By Wanjek C.
"Christopher Wanjek makes use of a take-no-prisoners procedure in debunking the outrageous nonsense being heaped on a gullible public within the identify of technology and drugs. Wanjek writes with readability, humor, and humanity, and at the same time informs and entertains."-Dr. Michael Shermer, writer, Skeptic journal; per 30 days columnist, medical American; writer of Why humans think bizarre ThingsPrehistoric people believed cedar ashes and incantations may well treatment a head damage. historic Egyptians believed the center used to be the heart of idea, the liver produced blood, and the mind cooled the physique. the traditional Greek healthcare professional Hippocrates was once an important fan of bloodletting. this present day, we're nonetheless stricken by numerous clinical myths and misconceptions. undesirable medication units the checklist directly through debunking extensively held but fallacious notions of the way the physique works, from chilly remedies to vaccination fears.Clear, obtainable, and hugely wonderful, undesirable medication dispels such clinical convictions as:* you just use 10% of your mind: CAT, puppy, and MRI scans all turn out that there are not any inactive areas of the mind . . . now not even in the course of sleep.* Sitting too as regards to the television motives nearsightedness: Your mom was once flawed. probably, an already nearsighted baby sits with reference to see better.* consuming junk foodstuff will make your face get away: pimples is attributable to lifeless dermis cells, hormones, and micro organism, now not from a pizza with every little thing on it.* in the event you do not gown warmly, you are going to trap a chilly: chilly viruses are the genuine and in basic terms explanation for colds.Protect your self and those you're keen on from undesirable medicine-the mind you keep will be your individual.
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