Dr Oz: Could You Give Up Plastic?
Plastic was invented over 100 years ago, and we likely can’t go even a minute without touching it. But what is it doing to our health? Elisabeth Leamy investigated, launching an experiment to see if a family could live with less plastic in a 21-day plastic purge. Elisabeth visited a family in New York, ready to take on the challenge with two families. The Martin family has two kids and two pets, and admitted that they mainly use plastic for the convenience factor.
Across the street was the Bolenti family, with four boys, two of whom are newborn twins, who are formula-fed. Both moms were excited and motivated to try the trend. During the first week, the families took plastic out of their kitchens, and then their bathrooms, bedrooms, and playrooms during the second week. The third week, cleaning products and garbage solutions were taken away if they were made of plastic.
The two moms joined the show with all the plastic they through out, sharing that it was literally everywhere. Elisabeth explained that BPA is usually found in the thick plastics, while phthalates are usually found in the softer plastics. BPA has been linked to obesity, and pthalates have been linked to ADHD and asthma, so it’s a good idea to reduce your exposure.
Dr Oz: Potentially Toxic Plastics
Common BPA culprits include reusable plastic water bottles and reciepts, which often are coated in BPA. The worst thing you could do is re-heat the plastic that contains BPA. Don’t microwave plastic or use a stainless steel water bottle. Bathroom toys often contain phthalates, as well as rain coats or shower curtains. If you want to use, try airing the products out outdoors before you use them. Once that new-plastic smell goes away, they should be okay to use in your home.
Dr Oz then showed a picture of plastic in the ocean, and shared that he actually found micro-bits of plastic in salt manufactured in China. Your garbage and cleaning products should be reduced or swapped out. You can get Dr Oz’s 21-day plastic purge cheat-sheet on his website.
Dr Oz: Plastic Swaps
Dr Oz was then excited to find out some great plastic swaps. One mom swapped out plastic bags for unbleached wax paper bags, as well as aluminum foil. If you want to reheat food and prevent splatter, try placing a damp paper towel over the food while you place it in the microwave.
You can also replace all your cleaning products with a glass cheese shaker with baking soda, sometimes mixed with a little vinegar and water.
Next, Dr Oz brought out Bill Nye the Science Guy, who said so much of the air we breathe comes from the ocean, which means if we throw trash in the ocean, we are all affected. Bill said everything we do affects the world so each person really can make a difference. The good news is that there are worms that are actually able to eat plastic, which could help, but not as much as we could.
Dr Oz: Cheap, Easy DIY Jar Gifts
Before the end of his show, Dr Oz suggested you think about a jar for a cheap, easy DIY gift for your friends and family over the holidays. You can fill the jars with tea, popcorn with nutritional yeast, or even a first-aid kit inside a jar complete with bandages, cotton balls, tweezers, burn cream, and ibuprofen.