Last year five of my customers brought this to my attention and it got me thinking about the growth hormones, which is normally artificially manufactured estrogen, used in factory farming to fatten livestock up, and the effects it has on the human body once consumed. This conversation actually answered one of my long unanswered question of why girls look so different now than when I was in school. They seem so developed for their age and it turns out that it is not my imagination after all.
A grade teacher who is also a customer told me last night that she was stunned at the advance development of the girls in her class due to hormones in meats and over the past 30 years of teaching she said it is only getting worse.
Research I found said girls back in the 19th century normally did not go into puberty until they were at least 15 years old but it is not uncommon now to hear about a girl as young as seven years old going into puberty.
It turns out that the growth hormones they are giving factory farm animals to produce more milk or meat in a shorter period of time are actually affecting hormones in the human body. It turns out that it is not only growth hormones that are affecting the human body but a whole class of industrially made hormones called Xenoestrogen which is found in almost all common household products such as dryer sheets, air deodorizers, body deodorants, nail polish, nonstick coatings on cookware, laundry detergent, soaps, pesticide, herbicides, insecticides, solvents, and plastics; most of which has come about just in the last 70 some years.
It is not just girls and women that have to worry about this because research is proving that it can affect the fertility and development problems in men also do to the fact the men are taking in more estrogen than their bodies are normally use to. This extra hormone exposure not only affect men and women's development but it also can increase the risk of cancers later in life.
What can you do to limit your exposure?
One of the best ways is to buy your food from a local farmer/farmers markets who does not use chemicals to grow their vegetables and hormones in their animal production. Fifteen years ago I would have said that you would not have been possible to find a farmer but with the advent of local food taking a strong hold in every community across the country, nearly every town has small scale farmers growing food in a natural manner. Matter of fact, fifteen years ago we would not be talking about this.
If you are into it, homesteading and growing your own vegetable and meat is also another great option. Many cities that once banned poultry are now allowing poultry to be raise in backyards so this is opening up a lot of opportunities for city dwellers to raise their own poultry meat and eggs.
If you are really feeling adventurous, you could go back to the basics and make all your household cleaners, soaps, and deodorants organic from scratch using basic house hold and kitchen ingredients. Most of the recipes can be found on the internet and some actually make use of essential oils as an active ingredient.
So what are your thoughts on this?