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A century ago the average age of menarche, or first menstruation was nearly 17. Today it has dropped below 12, and is becoming increasingly common at ages much younger. Girls younger than ten are frequently developing breasts, having their periods, and other bizarre phenomena. This is totally inappropriate, unprecedented, and is increasing at an alarming rate.

There are many competing theories, most of them somewhat ridiculous, but the most ridiculous theory of all is the prevailing theory. Most experts attribute this strange drop in age of first menstruation and early development in both boys and girls to ?improvements in nutrition. Yes, a steady diet of Mountain Dew, macaroni and cheese, Cheetos, and Lucky Charms is quite an improvement in nutrition over local farm-fresh seasonal food, home-rendered fats, and other staples of the early 20th century for sure. Case closed.

If by ?improvements in nutrition? the experts mean, increasing availability of highly refined, rapidly-digested processed foods and sweeteners, then yes, I would agree that there has been a tremendous amount of nutritional improvements.

In actuality, early puberty is most likely a complication of hyperinsulinemia just like the increasingly-common obesity and type II diabetes issues being seen in the world’s children. Insulin is a growth hormone, contributing to growth not just of fat reserves, but an increased rate of development overall.

Considering that the substance that triggers the cause of high insulin levels better than any other substance, fructose, is being consumed in the highest quantities the world has ever known ? and is up by hundreds of percentage points over what it was a century ago, this should come as no surprise. As Barry Sears states, we are headed towards ?a hyperinsulinemic iceberg. Early puberty is yet one more sign of its approach.

Dr. John Yudkin, who was laughed at in 1972 for drawing connections between early puberty and the increase in refined sugar consumption, was one of the first to produce such astute connections. Ha, ha, ha ? he was right, everyone else was wrong, but it took 16 more years for science to confirm just a small handful of insulin-related disorders labeled as Syndrome X. Syndrome X is just a drop in a bucket; however, whereas early puberty, childhood obesity, and other symptoms are a big warning sign of what’s to come.

Fortunately, addressing this high-insulin condition, needless to say, is one of the primary focuses of this site. Keeping insulin levels balanced, allowing normal child development with a drastic reduction in other health problems on the rise is totally doable with only a few adjustments. The information you need is all inside at