Recover the right way: 11 myths about healing

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    What's the best way to recover from an illness or injury or surgery? Many people seem to offer advice based on what might have worked for them, but according to Dr. Julie Silver, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and the author of "You Can Heal Yourself," There's a lot of misinformation about what the body really needs to get back to where it once was."

    Silver says people can and should be proactive when recovering. "How well you heal may depend on it," she told HealthPop.

    With help from Dr. Silver, here are 11 myths about healing - busted.