Let us have a look at the top 10 most common medical myths and have the opportunity to debunk each of these 10 medical misconceptions.
1. Midnight snacks can make you fat
This is a pure urban legend. Food lovers have all the reason to rejoice. Time does not have any major impact on our weight gain; it is the amount of caloric intake and the total calories that we burn each day that will have the final effect on whether we gain extra poundage or not.
2. Losing weight is harder than to gain weight
Once you are able to yourself in the proper frame of mind; it is generally easier to lose than to gain weight.
3. You become sleepy after eating turkey because of trytophan
This is one of the most common myths in our list and most often times hit the top of our list during Thanksgiving. It is actually a heavy meal that slows down the flow of blood that makes us drowsy and sleepy.
4. Sufficient bed rest can relieve back pain
Unfortunately, we are preventing our recovery with bed rest. In most cases, those who choose to remain active recover a lot faster and have lesser problem with recurring pain.
5. Treating Cancer is Painful and Pointless
This may be true in years past, however, advances in the field of medicine have led to the development of modern modalities in managing and treating cancer. In the past, 90% of children suffering from leukemia do not survive. Today, 80% of those with Leukemia do.
6. Teething will lead to fever and diarrhea
There is no established relationship, whatsoever, between teething and the possibility of having a fever. The same is the case with diarrhea. If you observe these symptoms when your baby is teething, it is advisable to check for the real causes.
7. Cracking of Knuckles will lead to arthritis
The sound produced by cracking the knuckles happens when the bones are moved apart and where a gas bubble is formed. This will not cause arthritis. The worst that can happen is that the joints will weaken as a result of repeated cracking of the knuckle.
8. Chewing gum gets stuck in our system for seven years if swallowed
This because to the same league of silly declaration that fruit seed will grow inside our stomach. This is just one of those myths that you will surely outgrow.
9. We have to drink eight glassful of water every day
Surprised? This is one myth that could have probably not a few eyebrows. This belief about 8 glasses of water started with the 1945 government edict declaring that the human body need 8 glasses of fluid a day. Somehow the word “fluid” changed to “water” over time.
10. Most of the body heat is lost through the head
When studies are done to verify this claim, about 10% of the body heat is lost through the head and the 90% through other parts of the body.