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Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on May 04, 2004 at 06:34:37:


Another "canary in the coalmine". This trend and it's causes has been known for 30 years. The polluters are making too much money polluting and the medical profession is making too much treating the effects to do anything about it yet. We all should be ashamed.


Misty L. Trepke

The Problem of Precocious Puberty
Early sexual development, or precocious puberty, is a growing
problem around the world; and while endocrine disruptors and
oestrogen mimics are implicated, the medical profession generally
regards this trend as perfectly normal.

Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 11, Number 3 (April-May 2004)
PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia.
Telephone: +61 (0)7 5442 9280; Fax: +61 (0)7 5442 9381
From our web page at:

by Sherrill Sellman © 2004
GetWell International
PO Box 690416
Tulsa, OK 74169-0416, USA


Julianne is a devoted mother to her beautiful and healthy-looking
five-year-old daughter. But all was not as it seemed: something
strange was stirring in Sarah's body. One night, while putting Sarah
to bed, Julianne pulled her pyjama top over her daughter's head when
Sarah suddenly exclaimed, "Ouch! That hurt when you touched my
nipple." Julianne was totally surprised by her daughter's response.
Upon taking a closer look, she noticed that her nipples did appear
to be different from what she had remembered. In fact, they looked
bigger. Julianne immediately called her paediatrician to schedule
tests. The results confirmed that Sarah was going through puberty.
The small lumps were, in fact, breast buds. Sarah's breasts were
actually developing. But she was only five years old! How could this
possibly be? The doctor explained that Sarah had a condition
called "precocious puberty". Julianne sat there in shock as the
specialist informed her that the medical community now considers
eight years of age to be the normal age for the beginning of puberty!
"While I always believed that little girls go through puberty at
around eleven, twelve or thirteen years of age, something very
strange was now happening to our daughters. I was now being told
that little girls are considered 'normal' if they start menstruating
at the delicate age of eight!" But there is certainly nothing normal
about an eight-year-old hormonally fast-forwarding into puberty.

It's hard enough trying to keep little girls as little girls these
days. The teeny-bopper fascination with such sex symbols as Britney
Spears has little girls trying to act much older than they are. If
bearing the belly button in sexy midriff tops isn't enough to cause
great consternation to parents, then the growing phenomenon of
budding breasts and pubic hair certainly does. Discovering that
their little girl has breast buds or pubic hair is a tragic shock to
parents. Early sexual development-precocious puberty-seems to be
happening everywhere. It's a common sight these days to see nine-
and ten-year-old girls with developing breasts playing in the school
playground. Something is seriously amiss. Presently, one girl out of
six eight-year-olds in the USA, Australia and Britain is racing into
puberty. In fact, it is a pattern emerging in young girls all over
the world. Reports of early puberty have come from many diverse
countries and climates including Canada, Europe, Asia and the
Caribbean. This compares with one in 100 a generation ago.
Precocious puberty is a phenomenon not only occurring in girls; boys
are also experiencing their version of precocious puberty. Research
published in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent
Medicine found that American boys appear to be beginning puberty
earlier than in past decades. A significant number of boys as young
as eight had signs of genital development some three years earlier
than previous estimates.1 In the UK, it is estimated that one in 14
eight-year-old British boys had pubic hair, in contrast to one in
150 boys of the previous generation.2 The onset of menstruation has
been steadily getting earlier and earlier in Western countries. It
wasn't very long ago when a teenage girl's first menstruation would
arrive between the ages of fourteen and sixteen. Today, the average
age of the first menstruation is under twelve years of age. For
many girls, however, it is happening much earlier. In Britain, 50
per cent of ten-year-old girls are now menstruating.

