AMERICAN CITIZENS AS GUINEA PIGS-PART 7
By Kelleigh Nelson
November 9, 2010
Part 7, Our Food
In the July 12th issue of Mother Jones magazine, there was an article entitled, “Which Infant Formulas Contain Secret Toxic Chemicals?” I was absolutely appalled, but why should I be when American citizens have been used as guinea pigs for a couple hundred years. And yes, why not start with the babies?
Although artificial human milk is regulated by the FDA, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control found that a thyroid-affecting chemical used in rocket fuel contaminates 15 brands of powdered infant formula including the two most common, Similac and Enfamil produced by Abbott Nutrition and Mead Johnson Nutrition respectively. The International Formula Council blames any unwanted chemicals on the water used to make them. According to the FDA, baby milk in the USA, unlike China, has “extremely low” levels of melamine in the formulas. Don’t you feel better knowing that? Needless to say the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding until at least 6 months and up to a year to avoid these powdered and premixed infant milks.
In my estimation, the poisoning begins at an early age. Is this an “experiment?” I don’t know, but I’d recommend new mothers avoid store bought infant formulas and take up breast feeding to protect their newborns.