We have all heard about myths, that unproved belief. Some how with all the myths going around just like urban legends it is surprising as to how many persons still believe in them. There is a lot out there especially concerning health. We all remember our parents saying if you keep looking like that your face will freeze that way or standing on your head cure hiccups. So I decided to go and search out the best health myths I could find and try to bring some reality to them.
Taking flu shots will give you the flu. In all reality they will not, however, some people do get sick from them because of an allergic reaction to the components that are in them. It is not the shot its self making you sick but the compound or compounds that are in them.
Turn on the light before you go blind.
Reading in the dark is not going to cause you blindness. It may produce some eye strain which quickly heals its self upon exposing yourself once again to light. Just remember our ancestors had candled light to read by and as far as know in history the settlers or Indians were not all blind.
Cure a cold eat chicken soup
This one is listed on my debatable list. Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska decided to test the age old theory of chicken soup and the common cold. To test this he used his wife’s homemade chicken soup. Dr. Rennard found that the soup did slow down the neutrophils and he lays claim that the broth of the soup clears stuffed nose by stopping the inflammation of the cells in the nasal passage way.
Several studies since the early 1990’s when Dr. Rennard did his study do agree that chicken soup does break up the congestion from a cold and clear nasal passages. So bring on the soup.
If your drunk, drink an energy drink to sober up.
Energy drinks will not sober you up. They will however, just make you more alert and give you the illusion you are sober. Only true way to sober up is go to bed and sleep it off.
Going outside with wet hair will give you a cold.
Research in Salisbury, England conducted by Common Cold Research proved the fact that wet hair has absolutely nothing to do with catching a cold. A group of volunteers received a cold virus inoculation which was administered up their noses. Half of the group remained in a nice warm room. The other half took a shower and stood in a hallway dripping wet for thirty minutes. Then got dressed but remained in wet socks for a few more hours. There was no difference in either group of catching colds.
Eat an apple a day keep the doctor away
Let us change that one to more like eat some berries and red grapes. Both fruits are very high in antioxidants. Berries are loaded with fiber, minerals and vitamins. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries all contain antioxidants which aide in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. They all taste great added to cereal and yogurt. Red grapes contain antioxidants which boost your heart health. So for a treat that is sweet try some frozen red grapes.
Scare me I’m Hiccuping
Here we go the list goes on and on but here are a few favorites of mine. Standing on your head, having someone startle you, hold your breath which works good till you hiccup through it. Drink water upside down. In reality there are some home remedies that actually do work. Take a teaspoonful full of sugar which basically causes an overload to the mouths nerves endings which stop the hiccups. I can honestly say it works my grandmother use to give it to me and it stopped by hiccups. Just drink water normally as it interrupts the hiccups and they usually stop. Tickle the roof of your mouth with a soft cotton swab should work.
Bananas are a fattening food.
Bananas have only ninety five calories and are loaded with potassium. Potassium guards against hypertension. It also works together with sodium to keep your bodies water in balance.
Eight glasses a water a day is needed
Totally and completely untrue. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to prove this even remotely true. In 2008, proof on the theory of large quantities of water drinking is essential was reviewed for the Journal of American Society of Nephrology by Dan Negoianu and Stanley Goldfarb and their conclusion presented was there is no evidence of benefits from drinking large quantities of water. The problem lays within the fact many health practitioners fail to realize the fact there are many foods which contain ample amounts of water.
Crack your knuckles and get arthritis
Totally false. There is no more of a chance of getting arthritis from cracking knuckles than those who do not.
Five second rule
You have five seconds to pick up the food and eat it once it hits the floor and it will be fine. Scientific evidence has proved this theory wrong. Food that hits the floor or tile does receive a lot of bacteria. If it falls on the carpeting it does not get any germs but you do have carpet fuzz to deal with or pet hair.
Give a child sugar and watch him bounce off walls.
Once again it is just a health urban legend. Scientists conducted a test with sugar and children. In a study researchers had informed parents their children had received sugar. Most parents had reported behavior issues. The reality of it the children had actually consumed sugar free drinks. No matter what most parents will always believe that extra candy bar will make the child hyper. It will not make them hyper but in likelihood suppress their appetite for dinner.
You cannot stop type 2 diabetes
Diabetes in general is preventable and has been affirmed. Scientific studies have shown that persons who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can do several things for prevention or at least postpone the start of it. Losing five to seven percent of body weight. Maintain a healthy weight. Get at least thirty minutes of exercise a day even if it is playing with the dog or going on a brisk walk. Consume a healthy diet.
Heal a wound with salt water
Salt water will not heal it but can help bacteria enter into the wound. The reason is the sea is full of bacteria. So it will not heal the wound or for that matter aide in cleaning it out either.
Mosquitoes love sweet skin
Mosquitoes do prefer some persons over others. Research has proven their attraction to certain type of persons. If you smell flowery or fruit there are more apt to stop by and bite. It does not matter if the smell is from perfume or the coconut hair conditioner you just used. They love sweet smells. It is the aroma attracting them not the taste of any persons particular skin type.
The standard joke if you get bit by a jelly fish I will pee on you
Save it for the bathroom. There is no beneficial aide in this and it can just make matters worse by discharging the remaining stinging cells. Urine is almost like fresh water and responds to the chemicals in the tentacles which heightens the pain level. Best treatment is to seek medical aide immediately. Just drench the area of the sting with vinegar and remain still till help arrives.
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