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FitPerez reader Lauren has been using antibacterial soap her whole life, but heard it may not be as healthy as it sounds. For advice she wrote cancer survivor Fran Drescher, asking:
I’ve always made sure to buy antibacterial soap for my home to keep my family healthy but now I’m hearing antibacterial soaps can do more harm than good? What’s the deal with antibacterial soap?
According to Fran:
Most antibacterial soaps contain an ingredient called Triclosan, which has been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, skin irritation, liver and inhalation toxicity and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”. Pretty scary stuff when you think about it. Triclosan can also be listed in the ingredients as Irgasan, Triclocarban, Biofresh, Ster-zac, Microban and Cloxifenolum. Check your products and see if it contains this chemical and to play it safe, just use plain ol’ soap and water.
Preach it, gurl!
Cancer survivor and early detection advocate Fran Drescher is one of the many people joining together to send New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a message — don't frack New York!
The Happily Divorced star and FitPerez contributor placed her John Hancock on a letter written by Heinz Award-winning biologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, which demonstrates links between the controversial energy-extraction process, known as hydrofracking, and cancer.
Mya from North Carolina has noticed that FitPerez health contributor Fran Drescher looks AMAZING these days! She not only wants to look as good as Fran, but feel as good too, writing:
Fran, you look better than ever! Any beauty secrets you can share to get us looking and feeling as great as you?
According to Fran:
Awww thanks doll! Here’s a few simple things I do.
I always make sure to remove my makeup at night to avoid any kind of blemishes. I also sleep on my back to avoid getting wrinkles from my pillow and sleep with a humidifier right next to my bed. Also, anything you put on your face whether it’s your wrinkle cream or your SPF, should also be used on your neck and décolletage which can suffer from the same aging effects as your face. Exercise and eat healthy!
Everyone remembers that awkward parent-child sex talk, right? However, not too many people can recall ever having an awkward conversation about cancer with their parents.
A new campaign from the organization FCancer has been launched to put an end to late stage diagnosis cancer.
Their goal is to save lives by educating people to detect and find cancer early, instead of waiting around for the disease to find us! For this to work, it has to start at home and it has to start young!
90% of all cancers are curable in the first stage, so don't wait and make sure your family knows how to detect it!
Check out Ke$ha's Cancer Talk above and click here for more personal stories from other celebs!
Unfortunately it seems like Doctors are always over-booking and rushing you in and out of the office. Sometimes that can be overwhelming, so it's no surprise that someone decided to ask our incredible FitPerez health contributor Fran Drescher just how to make that time worth it!
I always feel super rushed when I visit my doctor. How can I make sure I make the most use out of our short time together?
Here's Fran's response:
We only get a few minutes with our doctors, so we have to make every second count. Here are a few tips:
1. When making your appointment, request any forms that you can fill out prior to your visit to avoid wasting appointment time.
2. Prepare a list of questions you and your loved ones want your doctor to answer. It’s had to remember everything when you feel like you’re racing against the clock.
3. Bring someone with you! Choose someone who’s going to be strong, confident, and in control of the situation. This person can take notes for you and ask your doctor how to spell unfamiliar words and medical terms so that you can do your own research later.
4. Along with your list of questions, bring little notes for yourself so you don’t omit any symptoms that could help your doctor give you the correct diagnosis.
5. Remember, you are not just a patient; you are a medical consumer and entitled to receive your doctor’s full and undivided attention. Make sure you discuss all your options and don’t allow yourself to feel rushed.
Eating in moderation is no easy task!
Debbie from Massachusetts is having trouble avoiding excess calories while she's out of her house, so she asked FitPerez health contributor Fran Drescher for advice, writing:
"I can’t seem to avoid overeating while I’m out, at work, etc. What should I do?"
According to Fran:
Debbie, sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and it can be difficult not to eat whatever is in front of you, especially if it’s sugary or carb-a-licious. If you are trying to watch what you eat and have a social function, I suggest eating healthy before you go so that your body doesn’t immediately go crazy when you see the probable, unhealthy display of goodies.
When I’m at work, I always bring my own healthy snacks and food with me so I know exactly what’s going in my mouth. That way the chocolate chip cookies, brownies and truffles sitting in the conference room don’t magically float into my mouth and right smack onto my thighs! Moderation is key!
A FitPerez reader is feeling nervous about getting a second opinion from a different doctor — mainly because she doesn't want to offend the doctor that's she's with now. That's a tightrope, and luckily we have Fran Drescher to help give some advice.