Rocket Fuel Chemical in Most Powdered Infant Formula

WASHINGTON – April 2 – Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that 15 brands of powdered infant formula are contaminated with perchlorate, a rocket fuel component detected in drinking water in 28 states and territories. The two most contaminated brands, made from cow’s milk, accounted for 87 percent of the U.S. powdered formula market in 2000, the scientists said. Read more.

Note from Julie: This means the COWS are contaminated & anything you eat from a cow is tainted to. Time to consider dropping the cow habit!

Update: Much more complex issue than just baby formula, see comments for this post.


3 thoughts on “Rocket Fuel Chemical in Most Powdered Infant Formula

    1. Hey Jen,

      Your post got me researching further. Apparently, this stuff is just infiltrated the water supply and so can be found on just about everything from iceberg lettuce to, yes, breast milk. Some of the highest levels of contamination have been detected in Florida & the most at risk group is pregnant or breastfeeding vegans & vegetarians (that would be me).

      Perchlorate controversy calls for improving iodine nutrition.
      “PERCHLORATE IS A WATER POLLUTANT THAT CAN potentially interfere with thyroid function. Regulators across the United States are currently trying to agree on what is a safe perchlorate intake level. The chemical is of concern because it amplifies thyroid problems in people who are iodine deficient. Some scientists have concluded that vegetarians, and especially vegans, can be more susceptible to thyroid problems as a result of perchlorate exposure because they may have lower iodine intakes than the general public. Impaired thyroid function is especially problematic for women who are pregnant or nursing a child. Fortunately, adequate dietary iodine can effectively eliminate the toxicity of commonly occurring levels of perchlorate.

      …Adequate T3 is absolutely vital for fetal and infant health. During early development, T3 links the central nervous system’s genetic blueprint to its actual construction. Insufficient T3 permanently impairs learning ability and neuromotor skills. T3 is also needed for bone development. Extreme cases of thyroid impairment are associated with cretinism, a condition produced in infants and children due to lack of thyroid hormone. It usually results from a congenital defect (e.g. , a severe birth defect ) …

      …Fortunately, it is quite easy to protect your health from the impact of perchlorate on thyroid function. At concentrations normally encountered in the diet, perchlorate does not appear to reduce thyroid hormone Thyroid hormone production in people consuming adequate iodine.”

      Recommendations: Eat moderate amounts of sea vegetables such as kombu or hijiki or iodized table salt (which I do not recommend as this is a processed food). Please read the entire article as you don’t want to overdue the iodine intake either.


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