5/29 - World Digestive Health Day
World Digestive Health Day marks the anniversary of the creation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation. Digestive health is Serious business and also serious Business. When I went looking for art for this I became seriously aware just what big business the field of Digestive Health aka Gut Health is. Gastroenterologists are medical doctors who specialize in this general area. There is a lot of science involved, but science is a process, a process of discovery and learning, so things keep changing. In addition, there is very often an element of uncertainty, and, in many cases, downright ignorance. That ignorance can run from "we're not completely such which of these treatments is best" to "we have absolutely no idea how to treat what you've got".
There are also a ton of nostrums and have been since ancient times. (I was tempted to search some antiquarian sites for a picture of a bottle of putative snake oil for the lead photo.) There are companies that specialize in producing nostrums for digestive problems and even companies that specialize in marketing them for others. Many stores of several differing types devote great amounts of shelf space to over the counter remedies, and there are also a lot of prescription medicines. Some of the latter, such as some of the infusions for problems like Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis cost thousands per dose. Some treatments have side effects that are not at all pleasant but which, nonetheless, are preferable to the malady being treated.
When all of that i said and done, it is just another awareness day BUT, in this case there is the implicit need to be proactive with regard to achieving and maintaining good digestive health, because anybody's digestive health can go south at any time without any warning.That being the case, it is somewhat incumbent upon most of us to learn something about the matter, if only that the answer to any gut issue isn't necessarily simply reaching for the Pepto Bismol
In the US, for 2003, it is Memorial Day, one of those floating holidays with a highly variable date because, in this case, it is a Monday holiday.
On this day in history:
1416 – The Venetians defeated a much larger Ottoman fleet off Gallipoli.
1453 -- Fall of Constantinople and end of the Byzantine Empire.
1660 -- Charles II was restored to the throne of England, Ireland and Scotland
1733 -- The right of Canadians to enslave Native Americans was upheld
1790 -- Rhode Island became the 13th state of the US
1798 -- Between 300 and 500 United Irishmen were murdered by the British Army
1851 – Sojourner Truth delivered her famous Ain't I a Woman? speech at the Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
1852 -- Jenny Lind left the US to return to Britain
1864 -- Emperor Maximilian I arrived in Mexico
1867 -- The Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 created the Austro-Hungarian Empire
1886 -- The first advertisement for Coca-Cola was placed
1913 -- Stravinsky's Rite of Spring premiered
1918 -- Armenia defeated the Ottoman Army at Sardarabad
1919 -- Einstein's theory of general relativity was tested by Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin.
1932 -- The Bonus Army began to assemble in DC
1950 – The first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrived in Halifax
1953 -- Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary summited Everest
1964 – The Arab League met to discuss the Palestinian question, leading to the formation of the PLO.
1973 -- Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of L.A.
1990 -- The Russian parliament elected Yeltsin President
1999 – Elected civilian Olusegun Obasanjo took office as President of Nigeria
1999 -- The Discovery successfully docked with the ISS
Some people who were born on this day:
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
~~ John F. Kennedy
1794 – Johann Heinrich von Mädler, astronomer and selenographer
1797 – Louise-Adéone Drölling, painter
1823 -- John H. Balsley, inventor of the safety step-ladder
1860 -- Isaac Albeniz, pianist and composer
1871 – Clark Voorhees, painter
1874 -- G. K. Chesterton, writer, father Brown's dad.
1880 -- Oswald Spengler, historian and philopopher
1893 -- Max Brand, author
1906 -- T. H. White, writer
1914 -- Tenzing Norgay, who summited Everest on his 39th birthday in 1953
1917 -- John F. Kennedy, politician, the first Kennedy to be assassinated
1923 – Eugene Wright, jazz bassist
1929 -- Peter Higgs, physicist, the boson dude.
1932 -- Paul R. Ehrlich, biologist and writer
1935 – Sylvia Robinson, singer and producer
1937 – Irmin Schmidt, keyboard player and composer
1945 -- Gary Brooker, singer, songwriter, pianist, founding member of Procul Harum
1945 -- Catherine Lara, violinist, composer and singer
1947 -- Joey Levine, singer, songwriter, producer & jingle writer
1949 -- Francis Rossi, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1953 -- Danny Elfman, singer, songwriter, producer and actor (Oingo Boingo)
1955 -- Mike Porcaro, bassist
1956 -- La Toya Jackson, singer, songwriter, actress
1959 - Mel Gaynor, English drummer
1959 -- Steve Hanley, bassist
1961 -- Melissa Etheridge, singer, songwriter, activist and guitarist
1961 -- John Miceli, drummer
1963 -- Blaze Bayley, singer and songwriter
1967 -- Noel Gallagher, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1968 – Hida Viloria, activist
1969 -- Chan Kinchla, guitarist (Blues Treveler)
1975 – Mel B, singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress, Scary Spice
1990 – Erica Garner, civil rights activist
Some people who died on this day:
I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.
~~ Humphry Davy
1453 -- Constantine XI Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor who went down with his empire
1500 -- Bartolomeu Dias, explorer
1829 -- Humphry Davy, chemist
1847 -- Emmanuel de Grouchy, Marquis de Grouchy, he overpursued von Thielmann and Bonaparte fell.
1866 -- Winfield Scott, committer of great wrongs against the Cherokee and others
1911 -- W. S. Gilbert, Sullivan's partner
1917 – Kate Harrington, poet and educator
1953 -- Morgan Russell, painter
1958 – Juan Ramón Jiménez, poet and academic
1970 – Eva Hesse, artist
1996 – Tamara Toumanova, ballerina and actress
2012 -- Doc Watson, singer, songwriter, legend, and guitarist
2013 – Mulgrew Miller, pianist and composer
2014 -- Walter Jakob Gehring, biologist
2022 – Ronnie Hawkins, rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist
Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Oak Apple Day (England), celebrates the end of Roundhead rule.
World Digestive Health Day
Memorial Day (US)
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
La Toya Jackson
Steve Hanley (bass)
There are about 90 more Doc Watson songs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9wjNjYmjDo&list=PL48446023595864E7&index=2, won't embed
it has some scattered ads.
Asturias as arranged and explained by Paola Hermosin (en Espanol)
Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?
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