Health Myths From Aaron Carroll

August 2, 2011
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Lessons from Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck That Way: and 75 Other Health Myths Debunked as interpreted by Austin Frakt:

Lessons from Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck That Way: and 75 Other Health Myths Debunked as interpreted by Austin Frakt:

  • Aloe Vera will heal a burn. True.
  • The door handle is the dirtiest fixture in the bathroom. False. The floor is. Duh!
  • Air dryers keep your hands cleaner than paper towels. False. They blow bacteria all over the place.
  • Celery has negative calories. Kind of true, if you include the energy needed to pass the cellulose it contains.
  • Raw eggs will give you salmonella. False. It’s the shells and only 1 in 30,000 eggs is contaminated.
  • Tilt your head back to stop a nose bleed. False. Bad idea.
  • Vomit after swallowing something poisonous. False. Bad idea. It is not helpful.
  • You should stretch before you exercise. False. Not helpful.
  • Don’t get vaccinated when you are sick. Some degree of truthiness. However, for mild illness, it’s fine to get vaccinated.
  • You should uncover a wound at night to let it air out. False. It’ll heal faster if it is covered, even all night.