A man has survived on pizza alone for 25 years. Beyond the fact that his diet is completely horrifying, he also has diabetes and frequently gets low blood sugar.
Before antibiotics, patients with syphilis were sometimes purposefully infected with malaria. This was because the bacteria that causes syphilis doesn’t fare well at higher temperatures (a blistering fever is a side effect of malaria).
For those who have trouble sleeping researchers say that 1 week of camping, without electronics, resets our biological body clock and synchronizes our melatonin hormones with sunrise and sunset.
Lack of exercise kills roughly as many people as smoking does.
A Green Bay Packers fan used to donate blood often to afford tickets to games. He learned later on that he had a potentially fatal blood disease that was preventable through blood donation. He had unknowingly been saving his life the entire time.
In a 2008 Duke study, patients received painful electric shocks. Afterwards, $0.10 cent placebo pills alleviated pain for 64% of study participants. $2.50 placebo pills reduced pain for 85% of participants. So it is: expensive placebos work better than cheap ones.
America’s oldest veteran, age 107, doesn’t take medicine, smokes cigars, and takes whiskey in his morning coffee.
During Prohibition, the U.S. Treasury Department authorized physicians to write prescriptions for medicinal alcohol. Licensed doctors advised their patients to take regular doses of hooch to stave off a number of ailments—cancer, indigestion and depression among them.
Scientists think there is a link between our improved sanitary habits and the increase in allergies and auto-immune disorders because our immune systems are looking for something to fight.
Edwin Robinson suffered a severe head injury in a 1971 road accident and gradually lost his sight and hearing. On 4 June 1980, he was struck by lightning outside his house in a suburb of Portland, Maine. He survived, because of his rubber-soled shoes, but remained unconscious for 20 minutes. On regaining consciousness, he found that his central vision was back and that he could hear perfectly well without his hearing aid (which had been burnt out by the lightning).