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Mayo Clinic Family Health Book provides easy-to-find information in a comprehensive volume, offering the ultimate home medical reference from a trusted name in medicine. (more…)
Call the Midwife offers an engaging, realistic memoir of Jennifer Worth’s career as a midwife and district nurse at the age of twenty-two in London’s East End Slums in the 1950s. Worth trained with the Midwives of St. Raymund Nonnatus, a pseudonym for a religious order of Anglican nuns devoted to bringing safer childbirth to the poor. (more…)
When breast cancer strikes, priorities change and decisions must be made. Where can compassionate, reliable, and easy-to-comprehend information be found? The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book offers guidance to help you understand the basics of cancer, make informed decisions about medical care, and cope with the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment. (more…)
Effective leadership requires flexibility between managerial styles with an emphasis on Emotional Intelligence (EI). The essential task of a leader is to help people work at their best, creating a resonance with those they lead, a neural harmony that facilitates flow.
If you’ve ever experienced a leader who is secretive, indecisive, blaming, arrogant, mistrusting, bad-tempered doubter, then you know the type of boss who makes employees feel uneasy at best and resentful at worst. (more…)
At 3:30 a.m. your newborn baby is crying. What to do? You could call your own mother and wake her (again), google Crying Baby, but find 169 million results and one is a rock band, or you could turn to page 125 of Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. (more…)
What do masking tape, unusual cocktails, musicals, and Pixar have in common? A flash of insight may have helped you find the answer. Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer explores our ability to imagine what has never existed. To be inspired, generate new ideas, and combine associations to craft solutions to problems and challenges — all involve tales of creativity. (more…)
Since Edward Jenner performed his first vaccination on James Phipps for the prevention of smallpox on May 14, 1796, vaccinations have been misunderstood and feared. Vaccination remains the best protection against 16 major diseases, according to American Academy of Pediatrics. (more…)
Welcome to the kitchen and to cooking! The Mayo Clinic Kids’ Cookbook invites children into the kitchen to learn how to make meals they like. (more…)
February is American Heart Month and a perfect time to quick start a plan for preventing and conquering heart disease. Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! offers ways to help you begin a healthy heart plan in 10 minutes a day. This recently published book assists you in creating a lifelong program, guides you to modify that program if you have existing heart problems, and teaches you how to stay on track for life. (more…)
Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine
As Americans seek greater control over their health, the alternative medicine field has experienced rapid growth. Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine offers reliable and easy-to-understand information to help sort through “natural” and “holistic” approaches as people focus on improving their physical, mental and spiritual health through conventional and complementary healthcare practices.
The intent of the book is to help promote self-care and to describe nontraditional therapies that assist with achieving and maintaining health and wellness. The book describes the best evidence-based products and practices that work with conventional medicine and which ones to avoid. You are also reminded to include your doctor’s advice in your healthcare decisions as you take an active role in making choices toward making wellness the focus of your care.
“Alternative medicine” is actually an antiquated term. Integrative medicine includes alternative treatments, as supported by research, with conventional medicine. Most integrative products and practices are based on prevention, natural healing, active learning and “holistic” care. Natural healing is your body’s ability to heal itself and integrative medicine treatments encourage this natural healing process. “Holistic” care focuses on treating the whole person, including physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs.
Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine details popular therapies, including nonvitamin, nonmineral natural products such as fish oil, ginseng, and garlic supplements. Other top-ranked therapies include deep breathing, meditation, massage therapy, as well as chiropractic and osteopathic care. The most common conditions prompting alternative treatment use include back, neck and joint pain, arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions. People also use alternative medicine treatments for anxiety, to manage their cholesterol, control headaches and migraines, improve insomnia, and prevent colds.
Also listed are the top ten therapies and the conditions they are most commonly treat, such as acupuncture for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, nausea, and some forms of dental and postoperative care. Guided imagery may help with headache and some forms of pain. Other therapies, such as hypnosis, massage, meditation, music therapy, spinal manipulation, spirituality, Tai chi, and yoga are described as well as the conditions they treat.
To promote self-care, the book reminds the reader that good health begins with good choices. These choices lay the foundation for wellness with the building blocks of eating for health by choosing disease fighting food, the seven benefits of exercise, giving up tobacco, finding meaning in your life, and learning to relax and stress less.
Since more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, one way to decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and sleep disorders is to achieve a healthy weight through slow, steady weight loss. The section on eating for health describes ways to include more vegetables and fruits without making your diet boring or bland. Also remember to include enough antioxidants to combat the effects of free radicals, which fight disease and break down toxins, but are often produced in overabundance and create an imbalance called oxidative stress. Foods that are high in antioxidants contain vitamins C, E, and carotene, as well as minerals such as manganese, selenium, copper, and zinc. These foods tend to be rich in color: yellow, red, purple, blue and orange and can add zest to your diet.
A section on herbs and dietary supplements describes how certain supplements used in conjunction with conventional medicine can help achieve and maintain good health, but with the caveat that they be used wisely. For example, peppermint has some benefits for treating certain digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and maybe even heartburn. However, it also has muscle-relaxing qualities that could worsen heartburn symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) so it should be taken under a doctor’s supervision.
Mind-Body Medicine teaches commonly used mind-body approaches that will help train your attention and refine and guide your interpretations by using principles rather than prejudices. In this way, your interpretations become more focused and strong and can be used to unfold the deeper, kinder person in each of us and transform us into embodiments of wisdom and love. This practice helps the mind change the brain by soothing the limbic areas of the brain, such as the amygdala, and engage the prefrontal cortex to enhance resilience and happiness. “Approaches that at their core are based on the values of peace, forgiveness, compassion, selflessness, integrity and love will be the ones that will stand the test of time and continue to bring health and healing to this generation and the next,” explained Dr. Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic Associate Professor of Medicine.
Energy Therapies are based on the belief that imbalances in the body’s energy fields result in illness. Thus, re-balancing these fields can restore health and allow healing to occur. The most well-known and well-studied energy therapy is acupuncture which uses fine filiform needles inserted and manipulated into specific points on the body, along meridians through which the vital life energy flows. Other energy therapies include healing touch, magnetic therapy, and Reiki.
Other approaches are described in this book, such as Ayurveda which is based on the concept that all things in the universe are joined together and that all forms of life consist of combinations of three energy elements: wind, water and fire. Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine are also described as choices for your action plan to better health.
The last section guides you on how to blend the best of complementary and conventional therapies to treat the whole person, to protect yourself, how to find a qualified practitioner, and how to work with your doctor. Five key strategies for achieving the aim of improving your health include to make a commitment to develop and keep healthy habits, start small to be successful and not overwhelmed, stick with your plan, reassess, and grow by nurturing all aspects of your life – mind, body, and spirit to achieve a lifetime of health and wellness.
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The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of all Maladies brings the rich details of the biography of cancer into sharp relief. His intense, sometimes overwhelming history of cancer describes the commonplace particulars that make up a patient’s memories of illness, never forgetting the pain of each new diagnosis. (more…)
My grandmother was a whiz at home remedies. She knew how to treat everything from sunburn, poison ivy, and even the Yellowjacket stings that I suffered when I was 10. (more…)
Chronic pain can affect your daily functioning. You may become less productive, feel weak and depressed, and even find yourself avoiding hobbies and other enjoyable activities, because you’re concerned they may cause further injury or pain. Take heart. There are pain management strategies that can help you reclaim your life. (more…)