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"Christopher Wanjek makes use of a take-no-prisoners process in debunking the outrageous nonsense being heaped on a gullible public within the identify of technological know-how and medication. Wanjek writes with readability, humor, and humanity, and at the same time informs and entertains."-Dr. Michael Shermer, writer, Skeptic journal; per thirty days columnist, medical American; writer of Why humans think bizarre ThingsPrehistoric people believed cedar ashes and incantations may possibly medication a head harm. historic Egyptians believed the center used to be the guts of concept, the liver produced blood, and the mind cooled the physique. the traditional Greek medical professional Hippocrates was once a huge fan of bloodletting. this present day, we're nonetheless stricken by numerous scientific myths and misconceptions. undesirable medication units the checklist directly via debunking broadly held but unsuitable notions of ways the physique works, from chilly therapies to vaccination fears.Clear, obtainable, and hugely pleasing, undesirable medication dispels such scientific convictions as:* you simply use 10% of your mind: CAT, puppy, and MRI scans all end up that there aren't any inactive areas of the mind . . . now not even in the course of sleep.* Sitting too just about the television reasons nearsightedness: Your mom was once unsuitable. probably, an already nearsighted baby sits with regards to see better.* consuming junk nutrients will make your face escape: zits is because of lifeless dermis cells, hormones, and micro organism, now not from a pizza with every little thing on it.* should you do not gown warmly, you will trap a chilly: chilly viruses are the genuine and merely explanation for colds.Protect your self and those you like from undesirable medicine-the mind you retailer can be your individual.
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