Saturday, July 10, 2010

Synthetic Hormones and Early Puberty

I probably do not have to tell you that, as compared to ten years ago, young girls are reaching puberty at a much earlier age.  It is readily apparent to any parent of a teenage girl.  A study found that breast development began at an average age of nine years and ten months in a group of 1,000 Denmark girls.  Furthermore, the researchers reported that the girls in the study were beginning puberty a year earlier as compared to a previous study fifteen years ago.   
Folks, this a big problem.  Girls are entering puberty earlier and earlier.    The girls will have adolescent issues at an earlier age and, in later years,  be more prone to serious illnesses like breast cancer.  In fact, in our modern world, breast cancer and other hormone-sensitive cancers are now occurring in much younger people as compared to years ago. 
Why is this happening? I have no doubt that a large part of accelerated puberty is being driven by the increasing exposure to synthetic hormones and other synthetic chemicals that mimic our natural hormones.  Where are these items found?  They are found in food (meat, milk, eggs, fish, etc.,) as well as many commonly used household items such as soap, toothpaste, plastics and electronic equipment. 
Conventional farmers feed their animals hormones in order for the animals to grow to a larger size.  These synthetic hormones are used to increase the profits from the animals.  The problem is that these hormones make it into our food supply.  This is a major reason why you need to eat organic food free of pesticides and hormones. 
Children are very sensitive to these synthetic hormones, more so than adults.  It is vitally important to keep these hormones out of the food supply of our children.  Children should not be fed animal products tainted with synthetic hormones. 
Chemicals such as bisphenol-A and triclosan have been added to so many consumer items that it has become nearly impossible to avoid being exposed to them.  Both of these items have estrogen-like properties and can bind to and stimulate estrogen receptors. I would have to believe that nearly every one of us has significant amounts of these chemicals in our bodies.  I believe this is a major part of the driving force of early adolescence as well as the epidemic of breast and prostate cancer we are currently experiencing. 
What can you do?  As mentioned above, eat organic foods and try to minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals.  Furthermore, ensure that your detoxification pathways are functioning normally.  I always encourage my patients to do a liver and colon detox at least twice per year.  One product that I designed (along with my partners) is known as Total Liver Care (TLC).  We designed this product to supply the liver with the proper nutrients that will facilitate detoxification.  Just as we clean out our cars or closets every once in a while, the liver can also use a little help.  TLC can be found at:, One scoop twice per day will do the trick!


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