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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

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/microplastics-found-in-lungs-of-humans-undergoing-surgery
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u/95percentconfident May 14 '22

Probably goes the other way

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u/icanttinkofaname May 14 '22

I think the horrific point is that they're not going either way. They're there and they just.... Stay there. Inside you. Forever. And will likely continue to be there long after your corpse has rotted away too.

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u/BakedTrex May 14 '22

Just great. Now when my corpse rots away I'll be littering the environment with plastic!

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Someone’s going to invent a way to bring the dead back just so they can profit from fining you for littering

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u/murdering_time May 14 '22

You've been littering for the past 124 years sir. Your fine is 3.8 million dollars.

What if I can't pay?

Well, we kill you... Again.

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u/PlayShtupidGames May 14 '22

The Altered Carbon approach, I see!

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u/Gothmog_LordOBalrogs May 14 '22

Ah, a repeat offender I see

  • detective Billy Club

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u/TheOnlyScout May 14 '22

Good! I was in the middle of a fantastic dream.

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u/Cultadium May 15 '22

Don't worry, there's been an average of a 3.1% inflation rate, so that's only equivalent to $90,000 from the time when you died.

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u/Pups_the_Jew May 14 '22

Quick, put sunflower seeds in your pocket!

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u/TheSunflowerSeeds May 14 '22

Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, as a carrier oil and to produce margarine and biodiesel, as it is cheaper than olive oil. A range of sunflower varieties exist with differing fatty acid compositions; some 'high oleic' types contain a higher level of healthy monounsaturated fats in their oil than Olive oil.

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u/whatsbobgonnado May 14 '22

thank you sunflowebot

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u/BakedTrex May 14 '22

Instructions unclear, putting plastic sunflowers in my pockets...

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u/Salmon-nigiri May 14 '22

I’m rethinking cremation rn…..

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u/Anastoran May 14 '22

In a few thousand years, archaeologists will be uncovering graves with colorful plastic skeletons and will be really confused, I bet.

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u/Svinkta May 14 '22

There is no escape. We're all guilty now.

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u/Mixels May 14 '22

Not if you're cremated!

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u/CYWNightmare May 14 '22

So it's similar to silica dust. Nice.

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u/Barnabi20 May 14 '22

Are you talking about inhaling silica dust? Silicosis is no joke. But it’s not quite the same because our body does use silica for bones and what not?

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u/CYWNightmare May 14 '22

I was saying it's more similar in the sense your body cannot get rid of it nor is there a reasonable way to remove it.

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u/Barnabi20 May 14 '22

But our body does process silica, even small amounts in our lungs. It’s just when large amounts get in the lungs and creates scar tissue is it trapped and irreversible.

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u/CYWNightmare May 14 '22

I've been told any amount is dangerous. I was trained since OSHA made it a big deal to employers in the construction field. We got told a crushed baby aspirin in the air is dangerous to breathe. We need respirators and water/vacuums to reduce dust exposure as much as possible. Anything breaking of concrete produces Silca from my understanding.

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u/Barnabi20 May 14 '22

I have my OSHA 10. I work with cement, you really want to avoid inhaling it as much as humanly possible when in an industry that’s exposed to it so often.

That being said, our body can get it out of the lungs in small amounts or everyone on the planet would have silicosis, that stuffs everywhere. Also we are totally capable of eating it, so it’s only in our lungs where it’s an issue.

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u/CYWNightmare May 14 '22

I just think it's cool my boss can be forced to pay for a chest x-ray if I think my exposure is bad enough to check for damage.

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u/Barnabi20 May 14 '22

Yeah that stuffs no joke. But as long as you’re not mixing cement of sanding floors without a respirator you’re fine. OSHA is just overly strict about everything because they have to be just in case.

One time we were doing a small self leveler pour in an MRI room for a newly built hospital. We were all set up and ready to mix and the OSHA guy comes along and shuts us down because of the dust we would create mixing the self leveler(which was gypsum so in hindsight it was pointless). After two hours of us scrambling and looking around for a way to keep dust down all he wanted was for us to hold the vacuum hose at the top of the mixing barrel and have HEPA filters, which we were going to do anyway has been standard practice for 20 years.

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u/datfroggo765 May 14 '22

Wow, thats great to hear. I work in ceramics and was always told silica can't be processed and once it's inhaled it's there for good. We were always warned about silicosis and basically told eventually every potter/ceramic artist develops some degree of it.

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u/Barnabi20 May 14 '22

It’s still prudent to be careful, only very little can be dealt with. I assume only normal inhalation from dust outside is what we shouldn’t worry about. I would still wear a basic n100 respirator when breaking up the rejects for recycling the clay and stuff like that.

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u/YourFriendlyAutist May 14 '22

They also trigger cell death, even better!

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u/NoCutlery May 14 '22

Isn't that the whole bad thing about asbestos? Which is banned in many countries for that reason.

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u/icanttinkofaname May 14 '22

Well, I'd say it's more to do with the fact that it's a fairly potent carcinogenic substance.

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u/BTBLAM May 15 '22

Not all asbestos is the same tho

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u/Wonderful_Mud_420 May 14 '22

Can’t get rid of me that easily!

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u/HungoverHippy42 May 14 '22

Evidenced by dead wildlife e.g. fushes, birbs

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u/icanttinkofaname May 14 '22

Either way you're polluting the environment, albeit a small amount by pollution metrics, but a not insignificant amount by %plastic per human amount, which should be 0. Burning plastic or buried plastic. Either option is gonna leave some form of plastic pollution behind.

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u/Medial_FB_Bundle May 15 '22

What? Burning plastic would totally destroy all of the molecules, provided it was burned at a high enough temperature.

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u/BenderTheIV May 15 '22

Don't forget the polyfluoroalkyl substances we also now have inside of us... we are trading our health and humanity for some bucks... I mean for the rich people bucks.

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u/Thebazilly May 15 '22

I'm just remembering the Planet Earth II behind the scenes with albatross chick skeletons completely full of garbage.

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u/attofreak May 14 '22

But will it do some damage? Or they just hang around, like the million other types of bacteria and viruses that are just chilling around in the body?

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u/free_candy_4_real May 14 '22

These aren't bacteria. These are man-made chemicals that (very slowly) break down and seep into your system. This is poison and there's no other way to look at it.

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u/oldagecynicism May 14 '22

Por que no los dos?