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Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier, 10x Faster Than Boys–and it’s NOT all About the Chicken!!!!

Why Girls Mature Faster These Days

Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right.

Generations of parents have known, understood, and parroted this fact to teenagers with raging hormones who didn’t want to hear the old adage one more time.

But for some reason, when it comes to hormones in 10-year-old girls, doctors aren’t getting it.

They decided that since everyone was doing it, it must be “normal” and simply redefined what’s acceptable (source) rather than digging into find out what’s wrong with a generation of young children. Even other researchers disagree (source).

If your daughter or granddaughter becomes one of the increasingly common 6-8-year-old girls growing pubic hair and breast buds (source), you might feel worried.

And you should be!

But your reaction should not be this:

Screaming about hormones in chicken when it comes to early puberty think again

When I posted an article about earlier puberty in girls on Facebook, I was dismayed to see the high percentage of commenters with that knee-jerk reaction. They clearly did not click through to actually read the article (there should be a disease name for that, like “title-is-enough-for-me-osis” or “don’t-need-to-know-the-whole-story-ism”).

“It’s the meat! The dairy! The huge-breasted chickens! What are we doing to our food these days?!?”

Lo and behold, educated by their skill in reading titles of articles on the Internet, they knew exactly the problem.

Surprise, surprise: They’re wrong.

 

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Chickens, Cattle, and Hormones, Oh My!

Chickens don’t even need growth hormones, steroids, or supplemental estrogen or testosterone of any kind.

It’s been illegal for decades.

Beef cattle are allowed to be treated with hormones (6 of them, 3 natural, 3 synthetic), but that can’t be the whole story. Dairy cattle are allowed to be treated with the infamous rBST or rBGH, but due to popular consumer demand, most farms no longer use it, as evidenced on the majority of milk jugs anyone can read in the store.

But even with that hormonal influence on our environment and our food supply via cattle farming, the problem of earlier puberty is not just about food, and in fact, only a small percentage of orally consumed hormones make it through the digestive system according to research done by Parodi (2012) and Hartmann et. al (1998).

It’s a much bigger issue than that.

Is this more than your average Facebook scroller and post title reader can handle?

I’m going to do my best to keep it brief and digestible…promise. Winking smile

The beginning of the story is this:

  1. The average age of onset of menstruation was 16 in 1860, 14 in 1920, and 12.5 today.
  2. In the last 30-40 years, those numbers have moved down 6 months – which feels significant for such a short time.
  3. The very start of puberty – breast development – has dropped two full years in those same four decades. So puberty is lasting longer, which may point to external sources of estrogen that our girls’ bodies are reacting to by beginning breast development.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 (link removed), The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today’s Girls by Greenspan and Deardorff

The question to pursue is: Where is environmental estrogen found in larger quantities over the last century?

There is Estrogen in Meat…and Some Other Stuff

Why Girls Mature Faster Than Boys & What you Can Do About It

All animals create hormones as part of their normal growth and development, and the testosterone and estrogen in animals is the same substance as in humans.

So every time we eat meat, we’re going to consume that animal’s hormones.

There are also six hormones approved for use in cattle: 3 natural, 3 synthetic. However, the residue in the meat is extremely small, less than that of natural hormones in some instances, and remember that research that showed that consumed hormones don’t make it through our digestive system all that efficiently.

That doesn’t mean I’m a fan of hormone therapy for animals, and it doesn’t mean there are no ill effects from it – similar to the problems in fish from hormonal birth control excreted into the water supply, aquatic ecosystems downstream from cattle farms demonstrate major fertility problems. The males are feminized and the females are masculinized. The hormones are at least somewhat persistent in the environment.

Besides that, the fact remains that “A 2009 study found that children who consumed the most protein from animal sources entered puberty about seven months earlier than those who consumed the least.” (source)

But correlation does not equal causation, and it’s not necessarily about the hormones – Marcia Herman-Giddens, lead author of a 1997 study on early puberty in girls, rang in on the 2009 study for the Huffington Post:

It’s more likely that meat, milk, and similar foods help trigger earlier puberty because they are rich in protein, calories, and nutrients.”

