MEDICAL MYTHS YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE
1. Chocolate and fried foods cause acne.
When oil glands under the skin produce too much of a waxy oil called sebum, which the body uses to keep skin lubricated, pimples form. They're most likely caused by hormones, but stress and heredity also come into play.
2. Coffee will sober you up.
Once alcohol is in your system, no other liquid -- be it coffee, soda or water -- will sober you up. Only your liver can do that job.
3. Cold weather will give you a cold.
Viruses cause colds, not the weather. You catch a cold by inhaling airborne droplets after an infected person coughs or sneezes, shaking hands with someone who has a cold or touching a surface, such as a light switch, door handle or remote control, that harbors cold germs.
4. Too much sugar makes kids hyperactive.
Although you do want to restrict high-calorie sweets because they offer little nutrition, they won't make your child hyper. They will give a short-term energy boost, but that's not the same thing as hyperactivity.
5. Don't swallow gum because it takes seven years to digest.
Of the four ingredients in gum -- flavor, sweeteners, softeners and gum base -- the first three are digestible. But gum base is not, so it comes out the other end pretty much intact in about two to three days.