Tag Archives: Health

#Fructis – an #International Brand

8 Jun

International Business at its best! We’ve got English, Russian, German/Dutch, Spanish, Italian. . . But sadly for a Chinese website, no #Chinese! 

#Fire Drill – #China Style!

20 May

#Fire drill! #China style! ūüď£ Because we take your security seriously – we use real #smoke bombs to stink the building up, train you to go through usually locked doors, and ask that you guess when a fire starts because we have no smoke alarms. But you know, security! ¬†At least now maybe they’ll stop padlocking all the outside doors at night ūüėā

CAQ: Is China Safe?!? – The Health Issue: Pollution

27 Feb

Continuing¬†the¬†Commonly¬†Asked¬†Questions¬†series¬†based¬†on¬†questions¬†people¬†give¬†me¬†about¬†China.¬†¬†While¬†it¬†may¬†not¬†answer¬†everything,¬†I¬†hope¬†that¬†it¬†will¬†clear¬†up¬†some¬†big¬†misconceptions¬†people ¬†have¬†about¬†this¬†beautiful¬†country.¬†¬†You¬†can¬†find¬†the¬†first¬†part¬†“Is¬†China¬†Safe:¬†the¬†Size/Language Issue Here.

CAQ #2: Is China Safe?!? ~ the Health Issue: Pollution

Yes, this is really what my city looks like some days


Concern: China is a scary place with backdoor doctors, unsanitary practices,  horrifying pollution, and dangerous hazards lying around everywhere.

I’ll¬†start¬†by¬†addressing¬†Pollution¬†in¬†this¬†post~¬†the¬†biggest¬†concern¬†for¬†most¬†people.¬†¬†Is¬†there ¬†pollution¬†in¬†China?¬†~¬†Yes,¬†of¬†course¬†there¬†is.¬†¬†There¬†is¬†also¬†a¬†lot¬†of¬†pollution¬†in¬†the¬†US,¬†Korea, ¬†Japan,¬†England,¬†India,¬†etc.¬†¬†Is¬†smog¬†a¬†problem?¬†~¬†Yes,¬†smog¬†can¬†be¬†a¬†bad¬†problem,¬†especially¬†on ¬† certain¬†days.¬†¬†The¬†worst¬†of¬†the¬†smog¬†arrives¬†when¬†we¬†haven’t¬†had¬†rain¬†in¬†a¬†while¬†(Henan¬†had¬†a ¬†drought¬†this¬†year,¬†so¬†that¬†didn’t¬†help),¬†when¬†they¬†burn¬†off¬†the¬†fields¬†in¬†the¬†fall,¬†and¬†when¬†the ¬†machines¬†are¬†running¬†extra¬†long¬†at¬†the¬†local¬†factories.¬†¬†There¬†are¬†certain¬†days¬†when¬†skyscrapers ¬†right¬†in¬†front¬†of¬†you¬†completely¬†disappear¬†and¬†you¬†can¬†taste¬†the¬†acid¬†in¬†the¬†air.¬†¬†I’d¬†say¬†that’s¬†been¬†about¬†7-8¬†days¬†in¬†my¬†first¬†semester¬†here¬†in¬†China¬†(Aug-Feb).¬†¬†It¬†can¬†be¬†really,¬†really¬†bad.


My City Today


Of¬†course,¬†I¬†live¬†in¬†Zhengzhou¬†which¬†is¬†one¬†of¬†the¬†worst¬†cities¬†in¬†China,¬†so¬†I¬†can’t¬†measure¬†the¬†rest¬†of¬†China¬†by¬†that.¬†You¬†can¬†see¬†a¬†rating¬†every¬†day¬†for¬†most¬†Chinese¬†cities‚Äô¬†pollution¬†level¬†here,¬†and ¬†Zhengzhou¬†is¬†always¬†pretty¬†bad. But if¬†Zhengzhou is the worst they have to offer,¬†I¬†don’t ¬†think¬†the¬†problem¬†is¬†as¬†prevalent¬†as¬†people¬†believe.¬†

