5 Surprising Holiday Health Myths

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Many supposed holiday hazards are as innocuous as a tepid mug of apple cider. An assessment article in today’s problem of the British Medical Journal cites five fears that may officially be crossed off the vacation worry list.

Myth 1: Sugar makes kids hyperactive.

«There were more studies upon this than on many drugs,» said article author Dr. Aaron Carroll of the Indiana University School of Medicine, «which show there is absolutely no link between sugar and hyperactivity.» Even if the youngsters are «sugar sensitive» or have attention-deficit disorder, he continued, sweets usually do not change their behavior.

Parents may think their kids are more chaotic after candy and other treats but «it really is within their heads,» said primary author Dr. Rachel Vreeman, of the Indiana University School of Medicine also. She pointed to a scholarly study that told parents their kid was slurping a sugar-loaded beverage, when the drink was essentially water. The parents reported the youngster going bonkers when objective observers thought otherwise, she said.

Myth 2: Suicides increase over the holiday season.

The elements is woeful, the relatives are melancholy and rude moods abound. «But unlike what a lot of us think, suicides are more prevalent actually, around the global world, of year that are warmer and sunnier during times,» Vreeman said. This article also cites a 35-year study conducted in the usa showing that holidays — including Christmas, the Fourth of July and birthdays — are not favored times to take one’s life.

Myth 3: Poinsettias are toxic.

Shooing your dog or child from the perilous plant of holiday cheer? Allow hollering subside. The American Association of Poison Control Centers includes a record of 22,793 cases of human poinsettia ingestion and zero led to significant poisoning. Ninety-six percent of the poinsettia-eaters didn’t even have to see a medical expert, Vreeman said. And rats that gobbled several hundred grams of the pureed flower, the same as a human eating 500-600 poinsettia leaves, did fine just. Still, it’s better to call the poison control center when any non-food plant is eaten, she said.

Myth 4: You lose the majority of the body heat through your mind.

Your mother said it. Every hat salesman touts it. The U Even.S. Army Field Manual claims «40 to 45 percent of body heat» is lost through the top, the researchers write in this week’s article, nonetheless it is simply incorrect. Body heat leaves from any skin surface compared to the region exposed, said Vreeman. As for individuals who claim a hat renders shorts acceptable in winter? «Those individuals are being very, very foolish,» Carroll said. «There is nothing special about the top.»

Myth 5: Eating during the night enables you to fat.

While eating late during the night has been connected with obesity, midnight munching will not cause obesity. «You shouldn’t hesitate to have that late night snack any longer when compared to a mid-day or mid-morning snack,» Carroll said. This article, citing several studies, shows that Santa’s jolly belly may be the consequence of many calories overall too, the evening not merely the holiday treats laid out for him in.

Carroll and Vreeman’s book «Don’t SWALLOW DOWN YOUR Gum: Myths, Half-truths, and Outright Lies About YOUR SYSTEM and Health» will be published in ’09 2009 by St. Martin Press.

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5 Surprising Holiday Health Myths