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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...