Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lil Green Baby Alert: Rocket Fuel in Infant Formula!

Researchers for the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 15 brands (15! - I can't even name that many!) of infant formula have tested positive for perchlorate contamination. Perchlorate is a component in rocket fuel. Did you read that correctly? The very same ingredient that helps rockets blast off into outer space is in formula that babies are fed every single day. It burns me up! This chemical may cause cancer and has been identified as a potential thyroid toxin that may interfere with fetal and infant brain development. Serious problems occur when the contaminated formula is mixed with tap water that has also been contaminated, causing the "safe level" to be exceeded. Although the contamination was found in all kinds of infant formula, the worst concentration was found in formula based on cow's milk with lactose (about 87% of all formula sales).

What can you do?

Breastfeed as long as possible. If that is no longer an option, have your drinking water professionally tested or use distilled water to mix with infant formula. Stay informed!

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