Author Archive for Bob Grant

Five Damaging Myths About Alcohol

Fermented beverages have been with us since time immemorial—and so have alcohol myths. Let’s look at a few persistent and painful ones.

As with any topic that people spend a lot of time discussing, myths about alcohol are rampant–even in this day and age, when we should know better. You’re probably carrying around a few yourself. Some are simply misinformation; but some can be dangerous if you don’t know better.

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Four Stressful Myths About Stress

Sometimes it seems like we swim through a sea of stress. But don’t let these myths about stress make your life even more difficult.

We’ve all faced our fair share of stress, from the cranky boss to the rigors of illness–and we’ve heard plenty of myths about stress, too. But how do we separate the fact from fiction? Well, let’s take a closer look at what we think we know about stress.

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Some Myths About the QWERTY Keyboard, Part II

Most modern English keyboards use the classic QWERTY configuration. Ever wonder why?

Just about everyone who uses an English-language keyboard recognizes QWERTY. It’s the “word” formed by the first six letters on the top letter row. Exceptions to this configuration do exist, but they’re rare.

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Some Myths About the QWERTY Keyboard, Part I

Ever wonder why nearly all computer keyboards have a layout with QWERTY starting the top letter row? Here are a few myths and facts on the subject.

Just about anyone who’s ever typed recognizes QWERTY: it’s the “word” for the first six letters on the top letter row of a keyboard, pronounced pretty much as it sounds. That makes it unique and unmistakable. But if you’re like Your Humble Writer, you may wonder why the keyboard isn’t in alphabetical order instead.

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Exposing Myths About Ionic Foot Baths

The cutting edge of medicine is fraught with misunderstandings, which may explain all the myths about ionic foot baths. Here’s the truth about three.

Myths about ionic foot baths are common nowadays, especially in the online world. This is no real surprise: purveyors claim that these baths produce negative ions that enhance cellular function. Bold claims, especially of the medical variety, often generate a plethora of myths and misinformation.

However, there’s no question that energetic foot baths can be invaluable in medical detoxification processes. Patients often use them to detox from Lyme Disease, as well as liver, kidney, and colon problems, and they can even help patients readjust their sleep patterns.

Let’s take a look at a few of those misleading myths.

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The Truth About Seven Common Mental Health Myths, Part II

Most of us labor under a number of misconceptions about mental health. In this two-part article, we take on seven of the most common.

In Part I, we provided the real deal on four of the most common mental health myths. Unfortunately, TV, movies, and other media have painted a very negative picture of mental health problems, with their plethora of psychopaths, sociopaths, and violent schizophrenics.

While such people do exist, the vast majority of individuals with mental illnesses aren’t dangerous; nor are they weak-minded, as some people think. Mental health issues are often real diseases with physical causes, which is why they respond well to medical treatment.

Now: let’s look at three more damaging myths about mental health.

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The Truth About Seven Common Mental Health Myths

Mental health is a far more complex subject than most people realize, so let’s work at busting some of the more common myths.

Mental health tends not to be discussed in polite company, which is no doubt why so many myths surround it. Unfortunately, these myths can be very damaging to those they’re directed toward, as well as their families.

In this two-part article, we’ll tackle seven of the more common mental health myths, and hopefully help dispel them.

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Some Sticky Myths About Peanut Butter

Mmm. Peanut butter. It’s a staple in most households. But is what you know about it true? Find out here…

Most of us grew up eating peanut butter, and let’s admit it: we still eat it all the time, even as adults. It’s tasty, it’s cheap, and it’s good for you, right? Well, the first two are true enough, but that last one can be argued (and we’ll argue it). Good old PB does have its myths, so let’s take a look at a few.

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Medicare Myths You Should Know the Truth About

If you’re a Baby Boomer or a loved one is, it’s best to know and understand the truth about Medicare myths before facing them head on.

As of 2013, we’ll have an estimated 73 million Baby Boomers in America alone…and many are starting to get their first tastes of Medicare myths. Some have already joined Medicare, the government’s medical insurance program for the elderly, swelling its ranks to almost 50 million.

Baby Boomers include everyone born from 1946 to 1964, so almost 25% of the population (!) is aged between 49 and 67. As you can see, the number of people on Medicare will more than double in the next 15 years, so it’s important to understand Medicare’s reality.

Today, let’s bust a few of its most prominent myths.

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Common Myths About Peanut Butter and Bird Feeders

For years, peanut butter and bird feeders went together almost like a PBJ. Then came the warnings about how peanut butter is bad for birds. What’s the truth?

Recently, you may have heard dire warnings about how peanut butter and bird feeders are a dangerous mix. Well, if you’ve been worried, calm down. While the warnings are well meant, they’re based on erroneous assumptions. Peanut butter is actually good for birds.

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