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Health Myths

Some wacky remedies and bits of bizarre-sounding health advice persist because they actually work. Find out what makes this weird health information curiously correct.

Weird Fact Toothpaste can clear up a breakout.

What's Behind It The paste is drying and absorbs oil, so it can help zap zits, particularly whiteheads, says Audrey Kunin, M.D., associate clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. But choose wisely: Avoid bleaching varieties because they contain hydrogen peroxide, which can burn skin, Dr. Kunin warns. And red pastes, gels, or other formulations with cinnamon can be irritating.

Weird Fact Eating poppy seed muffins can make you fail a drug test.

What's Behind It Opiates like morphine and codeine come from poppy flowers, so the seeds do contain small amounts of each, says Michael Zimring, M.D., director of the Center of Wilderness and Travel Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. If you're up for a drug screening, stick to sesame seed bagels for at least 2 days before the test.

Weird Fact Your purse spreads dangerous diseases.

What's Behind It A researcher at the University of Arizona found that the bottoms of handbags harbored nasty germs that can spread infections and cause diarrhea. Contamination likely occurs when you place your purse on the floor. Swab your bag weekly with disinfectant wipes and hang it from hooks in restrooms and other public places.
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