First, I’d like to say (and I’ll probably repeat this in later posts), a large part of your ability to withstand the smog depends on your own body. ¬†Personally, I generally suffer from serious¬†skin sensitivity and asthma; one bad day in the US¬†will knock me out. ¬†But in China, I’m actually the healthiest I’ve been in a while. My skin clears up, my asthma goes away, I suffer fewer headaches, I’m breathing much better. ¬†Others are the opposite; they’re fine in the States and then get landblasted with respiratory illnesses here. ¬†I think a lot of it is dependent on how your body likes certain environments. Mine seems to like China. ¬†

Furthermore, as far as actual pollution goes, it¬†isn’t¬†like¬†every¬†single¬†day¬†I¬†am¬†terrified¬†of ¬†walking¬†out¬†the¬†door.¬†Only¬†about¬†2-3¬†days¬†this semester¬†have¬†I¬†been¬†unwilling¬†to¬†leave ¬†without¬†a¬†mask.There¬†is¬†also¬†the¬†fact¬†that¬†Zhengzhou¬†has¬†coal¬†mines¬†not¬†to¬†far¬†away¬†~¬†and ¬†that¬†always¬†adds¬†to¬†the¬†issue,¬†just¬†look¬†at¬†the¬†coal¬†towns¬†in¬†West Virginia.¬†¬†We¬†have¬†to¬†dust¬†about ¬†twice¬†a¬†week¬†to¬†clean¬†the¬†black¬†off¬†everything,¬†especially¬†outside¬†windows.¬†That¬†gives¬†me¬†a¬†few ¬†concerns¬†about¬†Black¬†Lung¬†or¬†something¬†similar,¬†but¬†it’s¬†my¬†own fault¬†for¬†choosing¬†to¬†live¬†so¬†close ¬†to¬†the¬†coal¬†mines.

Seeing the sun in a bright blue sky is a pretty rare sight around here, but we do get it, especially  after a rain.  And I can see the stars many nights, so long as the fireworks haven’t smoked the  place up. I breath fine for the most part, although I know some people who struggle.  They do have masks everywhere; you can always pick one up to help you out. I personally never really use them unless it’s during the crop burning week. 

One¬†nice¬†part¬†about¬†China¬†is¬†that¬†the¬†people¬†here¬†are¬†incredibly¬†health conscious¬†and¬†actively¬†work¬†to¬†clean¬†the¬†mess¬†up.Even¬†big ¬†factory¬†owners¬†know¬†that¬†their¬†children¬†have¬†to¬†breathe¬†in ‘the¬†air¬†they¬†create;¬†it¬†provides¬†a¬†lot¬†of¬†incentive¬†to¬†clean¬†the¬†mess¬†up. ‘They¬†are¬†truly¬†worried¬†about¬†the¬†situation,¬†and¬†there¬†are¬†constant¬†

discussions¬†on¬†how¬†to¬†eliminate¬†or¬†guard¬†yourself¬†against¬†the¬†threat¬†posed¬†by¬†air¬†pollution.¬†¬†They ¬†have¬†extremely¬†advanced¬†masks,¬†they¬†make¬†sure¬†that¬†everyone¬†knows¬†what¬†days¬†to¬†avoid¬†going ¬†outside¬†and¬†what¬†days¬†it‚Äôs¬†okay.¬†They¬†are¬†constantly¬†planting¬†trees,¬†bushes,¬†shrubs,¬†and¬†adding¬†water¬†in¬†an¬†effort¬†to¬†combat¬†the¬†problem¬†and¬†reoxygenate¬†the¬†air.¬†¬†Zhengzhou¬†even¬†bought¬†a¬†‚ÄúSmog ¬†Machine!‚Ä̬†¬†It¬†goes¬†around¬†the¬†streets¬†spraying¬†water¬†in¬†an¬†effort¬†to¬†cleanse¬†the¬†air.¬†¬†ūüôā¬†

If you move further out of the big cities, the problem isn’t half as bad anyway.

