Sunday, April 12, 2015

Low Income Mothers Forced To Use Infant Formulas Containing Cancer Causing Ingredients

By Theodora Filis
Today, low income mothers receiving government subsidies are being forced to use genetically

modified (GM) baby formula, and those mothers who choose organic baby formula for their developing children, are denied it. Why are the poor being forced to feed their children carcinogenic, developmentally-altering, genetically modified food, and nothing else?

Milk or soy protein is the basis of most infant formulas. Enfamil EnfaCare, Gerber Good Start, and Similac, all contain GM soy, corn, and traces of pesticides and herbicides. Ingredients in infant products often contain soy, or milk from cows injected with Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). rBGH is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that is marketed to dairy farmers to increase milk production in cows. It has been used in the US since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993, but its use is not permitted in the European Union, Canada, and other countries. Many brands also add GM derived cor syrup, or syrup solids, or soy lecithin.

According to the American Cancer Society, "Cows treated with rBGH tend to develop more udder infections (mastitis). These cows are given more antibiotics than cows not given rBGH. Of greater concern is the fact that milk from rBGH-treated cows has higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone that normally helps some types of cells to grow. Several studies have found that IGF-1 levels at the high end of the normal range may influence the development of certain tumors. Some early studies found a relationship between blood levels of IGF-1 and the development of prostate, breast, colorectal and other cancers."

 Even “organic” formula is allowed to contain ingredients classified as harmful, such as sodium selenite and pesticides such as cupric sulfate.

Why the toxic form of sodium selenate is allowed to be used at all is a mystery, but there is a good reason companies and manufacturers use it – it is cheap and inexpensive. While being proudly marketed on vitamin labels, sodium selenate has been shown to cause reproductive and developmental problems in both animals and humans.

Used to kill fungus, aquatic plants, roots of plants, and parasitic infections in aquarium fish, it hardly sounds fit for human consumption, and these are infants we are talking about.Why is Cupric Sulfate in infant formula? Cupric Sulfate is classified as harmful, irritant and dangerous for the environment. It’s used as a herbicide, fungicide and pesticide. It’s also known as Copper sulfate, and it’s produced industrially by treating copper metal with hot concentrated sulfuric acid. Cupric sulfate is not even hidden, it’s displayed on product labels without any type of warning or information about it. It’s there for us to see, we just never question it, look it up.
Breastfeeding is always the best option. If you cannot breastfeed, research other alternatives such as raw organic goat milk + carrots, and many other natural ways to give your baby liquid nutrition.