Due to environmental pollutants, hormones in meat and other products, pesticides, obesity, plastic contaminants and unfermented genetically modified soy products, it seems that girls are reaching puberty much sooner than in the past.
The percentage has doubled within 10 years, from 1997 to 2005. Girls are beginning their menstrual cycles and experiencing breast changes as early as 7 years of age.
Sperm counts are plummeting and young boys may be experiencing “feminization” due to these excess chemicals and hormones found so prevalent in the enviroment and in standard food sources.
The best way to avoid these contaminants is to buy organic fruits and vegetables, eat raw as much as possible, and if you eat meat, avoid conventionally raised meats and instead go with humanely and organically raised farm animal products.
Conventionally raised farm animals and farm raised fish are often fed a slurry of reprocessed waste material from each other. Manure derived protein is one source of “nutrition” for such animals.
Animals must be slaughtered at a very young age as they become very ill at increasingly younger ages.
For more information, Dr. Mercola has provided an indepth article.
From Dr. Mercola’s article:
Here are 11 measures you can implement right away to protect yourself and your children from common toxic substances that could cause precocious puberty and long-term health problems:
1. As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic meats to reduce your exposure to added hormones, pesticides and fertilizers.
2. Eat mostly raw, fresh foods. Processed, prepackaged foods (of all kinds) are a major source of soy and chemicals such as BPA and phthalates.
3. Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).
4. Use glass baby bottles and BPA-free sippy cups for your little ones.
5. Make sure your baby’s toys are BPA-free, such as pacifiers, teething rings and anything your child may be prone to suck on.
6. Only use natural cleaning products in your home to avoid phthalates.
7. Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great safety guide to help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals.
8. Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances, many of which can also disrupt your hormone balance.
9. Replace your Teflon pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware. Teflon contains PFOA, which has been linked to thyroid disease.
10. When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
11. Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric.