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Doctor insights on: Styrofoam Recycling

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Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

No: It takes only a few minutes to make up a scare story / health hoax. Debunking it takes far longer, and for your trouble you get called "unspiritual" or told you're in the pay of the wicked corporations. This is one more internet hoax that you can ignore. Despite all the piranhas at the nih, each striving to make a name by proving a real risk, there's not a single publication. ...Read more

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Will putting water overnight in the fridge purify it from pollutants / contaminants?

Will putting water overnight in the fridge purify it from pollutants / contaminants?

No: Cooling water does nothing for removing chemical or biological contaminants. If the water sits overnight, larger particles may drop to the bottom, but the water will not be purified. For that one needs a filtration/ purification system, depending on what contaminants/pollutants are present. Have the water tested to find out what it contains & then contact experts for treatment. ...Read more

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I filtered lukewarm water in the Brita filter jug. Will the chemicals in the plastic leach?

I filtered lukewarm water in the Brita filter jug. Will the chemicals in the plastic leach?

Water : I am not in favor of putting warm or hot water in plastic jug because chemicals can leach to water. So use steel or copper jug. ...Read more

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Do microwave ovens kill nutrients in vegetables.

Do microwave ovens kill nutrients in vegetables.

Yes, some!: Depends on the vegetable, the nutrient (vitamins-minerals remain!), and how much microvaved-nuking is down! if properly cooked, most will remain. But the juices will contain some, and should be saved! ...Read more

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Contain 3.0*10^18 atoms of carbon. How many atoms of hydrogen does this sample contain?

depends: There are many different molecular forms of carbon and hydrogen connection. The amount of hydrogen can be almost zero such as in diamond and graphite and as much as 2 * 10 to the 19th in methane. Other carbon hydrogen molecules will have same amount in between. ...Read more

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From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?

From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus?

Hanta virus trash: From Jersey City,I inhaled air from the trash chute while discarding trash in my apt.I don't know why chute was emitting air but scared for hantavirus? ANS: That must have been a smelly thing. Never heard of getting hantavirus from this. Check with local health department about cases or hantavirus in NJ and how folks got it. Usually dust inhalation with mouse feces. Did it smell mousey? ...Read more

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Are all aluminum and stainless steel water bottles bpa free?

Are all aluminum and stainless steel water bottles bpa free?

Manufacturer knows: Stainless steel bottles are found everywhere and from everywhere. Some major "health food" chains sell glass bottles encased in a rubber-like sleeve to decrease the chance of breakage. Both types require careful attention to cleaning, which can be difficult around the curved parts. Baby bottle brush helps clean before putting into dishwasher. Untreated glass (like in baby bottles) might be best. ...Read more

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How dangerous are liquid from leaked batteries? Do I need to decontaminate every item stored in the same drawer as some leaked button-cell batteries?

How dangerous are liquid from leaked batteries? Do I need to decontaminate every item stored in the same drawer as some leaked button-cell batteries?

Leaked batteries: can cause a mess. Just wash/clean whatever is around the leakage. "Decontaminate" is a strong word. Do you have an excessive fear in this area? Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can the plastic used in sapien S3 Heart valve leak estrogen like water bottles?

Can the plastic used in sapien S3 Heart valve leak estrogen like water bottles?

PET: The best I could find is the FDA approval of the material as nontoxic. While this isn't a guarantee, it's the best reassurance you're likely to get. ...Read more

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Can food stored in a metal container poison you?

Can food stored in a metal container poison you?

Depends: Usually if it's stainless steel, it'll be ok, but if it's a pewter or lead container, then i would avoid eating tose foods. I don't think that this is much of an issue in this day and age, but heating foods in the microwave with saran wrap over them can put toxins in the food. ...Read more

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Father works in heating and cooling industry on daily bassis he comes into contact with many toxic chemicals could he expose us to harmfull ammount to?

Father works in heating and cooling industry on daily bassis he comes into contact with many toxic chemicals could he expose us to harmfull ammount to?

Depends which chemic: als that he is exposed to. He should shower and leave boots and soiled clothes in a plastic bag away from contact with bed linens, clean clothes using general decontamination procedures. If he wears protective clothing at work over his normal clothes, or in place of them, then this may not be needed. Depends on whether he's inhaling fumes or not. Urine samples can show how much he's absorbing. ...Read more

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Is they recycle used tissue paper in industry its possible to recycle used dirty tissue papers or not plz tell I'm bit curious ??

