Perhaps the toilet paper manufacturers were behind this notion. While regular Times readers will remember many of these topics, the newly casual tone of the discussions will either entertain or distract, depending on one's tolerance for anecdote. Can sex trigger a heart attack? No, you just happen to get less of it at night because you wake up more often. Although studies show that taking vitamin A can reverse poor vision due to a deficiency, it will not improve your vision or slow the decline of vision in people who are healthy. Does cranberry juice prevent urinary tract infections? Will you get more sick if you exercise while you have a cold? Those who think they are immune to poison ivy should know that sensitivity develops through repeated exposure. Do mosquitos really attack some people more than others? Pray hard and you'll survive.
Does the tryptophan in turkey really make you drowsy? Is it true that pregnant women should stay away from cats? But experts find no harm in a gentle plunge or casual play in the water pool or ocean soon after eating. So the scientist decided that by measuring nasal mucus velocity, they could determine the effectiveness of various treatments: A great mucus velocity meant a more effective treatment. Does keeping a wallet in your back pocket cause sciatica? Plain old Vasoline will do just fine. Over time he has kept track of the strange questions that he is asked and put the answers here in this book. Does alcohol really kill brain cells? It's a fast read and a fascinating book that tells the truth about some of the common myths, legends, and thoughts regarding health. Does chicken soup really help cure a cold? Do cell phones cause brain cancer? How about the chlorine in tap water¿is it safe? Two clues that you may need to drink more are thirst and the color of your urine, which should be clear like, well, water. And many, many questions that I never even thought to ask.
What about mixing different types of alcohol¿does it make you sick? I've long supported the medical adage: Put nothing smaller than an elbow in your ear. The New York Times's intrepid health reporter investigates the truth about sex, eating, exercise, and other health conundrums For more than two years, the New York Times's science and health columnist Anahad O'Connor has tracked down the facts, fictions, and occasional fuzziness of old wives' tales, conventional-wisdom cures, and other medical mysteries. No, it's based on surface area. A few chapters later is one on acne and how sugar and fatty foods don't lead to acne, but instead implicitly states that the hormones from milk could be doing it. Scratching does not spread the rash but can prolong it and cause an infection. Remember, nature has produced some of the most dangerous substances known, including arsenic and botulinum toxin. Is too much sleep bad for you? Do cell phones cause brain cancer? For anyone curious about whether to starve a fever or a cold, or whether stifling a sneeze will damage the body, O'Connor delivers yet another winning and irresistible collection of tips about our health.
Pain medication works best if taken at the first hint of pain, and may not work well at all if you wait too long. Is chicken soup really good for a cold? Can drinking coffee stunt a child's growth? Note: Contents data are machine generated based on pre-publication provided by the publisher. Lately a number of medical writers have taken on these commonplaces and old wives' tales. Before I had my arthritic knees replaced, I downed two ibuprofen tablets before every tennis match. Only carefully controlled clinical trials can assure the safety of a natural or man-made drug, and few natural substances have been tested in this way. For the reader of an inquisitive or sceptical bent, Never Shower in a Thunderstorm lays bare the truth behind the many myths about our health and the world we live in, including: Do tall people live longer than short people? Also, stop wasting money on antibacterial cream.
Breadth of questions addressed is good, but there were plenty of things I alr Writing is clear and easy to read, but unlike other books of this ilk that go a long way toward citing the many studies and other data for support, this one gives the evidence a cursory nod. It's a fast read and a fascinating book that tells the truth about some of the common myths, legends, and thoughts regarding health. Do cell phones really cause brain cancer? The search for better and more relevant information will hopefully direct us toward more non-animal research methods. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know whether or not their mother's directives were based in scientific fact or superstition. Is chocolate really an aphrodisiac? Does eating carrots improve your eyesight? Some are verified and some are debunked, though which is which may really surprise you. Although many people see pills as the answer to every ill, others avoid medications at all costs, much to their disadvantage.
Five of America's last eleven presidents were lefties, even though they make up only 10 percent of the American population. Never Shower In A Thunderstorm: Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths about Our Health and the World We Live In. Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. His conversational writing style is clever and engaging, as if talking with a witty friend over a coffee or beer. You'll actually be exposed to more watts from your cell phone.
It sounds ridiculous, but the British newspapers were soon reporting that the sudden increase in the number of downed German fighter planes was due to the huge amounts of carrots all Royal Air Force pilots were being fed. If you are concerned about unwholesome substances in your body, drink lots of water to help your body get rid of them. . Doesn't list references often and even contradicts some of his own conclusions. Do you need less sleep as you get older? Perhaps this would be better for those who want to get right to the yes or no of each debatable question, but for a paranoid conspiracy theorist such as myself, I'd have preferred much more proof in the form of large-scale studies. The author uses the latest data available, which can be a double-edged sword. Do chiggers burrow under your skin and die there? But experts find no harm in a gentle plunge or casual play in the water pool or ocean soon after eating.
How about birthdays¿are you more likely to have a heart attack then? Can having sex while you¿re pregnant induce labor? Can a shot of whiskey cure a toothache? How about talking on the phone? Probably not as running lessens your exposure time to the rain. Several of his answers actually caused me to laugh out loud and read sections to friends. Can you fight off a shark by punching it in the nose? Can flying increase the risk of a miscarriage? Yeah, a bibliography would be nice, but I'll tell you, this is a writer you can actually trust. Do bicycle seats cause impotence? Although many people see pills as the answer to every ill, others avoid medications at all costs, much to their disadvantage. For the reader of an inquisitive or sceptical bent, Never Shower in a Thunderstorm lays bare the truth behind the many myths a Ever been told that reading in bad light will damage your eyes? I have to admit, with only two chapters left, I was infoed out and had to read something else until my curiosity for facts picked up again. And chemists have produced medications that can control or cure many life-threatening ills. In fact, a couple of years ago, a young woman in Croatia was brushing her teeth when lightning struck her building and made its way to her faucet.
He investigates questions about human nature, germs, sex, sleep and other topics. No hard science or long-winded explanations of research here. No, unless you're swimming the Channel or something equally arduous. In 45 years of writing about medicine and health, I've heard more than my share of myths and misinformation, from the merely nonsensical to the downright dangerous. This book had a lot of useful information and questions that I had wondered about myself. His conversational writing style is clever and engaging, as if talking with a witty friend over a coffee or beer.