For 20 years I’ve been telling my mom that you can’t get a cold from sitting under the air conditioner. I almost had her 8% converted if it weren’t for that darn SpongeBob SquarePants episode when SpongeBob caught a killer cold by, yup… sleeping with the air conditioner on.
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 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 of whether those old wives tales you hear about are true or false. 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 BS, as I’ve seen some of these references on more than 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. Nope, not even after 2 glasses of wine.
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.