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5 Surprising Holiday Health Myths
Live Science ^ | 17 December 2008 | Robin Nixon

Posted on 12/17/2008 9:25:27 PM PST by CE2949BB

Many supposed holiday hazards are as innocuous as a tepid mug of apple cider. A review article in the current issue of the British Medical Journal cites five fears that can officially be crossed off the holiday worry list.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: christmas; health; holiday; myths; science
Myth 1: Sugar makes kids hyperactive.

Myth 2: Suicides increase over the holidays.

Myth 3: Poinsettias are toxic.

Myth 4: You lose most of your body heat through your head.

Myth 5: Eating at night makes you fat.

1 posted on 12/17/2008 9:25:27 PM PST by CE2949BB
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To: CE2949BB
Myth 3: Poinsettias are toxic.

Well crap! After I spent all that money.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/17/2008 9:44:05 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: CE2949BB

“Myth 5: Eating at night makes you fat.”

Actually, this one is true in most cases. If you also sleep at night like most people do, it does make you fat.


3 posted on 12/17/2008 9:46:02 PM PST by babygene (It seems that stupidity is the most abundant element in the universe)
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To: babygene

I’ve found that, with age, it is a big mistake to eat within a couple of hours of going to sleep.

I have nightmares, or wake up with terrific heartburn, or both!


4 posted on 12/17/2008 9:49:46 PM PST by Gigantor (Sunni or later, shiite happens...)
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To: Gigantor

I sure understand that one.


5 posted on 12/17/2008 9:56:38 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: CE2949BB
Many supposed holiday hazards are as innocuous as a tepid mug of apple cider.

Depends, is it made by Dickens Fruit Stand?

6 posted on 12/17/2008 9:57:30 PM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin is what Willis was talkin' about!)
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To: CE2949BB

I do not believe that the contents of this article are true.


7 posted on 12/17/2008 10:19:46 PM PST by devere
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To: babygene
Actually, this one is true in most cases. If you also sleep at night like most people do, it does make you fat.

It's true under certain circumstances. Here they are: If you have a fixed amount of food per day that doesn't exceed one's total caloric need, you won't get fat no matter what time you eat it. If you eat something at night, you're likely to end up eating more than your total caloric need.
8 posted on 12/17/2008 10:35:36 PM PST by aruanan
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To: TigersEye

Sugar always made Nic wild. So I don’t trust that myth that it doesn’t. And I know many depressed people around the holidays. Joe’s brother tried to kill himself on Christmas Eve & so has Renee, so I am not buying that one either.


9 posted on 12/17/2008 10:37:13 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: CE2949BB
Myth 3: Poinsettias are toxic.

I know for a fact they are not.

I brought home a few, that were about to be trashed, from work, hoping to plant them outdoors. They survive just fine here in Florida and a lady down the street has a huge one the size of a large bush that looks great every year.

Instead of a watch-dog, I have "watch geese".

Anyone familiar with them will tell you that they are very good watch-critters and very aggressive with strangers...nobody seems to be prepared to deal with "watch geese". In my case, I have three, Larry, Moe and Curly. Larry and Curly are ganders (male) and Moe is a goose (hen/female) and they work as a team/ The moment you set foot inside my front gate, you are under goose surveillance and are being sized up for a confrontation and they will not hesitate to attack with beaks and wing-slaps if they don't recognize you.

Late at night, after passing inspection being permitted to enter my property with six discarded poinsettias a couple nights after Christmas, I set the potted plats outside to deal with the next morning.

By the next morning, the geese had eaten them down to stems and I was preparing for the worst. But both the geese and the poinsettias survived the ordeal...neither turned out to be toxic to the other...case closed.

10 posted on 12/17/2008 10:44:07 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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I had Toulouse geese on my farm in Southern Minnesota a few years ago. Some things I learned:

1. You can call the bluff of an aggressive goose by walking toward it waving your arms. But they are actually very easy to catch and hold. Once captured, they calm right down and just hang out. Until they poop on you.

2. The old adage "loose as a goose" is NO JOKE. We wound up fencing in our dooryard and leaving the rest of the place to the geese because they were pooping on the doorstep.

3. Geese poop while they sleep. (See 2 above)

Would I have them again? In a heartbeat, but they would be prey here (foxes, coyotes), and keeping them through a long Alaskan winter without proper shelter is not an option. I'd have to fence in my deck, though...

11 posted on 12/17/2008 10:52:53 PM PST by redhead (If you want real PEACE, work for PROSPERITY.)
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To: pandoraou812

All five of those things are true.


12 posted on 12/17/2008 10:58:42 PM PST by TigersEye (Mohammed licks my shoes but the Allah won't come off.)
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To: aruanan

“It’s true under certain circumstances. Here they are: If you have a fixed amount of food per day that doesn’t exceed one’s total caloric need, you won’t get fat no matter what time you eat it. If you eat something at night, you’re likely to end up eating more than your total caloric need.”