A groundbreaking study in 1997 of 17,000 girls sent shock waves
through the medical community. The study found that the initial
signs of puberty were occurring earlier than previously recorded.
The study found that 27 per cent of African-American and almost
seven per cent of Caucasian girls had the onset of secondary sexual
characteristics, i.e., either breast development or pubic hair
development by age seven. By the time girls turn eight years
old, one in seven white girls and one out of two Afro-American girls
will be starting puberty! Even more startling was the finding that
one per cent of Caucasian and three per cent of African-American
girls show these characteristic by three years of age!3

How common is this trend? "Young girls in the five- to ten- year-old
range with breasts and pubic hair-we encounter this every day in our
clinic," says Michael Feemark, chief of paediatric endocrinology at
Duke University Medical Center in the USA.4 Similar findings were
also reported from a study of 14,000 children from Bristol
University's Institute of Child Health in the UK.5 The development
of secondary sexual characteristics in girls is a significant event,
signalling the onset of physiological and psychological
changes of profound importance. Many scientists and doctors are very
concerned. This is not only a worrying trend but a very serious
public health problem. Before they have outgrown doll's houses, many
young girls are being faced with the confusing mood swings, hormonal
changes and sexual attention that accompany physical maturation.
The ramifications for public health are dramatic. Studies have found
that girls who reach puberty earlier tend to have sex earlier, have
an increased risk of pregnancy, experience more psychological
stress, poor mental health, more behavioural problems, and are more
likely to drink, smoke, have a lower IQ and commit suicide. For
boys, it can mean more aggressive, violent behaviour, learning
disabilities and more drug and alcohol abuse. But the most
disturbing consequence of early puberty in females is the
well-established risk for pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer as
well as ovarian cancer. According to a study published in Nature
(1989), the risk associated with having an early menstruation-for
instance, one that takes place at the age of ten-is approximately
twice that associated with a menstruation occurring at the age of
sixteen.6 In addition, girls showing early signs of puberty have
increased risks of polycystic ovarian syndrome, menstrual
irregularities, acne, excessive facial hair and infertility.
Early puberty in males can increase their incidence of testicular
cancer, lower fertility and impaired growth leading to shorter
stature. A researcher into precocious puberty, Dr Marcia Herman-
Giddens, adjunct professor of maternal and child health at the
University of North Carolina, said, "It's probably not healthy,
since earlier studies have shown that the sooner a boy starts
puberty, the higher his risk is of developing testicular cancer,
just as early-maturing girls are at greater risk of developing
breast cancer".7

Since early puberty is a well-established risk for breast cancer, the
earlier a woman reaches puberty, the longer her breast tissues will
be exposed to potentially harmful agents (chemicals, radiation and
oestrogen).8 Even though a girl may begin menstruating, it is
unusual for her to be ovulating every month. Since ovulation is
necessary for the production of progesterone, early puberty is often
a condition that results in oestrogen production without the
protective effects of progesterone. This hormonal imbalance adds to
a girl's body-burden of oestrogen excess, putting her at increased
risk of oestrogen-dependent cancers and other hormonal problems.
It has been known for some time that the younger a woman is when she
starts her periods, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer
later in life. The younger a woman is, the longer her overall
exposure to high levels of oestrogens. Dr Carlos Sonnenschein of the
Tufts University School of Medicine warns that ".the length and
amount of exposure to oestrogen is one of the most significant risk
factors in breast carcinogenesis. Unless you are exposed to
oestrogens, you don't get breast cancer. The longer the exposure is,
the higher the incidence. Therefore, if you decrease the age of the
first menstruation, you are at higher risk".9 The experts are
confused. It is absurd to think that early puberty is the result of
better nutrition, as many scientists assert. One connection is
that it seems to be linked with obesity. An increase in obesity in
children and lack of exercise has a direct relationship to this
problem. Since the 1960s, the number of overweight kids and
adolescents in the United States has nearly doubled. Today, 10 per
cent of two-to five-year-olds and more than 15 per cent of children
between the ages of six and nineteen are overweight.10 Childhood
obesity is also a major public health concern throughout the world
including in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy
and Canada.11 One explanation looks at a protein called leptin that
encourages early breast development. Leptin is produced from fat
cells and is necessary for the progression of puberty. So, the more
fat cells, the more leptin is produced by the body. In addition,
overweight girls have more insulin circulating in their blood. High
levels of insulin stimulate the production of sex hormones such as
oestrogen, adding to an oestrogen excess. Is it just the fast foods
and sedentary lifestyle that are piling up the leptin-producing fat?
Perhaps not. A 20-year study found that the greater the prenatal
level of the hormone disruptor polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), the
heavier the girls were at age fourteen and their puberty was
statistically earlier.12 Could prenatal exposure to hormone
disruptors play a role in obesity? A study based on this idea was
conducted by Dr Walter Rogan, an epidemiologist at the National
Institute of Environmental Heath Sciences. He chose 600 pregnant
women and measured the levels of chemicals in their bodies;
then, when their babies were born, the researchers measured the
chemicals in the mothers' breast milk, and finally, the children
were monitored as they grew into puberty. What was found was that
boys exposed to DDE and girls exposed to PCBs were heavier than
their unexposed peers were. The study also found that girls with
high prenatal PCB exposure tended to hit the first stages of
puberty a bit earlier.13 In fact, the most significant guilty party
is looking more and more like endocrine disruptors. Circulating
around the world are thousands of these endocrine-disrupting
chemicals which are now found everywhere-in our food, water and the
air we breathe.

