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TheActiveTimes.com: Survival Myths That Can Kill You

REALITY: You’ll make yourself sick

“You don't get 'water' from cactus; you get a stomachache and vomiting,” says Nester. “When you’re heat-stressed, when you have heat exhaustion and you add some of that stuff to your body, you’re going to further tax your kidneys and plunge yourself deeper into trouble, possibly even into heat stroke. Basically, you’re ingesting a substance that your body has to process, which is not recommended. You can drink from a barrel cactus, but only one of five varieties—the fishhook barrel—isn’t toxic."

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