Dr Oz & Andrew Mayne: Too Much Water + Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?


Dr Oz: Meet Andrew Mayne

For centuries, people have been wondering how to escape from a straitjacket. But Dr Oz’s guest Andrew Mayne, an illusionist and A&E reality star, excruciatingly demonstrated the illusion onstage. They investigated whether drinking too much water is toxic and the saying “feed a cold, starve a fever.”

You can see him performing shock magic on the show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne, bringing a hidden camera aspect to illusions. Mayne told Dr Oz that he uses science to pull off his stunts. He has had to learn how the body works so he can astound us with mysteries.


Dr Oz: Drinking Too Much Water

Dr Oz & Andrew Mayne: Too Much Water + Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?

Is it true that you should feed a cold and starve a fever? Dr Oz and illusionist Andrew Mayne used magic to explore some popular, enduring medical myths.

Drinking water is good for you, and more than half the body is made up of water. But can you have too much of a good thing? Andrew Mayne used liquid nitrogen, at -320 F, to show us something new. He poured liquid nitrogen over a live rose and had Dr Oz hit it with a hammer.

Do not try this at home, because it can rapidly expand and kill you. Andrew Mayne sipped liquid nitrogen from a wine glass, which he claimed gave him a brain freeze. Drinking too much water can be toxic, Dr Oz said, just like consuming liquid nitrogen.


Dr Oz: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?

Have you ever heard the cliche of “feed a cold, starve a fever”? Dr Oz viewers wanted to know whether there is science to back up this common saying. Andrew Mayne used a meat thermometer to test this myth.

He brushed up on interior anatomy, noting that the nasal passages go straight back, not up. He stuck the thermometer deep into his nostril, until Dr Oz told him to stop. “I can actually taste the metal,” he said. A disgusted Dr Oz pulled the thermometer out to prove that the trick was real, reminding us all again not to do this at home.

As for “feed a cold, starve a fever,” Dr Oz said this dates back to the 1500s. But the truth is that you want to feed a cold and feed a fever, so your immune system can keep working.

Check out A&E to see more of Andrew Mayne’s antics on the series Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.


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