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Study: Probiotics are ‘quite useless’ September 6, 2018

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Source: BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45434753

I like to see results of scientific studies like this one posted on aisles where vitamins and supplements are sold in pharmacies.

Is it fog or is it smog? November 29, 2017

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I was out early this morning to take care of personal business. The sun was out but the sky was hazy. It wasn’t fog because it smelled like something dirty was burning in the air.

Taiwan is a small island and it has no way of buying electricity from other country. All electricity has to be generated here. Of the few industries remaining in the island, the semiconductor industry sucks up a lot of electricity to keep their plants going. And this is where the problem lies. 

Taiwan has five coal fired power plants and the largest one is located in Taichung 台中. It has the dubious hornor of being the largest coal fired power plant in the world.


Source: wikipedia

Air quality in the middle and southern sections of the island is notoriously bad for a long time. Taipei’s air quality is bad too because of all the motorcycles on the road.

On top of that, I once heard that roughly 30% of the particulates in the air here in the island came from mainland China.

It is too bad for us living on the island who have no choice but to breath this air as I did earlier today.

Here are some  disturbing photos and hard numbers:

10:30 am.

10:30 am.

Mid section of Taiwan looked terrible. Gaoxiong 高雄 looked bad too. It has several fosil fuel power plants near by.



9 pm

9:30 pm, one block from my home.

You need to read this article September 24, 2017

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8 Myths About Sugar You Need to Stop Believing

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Give me two pounds of jelly beans, please.

期待一例一休讓台灣醫療正常化(謝豐舟) January 4, 2017

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期待一例一休讓台灣醫療正常化(謝豐舟) http://www.appledaily.com.tw/appledaily/article/headline/20170104/37508267/?utm_source=Via&utm_medium=Android_Share&utm_campaign=%E4%BB%8A%E6%97%A5%E8%98%8B%E6%9E%9C%2F%E8%A6%81%E8%81%9E%2F%E6%9C%9F%E5%BE%85%E4%B8%80%E4%BE%8B%E4%B8%80%E4%BC%91%E8%AE%93%E5%8F%B0%E7%81%A3%E9%86%AB%E7%99%82%E6%AD%A3%E5%B8%B8%E5%8C%96%EF%BC%88%E8%AC%9D%E8%B1%90%E8%88%9F%EF%BC%89

許多人跟我說臺灣的醫療制度是世界一流的。我沒有用過,不能說什麼。我們只去過牙醫診所幾次,沒有資格表示任何意見。

不過這一篇文章對臺灣的醫療制度卻表示了一些不同的看法。

文章中說臺灣有清晨門診,黃昏門診,夜間門診,週六門診,當然也有白天門診。難道台灣人平均的生病次數比美國人多嗎?是不是台灣人的身體比美國人的身體要差嗎,不然為什麼看病要從大清早看到晚上八九點還看不完?還是臺灣的診所不夠,醫院不夠,醫生不夠,病房不夠,病床不夠以及護士不夠?

我們晚上八,九點經過幾個林口的醫生的診所還看到裏面排滿了看病的病人?晚上八,九點經過林口幾個牙醫的診所還看到診所裏面燈火通明?為什麼臺灣的醫生需要上班這麽久,難道他們錢賺的不夠,需要加班到晚上八,九點?我一直以為臺灣的醫生跟美國醫生一樣都是捧著金飯碗吃飯的,難得他們的金飯碗破不見了,現在得捧著塑膠碗喝稀飯了?

十六年前,我在美國退休。我工作的公司還繼續為我們兩個提供醫療和醫藥保險。我們每個月付25%左右的保險費用,公司付剩餘的75%。算起來,每個月健康保險的保費大概是美金$1,300左右吧。當我們到達65歲時,美國聯邦政府的老人醫療制度接管。每個月付美金$100左右。我的公司繼續為我和太太提供健康補助保險。生病去家庭醫生診所報到。不論何時何刻,一有緊急事故(例如腎結石,鋸子鋸到手等等緊急情況)可以去醫院的急救中心求救。

ObamaCare 實行以後,參加這個保險的人,只要付百分之三十(Don’t quote me. No one knows for sure what the split is.)左右的保險費,其他百分之七十的保費是納稅人(政府)付。如今 ObamaCare 面臨倒閉的邊緣因為沒有保險公司願意保這些大病,久病,治不好的病和離死不遠的病人。你知道為什麼嗎?因為就算是政府(我們)跟著買單,保險公司都賺不到錢。美國的保險公司可不是慈善機構。它如果們賺不到錢或赚不够錢,就增加保費,要不然就拍屁股走人。

