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Natural Breast Milk Tainted With Rocket Fuel Chemical

The other day, I posted a blog about the EPA's new "safe" limit for perchlorate, a toxic chemical used to make rocket fuel. That was before a report issued yesterday by scientists at Texas Tech University, revealing perchlorate has been found in most samples of breast milk and store-bought cow's milk from 23 states.

Researchers found percholate in each of 36 breast milk samples taken from 18 states and in all but one of 47 dairy milk samples from 11 states. Even scarier: The average level in breast milk was 10.5 parts per billion, compared to a 2.0 average in dairy milk. That level of perchlorate found in breast milk is close to half the 24.5 parts per billion standard for drinking water, set by the EPA last Friday (although a National Academy of Sciences study showed a "safe" intake of perchlorate for a baby should be set at about 4 parts per billion).

The highest reading found in mother's milk in the Texas Tech study: An astonishing 92 parts per billion!

Where do scientists believe mothers are being exposed to perchlorate? One developmental toxicologist believes women could be getting the chemical from drinking store-bought milk and eating food grown in perchlorate-tainted soil or irrigated with water containing the chemical.

Just another reason you should stop drinking pasteurized milk immediately in favor of raw milk, an outstanding source of nutrients including beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidolphilus, vitamins and enzmes, and, in my estimation, the finest source of calcium available.

The best place to find raw milk is from a local farmer. However, if you are unable to find one, this link will help you find a source near you. Also, you may want to consider a truly superior source of "real" organic raw dairy productsI've discovered in my Web store.

Yahoo News February 24, 2005

New Scientist February 24, 2005

USA Today February 25, 2005

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