Dear members,

    The New York Times and Associated Press reported yesterday that trace levels of a chemical called
    “Perchlorate,” which is used in the manufacture of rocket fuel, fireworks and other combustibles, had been
    found in baby formulas throughout the United States.

    Most definitely NOT a good thing.

    In fact, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) tested infant formula for traces of
    perchlorate because of concerns that the chemical can damage thyroid function. Their findings were published last
    month in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

    This is going to be a big story and a lot of coverage should follow, although you’d think a story like this would have
    broken weeks ago when the study was released. I guess it had to take a back seat to the more important “bail out”
    and “G 20” and new “Wonder Drug” stories that have been holding most citizens hostage for the last few months.

    The chemical, Perchlorate, has also been found in the drinking water of at least 35 states and the District of
    Columbia. This particular chemical can inhibit the thyroid gland's iodine uptake and interfere with fetal development.
    No wonder the FDA requires baby formula manufacturers to put iodine in their powdered formulas – they must
    already KNOW about the rocket fuel! (They do).

Of particular interest is that while the study refrained from telling which brands of powdered baby formula they tested, it seems the highest
levels of perchlorate were found in formulas derived from cow's milk, though each brand contained detectable levels of the chemical.
While the study itself sheds little light on how dangerous the perchlorate in baby formula is, the authors of the study are quoted as saying;
"This wasn't a study of health effects."

“Fortunately” (if not coincidentally), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) said earlier this year that it was considering setting
new limits on the amount of perchlorate that would be acceptable in drinking water. A few states have already set their own limits. However,
since the story broke now, the EPA issued a statement Friday saying

    “Perchlorate exposure is a serious issue and "a top priority" for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. EPA officials expect to announce a
    decision soon about future steps in dealing with the chemical.”

By the way, how does the EPA figure out what a human body’s limit is on things like this? Do they just keep pouring in the chemical through
the mouth until the head pops or someone dies?

No, a little scientific formulas are drawn on a blackboard or computer, some additional math equations, a little product manufacturer
lobbying, some back room discussions and.... presto! They issue a statement, log it into the Journals and we are told:

    “X (number) amount of “Y” (poison chemical) is OK, but not a lot more than X”

... and usually from some PR or marketing guy.

Thank your lucky stars the EPA is looking out for us!!!!

Maybe it’s time to look deeper into the EPA, FDA and any government agency that is supposed to be looking out for us. This story, by the
way, didn’t break because of any of those birds, it broke because an advocacy organization — issued a press release Thursday drawing
attention to it.

I’d be interested in your views, but meanwhile, please make sure every person you know with an infant(s) are warned about this.

Find some natural alternative until someone at the EPA and FDA get’s fired and we start making them work FOR us!

Best,

Rudi

Rudi C. Loehwing
Managing Director
World Institute of Natural Health Sciences
www.winhs.org.

Some Additional Facts about Perchlorate:

The Food and Drug Administration has found perchlorate contamination in nearly all of the more than 200 samples of lettuce and milk it collected and
tested nationwide. The federal government has not yet established a standard for the perchlorate, but the Environmental Protection Agency has
adopted a provisional recommendation that contamination in drinking water not exceed a range of 4 to 18 parts per billion. perchlorate, a chemical
used in rocket fuel, munitions and fireworks, can affect thyroid gland functions and lead to developmental difficulties in children.
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One of the most surprising discoveries of late has been the detection of perchlorate in 160 public water systems in 22 states, which urged the
Environmental Working Group to publish a press release in 2006 declaring perchlorate a "widespread public health threat" for pregnant women. The
vast majority of perchlorate manufactured in the United States is used by the Department of Defense to make solid rocket and missile fuel, while smaller
amounts are used to make fireworks and road flares.
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Poor waste management procedures in the manufacturing of perchlorate have allowed the chemical to be released into water systems across the
country. Contamination has been confirmed in at least 25 states. Millions of Americans are consuming tap water with highly toxic perchlorate
concentrations (4 parts per billion or more). Although insufficient data exists to classify perchlorate as a carcinogen, the chemical should be eliminated
from our water supply because it interferes with thyroid function and contributes to a toxic colon.
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One of the main uses of perchlorate is as an explosive propellant for rockets. Perchlorate is a contaminate in water. Pharmacologic doses: Refers to
using doses of medications that exceed the body's own production of the particular substance. These high doses may make the body shut off its own
production of the substance, resulting in the body becoming dependant on the exogenous source of that substance. Pharmacologic doses will lead to
an increased chance of adverse side effects.
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