National Geographic : 1926 Jan
Locate the " OW do you feel?" Too often your an swer is, "Not very well. I am troubled with indi gestion." Your answer is given in perfect good faith, but are you certain it is correct? Physicians tell us that half their patients who believe they are suffering from indigestion have some serious organic disturbance. The trouble may not be in the stomach at all. It may be in the intestinal tract, or the gall The Bel bladder, the kidneys, the liver, You know them the pancreas, or the appendix. who say: "Just try tion. It always he It may be in the nervous sys- with "doctoring' chronic complaint tem or the heart. Or it may concerning the po, be that faulty habits of eating of others. or emotional disturbances have brought about disordered bodily conditions which masquerade as indigestion. These attacks of pain, nausea or discomfort are Nature's warning to look for the real trouble. What folly to soothe a symptom and leave the cause untouched. Indigestion may be the shadow of some real, hidden difficulty which should be located. Be cause it is not thoroughly understood, men and women sometimes treat it lightly-they are almost ashamed to admit having so slight an ailment. So slight!-It may be the early warning of a serious disease. So slight!-They take their favorite remedy or some "cure" passed along by a friend. So slight!-yet by merely dulling pain, ved Quack -the men and wom th lp t,t ssi Cause! not correcting the cause, they may be cutting many years from their lives. If you suffer from pains after meals you may have an ulcer of the stomach. A violent, stabbing pain which recurs at intervals may mean gall-stones or a diseased appendix. When you are in sound health you should be able to digest, without distress, nearly every kind of good food. It is only when something has gone wrong in your body that spe e cial diet is necessary. len mis tor your indige Remember that the nutritive themselves for a parts of steak,chops,vegetables hey venture advice bly serious ailments and all other foods must be taken into your blood before they can be of service to you. Eat regularly and never hurry your eating. Chew your food thoroughly so that both in your ' mouth and in your stomach the digestive fluids can act easily up- /" on it. If you have only fifteen A,1 , j minutes' time, you will get far \' \ morereal benefit from eatingfifteen / minutes' worth than from trying s, )' to crowd an hour's meal into the ;/, stomach in a quarter of an hour. ,. , If you are subject to indigestion, :/ see a doctor. It may be a tem- V\ porary disturbance, easily cor rected, or it may be serious or ganic disease. Find out! Practicing physicians tell us that the majority of these diseases neglected the early warnings which ,,,,,' visits to their offices are made by persons suffering seemed to be indigestion from so-called indigestion. . '''" >" from so-called indigestion. -then we realize the necessity for paying atten. When we look at the mortality records and see tion to the message which Nature is sending. ;r'i .yp , that heart disease takes more lives than any One common cause of indigestion is badly cooked " other cause of death-that the death rate from food. If to you are left the choice and preparationof . appendicitis has not diminished in the past ten nourishing, easily digested food, you will find the years-:hat cancer and gall bladder troubles are Metropolitan Cook Book a tremendous help. cai tun o claiming thousands of victims every year- Send for a copy. It will be mailed free. ',,.. "y -and when we think that many of the victims of HALEY FISKE, President. . Published by <- ^ METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World,More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce,More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."