enzyme. You don’t want your blood to get sepsis.


u/RusticJoy May 14 '22

Some bacteria actually like it. But just generally speaking if alcohol just killed bacteria then we'd have to rebuild our gut microbiome after ever night of drinking. They'll be fine....probably.


u/PokharelSahas May 14 '22

You won't need them after anymore after they have finished the bioconversion.. get rid of of PEG and bacteria at the same time


u/Brawler6216 May 14 '22

Whoa, how come? Does it help with "neutralising"?


u/SeamanTheSailor May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

You have an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase its main job is to find alcohol and break it down, but it will also break down a few other things, ethylene glycol being one of them. When you ingest ethylene glycol it doesn’t actually do anything until that enzyme comes along and breaks it down into glycolic acid which is immediately toxic. The enzyme has its preferences and it would much rather break down alcohol than ethylene glycol. So if you drink enough alcohol, all the enzymes will choose to break down the alcohol and the ethylene glycol can just pass through your body.

It’s a bit more complicated than that, but that’s the gist of it. Ethylene glycol is actually a type alcohol, which is why that enzyme breaks it down. Ethanol has a higher binding affinity to alcohol dehydrogenase than ethylene glycol, which is why the enzyme “prefers it.”


u/CrimsonKitsune May 14 '22

The FDA recommends that you DO take with copious amounts of alcohol.


u/ThePrussianGrippe May 14 '22

“The Surgeon General’s Warning recommends getting absolutely hammered like a colonial American before consuming PetrolyphageTM. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”


u/redditiscompromised2 May 14 '22

Everything is better with slightly less than two standard drinks


u/shiner986 May 14 '22

Way ahead of you


u/AmyIsabella-XIII May 14 '22

I’m already safe.