National Geographic : 1941 Jun
There's no such 'disease' as Indigestion ONE OF THE MOST frequent causes of unhappiness is chronic indigestion, or dyspepsia. Contrary to an all-too-common misconception, indigestion should not be considered, in itself, a disease. It is, more accurately, a result of some physical trouble or possibly disease. It is a symptom, an indication that something is wrong. That "something" often may be readily cor rected when your distress is caused by faulty diet .. bad eating or drinking habits ... lack of exer cise . . excessive smoking... fatigue or excessive worry. Persistent indigestion, however, may be the re sult of a truly serious disease. For instance: Disease of the gall bladder... of the kid neys... of the heart... chronic appendi citis ... ulcer... cancer. >In fact, the danger that cancer is at the bottom of persistent indigestion becomes an increasing possi bility after one has reached the age of 45. Yet it is also true that most of the serious diseases which cause indigestion--cancer included-can be treated with good chances of success when recog nized in time. > The worst way to try to correct indigestion is to indulge in self-treatment. If it is caused by disease, self-dosing may be really dangerous-as in appendi citis, for instance. Your medicine closet is not a sub stitute for the doctor. Regardless of your age, your doctor should be consulted promptly when dyspeptic symptoms per sist. To help him make a proper diagnosis and de cide what treatment your case requires, he has at his disposal many modern, accurate methods of ex amination and analysis. He may use the fluoro scope, the X-ray, or other technical aids. >But, with all these aids... the biggest help your doctor can get in setting you on the road to health is for you to see him in time! Then, if it is disease ... the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance of complete cure. COPYRIGHT 1941-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. An interesting 10-minute Technicolor movie on food and health-"PROOFOF THE PUDDING"-has been pro duced by Metropolitan in co-operationwith the United States Public Health Service. It is a contribution to national nutrition education. See it when it comes to your neighborhood.