You can poo-poo that comment all you want, but check this out: many vegetables have more estrogen than hormone-therapy-implanted beef:

Why Girls Mature Faster Than Boys & What you Can Do About It

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But – have these vegetables changed in estrogen quantity over the last century? Not likely. In the case of soy, we are certainly eating a massively larger quantity than the 1800s, and it’s possible we simply eat more meat because food in general is in greater abundance: easier to purchase, easier to prepare since it’s all done for you.

For further reading: 1, 2, 3, 4

Why Chickens Get so Big so Fast

Yes, it’s true that the chicken breasts you buy in the store seem impossibly huge.

Yes, it’s true that today’s conventionally farmed meat chickens have massive amounts of breast meat.

Yes, it’s true that those poor chickens get so big in front that they often have trouble walking and may even break their own legs simply by the weight of their chests.

But it’s not added hormones in their feed (that wouldn’t work anyway).

It’s not injected hormones (they’d have to inject them multiple times per day for very little result).

It’s not any supplementation at all.

Big-breasted chickens are so because of three practices:

  1. Breeding for growth
  2. Feeding for growth
  3. Growing for growth (their environment)

Are these things good for the chicken?

No.

But they make big meat.

Add to that the up to 30% filler that can be pumped into the chicken meat after it is slaughtered (salt, water, sugars, broth, preservatives), and you’ve got a recipe for impossibly fat, juicy chicken breasts.

Sources: 1, 2

The Real Reasons for Early Puberty in Girls

Let me say it again: It’s not just the meat!

The complexities of the human body are so vast that it’s impossible to pin a general downward trend in onset of puberty on one thing. However, scientists and doctors have quite a few researched theories:

Glass of water
  1. Pharmaceuticals in tap water: How many millions of women take birth control and hormone replacement therapy these days? All that extra estrogen is excreted into the sewage system, is not filtered by water treatment, and ends up in our water supply. There’s no way this only effect girls. (sources: 1, 2)This is why we prioritize filtering our own water in our home! When this post was written, I had learned that nothing could filter the estrogenic compounds in the water. I’m so grateful that technology (and testing) has now caught up! What is really the case is that there was no test, no standard, to measure whether the hormone chemicals were filtered, so no one could claim it. Now there is a test/standard, and quite a few filters, including Berkey, have tested to remove these contaminants. What a sigh of relief!!!!
  2. Estrogen-like endocrine disrupting chemicals (EEDC) – they’re everywhere, and this is definitely new in the last century.
    • Plastics: BPA, phthalates
    • Flame retardants
    • Pesticides
    • Parabens in personal products
    • Fluoride in city water
    • sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (link removed)
      Recycling hundreds of water bottles from school walk a thon 1
  3. Not enough exercise: Getting exercise is one of the few actions research-proven to help avoid early puberty. (sources: 1, 2)
  4. Fat accumulation/obesity: One theory is that because hormones collect in fatty tissue, additional fat may cause higher levels of hormones that spark the onset of puberty earlier. (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (link removed), 7)
  5. Familial make-up: Girls without dad in the home are twice as likely to enter puberty early. (sources: 1, 2)
  6. Poor infant-mother bond. (source)
    Why Girls Mature Faster Than Boys & What you Can Do About It
  7. Stress, especially severe and early in life. (sources: 1 (link removed), 2)
  8. Sleep patterns being interrupted: Poor sleep decreases melatonin levels, an important hormone. Artificial lighting and screens after natural daylight ends impact this greatly. (sources: 1, 2, 3)
  9. Low Vitamin D (source (link removed))

Now we have to remember that research has only shown that all those elements may be related to early onset of puberty, in girls in particular (obesity, for example, actually works exactly the opposite in boys).

