Purgatives – Their Proper And Improper Use

Intestinal stasis coming on gradually after the age of 60, says Hurst, can at first be controlled by diet but sooner or later proper purgatives are frequently required. It is also often necessary in intractable cases (to be dispensed with as soon as possible) and in early stages of milder cases where non-medical methods are […]

New Light On Longevity

Of the 8797 descendants of William Hyde, of Norwich, Conn., who died in 1681, a written record exists of the birth, marriage and death of 2958. So far as the Hyde strain is concerned these descendants rapidly lost, of course, everything but a mere trace of that blood. The first generation owed a half to […]

Colon Health – Why This Book

To understand this one must have some appreciation of the general character of the great masses of medical books that crowd the shelves of ever-growing medical libraries at home and abroad. Practically all these books are by physicians for physicians and it is almost impossible to find one written down to the comprehension of even […]

Infection Of The Small Intestine From The Colon

The ileo-cecal valve, the organ of defense against infection of the small from the large intestine, stopping the back flow of the latter, has been carefully studied only within recent years and the principal honors in connection with such study belong to Case. Fortunately an impaired valve has not been found to be irremediable. If […]

Effects Of Tobacco On Longevity

Tobacco affects different persons variously. Whether it causes arterio-sclerosis (the increase of connective tissue in the walls of arteries) or not we do see every day that persistent smokers lose too soon their youthful looks and complexion, a change especially conspicuous in women who have fallen into the cigarette habit.’ There are good observers, among […]

Curious Causes Of Intestinal Stasis

It is not very rare, says Hurst, to find people in perfect health who defecate regularly two or three times a day, and others with more greedy colons who do not do so in two or three days, without apparently suffering ill effects. There have been many cases observed in which the bowels acted at […]

Mineral Oil As A Laxative

The Journal of the American Medical Association for Nov. 22, 1919, says through a staff writer that the rapidity with which “mineral oil” (petrolatum) has conquered the globe has been phenomenal. It is now a most extensively used substance and if its sale were any indication of its medicinal value, we should have to consider […]

What Is The Truth About Alcohol

As to the effects of alcohol as a shorten er of life quite a different method was followed by the already cited Medico-Actuarial Mortality Investigation by the forty-three leading life insurance companies than in the investigation already alluded to. The object was to determine the type of lives that are good and those that are […]

Colon Health Conditions – Spastic Constipation

Spasticity in the sense used here is spasmodic contraction of the large bowel, acute or chronic. Patients suffering from this condition are generally thin, more or less neurotic (nervous) individuals, many being definitely neurasthenic (lack of nerve balance or tone) and a few hypochondriacal (melancholic). There is always a long history of the condition which […]

Constipation – Agar Or Bran? Which?

The use of agar (a dried seaweed from the East) in constipation was first suggested as late as 1905 by Prof. Adolf Schmidt, of Dresden, Germany. Since then a wide experience has extended its use in every civilized country. A search of the medical literature of the subject fails to find any dissenting opinion against […]