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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…

Should You Worry About Your Tampons and Pads?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss 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…

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…

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