The Functional Medicine Approach To Precocious Puberty

Episode 69 30m


Hormone disruption is a growing concern, especially for children as many are reaching puberty at a younger age than ever before. Just under one in four children are facing some sort of hormonal dysregulation that impacts not only the onset of puberty, but also presents an increased risk for conditions such as obesity, infertility, endometriosis, and PCOS as they grow older.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman discusses precocious puberty with Dr. Elizabeth Boham. They cover the role that diet, weight, and nutrition play in healthy hormones. They also talk about the effects on hormones from the many toxins in our homes and in our environment; toxins that are used without a lot of testing or experience.

Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing.

Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well

In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:

  • The rise of hormone dysregulation in children
  • How poor diet and nutrition are driving hormonal changes
  • Toxins in our environment, children’s toys, and personal care products wreaking havoc on hormones
  • The Functional Medicine approach to treatment
  • Best ways to detox from toxins
  • A case study of a 10-year-old girl


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, and Pique. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

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Announcer: Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Farmacy. Dr. Elizabeth Boham: We know that kids that are overweight or obese start puberty at a younger age and then we also know that kids who start puberty at a younger age have a higher risk of weight gain when they're older and they have a higher risk of PCOS, which is a problem with infertility and insulin resistance. So it becomes almost this vicious cycle. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy, I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and that's Farmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. If you're worried about all the hormonal weirdness that's happening in our children and early puberty and how the environment may be affecting us, you should listen to this podcast..

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Ep. 69 - The Functional Medicine Approach To Precocious Puberty