Ever heard of perchlorate?? It’s a salt taken from perchloric acid, and it’s used in rocket fuel and explosives. It was also once used in a medication to treat hyperthyroidism.
And guess where residues of it are hiding? In our drinking water and in infant formula. (EPA map shows where perchlorate is manufactured just in the US—nearly every state)
In a recent article by the Environmental Working Group, it’s estimated that 15 brands of infant formula are contaminated with it, and two of the most contaminated brands of those 15 made up 87% of powdered formula used in 2000…all according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
As bad as that is, this goes beyond infant formula. It’s estimated that the drinking water of 28 states is contaminated by perchlorate, and other estimates are 35. In addition, the majority of women who breastfeed have it in their milk. And you can find it in water-rich foods such as tomatoes and melons, or carrots and spinach. It could even be found in milk. Ouch.
So we not only have millions of US babies being exposed to a toxin which can diminish thyroid health, but adults who can be drinking their water and eating their food.
But guess what can counter the toxic effect of perchlorate? Iodine supplementation, if you take enough. In spite of some controversy with the use of iodine supplementation, this gives one pause in favor of it.
Luckily for all of us who know that desiccated thyroid like Armour is a better thyroid treatment, it also contains iodine. And some go beyond that, adding iodine to their supplements via Lugols or Iodoral. It might be worth looking into.
P.S. The buck doesn’t stop with perchlorates in our water. We could also be exposed to a variety of pesticides, chemicals from deposed prescription drugs, and even mercury in our water. Sad. Our poor thyroids are assaulted.