Good news for women who choose to breastfeed — you don’t have to worry about what they may find out about infant formula in the future.
Click here for the whole blog post, but the highlights — 98 reports of complaints of babies who suffered vomiting and diarrhea and seizures on formulas “enhanced” with DHA and ARA, and their symptoms went away when switched to formulas without DHA and ARA.
The FDA has never been convinced of the safety of DHA/ARA additives, according to the report. In its initial analysis of the additives, the FDA stated it had reached no determination on their safety status. The administration also noted that some studies had reported unexpected deaths among infants who had been fed with DHA/ARA formula. Despite its reservations, inexplicably the FDA did not withhold approval for the additives.
Martek Biosciences Corporation, the company that supplies almost all formula companies with DHA/ARA, has admitted that the purpose of the additives is not to encourage healthy development, but to be used as a marketing tool… Martek produces DHA and ARA from fermented algae and fungus, and uses hexane (a neurotoxin) in the manufacturing process.
For the full report click here (a 66-page PDF file, at 8 Mb, in case you have a slow connection).