Happy New Year 2018 to you!

Happy New Year 2018 to you!

February 16, 2018, is Chinese New Year’s Day, the Year of the Dog.

At the end of 2017, there were 4,400,000 unmarried people 20-40 years old in Taiwan.  And between January and July, 2017, there were only 80,874 registered newlywed couples.

The Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympics, February 9 to February 25, 2018, South Korea, is worth attending.  For the first time, the South Korean and the North Korean Olympic athletes will enter the arena together.

At the end of 2018, Taiwan will hold its nine-in-one local county and mayoral elections.  These elections may turn out to be a disaster for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party at the local level as a result of the growing discontent of the people after only two and a half years of  Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party in government.  It might also be interesting to observe how a democratic election is conducted with major government buildings in Taipei tightly surrounded by rows and rows of razor wire fences, a democracy encircled by razor wire barricades, or as a commentator described as a “republic incarcerated by razor wire barricades”.

I wish you all a Happy 2018!



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More nonsmokers than smokers got lung cancer in Taiwan in 2015

More nonsmokers than smokers got lung cancer in Taiwan in 2015

In 2015, 105,156 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Taiwan, 2,009 more than in 2014.

In 2015, among the 13,086 new lung cancer patients, 4,137 were smokers and 6,434 were nonsmokers.  The percentage of smokers was 4,137/13,086=31.613939%, and the percentage of nonsmokers was 6,434/13,086=49.167049%.

The big question in Taiwan is:  Why are there more lung cancer patients who are nonsmokers (49.167049%) than smokers (31.613939%)?

PM 2.5 air pollution is being blamed.

In 2015:

(1)  There were 15,579 new cases of cancer of the large intestine, constituting 14.815132% of the total number of 105,156 new cases.

(2)  There were 13,086 new cases of lung cancer, constituting 12.444368% of total.

(3)  There were 12,360 new cases of breast cancer, constituting 11.753966% of total.

(4)  There were 11,420 new cases of liver cancer, constituting 10.860056% of total..

(5)  There were 7,628 new cases of oral cancer, constituting 7.253985% of total.

(6)  There were 5,106 new cases of prostate cancer, constituting 4.855643% of total.

(7)  There were 3,849 new cases of stomach cancer, constituting 3.660276% of total.

(8)  There were 3,799 new cases of skin cancer, constituting 3.612728% of total.

(9)  There were 3,618 new cases of thyroid cancer, constituting 3.440603% of total.

(10)  There were 2,587 new cases of esophageal cancer, constituting 2.460154% of total.




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Three-year study of the effect of PM 2.5

Three-year study of the effect of PM 2.5

Taiwan’s National Health Research Institute studied the impact of PM 2.5 on the pulmonary function of 1,000 children for three years.  Results show that exposure to every 6 micrograms/cubic meter of PM 2.5 reduces the children’s lung function by 2%.

The study covered the impact of PM 2.5 on inflammation of the respiratory tract and asthma on 1,000 children from birth to 10 years of age and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on seniors 65 years old and older.

In 2016, PM 2.5 concentrations of various locations in Taiwan were estimated to average 24 micrograms/cubic meter in areas south of Taichung and as high as 30 micrograms/cubic meter in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas.

PM 2.5 pollution causes harm to the liver, the lungs, the kidney, the respiratory tract and increases the risk of getting liver cancer, and metabolic dysfunction.  In the Kaohsiung area, PM 2.5 is blamed for lowering kidney function, increases insomnia and causing depression.

The government of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party is being accused of rushing towards a “nuclear free homeland by 2025” by increasing coal fired thermal generation of electric power.  The government of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party are imprisoning the Taiwanese people in a “poison gas chamber” filled with PM 2.5 pollution, and “nobody is protecting the rights of the people to breathe clean air”, says a Kuomintang legislator.

The average PM 2.5 concentrations in central and southern Taiwan are: Miaoli (24-26 micrograms/cubic meter), Taichung (24-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Changhua (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Yunlin (24-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Chiayi (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Tainan (26-28 micrograms/cubic meter), Kaohsiung city (30 micrograms/cubic meter), and Kaohsiung county (< 24-28 micrograms/cubic meter).

The sources of PM 2.5 air pollution include vehicular exhaust, industrial release, coal burning, heavy oil burning, burning of biomass, aluminum smelting, iron smelting, steel making, and particulates from sprays of sea water and sea salt, and dust.






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Taiwan’s population will be less than 20,000,000 in 2050

Taiwan’s population will be less than 20,000,000 in 2050

In 2017, Taiwan’s senior population over 65 years old is 14% of Taiwan’s total population.  It will peak at 23,740,000 in 2030, and then drop to less than 20,000,000 in 2050.

Taiwan’s birthrate in 2016 was 1.17.


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Eat your Taiwanese taro!

Eat your Taiwanese taro!

Taiwanese taro is rich in resistant starch (RS).  RS goes to the large intestine and is fermented by intestinal bacteria to produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), butyrate and propionate.

SCFAs increase nutrient circulation, inhibit growth of pathogenic bacteria, help absorption of minerals and prevent absorption of toxic and carcinogenic compounds.

Amylose is the straight chain resistant starch in Taiwanese taro.  It resists digestion, is digested more slowly than the highly branched and easily broken down amylopectin taro starch, and it produces less spiking of blood glucose.

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Three criteria to determine mental sickness?

Three criteria to determine mental sickness?

A female Taiwanese media commentator suggested that one’s mental sickness can be determined by three criteria:  (1)  whether one’s subjective world outlook and the objective world outlook are unified; (2) whether one’s inner spiritual and emotional state and one’s mental state are coordinated; and (3) whether one has a stable personality.

The commentator admits that she is not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist.

In multiple personality disorder and in schizophrenia, there is a discrepancy between one’s subjective view of the world around them and the objective view of the doctor, the therapist, the nurse, the mentally healthy family members and caretakers.

In multiple personality disorder and in schizophrenia, there is indeed a discrepancy between one’s inner spiritual and emotional state and one’s rational mental state.  There seems to be a coordination between one’s irrational emotional state and one’s irrational mental state that involves irrational reasoning, irrational thinking, and irrational behavior.

Manifestation of an unstable personality often characterizes schizophrenics and those suffering from personality disorder and multiple personality disorder.

These three criteria are cited by this female commentator to describe the bad behavior of a female Taipei city council member, a beautiful and attractive woman, who went on a drunken rampage and was apprehended by police.  The female commentator describes the female Taipei city council member as mentally sick.

The question is:  Are drunks who misbehave in public mentally sick according to the three criteria mentioned above?


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Political correctness sacrifices public health

Political correctness sacrifices public health

Taiwan’s Taoyuan City’s mayor has invited Japan’s Chiba Prefecture to participate in its 2017 agricultural produce exhibit.  Chiba Prefecture is within the peripheral region of the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone.

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 2,200 responses conducted from November 28 to December 1, 2017, about the Tsai Ing-wen government’s proposal to relax the limit on Fipronil from 5 ppb to 10 ppb and about the Tsai Ing-wen government’s proposal to import Japanese foodstuff from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone shows that 5.6% support relaxing Fipronil limit, 91.6% oppose, 2.8% have no opinion, 86.9% are “worried about importation of Japanese foodstuff from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone”, 12.3% are “not worried” and 0.8% “do not know”.

There are 95.5% who are “worried about the government’s food safety handling mechanism”, 3.3% are “not worried”, and 1.2% “do not know”.  The survey respondents consisted of 73.9% men and 26.1% women.

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