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More on early bloomers

October 4th, 2007     by Zoe Cormier     Comments

I just wanted to post a quick follow-up to Erin’s previous post about early puberty.

The trend towards early puberty is scary and strange. We know that girls with high body fat are more likely to start early, but there are other environmental factors that are clearly at least partially responsible, namely endocrine disruptors.

I have done so much research on endocrine disruptors - synthetic chemicals that act like hormones - it came close to making my eyes as well as my heart bleed. It’s scary stuff.

A staggering variety of synthetic chemicals are capable of acting like hormones, most usually estrogen. The lining of tin cans, plastic bottles, the runoff from oil refineries and paper mills, chemicals in cosmetics and soaps - the list is endless. Once they get into an animal’s body (such as your own) they can interfere with hormonal circuits and can send things haywire: early puberty, miscarriages, abnormal sex characteristics (especially in wildlife, like fish and reptiles, which can switch gender more easily), altered ratio of male to female offspring, cancer. The list goes on and on.

One very curious thing about this is that the chemicals in beauty products are frequently capable of acting like endocrine disruptors. So young girls start using make-up and nail polish to look like teens, which quite possibly could accelerate their transition into puberty (obviously we can’t prove this for sure but the evidence is mounting).

This definitely isn’t ironic, it’s not fitting - god I’m not sure what the word is for it.

But it is sickeningly weird.

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