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My Asia Trip and a Dragon Mask
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We often think of diet and exercise as the cornerstones of good health, but I think that travel is another essential component of good ...


Monday, November 2 2015

Why Travel is Good for Your Health

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We often think of diet and exercise as the cornerstones of good health, but I think that travel is another essential component of good physical and mental health. Taking a break from your daily routine and responsibilities helps your body recover from stress. This is not only common sense — studies have shown that people who take more vacations tend to live longer, sleep better, and have less heart disease than those who take fewer vacations. It doesn’t need to be an exotic month-long trip. Even three-day weekends have been shown to improve sleep and mood. The key is to take it easy on yourself; instead of scheduling back-to-back activities, try to include some downtime on your next day off. Going for a hike, taking a long walk, or simply wandering the streets can stretch your mind. A recent study in the journal Psychological Science showed that letting your mind wander can stimulate creativity and your ability to solve problems.

I recently travelled to Asia to give a presentation, and tried to follow my own advice. After spending the first part of my trip in meetings, I decided to give myself a break. In the past, I would have checked off a list of tourist sights and and dutifully taken pictures of everything. This time, I made it a point to wander the streets and alleys of Shanghai and Taipei, with no particular agenda other than to soak up the sights , sounds, and (pungent) smells that are so different from my usual environment in Los Angeles. I also spent an entire day with my Great Aunt, drinking tea and chatting in my native Taiwanese. On my last day, I cruised the local drugstores and cosmetics counters to see new products that have yet to come to the US. After these last 10 days, my mind is buzzing with ideas for new projects. Stay tuned for upcoming articles about new products and procedures!


As much as I enjoy travelling, I wouldn't live anywhere else. It always makes me happy when I pass through US Customs & Immigration and the officer says "Welcome Home."

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Rain Room in Shanghai: Dr Jessica Wu

I was lucky enough to experience RAIN ROOM while I was in Shanghai, China last week. Produced by a group of artists called Random International, the exhibit is an immersive, experiential installation that allows you to walk through a room of cascading water while sensors protect you from getting wet. First shown at MOMA in New York in 2013 (where visitors waited up to 13 hours), it opened at LACMA in Los Angeles on November 1. For more info, go to


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Facial “sheet masks” made of paper, cotton, and other fibers are hugely popular in Asia. Some of them are decorated to look like animals and other characters so you don’t scare your roommate or family member. I saw this exact one at a drugstore in Taiwan last week. It contains green tea and rosemary extracts to soothe and hydrate irritated skin ($3 at
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People often ask who’s been writing my daily columns since 2009. And the answer is: ME! I’m often at my computer late at night, after a long day of seeing patients, or early (very early!) in the morning before a new day begins. What you read here is from me alone – and when I recommend something, it’s because I like it and have purchased it myself, not because anyone paid me to promote it.

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