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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  34 reviews
For centuries the vigorous and healthy families of Vermont have passed down simple commonsense home remedies for all sorts of common aches and pains, from one generation to the next. Dr. Jarvis spent years practicing medicine in the Green Mountains and observed the natural wonders of Vermont folk medicine. He shares that wisdom in this helpful book in order to help you: bu ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Henry Holt (first published 1958)
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Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rather fond of this old timer. Classic folk wisdom. Appreciate the doctor's tripod of nutritional body type : Alpine, Mediterranean, Nordic. My breakfast preference being fish, easy to accept Jarvis Nordic eating guidelines. Bag balm and vinegar staples, too.

6/26/17 : a trail of stickies

Forward -- "I am a fifth-generation Vermonter ... trained in organized medicine ... Vermont folk medicine not part of my formal training ... set about learning it ... studies led to considerable readjustment of o
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book by Jarvis. Reading it is like sitting in a cozy living room in the mountains, fire crackling, a cup of tea in hand...and Jarvis walking me through the old ways of Vermont folks. He simplifies and breaks down physiological processes in a very palatable way. And, I love how he draws his scientific conclusions on effectiveness of medicine through obersvation of nature, animals, and humans. I am also a true convert to apple cider vinger and honey and the importance of minerals and ...more
I'm not sure what I expected from this book but it turned out to be pretty interesting to me. Dr. Jarvis was a physician in Vermont and apparently observed animals for a lot of his treatments. Born in 1881 and died in 1966. This book was first published in 1958. There were times when the book got a little boring with his facts and observations but it was still interesting at how he got his information. It has me believing that I need to include apple cider vinegar and honey in my daily diet. The ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Dr. Jarvis spent his medical career serving the rural state of Vermont and studying the folk medicine practices he found there. The results of his lifetime work in this area are published in this 1958 book aptly titled Folk Medicine. To read it today is to go back in a time machine to visit a rural doctor of the first half of the 20th century who is studying the folk medicines of his time. He speaks of people growing up close to the land, small farmers eating their locally grown crops and the pr ...more
I love this reference book. Being a few years-Vermonter I can easily "digest" the cider vinegar and honey prescription for just about anything. Its a great testament to the rural folk doctors and their intuitive practices utilizing the ways that nature (animals and plants) remain health and deal with illness. ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is by a Vermont doctor who looks into the folk medicine used by people in Vermont. He basically takes the folk medicine practice and explains scientifically why it works. He backs up his study by discussing patients and how they were cured using the folk medicine. He also discusses scientific studies that were performed using the folk medicine practices. He worked with other doctors and universities. He talks mostly about medicinal uses for Apple Cider Vinegar and honey. Some other ite ...more
Rebecca Child
Dec 11, 2007 is currently reading it
quick read. half-way through. The author is an M.D. from 1950's, a lot of the Vermont folk medicine he shares makes sense to me, but I am inclined to believe in nutrition before drugs. Big themes: take honey & apple cider vinegar every day. There's a section on the "minus family pattern" where he practically paints a portrait of me, which was creepy, but interesting. I can share more if anyone is interested.
he learned a lot by studying the behavior of animals & by testing the apple cider vinega
Brenna Bonner
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Darla and Lisa
Recommended to Brenna by: Mom
After a lifetime of research and experimentation, Dr. Jarvis gives his observations and recommendations for health and healing. I found this book scientifically based, logical, simple and I learned much. Does the thought of his cure-all apple cider vinegar make you cringe? If you mix it with warm apple juice and a tbsp. of honey it's appealing enough for a 4 year old boy to drink, so try it! ...more
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from my grandma and I really liked it. I'm going to try eating more apple cider vinegar and honey and see what happens with sinuses. It seems a little crazy, but I prefer natural cures when possible. ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Informative book dealing with the importance of potassium in our diet. Tells of the cures and ease of useage of Apple Cider Vinegar & honey. Excellent source of info from early 1960 era of Vermont.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Bottom line: use apple cider vinegar, don't sleep with your windows open, and trust your body. This was interesting, with a lot of the advice now quite dated. However, it is a worthy nod for those who enjoy and utilize natural medicine. My favorite bit was his mention of Dr. Weston A. Price, who is widely known in natural health circles to this day for his study of facial structure in people untouched by modern foods. ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a pharmacist I was a little skeptical about the information in this book at first. But as I’ve read it and cross-checked it with other sources, it makes sense. I’m drinking apple cider vinegar in water now. In pushing aside traditional remedies for prescriptions, sometimes we do ourselves a disservice. By all means, keep injecting your insulin if you need it. But maybe try rubbing castor oil on your age spots before getting a prescription for retinol.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE the common sense advice in this book and wish we had more docs like this today!
Lisa Tangen
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enlightening and many claims made sense. I want to see more studies on the science. I'd also live to hear a doctor's point of view on what's presented here. ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book is outdated, it has some valuable information about natural methods for controlling some illnesses. The use of Apple Cider vinegar, honey and other natural minerals is explained very clearly. I read the book because I have been using ACV for arthritis. I heard about it's beneficial effects online. It really has improved my arthritis so much I wanted to know what other ways it could help me. I have used it for age spots as well. I can use it full strength on my face and the spots ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great. Good health doesn't have to come from a pharmacy. ...more
Farrah Weinstein
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
All too often we worry to late about our health. If we were caring for ourselves all along, we would not have to worry as much. Honey and apple cider vinegar are the new staples in my kitchen cabinet. Love that my bf's father had this from 1957 and the pages crumbled as i read.... ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This book surprised me. Thought I'd browse through it so I could tease my friend who's a Dr. in Vermont. Ended up reading it all and curious enough to try some of the remedies. I especially thought the health benefit section on honey and on kelp were very interesting and worth trying. ...more
Lee Reaves
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical. There is no human or animal ailment, condition or cleaning need that cannot be treated with some combination of apple cider vinegar with or without honey. And it is probably all true - watch out big pharma.
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I have had a copy around the house all my life. My mother and grandparents too.
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
reading this was just sort a of hippie novelty.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Interesting book. However, a bit out of balance.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read to glean what you will from it.
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book about healing with Apple Cider Vinnegar.
Jan 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-to-read
This is one of the many old books that were in the basement of the house I bought. On first inspection, a cool old book with lots of inexpensive home remedies.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book . It needs to be read and practiced by many more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: natural-medicine
I bought this on our last trip to Vermont.... An interesting read so far ....will post more when I finish ...
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, Apple Cider Vinegar works for just about everything.
Carol Ann
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, found it in an antique store. It still has some relevant advice for today.
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