Dr. Lipman’s Wellness News Roundup (Oct. 28)

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Every day, we scour the Web looking for compelling wellness stories that provide the information — and inspiration — you need to make good choices. Here are this week’s must-read wellness articles.

Eat Your Yolks, Folks

Embrace the yolk! That’s the word from many experts, who cite numerous studies that show that eating cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs has no relationship to blood cholesterol levels. Beyond that, the egg yolks contain healthy fats that actually help us absorb more nutrients from veggies. “A study last year found that when people ate eggs on a raw vegetable salad, their bodies absorbed about 9 times the carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin from the eggs and alpha carotene, beta carotene and lycopene from the veggies,” Time notes. In other words, quit choking down those egg-white omelets. (Time)

FDA: Testosterone Drugs Can Cause Mental, Heart Problems

The Food And Drug Administration is going to revise its labeling of testosterone drugs to draw attention to a number of serious side effects, including personality changes, infertility, and heart attacks.”The new warning will alert prescribers to the abuse potential of testosterone and the serious adverse outcomes, especially those related to heart and mental health that have been reported in association with testosterone/anabolic androgenic steroid abuse,” the FDA said in a statement. Although testosterone has not been approved for use as an anti-aging therapy, NBC notes, “it’s already a $2 billion industry, with millions of men buying gel, pills or getting injections.” (NBC)

Eat These 5 Foods to Ease PMS Symptoms

What you eat may help with the bloating, fatigue, and mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome, says nutritionist Cynthia Sass. Specifically, try these five foods: avocados, sardines, beets and beet greens, dark chocolate, and pulses (think: beans, lentils, and peas). (Time)

Junky Diets a Global Health Threat

What’s a greater global health threat than unsafe sex, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco use combined? Poor diets. That’s the word according to a a new report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. “The key point is that poor quality of diets is now the single biggest contributor to the global burden of non-communicable disease,” says report co-author and Tufts University nutrition professor Patrick Webb. “We’re using this report as a wake-up call about the food system. On the government side, there has to be a realization that you can’t address major health problems like diabetes and heart disease just by prescribing medication. It’s a crisis of diets.” (The Huffington Post)

Whole Foods Targets Millennials With Vegan Meal Kits

Whole Foods is testing Purple Carrot’s vegan meal kits at its Dedham, Massachusetts store. Meal-kit delivery startups such as Blue Apron, Plated, and Purple Carrot are expected to take in about $1.6 billion in sales this year and are especially popular with millennials, Reuters notes. The partnership with Whole Foods, says Purple Carrot chief executive Andy Levitt, “helps expose a lot of consumers to the way a meal kit works and how easy it is to cook a plant-based meal at home.” (Reuters)

Fracking Unleashes Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Many chemicals involved in the fracking process can be linked to cancer, according to the most exhaustive study completed of chemicals associated with the controversial drilling process. Published in Science of the Total Environment and carried out by the Yale School of Public Health, the study found that 55 chemicals were known, probable or possible human carcinogens. “They also specifically identified 20 compounds that had evidence of leukemia/lymphoma risk,” notes EcoWatch. In 2013, it was reported that more than 15 million Americans live within one mile of a well. (EcoWatch)

Protein in Wheat Triggers Inflammation — and We’re Not Talking About Gluten

A protein in wheat appears to cause inflammation and exacerbate chronic health conditions like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease, says Detlef Schuppan, MD, who holds faculty positions at both Johannes Gutenberg University and Harvard Medical School. Schuppan presented his findings this week at an annual meeting for digestive-disease experts from around the world. Amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) are a family of proteins found in wheat and other grains, he said, that can play havoc with our immune system, cause problems in the gut as well as other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes and brain, and likely play a role in non-celiac gluten sensitivity. “Rather than non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which implies that gluten solitarily causes the inflammation, a more precise name for the disease should be considered,” Dr. Schuppan said. (Time)

Statin Users Have Increased Risk of Parkinson’s

People who use cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to new research presented at the American Neurological Association 2016 Annual Meeting. Previous research had suggested that statins lowered the risk for Parkinson’s. “We identified 20,000 Parkinson’s disease patients and looked at whether using statins was associated with a higher or lower risk, and we found people using statins have a higher risk of the disease, so this is the opposite of what has been hypothesized,” senior author Xuemei Huang, MD, PhD, vice chair for research at Penn State College of Medicine, says. (Medscape)