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?”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Hong Kong study: over 50% of body lotions for infants may trigger skin allergies or dermatitis

Earlier this week, the Consumer Council (Hong Kong) raised concerns about the safety of body lotions for infants, after discovering that 22 brands out of 40 products tested contained chemicals that could trigger skin allergies or dermatitis in babies. Out of the 40 products tested by the council, 8 that claimed to be “hypoallergenic” wereContinue reading “Hong Kong study: over 50% of body lotions for infants may trigger skin allergies or dermatitis”

Fertility: can I get pregnant after 40?

By the time you are 40, the chance of falling pregnant naturally is about 5% each month, compared to 20% in those under the age of 30. You can still get pregnant after 40, but you may need some support. This is because younger women typically have more and healthier eggs than older women. And whileContinue reading “Fertility: can I get pregnant after 40?”