Correlation does not equal causation.

The problems above may in some cases be the result of early puberty or even completely unrelated.

Or perhaps they’re related to each other, like this one:

You’re Not Fat Because You Eat Too Much

Similar to the popular quick answer to the early puberty question, most people respond to the problem of obesity in one of three ways:

  1. We eat too much!
  2. Too much fat and sugar!
  3. Not enough exercise!

Research over the last decade has begun to point to the possibility that endocrine disruptors in our environment – from the personal products we use to the containers for our food and drink – may be a major culprit in the obesity epidemic. (source)

Those same endocrine disruptors are also correlated with early puberty.

So it really isn’t all about the chicken.

Girls hitting early puberty is a big problem but its NOT all about the chicken Find out the tr

The bottom line is this – you can’t just avoid early puberty in girls (or messed up reproductive systems for anyone) by becoming a vegan.

Nothing is that simple.

But rather than be overwhelmed by another fearful article, be encouraged – you’re probably already avoiding a lot of the things responsible for reproductive malfunctions already, and if you’re not, take some baby steps today.

15 Ways to Improve Your Family’s Chances for Healthy Reproductive Systems

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  1. Ditch plastic wherever possible: stainless steel water bottles, glass dishes for food, reusable sandwich bags for food on the go, and no single use water bottles if you can help it.
  2. Seek out natural personal products – I have a huge list of everything I use in our home RIGHT HERE. At the very least, familiarize yourself with the top chemicals to avoid, including any word that ends in “paraben.” From my interview with a biochemist, chemical sunscreens would be a big one to avoid, too. (See the interview here: “Have Some Hormone Replacement Therapy with your Bikini“)
  3. Lean toward organic beef as much as possible. (Here are a few online sources if you don’t have anything locally available: Tendergrass Farms, U.S. Wellness Meats – my affiliate links.)
  4. Any organic food you can afford is a great idea since chemical pesticides are pegged in a whole host of issues including endocrine system woes.
  5. Any whole foods you can eat vs. processed foods is a good step – you’ll avoid BPA in packaging and help your families’ bodies stay as healthy as possible and at a healthy weight. I can help you teach your kids to cook and enjoy real food – and if you’re a rookie yourself, you might pick up some skills in the process.
  6. Skip the sugar.
  7. Help your children get sufficient and quality sleep. Limit screens especially at night. (See my post, The Secret to Healing Sleep, for more.)
  8. Take a Vitamin D supplement.
  9. Stay married – to your daughter’s biological father. See this comment for more detail.
  10. Form strong bonds with your babies.
  11. Avoid processed soy (read the labels – it’s everywhere, unfortunately!).
  12. Seek to reduce stress – for everyone in your family!
  13. Skip the feetie jams – all pajamas except tight-fitting ones are treated with flame retardants. Look into safe mattress alternatives as well.
  14. Avoid birth control in your home and advocate others to do the same. NFP is a fantastic alternative to chemical birth control.
  15. Filter your water at home. There are quite a few brands on the market that are tested to remove pharmaceutical compounds now! Phew! (Water filtration review coming soon at KS!)
  16. Exercise. It’s one of the few interventions known to help prevent early puberty. (source)

Naturally, this post got longer than I was shooting for. I had to delete entire paragraphs and stay my hand from typing more that I wanted to share, but if you can still digest information like it’s 2010 and you desire more information, you have to read these articles:

  1. The New York Times article that started it all. (Particularly read the part about Robert Lustig and his challenges to the entire theory of earlier onset of puberty!)
  2. Mercola’s thoughts (link removed)
  3. Links to Obesity from NBC News
  4. Great research on the hormones in beef and how DES impacted a generation
  5. How to Prevent Early Puberty from Eco-Novice.
Please share this article with friends and encourage them to take baby steps too!
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40 thoughts on “Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier, 10x Faster Than Boys–and it’s NOT all About the Chicken!!!!”

