Thursday, April 2, 2009

do you know the EWG? are you feeding your baby rocket fuel?

The Environmental Working Group

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The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.

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Toxics & Children's Health

We don't think babies should be gulping down a rocket fuel ingredient - do you? But in some areas of your state, when you mix infant formula contaminated with perchlorate - a rocket fuel ingredient than can interfere with infant brain development - with water that's also contaminated with perchlorate, you put rocket fuel on baby's menu. Twice.

We have long said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which regulates the nation's water quality, should set a permanent and stringent limit on perchlorate pollution in drinking water.

We need your help in asking newly-appointed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to set a safe drinking water standard for perchlorate that's actually safe.
click this link to help

Why now?

1. New risk for babies

A new report by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found perchlorate contamination in 15 brands of powdered infant formula.

The CDC team warned that mixing perchlorate-tainted formula powder with tap water containing "even minimal amounts" of the chemical could boost the resulting mixture's toxin content above the "safe" level set by the EPA.
Click here to read EWG's analysis.

2. Rocket fuel in your state's drinking water

Perchlorate pollution has also been found in the drinking water of 28 states and territories - and areas of your state are contaminated.

3. This is the moment

During her Senate confirmation hearing, EPA head Lisa Jackson promised to act "immediately" to reduce perchlorate contamination in drinking water to protect children and pregnant women.

Add your voice to ours, and call on EPA Administrator Jackson to make good on her pledge. Click here to send her an email asking to keep perchlorate at safe levels in our drinking water.

If you don't act, millions of U.S. parents and caregivers will be left with no option other than to feed their babies infant formula with rocket fuel contamination - which could cause health problems later in life.

Thank you for working with us to protect infant health and promote safe drinking water.
We are stronger together.


Lisa Frack
EWG Online Parent Organizer

P.S. You can do more to reduce rocket fuel contamination in infant formula on our Take Action page.


  1. At higher doses perchlorate and iodide SHARE immunotoxic effects because they are chaotropic (see iododerma, bromoderma, bromism), so increasing the dose of iodide in the infant formula is not likely to be the solution. Chaotropic anions keep proteins from coagulating and water from freezing -- thus the liquid water on Mars stays liquid at very cold temperatures because it contains large amounts of perchlorate. I personally think industrial exposures to perchlorate keep important parts of the innate immune system (pentraxin 3, defensins) from coagulating with pathogens, and thereby increase the incidence of CD34+ tumors (thyroid, connective tissue) due to mutation-promoting viruses (e.g. high incidence of malignant nerve sheath tumors around the Whittaker Bermite rocket plant in Santa Clarita CA.) If pendrin is the primary means of excreting perchlorate through the urine, then premature infants and babies with diarrhea will retain perchlorate.
    Perchlorate in drinking water, and perchlorate-rich items like opuntia cactus (nopales) and chew tobacco, need to be regulated.

  2. Larry Ladd is a medical geographer concerned about potential health effects of environmental perchlorate. Since 1997, his town of Rancho Cordova CA has lost 20 municipal water wells to rocket fuel contamination.

    In 1997-1999 Larry served as a volunteer community representative on the California Dept. of Health Services's Aerojet Superfund Site Health Assessment Team in Rancho Cordova, California. Currently he performs a similar function for the US EPA-sponsored Community Advisory Group for Aerojet Superfund Site Issues.

    Thank you for your informative comment Larry.
    I would love for you to please sign on as a follower.

    This is no joke people...