Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dr.Aaron Carroll & Dr.Rachel Vreeman
Penguin - NZ$28.00

If my much-loved and much-missed Mum was still alive I would be posting this book off to her in Gisborne. So many of the health myths and half-truths she believed and passed on to us kids are dispelled in this totally fascinating book.
Myths about our bodies, especially how we contract and treat ailments, about what we eat and drink, and about babies and children are all dealt with in a straight forward, breezy, humorous and practical way in this quirky and entertaining book.

Here to whet your appetite are just a handful of the myths dispelled:

Cold or wet weather makes you sick
You can get a hernia by lifting something heavy
You lose most of your body heat through your head
Sugar makes kids hyper
Eating grapefruit burns calories
You should wait an hour after eating before going swimming
Fluoride in water is dangerous
You'll ruin your eyesight if you read in bad light
You need to drink eight glasses of water a day
You only use 10% of your brain

There are plenty many of them did your Mum believe?

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