Perchlorate is harming our children. According to Tom Neltner,J.D. a new FDA report showing that perchlorate exposure to infants and toddlers increased 34% and 23% respectively between the years around 2005 and 2010.
Most of us are not even aware of this danger to our children. I know I wasn’t. According to Wikipedia, most perchlorates are colorless solids that are soluble in water, because perchlorate salts are readily soluble in both aqueous and non-aqueous solutions, when these salts are solvated, especially ammonium perchlorate, they can undergo redox reactions and release gaseous products and contaminate water and soil.
So, why is this a big deal? This contaminate interferes with the thyroid gland’s ability to use iodine from the diet, a critical element to make a thyroid hormone, known as T4. This hormone plays an important role in the body regulating metabolism and, most critically, fetal and infant brain development. Inadequate levels of T4 during pregnancy and in the first years of life are likely to affect a child’s ability to reach his or her full intellectual potential.
You can read the full report here:
Also in the news this week, Mayo Clinic has released a report on treating underactive thyroid in pregnant women, stating that „Our findings lead us to believe that overtreatment could be possible,” study co-author and Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Juan Brito Campana said in a Mayo news release.
You can read his report below: