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Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

Published: March 30, 2012

One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing pubic hair at age 6. Ainsley was the tallest child in her third-grade class. She had a thick, enviable blond-streaked ponytail and big feet, like a puppy’s. The curves of her Levi’s matched her mother’s.

“How was your day?” Tracee asked Ainsley as she climbed in the car.

“Pretty good.”

“What did you do at a recess?”

“I played on the slide with my friends.”

In the back seat, Ainsley wiggled out of her pink parka and looked in her backpack for her Harry Potter book. Over the past three years, Tracee — pretty and well-put-together, wearing a burnt orange blouse that matched her necklace and her bag — had taken Ainsley to see several doctors. They ordered blood tests and bone-age X-rays and turned up nothing unusual. “The doctors always come back with these blank looks on their faces, and then they start redefining what normal is,” Tracee said as we drove down Interstate 25, a ribbon of asphalt that runs close to where the Great Plains bump up against the Rockies. “And I always just sit there thinking, What are you talking about, normal? Who gets pubic hair in first grade?

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And have you noticed boys who aren't slim have man boobs?

I've noticed it a lot lately. Used to, you would only see fat kids with boobs, but now you see it in lots of boys, unless they are lanky and slender. It's all of those hormones.

Hee Hee, "moobs"

I personally don't see it often BUT an increase would not surprise me either, given all the hormones livestock are injected with. Bad, bad stuff.

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There have been study's done

There have been study's done on fluoride that show that it can cause early puberty, also the growth hormones that they put in livestock, such as cows and chickens, and then fed to us can also cause such things such as early puberty.

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That's not good. It's not the

That's not good. It's not the girl's fault, but 1st grade puberty?!!? Eeeeek!!! Something is wrong, very wrong in the food/water.....

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