Events occurring in Puerto Rico have helped unravel this puzzling
trend. For the past two decades, Puerto Rico has recorded the
highest known incidence of premature breast development. It was
discovered that girls as young as two years of age were developing
breasts. Several reasons have been cited for this situation. First
of all, most of these children were fed soy infant formulas. A 1997
Lancet study showed that soy has plant-based chemicals that
mimic oestrogen, displaying a wide range of hormonal activities. The
daily exposure in infants who consumed soy formulas was 6 to 11
times higher than in adults who consumed soy foods. In fact, the
blood concentrations of these hormones in the children were 13,000
to 22,000 times higher than oestrogen levels normally found in the
blood!14 Clues have also emerged, implicating endocrine disruptors.
In a significant study, the early breast development of the Puerto
Rican children was linked to exposure to phthalates, a ubiquitous
chemical plasticiser. The researchers measured the presence of
certain phthalates in the blood of 41 girls experiencing early
breast development and made comparisons with a control group. The
average age was 31 months. They found that 68 per cent of the
precocious puberty girls had high levels of phthalates in their
blood.15 Phthalates have infiltrated our world. They are in common
industrial chemicals that make plastics flexible without sacrificing
strength or durability. They are found in building materials, food
packaging and food wrap, toys and other children's products, medical
devices, garden hoses, shoe soles, automobile undercoating, wires
and cables, carpet backing, carpet tiles, vinyl tiles, swimming pool
liners, artificial leather, canvas tarpaulins, notebook covers, tool
handles, dishwasher baskets, flea collars, insect repellents, skin
emollients, hairsprays, nail polish and perfumes. John
Peterson "Pete" Myers, co-author of Our Stolen Future, agrees.
"Contamination in the womb can speed or retard sexual development,"
Myers said. "These compounds interfere with hormones that control
the pace and pattern of development."16 Chemicals that are suspected
of having effects on sexual development include bisphenol-A and
polybrominated biphenyls, chemicals found in plastic, and
phthalates, which are found in cosmetics.17 Hormone disruptors, like
silent saboteurs, have invaded the highly sensitive endocrine
systems of our children. Whether from toxins in the environment,
or hormone-laden meat and dairy products or chemical-laced foods and
household products, exposure to dangerous chemicals has reached a
level unprecedented in the entire history of human civilisation. Is
there any wonder why precocious puberty is a worldwide phenomenon?
The fact that early puberty is a known risk factor for breast cancer
should be of great concern to all parents, and all possible
precautions must be taken to safeguard children from unnecessary
exposure. No one really knows the long-term consequences of early
sexual development. This is an unprecedented experiment on our

Hardly a minute goes by without our being exposed to some chemical.
It may be from car exhaust, room freshener, artificial fragrances, a
McDonald's hamburger and Coke, baby shampoo, dry cleaning, coloured
popcorn, furniture polish, the fire retardant on new school clothes,
plastic water bottles, dry cleaning, fly spry, and on and on it
goes. Beginning in utero, our children are accumulating chemicals in
their bodies little by little, day in and day out, for years and
years. For some children, the effects may become evident quickly;
for others, it may take many years or decades before the real
harm-the cancers, the multiple sensitivities, the behavioural
problems, the learning disabilities and the infertility-becomes

