Sunday, August 19, 2012

Revenge by Any Other Name

So I thought that Montezuma had followed me to India in a most dramatic expression of his Revenge.  Turns out I was wrong.
It was said that Montezuma II, who reined as emperor of Mexico from 1502 – 1520 — until the Spanish began their conquest of the Aztec Empire, enacted his revenge for the invasion through what most North Americans have come to know as  Montezuma’s Revenge.
However, the (diarrhea) condition that affects so many travelers exists in many parts of the world and is not exclusively reserved for westerners; many from Asia and India that travel to Europe and North America are affected too.
The condition doesn’t stem from unsanitary conditions — as commonly thought –, nor exclusively from the water.  The E. coli bacteria exists within every body already, but when when it is introduced from a foreign source, that is when this lovely gut-wrenching condition props up its ugly head. It is usually uncomfortable, lasts for days, and in some instances can be serious.  I can attest to the first two!

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