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Hidden Invaders: Avoiding Chemicals in Home Furnishings

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 19th, 2014 Tags: ,

If you’re like me, home is a haven. Between extended clinical work hours and traveling to medical conferences, I don’t get enough at-home time. But I’ve had to learn how to protect my “fort” from chemicals in rugs, furniture, wall papers, curtains, etc. Just the other day, my mother bought me an inflatable mattress as a gift. But when I opened the box, a puff…

Cooking Oils: Friend or Foe?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on November 19th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

All of the cooking oils I use daily come from plants. There are so many types and uses, from olive oil for salads and roasted vegetables, peanut oil for high-heat stir-frying, and toasted sesame oil to add flavor. Plus, I use organic coconut oil as a skin moisturizer.

While oils all have about the same amount of calories (120 per 1-tbsp serving) and fat (14…

Caffeine: Drink (Moderately) to Your Health

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on October 22nd, 2014 Tags: ,

When it comes to staying healthy, we hear the words “don’t” and “avoid” a lot. “Avoid alcohol.” “Don’t smoke.” “Don’t eat trans fats.”

I also think that some of the “dos” (“Do eat lots of leafy greens.” “Do drink water.”) seem kind of boring and not much fun. So I was glad to learn that my favorite pick-me-ups — coffee, tea, and cocoa — are…

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…

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