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babyThe human race is right in the midst of a worldwide global awakening, and our food industry is a large part of it. As we move forward, our food sector has become increasingly transparent. From Monsanto, to pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a large amount of evidence has surfaced to show us that some ingredients we are ingesting into our body’s can be harmful and hazardous. It is completely unnatural and is something that the human body doesn’t require nor benefits from. If you’re looking for evidence, we provide a multitude of it. Feel free to browse through our health, science/tech, multimedia, and alternative news sections for more information on GMOs, Monsanto, and pesticides. We provide sources and links to studies at the bottom of each article. You can even use the search bar.

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What about infant formula? 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 and bring it to the attention of the masses.

It’s used to kill fungus, aquatic plants and roots of plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish, it hardly sounds fit for human consumption, and these are infants we are talking about.

If we assess formula by its results, rather than by whether its ingredients matched a specific list, we would have to conclude that there has never been an infant formula that would “satisfy,” by itself, the nutritional requirements of infants during the first months of life (1).

NPIC report on Cupric Sulfate (read full report HERE (2))

Humans:

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  • A group of 179 adults from Ireland, Chile, and the U.S. were exposed once weekly to a solution of copper sulfate for 5 weeks. Acute LOAEL and NOAEL were determined at 6 and 4 mg Cu/L. Nausea within 15 minutes after exposure was the most common observed effect. Vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain were also reported. These results were confirmed in two additional independent experiments involving a total of 1634 people from around the world.
  • Researchers administered copper sulfate dissolved in tap water at doeses of 0, 1, 3, and 5 mg Cu/L for 2 weeks to groups of 15 healthy adult women. Subjects drank an average of 1.64 L per day. Reported symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting at exposure > 3 mg Cu/L.
  • “Vineyard sprayer’s lung” is a condition reported after chronic inhalation of Bordeaux mixture by agricultural workers who may be exposed seasonally. It is characterized by particular lung tissue changes including lesions, blue coloration, scarring and nodules. Symptoms include lesions, blue

Animals:

  • Twelve rabbits inhaled sprayed Bordeaux mixture for 10 minutes, 3 times daily for 4 months. The concentration was increased gradually from 1% to 3%. All animals developed inflammation, copper deposits, and degenerative changes in the lung tissue. In contrast to other studies with longer exposure times, this research did not find granulomas or fibrosis in the lung tissue.
  • Rats were fed ad libitum a diet containing 0, 500, 1000, 2000 or 4000 ppm of copper as copper sulfate for one month. Copper content increased in the blood, spleen, and liver for all groups. Growth and food intake decreased with higher concentrations. At the highest dose, rats died after the first week.
  • Male rats were given 100 mg/kg/day of copper sulfate by gavage for 20 days. Signs included change of paw color from pink to white and reduced body weight. Further analysis showed destruction of red blood cells and copper deposition and necrosis in liver and kidney tissue.
  • Pigs were fed copper sulfate pentahydrate at copper concentrations of 0, 250 and 425 ppm Cu for 48 to 79 days. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver, and jaundice were observed at the highest dose
  • Sixteen lambs ate a diet containing copper sulfate pentahydrate at a concentration of 15 ppm Cu for 88 days. Two lambs died due to jaundice. The livers of the surviving lambs contained high concentrations of copper.
  • Sheep fed mixtures containing 5.3-9.9% copper sulfate pentahydrate ingested 0.645-1.660 g copper sulfate daily for 28 to 113 days. Signs included lethargy, jaundice, hemoglobinuria, bloody nasal discharge, fast pulse, fast breathing, greenishblack stools, and recumbency before death.
  • Laying hens were fed copper sulfate at concentrations of 78 ppm Cu and 1437 ppm Cu for 2 weeks. At the highest concentration, hens produced fewer eggs, consumed less feed, and developed ulcers in the gizzard and oral cavity. Other studies of chickens that were fed copper sulfate reported oral lesions proportional to the dose of copper, and conflicting effects on feeding rate and weight gain.
  • Rats exposed by inhalation to copper sulfate for 1 hour/day for 10 days at a concentration of 330 g/L spray had increased concentrations of copper in the liver and plasma. Copper did not accumulate in the lung tissue

It’s very clear that cupric sulfate should not be in infant formula, and everything else it’s put into. It’s classified as harmful and dangerous for the environment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Even the material safety data sheet  lists the following health effects:

Potential Acute Health Effects: Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingetion, of inhalation. Potential Chronic Health Effects: Carcinogenic Effects: Not available. Mutagenic Effects: Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells. Teratrogenic Effects: Not available. The substance may be toxic to kidneys and liver. Repeated prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organ damage.

You can read that entire report HERE(3)

The USDA organic label is supposed to protect the consumer against GMOs and avoidable chemical exposures, but the sobering fact is that USDA-certified infant formula manufacturers are not only being allowed to use a pesticide in their formulas, but are advertising it as a ‘healthy’ mineral to unsuspecting consumers (4)

Below are the ingredients for Similac Sensitive forumla, Cupric Sulfate is present in other major baby formula’s,like Nestle. You can view their ingredient list here, it’s pretty much the exact same. It makes absolutely no sense at all for this pesticide to be put into infant formula, as you can see above it is clearly dangerous to consume! 

Similac Sensitive - Infant Formula with IronSimilac Sensitive Ingredients

Sources:

(1) http://www2.hawaii.edu/%7Ekent/NutritionalAdequacy.pdf

(2)http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/cuso4tech.html

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-pesticide-used-ingredient-infant-formula

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/usda-organic-formula-contains-ingredient-worse-gmos

http://www.similac.ca/sites/default/files/Similac%20for%20Babies%20Sensitive%20to%20Lactose%20EN.pdf

(3)http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9923598

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419779

http://www.nestle-baby.ca/Templates/Product.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID=%7B62AA8276-9095-4338-83A0-F6A0BC3DCDC0%7D&NRORIGINALURL=/en/products/formula/starter/goodstart_probiotic.htm&NRCACHEHINT=Guest


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