Body Sense, Body Nonsense
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Can you cure hiccups by holding your breath? Is it true that eating spinach makes you strong? There are countless adages about the body and what's good for it and what isn't. This whimsically illustrated book takes a playful look at more than twenty common stories and sayings and reveals which make sense and which are pure nonsense.
Hailed by The New York Times as "the dean of science writers," Seymour Simon presents easy-to-understand explanations of why scientists and doctors think these sayings are true or false. Although this book is intended for young readers, adults also may be interested in discovering whether or not drafts cause colds, why fish is reputed to be brain food, and how counting sheep can be a good way to fall asleep.
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ache acid active Apple A Day bacteria bad burn become best thing black eye blackened bleeding blood vessels blue body brain Breath Cure Hiccups bruise burned area butter calm Carrots chair chewing gum cold water color comes in contact Counting sheep Day Keep daydreaming dehydrated Dreams can help drink easiest easily eat pickles eat spinach EXERCISING Experiments have shown eye muscles tire Eyesight fall asleep feel sick fence ﬁnd GIVES YOU CAVITIES headache Holding Your Breath ice cream idea iron in spinach jumping Keep The Doctor liquid minerals mouth moving nervous night nonsense pickles and ice poison ivy plants Popeye position prevent scarring quiet RAW STEAK Reading saliva saying scientists sense SIMON skin sleep small amount small burn solve someone sterile stick stop strain strong subjects sugar teeth tell three leaves tooth touch TREAT trying won’t writing yellows