Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
14th October 2017
The intelligence in life has gifted humans, animals and plants water. Without water none can survive. Water makes up sixty percent of the body weight in humans and animals, while water makes up most of the weight in vegetables.
Animals and vegetation do not drink water from plastic containers. Only humans not only drink water from plastic containers, but also store, transport and carry every item of food in plastic containers.
Humans also feed their children with milk contained not only in plastic containers, but also the nipple used to feed their babies is made of plastic. Plastic has permeated every aspect of food in human life.
Plastic has caused irreversible damage to marine life. This is because of the deposition of plastic bags and bottles into the sea. Plastic is a by-product in the petroleum industry. Plastic decomposes easily in the sea to toxic substances.
Everything in life decomposes and plastic is not an exception. The plastic industry, however, claims that the plastic does not decompose easily. Nevertheless, plastic does decompose.
Plastic in small amounts does dissolve into whatever plastic containers contain, especially water, apart from milk and food that humans eat daily. Water with small amounts of plastic accumulates after years of daily use.
Plastic by decomposition releases toxic substances which are toxins to the human body. Plastic also sticks to the intestine walls in the human body and this leads to consequences regarding human health.
Plastic stuck to the intestine walls prevents the absorption of nutrients in food that humans eat. Plastic also prevents the absorption of water into the intestines which leads to difficulty in passing stools.
Advertising that water is healthy and clean in plastic bottles does not convey the right message to users. The advice to drink plenty of clean water daily too does not help. The ill-health to the human body is not seen immediately. The ill-health due to the presence of plastic in daily food becomes evident after middle age.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
The human community is taking stock of the unwanted effects of the growing market of convenience foods. It is not only the foods themselves that are of concern, but also, ironically, the methods that are now used to carry and store these foods. In addition to the harm that is thus being done to nature in all its physical manifestations, mankind included, there is a considerable financial burden in attempting to restore the natural status quo. The understanding of the wise is gifted in this article. It bears no burden.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
The achievements of a modern world are not always healthy for humans, animals, plants and the environment. Such a simple thing like a plastic bottle is not easy to avoid. But it is worth the try and effort, as Dr. Shankar points out in this wise article “Plastic“.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.