FALSE: Some folks in India swallow live fish to stimulate coughing and to “clean the esophagus” and cure asthma. Must be an interesting feeling to have a live fish swimming around one’s stomach! Of course this doesn’t work. h/t to Happy Hospitalist
TRUE: More and more Muslim women are having their hymens restored so that they will appear to be virgins on their wedding night. I wonder about those women who are born with small or nearly absent hymens? Will they be punished? And what about the men who made the women non-virgins? This NYT story is quite upsetting.
TRUE: The media misrepresents health information 2/3 of the time. Fewer and fewer people are willing to take the time to get a story straight. When perception is nine-tenths of reality, science and truth are in jeopardy.
TRUE: Marijuana smokers enjoy lax laws in Mendocino County, California. It’s legal to keep up to 2 pounds of marijuana and 25 live plants in one’s home. How much marijuana does one really need for medical purposes?