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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Convenience prioritized over health

Infant formula is given free to new mothers. In my opinion, it should only be able to be purchased by prescription.

1. In a study published in the May 8, 2002, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that infants breastfed for seven to nine months had higher IQs as adults than those breastfed less than seven months. Reference

2. A joint study between the United States and Canada on neuroblastoma, a common childhood cancer, revealed a doubled risk for children who did not receive breast milk for more than one year. This study is consistent with several other childhood cancer studies in other nations, with results ranging from 1.45 to 4 times the risk for developing various common childhood cancers for formula-fed babies. Reference

3. Long-term breastfeeding may reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 50%, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Reference

As a transhumanist, the fact that someone would deliberately try and give me a product that would have lowered my son's IQ, and increased the possiblity of cancer in my family, is horrifying. More than ever, I am certain that the WTA's mission, and my mission as a boardmember, is to foster a grassroots groundswell of interest and demand for the science of meaningful health, longevity and cognitive enhancement.

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