You are on page 1of 5

10/27/2015 CausesofEarlyPuberty:WhyIsThistheNew"Normal?

CallTollFree:8779852695
PubertyBeforeAge
10:ANewNormal?
April16,2012 | 1,139,159views Storyataglance
| DisponibleenEspaol
Precociouspuberty,whichistheappearanceof
secondarysexcharacteristicslikepubichairor
breastgrowthbeforeage8,ortheonsetof
menarchebeforeage9,impactsatleast1in
5,000U.S.children,andtherateisontherise

Earlypubertyislinkedtoemotionaland
ByDr.Mercola behavioralproblems,alongwithanincreased
riskofdiabetes,heartdiseaseandother
Reachingpubertyisariteofpassagethatwe'veall cardiovasculardiseases,aswellascancer,
beenthrough,butchildrennowadaysarereaching laterinlife
itearlierthaneverbeforeatrendthathasboth
healthexpertsandparentsalarmed. Environmentalchemicals,andparticularly
estrogenmimicking,genderbending
Precociouspuberty,whichistheappearanceof chemicalsthateasilyleachoutoftheproducts
secondarysexcharacteristicslikepubichairor thatcontainthem,arealikelyculpritthis
breastgrowthbeforeage8,ortheonsetof includesphthalates,parabens,PFOA,
menarchebeforeage9,impactsatleast1in5,000 bisphenolA(BPA)andmore(these
U.S.children,andtherateisontherise.1 environmentalchemicalsarealsolinkedto
otherhealthriskslikecancerandheartdisease)
Eveninthelastthreedecades,children
(particularlygirls)arematuringatyoungerand Amongthebestwaystoavoidearlypubertyare
youngerages(precociouspubertyis10timesmore tolimityourchildsexposure(andyourown
commoningirlsthaninboys). duringpregnancy)tohormonedisrupting
chemicalsandstress,aswellastooptimize
yourchildsvitaminDlevelsandtoencouragea
Puberty,OncetheNormatAge15, regularexerciseprogram

NowOccurringin7,8and9Year
Olds
Inthe19thcenturytheonsetofmenstruation
occurredaroundtheageof15.Nowtheaverage MostPopular
ageofthefirstperiod,ormenarche,isaround12.
Thetimeduringandbeforepubertyisoneofrapid
developmentandchange,whichiswhyeven 1 HowGMOsandGlyphosateImpactSoil
Biology
monthsmatterwhenitcomestofirstmenstruation.
Beforemenstruation,girlswillshowbeginning
signsofdevelopment,suchasbreast"budding" 2 OurDailyPoisonAStarkLookat
OurToxicFoodSupply
andgrowthofpubichair.

Thesesignsarenowbecomingunsettlingly
commonamong7,8and9yearoldgirls,tothe 3 TheImportanceofStretchingYour
Hamstrings,ITBand,andAnkles
extentthatmanyhealthcareproviders,ratherthan
labelingthesechildrenwithadiagnosisthat
somethingiswrong,havesimplychangedthe 4 DuPont:MastersofDeception
definitionofwhat'snormal...butisitreally"normal"
forgirlstomatureatsuchayoungage?
ToAvoidPoisons,OptforOrganicFoods
1/6
10/27/2015 CausesofEarlyPuberty:WhyIsThistheNew"Normal?
Therearemorequestionsthananswersinthecase
ofprecociouspuberty,butwhatiscertainisthat 5
girlsaredevelopingearlierthantheyhaveeven
10,20or30yearsago.
YouMightAlsoLike
OnestudyinthejournalPediatricsrevealedthatby
age7,10percentofwhitegirls,23percentofblack
girls,15percentofHispanicgirlsand2percentof LowLevelofthisVitaminFoundtobeLinked
toEarlyMenstruation
Asiangirlshadstarteddevelopingbreasts,with
researchersnoting:2
TheAlarmingReasonWhyMoreGirlsare
StartingPubertyEarly
"Theproportionofgirlswhohadbreast
developmentatages7and8years,
particularlyamongwhitegirls,isgreater GirlsNowBeginPubertyatAge9
thanthatreportedfromstudiesofgirlswho
wereborn10to30yearsearlier."