不過,我在美國四十幾年,好像還沒有聽過有人因為沒有保險,而死在醫院或急救中心門口的。就算有,那也是紐約,華盛頓,芝加哥或費城的公立醫院纔有的事吧。不過,美國的 VA 醫院倒有治退休榮民的事發生。

我在美國沒聽過清晨門診,沒聽過黃昏門診,更沒有聽過夜間門診。醫院早上七,八點開門,晚上六,七點只剩下值班醫生和值班護士當家,獨挑大樑。如果你禮拜六生病,打電話給家庭醫生,嚴重的自己去急救中心。

十幾天前,我們去龜山的花園夜市(林口對面,隔了一條高速公路),順路去五分鐘以外的長庚醫院看看。到醫院時,已經是晚上八點多了。醫院的門診和藥房已經打烊,沒有什麽人,只有幾個病人在裏面走路,在外面抽菸。醫院裏非常寬廣,整齊,乾淨,燈光明亮。

長庚醫院有好幾個大樓:主樓有門診,藥房,實驗室,放射治療室和病房。Rehab中心和一個很大的兒童醫院。

掛號和賬房

醫院創始人。

藥房。你有沒有看到 13995 號在哪亮著?

我們並沒有久留。在一樓看看就離開了。不知道這個明亮,寬廣,沒人的大廳在每個週一的早上九點半是一個什麽樣子?

我在藥局那看到一個號碼燈,上面亮著 13995 號,不知道這是什麼意思。總不可能一天有 13995 個要拿藥的病人吧。

不過,龜山的長庚醫院外面有個公車站。這個公車站奇忙無比,每天至少有80個不同路線的公車在這裏停。我們常常坐的大都會937公車也在這裏上下乘客。

什麼時候白天來看看吧!

說得好 September 27, 2016

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哈哈,說得好。我們也是認真的。

吃的健康。

喝的衛生。

玩的高興。

樂的愉快。

且問:人生幾何?難道不應該如此嗎?

雖然不是’今朝有酒今朝醉’,但是,’人生苦短,世事難料,能吃,能喝,能玩,能樂,足以。

還有手機滑,走還走的動。夫複何求?

嗯,寶,今天去哪?對了,我今天藥吃了沒有?

沒想到:臺灣竟然墊底 November 30, 2015

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看到這一則消息,實在令我感到意外:與20多個先進國家來比,台灣在以下這幾個指標中竟然敬陪末座:

1.    1到9歲兒童的死亡率,
2.    15歲少年自述家中藏書不足10本的比率,
3.    11到15歲族群自認健康普通或不佳的比率,
4.    13到15歲族群過重或肥胖的比率。

這些資料是由臺灣兒童健康聯盟發表的‘’兒童健康幸福指數‘’中找到的。

不過,我覺得這些數據有點奇怪:我們在台灣的這些日子裏,好像沒看過幾個胖胖的中學生,怎麼臺灣的13到15歲小孩過重或肥胖的比率竟然比其他國家的比率高呢?

但是,這第一條指標;1到9歲兒童的死亡率在這二十幾個國家中敬陪末座,是我如何都沒想到的。它也是非常值得政府注意的資料。不知道台灣省,市,鄉鎮政府的健康機構有沒有調查,看看是什麼原因導致這個不好的現象。

希望能看到台灣政府追根究底,找出原因,然後對症下藥改變這個危險的趨勢。

 

Whee! 好險! July 8, 2015

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For a period of a month to 40 days from late April to early June, I thought that I have to give up, in terms of preference, the enjoyment of drinking and eating the following:

  • Wines,
  • Beers,
  • Whiskeys,
  • Steaks,
  • Hamburgers,
  • Shrimps,
  • Calamari, and
  • All other seafood.

You see, I thought I had gout which, according to information on many websites, is caused by high amount of uric acid in the body. Food and alcohol beverages rich in purines, especially beer, should be avoid.

The pain came without any warning. It could happen at any time: day, evening or night. The pain was sudden and excruciating like someone poke me with a sharp boning knife. It last anywhere from 10 to 25 seconds and it would then go away. It always happened at the same place in my body: behind the Achilles tendon of my left ankle.

At first I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know what to do. It seemed to happen after I had a few too many boiled shrimps at Hibachi buffet. I then suspected it was gout. I started to stop drinking beer and whiskeys. I started to stop eating shrimps, fish and hamburgers. I began to drink a lot of water day in and day out. I began to wonder what life is like without these enjoyments and what life means drinking water, eating chickens and vegetables.

