How Millions of Microscopic Fibers Are Ending Up in Our Bodies | The Swim
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By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


You may not be wearing an insulated wetsuit
like Pacific swimmer Ben Lecomte, but part of the outfit you’re wearing right now is
going to come in contact with the ocean eventually. The new invisible threat that they’re discovering
is that microfiber from all our clothes ends up in the ocean, and now they’re finding
already that it’s being ingested by animals. Does it pass through or does it end up in
their flesh, and then we end up eating it? These are the questions Dimitri Deheyn and
his team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are exploring, as they work with The Swim expedition
to investigate the strange little strings known as microfibers. Unfortunately, the fish will probably have
microfibers in its gut. So do I, and so do you. It is estimated that every single person would
have about three to five million microfibers going through their body on a given day. Shed by synthetic materials like polyester,
spandex, and nylon, microfibers are so abundant that the filters once designed to catch them
clogged so dramatically that companies removed them from washing machines altogether. Today, these particles flush freely into waterways
with every spin cycle. Microfibers are about five microns in size
or smaller, about 20 times smaller than the diameter of your hair. Microfibers are so small that they are
able to adsorb contaminants; and those contaminants may be many times more concentrated than in the surrounding water. Microfibers are tinier and carry more charge
than microplastics, meaning they may be circulated more quickly throughout global water and air
currents, and soak up more toxins or microorganisms along the way. They are so small that they are like little
needles that can poke a cell. These microfibers have been found in places
as remote as the North Pole. There are now increasing reports of microfibers
from Europe, from the United States of course from South America and of course from Asia. They are found in bottled water. They are found in water fountains
and anything that links to water, beer, wine, any kind of
liquid might contain some microfiber, to some extent. Those microfibers can go inside the cells
of the digestive tract, and from there, can they pass on into other tissues? Can it affect asthma? Irritation from the respiratory passages? Or anything else? With the help of the Seeker crew, Dimitri
and his team are collecting samples of ocean water and fish flesh to see if they can unravel
the mystery of microfibers’ impact. In terms of knowing what we breathe, what
we eat, and what we drink, it is important that we have a heat map of where microfibers are mainly concentrated. We expect that every single big city would
kind of have an area around it that would be rich in microfibers, associated
with where sewage is discharged, but we don’t really know what’s
truly offshore, far away from that. We don’t just try and catch fish to eat. We also are collecting samples from their
flesh, which we send back to be dissolved and to see if there’s microfiber in there. To count the fibers in the samples from the
boat, the team uses a blacklight, because microfibers are fluorescent. Many things in the ocean could fluoresce. We have some sort of a program that can teach
the computer to recognize what microfibers are based on their shape, based on their length, and based on the combination of spectral characteristics. The technology analyzes the images using face
recognition software. So once microfibers can be mapped, Dimitri’s
team tests how these synthetic particulates could actually impact our health, by using
light production from species as a potential clue. Organisms in the ocean that produce light,
when they don’t feel good, they produce less light. That’s a brittle star, tiny, tiny one. Evolutionary speaking, these animals are very
close to you and I. Its light production is directly correlated
to the health of the nervous system. So if the light does not follow a certain
pattern, we can assess neurotoxicity. It’s good to use them as a proxy to what we
could have as an impact for our own nervous system. My vision for the future is positive. We will start to learn from nature. And that’s the concept of biomimicry: what can we learn
from nature to be the best integrated in nature? Companies are already focusing on biomimicry
aspects of microfibers in clothing so that whatever we will generate will be fully reintegrated into the environment. We live in nature. We are part of nature. We are part of a closed system. We have water flowing through us and food
flowing through us, and whatever pollution we put out there, that will be flowing through
us as well. Eventually. Be sure to visit seeker.com/theswim to read daily updates from Ben Lecomte, track his progress in real time, and watch more videos about the science happening onboard Seeker. Click here for this next episode,
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100 thoughts on “How Millions of Microscopic Fibers Are Ending Up in Our Bodies | The Swim

  1. Its 2018, Dumping is so 1950’s we have the technologies to filter correctly and recycle or even use plasmas when necessary to incinerate any dangerous substances. Bottom line all countries should have no excuse dumping sewage, garbage or anything in the sea anymore, development and infrastructure funds should go for these projects, no excuse.

  2. Why does every video on the web, make me wish I wasnt a human being. we are so fucking dumb, killing the planet, the animals, and ourselves, because someone somewhere wants a few more $$$ in there pocket at the end of each day.

  3. For starters we can mandate that all food grade applications of water go through that microfiber filter. If we can't filter the oceans we can at least filter water intake (/or outtake) treatment facilities or something.

  4. You can probably say the same thing about micro sized dust so is this really as big of a deal that your making it out to be.

