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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.

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…

Where to Go From Here on the Path of Wellness and Healing

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on March 21st, 2012 Tags: , ,

Ask anyone who’s been through it — breast cancer is like a tornado in your life. From the moment you get the news to the ongoing tests and treatments, it’s a whirlwind through the medical system. Instead of just one doctor treating you, there’s a whole team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists to help you deal with all the complex diagnostic and treatment decisions.…

Avoiding Bisphenol A (BPA)

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on March 8th, 2012 Tags: , , , ,

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in many rigid plastics, the lining of food cans, and certain other products. It’s also a hormone disruptor. Hormone disruptors can affect how estrogen and other hormones act in the body, by blocking them or mimicking them. Because estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer develop and grow, many women choose to limit their exposure to these chemicals. Everyone…

Popcorn: Food for Thought

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 22nd, 2012 Tags: , , ,

What’s not to love about popcorn? It’s easy to make, filling, and for me, the perfect nibble during a night in with my favorite movie. On its own, popcorn is a great snack. It’s naturally high in fiber, low in calories, contains no sodium and is fat-free. But the ways in which it is grown or prepared can be cause for concern. So before you…

Don’t Stress About Stress and Risk

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 10th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Many, many women worry that a stressful job (or other stressful situations such as the death of a partner or divorce) can increase their risk of breast cancer or a recurrence. For sure, stress feels terrible. Ongoing stress wears us down and can steal all your energy, joy, fun, and comfort. A stress-filled life always feels difficult if not, at times, impossible. But, so far,…

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