32 Longstanding Health Myths That Need to Go Away

Some of these crazy health myths are downright dangerous, while others are just bizarre.

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Biggest health myths of all time

by Maria Masters

About 80 years ago, the world watched in horror as Scarlett O'Hara fell down a flight of stairs and lost her baby in Gone With the Wind. And ever since, you've probably thought that a tumble like that could trigger a miscarriage. Well, probably not, says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Sometimes, it's hard to remember where we've heard some surely well-intentioned piece of health advice. But whether you get most of your info from a juicing roommate, online blog post, or even your parents, chances are that you believe something you shouldn't. But now we're setting the record straight. Here are 32 myths about women's health, nutrition, weight loss, fitness, conditions, and sleep that you should stop believing now.

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