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(Presumably) peer-reviewed medical myths that just won’t go away


From Robin Nixon, Elizabeth Peterson and Karen Rowan at LiveScience:

Despite what you may have heard, drinking eight glasses of water a day isn’t the key to good health. Also, neglecting to wear a coat on a cold day won’t make you sick. And — you might want to sit down for this — pregnancy doesn’t last nine months.

Health-related myths are often repeated as fact, even though any diligent Google search will reveal the truth behind these fallacies. Here are 26 of the most common medical myths, debunked. More.

Advice from O’Leary for News: Until the blizzard of politically motivated drivel clears, for safety, when in doubt, doubt. If it sounds unbelievable, don’t believe it. Leave your charge card and your voter registration at home. Eventually, we will end up with scientifically reasonable advice. It will probably involve epigenetics, not Darwinism. = Maybe someone needs to glug down eight glasses of water a day but if you never thought it was you, maybe it isn’t. Let’s stay tuned, learn more about ourselves.

See also: The skinny on salt, veggie oil, skim milk, whole foods. Nutrition science is nearly baseless but it rules. Did many people get rich off awful food? More to the point, is it okay to even ask?

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