Earlypubertycansetthestageforemotionalandbehavioralproblems,andislinkedtolowerselfesteem,
depression,eatingdisorders,alcoholuse,earlierlossofvirginity,moresexualpartnersandincreasedriskof
sexuallytransmitteddiseases.Thereisalsoevidencethatsuggeststhesegirlsareatincreasedriskof
diabetes,heartdiseaseandothercardiovasculardiseases,aswellascancer,laterinlife.

EnvironmentalChemicalsaLikelyFactor
Scientistshavebroughtforthanumberofpotentialexplanationsfortherisingratesofearlypuberty,butone
thatdeservesspecialattentionisenvironmentalchemicals,andparticularlyestrogenmimicking,"gender
bending"chemicalsthateasilyleachoutoftheproductsthatcontainthem,contaminatingeverythingthey
touch,includingfoodandbeverages.

AsthefeaturedNewYorkTimesarticlereported:

"...animalstudiesshowthattheexposuretosomeenvironmentalchemicalscancausebodiesto
matureearly.Ofparticularconcernareendocrinedisrupters,like"xenoestrogens"orestrogenmimics.
Thesecompoundsbehavelikesteroidhormonesandcanalterpubertytiming.

Forobviousethicalreasons,scientistscannotperformcontrolledstudiesprovingthedirectimpactof
thesechemicalsonchildren,soresearchersinsteadlookforsocalled"naturalexperiments,"oneof
whichoccurredin1973inMichigan,whencattlewereaccidentallyfedgraincontaminatedwithan
estrogenmimickingchemical,theflameretardantPBB.

ThedaughtersborntothepregnantwomenwhoatethePBBlacedmeatanddrankthePBBlacedmilk
startedmenstruatingsignificantlyearlierthantheirpeers."

Thisisanextremecase,butthetruthisweareallpartofa"secretexperiment"ofsorts,becausehormone
disruptingchemicalsareallaroundus.BisphenolA(BPA),anindustrialpetrochemicalthatactsasasynthetic
estrogen,isfoundinourplasticsandourtincanlinings,indentalsealantsandoncashregisterreceipts.
LaboratorytestscommissionedbytheEnvironmentalWorkingGroup(EWG)detectedBPAintheumbilical
cordbloodof90percentofnewborninfantstestedalongwithmorethan230otherchemicals.Aswrittenin
theNewYorkTimes:

"Oneconcern,amongparentsandresearchers,istheeffectofsimultaneousexposurestomany
estrogenmimics,includingthecompoundBPA,whichisubiquitous."

Nooneknowswhathappenswhenadevelopingfetusoryoungchildisexposedtohundredsofchemicals,
manyofwhichmimicyourbody'snaturalhormonesandcantriggermajorchangesinyourbodyevenasan
adult,letalongduringthemostrapidandvulnerableperiodsofdevelopment(inuteroandasayoungchild).

BPAis,unfortunately,butoneexample.Othersincludephthalates,agroupofindustrialchemicalsusedto
makeplasticslikepolyvinylchloride(PVC)moreflexibleandresilient.They'realsooneofthemostpervasive
oftheendocrinedisrupters,foundineverythingfromprocessedfoodpackagingandshowercurtainsto
detergents,toysandbeautyproductslikenailpolish,hairspray,shampoo,deodorants,andfragrances.

2/6
10/27/2015 CausesofEarlyPuberty:WhyIsThistheNew"Normal?
OtherenvironmentalchemicalslikePCBsandDDE(abreakdownproductofthepesticideDDT)mayalsobe
associatedwithearlysexualdevelopmentingirls.BothDDEandPCBsareknowntomimic,orinterferewith,
sexhormones.

Perfluorooctanoicacid(PFOA),foundinnonstickcookware,alsofallsintothisdangerouscategory,asdoes
fluoride,whichisaddedtothemajorityofpublicwatersuppliesintheUnitedStates.Researchshowedthat
animalstreatedwithfluoridehadlowerlevelsofcirculatingmelatonin,asreflectedbyreducedlevelsof
melatoninmetabolitesintheanimals'urine.Thisreducedlevelofcirculatingmelatoninwasaccompaniedas
mightbeexpectedbyanearlieronsetofpubertyinthefluoridetreatedfemaleanimals.

