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Mrpb
08-22-2016, 01:45 AM
Pretty good read: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/49-health-facts-youve-been-told-all-your-life-that-are-totally-wrong/all/

Most of it seems to be spot on. The milk one is controversial. And I'd say a fatty meal before drinking can make you less drunk.

ankmiike
08-22-2016, 02:00 AM
Ah, I love I F**king Love Science.
I used to follow her when she just had a facebook page. I was there for the launch of the website. But, I haven't followed it for a long time.
I'm glad to see that site again.

Thanks for posting this article :)

gbullock32
08-22-2016, 02:03 AM
Disagree with chocolate not being an aphrodisiac.

Ever get chocolate covered strawberries, or do a chocolate/fruit fondue for a date? Almost guaranteed to work every time. Gotta play that romantic card. Also that placebo effect on those who do not know it...

Heisman2
08-22-2016, 02:06 AM
Just scrolled through. Most of those are spot on. Regarding milk, I'm pretty sure vitamin D does actually help with fracture prevention in a subset of the population (one of its few benefits): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26951286 and I recall reading microwaves can be dangerous if you are close enough to the source (like 2 inches away or so, so practically microwave ovens are not dangerous). I agree with all of the others.

Mrpb
08-22-2016, 02:29 AM
A fatty meal before alcohol consumption slows the down the absorption of alcohol as they mention. Because of that you can get less drunk.

3maj
08-22-2016, 02:32 AM
Was nodding along for all of them until I came to the vitamins one. For real?

Mrpb
08-22-2016, 02:40 AM
Was nodding along for all of them until I came to the vitamins one. For real?

It's a bit exaggerated but it's a fair point. The scientific data on vitamin supplements does not look good.


Regarding milk, I'm pretty sure vitamin D does actually help with fracture prevention in a subset of the population (one of its few benefits)

Vitamin D does, but does milk help with fracture prevention? Afaik the answer is no.

Heisman2
08-22-2016, 03:00 AM
Vitamin D does, but does milk help with fracture prevention? Afaik the answer is no.

It's mixed evidence for milk for sure, possibly related to some milk being fortified with Vitamin D while other milk isn't. There isn't really strong evidence that calcium supplementation aids fracture risk to my knowledge (though some studies suggest it). I was more responding to their comment on the Vitamin D supplements. For anyone curious, nice review on milk here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0828282X16000052

Mrpb
08-22-2016, 03:22 AM
Well milk does help with building and retaining muscle mass, so in that regard it does the body good.

Gxp23
08-22-2016, 04:17 AM
Had to stop reading before I had a nose bleed.

Who actually believes some of this stuff? Are people really so stupid?

jdrush
08-22-2016, 04:27 AM
Actually disagree with pregnancy brain. It's a real thing, my wife can't remember crap right now and she messes up words.

mike33511
08-22-2016, 08:49 AM
Actually disagree with pregnancy brain. It's a real thing, my wife can't remember crap right now and she messes up words.

Same. My wife is currently pregnant, as well, and her memory is noticeably worse.

I also think that milk "does a body good," even if it doesn't help with fracture prevention.

ankmiike
08-22-2016, 09:36 AM
Was nodding along for all of them until I came to the vitamins one. For real?
Most vitamin research can be summed up in one word: "meh," followed by a dozen references. The most we can say is that a basic, inexpensive multi-vitamin, taken daily, can't hurt, and might help in some minor way.
Even with a multi, you might not get enough vitamin D & Magnesium because to account for them, the pill would have to be the size of a horse suppository.

Mrpb
08-22-2016, 09:55 AM
Supplementing Vitamin A and E seems to increase mortality.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17327526
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419320

Multivitamins appear to be neutral.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23255568

This is just a quick search, there's probably a lot more to find.

Heisman2
08-22-2016, 09:58 AM
Regarding multivitamins: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1789253

boo99
08-22-2016, 10:49 AM
Good read Mrpb, thanks

grouchyjarhead
08-22-2016, 12:53 PM
I still stick to the 5 second rule. Especially if it's meat.

CBrien35
08-22-2016, 02:31 PM
Interesting article. However, I think milk is better for you than some other beverages and its a great way to get extra protein and calcium.
About the 5 second rule for food dropped on the floor. If it's something I want I eat it anyway. I'm still alive.

Kewbrah
08-22-2016, 03:10 PM
Lift heavy and don't take a multi.