Could the early puberty rate of children in your area possibly be tied to hormone changes due to absorption of various types of plastics leaching out from food wrappings or containers, added to certain chemicals in the air, soil, and indoor environment, as well as other toxins from the school and outdoor environment? There's also a health problem that could come from handling some, but not all cash register and credit card paper receipts if they contain BPA, as explained in the article, "Concerned about BPA: Check your receipts | Chemistry | Science."
Endocrine disruptors could be a wide variety of chemicals from plastics or from beauty products such as shampoo and skin care products or even types of nail treatment solutions or polish. What are scientists looking at? In some USA cities, child obesity is linked to early puberty. But does nutrition influence the age of puberty? And could the same situation result from other hormone disruptors such as pesticides or fire retardants in fabrics?
Most sofas and soft chairs may still contain fire retardants that leach out into the skin and are absorbed. What can you do to promote health in the environment and food, including food wrappings, cookware, and food storage containers?
Think about certain types of plastics such as Teflon and PCBs. Plastics are in food, air, and water. Here are some ways that plastics can damage your cholesterol metabolism. To solve the problem, use safer containers to store or wrap your food and other items you consume. Or could early puberty be due more to obesity in children, perhaps obesity influenced by endocrine disruptors in various foods, food containers and wrappings, or even shampoos? Check out, "Obesity Leads To Early Puberty In Young Girls - Huffington Post."
Each day the average person takes in 19 ug/kilogram body weight per day (Kavlock). If you're in the hospital and have an IV with plastic tubing, it increases your plastics level to over 160 mcg per day. If you're a newborn or a premature infant with an IV in you, the amount of plastics entering your bloodstream is enormous.
The levels in humans in the USA of a flame retardant placed in bedding and clothing called PBDE, which is a cousin to PCBs, is doubling every two years. (See page 306 of The Cholesterol Hoax.) What can you do to lessen your exposure to the effects of platicizers? Check out, "Another Disturbing Side Effect of the American Diet: Early Puberty." But is it diet alone, or what other environmental toxins are in some foods?
"Plastics make your hormones act unpredictably," reports Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. on page 299 in her book, The Cholestrol Hoax in the section titled, "Plastics Cause High Cholesterol." Did you know that exposure to eating from plastic plates, utensils, and bottles damage your cholesterol metabolism?
In the womb, plastics are passed via the placenta to the fetus. The more IVs you have with that plastic tubing, the more plastics get into your blood
When plastics get in your body they disrupt your endocrine system. Plastics damage your hormones, especially your thyroid hormones. And they may not show up on tests doctors use to diagnose thyroid problems. Plastics that may create low thyroid functions that in turn create high cholesterol levels.
Plastics and plasticizers lower testosterone. Plastics help to create more ateriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). This could lead to diabetes or metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance). Plasticizers help to make you gain weight. Plastics promote prostate and breast cancers, and turn on the tags and switches of bad genes.
Are female children being exposed to chemicals in nutritional supplements and beauty products that are linked to early puberty due to chemicals that disrupt their hormones?
A recent study included Northern California female children using some commercial beauty products and even some nutritional supplements and medicines coated with certain chemicals to aid in time-release. And what do these same chemicals due to male children? (A study on males needs to be done). The chemicals include phenols, phthalates, and phytoestrogens.
Should you make a list of what beauty products and nutritional supplements, even medicines are coated with these or contain these chemicals? Even some commercial shampoos may contain them. Is it time to make your own shampoo from basic products? And what's in some baby shampoos? Has anyone looked and made a list? Check out the article, ""Chemicals in Beauty Products Tied to Early Puberty in Girls."
Are chemicals in beauty products linked to early puberty in girls?
Why were so many chemicals found in the beauty products or in some supplements that exposed these young girls to phenols, phtalates, and phytoestrogens that could disrupt their body's hormone systems? According to the Health Day News April 08, 2010 article, "Chemicals in Beauty Products Tied to Early Puberty in Girls," exposure to chemicals found in a wide range of consumer products may lead to delayed or early puberty in girls and increase their risk for health problems later in life, U.S. researchers reported.
The chemicals in question are called endocrine disruptors
They are the phenols, phthalates, and phytoestrogens in some beauty products. The problem is those chemicals interfere with the body's endocrine, or hormone, system. Maybe it's time to use organic, natural beauty products you make yourself that aren't coated with time-release chemicals or plasticizers. It's not only cosmetics.
These plasticizers are sometimes used as coatings on some types of time-released nutritional supplements and medications. You also find these chemicals and coatings in various types of commonly used consumer products such as nail polishes, cosmetics, perfumes, lotions, and shampoos.
The study included 1,151 girls, ages 6 to 8, who lived in New York City, Cincinnati and northern California. All three classes of chemicals were widely detectable in urine samples collected from the girls
The study found that high levels of phthalates and phytoestrogens were strongly associated with early breast development. One phenol, two phytoestrogens and a subset of phthalates -- those used in building products and plastic tubing -- were associated with delayed puberty. But phthalates found in personal products such as lotions and shampoos were linked to earlier breast and pubic hair development.
The study also focused on how chemicals influence breast cancer risk due to time periods in childhood in the development of the mammary gland. Another area of study is how dietary habits can impact the development of the mammary gland also before puberty. How strong is the link between chemicals in beauty products and nutritional supplements and breast cancer? Further study is needed." The study was published online in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives.
When you look at older studies, the research explores possible links of early puberty to the incidences of cancer or diabetes much later in adulthood. What's in the environment and in food and food containers or wrappings that may be putting children at risk?