Quiz: Can You Bust These Health Myths?
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Can You Bust These Health Myths?
By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

There is so much conflicting research available, you may not be sure whether it's safer to follow your mom's advice or take the advice of health and fitness experts. For instance, have you been told that stretching before a workout is all that's needed to warm up? If so, that's a myth. Muscles should be warm before a stretch, or you'll increase the risk of injury. Today, fitness experts recommend beginning your workout with a brief warm-up, such as a brisk walk, to start the blood flowing to the muscles before stretching.

Yes, it's confusing. Just think of how many reports have come out on the evils and benefits of coffee in the last ten years alone. Research shows this dark liquid protects you against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease while also irritating your stomach lining. However, everyone does agree that it's a myth that coffee can make you sober. Nothing but time can reduce the alcohol level in your blood stream. 

It's hard to sort through the truth or falsity of myths, but it's easy to take this quiz. We'll even give you a hint: what sounds like good advice probably isn't with today's latest research. Go on, see how you do. The truth is out there. 


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You need to drink eight cups of water a day to be healthy. True or false?
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Smiling is the secret to happiness. What's the verdict?
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If you're a big egg eater, hold onto your heart, that kind of eating is bad for you. What's your take on this myth?
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It's recent news, but is it true? Is there a link between antiperspirant and breast cancer?
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As you age, you chill out. True or false?
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This one makes sense, but is it true? Being cold gives you a cold.
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Find someone like yourself to marry. True or false?
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You start the day with a multivitamin. Good for you! Or is it good for you?
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Excuse us for being gross, but is it true that green mucus means an infection?
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If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. Scientifically, is this good advice?
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The birthday cake and ice cream have been devoured. You now have hyperactive kids, right?
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Eating chicken soup helps your cold or flu. Is that myth true or false?
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You may hate the sound when someone cracks their knuckles but is it bad for them? Will they get arthritis?
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Did your mom tell you that you need to start your day with a nutritious breakfast? Is she right?
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Water conducts electricity. True or false?
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Most people undergo a midlife crisis, right?
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For women, heart attacks don't always come with chest pains. True or false?
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Gum takes seven years to digest. True or false?
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Carrots improve your vision. What's your thoughts on this?
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Keep your wound covered to stop scar tissue from forming. What's your take on this?
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Wrinkly fingers means it's time to get out of the water, right?
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Don't read in low light, it will hurt your eyesight. What do you think about that?
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High blood pressure is a "silent killer" because there are no symptoms.
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Swimming after eating causes cramps. What's the verdict?
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Lean your head back if you have a nose bleed. That's what you would do, right?
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"Always take your antibiotics, all of it." Did you hear your mother's voice in that advice? Is she right?
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Kids lose most body heat through their head. What do you believe?
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Getting the flu shot will give you the flu. Does that sound right?
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You can be scared to death. Is that true?
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It's important to keep a person with a concussion awake for the first four to six hours. What's your take on this?
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Whether you run on a treadmill or pavement makes no difference to the wear and tear of your knees. True or false?
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Six-pack abs for women are the height of physical fitness. Agree or disagree?
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Working out for the first time and not feeling any pain? Your activity level is perfect. Right? Or... wrong?
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You have to break a sweat to get a good workout. What's the bottom line on this one?
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Every few months you should do a detox to help clean out the toxins in your system. What's your stand on this?
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