About Me

About Me

I am a U.S. board certified family medicine doctor, currently working in the USA near Seattle, at the Swedish Bainbridge Island Primary Care Clinic.

I moved back to the USA in the summer of 2016, after working in Beijing since 2006. In Beijing I saw patients at Beijing United Family Hospital.I was also the Group Director of Clinical Marketing and Communications for the United Family Hospital national chain of hospitals. I wrote a health column for the New York Times China edition and also had regular columns in Beijingkids magazine and the popular Chinese parenting magazine《母子健康》. I created this blog in the summer of 2009 to fill what I’d seen as an internet  information gap regarding health care issues for Beijingers. There are many blogs and websites about food, media, restaurants, etc — but precious little good information on health and wellness in China.

My focus is on preventive medicine and public health. I use evidence-based medicine as much as possible, and quote only reputable organizations (such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, New England Journal of Medicine, New York Times, etc).

I have strict ethical codes on this site, which is why I have been approved by the HONCode of trusted medical websites, a UN-approved NGO.


My Mission:

I started this website to provide evidence-based medical information, discussed in an easy format for adults and children. The emphasis is on family health and wellness. There are a lot of confusing and contradictory signals out there as to what works for your health; so I hope I can be your guide to proper prevention of disease, which for a family doctor is just as important as treating the disease. I welcome all comments and suggestions!

Please don’t forget that my advice should be used to complement, and not to replace, advice from your own health doctors. Also, you can relax that I am not collecting any personal data, nor am I selling any visitor logs to anyone. I have strict ethical codes on this site, which is why I have been approved by the HONCode of trusted medical websites, a UN-approved NGO.

Contact Me: 

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Press and Publications

Please click here to see my list of interviews and publications.

Advertising and Sponsorship:

My website currently has no sponsorship. I do use Google Ads as small revenue. My editorial content is not influenced by Google Ads sources. I do not control the Google ads’ content.  I do not receive any money for any recommendations or specific products I discuss.  My website hosts advertising banners only. Advertisements should be distinguished by the word ‘Advertisement’ above them.


I do not keep any information from readers and don’t sell any data.

I use Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve my content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please go here,

Posting Comments:

Comments are welcome under each post. Anyone is welcome to comment. Each comment is sent to me for pre-approval. Please use respect for others in your posts. You can edit your comments after they go up. No one is allowed to use comments to advertise. Please provide references to medical articles when discussing specific information. You must post information which is true and correct to your knowledge.


If I later change an article, I would say so in the article with “ADDENDUM” or “NOTE” along with the date changed.

P.S. Feel free to check out my photography website.

Modification: last updated April 12, 2017

by family doctor Richard Saint Cyr MD