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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…

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…

Are Antiperspirants Safe?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 5th, 2013 Tags: ,

Patients often ask me about things they’re exposed to every day that might increase cancer risk. Sometimes, the answers are straightforward: No, microwave ovens aren’t linked to cancer; yes, smoking is. Far more often, though, the answer is cloudier. In many cases, it’s hard for science to find a firm link between things we suspect are making us sick and a specific disease. That’s because…

Straight Talk About Straight Hair

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on August 28th, 2013 Tags: ,

When it comes to our hair, we often want what we haven’t got. This seems particularly true when it comes to glossy, straight hair. Practically no one is born with it, so we end up forcing our hair into the style we want.

As someone who’s always had curly hair, I’m married to my anti-frizz cream. But I use curling irons and blow dryers to…

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…

The Hair Color Issue

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

Everybody is greatly relieved when their hair grows back after chemotherapy. But its color and texture may be different than what you remember. Soft curls may require new products to manage them. Women who dyed their hair for years are often surprised by the amount of gray. It’s usually because the hair is just growing back in its natural, undyed state — which they may…

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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