Is they recycle used tissue paper in industry its possible to recycle used dirty tissue papers or not plz tell I'm bit curious ??

Hopefully yes: If we were just to recycle clean new paper, that would be a huge waste, because the clean new paper should be used at least one time prior to recycling (reuse, reduce, recycle!). Recycling paper means turning it into pulp, and then recreating paper products again. Surely, recycling plants reject stuff with poor quality paper fibers, but probably don't care about much about dirt stains. ...Read more

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Is it safe to refrigerate warm tri tip in air tight container after cooking or could botulism grow since tri tip warm in no oxygen container?

Is it safe to refrigerate warm tri tip in air tight container after cooking or could botulism grow since tri tip warm in no oxygen container?

Storage + Botulism: Botulism is not found in meat products. Botulism is found in home canned products that are low in acid, such as green beans, corn and beets. However, the disease has also occurred from chili peppers, foil-wrapped baked potatoes and oil infused with garlic. Honey is also a source of botulism spores- safe for those older than one year. Always let food cool before putting in refrigerator. ...Read more

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Does non sugary carbs (bread, potato, rice) turn into the same kind of substance that table sugar turns into, once digested into blood stream?

Does non sugary carbs (bread, potato, rice) turn into the same kind of substance that table sugar turns into, once digested into blood stream?

Most times: Potatoes and rice are starches and starches breakdown to his sugars That your body can utilize. Starches long chains sugars. They get absorbed into your body much slower than taking a simple sugar. ...Read more

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I use electronic cigar. Does electronic cigar cause water accumulation in my lung?

I use electronic cigar. Does electronic cigar cause water accumulation in my lung?

No: The air you breathe is humidified to 100% by the body before it reaches your lower lung (/alveoli) normally. So increasing humidification does not cause accumulation. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of styrofoam pillow?

What are the health effects of styrofoam pillow?

Bad for health: Prolonged exposure to urethane foam which has petroleum based chemicals may effect the nervous system and immune system that means it may be resposible for illnesses like asthma, cancer, neurological diseaes, allergies and auto immune disorders, infertility, miscarriage childrns behavior disorders. ...Read more

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Are there any risks of drinking from styrofoam cups?

Melted styrofoam?: If you heat a beverage that is in a styrofoam cup i, it could melt. Some people have complained of headache or GI symptoms after drinking from melted styrofoam. ...Read more

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Most likely inhaled styrofoam and took E-Ray only showed circle thing what will happen when it just sits there I'm not coughing will it go away anxios?

Most likely inhaled styrofoam and took E-Ray only showed circle thing what will happen when it just sits there I'm not coughing will it go away anxios?

Will not go away: styrofoam is not bio compatible with dissolving on its own. If it's showing up in your imaging of your nose, you may need to see and ENT doctor, who can irrigate it carefully, so it doesn't go deeper into your sinuses. There are OTC nasal irrigation solutions available through using a Netti pot. However, it may be best to get professional advice from an ENT doctor first. Then proceed ahead. ...Read more

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Can styrofoam be dangerous?

Can styrofoam be dangerous?

Water dangerous?: Water can be dangerous if you can't swin and it's over your head. But 6 glasses a day is good for you. To drink out of a styrofoam cup probably totally safe. Go chewing in the cup, not so good. Put food in styrofoam and heat in a microwave and probably not safe. Just use prudence and as directed and you are probably. For peace of mind don't and use an alternative. ...Read more

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How to cut a styrofoam cooler with smooth edges?

How to cut a styrofoam cooler with smooth edges?

Medical Forum: This isn't a medical question - but your local craft shop should carry a device that can cut Styrofoam. ...Read more

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Is microwaving the styrofoam cup of noodles toxic?

Microwave styrofoam: yes if it gets too hot and catches no fire do not breath fumes. ...Read more

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I noticed KFC restaurant has gone to styrofoam containers for hot mashed potatoes. I have eaten from these containers many times and have noticed a bad chemical taste when I get to the bottom of the container. Is my health in danger long term? How?

I noticed KFC restaurant has gone to styrofoam containers for hot mashed potatoes. I have eaten from these containers many times and have noticed a bad chemical taste when I get to the bottom of the container. Is my health in danger long term? How?