Commercial beef and pasteurised dairy products consistently have the
highest levels of persistent hormone disruptors. As of 1995, the US
Food and Drug Administration allowed the use of implanted hormonal
agents for raising beef cattle. These include the female hormones
oestradiol and progesterone, the synthetic progesterone norgestomet,
the male hormone testosterone and the synthetic anabolic steroids
trenbolene and Zeranol. Growth agents that do not have to be
implanted include a progestin that can be added to the animals'
feed. Animals given these hormonal agents are not required to go
through a withdrawal period prior to slaughter. Indeed, the FDA does
not require mandatory recording of medication or treatment of
animals destined for our plates. Three natural hormones
(oestradiol-17ß, testosterone and progesterone) and two synthetic
substances (trenbolone and Zeranol) are also approved for use
in many other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Hormones in beef have serious oestrogenic and carcinogenic
effects-effects which the cancer establishment, the FDA and the
cattle industry have been well aware of for decades. Yet the real
dangers they pose, especially when it comes to women and breast
cancer, have remained in the shadows until only recently.18 (Non-
organic meats like pork, veal, lamb and poultry, although
uncontaminated by sex hormones, contain pesticides and a wide range
of veterinary drugs.)

Not surprisingly, a random survey in 1986 found that up to half of
all cattle sampled in feedlots in Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Nebraska
and Oklahoma had hormone pellets illegally implanted in muscle
tissue rather than under the ear. This practice led to higher
absorption of hormones from the implants and very much higher
residues that even the FDA admitted could have "adverse effects".19
According to Dr Samuel Epstein, Professor of Occupational and
Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois School of
Public Health: "Records of hormone levels in beef, obtained under
the Federal Freedom of Information Act from the FDA, show that even
when ranchers implant single hormone pellets beneath the ear skin
under ideal laboratory conditions, levels of oestradiol and other
hormones in meat and organs are more than triple the levels found in
non-implanted controls. Much higher levels, up to three-hundred-
fold, result from the common practice of illegal intramuscular
implants."20 Cattle today are receiving a lot more hormones than
ever before. In 1990, the FDA ruled in favour of doubling the dose
of hor mones allowed in cattle. As a result of this new ruling, some
feedlots now put implants in each ear for more bulk at a faster
rate. This is because feedlots are paid by weight for their
product.21 The FDA's reports in hormonal implants give us cause to
worry. In 1983, the FDA found that Synovex-S, a product containing
oestradiol and progestin, increased oestradiol concentrations in
cattle muscle by twelvefold, in liver by sixfold, in kidneys by
ninefold and in fat by twenty-three-fold. When cattle are
slaughtered following implantation, levels are even higher. With
multiple implants, they are higher still; with intramuscular
implants, yet even higher. Some hormones are fed to cattle in
feedlots.22 The extent to which hormonal meat contributes to
increased rates of breast cancer, apart from cancer of the uterus,
prostate and testes, has been virtually ignored. Hormonal beef may
also have another endocrine-disruptive side effect: early puberty.
It comes as no surprise that the European Union has banned the
importation of hormone-treated US beef. Americans, unfortunately,
are getting a pharmacopoeia of steroid drugs every time they chow
down a hamburger or hot dog. For children, eating hormone-laced meat
on a regular basis seriously increases their oestrogen exposure.
It should be obvious by now that organically raised meat is the only
safe meat to eat. Free of chemicals, sprayed feed, antibiotics and
hormone-injected growth stimulators, organic, grass-fed beef is by
far healthier and more nutritious than the commercial kind.
What about poultry and fish? With the use of growth promoters and
antibiotics in the poultry industry, organic chickens and turkeys
are, without doubt, the safer option.

