Dr. Jennifer Gardy is back. This intrepid microbiologist who laid her own body on the line in Myth or Science, returns to continue her quest to put health and science claims to the test and discover whether they’re myth or science.

But this time, Dr. Gardy’s journey of scientific discovery will plumb our very hopes and dreams – our quest for self-improvement.

And today we don’t have far to look for advice on how to achieve perfection: Blogs, celebrities, talk show hosts and newspaper columnists offer up a constant flow of claims, supposedly based on science, to help us out.

But are any of them true? Once again Dr. Jennifer Gardy goes wherever it’s required and does whatever it takes to put these claims to the scientific grindstone. The results of her latest mission can be seen in Myth or Science – The Quest for Perfection airing at 8 pm on Thursday 17 October.

In the meantime, here are a few claims that Dr. Gardy’s already put to the test. Check them out. More to come on 17 October.

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Myth or Science 2: Life Expectancy

We’ve always known that running is good for us but can it increase life expectancy? Myth or Science?

Claim: We’ve always known that running is good for us but can it increase life expectancy? Myth or Science?

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Myth or Science 2: Fasting

Here’s one you’ve probably heard: Fasting cleanses the body of toxins. Myth or Science?

Claim: Here’s one you’ve probably heard: Fasting cleanses the body of toxins. Myth or Science?

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Myth or Science 2: Music

Music can help make a child’s brain bigger. Myth or Science?

Claim: Music can help make a child’s brain bigger. Myth or Science?

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Myth or Science 2: Uncooked Food

Food gives us vitamins, minerals, you name it. But raw food advocates believe you get an additional benefit if you eat food uncooked: you get access to enzymes that are critical to our health and digestion. Myth or Science?

Claim: Food gives us vitamins, minerals, you name it. But raw food advocates believe you get an additional benefit if you eat food uncooked: you get access to enzymes that are critical to our health and digestion. Myth or Science?

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