Men's Health put together a list of strange, but supposedly TRUE health tips to help cure some of the smaller ailments you may have. Like put an ice pack under your arm to lower a fever . . . use pepper to stop bleeding and honey to clean wounds. Also, get a pet to relieve stress . . . AND write down your problems and then flush them down the toilet. That's supposed to make you feel better.
- Make your initials spell out a positive word. Weirdly, people who have initials that spell out stuff like J.O.Y. or W.O.W., live four and a half years longer than people with neutral initials. If your initials spell out A.S.S. or D.U.D. . . . then you could die three years sooner.
- Use the first stall. Experts checked it out and the first stall in public restrooms has the lowest amount of bacteria.
- Break a fever with an ice pack near your arm or groin. If you need to bring down a fever over 102 degrees FAST, then put an ice pack under your arm or near your groin. It's uncomfortable, but it lowers your body's core temperature.
- Stop using antibacterial soap. According to doctors, that stuff is helping germs get stronger. Just wash your hands really well with regular soap.
- Straighten your spine in the car. The right way to drive is with your shoulders back and your spine curved. To get in this position, you're supposed to pretend that someone poured ice down your back. Now stay that way.
- Use pepper and honey for wounds. If you cut yourself, first clean the wound, then sprinkle pepper on it and apply pressure. This will stop the bleeding. And use honey as a disinfectant. Studies show that it kills germs.
- Shave your mustache to cure allergies. Or just wash it a lot. One study showed that pollen and other irritants get stuck there.
- Get a dog. All kinds of studies have proven that having a pet alleviates stress.
- Flush your problems down the toilet. You're supposed to write your problems on little pieces of paper. Then flush them away. Supposedly, this feels GREAT.