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Diga Adeus Aos Mitos!

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  318 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews

The truth behind all those weird and worrisome things you think about your body---EXPOSED!

Face it---you have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet you still believe “facts” about your body and health that are just plain wrong. Don’t Swallow Your Gum! takes on these myths and misconceptions and exposes them for what they are. Inside these pages, the

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Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 2010 by Editora Guerra & Paz (first published January 1st 2009)
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karen
Jul 27, 2009 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfictions
i think everyone should read this book. and while it is full of useful things to know (like which more expensive drugs are exactly the same as cheaper versions or that you dont need to drink all that water you are drinking) there are some things that i am too stubborn to stop doing. like putting butter on my burns. it makes me feel better, even if it "doesnt help" and is "actually worse for the burn". i dont care - i dont want to know. and im still going to eat anything that falls on the floor. ...more
Lisa
Feb 25, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wackynonfiction
Spoiler Alert...

Most things are a myth.

Love,
Lisa
Michelle
Jun 17, 2009 Michelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book is actually written by a very close friend of mine. He is one of the brightest individuals I know. We had a blast listing to some of the ideas for the book and hearing his thoughts along the way. I have only heard great things about it, but haven't read it myself yet. I am going to his book signing tonight and then will report back...
Efox
Jul 20, 2011 Efox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever thought "I need to drink 8 glasses of water a day" or "Nexium is so much more effective than Prilosec" or "eating a banana will make mosquitoes like you more." The authors of the book go through these and other common myths and facts of common health care tips. It's broken up into how we get diseases (hint, they're not from bad weather or having wet hair in the cold) myths about our bodies (that hand size trick ladies. . .) pregnancy, babies an ...more
Amanda
Jul 24, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I LOVE books like this. Being a lover of trivia, I look forward to books that debunk(or prove) popular myths, not only for my presence of my mind(I don't have to worry about my head being uncovered), but because of the humorous way these doctors often present the facts. Don't Swallow Your Gum is a really good example of this. Drs. Aaron and Rachel succeed in pointing out the stupidity of believing in these myths without making you feel stupid and offer lots of good research to back their op ...more
Jenny
Jul 27, 2011 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading the article when they released their findings in Dec 2007. And I also remember that's where I learned that poinsettas are fine and that you don't lose any more heat from your head than you do from any exposed part of your body. Also that it is a myth that we only use 10% of our brains. It was a quick read and the only other thing I learned was that sometimes pharmaceuticals are very bad: like changing the colour of the green Prozac pill to pink, call it Sarafem and charge more ...more
Gwen
Mar 19, 2015 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: The Incidental Economist
Shelves: well-being
A breezy, easy-to-read debunking of many medical myths. The authors have clearly done their research (complete with 50+ pages of endnotes!) and make compelling arguments, but very little in here is surprising if you're a regular reader of Carroll's Incidental Economist site or The New York Times' health section. I already knew most of these before reading the book, but I have high hopes for the next two books in the "series": Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked and Don't Cr ...more
Brandon
Oct 13, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fun book that introduces and concludes different myths about health and how the body works. It tells what people have said about the myth, and then says if what they think is either true or false by giving scientific evidence with experiments people have taken.
Obviously, this a non-fiction book of facts, so you're not going to find a huge story with one giant meaning that all ties together. Although, don't get me wrong this book has enjoyable, fun facts that give you checkpoints to
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Lora
Feb 04, 2010 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Besides the fact that I pet sit for one of the author's pug, this is really quite informative and entertaining. All those things your mother told you were true, all those things you learned in the halls of your middle school... yeah, it's probably in here. This isn't dry and boring either - definitely quite entertaining. :)
Bunny
Apr 04, 2010 Bunny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-10
I love useless trivia. I love semi-useless trivia. And I love things that bust myths, even if I've never seen a certain show.

So how on earth could I have been as bored to tears as I was by this book? Seriously. Even their attempts to interject humor made me cringe and flip the page.

