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Myth or Fact?

1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

2. Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

3. Antiperspirant Causes Breast Cancer

4. Being Cold Gives You a Cold
5. You Need a Daily Multivitamin
6. Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight
7. Green Mucus Means Infection
8. Sugar Makes Kids Hyper
9. A Toilet Seat Can Make You Sick
10. Cracking Joints Causes Arthritis

 How much interest do you take in the issue of health? Do you buy health-related
 Do you think that men and women have different ideas about health?
 What kind of exercise - if any - do you do, and how often do you do it? What
effects does it have on you?
 How many hours do you sleep at night? Do you think that you sleep too much or
not enough?
 What is the best way to deal with stress?
 Do you think that going down to the pub is a good way to deal with stress?
 What would you recommend to treat a hangover?
 What do you think of homeopathic or holistic medicine?
 Do you think that pets have a positive or negative influence on people’s health?
 Do you think that computers might be bad for people’s health? In what way?
 Many people in western societies are worried about their weight. Do you feel
they are right to worry for health reasons or are they just obsessed about their
 Do you consider yourself a hypochondriac? Do you know anybody who might be
considered one?
 How often do you catch a cold?
 Many people say that if you become cold you can catch a cold. Do you agree - or
do you think that you can only catch a cold if you are infected with a virus?
 What treatment would you recommend to a person who has a cold?
 If someone has a cold should they struggle in to work or school and infect
everybody or should they be lazy and stay at home?
 Are you allergic to anything? What effect do your allergies have on you?
 How do you feel about needles?
 How often do you visit the dentist?
 What do you think of cosmetic surgery? Do you know anyone who has had
cosmetic surgery? Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?


 Have you ever:

o Broken a bone.
o Had a black eye.
o Lost a tooth.
o Burned yourself.
o Had any stitches.
o Sprained your ankle.
o Fainted.
 If so - what happened?

Health serviceedit
 Do you have a national health service in your country? It so, which parts are free
and which parts do you have to pay for?
 In the USA some quarters resist the idea of government-funded health-care.
What do you think is the basis of this resistance?
 How long do you usually have to wait to be treated by the state?
 What do you think about people paying extra money to jump queues to get
hospital treatment?
 Do you think (or suspect) that people who work for the health service get better
free treatment than those who do not? If so, what is your opinion of this
 What is your opinion of your doctor?
 In some countries, the average time a doctor spends with a patient is eight
minutes. What do you think are the consequences of this?
 In some countries, doctors are criticized as being mere "prescription writers".
What is your experience?
 Have you ever spent time in hospital? What was the problem?
 How would you feel if you had to go to a hospital in a foreign country?
 What is your opinion of alternative medicine?
 Do you think doctors prescribe too much medication?


 What part - if any - do you think that diet plays in illness?

 How important is having a good meal program?
 How many portions of fruit and vegetables do you eat every day?
 Do you think it is necessary for healthy people to take additional vitamins or
mineral supplements?
 Do you know any vegetarians? What are the arguments for and against?
 How often do you eat fast food? What is your opinion of fast food?
 We are often assured that our food is “safe”. Is all food “safe”? Is any food
 Which do you think is the most dangerous for your health:
o Ten cigarettes every day.
o Half a bottle of wine every day.
o Regularly eating genetically modified food.