This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
As dyspepsia is not usually a fatal disease, thousands of people allow themselves to suffer from its pains and inconveniences for years without making serious efforts to recover. If anything is done, it is most likely to be a trial of some quack nostrum advertised on the fence or heralded in the daily newspaper as a "sure cure" for indigestion, its merits certified by a long list of fictitious or purchased testimonials. Every effort of this sort, of course, makes the disease worse in the end, even though there may be apparent temporary relief. Failing in several attempts, perhaps, the sufferer settles down in despair to the melancholy conclusion that he must remain as he is, that his malady is incurable; and so he lives along in a wretched way until consumption, that dread disease which often follows close on the heels of the hydra-headed malady we are considering, claims him as a victim and ends his misery.
The importance of giving to the treatment of this disease most serious attention is further seen by the fact that many organic affections which when once well established are impossible to cure, have their origin, in many cases, in indigestion. This is undoubtedly true of tuberculous degeneration of the lungs and other parts, together with other degenerative changes. The same may also be said of various nervous affections. This accounts, in part at least, for the almost constant association of impaired digestion with consumption, and with various organic affections of the liver, kidneys, and other organs. In most of these cases, the best, and often the only hope for a cure, lies in the treatment and cure of the digestive disorder; and, without doubt, if this could be accomplished sufficiently early, many cases of hopeless organic disease of the lungs and other organs might be prevented altogether. Although each variety of this disease, and indeed each individual case, requires a special plan of treatment in some respects different from what is required by any other variety or case, there are certain measures which are equally applicable to nearly all classes and cases of this disease. To these we will now call attention.