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Kids and Chemicals in Plastic: What Are the Risks?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 16th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

No matter where you get your news, you’ve probably learned quite a bit about how chemicals in plastics could affect your health. It’s especially important to know that any concerns raised about how these chemicals affect adults are magnified when it comes to babies and young children.

There are a few reasons why babies and young children are more vulnerable than adults to environmental factors,…

Color Your World Without Harmful Odors

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on June 18th, 2014 Tags: ,

A fresh coat of paint is an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your home. In a day, you can make a room go from dull to dazzling. I remember when we bought our house — the bathrooms were painted a shade of Pepto-Bismol pink that made everyone sick. We were so happy to paint them bright white with soothing pale green…

Regular Talk About Irregularity: What to Do When You Can’t Go

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on May 21st, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

Referred to politely as “irregularity,” constipation happens to all of us once in a while. If you’re being treated for breast cancer, you might have it more often. Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, some targeted therapies, and many pain medicines are known to cause constipation. You also may have constipation alternating with diarrhea. But whether you’re constipated a couple times a year or once a week, struggling…

Safer Soaps for Cleaner Clothes

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on May 7th, 2014 Tags: ,

I used to love the smell of detergent wafting through the house on laundry days. But as I’ve learned more about what makes detergent smell so good, I’ve become more careful about which ones I use. Detergents, like many other scented products, tend to include lots of chemicals that may affect our health.

It didn’t surprise me that scents with names like “alpine meadows,” “mountain…

Alternatives to the Pill

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on April 23rd, 2014 Tags: ,

The need for safe, effective birth control is shared by many women around the world. More than 10 million American women use birth control pills — and many use this method of contraception for long periods of time. If you’re one of them, you know why: the tiny pills are easy to take and extremely effective if you take them as directed. Plus, they help…

Can Dry Cleaning Really Be Green?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on March 20th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,

What happens to clothes at the dry cleaners was always a bit of a mystery to me. I know there’s some sort of chemical process going on — how else could everything get so clean without falling apart? But while I’m careful about the products I use when I wash clothes at home and I’m concerned about dry cleaning chemicals, I haven’t asked my dry…

Airport Body Scanners Are Less Revealing — and Less of a Health Risk

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 26th, 2014 Tags: ,

I think plane travel is a miracle. A few short hours in the air can take me to far-flung loved ones or mean the difference between a regular day at home and a fabulous adventure. It always amazes me to know that I can wake up at home and go to sleep someplace halfway around the world all in the same day.

Still, air travel…

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