Fried chicken and beer combo brings on gout?

Fried chicken and beer combo brings on gout?

In 2017, some 395,000 South Koreans sought medical treatment for gout.  Compared to 2012, the number shows an increase of 49%.

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of young South Korean men 20-29 years old suffering from gout increased 82%, and the number of young South Korean men 30-39 years old suffering from gout increased 66%.

South Korean doctors blame the increase in the number of men suffering from gout on the frequent consumption of the combo meal of fried chicken and beer.   They say the oil and fat in fried chicken mixed with beer cause the concentration of uric acid in the body to rise, thus leading to gout.  They point out that the diet of young South Koreans is now Westernized, and consuming meat with alcoholic beverages or carbonated drinks produces a lot of uric acid that accumulates in the joints.

The South Korean doctors’ advice:

Don’t drink beer and soda with your fried chicken!

 

 

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Brain failure?!

Brain failure?!

According to a professor of Chinese language and literature at the Taiwan Normal University:  台灣人說話速度快, 大腦跟不上.  And this has reduced the verbal response capability and deep level thinking ability.  Their speech cannot express full meaning.

台灣人說話速度快,大腦根不上。The Taiwanese speak rapidly, the brain cannot keep up!

Yeah!

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Low wages and birthrate

Low wages and birthrate

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 5,400 responses conducted on May 16-19, 2018, about the government’s plan to subsidize families with children 0-4 years old to encourage child birth.  An overwhelming 79.4% do not think the program will work while only 19.3% think the program will work with 1.3% who do not know, and an overwhelming 78.2% think the subsidies as incentives to encourage child birth are ineffective while 20.7% think they will be effective, with 1.1% who do not know.

When asked which would be the most effective solution to the dwindling childbirth rate problem, 74.0% say solving the low wage problem would be the most effective solution to the dwindling childbirth rate problem.  The survey consisted of 66.1% men and 33.9% women.

In 2009, 662,000 Taiwanese went abroad to work.  In 2016, 728,000 Taiwanese worked abroad.  Low wages are considered the culprit of Taiwan’s massive brain drain.

A low monthly salary of NT$27,711 cannot keep talented workers and this type of low level salary has been driving Taiwan’s brain drain.

In 2016, average regular monthly income was NT$4000, but the median income was NT$34000.

In 2011, 43% of all Taiwanese workers earned a regular monthly salary of less than NT$30,000.  In 2018, 34% of all workers earn a regular monthly salary of less than NT$30,000.

The government will raise the basic minimum hourly wage from NT$140 to NT$150 for hourly wage workers.  That constitutes an NT$10 wage hike for an extreme minority of Taiwanese workers.

However, the vulgarly low caliber of Taiwan’s corporate culture is now being accused of being the major culprit of Taiwan’s massive brain drain.

Taiwanese enterprises and Taiwanese businesses enslave their workers, work them like slaves.

A Taiwanese entrepreneur once said:  “Without creating value, the problem of low wages of young workers cannot be solved.”  “To solve the low wage problem, productivity and productive value of the low wage worker must be increased.

Taiwanese industries with median wage lower than the nationwide median wage include the construction industry, educational services industry, wholesale and retail industry, arts, entertainment, leisure industries, support services, agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry and animal farming, hospitality industry.

Taiwan’s wholesale and retail sector employs 1,700,000 workers, the construction industry employs 460,000 workers, the hospitality industry employs 430,000 workers, the support services employ 350,000 workers.

The worker’s value of the employees of these industries must be heightened in order to solve the low wage problem.

Yet, the basic labor reform law and wage increases implemented by the Tsai Ing-wen and Lai Ching-de government of the Democratic Progressive Party have decreased the basic worker’s value.

 

 

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Liver cancer killed 8,353 patients in Taiwan in 2016

Liver cancer killed 8,353 patients in Taiwan in 2016.

Yeah!  According to Taiwan’s national health research institute, 13,000,000 Taiwanese have metabolic disease risk factors related to non-viral liver cancer factors, specifically, fatty liver, history of diabetes, and high triglyceride risk factors.

Before 2004, liver cancer was the number one cause of all cancer deaths in Taiwan.  After 2004, lung cancer surpassed liver cancer as the number one cause of all cancer deaths.  On average, 11,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer each year.  Liver cancer is also the second major cause of death among Taiwan’s female cancer patients.

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Taiwan’s crude birthrate

Taiwan’s crude birthrate

Taiwan’s crude birthrate for 2017 was 0.96 per thousand.  In 2017, a total of 193,844 babies were born on Taiwan.

At the end of 2011, Taiwan’s total population was 23,224,912 citizens.  At the end of 2017, Taiwan’s total population was 23,571,227 citizens.

The crude birthrate, the rate of natural population increase, in 2010 was 0.91 per thousand, in 2012 it was 3.23 per thousand, and in 2017 it was 0.96 per thousand.

 

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Taiwan’s hypertension rates

Taiwan’s hypertension rates

The prevalence of hypertension among those over 18 years old is at 25.2%, and the prevalence of hypertension among those over 40 years old is 37.5%, and 1/3 of seniors (over 65 years old) has hypertension, nearly 5,000,000 people.

In 2017. Taiwan lowered its hypertension treatment indicator from 140/90 to 130/80.

Among those older than 18 years old, 23.7% had not had any hypertension checkup within the past year, and among those 18-39 years old, 30% have not had a hypertension checkup within the past year.

 

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Life’s dares

Life’s dares

Taiwan’s female white collar worker believes that her love interest must earn a monthly salary of at least NT$51,872 before she “dares” talk about marriage, and combined household income must be at least NT$74,965 before she “dares” talk about having children.

Being a mom taking care of the house and the children is worth an average monthly salary of at least NT$53,031 while Taiwan’s accounting office says that the mother’s job is worth a monthly salary of NT$49,989.

 

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