Category Archives: Allergies

Abdominal pain and diarrhea? Bloated or excessive burping? You may have SIBO.

What is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition affecting the small intestine. SIBO is caused when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. It typically causes pain and diarrhea. Experts estimate … Continue reading

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2020’s “Dirty Dozen”: What are the most pesticide-laden foods?

The 2020 Dirty Dozen™ List is out! Here is the list of foods that contain the most pesticide residues: Strawberries Spinach Kale Nectarines Apples Grapes Peaches Cherries Pears Tomatoes Celery Potatoes The list is released each year by the Environmental Working … Continue reading

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Got a stuffy nose? Tips for a better sleep.

Whether you’ve got a stuffy nose from a cold, flu or allergies, sleeping through the night can be a challenge with all that congestion. Read on for tips on how to sleep better when you are congested. Elevate your head. Congestion … Continue reading

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Does gut bacteria affect your happiness?

The gut microbiome (i.e. the bacteria in our gut) has been getting lots of attention recently. Scientists are becoming increasingly aware of the key role these trillions of microbes play in health and disease. Not only do these gut microbes … Continue reading

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Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?

How can being too clean make us sick? Well, it turns out that excessive cleanliness or a lack of exposure to bacteria, viruses and allergens prevents the normal development of the immune system, which eventually increases the chance of disorders within … Continue reading

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How to support your immune system to prevent the flu

In an effort to curb seasonal influenza, the Hong Kong government has announced that all kindergartens and childcare centres will close starting tomorrow, one week ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday. Besides getting the flu vaccine, what else can … Continue reading

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Who’s breathing the most polluted air in Hong Kong?

According to the air quality data released by the Environmental Protection Department today, people in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tung Chung districts were breathing the unhealthiest air in 2018. Tuen Mun was the most polluted district for the fifth … Continue reading

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A curious case of bleeding through skin pores

I had a peculiar case, recently. A patient, Mr. X, suddenly experienced bleeding through the skin pores on his back- much like sweating, but sweating out blood. He had previously seen me for allergies and food intolerances, but never mentioned … Continue reading

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Can’t lose weight? Discover these five hidden causes.

Spring has sprung and you may be eager to lose some of that winter weight. But what if you’ve tried everything and you still find it difficult to lose weight? Could there be underlying reasons preventing you from losing weight? Dr. … Continue reading

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Should I go gluten-free?

Gluten-free foods, gluten-free menu options… Gluten-free choices are everywhere nowadays, but does it mean you should go gluten-free? Consider the following: If you’ve got celiac disease, then going gluten-free is necessary. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune … Continue reading

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