It’s more complex than that. If you take identical twins and feed 1/3 more calories to one it’s not going to make him (or her) weigh 1/3 more, though he or she may have more fat. It has to do with metabolism. Your metabolism slows down when you are sleeping. Your body doesn’t need as much when you are sleeping so it stores it as fat, and does not make you less hungry in the morning,


13 posted on 12/17/2008 11:00:05 PM PST by babygene (It seems that stupidity is the most abundant element in the universe)
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To: CE2949BB
Their "Myth 4: You lose most of your body heat through your head," is disproven by the subsequent text in the article: "Body heat leaves from any skin surface in proportion to the area exposed." Hmmm, holiday "myths" article written for the (northern hemisphere) winter holidays...well, unless one is a Polar Bear and a nudist, during this season people tend to wear cold-weather clothing that covers all but the hands and head. Hands are often garbed in gloves, or shoved into convenient coat pockets...so the head would, in fact, be the maximum exposed skin area, and most body heat lost would perforce be from the head. Sheesh - what a stupid article!

PS: Poinsettias are poisonous, though not to any worrisome degree for most species - but are HIGHLY poisonous to cats, so keep the felines away from these plants.

14 posted on 12/17/2008 11:08:55 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: babygene
It’s more complex than that. If you take identical twins and feed 1/3 more calories to one it’s not going to make him (or her) weigh 1/3 more, though he or she may have more fat. It has to do with metabolism. Your metabolism slows down when you are sleeping. Your body doesn’t need as much when you are sleeping so it stores it as fat, and does not make you less hungry in the morning,

It's really no more complex than that. Your body has a total caloric need over the space of 24 hours. If you exceed that, you have a net increase in stored energy. Since the prime storage mode is fat, consistently exceed caloric need will result in getting fat. Most people who weigh 30 pounds more when they're 50 than when they were 20 have gained this weight by tiny increments over the decades. The amount is very, very small increase of about 10 kcals/day. Or, put it this way, if you were to reduce your daily caloric intake by 150 kcals (the amount in one small, plain, cake doughnut), over the course of a year you'd lose about 15.5 pounds of body fat. It's all a matter of energy absorbed versus energy expended.

As far as morning hunger goes, if you don't eat anything after 7PM, you'll be a LOT hungrier in the morning than if you had a meal late in the evening.


15 posted on 12/17/2008 11:15:46 PM PST by aruanan
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To: TigersEye

If you say so ....However I wish I could have sent a 5 yr old Nic to you so you could have seen for yourself what he was like. When we took sugar away he was better. He wasn’t happy but we had some peace of mind. We were told to put him on Ritalin but refused.


16 posted on 12/17/2008 11:15:53 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: aruanan
Since the prime storage mode is fat, consistently exceed caloric need will result in getting fat.

Since the prime storage mode is fat, consistently exceeding caloric need will result in getting fat.
17 posted on 12/17/2008 11:17:03 PM PST by aruanan
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To: pandoraou812

I wasn’t disagreeing with you. I said all of those so-called myths are true. They are only myths if you parse and fudge and employ lots of sophistry.


18 posted on 12/17/2008 11:22:22 PM PST by TigersEye (Mohammed licks my shoes but the Allah won't come off.)
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To: pandoraou812

Oops, I misstated my intention. What I meant is that none of those things are myths. The article is bunkum.


19 posted on 12/17/2008 11:24:54 PM PST by TigersEye (Mohammed licks my shoes but the Allah won't come off.)
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To: TigersEye

Ha I think I made you confused by wanting to send you Nic. WEFG...Don’t worry he is too old now but there is always Sassy & she would love to visit her Uncle TE!


20 posted on 12/17/2008 11:28:17 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

Gee, that would be nice. Unfortunately I live in a van down by the river. A one room van. ;^)


21 posted on 12/17/2008 11:33:34 PM PST by TigersEye (Mohammed licks my shoes but the Allah won't come off.)
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To: TigersEye

Liar, liar pants on fire! Hmmm Sassy is going to cry if she reads this.


22 posted on 12/17/2008 11:35:07 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: aruanan
you'll be a LOT hungrier in the morning

No matter what I do, I don't like to eat in the morning.

23 posted on 12/18/2008 2:54:26 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: pandoraou812
Sugar always made Nic wild. So I don’t trust that myth that it doesn’t. And I know many depressed people around the holidays. Joe’s brother tried to kill himself on Christmas Eve & so has Renee, so I am not buying that one either.

I saw smoke once and there wasn't a fire. I put in a stitch in time once and it didn't save nine. I know a guy who went to bed early and got up early but he never became healthy nor wise.

24 posted on 12/18/2008 2:58:17 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: capt. norm
We also had a gaggle of geese roaming the yard they sure kept the Jehovah's wittiness's away had a car full pull into the yard the geese ran out after them the minute they stepped out of the car laughed my a$$ off they never came back.
25 posted on 12/18/2008 3:21:57 AM PST by bikerman
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To: Right Wing Assault
No matter what I do, I don't like to eat in the morning.

Immediately upon rising or any time before noon?
26 posted on 12/18/2008 10:08:44 AM PST by aruanan
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To: aruanan
Immediately upon rising or any time before noon?

I usually need a couple hours or so before food appeals to me. Then I am OK. I've been that way all my life. Never wanted an early breakfast. But I DO love to eat the rest of the time. I have a couple bowling balls of extra weight right now. I tend to lose it when the days get longer.

27 posted on 12/18/2008 12:44:51 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: Right Wing Assault

“Believe none of what you read and half of what you see”


28 posted on 12/18/2008 1:45:36 PM PST by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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