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Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked Paperback – Bargain Price, July 5, 2011
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About the Author
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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1. (artificial) sweeteners cause cancer.
- You might have heard this statement a few times. However, it is not true. There is no proof that they would cause cancer or any other health risks according to the authors.
2. The dirtiest part in the (public) bathrooms is the handle
- This is not true because the handles and the seats are usually cleaned more than other parts of the bathroom. The dirtiest is probably the floor in the public bathrooms. So if you do want to avoid getting dirt and germs with you/on you then avoid putting down your briefcase on the bathroom floor!
3. Cold makes you sick
- not true. There is no proof of this belief. You have probably heard someone say: "you need to put on more clothes because it's cold outside." This is just a myth. You don't get sick because of cold weather - you'll get sick if you catch a flu bug.
4. You'll get sick in the airplanes because of the air that you breath there.
This myth probably started with the swine flu outbreak. However, today, usually most of the bugs are killed because the air goes through the air filters. You won't get more sick because you travel by air, than if you travel by bus, train, or spend your time in the office.
5. A glass of milk will help you go to sleep.
- It's just a psychological effect, not based on any health reasons. People can connect sleepyness and a glass of milk together in their minds, and thus, drinking a glass of milk just before going to bed can make them go to sleep.
I enjoyed reading this book. I hope you will, too!
I doubt I'll change her mind, but at the very least I can marinate in my smugness knowing that cold weather does not cause colds -- and in fact, it's actually just what we need during cold season. And eggs aren't the high cholesterol demons they've been made out to be. And hydrogen peroxide... well, I don't want to be a plot spoiler on that one.
Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked offers scientific proof in the form of a "yes... those old wives tales you hear about are true" or "no, stop drinking the Kool-Aid." Each (potential) myth is broken down into bite-sized reading portions, complete with respected journal studies to corroborate the authors claims.
I was kind of shocked by the studies they outed as being laced with shenanigans, as I've seen some of these references on a fair share of health websites.
For example, one major brand claimed their product had gone through a double-blind study. However it was later discovered that the "lab" (and I use that term very looesly) conducting this double-blind study consisted of two guys in a garage.
I'm no moonlighting beaker heater, but when I think of labs and double-blind studies and sterile conditions, I don't see a garage in the picture.
I'll just conclude this review by saying we are seriously satiated by the almighty placebo affect in so many different ways. This book was a real eye opener in that department.
As for the content itself, I'm repeatedly struck by how interesting it is and how useful it will be in my day-to-day life. Considering how many times I've had to field related questions, I wish I had discovered the book a lot earlier. The language can be a little annoyingly simple sometimes for my taste--sometimes it feels like an exercise similar to xkcd's "Up Goer Five" -- but it's impressive how little nuance is sacrificed to achieve this simplicity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very funny book that addresses all those funny sayings about our bodies that we heard time and time again from some of our elders. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bridgett Brogdon
Might learn a thing or two. Your typical trivia book where you know 98% of the facts already. Took away one star as If You Swallow Your Gum most of this book is in that book.Published 21 months ago by D Donald Snyder
Bought all three books. Nutritioninformation of authors was the pits, like most physicians. If those are so poor how can you trust other answers on other subjects. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Hundley
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 23 months ago by Álvaro
This is an entertaining way to learn about all the things you think you know about your body and staying healthy that turn out to be wrong. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Kelly de Haan
Just want to know where the book I ordered is since I have paid for it and returned the wrong book.
This review was for then book Planet Cake that I didn't receive, not Don't... Read more
I use these for give-aways in science lectures and for waiting room reading material. Great information and fun way to use science in daily life.Published on November 23, 2012 by bgoodi
Containing fun & wierd facts about life which you thought were true, but some of them arne't. Great book to read & fantastic value for money. Thanks!Published on October 14, 2012 by steph_marshall