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5 Things You Need to Know Now for Your Health (Nov. 1)

by Meghan Arnold | Posted November 2, 2018

Welcome to our weekly news update! Each week, we’ll bring you the health and wellness news you need to know to help you and your family live your best life.

1. Your Go-To Breakfast Cereal Might Contain Roundup

A new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found glyphosate — one of the main ingredients in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer — in 28 samples of popular cereals tested in an independent lab. Offenders include household names like Cheerios and Quaker Oats. Why should you care? Glyphosate has been recently ruled to cause cancer in humans (though the International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC] came to that conclusion in 2015). Though the spokespeople at General Mills and the Quaker Oats Company stress that their cereals’ levels of glyphosate are below the FDA’s “safe levels” of 5 parts per million (ppm), but you may want to exercise caution when choosing breakfast cereals in the future. Our advice: Go organic! (Care2)

2. The Surprising Reason You Can’t Stay Away From Sweets

If you’ve been having trouble steering clear of your kids’ Halloween candy stash — especially after a bad night’s sleep — we may have a surprising explanation for you: You’re stressed. The connection: In a recent study on college students from the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, lack of sleep and stress contributed to next-day stress and, subsequently, significantly lower impulse control. Next time you realize that you’re craving sweets more regularly, take some deep breaths and get some more shut-eye that night. The difference might surprise you! (mindbodygreen)

3. Sloppy, Company-Funded Science is to Blame for Confusing Nutrition News

If you’re unsure about what exactly you should be eating to stay happy and healthy, you’re not alone. The conflicting information about the benefits and dangers of eggs, whole grains, coconut oil, and more is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Now we know who to blame for the confusion: Food companies have sponsored research dating back to the advent of advertisable food products that has skewed results, swayed legislators, and shifted the food pyramid to promote their products — all while knowingly putting consumers at risk, according to Dr. Marion Nestle (no relation to the chocolate company, we promise). In her new book on this phenomenon, The Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, emerita, helps us get closer to the truth and eat better for our health… finally. (NYTimes)

4. If You’re Stressed, You are More Apt to Forget Things

We’ve all forgotten things in a rush to get to work or drop the kids off at after-school activities. This kind of baseline angst and forgetfulness seems like par for the course of being human, but a new study from the journal Neurology claims that the stress we combat in our everyday lives might actually be contributing to memory loss. In the study, researchers found that those with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol also had reduced volume in the part of the brain that houses memory. They also tended to perform worse on cognitive memory tests than less stressed participants. One more good reason to take some time for yourself today (and every day), and get on planning that vacation! (Well+Good)

5. Our Best Hope for Osteoporosis Could Be Antler Genes

If you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis, any method of trying to rebuild bone density can be an uphill battle. Herbal therapy and healthy lifestyle (with exercise!) can help, but sometimes it just isn’t enough to make the repairs needed. Now, a recent study published in the Journal of Stem Cell Research and Therapy shows that advances in bone regrowth through gene therapy might be possible for the worst cases. It showed that the same gene that deer use to regrow their antlers can also be used to proliferate cells in a similar manner in mice. While we are a long way off from being able to apply this science in a doctor’s office, it’s a hopeful sign for the future of bone therapies. (The Telegraph)

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Dr. Bill Rawls

ABOUT BILL RAWLS, M.D.

Dr. Rawls graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1985 and he holds a medical license in North Carolina. He also has extensive training in alternative therapies and is Medical Director of Vital Plan, an herbal supplement company in Raleigh, N.C.

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