The winter holidays are here, and it’s time for my favorite tradition — buying gifts for myself. OK, family comes first, of course. This year I am overjoyed to play Santa for the first time, and it’s pure pleasure to [...]
A good family doctor helps people not get sick in the first place. Here are all articles discussing ways to stay healthy.
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 [...]
I’ve blogged a couple of times about this, and now a trio of studies seriously underscores what I previously mentioned: a multivitamin is a waste of money for the vast majority of people taking them. Including myself. I actually had stopped [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We parents worry about our children getting enough exercise — but what about ourselves? Are we all leading by example and also getting enough exercise? Surveys show that most adults both here in China and in countries like the USA [...]
The great team at BeijingKids magazine have assembled a super useful collection of health articles and advice in their new 2013-4 Health Guide. It’s available in print at all the usual Beijing outlets but is also available for free here at [...]
I’m a big fan of TED talks, so I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been invited to talk at this Saturday’s TEDxUIBE conference here in Beijing on their campus. Their theme is Impressions of Beijing, and my 18 minute presentation, [...]
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 [...]
Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared! That’s the title of my free lecture this Thursday, October 10, 10:00-11am, at my hospital’s 5th Floor Video Conference Room. Everyone in Beijing is invited to come here to Beijing United Family Hospital (map and directions [...]
My long term readers know that I’m not exactly a fitness fanatic, and my waistline has just jumped over a horrible milestone of over 100 centimeters. (maybe sharing my humiliation will motivate me…) I desperately need inspiration to keep me [...]
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 [...]
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?