For 20 years I've been telling my mom that you can't get a cold from sitting under the air conditioner. I almost had her 8% converted if it weren't for that darn SpongeBob SquarePants episode when SpongeBob caught a killer cold by, yup... sleeping with the air conditioner on. I doubt I'll change her mind, but at the very least I can marinate in my smugness knowing that cold weather does not cause colds -- and in fact, it's actually just what we need during cold season. And eggs aren't the high cholesterol demons they've been made out to be. And hydrogen peroxide... well, I don't want to be a plot spoiler on that one. Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked offers scientific proof in the form of a "yes... those old wives tales you hear about are true" or "no, stop drinking the Kool-Aid." Each (potential) myth is broken down into bite-sized reading portions, complete with respected journal studies to corroborate the authors claims. I was kind of shocked by the studies they outed as being laced with shenanigans, as I've seen some of these references on a fair share of health websites. For example, one major brand claimed their product had gone through a double-blind study. However it was later discovered that the "lab" (and I use that term very looesly) conducting this double-blind study consisted of two guys in a garage. I'm no moonlighting beaker heater, but when I think of labs and double-blind studies and sterile conditions, I don't see a garage in the picture. I'll just conclude this review by saying we are seriously satiated by the almighty placebo affect in so many different ways. This book was a real eye opener in that department.
Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way! : And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked
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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.
St. Martin's Press
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Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman, MD, Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, MD, MS
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8.00 x 5.00 x 0.64 Inches
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