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Keeping Medicine Out of the Water

By on April 4th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Researchers have found traces of medicines, from both people and animals, in surface water and drinking water supplies.

The medicines can get in the water supply in many ways. Old medicine is often flushed down toilets (for years we were told to do this; now we know it’s not a good idea). A second source is our own bodies: People who take medicines end up …

Where to Go From Here on the Path of Wellness and Healing

By on March 21st, 2012 Tags: , ,

Ask anyone who’s been through it — breast cancer is like a tornado in your life. From the moment you get the news to the ongoing tests and treatments, it’s a whirlwind through the medical system. Instead of just one doctor treating you, there’s a whole team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists to help you deal with all the complex diagnostic and treatment decisions. …

Avoiding Bisphenol A (BPA)

By 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 …

Don’t Stress About Stress and Risk

By on February 10th, 2012 Tags: , ,

Many, many women worry that a stressful job (or other stressful situations such as the death of a partner or divorce) can increase their risk of breast cancer or a recurrence. For sure, stress feels terrible. Ongoing stress wears us down and can steal all your energy, joy, fun, and comfort. A stress-filled life always feels difficult if not, at times, impossible. But, so far, …

Moisturizers: Hope or Harm in a Jar? Part 2

By on January 17th, 2012 Tags: ,

The products we use can be helpful, harmless, or harmful. In “Hope or Harm in Jar? Part 1,” I wrote about potentially harmful ingredients in many moisturizers. Now I want to talk about how certain ingredients may have some link to cancer risk.

Parabens. Parabens go by many names — methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben — but no matter the type, they’re …

Moisturizers: Hope or Harm in a Jar?

By on December 28th, 2011 Tags: ,

When I flip through magazines, I often find myself getting sucked into the swirl of skin care ads. The promises are hard to ignore: with just a few pats of a cream or serum, I can look younger, with firmer, softer skin protected against the signs of aging. Any and all perceived flaws seem to magically disappear, sometimes instantly. It’s no wonder that moisturizers and …

When It Comes to Exercise, Just Do It

By on December 14th, 2011 Tags: ,

First, let’s get the excuses out of the way. When it came to exercise, I had these plus a few more readily available, especially at busy times of year (like right now!):

  • I’m too tired.
  • I’m too old.
  • My knees hurt.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I don’t have the right clothes.
  • It’s too cold/wet/hot/humid outside.
  • I don’t know how.
  • It’s boring
  • I don’t like it.
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