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Perchlorate in Baby Formula

Mommy Alert! Is Baby Drinking Rocket Fuel?

There is always something in the news that makes a mother cringe or second guess her parenting choices. The other day I started to read up on a chemical called perchlorate. It is an ingredient used in rocket fuel. Apparently, it can be found in particular formulas as well as tap water sources. The CDC team warned:

Mixing perchlorate-tainted formula powder with tap water containing "even minimal amounts" of the chemical could boost the resulting mixture's toxin content above the "safe" level set by the EPA.

In a frenzy, I googled "perchlorate" and discovered something extraordinary. The toxin is not only found in formula and water, but breastmilk, too! Maybe the fact that it is not mixed with the also contaminated water deems it less toxic than formula but how can we really know? I am still dumbfounded that my body is producing rocket fuel. That explains some feisty behavior around the house.

To learn more about perchlorate and the study, visit EWA. To check your local water system, consult the EPA. If you want to get involved, voice your concerns to the new EPA head Lisa Jackson.
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kittyhill kittyhill 7 years
Perchlorate isn't rocket fuel; it's an ingredient in rocket fuel. It's also a naturally-occurring salt that is used, among other things, to treat thyroid disorders. It's really quite common. This is just another case of the media trying to scare the crap out of new moms for no reason...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Goodness. Everyday it is something new. We are just killing ourselves with all the chemicals put into everything.
princess_eab princess_eab 7 years
You're not *producing* rocket fuel - it's not an organic substance! Obviously, it gets into adults' bodies just like it gets into children's - it's in our food and tap water. Your body is not producing it.
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