So maybe some cities in China are worse than most of the United States, but they are working with millions more factories, mines, people and other pollution causing issues. As my student’s say,  just look at the advancements they have already made in eliminating causation factors. Give them a few more years, and they will probably have advanced in leaps and bounds.  They like their  clean air, and generally the Chinese are a stubborn/innovative set. If they want clean air, they’ll  find a way to get it. It just takes time and patience, and a willingness to wear a mask every so often till the problem is fixed.





Chinese Health Concerns

17 Nov

You know you drink too much soda when . . . the gas station cashier gives you a free bottle of water and looks disapprovingly at your drink selection. All the while telling you, “tsk tsk . . . water have more power.” ¬†0_0


Only Abroad. . . “Fur Seal Capsules!”

12 Oct


“7 Beauty Secrets To Steal From India, The Middle East, and Beyond”

24 Jul

“7 Beauty Secrets To Steal From India, The Middle East, and Beyond”

by Byrdie via “Yahoo.com

There‚Äôs something about learning beauty secrets from other cultures that makes our heartbeat quicken, which is why we‚Äôre sharing 7 beauty secrets to steal from the far East. We‚Äôve already established that Asia is light years ahead of the U.S. when it comes to skincare technologies and innovations‚ÄĒbut what about an area of the world where beauty secrets are passed down through generations, lovingly shared by mothers to their daughters? We‚Äôre talking about South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, and even areas of the Middle East. There, beauty rituals are more about understanding the importance of ancient, natural-based rituals that have withstood the test of time‚ÄĒbecause they work.

‚ÄúEver since I was very little, I remember my mother encouraging me to use natural things at home,‚ÄĚ celeb makeup artist Kirin Bhatty says (she‚Äôs worked with everyone from Jessica Par√© to Alessandra Ambrosio). ‚ÄúOf course, as a kid, all I wanted were the chemical-laden things my friends had‚ÄĒbut now, as a makeup artist, everything has come full circle.‚ÄĚ We asked asked if she could share these natural-minded beauty secrets, and lucky for us, she was happy to divulge.

Below are seven beauty secrets you should definitely steal…

#1: Rose water

‚ÄúTo this day, I always have rosewater in my [makeup] kit, as well as in my personal makeup bag,‚ÄĚ Bhatty says. ‚ÄúI use it on [my clients‚Äô] skin by spraying it from a spray bottle, as well as on myself, as a toner, applied with a cotton ball at home.‚ÄĚ She swears by its refreshing, softening, brightening, and toning effects. ‚ÄúAlso, it smells amazing,‚ÄĚ she raves. ‚ÄúIt was something that the princesses and queens used way, way back.‚ÄĚ She says there‚Äôs no need for fancy formulas‚ÄĒa simple, inexpensive bottle from any market will do the trick. Another tip? She says to keep it in your fridge, to heighten the soothing effect. . . . .


Summer Veggies for Gorgeous Skin

10 Jul

Summer Veggies for Gorgeous Skin

by Harper’s Bazaar via “Yahoo News”


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50 Simple Health Tips

23 Jun

50 Simpler Heath Tips via “Whole Living Wellness”

Sip Oolong Tea

Sip Oolong Tea

Research suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols appear to be responsible.


Go Herbal

For varicose veins, try horse chestnut, an herbal extract that’s been shown in studies to strengthen veins and reduce swelling. The herb is also available in topical creams, though there’s not as much evidence for these.

Rub Your Temples

Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

Enjoy Ginger

The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.


“65 Beauty Tips & Tricks Every Woman Needs to Know”

19 May

“65 Beauty Tips & Tricks Every Woman Needs to Know”

via “Daily Makeover”

“We love good beauty tips, so we‚Äôve rounded up our best get-gorgeous tricks in one spot. Whether you want to learn how to create the perfect wavy hair or brush up on your smoky eye technique, you‚Äôll find beauty tips galore to help you get pretty from head to toe.”

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Why I Don’t Drink Tap Water

28 Jan

In the winter, I like to boil a pot of tap water to put moisture in the air in my house. Today, I accidentally forgot to refill it and it exploded. ¬†The result–buckets of honest-to-God dried and crystallized calcium chloride everywhere. ¬†It burns when you taste it–all from one pot of water. ¬†And to think that goes into some people’s stomachs!IMG_0220[1]



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