It was a very informative 3-day event, but what I found startling was when the speaker, Andry Lim, said half-in-jest that the usual practice in conventional poultry-raising – the injection of alarming doses of growth hormones in chickens, namely estrogen – may be causing premature physiological advances and homosexuality among our children.
It was shocking, to say the least, but I nonchalantly dismissed it since I’ve never heard of, or read about any hard facts on such issues. But now comes this new study.
You may have already known about it. I’m talking about the recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics which suggests that boys are entering puberty earlier now than several decades ago — or at least earlier than the time frame doctors have historically used as a benchmark.
The study, indicates that boys are showing signs of puberty six months to two years earlier than was reported in previous research in which 11 ½ was the general age puberty began in boys, historically that is.
But then again, experts are wary because studies in the past were of smaller scale or may have used different approaches. They admit that it is no easy task to determine how much earlier boys might be developing. Supposedly, the study reflects research on girls which show earlier breast development than in the past.
This study by the Academy of Pediatrics does not propose answers to what might be causing earlier puberty, although it mentioned changes in diet, less physical activity and other environmental factors as possibilities. Experts said that without further research, implications for boys remain nebulous.
African-American boys, in this new study, show experiencing puberty earlier than whites and Hispanics, a result that other studies have shown also applies to African-American girls. Researchers said that difference is most likely driven by the role of genes in puberty.
In The New York Times article, the author, Pam Belluck, mentions a Dr. Laura Bachrach, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at Stanford University, who warns that the results of this new study should not prompt “a magazine cover article that shows a 9-year-old boy shaving.”
Dr. Bachrach goes on to add, “And because some parents fear that early puberty is related to more hormones in milk — speculation that is unproven — I don’t want people to get up in arms and rush out and buy organic milk,” she said. “When patients ask me, I say, ‘Do that for political reasons or because you like the taste, but don’t do it because you think it’s going to influence puberty.’ ”
“This should perhaps set a standard going forward for being very attentive to puberty in boys and being mindful that they’re developing earlier,” said Dolores J. Lamb, a molecular endocrinologist at Baylor College of Medicine and president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She was not involved in the study.
Praising the study as well done, she said, “Whether the difference is as large as what they say on some papers 40 years ago is not clear.” However, she added, “this is going to be incredibly useful to pediatricians and urologists.”
The new study also found that African-American boys began puberty earlier than whites and Hispanics, a result that other studies have shown also applies to African-American girls. Researchers said that difference is most likely driven by the role of genes in puberty.
On average, black boys in the study showed signs of puberty, primarily identified as growth of the testicles, at a little older than 9, while white and Hispanic boys were a little older than 10.
Several experts said the study should not be seized upon as cause for alarm, but rather as a way to help parents and doctors gauge what to be aware of in boys’ development and whether to start conversations about social issues sooner.
“It was an important study to do, and their methodology is improved over prior studies in that they based their assessment of puberty in boys on what I consider to be the gold standard: the size of the testicles,” said Dr. Laura Bachrach, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at Stanford University.
But the study should not prompt a magazine “cover article that shows a 9-year-old boy shaving,” Dr. Bachrach said. And because some parents fear that early puberty is related to more hormones in milk — speculation that is unproven — “I don’t want people to get up in arms and rush out and buy organic milk,” she said. “When patients ask me, I say, ‘Do that for political reasons or because you like the taste, but don’t do it because you think it’s going to influence puberty.’ ”
Thus, though scientifically unconfirmed, the growth hormones infused in he livestock and chickens whose meat we consume, as well as the pesticides in our food supplies, may in fact turn out to be the insidious culprits that are quietly wreaking havoc in our internal systems.
In this Natural Farming seminar I had attended, on its final evening, there was a guest speaker who gave a brief lecture on the adverse effects of chemicals to our environment and to ourselves. Her name is Edna Sasing-Lao. She is a Fellow, Biological Medicine; Diplomate, Chelation Therapy; Diploma in Homeophathy, British Institute of Homeophaty; Member, American College for the Advancement in Medicine; National Chancellor, PAMS-AIM; Trustee, Philippine College for the Advancement in Medicine; and Past President, Philippine for the Advancement in Medicine.
In her talk, she basically underscored what Andry Lim had earlier claimed about estrogen as being a probable cause in the increasing rate of homosexuality among our children. Dr. Lao claims sugar increases estradiol – the most potent form of naturally-occurring estrogen in men – that can cause homosexuality.
Goodness gracious! Milk, chicken and sugar happen to be among the prime choices of our children when it comes to meals and snacks. What a tough world we are living in, indeed.
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