July 13, 2012
There’s nothing quite like an ice-cold glass of rocket fuel on a summer afternoon. Perchlorate, a key ingredient in rocket fuel, can be found in almost everybody in America. Perchlorate in drinking water has been an issue for quite some time, and has been contaminates our ground and drinking water and everything quenched by it—people, lettuce, cows.
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.
In most cases, perchlorate in drinking water occurs due to improper disposal at military bases, chemical plants, and rocket testing sites. Concerned citizens and representatives have rallied and pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the toxin, but it took them almost 10 years to announce its first federal drinking water standard for perchlorate. One might guess that the EPA dragged its feet due to pressures from big businesses and the military, reluctant to spend more money on public health and being held fiscally respsonible for damages to organic farmers and the population in general.
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.
This article first appeared at NaturalSociety.