  5. Are these microfibers less dense than water by volume? If so wouldn't that mean they would float to the top??? Do they absorb some water to allow them to sink?

  6. You're only going to flare up the morgellonstinfoilhat paranoic. We already know that the microplastics is in the food chain, so it's safe to say we have it in our bodies.

  7. They never explained IF the microfibers are having a negative impact! They just collected samples and said they will investigate further. I'm glad someone is looking into this but I have my doubts about it being dangerous.

  8. I was breathing micro-fibre glass while installing and restoring away air-condition in my room for the past 3-4 yrs. Then, I learned that I was supposed to cover my mouth and nose…. 😩
    It's too late now though.
    Hi, my name is Mansi, and I'm addicted to Micro-fibre glass. 🌚

  9. Looking for clothing made from Bamboo plant fibers – I've read that they are stronger, 'silkier' & better moisture wicking & more durable than actual silk… supposed to be even better than hemp fiber due to ease of growing / wider range of zone growth tolerance, low nutrient need, faster growth rate & yield, especially helping individuals & developing economies but most of all Durability of finished products (lasts longer = means less economy demands, etc) – does anyone have any experience with how well bamboo clothing actually is?

  10. So basically… microfiber is the real cause of cancer and various disease, but we still have to believe that voting can or will make a difference. I guess we have another 100 years left of suffering…

  11. Thanks for prioritizing the people’s health, you guys are great! Don’t forget to like this video youtubers, it helps attract more attention by being prioritized in search results.

  12. Most filters may not catch particles that small anyways. They could probably add a centrifugal separator to laundry machines to help trap smaller particles during the rinse and drain cycles, and then there'd be a drum canister you'd have to empty. And that would be less prone to clogging than a usual filter as well. More or less it works like dust separation does on bagless vacuum cleaners, so it's not like a completely unknown technology.

  13. I wonder how many fibers they’re putting there by their skin contaminating the samples, probably all of them. Surfer scientists, what could go wrong..

  14. There they go again , blaming another "invisible" danger for what their pharmaceutical mobs poison us with and to make the usual millenials psycho about for the next idiotic "environmental" stupidity.

  15. there are a lot of dislikes… I wonder why… it seems like there are those who do not understand the importance of this video, I can imagine that a ton of viewers will buy natural fabrics and get rid of the toxic stuff… I am one of those… thanks for the info!!

  16. (In russian accent) fibers in body, you mean extra support, for when drunk stumbles?

    (Joke 2 still in russain accent) if fiber infect eyeballs, does that mean i now have the fiber optics?

    😉

  17. Speakin theory as fact. Tryin to cover up nano particles an smartdust they're droppin on us along with chemtrails(aluminum, barium, strontium etc. And they're worried bout "microfibers". Aww how sweet.

  18. This video reminds me of that lady trying to sell me a $4000 vacuum. The 3 and a half hour demo was phenomenal every micro fibre in the carpet, couch and bed was sucked out, nothing close to what my vacuum can do. Unfortunately for her in the end I said no but thanks for vacuuming the place.

  19. so why are you using a glass fibre boat and plastic bottles to collect your samples ? when I pay for proper disposal of items to be recycled I believe they don't end up in the sea … or is that not so ?

  20. Help reduce the production of new clothing by buying used clothing from thrift stores, garage sales, etc.
    And please, stop eating and otherwise using animals! They want to live just like we do!

  21. Bought some pajamas at Walmart 3 months ago. They shredded all over my house into little balls that stuck like glue to everything till they disintegrated.

  22. It's actually pretty dang hard to solve this environmental issue. You would actually have to put some major polyester using companies to bankruptcy, like H&M. Plus, microfiber are cheap to make, making it cheap apparel. Nobody would be willing to give up cheap clothing!

  23. Nice way to hide morgellons. It was released in chemtrails and infected the planet and now they blame clothing….seems legit

  24. This makes me feel sick. The answer is to ban use of synthetic fibres but the onus is on the consumer – stop buying as many clothes! Go to charity shops, thrift stores etc.

  25. Wait wait wait!!! So my LEGIT QUESTION! How does this possibly relate to Morgellons Disease? 🧐

    Does this mean there’s a possible route of research to take on it?

  26. I shined a light though my stomach and it looked like a star light effect like lit up fiber optic cables!

  27. To save you the trouble of looking here's the link for the filter your washing machine needs on Amazon Filtrol 160 Lint Filter with 1 Filter Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KEMABQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cNbyDbFN1W94N.
    Heres how to install it https://youtu.be/0_iRtxvfvgE

  28. I had no idea it was this bad, I feel so ashamed. I actually live in the countryside and have my own bio system and I use bio soaps etc.. But knowing that all that micro fiber is in the ocean is terrible.

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