  1. whisperingsage

    I forgot to mention they DO feed “medicated” feeds to commercial birds, antibiotics increase size for some reason. I feed organic and provide a large pen and grow them greens.

  2. whisperingsage

    The “big chicken” thing. These are actually the cornish which can get up to 12 pounds. BUT they die early, and no they aren’t getting enough vitamin D or calcium or other bone support. I worked in a high school and had the joy of being able to check on the chicks ordered for the FFA kids. I noticed the “Cornish” would grow fast and die quick. The commercial raisers lose their advantage of genetic size because they don’t give them adequate nutrients to survive. As a result, if you have noticed, KFC chicken is tiny like squab. So what is the point? The advantage is lost. Now there are some pasture-based farms that raised the cornish on grass and added supplements and they seem to do pretty well. But they are in the sun, getting some D there, maybe D in the feed. I find in our long winters (high desert of the Sierras) if I don’t supplement with a good electrolyte with vitamin D and A and several other good things, I have more depressed chickens that won’t come out and eat in bad weather and snow and higher death rate. D electrolytes in water and they are not depressed. That’s the best way I can describe it. D deficiency causes SAD (seasonal Affective Disorder), ie depression. D in the water keeps my animals eating and alive. If they don’t eat in the cold, they die, they need the calories for their body heat. I don’t mess with Cornish by the way. I like the other large breeds, Light Brahma, Rhode Island Red, Araucauna, Australorp, Rocks, Orpingtons.

  3. The Berkey water filter system claims to filter out pharmaceuticals and fluoride. Do you think they don’t? I bought ours specifically for this purpose so if it isn’t effective I’d certainly like to know…

    1. Carolyn @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Hi Molly, I trust the Berkey website on that one. I actually recently purchased a Berkey for that reason as well! 🙂 I’ve mentioned to Katie that maybe this post needs a quick update since it does make it sound like there’s nothing we can do about the stuff getting in our water.

    2. Molly,
      When this post was written, I had learned that nothing could filter the estrogenic compounds in the water. I’m so grateful that technology (and testing) has already caught up! What is really the case is that there was no test, no standard, to measure whether the hormone chemicals were filtered, so no one could claim it. Now there is a test/standard, and quite a few filters, including Berkey, have tested to remove these contaminants. What a sigh of relief!!!!
      🙂 Katie

    3. Thank you both for responding, I was worried my Berkey was maybe making false claims, I’ve heard some say the fluoride filters don’t really work and since I’m not equipped to test the water myself, I was hoping I didn’t get duped! Have either of you read into using Zeolites for detoxing? I’ve read Zeolites remove many toxic substances including fluoride and heavy metals like Mercury and arsenic from your body. I’m looking forward to trying it!

  4. I did most of the protective things listed in this article and it still wasn’t enough. A few months before my daughters 9th birthday she discovered she had developed breast buds. I feel like I completely failed to protect her.

    1. Oh Lisa, I’m sad that you feel so sad! There surely was nothing you could have done – genetics and the rest of the environment she’s exposed to, unfortunately the choices of other people about how they pollute etc., make a huge impact. And all the good habits you did aren’t lost; there are tons of benefits to her body from each one. We moms are HARD on ourselves! 🙁 I hope you can give yourself a heap of grace today. Hugs, Katie

  5. Interesting read for sure. I can’t figure out why my family is the antithesis of this whole article since it seems to hold true for so many, even families I know. My mom began menstruating at just 11 in the 50s. I began at 12 in the 80s. My oldest daughter didn’t start until 14 just a couple years ago and my 11.5 yr old hasn’t even started puberty yet. We use plastic, are huge carnivores, don’t eat organic, eat take out and junk food in moderation, aren’t great at fitting in exercise although were an active family, and their father and I are no longer together but are great coparents and he’s involved in their lives. There are things in the article, goals I’d like to do better to work towards but we’re not doing anything to actively prevent the girls’ maturity. I’m definitely not complaining and am thankful they’ve been allowed to be children physically longer than the “new norm”. I have no idea why it’s worked out that way though.

