Perchlorate and Chemtrails
Navy 5-Year Warfare testing in California includes many toxic chemicals including Perchlorate..
ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND
Federal standard for Perchlorate drinking water sound, study says
April 21, 2010 |
In a sign of the way the Environmental Protection Agency may be leaning on a drinking-water contaminant common to California, an inspector general's report has concluded that current standards are "conservative and protective of human health."
California has one of the strictest safety standards in the nation for the chemical, widely used in the aerospace and defense industries. Public-health activists have been pushing EPA to adopt a similarly stringent limit for drinking water. Under the Bush dministration, EPA declined to regulate Perchlorate under the Safe Drinking Water Act, a decision that was reconsidered by current EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
But an inspector general's report released Monday concludes that the current "reference dose" of 24 parts per billion, four times higher than that of California, is adequate when risk is assessed in the context of other factors affecting sodium iodide uptake in the human thyroid. Further lowering Perchlorate standards, the report concluded, "does not effectively lower risk" of fetal brain development problems and other maladies that result from lower iodide uptake.
High levels of the chemical in drinking water have raised concern in Rialto and Santa Clarita , among other California cities.
-- Geoff Mohan
Photo: A sign warns of possible hazards at the shuttered site of the Whittaker-Bermite munitions factory in Santa Clarita, which used Perchlorate. Credit: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times
New Study Suggests Perchlorate is Thyroid Danger to 44 Million American Women
By Mary Shomon, About.com Guide
Updated October 05, 2006
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Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have just released findings that show that American women -- and especially women with low iodine intake -- are at risk of hypothyroidism due to common exposure to the toxin perchlorate.
For years, there have been concerns about perchlorate's effect on the thyroid. (I've been covering it for almost a decade here at the About.com Thyroid Site .) The subject is controversial, however, as government regulators, environmental groups, citizen advocates, the military, and defense contractors responsible for the contamination have gone back and forth over the actual health effects, guidelines for safe standards, and how much perchlorate is acceptable in our food and water.
In a study released in 2005, a National Academy of Sciences panel determined that perchlorate affects the thyroid's ability to absorb iodine, but that the effects would only occur with exposure to high levels of perchlorate. This new CDC study, however, shows that not only is perchlorate exposure pervasive, but for the first time, has demonstrated that even low levels of perchlorate exposure -- levels common to many Americans -- can have harmful health effects on the thyroid .
Perchlorate is a byproduct of rocket fuel production that has been found to contaminate parts of the nation's drinking water supply, as well as fruits, vegetables and grains irrigated by perchlorate-contaminated water, and milk and milk products from cows that grazed on contaminated grasses.
Perchlorate can inhibit the thyroid's ability absorb iodine from the bloodstream. Iodine is a building block of thyroid hormone. Low iodine levels, and/or the gland's inability to absorb iodine, can prevent the thyroid from producing enough thyroid hormone, resulting in an underactive thyroid -- hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, fatigue, depression, infertility, miscarriage, and is considered a risk factor for heart disease. Babies of mothers who are hypothyroid are at increased risk of cognitive and developmental problems, or, in more severe cases, cretinism and birth defects.
The CDC study looked at 2,299 men and women, aged 12 and older, who participated in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) during 2001-2002. They evaluated the perchlorate concentrations in urine, along with the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the bloodstream. What the researchers found was that the presence of perchlorate was predictive of thyroid hormone levels in women -- but not men.
The researchers then focused on women in with higher-iodine levels, versus a lower-iodine group. In women with higher-iodine levels, they found a slight connection between perchlorate levels and TSH. But in the lower-iodine women, there was a strong connection between perchlorate levels, and elevated TSH and low T4 -- indicative of hypothyroidism.
Women who are pregnant are at particular risk because pregnancy already puts a strain on thyroid function, and sufficient thyroid function is necessary to maintain the pregnancy, as well as avoid cognitive or developmental problems in the baby. Women who are already slightly hypothyroid are also at greater risk, because the effects of the perchlorate may worsen their existing hypothyroidism.
According to the CDC, 36% of women in the U.S. have urinary iodine levels less than 100 µg/L, which was the lower-iodine level used for the study. Looking at those with lower iodine levels, as well as women who are pregnant, and those who are borderline hypothyroid already, the Environmental Working Group has concluded that an estimated 44 million American women are at heightened risk from perchlorate exposure.
How Much Perchlorate is a Risk?
According to the CDC, the median level of perchlorate found in urine was 2.9 micrograms per liter (a microgram per liter is equal to 1 part per billion). With average urine output at about 1.5 liters per day, this translates to around 5 micrograms of perchlorate per day being ingested. Even at this low level, there were negative effects seen on the thyroid.
The federal "safe dose" level, however, is almost ten times this dose.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the CDC has found that perchlorate levels in water as low as 3 parts per billion — think of one teaspoon of water in an Olympic-sized swimming pool — can have an effect on women's health.
The Atlantic, the Pacific & the Gulf of Mexico are all in harms way as the U.S. Navy, and in some cases the U.S. Air Force, have initiated multiple 5-Year Warfare testing on both land and in ocean areas. (The NWTRC map on the right is only one of the many ongoing or proposed warfare testing areas planned by the U.S. Navy.)
(Your coastal region, including island areas, may already have a draft envManganesemental impact statement online ready to be approved by the Navy and rubber-stamped by NOAA...Check the pdf files for information regarding your coastal region or state for public comment deadlines or EnvManganesemental Impact Statement current status. Find out if there is already an ongoing weapons and sonar testing program in your region that has been approved.)
Letter from several Senators including Senator Barbara Boxer to NOAA-June 17, 2009:
"...In many regions, the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or expand the areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected. Some exercises may occur in the nation's most biologically sensitive marine habitats, including National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitat for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. In all, the Navy anticipates more than 2.3 million takes
(significant disruptions in marine mammal foraging, breeding, and other essential behaviors) per year, or 11.7
million takes over the course of a five-year permit..."
Click on image for full version, click here for pdf-version (11.6MB) for printing .
Short Term Effects of Chemtrails:
- Brain Fog
- Breathing difficulties (Unexplained)
- Chronic sore or raspy throat
- Eye and skin irritations
- Flatulence (gas)
- Flu-like symptoms
- itching (Unexplained)
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Nose bleeds (Unexplained)
- Panic attacks
- Persistent coughing
- Respiratory problems
- Stomach aches
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tinnitus (distant ringing in ears or high pitched sound after spraying)
- And many other symptoms
Long Term Effects of Chemtrails:
- Acid Reflux
- (ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Aluminum build up in Pineal Gland
- Autism (evidence links autism to mercury)
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Blood in the Urine
- Borderline personality disorder
- Cancer (linked to many types of cancers)
- Chronic Fatigue
- Easy Bruising
- Eye problems - * Nearsightedness & Farsightedness (by altering interocular fluid eye
- Floaters In the Eyes
- Heart Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Learning Disabilities
- Lung diseases
- Lupus Erythematosus
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Oily Skin (Elevated DHT)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Short-Term Memory Loss
- Sleep Disorders
- Spider Veins
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears – 700 million cases of Tinnitus reported worldwide)
- White Coating On the Tongue
- And many other symptoms