Don't Swallow Your Gum: and Other Medical Myths Debunked by Aaron Carroll, Rachel Vreeman

By Aaron Carroll, Rachel Vreeman

Males with massive toes have vast penises. you have to drink at the least 8 glasses of water an afternoon. Sugar makes youngsters hyper. consuming at evening makes you fats. Chewing gum remains on your abdominal for seven years. You lose forty consistent with cent of your physique warmth via your head. each day, you pay attention or imagine issues approximately your physique and well-being which are simply no longer actual. might be you observed them on television, learn them in magazines or heard them from associates (or even a doctor). This e-book is for a person who has questioned in regards to the fact at the back of those myths. humorous, wacky and entire of interesting proof, "Don't Swallow Your Gum" explains why such a lot of of these bizarre and worrisome issues we predict approximately bodies are wrong.

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So it’s okay for us to say, even without absolute proof, that people can’t fly. In this book, we will examine a lot of beliefs about your body and your health. We will lay out the science as best we can, based on everything we can find in medical and scientific literature. We will argue that you should decide what to believe based on the evidence or lack thereof. What really concerns us are those myths which great randomized controlled trials have already disproved and which people still believe.

Do we shut our eyes and risk a crash, or do we leave them open and risk our eyeballs popping out? Neither option seems very appealing. Well, we have to call this one a half-truth. It is physiologically possible for your eyeball to come out of the socket when you sneeze. Back in 1882, the New York Times tells us that an unfortunate woman in Indianapolis actually had her eyeball explode after she sneezed while on a streetcar. The article describes her as left in excruciating pain, needless to say.

Myths About Illnesses and Injuries and How We Treat Them Myth: Cold or wet weather makes you ill Many people believe that going out in the cold makes you more likely to get ill – including your mother. One scientific paper reviewed all of the experiments where scientists tested whether we are any more likely to get ill when we are cold. In one of these studies, they actually put the virus that causes the common cold into people’s noses and then chilled some of these people. Those who were chilled were no more likely to be infected with a cold than those who were not chilled.

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