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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…

Improve Your Cooking Methods, Improve Your Health

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 12th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

My kitchen gets a workout during cold weather when we tend to crave hot savory foods: soups, stews, and roasted dishes. Plus, we end up cooking more meals because the groups of friends and family in the house are larger. This is also when I like to make and share special foods that taste good on almost everything and make great gifts (like my

What Meat and Egg Labels Really Mean

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on January 15th, 2014 Tags: , ,

Anyone who’s read even one of my Think Pink, Live Green columns knows that I am passionate about food and making sure that I eat the healthiest, most nutritious food I can afford. But sometimes when I’m deciding what to buy, I get confused by all the “natural,” “lean,” “responsibly raised,” and other stickers trying to grab my attention on meat and egg products. Since…

Are Antiperspirants Safe?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 5th, 2013 Tags: ,

Patients often ask me about things they’re exposed to every day that might increase cancer risk. Sometimes, the answers are straightforward: No, microwave ovens aren’t linked to cancer; yes, smoking is. Far more often, though, the answer is cloudier. In many cases, it’s hard for science to find a firm link between things we suspect are making us sick and a specific disease. That’s because…

For Your Health: Add Spice

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on November 21st, 2013 Tags: , ,

Most countries and cultures use a range of wonderful spices to enhance the flavor and nutrition of their traditional foods. Oregano and chilies star in Mexican dishes. Turmeric, cumin, and cardamom take center stage in Indian dishes. Rosemary, mint, and coriander enhance Middle Eastern dishes. But for many typical American dishes, the spice drawer stays shut. Our most common additives — sugar and salt with…

Good Food on a Tight Budget

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on November 7th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

If you’re interested in eating healthy, tasty food, but don’t have a fortune to spend, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together a great new guide that will help you eat well and save money. I’m so excited about it, I started writing this column in my head before I even finished reading the guide!

The EWG is a nonprofit founded in 1993 by…

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