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How are you feeling? Chances are something’s wrong with you,  a survey showed that the average person feels “perfectly healthy” just 12 days a month.  It’s no wonder that people cling to so-called “old wives tales” regarding well-being.

The survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the probiotics company Probiogen revealed that 51% of those polled say they believe at least one of those age-old saws, while 64% of respondents have tried a home remedy for some ailment or other.

49% believe “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but there’s no proof that particular fruit staves off visits from your physician.  But, diets that feature fruits and veggies DO improve your health.

39% of respondents believe swallowed gum takes seven years to digest; 45% say sleeping with wet hair causes a cold;  41% believe that chocolate causes acne and 42% say cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis. All these are false.

42% don’t believe the old adage that carrots are good for your eyes, even though that one happens to be true: Carrots are high in vitamin A, which is essential for eye health.

Of course, many commonly-held beliefs have some truth to them: 55% believe milk builds strong bones, but while calcium is important to bone growth, milk’s not its only source.

Another example: Forty-seven percent say drinking orange juice or eating chicken noodle soup can cure a cold.  While it’s true that both contain components that can make us feel better, neither of them can “cure” your runny nose.

So eat your apple, drink your orange juice, slurp that hot chicken noodle soup… Mom and Grandma did know best for most things.  Maryann Morgan – Joel and Maryann in the Morning