Fish has always been considered a healthy alternative to meat.
Unfortunately, it is getting harder and harder to find clean fish,
either freshwater or ocean. Freshwater fish appear to be among the
most heavily contaminated of foods. Top predator fish, like pike and
walleye, are likely to be contaminated with heavy metals like
mercury-a hormone disruptor. Farmed salmon are raised on various
drugs, chemicals and hormones, and shellfish often concentrate
cadmium-another endocrine-disrupting heavy metal. (Diets high in
adequate calcium, protein, iron and zinc help protect against
cadmium absorption). The very best fish to eat are deep-sea
fish such as halibut, non-fish farm salmon, sardines, cod and

With the red flags waving, you would think that the medical
profession would be leading the charge against contamination and
exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals. After all, they are in the
trenches, daily witnessing the rising number of children with
precocious puberty. Surely they should be the ones jumping up and
down and yelling and screaming the loudest for something to be done.
It is therefore rather shocking that a report by a nationwide
network of physicians headquartered in California suggested that it
is perfectly normal for Caucasian girls as young as seven and black
girls as young as six to start developing breasts!23 Perfectly
normal? Instead of facing up to the implications of what is
contributing to this aberration and leading the charge for immediate
investigation into the causes and solutions, the medical community
prefers to ignore a looming tragedy. They have redefined what is
considered normal to reflect current trends. By claiming that
nothing is wrong, no fingers are pointed, no accusations are laid
and no one is held accountable. Industries and corporations
can merrily continue going about their business of contaminating and
polluting. Presently, the only treatment for precocious puberty
available from traditional medical doctors is the dangerous drug,
Lupron. According to the Physicians' Desk Reference, Lupron has 265
possible risks and side-effects, including cancer. Lupron can cause
severe problems such as tremors, seizures and memory loss.
The FDA has received a wide range of reports of serious side-effects,
including death, suspected to be associated with the use of Lupron.
However, the agency asserts that the drug's benefits outweigh the
risks, and does not believe there is sufficient proof to blame
Lupron. (For moreinformation, visit the National Lupron Victims
Network at the website

There are ways to help children either slow the development of
precocious puberty or even possibly reverse this condition.
Holistic healing modalities such as traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM), naturopathy, homoeopathy, chiropractic and other holistic
medical approaches have been able to help children get their
hormonal health back on track, thus reducing some of the
physiological dysfunctions contributing to early development.
In addition to having a high body-burden of endocrine-disrupting
chemicals, children with precocious puberty tend to have compromised
digestive systems, candida from overuse of antibiotics, food
allergies, nutritional deficiencies, over-burdened livers and heavy
metal toxicity. The earlier this problem is identified, the greater
the success of reversing the signs of puberty. Unfortunately,
orthodox medicine has no answers nor solutions and can only address
the problem by prescribing powerful, toxic drugs that turn off the
endocrine system.

In addition, all external sources of hormones and hormone-mimicking
chemicals should be avoided. These include non-organic meat,
pasteurised dairy products, sugar and refined carbohydrates, junk
food, agricultural and industrial chemicals, and all commercial
household cleaning products and personal care products (suntan
lotion, shampoos, bubble baths, moisturisers, etc.). Our bodies, our
homes, our gardens and our schools should be made chemical-free
zones. Precocious puberty is a perilous experiment of 21st-century
living, making children teens before their time. However, with
vigilance, education and the commitment to making healthy changes,
our children's endocrine well-being and their future health can be
ensured. 8

1. Eliminate any pesticide, herbicide and insecticide use on lawns
and gardens. Even some commercial composts may be contaminated with
chemicals. Effective organic products are available, or learn to
make your own pest control formulas. Make your own organic compost.
2. Lobby in your community to stop the spraying of hormone-disrupting
chemicals in and around schools and city properties.
3. Make as much of your diet organic as possible. This will
eliminate the toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals that are sprayed
on fruits and vegetables. Also, buy organic meat, poultry, dairy
foods and butter that are free of steroid hormones and antibiotics.
Organic foods have been found to contain higher amounts of vitamins
and minerals.24 Be aware that the following commercially grown
fruits and vegetables have been found by the Environmental Working
Group to contain the highest levels of pesticide contamination:
spinach, strawberries, apricots, cantaloupe, green beans, peaches,
bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, cherries and grapes.