  6. Great article, thanks for all your hard work! I have two daughters, so this is great information. Luckily, we do almost all the things on your list (the sugar one being the hardest since kids get it everywhere they go!)

  7. I love to see someone covering the whole picture. Being as how I have a Mother In Law in the med profession who has several degrees in herbology as well these are nothing new to me. But I am glad that you are putting it out to everyone in a well informed and easy to read manner. Kudos. Job well done. And I do hope that parents get past the ireadthetitleitis!

  8. Lots of good info here. One thing I take issue with is the “endocrine disruptors” idea though. Time and time again, it has been proven that simply reducing calories is all it takes to lose weight. There are _tons_ of people out there trying to convince themselves (such as another poster above) that people “tend toward” or “their genetics” or their “metabolism” or such and such “system” in their body doesn’t work right. It’s 99.999% of the time nonsense. People just don’t pay attention to how many calories they eat.

    1. Hi JonDoe,
      I disagree with the point that simply reducing calories helps most people lose weight. Time and time again, people have found that to be false, even after counting scrupulously and trying very hard to keep calories down. Endocrine disruptors may interfere with weight loss, but the real point is that they are chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and alter the reproductive system erroneously. Nasty things…
      Katie

    2. Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook

      I disagree with this, as a person who has never been overweight. I eat a lot! I do get some exercise, but I know a lot of people who get decent exercise and eat noticeably less than I do yet are overweight. They don’t lose weight if they are sick for a few days; I can drop 5 pounds a day, if vomiting or not eating, and struggle for a month to gain it back by stuffing myself with nut butter and pasta. There is some kind of variation among people in the tendency to maintain a slim figure or a more padded one, and I think it’s partly genetic and partly environmental, but there IS something going on besides calorie intake vs. calorie expenditure.

      1. I too am someone lucky enough to be able to eat a lot and not get fat – my whole family except my mother are like this too. I eat a fairly healthy diet these days but I don’t skimp on fat and calories and have a big appetite, and in my youth I ate my fair share of junk without ever gaining weight (and I have never done anywhere near enough exercise!). When we were growing up my mother ate pretty much exactly the same food as us (traditional home cooked food) and was always slightly overweight whereas we all stayed slim. In the last couple of decades she has been on diet after diet, and exercises regularly, and has never shifted much of the weight. She’s by no means obese, but just seems to be naturally built on the chubbier side! I agree some people do use genetics as an excuse, but I am convinced that some people do just have an innate tendency to put weight on more easily, or to carry a little more fat on their body, whereas others can eat huge amounts of junk and never get fat.

        JonDoe referenced the post above where Betsy mentioned her daughter “tending towards the heavier side” but he seems to have glossed over her point that her children all eat the same diet, yet only one carries more weight. If it was a simple matter of eating fewer calories or healthier food you wouldn’t see this sort of pattern in families.

        Clearly the amount & type of food you eat does make a big difference, but I don’t think you can entirely dismiss the role of innate differences in who struggles more to keep their weight down.

    3. Wrong. Thyroid disorders and hormonal imbalances are wide spread and often go undiagnosed for years and years. I eat very little as I spend all day chasing my toddlers and what I eat is healthy. We don’t buy junk food. I still couldn’t lose any baby weight. Guess what? Hashimotos. You are very blessed to be able to lose weight by simply cutting calories but that isn’t how it works for many people. Some, sure, but most, no. There are many undiagnosed health issues caused by chemicals in our food, medications, and drinking water. Not everybody has the salary to buy all organic to avoid these chemicals. Again, be grateful that you live a life blessed with such health and stop assuming everyone else is as blessed as you are.

