Thursday January 7, 2010 | Swallowing Gum & Other Medical Myths

January 6, 2010 at 9:38 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

Don’t swallow your gum or you will get sick. If you pluck a grey hair, more will grow back in its place. If you eat something, wait an hour to go swimming. If you’ve heard these bits of medical and health advice over the years it’s time to tune in to Charlotte Talks. Guest host Chris Clackum sits down with two doctors who are out to dispel every myth, half-truth and outright lie about your body and health. They’ve written a book about their findings called Don’t Swallow Your Gum. Join us for a fun and informative hour that will give you a new perspective on many old tales of health and beauty.
Dr. Aaron Carroll
– Co-Author and Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics and Director of Professionalism Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Rachel Vreeman – Co-Author and Asst. Prof. of Pediatrics, Children’s Health Services Center for Health Policy and Medicine Research, Indiana University School of Medicine

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  3. I drink lots of seltzer water, 2-5 per day and have for years. I’ve heard from a few people that the carbonation is BAD. I don’t buy it, do you?

  4. So often its not a matter of a myth being a myth as much as a slight misstatement or an over-simplification of the casual link

    The connection between vaccinations and autism is in the mercury preservative used in vaccinations. Some kids who have autism are highly susceptible to low-level mercury. Lower levels than the most of the rest of us can deal with. When these low levels of mercury are reduced through chelation therapy, the symptoms of autism will also reduce to the point of non-existence.

    The five second rule was confirmed by an episode of “Myth-busters”.

    Cold temperature, or more accurately, rapid temperature change from warm to cooler (like even getting out of an 80 degree swimming pool into the 72 degree air, for people with “vasomotor rhinitis”, causes an excessive and chronic production of mucus, which can lead to sinus infections and when mucus blocks the eustachian tube, causes middle ear infections.

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