Is Your Baby Part of a Risky Science Experiment?

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Is Your Baby Part of a Risky Science Experiment?
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 9:45pm

WASHINGTON, May 01 /CSRwire/ - Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber Good Start – who combined account for more than 90% of all infant formula sales in the US – are exposing American and Canadian babies to potentially grave health risks by using genetically modified ingredients, commonly referred to as GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Ingredients these companies are required to label or remove in other countries including China, Mexico, Russia, and the entire European Union.

GMO Inside, a national, non-GMO coalition led by Green America, is calling on these brands’ parent companies (Abbott Laboratories, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and Nestlé), via an online petition, to remove GMO ingredients immediately as infants face particular health risks when it comes to consuming GMOs.

GMOs have never been proven safe for human consumption and a growing number of peer‐reviewed studies show the negative health impacts of consuming GMOs on laboratory animals over their life span. Inadequate research has been conducted on the health impacts on GMOs humans and infants; however, an increasing number of concerned parents and pediatricians have voiced that using GMOs in infant formula is far too large of a risk to take. Babies are particularly vulnerable when it comes to consuming GMOs as their digestive and immune systems are not fully developed and GMO crops have very high exposure to dangerous pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup. Infant livers do not reach maturity for about two years and therefor are less equipped to process toxins in the body, such as the high levels of chemicals used on genetically modified foods....

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Tue, 05-07-2013 - 9:16am

That blog says nothing new.  If mom and dad want to spend the extra money on Organic formula, they always can.  Sadly most adults in general don't eat Organic because it's too expensive.

This is reminiscent of the freak-out over Sweet n Low "causing" cancer in lab rats.  That study was proven untrue and the researchers deliberately misled the public.  - I just finished my morning coffee with sweet n low and I'll have more this afternoon.

The take away from this inflammatory and untrue account is that sadly breastfeeding moms continue to go to McDonalds and otherwise have very bad diets, smoke, drink and use all sorts of pharmaceuticals, and don't get fresh fruits and vegetables everyday.  Many don't eat organic.  When breastfeeding moms eat an entirely organic diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and not the crap, then formula is inferior.  Until then, it would be preferable if all women  disavowed themselves of the notion that pregnancy and breastfeeding are license to go to McDonalds and eat junk food.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 05-07-2013 - 9:17pm

It does seem that there is a lot of propaganda out there that implies that breastfeeding is ONLY better than formula IF the mom maintains an ideal diet, avoids all medications and substances, reads to her childs, ya da ya da. However, nearly every study concludes that In spite of a less than perfect diet, some substance and/or medication use, and sort of normal mothering behaviors, children who are breastfed, on the whole, end out healthier than children, on the whole, who are not breastfed.

I think people do not prioritize eating "organic" for many different reasons, including, but not limited to cost.

Did they conclude that most artificial sweeteners are fine? I hadn't heard that. I am suspicious of aspartame, sucralose, sacharrin and others. I'm not even convinced that HFCS is fine.

"Until then, it would be preferable if all women  disavowed themselves of the notion that pregnancy and breastfeeding are license to go to McDonalds and eat junk food."

I think it is silly for breastfeeding moms to worry much about junk food and fast food. Breastmilk "contaminated" by suboptimal nutrition is still better than commercial infant  formula. Evolution has creatively found a way to add helpful ingredients to breastfmilk to offset most environmental imperfections.

Over and over again, formula is touted as "good enough" so moms should not feel badly for choosing it. Breastfeeding is less bad than formula. Why should any breastfeeding mom get her panties in a wad trying to be perfect in every way? It is unnecessary. Breastfeeding moms can eat typical food and take nearly all medications and can even smoke and drink a little without incuring more risk than not breastfeeding at all.