House Calls

WIN 2019

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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Warning Label New study links chemicals in certain shampoos and soaps to early puberty among girls O ver the last century or so, the average age at which children start puberty has dropped. "Experts believe this stems from a combination of factors, including obesity, premature birth, psychosocial stressors, and environmental toxins," explains Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated OB/ GYN Dr. Jennifer Fisher. A December 2018 study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, underscores that latter factor. The study, which involved pregnant women and 338 of their children, tracked levels of phthalates, parabens, and phenols— chemicals found in many soaps, shampoos, lipsticks, and more—in both the women during pregnancy and their children at age 9. Researchers tracked onset of puberty among the children, as well. Though study authors say the findings don't prove cause and effect, they did spot an association between high levels of the chemicals (in both pregnant women and the girls themselves) and a slightly earlier onset age of puberty among daughters. h o u s e c a l l s { winter 2019 } 13 Uncomfortable discussing puberty or sex with your kids? Dr. Fisher suggests seeking guidance from your child's pediatrician or an OB/GYN. She also recommends the Girlology and Guyology books and programs, which offer medically accurate, age-appropriate conversation guides about these topics and more. Learn more at

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