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55 Rampant Health Myths That Need to Die

Reader's Digest Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 55: 'Perception versus reality can cause people to report things that simply aren't true. For example, if you ask a study participant 'Does alcohol warm you up?' the answer may very well be yes. But, that's not what's really happening in your body. Alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the skin and making you feel warm. But in reality this causes you to actually <a href='http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/avoid-hypothermia-and-frostbite/1'>lose body heat faster</a>. ' —Matthew Amsden, expert in research protocol and analysis and CEO of <a href='http://proofpilot.it/'>ProofPilot</a>

Myth: Alcohol warms you up

Your mother lied to you: Carrots will not improve your eyesight.

'Perception versus reality can cause people to report things that simply aren't true. For example, if you ask a study participant 'Does alcohol warm you up?' the answer may very well be yes. But, that's not what's really happening in your body. Alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the skin and making you feel warm. But in reality this causes you to actually lose body heat faster. ' —Matthew Amsden, expert in research protocol and analysis and CEO of ProofPilot

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