Plastic has become increasingly common, one might say all-pervasive, since the end of World War Two. The chemically susceptible person, however, should try to avoid unnecessary exposure to plastics wherever possible. The sources of plastics are explored in Chapter 6. As a simple preventive measure, one should go through one’s house and make all obvious and necessary changes.

For example, many lamps now have plastic shades. As the light bulb heats up, the plastic begins to give off odors and fumes which can have a marked effect on mental and physical well-being. It is necessary, in such cases, to replace the plastic shades with shades made from glass, metal, or natural fabric. In the kitchen, plastic bowls and dishes should be replaced by ceramic, glass, or wooden ones. Wrap foods in aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap and use glass or metal containers instead of plastic refrigerator ware.

The degree to which one must make such changes obviously depends on the severity of the problem. Some people are able to tolerate the harder plastics, while others find they must make a clean sweep through the house in order to feel reasonably well. It is beyond the scope of this book to discuss every aspect of this large problem, although books listed in the “Suggested Reading” should be of help with the practical details.


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