Why Are Kids Going Through Puberty Sooner?

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A new article by Stephan Guyenet posits a new theory as to why kids are going through puberty sooner (and why my cousin—9, not pictured—is already filled with adolescent angst). He says that while there are many theories for the decline in the age of puberty in girls and boys, the answer is really pretty simple:

Explanations abound for the decline in the age of puberty in girls and boys.  Some contend it’s due to the artificial hormones in conventionally produced milk.  Others attribute it to estrogen-like endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastic and agricultural chemicals.  But there’s a much simpler explanation that also happens to have some very convincing evidence behind it: we’re bigger and fatter than we used to be.

He goes onto to discuss a variety of studies that found that the more the subject ate, the sooner it began its adolescence. We think the amount you eat isn’t the entire story. It’s not only about how much but also — what. A diet consisting of whole fruits and vegetables, regardless of the amount, won’t set pubescent kids’ clocks in motion. It’s when kids eat junk, foods loaded with fat and artificial sweeteners that disrupts their natural processes.

Read the whole thing here. Whole Health Source: Why Do Girls and Boys Reach Puberty Younger Than They Used To?

2015-10-30T14:13:06+00:00

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    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

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    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

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    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

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    Feed him food: fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and some grains! Try vegan food options. You can find many entrees at Whole Foods Market!

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    Q: I have a question. My son is 16 and got him detox just 2 days ago. He hasn't started it because he cannot do with school so I told him to wait for vacation and then start because he cannot handle the food diet. anyway, we are vegetarians, and was wondering if he has bad acne, would just the blood and lymph formula work for now until we start detox to take care of his acne. I also ordered that but thought I will start after the detox and he wants to clear his face sooner and detox with diet is impossible at that age and being in school unless he does not follow the diet? What do you think? Can you let me know? Please thanks.

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    Just do the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA for now until he can FULL BODY DETOX and do the diet. Just do what you can do diet-wise given the circumstances. An "ACNE" article is coming very soon! Stay tuned to Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: My 14 year old cousin's mom has checked her into to mental hospital. This entire school year she has ben dealing with alot going into high school, and other teen age issues. Her birth father is not in the home but, her mom has a pretty good man, that steps up, and does a good job with her two children. However, she has been battling with her weight, although she wasn't over weight she didn't feel thin enough like the other children at her school. Her mom found Hydroxycut in her room, and all hair feel out. This past weekend went to her mom's boyfriend and told him she tried to overdose on pills to kill herself, because of all the pressure. Her mom had her in therapy behind the weightloss issue, she thought she was ok, until this last suicidal mission. Is there any help or advice you can render. I told her mom that the hospital thing was a horrible idea due to the medication that they will be administering and other brain washing methods they use to further F*** you up so that when you are release you a labeled, and sure to be crazy. D-Herbs at 14 this is insane, her mom has given up hope, and gave her chiild into the hands of the enemy. I am conscious and try to talk to her but it doesn't seem to work.

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    That's an unfortunate situation. Have the mother read the information on Dherbs.com or schedule a consultation so she can speak with me live and direct. These are the only ways I know to help, Beloved. I'm also about to write an article on DEPRESSION, and the DANGERS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Hang in there and know that your cousin wrote her own life script (before she was born), so she is gaining an experience so as to learn a life lesson for her soul's purpose. It doesn't make sense on a lower level, but on a higher level, it all will add up and make sense. God's hand is over everything, even those things that appear bad.