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Adult/High School–Two doctors have written a breezy and entertaining, yet relevant and scientific, book full of facts with which to prove our mothers wrong. Divided into six sections, each comprising approximately 10 myths in two pages each, the book covers issues about disease, sex and pregnancy, babies and children, what we eat, and controversial topics. No, it is not necessary to drink eight glasses of water a day. Eating turkey does not make you sleepy. The authors also set the record straight on the five-second rule, the connection between dog hair and allergies, and the dangers of waking a sleepwalker. The final controversial section includes the causes of autism and the connection between the Superbowl and the abuse of women. It is easy to imagine teens browsing through and sharing fun tidbits with one another. In fact, with its offhand tone, liberal use of expressions like sucks and BS, the occasional gratuitous gross-out story, short chapters, and compact paperback format, the book reads as if it were written with teen appeal in mind. At the same time, the authors demonstrate clear research and documentation, including more than 40 pages of references. The introduction explains the difference between association and causation, the trials needed to prove the truth, and why so many misperceptions exist.
Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031253387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312533878
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a medical doctor I am very pleased with this book. The authors have done something very unlikely -- they wrote an fun, entertaining book that is also scientifically and medically excellent. Well researched, well-referenced and easy to use. Quite a public service!

CEC
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Using solid medical research and some really funny storytelling, these two doctor-authors debunk so many commonly forwarded myths that it can save the internet. I get so many email forwards that could have been easily nipped at the bud if the sender has just read this book. Think of how much more time we'd all have, and how the internet would be free and clear of such dispelled myths!

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.
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About: Doctors Vreeman and Carroll tackle common beliefs about health and the human body including the Five Second Rule, double dipping and how much water one should drink. The book is organized into six groups of myths: the body, diseases, sex and pregnancy, babies and children, what we eat and drink, and myths that spark debate and controversy.

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.

Grade B+
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Do you want to be able to correct your mother on the myths about citrus when she foists vitamin C tablets on you when you have the sniffles? Perhaps just rattle off some interesting tidbits of knowledge at a summer BBQ when everyone is slathering themselves with spf 1000 sunblock? This book is rife with great nuggets of medical information presented in bite-size chunks. A fun and informative collection of essays on commonly believed medical myths that will occasionally make you feel smarter than your doctor.
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Just purchased this book last night and can't put it down. I sat on the couch reading and sharing these extremely interesting and witty short descriptions of misconceived myths with my unbelieving husband! I love my mother-in-law but I must admit it was fun to remind him that she is not always right! Who would have thought two research docs could be so funny!
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As a healthcare provider I had originally thought I wouldn't learn anything from a book like this but was pleasantly surprised to see longheld healthcare beliefs effectively debunked in a very entertaining fashion through this book. I've also passed on this book on to my non-healthcare provider friends and they have not been able to put the book down. The simple conversational tone makes this book an enjoyable, quick read while also providing easy to understand information about your body and health.
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I was really happy to hear the sound science behind "facts" that i remember questioning as a child. I got the book for my parents and after they had read it, i called a little family meeting.

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!:)

Elyce Elder
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It's a decent book--I'll admire any book that addresses common misconceptions and backs them up with science. A lot of the facts are repetitive, though, same old myths being busted from book to book (but then again, it's the same myths that people continue to buy into, like Vitamin C for colds, eyestrain from reading in the dark, etc.) I'm actually going to read Ken Jennings' mythbusting book [book:Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids|13547494] next, so it'll be interesting to see how the two compare. Just from the back cover summary, looks like I'm in for some repetitive overlap. Between these two, mental_floss, and Mythbusters, it just feels like a constant stream of repetition, though credit should be given to the Mythbusters for probably coming up with the most unique myths to bust. I'd like to see more of that. (Although really I would just like to see more people actively questioning everything.)
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