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Can Tomatoes Protect Your Health?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on April 21st, 2016 Tags: , , ,

You may have read articles urging you to eat lots of tomatoes to protect your health. But is it true? Are tomatoes really a superfood? The answer is … maybe!

Many studies have found a link between eating lycopene, a compound in tomatoes, and a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Researchers are beginning to study whether lycopene also can help with other…

Buyer Beware: Non-Invasive Fat Loss Procedures Don’t Work Well

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on February 17th, 2016 Tags: ,

Many of us would love a quick fix for losing extra fat. Noninvasive fat-removal procedures are particularly tempting because they target areas that many people consider problems — thighs, belly, hips — without cutting the skin.

In these non-surgical procedures, a technician uses a tool to target fat cells with cold or heat to try to destroy them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Weight Loss Supplements: Not Always Safe or Effective

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on January 20th, 2016 Tags: , ,

Those eye-catching ads for weight loss products always have a great “after” photo. The photos make the person’s weight loss claims seem so easy and convincing.

These ads for supplements appeal to any of us who want to lose a few (or more) pounds. Besides looking our best, maintaining a healthy weight reduces our risk of a number of diseases, including breast cancer. Still, some…

Family and Friends Can Benefit Your Health

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on October 28th, 2015 Tags: , , ,

While recovering from my own breast cancer surgery, there were long stretches when I felt alone, hungry, and in pain. I was afraid to get out of bed and walk down the stairs. Only I came to my little pity parties (there were several). My husband was out of town, I didn’t want to bother anyone else, and I didn’t feel like answering the phone.…

Acupuncture: What Is It and How Can It Help?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on June 17th, 2015 Tags: , ,

 

The stress of a breast cancer diagnosis and the side effects of treatment can make it hard to feel like yourself. Dealing with daily symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue can wear you down.

While there are medicines to treat each of one of these problems, it makes sense to try something that works to balance the whole person. Many of…

The Soy Question: Safe to Eat?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on May 21st, 2015 Tags: , , ,

Soybeans are the most widely used, least expensive, and least caloric way to get large amounts of protein with very little fat and no cholesterol. Soy is the main source of protein for billions of people around the world.

Some doctors are concerned about the safety of eating soy for women diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s because soy contains a protein, called isoflavone, which can…

Study Finds Unhealthy Chemicals in “Green” Home and Personal Products

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on April 22nd, 2015 Tags: , ,

When it comes to keeping breast cancer risk as low as it can be, our best bet is to avoid using cleaning and personal products that contain chemicals linked to cancer. Some of us may be drawn to products labeled “green,” or “natural” because these words suggest that the manufacturer has carefully checked the safety of the product’s ingredients. And on this Earth Day 2015,…

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