Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked

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Macmillan, Jul 5, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Acupuncture
5
ADHD
7
Air
9
Airborne
12
Airplanes
15
Aloe Vera
19
Antibiotics
21
Ice
128
Immune System
130
Lice
133
Marriage
136
Masturbation
139
Mercury
142
Milk
147
Neti Pots
149

Apples
28
Artificial Sweeteners
33
Bathroom
36
Bubbles
40
Caffeine
42
Cancer
44
Celery
47
Cell Phones
49
Cheese
52
Chicken Soup
55
Chocolate
57
Cold Weather
62
Cough and Cold Medicines
67
Croup
71
Dairy
73
Day Care
77
Deodorants
79
Echinacea
82
Eggs
85
Exercise
89
Eyes
92
Fever
95
Flu
100
Garlic
103
Green Snot
105
Gspot
107
Hair Dye
111
Handshakes
113
Homes
116
Honey
119
Hot Peppers
124
Hydrogen Peroxide
126
Nosebleeds
152
Oral Sex
154
Oysters
156
Penises
158
Poison
162
Protein
165
Saunas
167
Seizures
170
Sex
172
Situps
179
Sneezing
181
Snow
183
Soap
186
Solid Foods
189
Sponges
191
Steam
193
Stress
195
Stretching
201
Sugar
204
Television
206
Toilet Seats
208
Vaccines
213
Vitamin C
220
Vitamin E
222
Warts
224
Wet Hair
226
Wounds
229
Zinc
232
Acknowledgments
235
References
237
Index 239
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DR. AARON E. CARROLL is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Children's Health Services Research Group at the Indiana University School of Medicine and 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 the Children's Health Services Research Group at the Indiana University School of Medicine and co-director of Pediatric Research for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (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, The Colbert Report, CBS Evening News, and The Dr. Oz Show.

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