Forever Continuing Puberty “Other than dying, I think puberty is probably about as rough as it gets.” – Rick Springfield
I am the father of three girls. I raised my daughters through their teenage years and experienced the joys of three puberties. I blame their sometimes hard to define behaviors by faulting hormones. I am an expert by the fault. To a 50-year old with short-term memory loss, puberty represents the best time of life. To a girl of 13 going through puberty, it is a near-death experience.
Imagine puberty going on forever? The iracible irritability? The monstrous moodswings? The dreadful depression? Oh, to be a teenager for eternity while reliving those feelings.
The January 9, 2015 issue of the European Journal of Pediatrics reveals the effects of estradiol on mood and behavior in human female adolescents. Australian researchers (Balzer and Duke) wrote: “Mood disorders and health risk behaviors increase in adolescence. Our aim was to determine what is known about the effect of endogenous estradiol on human adolescent girls’ mood and behavior. There was some consistency in findings for mood and estradiol levels, with associations between estradiol and depression and emotional tone and risk taking.”
The July, 2013 issue of Nutrition contained a study linking milk and dairy consumption to mood swings, depression, and irritability. A group of Australian researchers (Meyer, et. al.) examined data from 10,986 adults participating in the Australian National Nutrition and Health Survey. Their results indicated that those persons with high intake of vegetables or meat or poultry had lower odds of depression, while those consuming high amounts of dairy products had increased probability of suffering from depression.
A May, 1995 column written by doctor Julie Klotter, and published in the Townsend Medical Letter reported: “In reality, cow’s milk, especially processed cow’s milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including…mood swings, depression, irritability…”
Milk hormones include prolactin, estriol, oxytocin, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone, and IGF-1. Little girls produce estradiol as they pass through puberty. Big girls continue ingesting estradiol long after puberty should end when drinking milk, eating cheese, and snacking on Greek yogurt.
“The sudden surge of hormones at teenage age will continue to play an important part in the life of young people.” – Oche Otorkpa, The Unseen Terrorist
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