Glutamine-rich foods help the liver remove environmental waste and
give protection against pollution: broccoli, cauliflower and other
cruciferous vegetables, asparagus, spinach, watermelon, pears,
squash and potatoes. Allylsulphide-containing foods like garlic,
shallots, onions and chives stimulate glutathione production. Miso,
fermented soybean paste and seaweed remove pollution and radiation
from the body.
4. Thoroughly wash non-organic fruits and vegetables with either a
fruit and vegetable wash available at health food stores, or soak
them in an apple cider vinegar and water bath.
A Clorox bath is most effective and inexpensive for removing
bacteria, parasites, pesticides and other contaminants from food.
Add a teaspoon of Clorox to one gallon (3.785 litres) of water. Soak
leafy vegetables and thin-skinned fruit (berries, plums, peaches,
etc.) for 15 minutes; root, thick-skinned or fibrous vegetables and
thick-skinned fruits (oranges, bananas, apples) and poultry, fish
and eggs for 20 minutes. Frozen meats (not ground meat) can be
thawed in a Clorox bath for about 20 minutes for up to five pounds
(2.267 kilograms) of frozen meat. Remove the foods from the Clorox
bath, place them in clear water for 10 minutes, and rinse. Dry all
foods thoroughly and store. Warning: use only Clorox, and no
other brand of bleach, since it does not contain any chlorine.
5. Use organic personal care products. Most deodorants, shampoos,
sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby products contain
carcinogenic or toxic chemicals. According to a US General
Accounting Office Report: "Cosmetics are being marketed in the
United States which may pose a serious hazard to the public. Over
2,983 chemicals used in cosmetics.and one-third (884) of these
ingredients have been reported as toxic substances."
6. Don't let children chew on soft plastic toys. Phthalates are
added to soften PVC plastic toys. These plastic toys also retain any
pesticides sprayed in the house for up to two weeks. Buy unfinished
wood or natural fibre toys.
7. Avoid lice and scabies shampoos containing lindane and synthetic
pyrethroid. Lindane has been shown to promote tumour growth the same
way oestrogen did.
8. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently and not to
lick their fingers or bite their nails. Since chemicals inevitably
get deposited on surfaces, frequent cleaning with organic cleaning
products is a safe,preventive measure.
9. Whenever possible, avoid buying canned foods or foods wrapped in
plastic. Make sure you remove foods from packaging as soon as
possible. Use glassware for oven cooking. (Note that using microwave
ovens is not advised; however, if you must use one, make sure you
use only glass cookware.)
10. Carefully read the labels of foods, personal care products,
household cleaners, cosmetics, lawn and garden supplies and pet
supplies. Become familiar with the dangerous chemicals found in such
products and be willing to buy other, safe brands.
11. Install a water filter. Pesticides, other chemicals, rotting
leaves and other debris combine in drinking water. Heavy metals from
household pipes and plumbing can be an added concern.
12. Use plants for filtering chemicals from the air in your home.
Even chemicals emitted from new carpets or curtains can be filtered
by common household plants. For instance, Boston ferns can detoxify
1,000 micrograms of formaldehyde from the air in one hour.25
13. Get exercise. Sweating eliminates all kinds of chemicals that
would otherwise be eliminated through the body's other excretory
organs (the kidneys and bowel).
14. Avoid pet products such as flea collars and washes which contain
toxic substances which are dangerous to animals but also get
transferred to pet owners. 8

About the Author:
Dr Sherrill Sellman, ND, is the author of the best-selling books
Hormone Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones (GetWell
International, 1996, 2001, 4th edition) and MOTHERS: Prevent Your
Daughters From Getting Breast Cancer, as well as an international
lecturer and women's health advocate. To subscribe to her free
monthly newsletter, go to
Sherrill will facilitate a Women's Rejuvenation Retreat in Australia
in November 2004; call 1800 644 733 in Australia for details.

