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BPA and Related Chemicals Linked to Fat Gain, Breast Cancer Risk

By on January 12th, 2017 Tags: , , ,

I drink water out of my glass (protected by a silicone outer sleeve) or stainless steel water bottle and buy foods such as spaghetti sauce in glass jars rather than cans, as I wrote about in a 2012 Think Pink, Live Green column. That’s because I’m trying to avoid bisphenol A, called BPA for short. BPA is a chemical used in hard plastics, the …

Are Online Communities Good for Your Health?

By on September 21st, 2016 Tags:

Connecting on a regular basis with people we care about is good for our health, as I talked about in a previous TPLG column, Family and Friends Can Benefit Your Health. People who share close personal connections with other people are more likely to recover from serious medical issues such as breast cancer and heart attacks. They also tend to live longer than people …

Exercise: Every Little Bit Helps

By on June 29th, 2016 Tags: , , ,

Five years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a new patient, Sheila (not her real name), who was 45 years old, a busy working mom with young kids, and about 30 pounds overweight. Her extra weight worried me because it increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence and other health problems.

After acknowledging the everyday challenges of weight management, we went right to solutions. …

Can Tomatoes Protect Your Health?

By 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 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 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 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. …

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