Health.com | By Carina Storrs
Posted: 01/31/2011 8:11 am EST Updated: 05/25/2011 6:30 pm EDT huffingtonpost.com/
“… The actual fear is that manipulating growth hormones in cows — or salmon — may increase another hormone, insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which could mimic the effects of human growth hormone in harmful ways. In fact, research has found that milk from rBGH-treated cows contains up to 10 times more IGF than other milk.
Higher blood levels of IGF (regardless of what causes them) have been associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate, and other cancers in humans. In a 2004 study, patients with above-average IGF levels had nearly a 50 percent higher risk of prostate cancer and a 65 percent higher risk of hormone-dependent premenopausal breast cancer than people with below-average levels….
Sex Hormones and Early Puberty
IGF isn’t the only hormone found in the food supply. Ranchers have been fattening up cattle with sex hormones — most notably estrogen — since the 1950s. Today most beef cows in the U.S. — except those labeled “organic” — receive an implant in their ear that delivers a hormone, usually a form of estrogen (estradiol) in some combination with five other hormones. (These hormones are not given to chicken and pigs because they don’t have the same growth-promoting effect in these animals, although antibiotics are given to all three species for similar growth-promoting reasons.)
One concern is that such hormones may spur earlier puberty in children, who are, on average, entering puberty at a younger age than they did a generation or two ago, for reasons that are unclear….
April 16, 2012 articles.mercola.com
“..Early puberty can set the stage for emotional and behavioral problems, and is linked to lower self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, alcohol use, earlier loss of virginity, more sexual partners and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. There is also evidence that suggests these girls are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancer, later in life….
Environmental Chemicals a Likely Factor
… one of which occurred in 1973 in Michigan, when cattle were accidentally fed grain contaminated with an estrogen-mimicking chemical, the flame retardant PBB.
The daughters born to the pregnant women who ate the PBB-laced meat and drank the PBB-laced milk started menstruating significantly earlier than their peers.”
This is an extreme case, but the truth is we are all part of a “secret experiment” of sorts, because hormone-disrupting chemicals are all around us. Bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial petrochemical that acts as a synthetic estrogen, is found in our plastics and our tin can linings, in dental sealants and on cash-register receipts. Laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) detected BPA in the umbilical cord blood of 90 percent of newborn infants tested — along with more than 230 other chemicals. As written in the New York Times:
“One concern, among parents and researchers, is the effect of simultaneous exposures to many estrogen-mimics, including the compound BPA, which is ubiquitous.”
No one knows what happens when a developing fetus or young child is exposed to hundreds of chemicals, many of which mimic your body’s natural hormones and can trigger major changes in your body even as an adult, let along during the most rapid and vulnerable periods of development (in utero and as a young child).
BPA is, unfortunately, but one example. Others include phthalates, a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible and resilient. They’re also one of the most pervasive of the endocrine disrupters, found in everything from processed food packaging and shower curtains to detergents, toys and beauty products like nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances.
Other environmental chemicals like PCBs and DDE (a breakdown product of the pesticide DDT) may also be associated with early sexual development in girls. Both DDE and PCBs are known to mimic, or interfere with, sex hormones.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), found in non-stick cookware, also falls into this…
Why is puberty starting younger? , theguardian.combr>
“..Other factors that can influence biology relate to a child’s environment – stress, climate, light cycles and chemical exposures all have established links, though their magnitude is still not entirely understood….
Most of the acronyms refer to pesticides – or ‘environmental chemical pollutants’. Phthalates meanwhile “are used as plastic softeners and as preservatives in some cosmetic products and they may be found in plastic toys, hair sprays, deodorants, shampoo, nail polish and perfumes”.
It’s important to remember that dose, duration and age at exposure all play a role, but there is mounting evidence that these chemicals may be a factor in early puberty.
There have been more animal than human studies on this, but the findings are stark. After a chemical spill of an insecticide called DDT, one study found “male alligators living in the lake had smaller phalluses, reduced serum testosterone levels and abnormal gonadal structures” (gonads are testes or ovaries)..
4 Nov 2013 7:07
Compare diets, and see who eats more flesh with growth hormones in it.
4 Nov 2013 7:12
The food chain is contaminated with too much chemicals..
Growing Up On Chemicals – Our Children’s Toxic Environment By Jane Sheppard
How Children are Exposed
The fruits and vegetables that are so crucial to health are compromised by ongoing pesticide contamination. If you eat conventional food you are eating combinations of pesticides known or suspected to cause brain and nervous system damage, cancer, and disruption of the endocrine and immune systems. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit research organization, analyzed government pesticide records and food consumption data and reported that “every day, 610,000 children ages one through five eat a dose of neurotoxic organophosphate insecticides (OPs) that the government deems unsafe….
Do Growth Hormones in Food Affect Children?
