Hong Kong Consumer Council: cancer-causing substance found in 95% of coffee samples

The Hong Kong Consumer Council revealed today that it had tested 49 different types of coffee products on the market and found the cancer-causing agent, acrylamide, in 47 samples. Instant coffee samples contained the highest. The samples tested included instant coffee, coffee beans, capsules and powder. Acrylamide is a genotoxic carcinogen and neurotoxic substance.* ProlongedContinue reading “Hong Kong Consumer Council: cancer-causing substance found in 95% of coffee samples”

Why am I still unwell? Addressing the root causes of complex ailments

Have you struggled with an unresolved health issue for months or years? Do certain symptoms or ailments keep coming back (e.g. recurrent warts, cold sores i.e. fever blisters, ovarian cysts, PMS/ pre-menstrual symptoms, infections, eczema, diarrhea/ loose stool, etc.)? If so, it’s time to take a deeper look at the various factors that contribute toContinue reading “Why am I still unwell? Addressing the root causes of complex ailments”

Study: an optimistic partner is good for your health

If you’re in a relationship, your partner’s outlook can have a significant impact on how long and how well you live, according to a study by researchers at Michigan State University. Optimism is typically defined as a general expectation that good things will happen, and being hopeful or confident about the future. Looking on the brightContinue reading “Study: an optimistic partner is good for your health”

Self-care tips for the new year

2021 is coming to an end. The COVID pandemic is still here; the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire in many parts of the world. You may have suffered immeasurable loss this year, or faced numerous challenges. Or you may have enjoyed a very productive and successful year. Regardless of how 2021 has been forContinue reading “Self-care tips for the new year”

6 GODIVA ice cream products found with banned pesticide

Hong Kong authorities are urging the public not to consume 6 Godiva ice cream products imported from France after these products were found to contain a banned pesticide. On December 9th, 2021, the Centre for Food Safety of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said a stabilizer used in the six products was found withContinue reading “6 GODIVA ice cream products found with banned pesticide”

Kids and teens: want to grow taller?

Many parents come into Dr. Yik‘s office asking what their child can do or eat to grow taller. What factors influence how tall your child will be? Scientists estimate that about 80% of your height is determined by the DNA sequence variants you inherited from your parents. For most individuals, height is controlled largely by genes, withContinue reading “Kids and teens: want to grow taller?”

The type of fat you eat (not how much) is linked to stroke risk

  You may have heard that consuming too much fat can increase your risk for heart disease, but new research suggests that it’s the type of fat, not the amount, that may be the more important factor in determining stroke risk.  The study found that eating more animal fat was linked to a higher riskContinue reading “The type of fat you eat (not how much) is linked to stroke risk”

Babies wanted: China’s desperate attempt to save declining birth rate

China announced earlier this year that married couples can have up to three children, after data showed a dramatic decline in births in the world’s most populous country of over 1.4 billion people. Since then, 14 provinces have either amended local family planning rules or are seeking public opinion to make amendments to laws toContinue reading “Babies wanted: China’s desperate attempt to save declining birth rate”

What is “long COVID”?

Most people who contract COVID-19 (aka SARS-CoV-2 infection) recover within 4 to 5 weeks. However, some individuals experience persistent or new COVID-19 symptoms for weeks and months after this initial phase of the infection. Referred to as “long COVID” or “post-COVID-19”, this post-infection condition affects around 37% of those who contract COVID-19. According to aContinue reading “What is “long COVID”?”

High levels of chemicals found in (children’s and adult’s) clothing by fast-fashion retailers

A recent investigation conducted by Canada’s CBC Marketplace found that out of 38 samples of children’s, adult’s and maternity clothes and accessories, 1 in 5 items had elevated levels of chemicals that experts found concerning. The researchers warn that people buying from certain online retailers may be exposing themselves to potentially toxic chemicals, including lead, PFASContinue reading “High levels of chemicals found in (children’s and adult’s) clothing by fast-fashion retailers”