AuthorLuis Treacy

Indigestion and Antacids


Americans spend close to one billion dollars a year on nonprescription digestive remedies—mostly for hundreds of antacids, including syrupy liquids, fizzing powders, and chewable tablets. All these products attempt to do the same thing: neutralize stomach acid. What is “stomach acid” and why does it need to be neutralized? The cells that line the stomach secrete hydrochloric acid...

Constipation and Diarrhea


No organ of the body is as misunderstood and fussed over as the digestive tract. It has been purged, irrigated, and massaged, all in the name of an obsessive concern with the daily bowel movement. Many believe that the waste matter left after digestion must be expelled twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the food is eaten. The fallacy of this notion was revealed in an experiment supervised by...

Help for Hemorrhoids?


Hemorrhoids bother about half of all Americans at some time in their lives, usually after age 30. Many others have hemorrhoids without even realizing it. One recent study showed that, of 241 healthy people reporting for physical exams, 82 percent had hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are essentially swollen blood vessels in the anal canal and lower rectum. These vessels bulge inward and narrow the...

Competing Pain Relievers: Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen


Few things seem to appeal to drug companies more than the opportunity to sell you a nonprescription pain reliever. Eager to share in this lucrative market, they offer an oriental bazaar of choices. You may find more than 100 different analgesic products competing for space on the shelves at your local drugstore or supermarket. There are “original” formulas, “new” formulas...

Luis Treacy