The Good News Health Radio Show Featuring: Dr. Kotsanis
Grapevine, TX, March 22, 2011: At 10:30 a.m. the Connections Project signed it first Platinum Partner, The Kotsanis Institute, at the Baylor Health building located at 2020 W State Highway 114 in Grapevine. Texas. The Connections Project was founded in March 2008 with the goals of uniting providers within the Special Care Industry and empowering caregivers who have children with special needs. “It’s not surprising that Dr. Kotsanis and Beverly are the first to step up to the plate and commit to a long term partnership to help caregivers”, said Lamarque Polvado executive director of the Connections Project. Beverly Kotsanis had this to say; “We have believed in this project from day one, becoming a platinum partner seemed like a logical next step. We can’t wait to see Connections grow into a national resource and the Kotsanis Institute wanted to be the first to step forward and make that happen.” The Connections Project looks to raise three million dollars in the next year to fund the ambitious expansion and create Special Care International, the worlds first association for the Special Care Industry.
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“I want to take a moment and applaud Dr. James Gordon, featured in “Finding a Steadier Path in Gaza, for his pioneering work and his vision for Mind-Body Medicine. The holistic, integrated approach to improve the quality of life for people as opposed to “treating” individual “conditions” really gets at what the heart of medicine should be about, the patient’s well being. In the past, these holistic treatments have been considered “alternative” but as we see the numbers of doctors and patients who seek out this form of medicine increasing across the world, it is time to recognize this approach as part of mainstream medicine. Dr. Gordon has used his expertise to build cultural bridges in the Middle East and demonstrate how the human condition affects us all. As a fellow doctor who focuses on a holistic approach to treatment, focusing on the autism spectrum and toxicity in patients, I want to offer my heart felt thank you to Dr. Gordon for bringing light to such an important medical issue.”
Girls hit puberty earlier than ever, and doctors aren’t sure why
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
American girls are hitting puberty earlier than ever a change that puts them at higher risk for behavioral problems as adolescents and breast cancer as adults, a new study shows.
About 15% of 1,239 girls studied showed the beginnings of breast development at age 7, according to an article in today’s Pediatrics. One in 10 white girls, twice as many as in a 1997 study, showed breast growth by that age, as did 23% of black girls and 15% of Hispanic girls.
The median age of breast development fell from 10.9 years in 1991 to 9.9 in 2006, according to a Danish study published in Pediatrics last year.
The new study doesn’t explain why girls are developing earlier, but it did find heavier girls with a higher body-mass index were more likely than others to begin puberty early, says pediatrician Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
A third of children are now overweight, and the early puberty trend could be related to the obesity epidemic, says Marcia Herman-Giddens of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A growing number of researchers also are concerned about hormone-disrupting chemicals in the environment. Animal studies suggest that many environmental
toxins can affect the age of puberty, although scientists aren’t yet sure exactly how they affect people.
Suspect chemicals include pesticides used in farms and lawns, flame retardants found in furniture and electronics, and bisphenol A, or BPA, an estrogen-like ingredient found in plastic bottles, the linings of metal food and beverage cans, Biro says. He notes that researchers are collecting blood and urine samples from girls and will be able to analyze their exposure to toxins.
Animal and human studies suggest certain chemicals may affect male sexual development.
The herbicide atrazine, for example, has been shown to chemically “castrate” some male frogs and turn others into females able to lay eggs, according to a March study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And a 2008 study found that baby boys are more likely to have genital changes, such as undescended testicles and smaller penises, if they were exposed before birth to high levels of phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals found in medical tubing, vinyl and other products.
The chemical industry says these chemicals are safe and have never been definitively proven to harm humans.
Hitting puberty at a young age can be confusing and distressing, Herman-Giddens says.
It also increases the odds that girls will develop low self-esteem, eating disorders and depression. Girls who hit puberty sooner are more likely to attempt suicide and to have earlier sexual activity. As adults, these women are at greater risk for breast and endometrial cancers, possibly because they have a longer lifetime exposure to estrogen.
As an environmental physician and member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, I could not agree more with the issues outlined in “Early puberty for girls is raising health concerns” on August 9, 2010. Toxicity plays a critical role not only in the number of diseases we face today but in the virulence of these conditions and their resistance to standard therapies. I believe this to be the real problem and obesity is just a symptom. The cause of this problem is the chemicals on our environment. Until we get serious about studying the effects of these chemicals, the children of today and tomorrow will unfortunately pay the price.