When you or someone you love has an eating disorder

Eating disorders are characterized by persistent, altered eating behaviours that negatively impact a person’s physical and mental health. They can significantly impact your body’s ability to get appropriate nutrition and lead to complications or other diseases. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders often develop in theContinue reading “When you or someone you love has an eating disorder”

2022’s Dirty Dozen (produce with the most pesticides)

The 2022 Dirty Dozen™ List is out! Here are the foods that contain the most pesticide residues: Strawberries Spinach Kale, collard & mustard greens Nectarines Apples Grapes Bell and hot peppers Cherries Peaches Pears Celery Tomatoes The list is released each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization which uses moreContinue reading “2022’s Dirty Dozen (produce with the most pesticides)”

Brain shrinkage, cognitive decline, long COVID after infection: what researchers have discovered so far

Brain shrinkage and cognitive decline in Covid patients An Oxford University study published in the journal Nature yesterday (March 7th) found that COVID-19 can cause the brain to shrink, reduce grey matter in the regions that control emotion and memory as well as damage areas that control the sense of smell. These brain changes, detectedContinue reading “Brain shrinkage, cognitive decline, long COVID after infection: what researchers have discovered so far”

Cigars: safer than smoking cigarettes?

No, cigar smoking isn’t safer than cigarette smoking- even if you don’t intentionally inhale the smoke. Cigars, like cigarettes, contain nicotine, the substance that can lead to tobacco dependence. Historically, cigar smoking has been a behaviour of older men, but the industry’s increased marketing of these products as symbols of a luxurious and successful lifestyleContinue reading “Cigars: safer than smoking cigarettes?”

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”

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?”

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”