I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it’s taken seven years, but this spring I am finally checking out the local organic farm scene. My wife and I have ordered from two farms and taken one tour, and we already know [...]
I love my morning routine: I cradle Alex in my Ergobaby as I make fruit smoothies, topped off with spoonfuls of freshly made 100% organic yogurt. I scoop it right out of the cooker and give Alex a big sloppy [...]
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 [...]
Did you know that only ten percent of teenage girls in the USA get enough calcium? Even here in China, the average calcium intake is less than half the recommended amounts. Most infants now have no problems with their calcium, thanks [...]
What’s the best milk source for your baby after 12 months? Breast milk is still the preferred choices, and whole milk the next option — but many people in China prefer toddler formula. While milk safety in China is a legitimate [...]
We humans have survived tens of thousands of years without toddler formula as well as cow’s milk, so I think we should have a healthy skepticism of the entire toddler formula industry, which didn’t even exist 25 years ago (read [...]
Did you know only 10% of teen girls in the USA get enough calcium? That’s an astonishingly depressing stat from the American Academy of Pediatric’s fascinating position paper on calcium (available here for free). Let’s show that graph right now: [...]
Which have you used for your toddlers here in China: milk or formula? During my research for my New York Times article I asked this question to the invaluable group of Beijing moms and dads on the Yahoo group Beijingmamas. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Next week’s Spring Festival will already be my sixth here in Beijing, and Spring Festival Eve is always one of the highlights of my year. My wife and I spend a wonderful evening with our Chinese in-laws, and all two dozen [...]
I’m a big fan of yogurt, and many of my blog posts have discussed yogurt’s health benefits. It’s a great dairy source of calcium, vitamin D, protein and others. It may even help to lose weight, and the healthy bacteria [...]
It usually feels like we live in a toxic world here in Beijing, bombarded daily from the air and what we eat and drink. But what about the other extreme of being too clean? In our zeal to protect our [...]
Drinking a cold Coca Cola in the summer can be wonderfully refreshing, but it’s far too easy for children and teens to drink too much soda. The American Dietetic Association recommends a maximum of three 12oz cans a week. Americans [...]
I do a lot of health checks in my family clinic here at BJU, and a large percentage have problems with their cholesterol tests. Since high cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, I focus a [...]
Last week I wrote how brown foods are better than white foods, in general terms of health and prevention of diabetes. I wanted today to mention another similar rule: pure white is not a natural color in food. I’m always [...]
Now that even China has joined the worldwide diabetes epidemic, it’s crucial that we all truly understand how we could prevent this very preventable disease — at least for type 2 diabetes, which is the adult-onset diabetes mostly related to [...]
Coffee addicts should rejoice at today’s news: another study shows a link between drinking coffee and lowered risk of developing diabetes.
I’m a big, big fan of omega-3 fish oil. I’d add it to every city’s water supply if it didn’t float on top and clog the drains. I personally think if you had to choose only one daily supplement, you [...]
A Chinese team has designed a blood test which may be more accurate than the common AFP test. This hopefully will turn out to be truly effective, especially for China, as liver cancer from hepatitis B is extremely common.
Last week I discussed the fascinating results from a large study which showed how regular use of yogurt can actually cause weight loss. Yes, this is for real, and I found the findings impressive enough to encourage all my readers [...]
In huge NIH study, yogurt was the most effective food to cause weight loss. People who ate yogurt lost an average of 0.82 lb over 4 years. Wow!
Last year I wrote a piece about the excellent review article from the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety, discussing the Nutrient Values of Fruit and Vegetables. I think it’s such a great, practical real-life study that I wanted to review some [...]
Everyone always hears that you need multiple servings of fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. I remember the older food pyramid in the U.S. recommending 5 servings a day; a couple years ago that increased to 8-9 servings per [...]