UPDATE, MARCH 15: this project is now on hold (details here) Are you bewildered and overwhelmed by all of the choices for air pollution masks? Don’t you wish you could look at independent test results which compared all of them? [...]
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Who do you think are healthier: people born and raised in China, or in the USA? I used to generalize that the average person in China was healthier, mostly from observing Beijing’s lively street life, especially at night. On every [...]
What’s the hottest gift this Chinese new year? Perhaps instead of moon cakes and red envelopes, you could give “the gift that keeps on giving”: an indoor air purifier. They certainly are all the rage in China since last year, with [...]
Air pollution: how bad is it, and what can you do about it? All are invited to hear more at my next free public lecture, “Breathing in Beijing: How Air Pollution Affects Our Health“. The time is next Tuesday, January [...]
Somehow I actually wrote even more posts than last year, even with a baby thrown into the mix. Here are my favorites of an amazing year for me: Which Lifestyle Choice in China Will Kill You First? Health Checks: Does [...]
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 [...]
It hasn’t been a good week for a couple of daily household items common in millions of homes across the world. First we had nail-in-the-coffin proof that our daily multivitamins are useless for the great majority of people in preventing [...]
It’s cold and flu season yet again, and time to review the simple steps can we all take to avoid these inevitable illnesses. This year’s flu season is a bit more newsworthy than usual as H7N9 bird flu continues to [...]
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 [...]
My family medicine colleagues and I recently have noticed an alarming increase in our patients’ blood sugar levels testing high for diabetes and prediabetes, so much so that we figured it must be a lab error. But our lab confirmed [...]
What’s the best air pollution mask for China? There are quite a few brands out there. But which ones really work?
Do most of us need an annual health check at the doctor’s office? You may think this to be a very silly question, especially coming from me a family doctor who constantly discusses preventive medicine in my articles. I love [...]
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 [...]
Another holiday season is rapidly approaching, and most of you made flight and hotel reservations months ago — but have you spent equal efforts preparing for good health on your hard earned holiday? Each holiday season I see a massive [...]
What if you could see a thought bubble above every person’s head, telling you what they were thinking and feeling as you walked by?
After six and a half years here in Beijing, I can comfortably say that I have joined the ranks of the long term expats. What’s our secret?
If you are reading this, you or a loved one have probably been told by your doctor that you have abnormally high sugar levels. The doctor may have called it Impaired Fasting Glucose or Impaired Glucose Tolerance, but both of those are [...]
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 [...]
I’m usually quite proud of my Irish ancestry, but one unfortunate vestige of that heritage is pasty white skin that sunburns quite easily. When my mother was pregnant with me and my twin brother, the doctors discovered a large melanoma [...]
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 [...]
“Leaves of three, let them be.” Sounds familiar to many of us, yes? This quote refers to the dreaded poison oak and poison ivy, plants which line the hiking trails and woods of much of the world. To protect themselves from being [...]
What can you do right now to prevent getting the flu?
As this H7N9 infection slowly gains steam, I thought I’d continue to post some quick updates, on top of my previous article mentioning prevention. I wanted to again mention a fascinating 2009 study from the Archives of Internal Medicine which proved that [...]
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 [...]