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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.

Ditching Disposable Dishes for Good

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 25th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Summer, for me, means picnics on the beach, barbecues poolside, lunch on a hike, and late dinners on my back porch. Anything to get outside and enjoy the warmth and fresh air. The only downside — besides sometimes the mosquitoes — is that this often means giving up metal silverware, ceramic plates, and real glasses for their disposable substitutes: plastic utensils and cups, as well…

Summery Skin Without the Sun

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 11th, 2012 Tags: ,

The message is really clear: sun tanning is bad. Everyone says so, from our mothers to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tanning in the sun increases the risk of wrinkles and the risk of skin cancer, including the most dangerous kind, melanoma.

So, does this mean we have to cover up with head-to-toe clothing, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and only…

Shiny, Colorful Nails — Safely

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on June 27th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Getting a manicure or pedicure is one of the only times that I get to sit still and enjoy a little time to myself. Plus, that nice pampered feeling that comes with freshly shaped and polished nails is ahhh so nice.

But I do have concerns about the possible dangers of the fumes that hit you as soon as you walk into a salon. As…

Fish Benefits Made Easy

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on June 7th, 2012 Tags: , , , ,

I’ve written two Think Pink, Live Green columns on fish: Fish: Landing the Healthiest Choices
and Salmon and Tuna: How to Make the Healthiest Choices of These Popular Fish.

To recap, you might have heard mixed messages about fish. One news report says that fish is good for you because it can reduce the risk of heart disease and promote brain development. But…

Eating Locally, Eating Fresh

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on May 16th, 2012 Tags: , , ,

What does eating local mean? To some people, it means eating food that’s traveled fewer than 100 miles from the farm to your fork. That’s because moving food long distances can mean more fuel is used, which means a larger carbon footprint, which affects the environment outside our bodies. Food in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to a grocery…

Plant Milks: Seeking — and Finding — Worthy Alternatives to Dairy

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on April 18th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Cow’s milk not only tastes great poured over morning cereal or into a cup of coffee, it’s also an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals. And as long as it’s organic, you don’t have to worry about synthetic growth hormones, because organic standards prohibit their use in livestock. But if you’re avoiding cow’s milk because of health reasons such as lactose intolerance or because…

Keeping Medicine Out of the Water

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on April 4th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Researchers have found traces of medicines, from both people and animals, in surface water and drinking water supplies.

The medicines can get in the water supply in many ways. Old medicine is often flushed down toilets (for years we were told to do this; now we know it’s not a good idea). A second source is our own bodies: People who take medicines end up…

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