An article in the Otago Witness (Ref: Otago Witness, 21/10/1908) professed that constipation aggravated psychopathic states. “This is true in epilepsy, hysteria, alcoholism, melancholia, and even in organic mental diseases it is the rule.”
|Ref: 1-W1774A, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Clergyman’s wife Mrs J.C. Brown of Parnell, Auckland, said she was “a great sufferer of constipation,” until she took the contents of two bottles of Dr Ensor’s Tamer Juice – which the ad said cured “thousands of sickly, rundown, nervous, full-of-pain and suffering men and women” (Ref: Grey River Argus, 27/02/1909).
|Ref: 34-S502, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
“Bad Bowels cause 90 per cent of disease and death” an Ensor’s Tamer Juice ad announced (Ref: Poverty Bay Herald, 06/08/1910). Fortunately, “Half to one teaspoonful with a little water after meals braces up every organ to vigorous action, and imparts strength to the whole system.”.
|Ref: 34-N116B, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
“There is no pleasanter remedy for Boils, Carbuncles, Ulcerated and Running Sores, Pimples, Skin Diseases, and all scrofulous affections arising from an impure state of the blood” (i.e. constipation) than Hamburg Tea, according to an ad in the Otago Witness (Ref: Otago Witness, 26/09/1885).
“The Road to Ruin begins when constipation and biliousness fasten themselves on you, and drag down your health,” stated an ad for Chamberlain’s Stomach and Liver Tablets (Ref: Poverty Bay Herald, 21/08/1906). The “Finest Remedy on the Market for Constipation...always produces a pleasant movement of the bowels without any disagreeable effect.”
|Ref: 534-9462, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Author: Leanne, Central Auckland Research Centre