Prevention

A good family doctor helps people not get sick in the first place. Here are all articles discussing ways to stay healthy.

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 [...]

Weibo Is Still Where It’s At

This is a quick shout-out to all my blog readers to please follow me on Weibo, the enormously popular Chinese version of Twitter. This MyHealthBeijing blog has slowed down a bit as I focus more on my New York Times articles [...]

Patient Education Handouts

Wouldn’t it be great to have one website with a big list of printable handouts that have easily readable information about diseases? Of course there are many such sites already, but most are quite stuffy, boring, or simply not useful. [...]

I Have Prediabetes: Now What?

I Have Prediabetes: Now What?

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 [...]

The Science of Fatherhood

The Science of Fatherhood

I recently experienced a wonderful thing — my first Father’s Day as a father. It was a glorious test of real fatherhood, from a 4 am feeding to a doctor’s visit to us all taking a long afternoon siesta, his [...]

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 [...]

Sunscreens Prevent Cancers -- And Wrinkles

Sunscreens Prevent Cancers — And Wrinkles

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 [...]

A 7 Minute Workout That Really Works

A 7 Minute Workout That Really Works

“Maximum Results With Minimal Investment”. It sounds like a shady late night infomercial, but it’s actually the subtitle of a well publicized review article from the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal. Titled High Intensity [...]

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 [...]

Vaccines For Expats in China: The Basics

Vaccines For Expats in China: The Basics

Parents in Beijing have many health questions, but one of the hottest topics is vaccinations. There are quite a few internationally standard vaccines, but there are also some Beijing-specific vaccines. For routine vaccines, which start during childhood, most countries cover [...]

Top Ten Parenting Posts of 2012

Top Ten Parenting Posts of 2012

It’s hard enough being a parent anywhere, but adding China-specific hassles could give anyone a headache. Here are my favorite parenting posts from 2012: Cough Syrups For Kids: Do Any Work Well? – Short answer? Not really. Better answer: honey! Make [...]

Make Your Own Yogurt!

Make Your Own Yogurt!

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 [...]

Soft Drinks + Kids = Bad Idea

Soft Drinks + Kids = Bad Idea

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 [...]