Under the Tree: Medical Myths

Recent study debunks seasonal misconceptions
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2008 6:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Bending and breaking under holiday stress? Relax! The British Medical Journal has bah-humbugged six holiday health myths, the New York Times reports:

  • Night eating makes you fat: Calories are calories. When you eat doesn't matter; it's what you eat.
  • Poinsettias are perilous: Reported cases of human poinsettia consumption: 22,793. Significant poisoning cases: 0.

  • Sugar makes kids hyper: The link is all in parents' minds.
  • Suicides spike: People more often take their own lives in warm weather.
  • Put on a hat to stay warm: Heat doesn't escape through the head any more than it escapes through other exposed body parts.
  • The hair of the dog cures a hangover: The only effective measure is a preventive one—abstention.