Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked

Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked

Aaron E. Carroll

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0312681879

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The ultimate myth-busting collection of quirky and curious facts about your body and health

In 2009, Drs. Aaron E. Carroll and Rachel C. Vreeman explored a wide range of myths and misconceptions about our bodies and health in the media sensation, Don't Swallow Your Gum!, featured on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

Now, they're delving into a whole new collection of myths based on the latest scientific research, including:

• Eggs give you high cholesterol.

• You should stretch before you exercise.

• Kids in day care catch more colds.

• Sit-ups or crunches will flatten your stomach.

• A glass of warm milk will put you to sleep.

With a perfect balance of authoritative research and breezy humor, Don't Cross Your Eyes . . . They'll Get Stuck That Way! exposes the truth behind all of the things you thought you knew about your health, your well-being, and how the body works.

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is a terrible idea with these. And there are other reasons not to induce vomiting. Vomiting increases the pressure in the stomach, which can increase absorption of stomach contents. You definitely do not want the person to absorb more of what they swallowed. Vomiting, once begun, can be hard to control and stop. Some of the methods to induce vomiting can also be dangerous themselves. People have been known to force the swallowing of salt water, which is not a good idea. Salt water can actually

Child’s Health.” Bantam Books, http://www.cpnonline.org/CRS/CRS/pa_incubate_hhg.htm. (Accessed 6/7/10.) An apple a day keeps the doctor away Aprikian, O., M. Levrat-Verny, C. Besson, J. Busserolles, C. Remesy, and C. Demigne. “Apple Favourably Affects Parameters of Cholesterol Metabolism and of Anti-Oxidative Protection in Cholesterol Fed Rats.” Food Chem 75 (2001): 445–52. Aprikian, O., J. Busserolles, C. Manach, A. Mazur, C. Morand, M. J. Davicco, C. Besson, Y. Rayssiguier, C. Remesy, and C.

our advice to be based on science. If there is good science telling us what will or will not make your body healthy, we think that you should pay attention to it. In our first book, Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, we discussed dozens of myths about how your body works. In this book, we are going to examine many more of them. We are not just going to be “experts” telling you what will or will not work to keep you healthy. We are going to

(2005). Davies, R. “True or False: Licking a Wound Can Promote Healing.” Aurora Health Care, http://www.aurorahealthcare.org/yourhealth/healthgate/getcontent.asp?URLhealthgate=%22157011.html%22. (Accessed 7/8/10.) Jorge, M.T., and L.A. Ribeiro. “Infections in the Bite Site After Envenoming by Snakes of the Bothrops Genus.” Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins 3, no. 2 (1997). “Licking Your Wounds: Scientists Isolate Compound in Human Saliva That Speeds Wound Healing.” ScienceDaily.com

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