Dr. Phil MohlerMOHLER'S MEDICATION MAXIMSGrand Junction Free Press Health & Wellness Columnist

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January 17, 2013
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MOHLER: Winter myths busted!

Myth: Being exposed to cold weather makes you sick!Truth: Viruses cause illness in the winter, not the temperature outside. As the weather gets colder and you spend more time inside in close contact with others, your chances of catching a cold goes up.Myth: Taking extra vitamin C prevents colds and influenza.Truth: In spite of the Airborne ads, multiple studies have shown that even high doses of vitamin C do NOT prevent colds and flu. In addition, high doses of vitamin C are associated with kidney stones.Myth: Most of your body heat is lost through your head.Truth: The reality is that only a small percentage of body heat is lost through your head. Heat will be lost through any body part that is exposed.Myth: The flu shot will give you the flu.Truth: The flu vaccine does not contain a live virus and thus cannot cause the flu. Getting a flu shot is the best way to avoid the flu.Dr. Mohler has practiced family medicine in Grand Junction for 38 years. He has a particular interest in pharmaceutical education. Phil works part-time for both Primary Care Partners and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

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