What Do You Believe ...
by David Siegel
Count how many of these statements you generally believe to be true ...
o Stretching before exercise is measurably beneficial.
o Taking supplemental vitamins, or a multivitamin, is beneficial to your health.
o People taking statins shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice.
o Taking antioxidants provides measurable benefit to overall health or longevity.
o It’s important to get enough calcium, to prevent bone problems.
o All men should get tested for prostate cancer by age 50.
o Pregnant women should not consume alcohol, not even a glass of wine a day.
o The CDC immunization program for infants has been shown to be beneficial.
o Eating dark chocolate is good for you.
o Dental fillings made of mercury have been shown to cause health problems.
o Children should drink cow’s milk to build up their bones.
o Everyone should be sure to get enough vitamin D.
o Left side of the brain is more analytical and quantitative; right side is more creative and linguistic.
o Vitamin C helps prevent colds.
o Resveratrol, one of the components of red wine, can help you live longer.
o Vaccine preservatives can increase a child’s likelihood of getting autism.
o Most antidepressant medications approved by the FDA are effective.
o A low-fat diet is beneficial for most people.
o A low-carb diet is beneficial for most people.
o A low-protein diet is beneficial for most people.
o A salad or other daily fiber added to the diet contributes to good health.
o It’s healthier to eat organic foods than conventional food.
o Adults should get a checkup every five to ten years.
o You should try to get at least a certain minimum amount of protein in your diet.
o People who want to lose weight should consume fewer calories than they burn.
o A calorie-restricted diet or one that includes fasting is good for you.
o There is a scientific basis for homeopathic medicine.
o Children who eat sugar become hyperactive.
o Regular flossing helps prevent tooth decay.
o No two fingerprints are exactly alike.
o Investors with 5+ years of beating the market are likely to continue to do so.
o Successful businesspeople have qualities that unsuccessful businesspeople don’t.
o An education will pay for itself in future earnings.
o According to the World Health Organization, the United States is in the top 25 of all countries ranked by life expectancy of their people.
o According to the UN, the United States ranks in the top 15 of all countries with lowest infant mortality.
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