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First Brain Gym, now more brain-hydration from the Daily Mail

March 11, 2009

If you haven’t already experienced the pseudoscience of Brain Gym, then I urge you to see what Ben Goldacre has to say about the idea that holding water against the roof of your mouth helps to hydrate your brain, or that you can stimulate your carotid arteries with special exercises (but without what he describes in the Bad Science book as the ‘special scissors that only Mummy uses’).

On a similar note, I read in yesterday’s Daily Mail (strictly for work I can assure you) that ” Children who have a drink of water before sitting tests fare up to a third better, researchers have found. The reason why isn’t clear, but it could be that information flows more smoothly between brain cells when they are well hydrated.”

Drinking some water each day (but not eight glasses) is clearly good for you – this kind of nonsense is not.

To compensate for society’s ongoing bottled water fetish, I direct you to WaterAid, a charity providing water, sanitation and hygiene education to some of the world’s poorest people. Donating £2 a month could give someone safe, clean water for life – a real good news story.

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