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Chewing gum, spiders and jellyfish stings -- all with a dose of skepticism

Dog Thirst is not a signal that you’re already dehydrated. Dog mouths are not cleaner than human mouths. And spinach doesn’t get extra credit as a strength-enhancer. Ha.

So say Drs. Aaron E. Carroll and Rachel C. Vreeman in “Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health,” released this week.

The physicians, both at the Indiana University School of Medicine, combed through medical research to assess the evidence, not the anecdotes, behind various notions and misconceptions.

Some of their conclusions won’t be a surprise: Flying while pregnant is safe. The best way to cure a hangover is not to drink too much. Yeah, yeah…

And they spend considerable time clearing up misconceptions I didn’t know people had: The belief that an average person swallows eight spiders a year, for example. Or that one’s eyeballs will pop out if the eyes aren’t closed during a sneeze. (How could I have missed these? I’m on all sorts of e-mail lists.)

Complete article

Read it and had to sneeze like ten minutes later - with eyes wiiiide open. Aaaaand... still have my eyeballs. Yay. *rotfl*
Tags: mercy: geek!love, mercy: random, mercy: real life, misc: science, web: los angelos times
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