Fore Court Winter 2019

The 5-Second Rule Will Make You Sick 3 Health Myths You Probably Believe

bottled water is a safer alternative. However, in most circumstances, bottled water is no healthier than tap water.

We live in the golden age of information. The answers to many of life’s questions are just an internet search away. Despite this readily available wisdom, we still have a bad habit of believing health-related myths. Here are three popular health “facts” that are total works of fiction. THE 5-SECOND RULE KEEPS FOOD SAFE Obviously germs and bacteria don’t really wait five seconds to pounce, but snatching your chip off the floor fast keeps most of the germs away, right? Not according to a 2006 study published by Dr. Paul Dawson. He found conclusive evidence that when food comes into contact with a contaminated surface, bacteria are transferred immediately. Even one second spent on tile, wood, or carpet is enough to infest your food with salmonella or another serious contaminant. BOTTLED WATER IS SAFER THAN TAP WATER People seeking out safer water alternatives increases the sales of bottled “spring water” each year. However, bottled water is more expensive, bad for the environment, and, as Dr. Morton Tavel of the Indiana University School of Medicine pointed out, over 50 percent of bottled water is just filtered tap water. The same effect can be achieved with a home filtration system. Of course, if the tap water in your area has been contaminated,

CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS The connection between knuckle-cracking and arthritis came from studies where participants self-reported their habits. Modern medical research has shown these results to be false. The official stance from the John Hopkins Arthritis Center states, “There is no evidence that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in the joints.” Still, chronic knuckle-cracking can lead to reduced grip strength, so you might want to break the habit anyway.

You’ve probably heard these myths for years, but just because something is common knowledge doesn’t

mean it is true. With information so easily

available, always take the time to research the facts, especially when it comes to your health.


Small-group training has been going great. We have Ladies Lift with Kara, Men’s Fit with Adam, and Shed and Tread with Melissa, which started this month. All the groups are progressing well, and the response has been great. Pickleball is going great on Saturdays from 1–3 p.m. We had an instructional clinic on Feb. 9 with 14 people. Another clinic is scheduled this month. Reach out to Sandy Scott at for more information. Bryant University Division 1 Tennis has been awesome. They played Boston University on Feb. 9 and came out victorious at 6-1. Senior Mark Kuhar is now ranked No. 77. On Feb. 24, the Bryant Ladies had a match against Hofstra.

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