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2015 | By Lawrence Adams livestrong.com
“..Consumer advocates worry that the pervasive use of growth hormones may cause health problems for children. Some parents believe that exposure to bovine growth hormones causes early puberty in young girls. Reaching puberty at a young age may increase your risk of cancer and other health problems. Another health concern is that children may develop milk allergies in response to the hormones found in dairy products…”
Hidden hormones can bring about early puberty in kids
By Dr. Jennifer Landa Published October 07, 2012 foxnews.com
“….And, of course, toxins found in everyday products can be a culprit as well. Household products like hand soap, shampoos, cosmetics and cleaning products contain chemicals – namely parabens – that are known as xenoestrogens and can mimic estrogen in the body, increasing the likelihood of early puberty…”
Why Drinking Milk Is Rocket Fuel For Cancer from youtube.com
“..Published on Apr 20, 2012 (Russ Curran)
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*other causes is “lack of a biological father”
“…Many of soy’s health benefits have been linked to isoflavones—plant compounds that mimic estrogen. But animal studies suggest that eating large amounts of those estrogenic compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger premature puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children.
Although most studies looking at the hormone-disrupting properties of genistein, the main isoflavone in soy, have been conducted in rodents, many scientists believe the findings may be relevant to humans as well…
….In another study, young female rats were fed high, medium, or low doses of genistein. Those fed the largest quantities from birth to weaning had reproductive effects later, including early puberty and irregular estrous cycles (similar to the menstrual cycle in humans). High doses also led to smaller litters….
By LOUISE GREENSPAN and JULIANNA DEARDORFFFEB. 5, 2015 nytimes.com
…There are ways to protect against early puberty. Breast-feeding early in life appears to help. What’s more, when a mother maintains a healthy weight before and during pregnancy, her daughter is less likely to get her period early. Work by our team also shows that consuming soy foods may delay puberty, which is contrary to the widely held belief that all soy-based products accelerate it. Providing a warm emotional environment at home can not only help prevent early puberty, but also mitigate the psychological effects if it occurs. To buffer against toxic stress, parents should prioritize setting aside time to engage with their daughters and bond emotionally….
September 12, 2014 by Dr. Mercola organiclifestylemagazine.com
“Sep 12, 2014 – American girls (and boys) are hitting puberty earlier than ever …. Processed, prepackaged foods are a major source of soy and chemicals such…”
Dr. Jennifer Landa
By Dr. Jennifer LandaPublished October 07, 2012FoxNews.com
What can you do right now?
You can slow or eliminate the impact that early exposure to excess hormones has on your kids by changing a few every day habits. Not only will you improve their health at this young age, but you will teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle throughout their lifespan and reduce the increased risk of disease that accompanies early onset puberty.
1. Go green. Choosing organic foods or, even better, shopping at the local farmers market will cut down on the chemical exposure and processing of your food. Cut down on the chemicals in your home by cleaning with natural substances, like vinegar and lemon juice. These are equally effective and non-toxic.
2. Read product labels. Spend time reading labels when choosing foods, household cleaners, shampoos, soaps and cosmetics. Avoid products with a lengthy chemical list and be on the lookout for the most common culprits of bodily harm, like parabens, ingredients ending in “-eth,” sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, triclosan and triethanolamine (TEA).
3. Exercise. Get your child involved in an active lifestyle. Take walks together as a family, encourage participation in recreational sports, take your kids to jump rope or play tag at the park. Physical activity can help your child with weight management and further reduce exposure to hormones….
“…EWG created our Skin Deep database as a way to combat the serious deficiencies in cosmetics regulation.
Still navigating store aisles can be difficult. Environmental Working Group researchers have evaluated hundreds of safety studies and thousands of ingredient labels to bring you our top recommendations for what not to buy…”
February 12, 2014 avivaromm.com
Cut out the soda and juice completely! (Water is the best beverage)
Cut portion sizes in half
Do your best to eliminate bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice from the diet: emphasize good quality proteins and vegetables as the mainstay of their diets
Cut the amount of TV watching in half (and adding exercise will make this even better!)
Make sure you are doing all of these things yourself – our kids model what they see more than what we say!
Prevent Exposure to “Environmental Estrogens”
Avoid flame retardant products (see my blog)
Encourage your pre-girls to avoid cosmetics , and if they are going to use them, go natural. It’s more expensive in the short run, but the health price tag is much lower over time! See the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website for information on safe cosmetic options.
Get your daughter a glass water bottle – Life Factory makes them in bright colors, a variety of sizes, with plain and even “sippy” and “straw” tops, and they are dishwasher safe and virtually indestructible. All my daughters have one. Encourage her to avoid drinking out of plastic bottles whenever possible.
Avoid plastic wrapped foods and plastic food containers for reheating and storing hot foods as much as possible.
Eat organic whenever possible, especially dairy and meat products, which accumulate environmental contaminants and are more likely to accumulate hormones and antibiotics used in the production process. See the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen” for the “must avoid” if not organic list.
Stress-Proof Your Daughter
Teach your daughter to get help from a teacher and to come to you if there are peer stressors at school or bullying.
Encourage your daughter to join a school or after school sport, dance class, or other physical activity which is enjoyable for her.
Reduce exposure to TV violence.
Teach simple meditation or relaxation skills to be done before bedtime, exams, or in a stressful situation. Simply breathing in and saying, “I am” on the inhale, and “At peace” on the exhale 4 times in a row, or “counting to 10” with deep breathing can make a difference!