Mayo Clinic Family Health Book

May 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

Mayo Clinic Family Health BookMayo 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. The completely revised and updated fourth edition covers everything from first aid and emergency care, pregnancy and healthy children, healthy adults, diseases and disorders, tests and treatments to a visual guide on anatomy and common disorders. A special section provides information on pandemic flu.

Part I on Injuries and Symptoms reviews valuable information on how to react in various emergency situations, complete with illustrations, but also encourages readers to take a certified first-aid course to learn lifesaving skills, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Heimlich maneuver, and how to respond to a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest.

First Aid and Emergency Care offers a wide-range of information, including how to treat minor burns at home, eye injuries, recognizing and treating shock, basic first aid supply list, poisoning, bites and stings, how to handle foreign bodies in the eyes, nose, ears, windpipe and lungs, and when a fever becomes an emergency.

Also provided is a chart on troublesome bacteria and how you can stop them. The chart lists the bacterium, how it’s spread, signs and symptoms, and how to prevent its spread. Additionally a section lists common plants that can be poisonous if swallowed, as well as signs and symptoms of poisoning. Examples of poisonous plants include the pits of apricots and cherries, the entire philodendron plant, poinsettia’s leaves, stem and sap, rhubarb leaves, and the sprouts, roots and vines of potatoes.

In addition to treating illness and understanding medical disorders, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book focuses on wellness for people of all ages. It describes common types of exercise, beginning with creating a walking program. A brisk walk provides a simple and cost-free method for improving your physical fitness, can be a valuable part of a weight-loss program, and help prevent some age-related diseases. Walking increases bone density and may lower the risk of osteoporosis, improve balance and coordination, and lessen the pain of arthritis.

Walking shoe features describe everything from the gel pad that cushions and reduces impact when the foot strikes the ground to the roll bar that stabilizes the foot if it tends to roll inward when striking the ground.

Different stretches and flexibility exercises illustrate how to limber up which can reduce the risk of injury and even make us feel younger. Core exercises show how to strengthen abdominal and back muscles. Strength exercises build muscle strength and endurance, which can improve balance and coordination, plus improve your posture. In general, people, who aren’t active, lose about 10 percent of their lean muscle mass each decade after age 30, but strength training can slow, prevent, or even reverse this process.

Nutrition and healthy eating teaches how to size up a serving, understand nutrient claims on food labels, reviews vitamin and mineral supplements, and types of diet pyramids including Mediterranean, Asian, Latin American, and Vegetarian.

Learn how to participate in your health care by undergoing preventive screenings. For example, recommended age-specific tests for women include blood cholesterol test baseline by age 20, then every 5 years. Also advised is blood pressure measurement every two years, eye exam at least once for ages 20 to 39; every 3 to 5 years for ages 40 to 50; and every 1 to 3 years for women older than 50.

The visual guide illustrates join disorders, such as a meniscus tear which is a common knee injury. Rotator cuff injuries involve inflammation of the tendons or one or more tears in the tendons. Illustrations provide a look at a normal knee joint, a knee damaged by osteoarthritis and an inset showing a knee repaired by total knee replacement.

The section on Staying Healthy When Traveling covers pre-travel planning, immunizations, common ailments of travelers, and precautions including insects, accident prevention and safety, food and water. For example, all water and other drinks should be boiled or bottled and ice cubes should be avoided. Food that is steaming hot has been cooked to a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria. Peel fruits to make them safer to eat.

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book offers a valuable resource to help families understand and play a crucial role in determining their future health and wellness by preventing disease and developing healthy lifestyle habits. It provides the tools needed to maintain good health, as well as offering information on how the body functions and potential threats to health in order to better equip families to live well.

Debbie Fuehrer, L.P.C.C.
Coordinator/Counselor-Mind Body Medicine

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