China public health

Here are all articles discussing public health in China: air pollution, food safety and many other health issues.

Mask Testing: Doing It The Right Way

(UPDATE April 2014: please read my new review of three mask tests.) As a family doctor, I strive to keep my patients and my community healthy by sharing informed, evidence-based advice — in clinic and via my writing. Wellness and [...]

It's Not Easy Going Green

It’s Not Easy Going Green

My son Alex is almost one year old now, and he loves to put everything in his mouth, especially his bathtub toys. As he happily munches away on a day-glo orange crab with big Bambi eyes, I’m always a bit [...]

Disposable Pollution Masks: Real Test Results!

Disposable Pollution Masks: Real Test Results!

The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission (上海市消费者权益保护委员会) has hit another home run! Last year,  they published a fantastic report of their independent testing of two dozen air purifiers, which I translated and blogged here. Now they have turned their focus on [...]

Do Pollution Masks Really Work?

Do Pollution Masks Really Work?

Do pollution masks actually help to protect you? This winter has already seen harsh pollution spikes first in Harbin, and recently in Shanghai and eastern China. By coincidence I had been taking the train from Shanghai to Beijing during one [...]

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

Pollution: Air, Water, Food, Oh My!

I’ve discussed many wellness topics on this health blog, but the major interest, by far, is pollution. Everyone in China is very concerned about the safety of the air they breathe and the food and drinks they put into their [...]

8 Tips For Healthy Living in China

8 Tips For Healthy Living in China

Most people who are new to China, no matter which country they are from, have similar health concerns: How do I avoid air pollution? How can I keep my children healthy? Where can I find nutritious and safe foods? You [...]

N95 Pollution Masks: A Buyer's Guide

N95 Pollution Masks: A Buyer’s Guide

Update April 2014: I recently published a review of three independent comparison tests of masks. I’m a big fan of using air pollution masks when the AQI is over 200 (read my articles here, here and here), and the Chinese market has [...]

Toddler Formula: Scam or Savior in China?

Toddler Formula: Scam or Savior in China?

Every toddler at some stage becomes a picky eater. When I was that age, my twin brother preferred to stash his unwanted food behind the refrigerator, and my mother would threaten to call our monster neighbors to come over and [...]

In China, The Kids Are Not Alright

In China, The Kids Are Not Alright

There’s a clever English language play on words, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me.” As an American expat straddling two cultures, I confess that it’s all too easy to make sweeping generalizations about differences, usually defaulting to [...]

Are Chinese Healthier Than Americans?

Are Chinese Healthier Than Americans?

During these hot summer evenings, my wife and I love to bike around Beijing’s hutongs. On every street corner and in every park, generations of families, friends and neighbors dance en masse, sing along to a classic tune, and chat away [...]

Did The Airpocalypse Make You Want To Leave China?

Did The Airpocalypse Make You Want To Leave China?

I must confess that I think airpocalypse is a wonderfully apt and evocative new word. It’s right up there in the expat zeitgeist along with crazy bad and gutter oil as definitive additions to our lexicon. Airpocalypse perfectly encapsulates those miserable, gray [...]

H7N9 Arrives in Beijing, Advice Is The Same

H7N9 Arrives in Beijing, Advice Is The Same

I suppose it was inevitable that the rest of China wouldn’t forever be immune to new cases of H7N9, until now limited to our southern China citizens. But yesterday the first H7N9 case outside of the Shanghai area happened literally [...]