Saturday

10 Worst Foods for Digestive Health, Nights of the Long Knives, and Montezuma's Revenge.


Aztec emperor Montezuma II is killed on this day in the year 1520.  Various sources ascribe his death to different parties: some assert that he was killed by other Aztecs who were pissed at him for selling out and not building a wall to keep the Spaniards out; others claimed he was stabbed by Spaniards in the party of Hernán Cortés. 

One thing is quite certain from all accounts:  Cortés and his men had to fight their way out of the city of Tenochtitlan suffering from Gastrointestinal infections and would be forever known as Montezuma's Revenge. 

No shit!


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If my calculations are right, Trump will do something aggressively-disturbing today.  For, on this day in 1934, Hitler ordered the killing of leaders of the S.A. storm troopers and others in what became known as the "Night of the Long Knives."  Nazi head of propaganda Josef Goebbels claimed that Ernst Roehm and others were plotting to overthrow Hitler, and maybe they were.   In reality, however, it rid the party of its more radical, socially progressive forces.  

The original "Night of the Long Knives" is from the fifth-century treacherous massacre of British Celts by Germanic Saxons known for their proficiency with the seax, or long knife.


Oddly enough, on this same day, ten years later in 1944, the German forces would surrender in the Cotentin in France ending WWII.


Coinkidink? Peut-être.

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June 30th is sacred to the Earth Goddess Chicomecoatl, maize goddess of the Aztecs. 


Apparantly, she had Cortés' number on this day in 1520.  



10 Worst Foods for Digestive Health

per Manhattan Gastroenterology


While an unhealthful diet may cause nothing more than a few uncomfortable hours, eating the wrong foods over a long time can lead to more serious complications. As a primer on foods to avoid or at least reduce, listed below are the 10 worst foods for digestive health:

1. Grease

Fried food is at the top of most gastroenterologists’ worst food list because it is so difficult to digest. If you have the slightest digestive sensitivity, fried food can kick off a bout of heartburn and acid reflux. Some of the worst offenders are French fries, fatty steaks and deep-fried anything.

2. Processed Food

The carbohydrates in refined foods — like chips, soda and white bread — move through your digestive system quickly, leading to symptoms like bloating, cramping and gas. The high fat and calorie content don’t do much for your weight and blood sugar levels either.

3. Chili Peppers

You might enjoy the sweat they stir up, but spicy peppers can burn your esophagus and cause heartburn for hours after you eat them. Hot, spicy foods are particularly dangerous for your digestive system when you eat them close to bedtime.

4. Chocolate

Yes, that sweet tooth you indulge is affecting more than the size of your thighs. Chocolate can trigger digestive symptoms like heartburn and upset stomach, especially if you have a disorder. It’s a diuretic too, which means it can cause diarrhea and loose stools.

5. Artificial Sweeteners

While you think you’re doing your body a favor by shaving calories off your intake, your digestive system suffers when you substitute artificial sweeteners for natural sugar. The pink, yellow and blue packets are filled with ingredients that increase inflammation and cause bloating, diarrhea and gas.

6. Alcohol

It’s not technically a food unless you consider the three-martini lunch. Even drinking alcohol in moderation can relax the sphincter in your esophagus, causing heartburn or acid reflux. Too much alcohol can inflame your stomach lining, induce cramping and lead to diarrhea. It also prevents you from absorbing nutrients properly.

7. Corn

Too much of anything is bad for digestion, but corn in large amounts is particularly dangerous because it’s high in cellulose, a fiber that the human stomach can’t break down. Corn passes through your system undigested, and it can cause cramps and gas in the process.

8. Coffee

Again, while it’s not a food, coffee definitely deserves a spot on this list. Coffee so irritates the stomach lining that nearly 40 million Americans have kicked the habit. Coffee can cause heartburn, acid reflux, inflammation, dehydration and constipation. What’s in your mug?

9. Acidic Fruits

Just the name alone conjures up visions of acid reflux — and for good reason. Oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes and lemons are high in acid. Eating too much acidic fruit leads to the condition that carries its name. Eating these fruits on an empty stomach irritates your stomach lining even more.

10. Raw Vegetables

Even though you continue to hear about the many health benefits of crunching raw veggies, you can expect to pay an intestinal price for the practice. Raw vegetables contain a lot of insoluble fiber that, like corn, can cause bloating, gas, diarrhea and cramps when they pass through your system undigested.


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