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Old Wives' Tales: True or False?

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  • “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is just one example of the many old wives’ tales that may influence your health
  • Given their popularity and the reality that some of them are pure myth, I recommend you always take time to check out the facts behind these timeless tales, especially the health-related ones
  • Separating medical fact from fiction is just one more way you can take control of your health
  • Regardless of what the old wives say, when it comes to taking care of your body, there is no substitute for eating well, exercising regularly and getting plenty of high-quality sleep; start today

By Dr. Mercola

Given their unflagging popularity, you have very likely heard of or applied a few old wives' tales to matters of health, perhaps without checking to see if the advice was true or false. Based on two articles published in Reader's Digest, I am highlighting eight tales that dispense some type of medical advice. Separating fact from fiction with respect to these timeless tales is just one more way you can take control of your health.


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