For a week or so, nothing seemed to work and drinking water just increased number of times that I had to go to the bathroom. The pain still came without warning and the frequency didn’t seem to decrease either. Chicken became even more tasteless and I ran out of ways to cook vegetables.

Then the pain stopped happening: a day, 2 days and soon it was a week without pain. I started to drink beer but only 2 or 3 sips at a time. I started to eat hamburger and a few bites of steaks when I had the chance.

Nothing bad had happened. Pain stopped coming for two weeks now. Then people who had gout before told me that what I had wasn’t gout.

Well, gout or no gout, I enjoy my beer especially after eight hours of hard-working in the yard.

But, was my body trying to tell me something?

台灣的一個怪現象 December 2, 2014

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每次去台灣只能在台灣待個幾天。在台灣時中,我們常常在電視和一般的廣告上聽到一些人提到:

吃飯要注意營養,
買東西要有機,
上館子要素食,
出門要走路,
上下捷運要爬樓梯,
平時要做有氧運動,
週末要爬山,
買房子要靠近公園,
早上要早起呼吸新鮮的空氣。

可是台灣卻有一些奇怪的現象:

1。做菜用豬油

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2。喜歡吃奇貴無比高膽固醇的海鮮

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3。喜歡吃油膩的各式香腸

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4。喜歡吃動物內臟

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This is the famous: 大腸面線。

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You may not notice the ‘heart’ at the corner.

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這是’腰子’ in case you don’t know what they are.

5。特別喜歡吃油炸的東西。

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士林夜市的大雞排和人的臉一樣大。

First you got him. Now you’ll have her July 24, 2014

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As if having him on you face all the time isn’t enough to make you sick, you’ll have her to make you want to skip your trips to the local grocery store.

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Source: http://www.ijreview.com/2014/07/158363-talking-shopping-carts-congratulate-customer-buying-healthy-food/

She’ll even talk to you while you push that damn talking shopping cart around.

Michelle: ‘Buy this but not that because you are overweight.’

Michelle: ‘Skip this aisle all together because your blood sugar is over the safe level.’

Michelle: ‘Put that back because your blood pressure is too high.’

Michelle: ‘Yeah, Obama will mail you a $50 coupon because you have been a good boy.’

How wonderful; everyone in the United States will have a 22 BMI because if you don’t follow my instruction, I’ll zap you. I’ll have NSA watch over your shoulder. I’ll even send an IRS agent to talk to you.

Great! Tax money at work.

Pado Seafood Restaurant, Seoul Plaza, Annandale, VA July 21, 2011

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Seoul Plaza used to be a vibrant strip shopping center filled with boutique stores and authentic Korean restaurants. We have been here a few times and had enjoyed our experience here which is hidden from the Korean Strip – Little River Turnpike.

Time has changed and the economy has apparently been very brutal for this place. The first sign that something is wrong is an ad by Pado (waves) Seafood Restaurant on local Chinese newspaper: $4.99 for all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch buffet. The ad boasts a healthy meal with an unbeatable price.

Bao and I decided to check Pado out and sure enough, all you can get is vegetables, the kind of side dishes (banchan) we usually get when eating at any Korean restaurants.

The selections include spring mix salad, brown rice, mung bean sprouts, soy bean sprouts, cucumbers, radish, kimchi, seasoned spinach, stir-fried Korean  (Chapchae) noodles, sliced squash, and 荷包蛋 “he2 bao1 dan4” pan fried eggs. There is also some kind of stir fried ground pork mixed with vegetables you can sprinkle on top of your selections. For seasoning, two kinds of sauces are provided: fermented soy bean sauce and a very popular Korean hot pepper sauce called Gochujang .

The restaurant apparently caters mostly to Korean customers because there was only Korean signs on the wall.

The restaurant provides us with big aluminum bowls about 9″ in diameter and 3″ deep. The bowl is kind like the dog bowls you can buy for puppies but heck who was watching?

The restaurant was filled with Korean customers and there was a steady stream of more customers coming in while we were there.

Well, all I could eat was no more than 1/2 full of the big dog bowl of vegetables and rice for $4.99. It was okay if you like vegetarian banchans.

After we left Pado, we saw two restaurants just open their doors in recent weeks: Today’s Seafood House with $5.99 seafood lunch deal and Wara Wara Karaoke and Pub Restaurant at the end of the building with selections ranged from $5.99 to $6.99 specials. Apparently the previous owners decided to close doors and the new owner had to come out with cheap eats to fend off the $4.99 healthy eats by Pado.

It was apparent that Seoul Plaza is in trouble because there are three empty store fronts: a cafe, a computer shop and a boutique shop, all has been closed for a while.

Time is tough, economy is lousy and it really shows here.

 

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