You Should Poop at Least Once a Day: True or False?



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There are a lot of old wives' tales about your health. Which should you believe? Two doctors—Aaron E. Carroll, M.D. and Rachel C. Vreeman, M.D.—have answered that question in their new book Don't Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.

I haven't seen the book yet, but it sounds like a lot of fun. Tara Parker-Pope addressed eleven health myths in her blog Well. Based on that, I've put together this little quiz.


Answer True or False:

1. Cold weather makes you sick.

2. Green mucus indicates a sinus infection.

3. You lose most of your heat through your head.

4. Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.

5. Milk makes you phlegmy.

6. Birth control pills don't work as well when you're on antibiotics.

7. Single people have better sex lives than married people.

8. Sugar makes kids hyper.

9. It's okay to double dip in the chip dip.

10. Food quickly picked up off the floor is safe to eat.

11. You should poop at least once a day.


If you answered False to all of these statements, you are correct! All of them are medical myths that many of us believe, but aren't true. Repeat after me: Sugar does not make kids hyper.

For the explanations, click here.

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Peajewel Peajewel

I was not sure about 2 or 6 but I got all the other ones right!

auror... aurorabunny

I only have beef with may not HAVE to poop daily, but you sure as heck will feel better if you do!

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

Amen to that aurorabunny. Oh I wish I was more regular! TMI, I know.

zombi... zombie_mommy

Drinking 3 cups of coffee helps the pooping once a day. 

auror... aurorabunny

Nothing about poop is TMI.  There's far too much poop going on in my house for it to ever be TMI, it's just a part of my daily life.  LOL.

I bought a bumper sticker that says "I'm a vegan and I poop 3 times a day, MINIMUM" and slapped it on my car.  So obviously I have no problem announcing my toilet habits to the entire world.

shann... shannon.kay

I'm going to have disagree with number 5. Milk definitely makes me phlegmy.

Lumin... LuminousMom

me too shannon.. they can say all they want that its a myth but I do not drink milk or use dairy on a regular basis (Im a soy girl) and when I DO, I am phlegmy instantly.

manco... mancosmomma

I got 10 out of 11 right!  Yahoo!

nonmember avatar Annie

The dispensing information accompanying many antibiotic prescriptions states that if one is using oral contraceptives then it is necessary to use a back-up form of contraception while taking the antibiotics. Additionally, my internist has told me that she has had patients get pregnant while taking both certain antibiotics and oral contraceptives. And, in medical school, I was taught the same thing.

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