TheseChemicalsAlsoIncreaseYourRiskofCancerandHeartDisease
Ifachemicaliscapableofinfluencingtherateofyourreproductivedevelopment,itstandstoreasonthatit
wouldbecapableofinfluencingotherhormonesensitivegrowthprocessesaswell,andthisisindeedthe
case.

Forinstance,newresearchhasdetectedthepresenceofparabenestersin99percentofbreastcancertissues
sampled.3 Parabensarechemicalswithestrogenlikeproperties,andestrogenisoneofthehormones
involvedinnotonlypubertybutalsothedevelopmentofbreastcancer.Theyarewidelyusedinhousehold
productssuchas:

Deodorantsand Shampoosand Shavinggel Toothpaste


antiperspirants conditioners

Lotionsand Makeup/cosmetics Pharmaceuticaldrugs Foodadditives


sunscreens

Recentresearchhasalsoconfirmedtheexistenceofapreviouslyunknownclassofcancercausingestrogen
mimickingcompounds:metals.Yes,abroadrangeofmetalshavebeenshowntoactas"metalloestrogens"
withthepotentialtoaddtotheestrogenicburdenofthehumanbody,therebyincreasingtheriskofbreast
cancerandalsopossiblyearlypuberty.Thefollowingmetals,whichareaddedtothousandsofconsumer
products,includingvaccines,havebeenidentifiedasbeingcapableofbindingtocellularestrogenreceptors
andthenmimickingtheactionsofphysiologicalestrogens:4

Aluminum Antimony Arsenite Barium Cadmium Chromiu Cobalt


m

Copper Lead Mercury Nickel Selenite Tin Vanadate

DatafromalongrunningBritishhealthsurvey,meanwhile,hasshownthatifyouhavehighlevelsofthe
chemicalBPAinyoururine,youmaybeatanincreasedriskofheartdisease.Someofthegreatestconcern
surroundsearlylife,inuteroexposuretoBPA,whichcanleadtochromosomalerrorsinyourdevelopingfetus,
causingspontaneousmiscarriagesandgeneticdamage.Butevidenceisalsoverystrongshowingthese
chemicalsareinfluencingadultsandchildren,too,andleadingtodecreasedspermquality,earlypuberty,
stimulationofmammaryglanddevelopment,disruptedreproductivecyclesandovariandysfunction,obesity,
cancerandheartdisease,amongnumerousotherhealthproblems.

AvoidingHormoneDisruptingSubstancesisCrucialforChildrenand
AdultsAlike
Whileyounggirlsmayshowobvioussignsofexposuretohormonedisruptingsubstancesviaearlypuberty,
othersignalsaremoreinsidiousandmaynotshowupuntiladiseaseisalreadypresent.Hereare11
3/6
10/27/2015 CausesofEarlyPuberty:WhyIsThistheNew"Normal?
measuresyoucanimplementrightawaytohelpprotectyourselfandyourchildrenfromcommontoxic
substancesthatcouldcauseprecociouspubertyandotherlongtermhealthproblems:

1. Asmuchaspossible,buyandeatorganicproduceandfreerange,organicmeatstoreduceyour
exposuretoaddedhormones,pesticidesandfertilizers.Alsoavoidmilkandotherdairyproductsthat
containthegeneticallyengineeredrecombinantbovinegrowthhormone(rBGHorrBST)

2. Eatmostlyraw,freshfoods.Processed,prepackagedfoods(ofallkinds)areamajorsourceofsoyand
chemicalssuchasBPAandphthalates.

3. Storeyourfoodandbeveragesinglassratherthanplastic,andavoidusingplasticwrapandcanned
foods(whichareoftenlinedwithBPAcontainingliners).

4. UseglassbabybottlesandBPAfreesippycupsforyourlittleones.

5. Makesureyourbaby'stoysareBPAfree,suchaspacifiers,teethingringsandanythingyourchildmay
bepronetosuckon.

6. Onlyusenaturalcleaningproductsinyourhometoavoidphthalates.

7. Switchovertonaturalbrandsoftoiletriessuchasshampoo,toothpaste,antiperspirantsandcosmetics.
TheEnvironmentalWorkingGrouphasagreatsafetyguidetohelpyoufindpersonalcareproductsthat
arefreeofphthalates,parabensandotherpotentiallydangerouschemicals.

