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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,…

Ditching Disposable Dishes for Good

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 25th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Summer, for me, means picnics on the beach, barbecues poolside, lunch on a hike, and late dinners on my back porch. Anything to get outside and enjoy the warmth and fresh air. The only downside — besides sometimes the mosquitoes — is that this often means giving up metal silverware, ceramic plates, and real glasses for their disposable substitutes: plastic utensils and cups, as well…

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…

Plastics: Choose What to Use

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on July 29th, 2011 Tags: , , , ,

Plastic containers are incredibly convenient and nearly impossible to give up entirely. But  the chemicals in plastics can get into our food and drinks and affect our health and our environment. So, it makes sense to think about how to cut back on using plastic and find other kinds of containers. It also makes sense to think about the types of plastic you use, especially…

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