  9. Betsy (Eco-novice)

    This topic is of great concern to me because I have two daughters and one seems to naturally tend toward the heavier side, despite similar eating patterns to my other kids. After studying this issue, promoting an active healthy lifestyle for our entire family is a top priority for me. We try to spend our weekends as a family hiking, biking, running around at the beach, etc. I will also say that we plotted down some serious dough to purchase flame-retardant-free mattresses for our family many years ago, and as the research on the detrimental effects of flame retardants just keeps coming in, I have never once regretted that investment (can’t say the same for every green purchase I’ve made unfortunately).

    Healthy eating is of course also a big concern. Love the idea of a cooking course for kids taught by kids. Brilliant! And many more ideas to chew on in this article as well.

    Thanks for the links. I’ve always admired your in-depth even-handed research, and am thrilled to be mentioned on Kitchen Stewardship.

  10. Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook

    Great summary! This is a complicated issue, but the good news is that that means there are a lot of different things we can work on, some of which are under our control for our individual families.

    I want to clarify about “girls without dad in the home” and “Stay married.”–both of the sources you cited, and everything else I’ve read on the subject, shows a correlation between early puberty and living apart from the BIOLOGICAL father. Living with a stepfather or other unrelated adult male seems to increase the odds of early puberty, possibly even more than living with a single mother. So “Stay married.” is good advice for preventing early puberty only if the guy you’re married to is your daughter’s father!

    I read everything I could find about puberty when I was going through it myself in the 1980s, so I am skeptical of the idea that the average age of menarche has moved down 6 months since then and is now 12.5–because everything I read then said 12 was average. Among my friends, about half had a period before turning 13, and all my friends then were white, American Indian, or Asian–I read then, and since, that puberty tends to come earlier for girls with African or Hispanic ancestry.

    One of your links includes some more reasons to prevent precocious puberty: Puberty reduces the body’s ability to heal wounds (ever noticed how long your skinned knee lasts compared to a little kid’s?) and reduces cognitive plasticity which enables us to learn things like foreign languages and playing new instruments. Let this remind everyone to prioritize foreign language and instrumental music BEFORE middle school!

    I’m interested in the role of light exposure. My mother had the book Lunaception, about using controlled light exposure while sleeping to improve fertility awareness, and the theory is still out there but still not adequately tested. One thing that has changed in our bedroom environments over the past 50 years is the presence of illuminated digital clocks and/or electronic devices in standby/charging mode with LEDs that stay on. I like my digital clock, but for years I’ve been putting something in front of it when I go to bed or positioning it facing away from the bed, to avoid disrupting my sleep.

  11. Many farmers now drench wheat, other grains and even potatoes with ROUNDUP (glyphosate) to dessicate (dry) the plants shortly before harvest. Of course this results in high levels of roundup residue in our food, which the FDA apparently thinks is OK ( not!) roundup causes infertility, cancer, especially breast cancer, kidney failure, autism and many other health problems.

  12. Eric Fernance

    Thanks Katie, great read!

    It’s already been said in the comments but great to see things other than chicken! I think nearly everything about modern society is really messing with hormones in everyone. Stress, plastics, and just all the added garbage in our food and environment…. Just so many chemicals everywhere!

    The environmental working group (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) has some good resources for toxic skin care and pharmaceutical products that’s worth a look at for avoiding some of the added garbage.

    Also Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie is a great read. They deliberately experiment on themselves to demonstrate how so many of these things bio-accumulate.

    Thanks again!

    Eric.

      1. Eric Fernance

        No worries Katie. They chose an awesome name.

        It gets really annoying when companies say all these chemicals are “safe” and “non-toxic” but then avoid looking at the dangers of regular, daily, incremental, exposure from literally thousands of different sources.

  13. One thing I did not see mentioned was the huge amount of soy these animals are fed which does contain alot of estrogen. It will even make men have reduced sex drive and grow breaststroke as well as disrupt thyroid function which is a huge hormone regulator. Not even to mention all the soy that is in the foods we eat. I think this is a major contributor.

