In 1969, Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band was called visionary and, frankly, was difficult to understand. Membership in the group was plastic-elastic, including the audience and the musicians who hung around.
But since then, the onslaught of plastic pollution pervading the air we breathe, the food we eat, our oceans and streams has made it a far less hip sounding name for a band.
We are all trying to ditch plastic bags and opt for glass and paper containers as scientists rush to find ways to separate plastic from water and air.
It is important because chemicals used to make plastic can cause cancer, birth defects, immunodeficiency, endocrine disorders, reproductive problems, and developmental problems in a fetus, newborn, and child.
A recent study warns expectant mothers of another plastic hazard: Swedish researchers found that a male fetus exposed to bisphenol F (BPF), which is used in the manufacture of plastic, may have a lower IQ by the age of 7 .
BPF has this effect because it causes the genes in a fetus that affect neurological development to be turned on or off.
Exposure in the womb can result from mother’s diet or food packaging, when she ingests and breathes household dust, and from handling thermal paper. (Remember bisphenol A (BPA)? It leaks into food when it’s used to line cans, print receipts, or make plastic. BPF is a relative.)
So try to avoid plastic (substitutes for BPA and F are also risky).
Wash your hands after touching a receipt and stick to fresh, unpackaged food.
Mehmet Oz, MD is the host of “The Dr. Oz Show ”and Mike Roizen, MD is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus of the Cleveland Clinic. To live the healthiest life, turn on “The Dr. Oz Show ”or visit www.sharecare.com.