The old wives of the world have been telling their tales for years without consequence, but this year we confronted their misinformation in our weekly debunking of common health myths. Does wearing a hat really cause baldness? Does cracking your knuckles actually lead to arthritis? Can you ever catch up on missed sleep? Some of the answers may surprise you. Click through to get to the bottom of this year's top 15 health myths.
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The Top 15 Health Myths
Does Swallowed Gum Stay in Your Body for Years?
If, as a kid, you ever fell into a wide-eyed and frenzied panic after accidentally swallowing a piece of grape Bubble Yum—scared that you were destined to live with a purple lump in your stomach for seven years—consider this: Gum will not stay in your body for even seven days, let alone a year.