8. Avoidusingartificialairfresheners,dryersheets,fabricsoftenersorothersyntheticfragrances,manyof
whichcanalsodisruptyourhormonebalance.

9. Replaceyournonstickpotsandpanswithceramicorglasscookware.

10. Whenredoingyourhome,lookfor"green,"toxinfreealternativesinlieuofregularpaintandvinylfloor
coverings.

11. Replaceyourvinylshowercurtainwithonemadeoffabric.

12. Avoidnonfermentedsoy,especiallyifyou'repregnantandininfantformula.

TheoColburn'sbookOurStolenFutureisagreatsourceforfurtherinvestigationasitidentifiesthenumerous
waysinwhichenvironmentalpollutantsaredisruptinghumanreproductivepatterns.Ibelieveitisoneofthe
bestresourcesonthistopicandhighlyrecommendit.

VitaminDAlsoLinkedtoEarlyPuberty
Ithasbeensuggestedthatgirlswholiveclosertotheequatorstartpubertyatalateragethangirlswholivein
Northernregions.Sincethisindicatesapotentialconnectionwithsunexposure,researchersdecidedto
investigatewhethervitaminDwas,infact,related.UponmeasuringvitaminDlevelsin242girlsaged512,
researchersfromtheUniversityofMichiganSchoolofPublicHealthfoundthatthosewhoweredeficientwere
twiceaslikelytostartmenstruationduringthestudyperiodasthosewithhigherlevels.5

Specifically,amongthevitaminDdeficientgirls,57percentstartedtheirperiodduringthestudy,comparedto
23percentwithadequatevitaminD.However,researchersdefinedadequatevitaminDas30ng/mL,which
isactuallystilladeficiencystate!Foroptimalhealth,vitaminDlevelsshouldbeaminimumof50ng/mL,which
meansthenumberofvitaminDdeficientgirlswithearlypubertywasprobablymuchhigherthanthestudy
reported.

Theearlieryouenterpuberty,thelongeryou'reexposedtoelevatedlevelsofthefemalehormoneestrogen,
whichisariskfactorforcertaincancerssuchasbreastcancer.Thishasbeentheprimary"link"betweenearly
pubertyandcancerthathasbeenexplored,butit'simportanttounderstandthatvitaminDdeficiencyisalsoa
majorriskfactorforcancer,heartdiseaseandmanyotherdiseases.Soitcouldbethatsomeoftheincreased
risksthatcomefromearlypubertyarelinkedtolowvitaminDlevels.

4/6
10/27/2015 CausesofEarlyPuberty:WhyIsThistheNew"Normal?

What You Should Know About Obesity, Stress and Exercise


Obesity (which ex poses girls to more estro g en because estro g en is both stored and p roduced in fat tissue) is
another likely factor in early puberty. The New York Times reported:

"As Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Cali fornia, San Francisco's
Benioff Children's Hospital, explains, fatter girls have higher levels of the hormone leptin, which can
to early puberty,
lead leads to higher estrogen
which levels,which leads to greater insulin resistance,
causing girl s to hav e yet mo re fat tissue, mo re l eptin a nd mo re estroge n, the cyc le feed ing on itse lf, un til
their
bodies
ph ysicall
y mature."


As for str ess, thi s, too, has bee n link ed to early puberty, with girls wh ose par en ts d ivor ced when th ey wer e
between 3 and 8 y earsold
signifi cantl y more likely
precocious
to experience puberty. "Evolutionary

psychology offers a theory,"
the New York Times
reports.
"A stressful
childhood
inclines
a body toward
early
reproduction
if life is
hard , best
to mature
young.
But
such theories
are tough
to prove."
Interestingly
, in
addition to avoidin genvironmental
chemicals,
obesit
y and stress,
and optimizing your vitamin
D, regular

exercise appears
to be one of the best known ways to help prevent early puberty.

5/6