Horrid.
Charli
Sep 15, 2009 Charli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
All those body and health myths and half-truths are exposed - everything from the relationship between foot and penis size to gum stays in your stomach for seven years - with numerous delightful scientific commentary. Well researched with tons of documentation, but not dry or fussy in any way.
Katherine
Dec 05, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of those terrifying facts you learned at middle school sleepover parties are wrong. You probably know that already, but this book explains the scientific evidence that shows how wrong those facts are. One of my favorite chapters is about the unstoppable urban legend that strangers hand out poisoned candy on Halloween. It's probably the longest chapter and for good reasons -- the myth will not die. (That they needed to debunk the idea that vaccines cause autism is incredibly depressing.) My ...more
Starr
Apr 09, 2010 Starr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Short and interesting. Does green mucus mean a sinus infection? Do you lose all your body heat through your head? Do antibiotics really effect birth control pills? In one to 4 pages, these types of questions are addressed through scientific data.
Gemma
Mar 25, 2010 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness! The average human being does NOT swallow 8 spiders a year.

I can now sleep in peace.
Lucas Healey
Nov 23, 2014 Lucas Healey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Aaron Carroll and Dr. Rachel Vreeman have written one of the greatest science books. The book Don't Swallow Your Gum! maintains the reader's attention by telling past experiences and how the things mentioned in the book can be related to the reader. This book made me laugh whilst also connecting to what I was reading. I don't get that feeling very much when reading nonfiction.

Don't Swallow Your Gum! tells the truth about myths frequently told about the human body, often correcting them. The
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Chris
Aug 09, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting facts that shattered a lot of myths.
Gavin Yee
Dec 16, 2013 Gavin Yee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erikka
Feb 05, 2016 Erikka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love any book that says "Remember that thing you've always heard about (fill in random old wive's tale or folk myth here)? Well, it's complete bulls**t." I HATE folk lore, I HATE people who take everything as it's told to them with no thought or consideration, and I HATE ignorance. I read this book and just kept thinking "there are people I know that I want to smack in the face...with this book."

Some of my favorite stupid beliefs that they totally debunked:

--Vaccines cause autism (no freaking
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Runa
Jun 19, 2013 Runa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its ...more
Whitney Garrett
Aug 18, 2014 Whitney Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I really enjoyed this book. The book is full of short snippets answering whether a widely believed medical fact is true or myth. The authors site their research and use well-researched studies.

If you'd like to see what Aaron Carroll is like to see if you'd like to read the book, he hosts a channel on youtube called Healthcare Triage.
Louisa Keron
It was a decent book. The issue with it is that you could just read the title of each section and then skim the rest. Honestly, you aren't missing much if you do that. There were attempts of humor which was good, but it didn't feel natural. It was as if they read the book once they were done, decided it was too dry and sprinkled jokes in it.
Ash
Feb 23, 2016 Ash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
entertaining, but don't buy it unless you plan on passing it along, not the type of thing that would hold your interest more than once.
Roberta
May 30, 2014 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and informative.
Tom Kammerer
Expected more
Eunice
May 18, 2014 Eunice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such learning
Michael
Mar 23, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book and it is written is a entertaining and casual style. It is good to hear about the real science (or lack of it) behind the common and frequent advise you often get. Some of my favorites are how the myth of 8 glasses of water a day got started, looking at the 5 second rule and the lack of any evidence that anyone has ever poisoned Halloween candy. Also, since it is in short articles about various subjects, it is perfect for sporadic reading.
Bethany
Quick, easy read. If you're looking for a skimming book, both in its ability to be picked up at any point and skimmed, as well as a book that skims the surface of a topic, this is the book for you. Each myth is touched upon in just one, maybe two pages (and in some cases, just one paragraph). If you're one that likes an in depth description of studies, this perhaps is not the book for you, but it's a good overview in an attempt to debunk common myths.
Bibliobabe
ok, a few interesting things, but overall not exceptional
Shannon
Nov 13, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if the main reason I enjoyed this book, was because is dispelled so many old-wives tales about your health that I've been told throughout the years. Or if the scientist in me just enjoys learning new things like this. But this was a must read. I'll never again put hydrogen peroxide on a cut. Just have to convince those around me that its a bad idea...
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