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Sexual Characteristics in Boys: Estimates From the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey III, 1988-1994", Arch Pediatr
Adolesc Med, Sep 2001;155:1022-1028
2. Golding, J., Pembrey, M. and Jones, R., "ALSPAC Study Team",
Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 2001 Jan;15(1):74-87
3. Herman-Giddens, M.E., Slora, E.J., Wasserman, R.C., Bourdony,
C.J.,Bhapkar, M.V., Koch, G.G. and Hassemeir, C.H.
(1997), "Secondary sexual characteristics and menses in young girls
seen in office practice: a study from the Pediatric
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4. Lemonick, M.D. (2000), "Teens Before Their Time", Time Magazine,
October30, 2000,pp. 66-74
5. Golding, Pembrey and Jones, ibid.
6. Environmental News Network,
7. Herman-Giddens, Wang and Koch, ibid.
8. Bueckert, Dennis, "Hormone-treated Beef Thought To Trigger Puberty
Sooner", Canadian Press, August 2, 1999,
9. Berkson, D. Lindsey, Hormone Deception, Contemporary Books,
Chicago,Illinois, p. 108
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Mathur,S., "The epidemiology of overweight and obesity among
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12. Lemonick, ibid.
13. Lemonick, ibid.
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"Exposurein infants to phyto-oestrogens from soy-based infant
formula", Lancet 1997 Jul; 350(9070):23-27
15. Colón, I., Caro, D., Bourdony, C. J. and Rosario, O. (2000),
"Identification of phthalate esters in the serum of young Puerto
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17. ibid.
18. Epstein, Dr Samuel, The Breast Cancer Prevention Program,
Macmillan, New
York, NY, 1997, p. 193
19. ibid., p. 194
20. ibid., p. 196
21. ibid., p. 194
22. Berkson, ibid., p. 209
24. "Organic food has more healthy compounds", March 11, 2003,

Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest.

Posted by peterb [17.14] on May 04, 2004 at 07:52:26:

In Reply to: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on May 04, 2004 at 06:34:37:

Walt, what a tragic outcome for our wreckless treatment of mother earth. But Gaia compensates for this abuse and now our children are the ones who suffer.

Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest.

Posted by PhillyLady [1906.913] on May 04, 2004 at 10:38:57:

In Reply to: Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by peterb [17.14] on May 04, 2004 at 07:52:26:

Hi Peterb:

Great website! Yes, Gaia is a living entity, and I suppose you could say humanity is her parasites. Once we kill her off, we'll have nowhere to go and nowhere to feed. But then again, we could end up killing each other and leave Gaia standing alone...

why should I be ashamed?

Posted by neither polluter nor doctor [22.1106] on May 04, 2004 at 12:01:57:

In Reply to: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on May 04, 2004 at 06:34:37:

We should all be ashamed.

Let me get this straight. You're telling me I am somehow responsible for this girl's health problem. By not bringing to bear my massive influence over polluting industries (that would be all of them) I have doomed little Sarah to an early onset of embarrassing skin blemishes. Any attempts I may have made in good faith to prevent pollution are considered worthless because Aunt Flo arrived early. My failure to see into the infinite streams of future, read the minds of those in power, and successfully manipulate political and industrial governing bodies has assured that a generation of youth will never experience the joys of Nickelodeon and Sesame Street. When the world first learned of this trend 30 years ago (the year I was born) I should have set in motion the chain of events on behalf of those who would follow after me, to save them from a world without daisy-chains and tea parties.

Sorry, I tried but I just can't feel ashamed for something I had nothing to do with.

Re: why should I be ashamed?

