Sexual Maturity and Milk Hormones
The March, 2012
issue of the Journal of Human Biology contains a study in which
cow's milk consumption was associated with early sexual development.
in the Human Biology Program and Department of Anthropology at Indiana
"Milk has been associated with early menarche and with acceleration
of linear growth in adolescence...IGF-I is a candidate bioactive
molecule linking milk consumption to more rapid growth and development."
milk consumption is an evolutionarily novel dietary behavior that
has the potential to alter human life history parameters, especially
vis-à-vis linear growth, which in turn may have negative
long-term biological consequences."
The same month
the above study appeared (March, 2012), German Researchers reported
in Nutritional Reviews that nutrition is an "important lifestyle
factor influencing timing of puberty."
onset of puberty may confer adverse health consequences...children
with the highest intakes of vegetable protein or animal protein
experience pubertal onset up to seven months later or seven months
daughter is in sixth grade, and my own sixth grade photograph brought
about pleasant memories. It also triggered a surprise. Most of the
boys in my class looked sharp in their Cub Scout uniforms, and our
crew cuts depicted the symbolic hairstyle of the early 60's. Photos
of my eleven-year-old friends resemble today's young boys. Little
has changed. Today's little girls, though, are shockingly different.
Eleven-year old girls from my day were flat-chested. There is no
denying the photographic evidence. A scan of today's pre-teen schoolyard
cannot disguise the number of large-busted sexually mature girls.
A recent series of phone calls to my friends confirmed that my own
experience was not unusual. Today's girls are very different. In
my own sixth grade photo, there was Gail with pigtails, and Ellen
with her irresistible smile, hands neatly folded on her desk. One
little girl after another exhibited none of the budding signs of
early sexual development that baffle today's sociologists and endocrinologists.
girls are made up of more than just sugar, spice, and everything
nice. These girls of the twenty-first century are maturing earlier
than last generation's children, and something is very different
about their womanly physical attributes and behavior. Could there
be a food link to this mystery?
In 1970, according
to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the dairy
industry produced 2.2 billion pounds of cheese. The population of
the United States was 203 million, which translates to an average
of 10.8 pounds of cheese per person. By 1990, America's population
had grown to 248 million, and Americans were eating more cheese,
6 billion pounds worth. That's an average of 24 pounds per person.
In 1994, the average American consumed 27.7 pounds of cheese. As
we pass from one millennium into another, America's per-capita cheese
consumption has broken the 30-pound per person level. America's
rate of cheese consumption is skyrocketing. Since ten pounds of
milk are required to produce just one pound of cheese, three hundred
pounds of milk are used to manufacture that thirty pounds of cheese.
The USDA publishes yearly food consumption data. In 1999, the average
American consumed a combined 5 ounces per day of meat and chicken,
and 29.2 ounces of milk and dairy products. That's 666 pounds per
year per American of dairy products, making this group the largest
component of America's diet. Concentrated milk in the form of increased
cheese consumption means that concentrated hormones are being consumed.
Every sip of
cow's milk contains 59 different bioactive hormones, according to
endocrinologist Clark Grosvenor in the Journal of Endocrine Reviews
in 1992. Milk has always been a hormonal delivery system, providing
nursing infants with nature's perfect food for the young of each
species. Thousands of studies published in respected peer-reviewed
scientific journals report that lactoferrins, immunoglobulins, and
hormones in human breast milk provide enormous benefit for nursing
humans. In other words, hormones in milk work to exert powerful
effects. Each species of mammal has a different formula. Cow's milk
contains hormones, and nursing on cow's milk will deliver these
hormones to the human body.
As a little
girl becomes a big girl, then a mature woman, she will naturally
produce in her lifetime the equivalent of only one tablespoon of
estrogen. Hormones work on a nanomolecular lever, which means that
it takes only a billionth of a gram to produce a powerful biological
effect. Should little girls be encouraged to pop estrogen, progesterone,
and prolactin pills each day? If they drink cow's milk, that is
just what they are doing. If they eat cheese and ice cream, they
ingest concentrated forms of these hormones.
Is early sexual
maturity a bad thing, healthwise? Dr. Catherine Berkey, of Brigham
Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, examined data from participants
in the Harvard Nurses' Health Study. Her findings were published
in the journal Cancer in 1999. Of the 65,000 participants, 2,291
developed breast cancer. Dr. Berkey's comment: "Earlier menarche
and taller adult height were predictive of elevated breast carcinoma
risk. Our work provided evidence that breast cancer risk is influenced
by preadulthood factors, and thus prevention efforts that begin
in childhood and adolescence may someday be useful."
Is it possible
to do a controlled scientific study testing this theory? Such a
study was actually performed on an entire nation. There is one country
where milk consumption was unknown before 1946. In Japan, in every
year since 1946, 20,000 persons from 6,100 households have been
interviewed and their diets carefully analyzed along with their
weights and heights and other factors such as cancer rates and age
of puberty (the last measured by the onset of menstruation in young
girls). The results of the study were published in Preventive Medicine
by Kagawa in 1978.
Japan had been
devastated by losing a war and was occupied by American troops.
Americanization included dietary changes. Milk and dairy products
were becoming a significant part of the Japanese diet. According
to this study, the per-capita yearly dietary intake of dairy products
in 1950 was only 5.5 pounds. Twenty- five years later, the average
Japanese ate 117.4 pounds of milk and dairy products.
In 1950, the
average twelve-year old Japanese girl was 4'6" tall and weighed
71 pounds. By 1975, the average Japanese girl, after changing her
diet to include milk and dairy products containing 59 different
bioactive hormones, had grown an average of 4 1/2 inches and gained
19 pounds. In 1950, the average Japanese girl had her first menstrual
cycle at the age of 15.2 years. Twenty five years later, after a
daily intake of estrogen and progesterone from milk, the average
Japanese girl was ovulating at the age of 12.2 years, three years
younger. Never before had such a dramatic dietary change been seen
in such a unique population study.
do not take birth control pills. Little girls do not inject steroids,
and do not require estrogen replacement therapy. Little girls are
born with bodies that are genetically pre-programmed to transform
them into women. By consuming cow's milk and cow's milk products,
little girls become big girls long before Mother Nature intended.
Is being taller, having larger than normal breasts, starting your
period earlier than you're designed to, and increasing your risk
of breast cancer worth it?
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Comments: It's fascinating to see how many organizations,
agencies, and even the media will report the correlation between
the earlier onset of menstruation in young girls and the increased
risk of breast cancer, but go on to say that the exact mechanism
is "unknown", when the exact mechanism is definitely
known! It's hormones from animal products, mostly milk products.
But saying so would severely hurt multi-billion dollar industries,
so they simply report the problem and then raise money to research
it, and raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. Money may
make the world go 'round, but it won't cure breast cancer. The cure
for the breast cancer epidemic is:
1. Stop consuming
hormones and toxins (pesticides on food... buy "organic")
2. Stop wearing a bra (see The
Connection Between Bras and Breast Cancer)
3. Start doing vigorous up and down exercise like "spirited"
walking or rebounding (moves lymph fluid... click here
to learn more)
What woman would
not want to have the BEST odds of avoiding breast cancer? I would
think EVERY woman would. But of the women I share the above three
steps with, only a tiny fraction embrace them. Don't be taken advantage
of by non-caring industries at the expense of your breasts or your
life... Breast cancer IS avoidable, regardless of your genetic predisposition,
blood type, hair color, or zodiac sign.
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