Always Follow the Elephants: More Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths about Our Health and the World We Live In (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Sep 29, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages
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From The New York Times's intrepid "Really?" reporter and author of the bestselling Never Shower in a Thunderstorm, more mind-opening health facts (and fictions)


In this follow-up to the bestselling Never Shower in a Thunderstorm, New York Times columnist Anahad O'Connor uncovers the truth behind a hundred more old wives' tales and conventional-wisdom cures. O'Connor investigates nagging questions of domestic safety, such as whether you can get radiation poisoning from standing too close to a microwave. (You'll actually be exposed to more watts from your cell phone.) He unearths astounding first-aid "MacGyverisms," such as the attempts by Vietnam War battlefield medics and professional sports stars to seal wounds with super glue. (The bottom line: it works, but can irritate skin.) And he looks into the claim that a pregnant mother with heartburn should expect a hairy newborn (and is as baffled as the scientists who tallied up the clearly evident infant hairdos).


For anyone curious about whether to starve a fever or a cold, or whether stifling a sneeze will damage the body, O'Connor delivers yet another winning and irresistible collection of tips about our health.

  

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Review: Always Follow the Elephants: More Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths about Our Health and the World We Live In

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Review: Always Follow the Elephants: More Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths about Our Health and the World We Live In

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This book will increased your general knowledge. It's a nice book to read, currently still reading half way Read full review

Contents

DOITYOURSELF DOCTORING
1
YOUR BODY AS TIME GOES BY
21
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
44
OF COCKTAILS AND CURES
76
AND OTHER BEDROOM MATTERS
97
AND OTHER BABY MATTERS
122
FOLLOWING THE FIVESECOND RULE
143
MODERN LIFE MEDICINE
165
THE ACTIVE LIFE
183
ONE BIG BALL OF GERMS
202
EXERCISING THE BRAIN
225
A NOTE TO THE READER
229
NOTES
231
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
251
INDEX
253
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Anahad O'Connor is a reporter for The New York Times covering breaking national news and contributes the weekly column "Really?"--named for his favorite word in journalism--to the paper's Science Times section. The author of Never Shower in a Thunderstorm, he lives in New York City.

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