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Think Pink, Live Green is a way of living that aims to help women reduce their risk of breast cancer or the disease coming back in survivors. It’s also a way for women living with advanced disease to make the healthiest choices possible.

Calm Your Mind, Boost Your Mood

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on March 13th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can make you feel scared, anxious, stressed, and sleepless. Besides the diagnosis itself, there’s uncertainty everywhere. Your mind is swimming with all kinds of questions: Which doctors will be on your team? What treatments will you get? What are the possible side effects? How do you tell your children, other family members, and coworkers?

As a dual citizen, both doctor…

Inflammation: Make It More Friend Than Foe

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 18th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

There are many health risks — lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and being overweight, to name three. Still, most have one thing in common: They increase inflammation in our bodies. So what is inflammation, exactly? This column will explain the basics about inflammation: how it’s both helpful and harmful, and how to decrease it.

How inflammation can help and harm

Inflammation is not…

Losing Weight and Eating a Low-Fat Diet May Help You Live Longer

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 2nd, 2015 Tags: ,

Especially for Women With Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer

For me, getting to and sticking to a healthy weight has been a life-long struggle. I LOVE to eat and I often eat too much or eat foods that aren’t the healthiest. I was reluctant to give up my glass of wine, cheese, and crackers that I thought of as my reward at the end of a 15-hour…

Hidden Invaders: Avoiding Chemicals in Home Furnishings

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 19th, 2014 Tags: ,

If you’re like me, home is a haven. Between extended clinical work hours and traveling to medical conferences, I don’t get enough at-home time. But I’ve had to learn how to protect my “fort” from chemicals in rugs, furniture, wall papers, curtains, etc. Just the other day, my mother bought me an inflatable mattress as a gift. But when I opened the box, a puff…

Cooking Oils: Friend or Foe?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on November 19th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

All of the cooking oils I use daily come from plants. There are so many types and uses, from olive oil for salads and roasted vegetables, peanut oil for high-heat stir-frying, and toasted sesame oil to add flavor. Plus, I use organic coconut oil as a skin moisturizer.

While oils all have about the same amount of calories (120 per 1-tbsp serving) and fat (14…

Caffeine: Drink (Moderately) to Your Health

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on October 22nd, 2014 Tags: ,

When it comes to staying healthy, we hear the words “don’t” and “avoid” a lot. “Avoid alcohol.” “Don’t smoke.” “Don’t eat trans fats.”

I also think that some of the “dos” (“Do eat lots of leafy greens.” “Do drink water.”) seem kind of boring and not much fun. So I was glad to learn that my favorite pick-me-ups — coffee, tea, and cocoa — are…

An Update on BPA

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on September 19th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been in the news a lot lately. It is a manmade chemical used in many rigid plastics, the lining of food cans, cashier receipts, and other products since the 1960s. BPA is being phased out because it is a hormone disruptor. That means it may mimic or block a hormone or affect how natural hormones, such as estrogen, behave in…

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