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Puberty is beginning earlier for girls today than in past generations. Earlier puberty increases a girl’s risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, breast and endometrial cancers, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, body image...

As we focus on the general and reproductive health of young adolescents, we can’t help but be concerned about the effects of environmental toxins on developing children. There is clear evidence that a variety of chemicals are entering our DNA and altering our health - in significant ways - like earlier puberty among girls.

What’s most difficult is that pretty much everything in our environment has been implicated because chemicals are used (for better or worse) everywhere: dirt, water, air, produce, drugs, fabrics, even soaps and shampoos. How are we supposed to reduce or eliminate things that are so ubiquitous? It’s enough to make any parent paranoid.

At a recent International conference addressing women’s health issues,...