Exposure to a known hormone disruptor chemical, Perchlorate, poses a threat for pregnant women and their unborn children according to a recent studies. At high doses, according to the EPA, the chemical impairs the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine from the blood, in turn causing the gland to malfunction and potentially underproduce hormones involved in metabolism and infant and childhood development. The thyroid hormone being compromised is called T4, which is necessary for fetal brain development. This may lead to developmental issues after birth.
Perchlorate is used as fuel starter for rockets, weapons, fireworks, airbag initiators, matches and flares. It can be found in some fertilizers, disinfectants, food packaging and plant killers. Studies have shown that it pops up in lots of everyday items we use such as lettuce, milk, and bottled water.
For more information and to read the FDA’s advice on how to minimize the risks/effects of Perchlorate, please click here.
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