Medical myths debunked!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Do you believe eating at night makes you fat? Or that you lose most of your body heat through your head? Guess who believed them too? Your doctor. Dr. Rachel Vreeman, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, knew about the enduring legacy of these old wives' tales, so she and a colleague set out to debunk the more popular medical myths. Her findings were just published in the British Medical Journal. She joins The Takeaway to discuss these medical myths.


Dr. Rachel Vreeman


Kent DePinto

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Regarding poinsettias, Dr. Vreeman said that they are not poisonous to humans, but that's not exactly the issue Adaora mentioned... she asked about pets.

The ASPCA and other animal groups have often warned about keeping poinsettias away from pets. Although the plants are not deadly, the ASPCA says they can produce "mild to moderate" gastrointestinal symptoms. This "may include drooling, vomiting and/or diarrhea" (in other words, the same problems Uncle Bo exhibits when he drinks too much rum-and-eggnog).

So while poinsettias aren't poisonous to pets, a puking puppy or a kitty with the runs can definitely dim holiday cheer.

Dec. 19 2008 09:48 AM

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