Do try this at home

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.

From sores to coughs, it seems as if our bodies are constantly finding ways to cause us grief. Fortunately for us, secret curing powers lie in everyday items found in our own homes. Gainesville family medicine physician Michelle Shippert, a doctor of osteopathy, says she often recommends home remedies to her patients, who visit her for colds and pains or a routine physical. “If you have a slight fever, you don't have to go to the doctor right away,” she says. “With some remedies and rest, you'll feel better.”

Shippert practices evidence-based medicine, suggesting only the remedies that have been scientifically proven. “I have never heard that biting a pencil relieves headaches,” she says, debunking the myth. While a trip to the doctor never hurts, Shippert has found these 10 surprising remedies can keep you happy and healthy.

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