Plastic containers: Of any kind can put toxins into food, especially when heated. This MAY be just one more source of collecting toxins in the body. Anything we can do to eliminate toxins is good. Please do not re-heat in any type of plastic or use Teflon frying pans. Some people naturally detox better than others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can heating food in styrofoam containers cause cancer?

No: It takes only a few minutes to make up a scare story / health hoax. Debunking it takes far longer, and for your trouble you get called "unspiritual" or told you're in the pay of the wicked corporations. This is one more internet hoax that you can ignore. Despite all the piranhas at the nih, each striving to make a name by proving a real risk, there's not a single publication. ...Read more

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Why would my husband hide styrofoam cups? Does this have to do with his diabetes? Alcohalic consumption?

Why would my husband hide styrofoam cups? Does this have to do with his diabetes?  Alcohalic consumption?

Ask Him: Ask him directly. If you are concerned about possible alcoholism, you need to be very aggressive in getting him the care he needs. It's possible that this is a nervous disorder, like some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder, but more information is necessary in order to help you with this. Good luck. Try your best getting the answer from him directly. ...Read more

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I think I inhaled styrofoam but ER won't do anything they can't find it in the X-ray cuse it will not show he said its fine if it stays there anxious?

I think I inhaled styrofoam but ER won't do anything they can't find it in the X-ray cuse it will not show he said its fine if it stays there anxious?

Not seen on x-ray: Styrofoam is not visible on routine x-ray or MRI. It may also be missed on CT scans. However, if you still feel like there is something stuck in your wind pipe, you should make an effort to cough it up. If this doesn't work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What happens it you get styrofoam in your mouth or swallow it?

What happens it you get styrofoam in your mouth or swallow it?

Not a problem: Styrofoam in your mouth will not cause any problems. If it is swallowed and is a very small piece (like the size or a dime or less), it should have no problem passing through your system and you will poop it out. ...Read more

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My daughter was using styrofoam for a school project. While cleaning up, some loose particles flew into the air and it felt like one went into my nose?

My daughter was using styrofoam for a school project. While cleaning up, some loose particles flew into the air and it felt like one went into my nose?

You can try having: someone look with a flashlight and if a piece is seen, you should go to your doctor or the ER to have it removed. If you don't see anything, but still feel like something is there, you should do the same. Please don't try to remove it unless it's partially sticking out; you are more likely to push it further in. ...Read more

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I went to the ER because styrofoam exploded on my face I look at the X-Ray and it looks clear but there were little circle things in my chest like 4?

I went to the ER because styrofoam exploded on my face I look at the X-Ray and it looks clear but there were little circle things in my chest like 4?

X-ray: X-rays need to be evaluated by a trained eye. Trying to diagnose the circular patterns on a chest x-ray with the scanty information available would be foolhardy. Would encourage you to discuss this with the physician who ordered the x-ray. Take care. ...Read more

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I drink water either from a personal container or glass in 15 days an allergic reaction has come from drinking from styrofoam and straw bad reactions?

I drink water either from a personal container or glass in 15 days an allergic reaction has come from drinking from styrofoam and straw bad reactions?

Unlikely: First you need to tell us what kind of bad reactions you have been experiencing? I have however never heard of anyone having an allergic reaction of any type from water in a styrofoam cup or straw. Give more details and you will likely get a better answer. ...Read more

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Inhaled styrofoam ER X-ray showed clear but I saw little perfect circles dr said blood vessels what if that was the foam what will happen pull it out?

Inhaled styrofoam ER X-ray showed clear but I saw little perfect circles dr said blood vessels what if that was the foam what will happen pull it out?

Hard to tell!: Without looking at the images, and you in person, it is hard to tell. Blood vessels in the lungs do look like circles when viewed on end. ...Read more

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Had silicone breast implant removed. felt much better for two days, then bloody leakage with what looks like Styrofoam balls mixed in and pain. ?

Had silicone breast implant removed. felt much better for two days, then bloody leakage with what looks like Styrofoam balls mixed in and pain. ?

See your doctor: I am surmising that the implant was removed for pain, swelling, warmth, etc. The implant either leaked or was infected. Drainage can be a combination of a reaction to the silicone that leak ed or an infection or both. At any rate you need it evaluated so that it may be treated appropriately. ...Read more