Toxin perchlorate in breast milk

Scientists have discovered the mechanism by which a chemical known as perchlorate can collect in breast milk and cause cognitive and motor deficits in newborns.

Used since the 1940s to manufacture explosives and rocket fuel, the contaminant is still widely present in the water and food supply.

And high concentrations of perchlorate in breast milk can be passed to an infant and affect it’s ability to manufacture essential thyroid hormone, Perchlorate can also lessen the amount of iodide available to a mother to pass on to her infant, and a baby needs iodide to produce thyroid hormones.

Thyroid hormones are “absolutely critical” for the development and maturation of the central nervous system, skeletal muscles and lungs.