Truth or fable? Dr. Oz has debunked a lot of myths over the years. Find out the real deal behind common misconceptions.
Medical Myth #1: Gum takes 7 years to digest – and it'll stick to your stomach.
The Verdict: Myth! Most people empty their stomach within a half hour to 2 hours after eating, including gum. Gum base is insoluble, meaning our bodies don't possess digestive enzymes to break it down, just like the fiber base of raw vegetables, corn and popcorn kernels. And Mom was wrong: It can't stick to your stomach wall. Gum travels the same path as food and is excreted in your poop. Not convinced? Just look for it in the toilet!
Medical Myth #2: The G-spot exists.
The Verdict: Truth! The G-spot seems elusive, but it's located behind the belly button, about 1 to 2 inches along the front vaginal wall. If you wonder what it feels like, use your thumb to feel the roof of your mouth. That rougher ridged area just behind your teeth is similar to what the G-spot feels like.
Medical Myth #3: Memory loss is inevitable with age.
The Verdict: Myth! While normal predictable memory changes occur as we age, most people maintain their memory through the years. Starting in your late 20s, your hippocampus – the part of your brain responsible for memory – shrinks an average of 1% a year as memory cells shrivel up and die.
The good news: Shrinking is reversible. Exercise your memory cells with mental tasks that can save your hippocampal cells. Or, better yet, help your brain grow new cells. A recent study found that juggling isn't just a trick – it can actually make your brain bigger! Just 15 minutes of juggling a day can result in a significant increase in your brain's gray matter. But like a muscle, you have to practice it regularly to benefit or you'll lose what you've gained.