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An Update on BPA

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on September 19th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been in the news a lot lately. It is a manmade chemical used in many rigid plastics, the lining of food cans, cashier receipts, and other products since the 1960s. BPA is being phased out because it is a hormone disruptor. That means it may mimic or block a hormone or affect how natural hormones, such as estrogen, behave in…

Kids and Chemicals in Plastic: What Are the Risks?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 16th, 2014 Tags: , , ,

No matter where you get your news, you’ve probably learned quite a bit about how chemicals in plastics could affect your health. It’s especially important to know that any concerns raised about how these chemicals affect adults are magnified when it comes to babies and young children.

There are a few reasons why babies and young children are more vulnerable than adults to environmental factors,…

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…

Food Label Findings

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on August 15th, 2013 Tags: , ,

Recently while grocery shopping, I came across a box of tasty-looking breakfast bars. The front of the box promised they’d give me nutritious, sustained energy, but the food label on the back told me the real story. The bars had less fiber and protein and more sugar and sodium (salt) than my usual breakfast cereal. Yikes! They were really just cookies in disguise.

It wasn’t…

Let’s Talk Toothpaste

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 31st, 2013 Tags: , ,

Like washing our hands and moisturizing our skin, brushing our teeth is an everyday habit that’s 100% routine. We do it without thinking about it at all.

Once in a while, though, we should. In the past, we’ve talked about making safe soap and moisturizer choices. Now it’s time to give toothpaste some attention, too. Any product you use every day is worth…

Want to Buy Products That Line Up With Your Values? There Are Sites and Apps for That!

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on February 6th, 2013 Tags: , ,

I’m strongly committed to buying products that are free of toxic chemicals and made by socially responsible companies that care about the environment. But sticking to this plan isn’t easy. It takes time and attention to detail to do research on the companies and their products. And sometimes, even though I know what I want to buy, the product isn’t in my local store. So…

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