Taking These Survival Tips Will NOT Help You

Taking These Survival Tips Will NOT Help You

Contestants on the History Channel's reality show "Alone" are dropped into the wilderness on Vancouver Island with nothing but ten items they've chosen and whatever survival knowledge they possess. But there are plenty of survival myths you may have heard that would actually hurt, or kill, survivalists like the "Alone" contestants. One popular survival myth is the idea that you must try to find food right away. Your body can survive for weeks on your body's fat reserves. People in survival situations don't typically die of starvation: you're more likely to die of injury, exposure, poisoning, or illness.

25 Survival Myths That Could Actually Hurt You

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Most people don't die from starvation in survival situations. (0:18)

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    A dead snake can still bite you;the bite reflex sticks with a snake a few hours after it dies. (1:48)

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    Eating snow is not an energy-efficient way of getting water into your body. (5:32)

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