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Microplastics in Our Bodies

Here is an excerpt from the Organic Consumers Association from an article in Common Dreams (
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Even as committed organic consumers, we must avoid food and beverages packaged in plastic, both at home and in restaurants. For the first time, lab scientists have been able to detect alarming levels of microplastics in human blood.

Kenny Stancil writes in Common Dreams:

A team of toxicologists found microplastics in nearly 80% of the healthy adult blood samples it analyzed, marking the first time that tiny polymer fragments—measuring less than 5mm in size—have been detected in human blood, The Guardian reported Thursday.

“Using techniques that allowed them to detect particles as small as 0.0007mm, the scientists, whose research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Environment International, examined blood samples provided by 22 anonymous donors in good health and discovered microplastics in 17 of them.

According to The Guardian, “Half the samples contained PET plastic, which is commonly used in drinks bottles, while a third contained polystyrene, used for packaging food and other products. A quarter of the blood samples contained polyethylene, from which plastic carrier bags are made.”

Read more: Breakthrough Study Finds Microplastics
in Human Blood

Child drinking from a plastic bottle.

The Promise of Spring: April 2017

Note: Now my  postings two or three times per week are not only in their category listed in the left hand margin, ex. Profiles, Health Flashes, Recipes, etc. but also on my Home Page, thanks to my daughter-in-law Maura’s great editorial advice. The first of the month posting, however, is only on the Home Page.

While Fall is my very favorite season, with its jewel-toned leaves and brisk, autumn air, Spring is a close second. People love Spring because it is about the cycle of nature coming out of “hibernation” with new growth: daffodils, crocuses, forsythia, new buds on the trees and green grass beginning to appear, sustainability, recycling, etc.

Since Earth Day is on April 22nd and seems to reflect everything good about Spring — Mother Nature, trees, renewal, new growth, and awareness of our global home — I plan to post tidbits of information about these topics, maybe added onto an essay,  or a topic by itself.

(Earth Day originally had a symbol that was a combination of the letters “E” and “O” taken from the words “Environment” and “Organism,”respectively. Later a theta was used because of its historic use as a warning symbol, or the peace symbol. Theta is now associated with Earth Day.)

Celebrate Earth Day –     *(See quote from National Geographic about the tree theme at end of  post.)

However, April is also National Poetry Month, and I plan some poems from Mary Lou Meyers as well as some of my own. Another event in April is National Library Week from April 9-15th. I will include at least one book review during that week. The theme from the ALA (American Library Association) is “Libraries Transform.” Go to for details.


(Above is the cover of a tiny book I purchased that has the poems in both Spanish & English. Since it is National Library Week this month and also National Poetry Month, I chose this title to cover both “events.”)

Also, Easter and Passover come in April. Since I celebrate Passover, I will have at least one recipe using matzoh, maybe my husband’s matzoh brei, which is a dish that is popular during Passover, when bread is taboo.

Photo from the Internet. My Matzoh is still in boxes!


*P.S. In searching for photos for this posting, I came across beautiful photos of trees from National Geographic’s site. Here is a quote from the site, the link to their site, and one of the 10 photos featured:

“This year’s Earth Day on April 22 celebrates trees, with the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billion—one for every person on the planet—by 2020.”

Friendship Trees, Yoshino Cherry, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

P.P.S. Happy April Fool’s Day! OR maybe, don’t be fooled. Have a Happy Day!

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