Dr. Mehmet Oz debunked some common health myths children have on the March 28 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Kids Bust Health Myths Their Parents Told Them").
Dr. Oz's guests were a group of rambunctious, articulate boys and girls, who examined the following health myths:
1. Does cracking knuckles cause arthritis? No. Dr. Oz said this is a myth. While cracking your knuckles has no health benefits, it won't damage your joints. The cracking sound your knuckles make is merely gas buildup in the joints.
2. Is tipping your head back the best way to stop a nosebleed? No. This is another myth. The best way to stop your nose from bleeding is to lean forward and pinch your nose.
3. Is applying ice the best way to treat a burn? No. Dr. Oz said this is a myth, and said you could actually harm yourself by applying ice to a burn, which could lead to frostbite, causing the skin to crack. The best way to treat a burn is to run cool water over it for 10 minutes.
4. Does estrogen cause moodiness? Yes. Dr. Oz said the hormone estrogen is responsible for some of the mood swings their moms sometimes experience. Weight-loss expert Jorge Cruise, author of Happy Hormones, Slim Belly, told Dr. Oz a carb-cycling diet can ease hormone swings and boost mood.
5. What is the longest organ in the body? The intestines, at 26 feet long, are the longest organs in the body.
6. Can you damage your ears by using a Q-tip? Yes. Dr. Oz said recklessly using Q-tips can harm your ears and damage your hearing. Dr. Oz recommended using a couple of drops of baby oil to melt earwax. Rinse your ear our with warm water after applying the baby oil.