DiBartolomeo Law Offices - January 2019

MOM REALLY DOES KNOW BEST 3 Wives’ Tales Proven True

and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the-counter flu medications. Some studies show that regular consumption of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet.

“Make a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.” You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true.

Heartburn Means a Hairy Baby

It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd are legitimate. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth.

Joint Pain Predicts the Weather

Garlic Cures Colds

Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints.

For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system

DO I HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY CASE? Answer These 3 Questions to Find Out

2. Were your injuries caused by someone else’s negligence?

After a serious accident, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to receive financial compensation to help pay for any injuries you sustained. Many people who have suffered an injury don’t know if they should file an insurance claim, a personal injury lawsuit, both, or nothing at all. Before you spend money to consult with an attorney, you need to understand that even if you were badly hurt in an accident, you still might not have a viable personal injury claim. To help you find out if you have a case, you should be able to answer “yes” to the following three questions: This question might seem silly or obvious, but it’s important to understand the nuances of personal injury before trying to file. By definition, a personal injury can be physical and/or psychological damage to the human body. For example, if you broke your leg after slipping in a restaurant, you have suffered a personal injury. In the same way, if you suffer from insomnia, severe anxiety, or depression after a drunk driver hit you, you have experienced a personal injury. 1. Did you suffer a personal injury?

The law defines negligence as the failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same circumstances. In order to have a personal injury claim, your injuries must have been the fault of another person or entity.

3. Do you have recoverable damages?

In order for your case to go to court, you must have suffered personal or financial harm that can be paid back to you. The term for this compensation is “money damages.” Some of these damages are economic (lost wages and medical bills), while others are noneconomic (pain, suffering, and diminished quality of life). If you have been injured, be sure to contact our office at 503-325- 8600 to discuss your case. We will answer all your questions, help you find your best options, and get you the help you need and deserve.

The Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C. 1139 Exchange Street | Astoria, Oregon | 503-325-8600 | www.JoeDiBartolomeo.com

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