Saturday, July 14, 2012
Perchlorate in Drinking Water – Rocket Fuel Contaminating Food and Water
This environmental pollutant and toxin is even changing the meaning of “organic.” The Journal of Environmental Science and Technology says that perchlorate contaminates 32 percent of organically grown produce—twice the number attributed to conventional produce!
That an ingredient used by the pyrotechnics industry ends up in your refreshing beverage (and your burger, and your salad) is no accident. Exxon Valdez was an accident. Perchlorate in our bodies is a result of negligence.
A Cause of Hypothyroidism
Why should we worry about perchlorate in drinking water and subsequently, our bodies? Aside from the sheer insult of paying extra money for organic produce only to get a little extra rocket fuel in our suppers, perchlorate has been linked to hypothyroidism.
Perchlorate impedes iodide uptake, which is why doctors in the 1950s used it to treat hyperthyroidism. (While hyperthyroidism is gets its name from an overactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is the condition of the thyroid gland making insufficient amounts of thyroid hormones.) It may not be a coincidence that diagnoses of this condition is on the rise in our military-industrial nation.
Research your region’s perchlorate contamination to stay in the know. If you regularly drink from well water, consider testing it for perchlorate contamination.