Early puberty problem in America; continuing to worsen.

And most of the medical community has no clue why.

Dr. John McDougall

But, thankfully, a few enlightened physicians know exactly what is happening and why. What is it going to take to JOLT us into action when it comes to promoting health?

It’s one thing if we adults don’t care what happens to our bodies, but it’s borderline criminal when it comes to what we’re doing to our kids. Last week, I heard Dr. John McDougall quote some alarming statistics:

  • 3% of African-American girls are beginning puberty at age 3.
  • 50% of African-American girls have entered puberty by age 8.

And it’s not just the African-American girls, it’s also happening to boys, both black and white. According to an AAP study released last week, (See link below)

Boys in the United States are reaching puberty some 6 months to 2 years earlier than a few decades ago, reflecting the trend in girls, according to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online before print on Saturday. The study authors suggest more research should now be done to find out why this is happening.

Lots of published evidence shows girls are reaching puberty earlier, and this is now generally accepted, but until now, there hasn’t been as much research on whether today’s boys are also showing a similar tendency.

My friend, Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his office in New Jersey

Find out why this is happening? I wrote my first blog on this topic in April of 2011 and reached out to two medical experts for information. Replying to my request, Dr. John McDougall said “Interesting – I have been writing about this since the early 80s. I know what the cause is.”

Also Dr. Joel Furhman weighed in on this topic…referring me to this quote from his book, Disease-Proof Your Child:

Early puberty is obviously not due to any one factor, but rather to the combined effect of the modern diet of processed foods, cheese, daily animal products and the lack of fresh produce….Early puberty is strongly associated with breast cancer and the occurrence of breast cancer is three times higher in women who started puberty before age twelve.

The Bottom Line. There may be other contributing factors, but enlightened experts like Dr. McDougall and Dr. Fuhrman agree that the primary reason for this early puberty is simply that:

We’re eating the wrong food!

This was the “blinding flash of the obvious” that I experienced in 2003. And this problem is still getting worse. Just like all of our other health issues. Since beginning this blog in February of 2011, this is my 22nd post about the children—the saddest part of this whole food and healthcare mess that we have created in the western world.

Here are a few of my blogs about early puberty and a few others about health issues for kids in general. Circulate these around, maybe they will help JOLT some loving parents to their senses. (My 633rd consecutive daily blog)

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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