Posted by more opinion [22.1106] on May 04, 2004 at 12:20:16:

In Reply to: why should I be ashamed? posted by neither polluter nor doctor [22.1106] on May 04, 2004 at 12:01:57:

Or perhaps I should just be ashamed of the previous generation. Shame on you for contributing to your communities in employ and homemaking, when you should have been scrubbing crude oil off of rocks and attacking the nuclear power plant with torch and pitchfork in hand! Shame on you for doing what comes naturally, when you should have tied your legs together and gone around in chastity belts until the world was restored to a pristine prehistoric Eden! Didn't you once think of the children? How dare you attempt to live your lives with zest, when you should be sobbing in a corner wracked with self-loathing! And now you have the gall to monday-morning-quarterback the entire world, including the next generation, for their failings! How can you stand to look in the OUCH! I think my sarcasm gland just blew. Quick, someone get me tea tree oil and a hot compress! No I'm serious this time! I'm not fooling, it hurts! Ok, I'm ashamed! I'm ashamed!!!1

Sorry, couldn't resist |-B

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Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest.

Posted by peterb [17.14] on May 04, 2004 at 12:57:35:

In Reply to: Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by PhillyLady [1906.913] on May 04, 2004 at 10:38:57:

Don't ever let anyone say you aren't optimistic!

Re: why should I be ashamed?

Posted by peterb [27.23] on May 04, 2004 at 19:59:13:

In Reply to: why should I be ashamed? posted by neither polluter nor doctor [22.1106] on May 04, 2004 at 12:01:57:

He was just saying we should feel corporate shame as a species, personal blame wasnt implied.

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Posted by Isis [1981.4] on May 04, 2004 at 21:19:36:

In Reply to: Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by peterb [17.14] on May 04, 2004 at 12:57:35:

I think that humanity will die off and Gia will recover, god-willing.

I'm not happy about the prospect of humanity dying in even larger droves than they do today, perhaps to the point of extinction, but I don't see any other path right now the way we are going. And I fear it might happen soon, too, not thousands of years hence.

Re: why should I be ashamed? (Clarification.)

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on May 05, 2004 at 07:55:16:

In Reply to: why should I be ashamed? posted by neither polluter nor doctor [22.1106] on May 04, 2004 at 12:01:57:

Thanks, Neither.

With rare exceptions, we all participate in the consumerism culture we have inherited. That is what I meant.

How many "modern conveniences" are YOU willing to give up?


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more causes, Dr Stoll?

Posted by ANN [1077.516] on May 05, 2004 at 12:57:45:

In Reply to: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on May 04, 2004 at 06:34:37:

when boys in Puerto Rico started growing breasts maybe 20years ago, it was attributed to the estrogen levels in chickens sold there- any truth to that?

In the book, Diabetes and the Hypoglycemic Syndrome, md's Calvin and Agatha Thrash, attribute early puberty to the increasing proportion of refined carbos in the diet. The cite Eskimo statistics where the girls' puberty age fell from 19 to 13 in a matter of 10 years when the Alaskan highway opened and more US products reached the Eskimos. They also talk about the changing diets of Pacific Islanders who started trading with the West during and after WW2 and the changing diet of Yemenite Jews who made Aliyah to Israel.
The doctors describe the early puberty as part of a lifelong problem they call accelerated aging syndrome- the implcation being that early puberty means a shorter lifespan- is this likely to be true?

The Thrashes are Adventists, so one point they miss in the changing diet of all these cultures is that they were all eating a ot of wild seafood before their rapid change to a western diet. Could the reduction in fish oil contribute to this? Could the increase in meat and all the chemicals in it be part of the problem?
All I have is sons, but they've been whole grain vegans, lots of soy, no white bread, no sugar, all their lives and there's no sign of early puberty so far. We did dump city living early in their lives, so we don't get as much pollution as some kids do.

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Posted by coldjam [266.376] on May 06, 2004 at 13:12:52:

In Reply to: Re: Precocious puberty. Archive in fouling our nest. posted by Isis [1981.4] on May 04, 2004 at 21:19:36:

I agree partly with you. My scriptures say the earth abides forever (forever having various long reaching meanings) and also says that God will do away with those ruining the earth.We are supposed to be stewards here,not destroyers of this beautiful heart breaks at the problems the children have because of the greed...and the lack of childhood they have now, between this problem and society's pushing of of sex, especially through the media, what chance do they have? Unless they have parents who are in- the-know, and can take measures to go against "normal" society. It is really distressing.

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