Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 26, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe “facts” about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM! takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Entries dispel the following myths and more:

- You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
- Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years
- You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it
- If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it’s safe to eat
- Strangers have poisoned kids’ Halloween candy

With the perfect blend of authoritative research and a breezy, accessible tone, DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM is full of enlightening, practical, and quirky facts that will debunk some of the most perennial misconceptions we believe about our health and well-being.


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Review: Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health

User Review  - Whitney Garrett - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. The book is full of short snippets answering whether a widely believed medical fact is true or myth. The authors site their research and use well-researched studies. If you ... Read full review

Review: Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health

User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

This is a fun book that introduces and concludes different myths about health and how the body works. It tells what people have said about the myth, and then says if what they think is either true or ... Read full review


Look at the size of his feet Myths about your body
Do you want to catch pneumonia out there? Myths about how we contract and treat diseases
But I was on the pill Myths about sex and pregnancy
He wont get into Harvard without Baby Einstein Myths about babies and children
Dont swallow your gum Myths about what we eat and drink
Shots made my baby autistic Myths that spark controversy and debate
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About the author (2009)

Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is an associate professor of Pediatrics and the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman is an assistant professor of Pediatrics in Children’s Health Services Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and co-director of Pediatric Research for the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS (AMPATH).

Aaron and Rachel’s research has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Newsweek, and many other national publications. They have appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, and ABC News NOW.


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