Wednesday, September 8, 2010

FYI: Puberty Starting in Second Grade

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I don't comment on my political affiliation. However, I am quite vocal about the importance of a more green, natural lifestyle. And here's one more reason why I feel it's so important: Last month the journal Pediatrics published an article stating that more than one in ten girls are starting to develop breasts by age seven, with even higher rates in some communities.

One theory as to why girls are starting to enter puberty so young is their exposure to chemicals containing endocrine disruptors. These chemicals are found in common products we all likely have in our homes. However, the Toxic Substances Control Act currently does not require that chemicals be tested to assess their ability to disrupt hormones. This is simply baffling to me!

Aside from being awkward, early puberty poses some potentially serious side effects. Higher risk of breast cancer, depression, low self esteem, & earlier sexual activity have been attributed to the early onset of puberty.

What can you do? Write your Congressmen & ask for them to sponsor an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Purchase more natural or organic foods, cleaning supplies, makeup, etc. Keep your children active (obesity can also bring on early puberty). Read up on this subject. Get involved.

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