  14. Thank you! I always assume it’s the hormones. Heard that back in 2000 and never was educated otherwise.

  15. Again, great article, Katie! To give another example, people today are significantly taller than 100 years ago. I once visited the Bodie and several other California ghost towns and the museums there are amazing! Women in the late 1800’s in these boom towns were apparently quite short, averaging 4 ft 6 in (4:6), judging by the clothing displayed. Several sources that study human growth have said our early forefathers (Genesis) were about 5:2 to 5:6, but during medieval times, people actually *shrunk* due to malnutrition, with height rising again when nutrition and food availability improved. So many other factors weighed in as well, nationality, ethnicity, parentage (genes), as well as wars, famines, etc. — and this is just height and weight.

    One interesting fact was that there seems to be a mother-son and father-daughter correlation that factors in. I was always told from an early age that I was practically my mother’s twin and in fact, you can’t tell pictures of us at the same age apart. However, when I reached puberty things changed dramatically and I now more closely resemble a female version of my father in facial and overall body shape and bone structure.

    It’s an easy answer to say that it’s the chickens, but there is so much more to consider! Thanks, Katie, for getting us to think more about the complexities involved.

  16. Thank u so much and good luck for tomorrow’s show! When my daughter was born in 2009,there were loads of BPA feeding bottles from reputable companies,the bad news had just started to come out and to be honest,during pregnancy I was way too concerned about labor pain and other frivolous things,like what brand of stroller to purchase and baby fashion…so my daughter was often fed from plastic no.7 bottles where I would pour boiling water to make her formula and sterilized in hot water!Of course I used some glass bottles too,and breastfed despite a low-milk supply up to 5-6 months but her occassional exposure to BPA IS CERTAIN from day 5 until 2 years old. I have been quite careful with shampoo and nutrition,yet nothing seems to make up for the irreversible damage I have caused to her due to ignorance.
    I know that what you do is a source of income and still love your articles,which is very uncommon,judging from the plethora of information available on the web from people who all want to sell something.Please continue to spread the word,the word that only motherhood can let penetrate the ears of ignorant (or negligent) mothers.
    Regards from Greece.

    1. So few actions are truly irreversible, Maria – for every carcinogenic food we eat, we can counter with antioxidant rich food. For every BPA-laden bottle your daughter drank from, hopefully the good sleep she gets now or the joyful live she leads or *something* will counter that. The good thing about there being a zillion problems is that it’s unlikely you’ll hit the worst scenario just because of one of them. Be encouraged – you’re making a ton of good choices for her! And although the early years are important, it’s still only two years.

      I’m honored to be the “uncommon” blogger for you! 😉 Katie

  17. Ugh…good to know to focus more on beef than chicken! I was thankful to find nothing shockingly new to avoid. I thought the Berkey filtered most pharmaceuticals though?

  18. I found this very enlightening. I especially loved the fact about fathers being in the home. That cannot be stressed enough. Thanks, Katie!

  19. Another thing worth mentioning is the soil foods are grown in and animals eat from. There is a independent study being done in California of the lead contamination that is actually in at least some organically grown Kale. They are only doing the study on organically grown Kale because it is an independent study, which is extremely expensive to do. It is proving that just because foods have been grown, labeled and stamped “organic” does not mean they were grown, or raised, in organic soil (or animals on organic soil with organic grazing). I think we all realize our soil, as with our water supply, has been compromised. And speaking of the water supply – harmful chemicals are actually recommended, and administered to our water supply. The added chlorine and Fluoride alone are also very much affecting our health and growth and development. I think we all realize too that reports from pharmaceutical companies, or recipients to big pharma’s incentives, such as Monsanto, should never be taken as truth. Thanks for the great article.

  20. I thought you might be interested in reading about these filters with regards to filtering of pharmaceuticals:
    http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/chloramine-pharmaceutical-pesticide-etc-results/?___SID=U

    1. Of course it only addresses the drinking water problem and not the whole house but I love my Berkey filter…

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