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Think Pink, Live Green is a way of living that aims to help women reduce their risk of breast cancer or the disease coming back in survivors. It’s also a way for women living with advanced disease to make the healthiest choices possible.

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…

The Family Dinner Recipe: Stir-Fried Rice Noodles With Vegetables

By Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt on April 2nd, 2014 Tags: , ,

Breastcancer.org is proud to present recipes from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt (Grand Central Life & Style, 2010). Laurie is a very special friend and champion of Breastcancer.org. We’re pleased to share Laurie and Kirstin’s delicious, healthy recipes as part of Think Pink, Live Green!

Rice noodles in a…

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

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