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Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, 2nd Edition, Offers Practical Advice for Achieving Health and Wellness with Natural Medicine

NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Want to find ways that may help prevent illness naturally, for a fraction of the cost

of a trip to the doctor?  Interested in taking control of your health with evidence-based practices that complement conventional medicine?  Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, presents Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, a reliable and easy-to-understand resource on alternative medicine.

Full of the latest medical research from the esteemed Mayo Clinic, the updated and expanded Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine cuts through the clutter of information on alternative medicine, and is the definitive guide for safely and effectively incorporating alternative therapies into daily life.

"Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine informs readers about various natural products and practices.  It is also a guide to alternative therapies that can help treat or prevent disease," said Brent Bauer, M.D., Director, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic and the book's editor-in-chief.  "The intent is to help promote self-care:  steps you can take on your own to achieve and maintain health and wellness."

Recent studies reveal the important role that the mind plays in healing and fighting disease.  That's why doctors and their patients are increasingly turning to practices once considered "alternative," as they attempt to treat the whole person – in mind, spirit and body.  As alternative therapies begin to integrate with conventional medicine, more and more people are achieving optimal health and healing.

Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine covers everything one needs to know about alternative medicine:  from the benefits of acupuncture and yoga to the use of echinacea and St. John's wort.  Other useful facts include:

  • Calcium and magnesium may help reduce high blood pressure
  • Oat bran, when eaten regularly as part of a healthy diet, may reduce blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and certain nuts and plants, may be a mood stabilizer for people with bipolar depression and other psychiatric disorders

Acai berry, artichoke, avocado, cayenne, cinnamon and ginger are all simple, cost-effective ingredients that may aid in the prevention of many common diseases and medical conditions.  Who knew that peppermint can treat certain digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and even heartburn?

Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine ($25.95 U.S./hardcover) published by Time Inc. Home Entertainment, will be available from April 20, 2010, at bookstores everywhere.    

For a review copy of Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Bauer, please contact Emma Post, (212)871-3020, Ext. 112; or epost@jgordonassociates.com.  

About Mayo Clinic:

For more than 100 years, millions of people from all walks of life have found answers at Mayo Clinic. At Mayo Clinic, doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first."  More than 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers and 50,000 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has sites in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona.  Collectively, the three locations treat more than half a million people each year.  For the past 20 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on its honor roll of "Best Hospitals."

SOURCE Time Inc. Home Entertainment


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