Beautiful certificate from the Eatonic Remedy Company
issued in 1917. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company name. This item has the signatures of the Company's President, H.L. Kramer and Secretary and is over 91 years old.
From The Journal A. M. A., Sept. 21, 1918
"Eatonic" is "distributed" by the Eatonic Remedy Co., Chicago. If one
believes the claims of the Eatonic concern — and we do not recommend this — "
the Advanced Scientific Thought of the Medical World has been called upon
to produce Eatonic" ! Here are some of the claims made for Eatonic in newspaper
advertisements, which, by the way, are not subject to the penalties
which control claims made for medicinal products on the trade packages : "
INSTANTLY relieves HEARTBURN, BLOATED, GASSY FEELING. STOPS acidity, food repeating,
and stomach misery."
Aid's digestion; keeps the stomach sweet and pure." "
Eatonic is the BEST remedy . . ." "
Sponge up the excess acids and poisonous fluids from the stomach by chewing these
compressed compounds — stomach pains guaranteed to leave at once." "
Removes Indigestion, Bloat, Heartburn, etc."
In the trade-package the claims are more cautious. We do not find there
that it "instantly relieves heartburn, bloated, gassy feeling," etc., but we
do find: "
Intended for the relief of ... Heart Burn . . . Gassy, Windy, Bloated
Stomach . . ."
Which, of course, is different ! The Eatonic Remedy Co. might say with
equal safety that their tablets were "intended for" the reduction of the national
debt, or the repairing of automobile tires.
There is nothing to prevent a
manufacturer from declaring what his product is "intended for." And who
could resist the lure of this : "
Be a good liver — while you live. You don't have to live on a Death Diet, but eat what
you like and be normal. Remember, Eatonic drives the gas out of your body — and the bloat
goes with it. It stops the super-acidity — that is, too much acid — that causes nearly all
At the request of the Propaganda Department, the Association's laboratory
took up Eatonic for investigation. Here is its report:
Eatonic is in the form of black, uncoated tablets, having a mintlike odor,
and a sweet and mintlike taste. Each tablet is stamped "Eatonic" and each
weighs about 27.4 grains. A qualitative examination showed Eatonic to contain
calcium, magnesium, carbonate, sugar, charcoal and silica or a silicate.
The odor and taste suggested peppermint. As no soluble carbonate could be
detected, the calcium and carbonate are probably present as calcium carbonate.
The qualitative examination indicates that Eatonic is composed of calcium
carbonate, charcoal, sugar, and oil of peppermint as flavoring. From this
examination, and from the quantitative determinations carried out, we conclude
that Eatonic is essentially calcium carbonate 20 parts, sugar 55 parts,
charcoal 12 parts in a hundred. The remainder is flavoring, and material
undetermined. Each tablet contains approximately 5.5 grains calcium carbonate,
15 grains sugar, and 325 grains charcoal.
This, then, is the best that the "Advanced Scientific Thought of the Medical
World" could do :
Calcium carbonate (chalk) 5% grains
Sugar 15 grains
Charcoal 3% grains
Surely the labors of such a mountain have brought forth a ludicrously
insignificant mouse ! Summed up, it may be said that "Eatonic" is a simple
and innocuous tablet of the antacid type. It will do nothing that cannot be
done equally well by the well-known "sodamint tablets." The latter, being
nonproprietary, and therefore competitive, are sold at a fraction of the cost
of "Eatonic" while the incentive to force them on the public under false and
misleading claims is reduced to a minimum. — (From The Journal A. M. A.,
Sept. 21, 1918.)