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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…

Sleep Tight, Slim Down

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on August 13th, 2014 Tags: ,

Sleep — most of us need much more of it. All the words that describe a bad sleeper apply to me: “light,” “sensitive,” “fitful,” “too much on my mind,” “insomniac.”

My excuses and reasons: hormonal therapy for breast cancer and early onset menopause, plus extended clinical hours, travel for speaking engagements, and my endless list of everyday demands, including taking care of the kids, filling…

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…

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