May 19, 2005 Dr. Lillian Beard to Discuss Home Remedies Book on June 7

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Dr. Lillian Beard, a practicing pediatrician in Silver Spring, Md., will discuss her book “Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies” at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

A book signing will follow the discussion, which is sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, Health Services Office and LC Child Care Association. The program is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

Beard, an associate clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and the medical contributor on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning Washington,” compiled hundreds of family recipes for wellness from her patients and colleagues during a 30-year period of practicing medicine. The book is organized in an easy-to-follow A-to-Z guide, treating everything from acne (wash face with granulated sugar, which acts as an exfoliating agent) to sinus problems (try a warm compress of ginger tea).

According to Beard, as long as there have been grandmothers, tight budgets and sniffles, there have been home remedies. Beyond chicken soup, the kitchen can be a gold mine for products that alleviate many common ailments. Home remedies that have survived the test of time may have a biological basis for their effectiveness.

In the book, there is a description for each ailment and the conventional treatment for it, followed by a section called “Parent’s Report” for what works, with a physician’s take on why they work. Beard, however, carefully points out that “Salt in Your Sock” is not intended to replace a doctor’s care. There are warnings throughout the book, advising when not to use certain therapies and when to seek immediate medical help. For further information on the book, visit

In addition to appearances on “Good Morning Washington,” Beard is a frequent guest contributor on national television, including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CNN’s “Accent Health.” Beard is the recipient of numerous professional awards and was cited by President Clinton in his 1993 address on health care reform.


PR 05-124
ISSN 0731-3527