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

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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 delvi

Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Ehm Olsen
Aug 10, 2011 Ehm Olsen rated it it was ok
I thought this book is really interesting. There are a lot of information that are worth knowing about. One of them is believing that Vit. C can cure and prevent you from getting colds. But this is not the case. I eat oranges everyday but how come I still get a cold? hhhmmmm, maybe this book has the answer............. it sure has! Another interesting idea that has already cleared my mind is believing that if you get sick too often, it means that you have a weak immune system. NOT TRUE!!!! Curio ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
A fun interesting read and good information.
Sep 10, 2011 Miz rated it it was amazing
Miz Lou is currently on page 49 of 289.
pretty interesting, still not sure if I believe everything in the book.
Gavin Yee
Dec 12, 2013 Gavin Yee rated it really liked it
I found out about these two books from trying to keep up with John Green (a YouTuber/author) who talks about some of things in the book and how he is also making a YouTube channel with the author of books talking about a healthcare [that is going to explain a lot about how healthcare works].

Both books “Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health” and “/Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!: And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked” addresses
May 02, 2013 Bill rated it liked it
This book addresses a wide variety of common medical myths and questions by thoroughly checking the current state of knowledge based on the available scientific literature. You can consider them the Myth Busters of medical myths. The book is actually a sequel to another one similar to it. Some of the myths they tackle are more interesting than others, and some are just common sense that didn't seem like they needed addressing (at least to me). Still, the book is thorough without being boring as ...more
Rebecca Pipkin
Jan 03, 2014 Rebecca Pipkin rated it really liked it
Takes a scientific approach to debunk health myths, discussing peer reviewed scientific research conducted for each of the myths it discusses. Organized alphabetically, so you don't necessarily have to read it from front to back but could just have it as a reference. I love this sort of thing and enjoyed sharing snippets with friends and family, who would have thought that there was so much research about hand drying techniques in a bathroom or the best way to preserve your severed limb?
Whitney Garrett
Aug 18, 2014 Whitney Garrett rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this. I like hearing about all the medical myths that are wrong, and I especially like how the authors incorporate studies that verify their answers. They even talk about whether each study done was a good study or not, and what that might mean for the myth.

One thing I've learned from these books, is we really shouldn't panic so much over everything. Our bodies are a lot tougher than we give them credit for.
Apr 01, 2014 Scarecrow rated it really liked it
This book would be more aptly titled" lies your mother told you". Don't go outside with wet hair, Vitamin C is good for a cold, caffeine stunts your growth, and hold your head backward during a nosebleed are just some of the many myths dispelled inside this very useful health research review. When such a large portion of the population has trouble sorting through information, books like this are important.
Nov 13, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Loved all of the myths debunked in this book by Dr. Carroll. My favorite was the one about hydrogen peroxide. No, you should NOT put it on your cut- it will kill the good cells around the wound. Thank you Dr. Carroll!
Jul 01, 2013 Erikka rated it liked it
Gotta drop this one a star for the ultimate trivia book cop out--repeat questions. Seriously? Couldn't find enough medical myths for two books? Then make the book shorter before you make me reread/skim answers I already read. Otherwise, just as good as the last one with more humor, which was nice.
Jul 17, 2013 Alida rated it liked it
Well...., ten things that I thought were real ended up biting the dust. But I'm glad that now I now better.
Jun 01, 2015 Amber rated it liked it
I am still a bit skeptical about some of the information presented in the book. I am not convinced that all of the myths were strongly debunked.
Jan 05, 2015 Rianna rated it really liked it
Great evidence-based medicine. And interesting, too. Every few pages, I found myself saying out loud to whomever was in earshot,"Did you know..."
Feb 12, 2012 Carrie rated it liked it
This is a great coffee table book.
Richard Martin
Dec 06, 2013 Richard Martin rated it liked it
In this case, "description" works fine.
Brittany Watne
Dec 15, 2013 Brittany Watne rated it really liked it
Great information about common health-related myths. An easy but interesting read.
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