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The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies

I don’t write about a lot of books here, but I try to get some of the most useful ones. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies is just such a book.

I have been paging through it and reading it all evening. I feel like that guy in the commercial where someone asks him, “Are you a doctor?” and he responds, “No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

But, in this instance, I would respond, “No, but I did read the Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies.”


The idea for the book came from numerous discussions physicians, nurses, health educators, and other health care providers about the questions and concerns they hear most frequently from visitors to Mayo. Or, what are the main reasons people go to a doctor? Their stated goal is to develop a simple resource that could guide health decisions, offer easy remedies to treat many health problems and possibly reduce the need for a visit to a clinic or an emergency room.

The book is arranged by each topic alphabetically. Each topic is introduced in a summary that may include signs and symptoms, causes and possible outcomes. Then there is a ‘Home Remedies’ that describes simple actions you can take to help prevent, treat or manage the condition. This may include advice on diet, exercise, a change in behavior or a supplement to relieve signs and symptoms.

There is also a ‘Medical Help’ segment that identifies serious signs and symptoms and tells you when you need to contact a doctor or other health care provider and what kind of treatment you might expect.

I like the scope of their coverage. They give you the symptoms first, tell you what they mean and possibly why they are occurring. They they tell you what to do to remedy the situation. As the writer of this blog, I was gratified to see so many that improving your diet and exercising more actively were  part of the remedies.

So, what are we talking about here? Topics include but are not limited to: back pain, burns, cold sores, dry skin, dry mouth, ear infection, fatigue, high blood pressure, indigestion, motion sickness nosebleeds, shin splints, snoring, ulcers, to name a few.

At this time of year, the Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies is a good candidate for that student who is going off to college and will be on his/her own for the first time ever. For the favorite senior aunt or uncle who is transitioning into old age. It is also a super resource for a young family or just a guy or gal on their own who doesn’t feel like running up big medical bills.

You can pick it up at Amazon.

It sells for the discounted price of $17.13.


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