Long COVID: what researchers have discovered so far

A research team at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found that prolonged inflammation after SARS-CoV-2 infections causes permanent damage to lungs and kidneys, affects the brain, and is correlated with behavioural changes. Led by Dr. Benjamin tenOever and Dr. Venetia Zachariouset, the researchersContinue reading “Long COVID: what researchers have discovered so far”

How to prepare your body for a healthy, optimal pregnancy

Planning to have a baby soon? Dr. Ardyce Yik ND offers the following tips to help you get started on your pre-pregnancy journey. Irregular periods or extremely painful periods? You need to ovulate to fall pregnant, and a regular menstrual cycle is an indication that you are ovulating when you’re supposed to. Excruciating pain duringContinue reading “How to prepare your body for a healthy, optimal pregnancy”

Too much salt in our bread and inconsistency in meal plan subscriptions: Hong Kong Consumer Council

Hong Kong Consumer Council looked into 28 samples of prepackaged white and wheat bread on the market and found that eating two slices of bread could mean a sodium intake of over 20 percent of the daily limit recommended by the World Health Organization. An over-consumption of sodium increases the risk of high blood pressureContinue reading “Too much salt in our bread and inconsistency in meal plan subscriptions: Hong Kong Consumer Council”

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?”