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#31 Axman

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:34 AM

If you are drunk and want to sober up, you should eat bread because it will "soak up" the alcohol...



Cayenne pepper is supposed to counteract the effects of alcohol also. I don't drink so I never tried it. :clap:
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:48 PM

Unbelievable Gas Mileage


"a friend of mine, friend of a friend, so on and so forth" Buy a brand new car and instead of getting the miles per gallon reported by the dealer. (lets just say 20 miles per gallon) they find there wonderful new purchase getting some ridiculous number of mile's, 200 pr gallon.
They then stupidly call, write to or even go in person to tell the manufacturer how happy they are. The manufacturer asks if they can examine the vehicle to "verify" this clam. The customer get's there car back only to find there wonderful new car is the same as all the rest, getting its pitiful 20 miles to the gallon.


This story does vary, some claim that they hear the hood of there car slamming shut in the middle of the night, and the next day there car only gets the 20 miles per gallon.

It is always... "they took something out" "they made some mysterious adjustment"



I've heard this one but the topic is medical myths.




I know its not a Medical Myth. But it is an Urban Legend.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:56 PM

How about the Life cereal Kid "Mikie"

Him supposedly dyeing when he ate pop rock candies and drank soda at the same time.


That was my favorite candy for a while when I was a kid.

LOL try containing the foam when you mix em in your mouth,. :clap:

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 10:14 PM

I know its not a Medical Myth. But it is an Urban Legend.

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Yes, but the topic is urban legends and myths relating to medical. We don't want to stray from the original topic.

From the OP...

Anyway, let's share some of the medical urban legends that you have heard.


Ah. Well... I attended Juilliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT... NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY... NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I'm qualified? --BeetlejuiceI'm the ghost with the most, babe.--BeetlejuiceWe've come for your daughter Chuck--Beetlejuice

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 08:09 PM

If you are drunk and want to sober up, you should eat bread because it will "soak up" the alcohol...



Cayenne pepper is supposed to counteract the effects of alcohol also. I don't drink so I never tried it. :Spaz:

I've actually heard that you're supposd to eat carbs with your booze... something about how it metabolizes. That and strong black coffee. I've never tried it... Never been drunk. Underage (only 19) and i already look and talk like a drunk... Hate to see me drunk. Plus can't mix "good" pain meds and alcohol.
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 08:16 PM

the one my grandma told me before was if you shave your eyebrows off they'll never grow back.



Or that if you wear wigs your real hair will all fall out.
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Posted 02 June 2008 - 06:38 PM

Or that if you wear wigs your real hair will all fall out.


It all depends on how often a wig is worn. If a wig is worn frequently it could cause the hair to thin out. Same could happen to those who frequently wear hats/caps.

Since I'll only wear wigs for costuming, I don't have that problem. My mom has worn wigs for most of her life (she admits laziness in doing up her own hair), she has incredibly thinning hair and bald spots making a wig necessary.

I used to be a licensed cosmetologist in CA back in the day. :ghost:
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 05:57 PM

the one my grandma told me before was if you shave your eyebrows off they'll never grow back.



Or that if you wear wigs your real hair will all fall out.


Ive worn berets, military helmets and ballcaps all my life. Judging from the lack of hair on the back of my head....I can absolutley say thats true...lol

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:00 PM

If you are drunk and want to sober up, you should eat bread because it will "soak up" the alcohol...



Cayenne pepper is supposed to counteract the effects of alcohol also. I don't drink so I never tried it. ;)


Having been a medic and in the medical industry since Adam was a boy, I can tell you that nothing will affect the effects of alcohol either before, during or after intoxication. The only thing that best to do for the intoxicated is to make them sleep. Save the coffe, pepper and salad because it with not change things. BTW: I have no clue how carns will help because most alcohol are carbs.

What really scares me today is how medical myths and old wives tales that can actually hurt folks.
You would not believe how many burn calls we get and when we get on scene the patients tell us that they or a loved one put butter on the burn to make it feel better. I always want to ask them what veggies they were serving with the burned appendage. NEVER, I repeat NEVER put butter on a burn. The reason the burn hurts is that the skin is stil cooking and cold water is the only thing that will stop the burning action. You know what is happening when you take a steak off the grill and it is still sizzling? It is still cooking, just like the hand you just burnt.

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Edited by Henry D, 07 May 2009 - 04:02 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:25 PM

If you are drunk and want to sober up, you should eat bread because it will "soak up" the alcohol...



Cayenne pepper is supposed to counteract the effects of alcohol also. I don't drink so I never tried it. ;)


Having been a medic and in the medical industry since Adam was a boy, I can tell you that nothing will affect the effects of alcohol either before, during or after intoxication. The only thing that best to do for the intoxicated is to make them sleep. Save the coffee, pepper and salad because it with not change things. BTW: I have no clue how carbs will help because most alcohol are carbs.
In the hospital environment, intoxicated patients are put on a "Banana Bag" which is delivered via IV and contains saline, thiamine, B12, folic acid, magnesium sulfate, MVI and dextrose. The folic acid gives it the yellow color hence the name.

What really scares me today is how medical myths and old wives tales that can actually hurt folks.
You would not believe how many burn calls we get and when we get on scene the patients tell us that they or a loved one put butter on the burn to make it feel better. I always want to ask them what veggies they were serving with the burned appendage. NEVER, I repeat NEVER put butter on a burn. The reason the burn hurts is that the skin is still cooking and cold water is the only thing that will stop the burning action. You know what is happening when you take a steak off the grill and it is still sizzling? It is still cooking, just like the hand you just burnt.

Best Regards!

HenryD
Bellingham, MA




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