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T.C. Robson - reviewed Never Shower in a Thunderstorm: Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths About Our Health and the World We Live In on + 147 more book reviews
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Got poppy seeds in your system? Yeah, it may not be a good idea to take a drug test.
It is this and many other myths and wanderings that New York Times columnist Anahad O'Connor tackles in Never Shower in a Thunderstorm. This entertaining page-turner sheds light on some of the past centures' most popular wives' tales, including the healing powers of Mom's chicken soup, the caffeine content of tea and coffee, the germs actually spread by a toilet seat, and the actual, uh, 'aphrodiasicality' of Spanish fly. And yes, the morphine in poppy seeds really can help you fail a drug test. No morning bagels for you!
And the myth surrounding the May release's title? You'd better take that to heart. O'Connor provides bushels full of recorded studies and facts to back up his discoveries, and often the truth behind the tale is surprising and unexpected. O'Connor's slightly personal approach to his analyses makes the read light and enjoyable while presenting science-laden explanations for folklore and fables that have long circulated throughout history. (Sitting up straight? Not so good for your back, believe it or not.)
If you're interested in dispelling that family-inherited an-apple-a-day logic, pick up this book and give it a once-over. And no, tea freaks - the green version of your preferred beverage has not been proven to block any cancers. My apologies.