Lo Pan wrote:What is it with the drink temperature thing? I have had otherwise seemingly intelligent, well educated people tell me,"You shouldnt be drinking anything cold/hot" for any number of bizzarre reasons and this business about women not drinking cold drinks when they have their period... what sort of pseudo-science is that?
I reckon it comes from the days when the only safe water for drinking was water you boiled. That wasn't too long ago - when the ahmas in Taiwan today were children.
I have found that when I have a sinus or throat infection, ice-cold drinks and sugary drinks prolong recovery. I see this as an example of how some effective remedies, mixed with some quackery and a lack of real education in the scientific method combine to make a confusing mess of notions of health and medicine in Taiwan.