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9 Health Myths To Stop Stressing About (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/03/2011 7:09 am EST   Updated: 05/25/2011 6:20 pm EDT

In the old days, health misinformation would spread slowly. Not today. "The Internet has given people the ability to send everyone on their email lists wild stories that end up mushrooming around the world in a matter of hours," says Rich Buhler, creator of, a website devoted to debunking false email rumors. But relax: Most of those health scares hitting your inbox are a misreading of facts or a deliberate twisting of the truth.

Drink Eight Glasses Of Water A Day
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In 1945, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board told people to consume eight glasses of fluid daily. Before long, most of us believed we needed eight glasses of water, in addition to what we eat and drink, every day.

The Truth: Water’s great, but you can also whet your whistle with juice, tea, milk, fruits, and vegetables -- quite enough to keep you hydrated. Even coffee quenches thirst, despite its reputation as a diuretic; the caffeine makes you lose some liquid, but you’re still getting plenty.
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