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Exercise: Every Little Bit Helps

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on June 29th, 2016 Tags: , , ,

Five years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a new patient, Sheila (not her real name), who was 45 years old, a busy working mom with young kids, and about 30 pounds overweight. Her extra weight worried me because it increases the risk of breast cancer recurrence and other health problems.

After acknowledging the everyday challenges of weight management, we went right to solutions.…

Inflammation: Make It More Friend Than Foe

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. 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…

Regular Talk About Irregularity: What to Do When You Can’t Go

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. 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…

The Ins and Outs of Insulin Resistance

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on October 24th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

You’ve probably heard many reasons why you should avoid sugary foods: tooth decay, lack of any nutritional value, and weight gain among them. But did you know that a diet high in sugar also may lead to a serious condition called insulin resistance?

Insulin is hormone that’s made in the pancreas and works throughout the body. Its job is to regulate your blood sugar levels…

Should You Worry About Your Tampons and Pads?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on September 6th, 2012 Tags: ,

Have you recently checked out the feminine hygiene aisle in the drugstore? It’s as varied as a bookstore! What a huge change in feminine products. Pads that were once bulky and held in by pins and straps are now thin and self-stick. Old fashioned powder-pink-and-blue packaging is now hot pink and lime green. Some manufacturers have abandoned classic ads featuring happy-go-lucky women dancing in tight…

Shiny, Colorful Nails — Safely

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. 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 Marisa Weiss, M.D. 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…

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