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Acupuncture: What Is It and How Can It Help?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on June 17th, 2015 Tags: , ,

 

The stress of a breast cancer diagnosis and the side effects of treatment can make it hard to feel like yourself. Dealing with daily symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue can wear you down.

While there are medicines to treat each of one of these problems, it makes sense to try something that works to balance the whole person. Many of…

The Soy Question: Safe to Eat?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on May 21st, 2015 Tags: , , ,

Soybeans are the most widely used, least expensive, and least caloric way to get large amounts of protein with very little fat and no cholesterol. Soy is the main source of protein for billions of people around the world.

Some doctors are concerned about the safety of eating soy for women diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s because soy contains a protein, called isoflavone, which can…

Study Finds Unhealthy Chemicals in “Green” Home and Personal Products

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on April 22nd, 2015 Tags: , ,

When it comes to keeping breast cancer risk as low as it can be, our best bet is to avoid using cleaning and personal products that contain chemicals linked to cancer. Some of us may be drawn to products labeled “green,” or “natural” because these words suggest that the manufacturer has carefully checked the safety of the product’s ingredients. And on this Earth Day 2015,…

Calm Your Mind, Boost Your Mood

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on March 13th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can make you feel scared, anxious, stressed, and sleepless. Besides the diagnosis itself, there’s uncertainty everywhere. Your mind is swimming with all kinds of questions: Which doctors will be on your team? What treatments will you get? What are the possible side effects? How do you tell your children, other family members, and coworkers?

As a dual citizen, both doctor…

Inflammation: Make It More Friend Than Foe

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 18th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

There are many health risks — lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and being overweight, to name three. Still, most have one thing in common: They increase inflammation in our bodies. So what is inflammation, exactly? This column will explain the basics about inflammation: how it’s both helpful and harmful, and how to decrease it.

How inflammation can help and harm

Inflammation is not…

Losing Weight and Eating a Low-Fat Diet May Help You Live Longer

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 2nd, 2015 Tags: ,

Especially for Women With Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer

For me, getting to and sticking to a healthy weight has been a life-long struggle. I LOVE to eat and I often eat too much or eat foods that aren’t the healthiest. I was reluctant to give up my glass of wine, cheese, and crackers that I thought of as my reward at the end of a 15-hour…

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…

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