The Most Common Misconceptions About Getting Sick, Debunked

In the latest installment of Mental Floss' debunk-tastic series Misconceptions, Elliott Morgan serves up factual counterpoints to ten of the most common misconceptions about getting sick. It's all in here – from food poisoning myths to false notions about the common cold.

For my money, the most interesting myth on this list is the one on whether exposure to cold temperatures contributes to one's catching cold. People have been looking into this relationship for decades. In fact, the most recent findings on the matter were published just last month.

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I'd suggest visiting the great website "bad science dot net" It is a website by a Brit, Dr. Ben Goldacre, who "is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more." Nice resources on the use and abuse of science.