If you’ve gone to a mixer and been forced to play the game Two Truths and a Lie, you know the gist: Someone you’ve just met reveals three personal facts, with a catch: One is bogus. We’re putting a spin on this classic icebreaker to find out how well you can tell health fact from fiction. Check out each trio of “truths” below and see if you can spot the lie.
A. Rubbing your eyes is bad for you.
B. Chicken soup can help fend off the flu.
C. Cold weather will make you sick.
THE TRUTHS: (A) Mom was right—keep your fingers out of there. In some cases, prolonged pressure on your peepers may ultimately affect your eyesight. (B) Soup hasn’t been clinically proven to fight the flu, but the warm liquid has been shown to boost hydration and help clear mucus from the body, says Aaron Carroll, M.D., co-author of the book Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck That Way!
THE LIE: (C) “Colds aren’t caused by the weather: they’re caused by something humans pass off to one another,” Carroll says. Rhinoviruses, not degrees Fahrenheit, are behind runny noses, scratchy throats, and general cold-related misery. And for skeptics who think plunging temps compromise your immune system, the opposite appears to be true. “Researchers found that the immune system was stimulated when people were exposed to the cold,” says Carroll.