Wellness

Wellness is a general term for keeping your body healthy on all levels, including spiritual and mental health. This is a collection of all articles discussing ways to optimize your health.

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 [...]

My Favorite Websites For Health Information

Which websites do you turn to for health information? There are literally thousands of sites offering advice, but a huge proportion of them are either trying to sell you something or simply don’t provide evidence-based recommendations. So here are my [...]

Meatless Mondays?

Meatless Mondays?

I love meat. Looooove it. I would never consider going full vegan. At least, I’ve always said that, until… …until a couple weeks ago when I was in Carrefour’s meat section, doing my usual food shopping. For some strange reason, [...]

What Is Potassium Iodide?

It’s been a hectic couple days, but at least for today there is no radioactive cloud approaching Beijing. But this certainly is bringing up a good debate about what to do in case this actually happens. Usually, if a community [...]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a relaxing, restful Chinese new year! I will be taking a bit of a break as well. I personally had a great Year of the Tiger and look forward to next year’s adventures here in Beijing!

Escape From Dàhán At A Beijing Hot Spring

Today, January 20th, is dàhán (大寒), “big cold” on the Chinese solar calendar. This is traditionally considered the coldest day of the year, and I won’t argue with that — it’s darn cold. So, on these deep winter days, I [...]

What Makes A Happy Marriage?

What Makes A Happy Marriage?

Let’s face it, living as an expat can put some severe stressors on relationships. I’ve seen far too many relationship problems in my family practice here, but here’s a positive article from the New York Times that I wanted to [...]

My Favorite Wellness Tips of 2010

Most of my website’s posts can be divided up into three categories: public health; disease; and wellness articles. My public health articles (AKA pollution) get the most hits, but I’m more partial to my wellness posts. Here are my choices [...]

Fixed!

Sorry about yesterday’s message with the top 10 posts; all the links are fixed now…

Top Ten New Posts of 2010

It’s late December again, which means it’s time for my favorite filler material — “best of” and “top ten” lists! Let’s start off with MyHealth Beijing’s most popular new posts of 2010, in order of popularity: An American Doctor In [...]

Emergency Pollution Levels Now…

This is not a drill, people: the US Embassy’s pollution monitor (http://iphone.bjair.info) for three days has been recording air pollution levels in the highest levels far above 300 AQI, and as of 7am Friday is 477 AQI. Peaks each day [...]

To Every Thing, There Is A Season…

To Every Thing, There Is A Season…

Beijing has a surprising variety of all four seasons, which I think is a great thing. Spring and fall, the best times of year here, are unfortunately short, but in general you can expect the same seasonal variations you would [...]

Does “Going Green” Make You Healthier?

Does “going green” make you healthier? I believe it helps to frame this issue if we picture our bodies as a bulls-eye target for many poison-tipped arrows: we are exposed to dangerous levels of toxins via the air, and also [...]