I am not a medical doctor nor do I play one on TV, but this article by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times had me scratching my head.
A few of the myths debunked in the new book Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman, were not a big surprise. Others, like #5, “Cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis,” left me feeling a little embarrassed for all the times that I had told others not to crack their knuckles because it will cause arthritis.
And after reading #11, “Food quickly picked up from the floor is safe to eat,” ruined one of my favorite sayings: “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”
Knowledge always makes you stronger. Please read all eleven. You may also stop worrying about the cold weather making you sick.