'Children are hitting puberty earlier during the last two decades than at any other point in human history. This unhealthily fast rate of physiological development is connected to hormone-disrupting chemicals in synthetic toothpastes and other common products.
California-based researchers reported that these toxic chemicals can affect the development of children as early as the time that they were still in the womb of their mothers. Published in the journal Human Reproduction, their study raised alarms regarding the widespread use of products with these chemicals.
“We know that some of the things we put on our bodies are getting into our bodies, either because they pass through the skin or we breathe them in or we inadvertently ingest them,” remarked University of California, Berkeley researcher Kim Harley, the lead author of the study. “We need to know how these chemicals are affecting our health.”
Harley drew her data from an earlier long-term study of 338 children from birth to adolescence. She found that the physical and mental development of children can be affected by early exposure to toxic chemicals.
Endocrine disruptors in toothpaste and other products speed up puberty
The Berkeley research team concentrated on three different types of toxic chemicals: Parabens, phthalates, and phenols. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors that can copy the effects of various hormones. They can cause abnormally fast rates of development in children.
The endocrine disruptors are used in all kinds of products. Exposure to them is pretty much guaranteed.
Phthalates are used to fix the smell of deodorants, perfumes, and other scented products. They also serve as plasticizers that made plastics soft and flexible, thereby preventing cracks in nail polish and plastic packaging material.
Parabens have preservative properties that extend the lifespan of perishable products. Phenols, on the other hand, increase the durability of certain products. Triclosan and benzophenone are phenols that are used for antimicrobial purposes.'
Read more: Think your kids are growing up ‘too fast’? Chemicals in their toothpaste might be the reason
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