Friday, February 25, 2005

Baby Needs Some Rocket Fuel

Bob Harris Proposes New Childerens' Book; Uncle Bucky and the Rocket-Fueled Breasts

Ok, now that's got your attention, let's move beyond the comedy and into more serious matters, shall we?

Study finds chemical component of rocket fuel in womens breast milk.

Scientists on Tuesday reported that perchlorate, a toxic component of rocket fuel, was contaminating virtually all samples of women's breast milk and its levels were found to be, on average, five times greater than in cow's milk.The contaminant, which originates mostly at defense industry plants, previously had been detected in various food and water supplies around the country. But the study by Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health was the first to investigate breast milk.

The findings concern health experts because infants and fetuses are the most vulnerable to the thyroid-impairing effects of the chemical.


Perchlorate blocks the nutrient iodide and inhibits thyroid hormones, which are necessary for brain development and cellular growth of a fetus or infant. A baby with impaired thyroid development may have neurological defects that result in lower IQ or learning disabilities.

The researchers recommended that pregnant and nursing women block the effects of perchlorate by taking iodine supplements as a precaution.

Environmentalists have urged the EPA to set its standard based on the body weight and perchlorate intake of an infant rather than an adult. Toxicologists said that would probably mean a standard of a few parts per billion. Pentagon officials have said that would shut down many water systems across the country and cost the military and its contractors billions of dollars in cleanup costs. They have instead lobbied for a standard of about 200 parts per billion based on thyroid studies of adults.

Yea, that's our government. Looking out for those poor defense contractors just trying to earn a buck by keeping Amurika safe. So what if the rocket fuel in breast milk lowers all of the IQ's of infants? That just makes them better Republicans anyway.


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