An old wives' tale, an urban legend -- call it what you will, but you've all heard them. Be it from your mom when you were ill, from your friends while sitting around a campfire, or from a story you've been told about an unbelievable hangover cure, they usually are just that -- unbelievable. More often than not, these health myths are rooted in superstition, folklore or paranoia, and often fail to have even a wisp of truth to them. They continue to pervade through society even now, giving overactive imaginations something to worry about. Their effects are often far-reaching, particularly in terms of medicine and home remedies, but they can actually become quite dangerous. We'll dispel some of the health myths and also see if the age-old adage is true: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

A word of advice, though: If you are concerned about your health in any way, don't rely on what anyone tells you other than your doctor; even then, if you aren't sure, get a second opinion.

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