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Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health Paperback – May 26, 2009
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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).
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Top Customer Reviews
So the next time someone sends you an email about the evils of antiperspirant, organ donations, or the advantages of peeing on jellyfish stings, just send them a copy of this book! The short chapters make for easy on-the-go reading, and the numerous citations in the index make for some interesting follow-up research.
Pros: Quick read, interesting, lots of myths tackled, well written, references in back.
A Few Things I Found Interesting:
* Yellow urine doesn't mean you are dehydrated, neither does being thirsty
* You can't "beat" a breathalyzer
* A mosquito's buzz is just the flapping of its wings
* Once the irritating oils are washed off, you can't get poison ivy from someone's poison ivy rash
* Putting butter on a burn is a bad idea
* Green mucus from your nose doesn't mean you need antibiotics
* Poinsettias aren't that poisonous. No people have died from poinsettia poisoning
* Vitamin C doesn't prevent colds
* Sugar does not make kids hyper
* Twins don't skip a generation
Cons: No in-text citations, would have liked to see a further reading and other resources section.
It was really fun to discuss all the things that they had truly believed from their parents without question and then passed on to me. It made for a laughter-filled evening!:)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing new here and not presented in a new way either. Save your moneyPublished 3 months ago by TravellingCari
There was very little that was new! Old stuff presented today...blahPublished 4 months ago by Leslie W.
At most authors supply two or three new insights. Most so-called myths are just plain silly, so they don't really merit "de-bunking".Published 4 months ago by C Bradley Scharf
I knew most of these myths, but it was fun reading this book. It is a read for all ages. No, gum does not make your insides stick together, and many more myths are cleared up. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bridgett Brogdon
Might learn a thing or two. Your typical trivia book where you know 98% of the facts already.Published 15 months ago by D Donald Snyder
Really basic stuff here - almost common sense stuff, most of which is over-explained. Disposable trivia-type info mostly. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike McG
Easy and concrete explanation of why the myths are false. The info is backed up by scientific studies and the explanation of how the scientific studies work its great. Must readPublished 17 months ago by Álvaro
Fun read. Share it with everyone. Prove somebody wrong. Learn something new.Published 18 months ago by Sharyon M Avenente
I saw an ad on TV about this book and thought it would be a fun read. I ordered it right away. It certainly is funny. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Humphrey