Might exposure to plastic be linked to insulin resistance? Join us today with Dr. Mark Smith of Richmond Chiropractic Neurology and explore how plastic may be causing more harm to us than just our environment…!

“Here is a paper that explores the link between plastic exposure and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can be mild, and slowly progress to pre-diabetes and full-blown Type 2 Diabetes, and it now appears that our exposure to plastics is partly to blame. In my practice, I do see people with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance who improve their food plans by eliminating sugar and processed foods, and normally this will improve their blood sugar and insulin resistance markers, including their weight. However, in quite a few people, dietary changes are not adequate and they must stop their exposure to plastics. This exposure can also lead to Metabolic Syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions that appear together and create negative health risks: excess abdominal fat; elevated cholesterol; high blood pressure; elevated blood sugar; elevated triglyceride levels. Check out this paper:


‘Conclusions: Exposure to environmental phthalates may be positively associated with insulin resistance and MetS (metabolic syndrome). Insulin resistance may mediate these associations between exposure to certain phthalates and MetS.’

Bottom Line: It is a really good idea to avoid exposure to plastics in our food supply, and this is fairly easy. You can start by not using plastic wrap on foods, and never heating foods in a plastic container. You should not drink through the plastic lids on coffee cups, and avoid paper cups and canned food with a plastic coating on the inside of the cup. You can avoid purchasing any food product wrapped in plastic as well as water in plastic bottles. Do not buy or store your food in plastic containers, but purchase glass instead. Exposure to plasticizers like phthalates can come from cosmetics, body lotions, hair gels, shampoos, detergents, airborne adhesives and glues, auto interiors, solvents, electronic gadgets that heat up, solvents, glues, insect repellants, vinyl flooring, carpet tiles, fake leather, dyes and wires that warm up and give off the chemicals. Check your purchases of these things carefully as they are difficult to avoid. You can check many products like personal care and household cleaners and other things for plastics at EWG.org.

Given time and avoidance, the following steps can help detox them:

1: Detox with near infra-red sauna.

2: Take concentrated sulfurophane (broccoli extract that we have known as Crucera by Thorne) or eat at least 2 servings of cruciferous vegetables per day: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, water cress, arugula, radishes and more.

3: The supplement called Calcium D-Glucarate assists the detox pathway that eliminates plastics through a process called glucuronidation. Usually take 2 caps twice a day will help considerably.”

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