Constipation is a common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. About 20% of the people in the US have chronic constipation (CC). It affects women 2 to 3 times more than men. CC causes great economic impact with 2.5 million doctor visits and 100,000 hospitalizations annually. We assume mostly older people are affected but children are also susceptible to this annoying disorder.
Treatments for constipation are plenty. Doctors will prescribe anything from over the counter laxatives to stronger drugs or even a hospital stay. Available therapeutic options include stool softeners, fiber supplements, osmotic and stimulant laxatives, and the secretagogues lubiprostone and linaclotide. Interestingly diet rarely gets mentioned in the studies referred to here. Furthermore, modern drugs rarely have statistics on long term health risks. If we continue to need these drugs for years then what will happen?
Band-aid vs Treatment: Is there a cure?
The good news is the ingredients in Tarsul (sulfur and cream of tartar) have been prescribed for constipation for over 100 years (p59). It is still being prescribed today. In fact Tarsul contains the exact same ingredients as the 1989 patent approved for treating hemorrhoids. Cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) used as a suppository works by releasing CO2 gas to aid bowel movements. Potassium bitartrate is not readily soluble. It is more suspended in liquids for drinking so some may end up in the GI tract and cause the same result. Also, the potassium in cream of tartar helps to balance our western industrialized diets. We get most of our sulfur from those allium vegetables, such as onions, leeks and garlic, and cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbages, kales and broccoli. You know…those “fiber” veggies everyone is always talking about?
At Tarsul, we believe in a whole body approach to health. Why not treat the GI tract as a whole instead of placing band-aids on the affected portions? What if the only side effect was beneficial treatment of other issues such as hemorrhoids or acne or hypertension? Wouldn’t that be a better way to treat any disorder or sickness? These are questions we all have to answer for ourselves. When you are ready, we can deliver Tarsul to your door.