Start the year right by being enlightened with regards to several medical and health myths that actually have no scientific basis whatsoever. Just recently, a study was published by the British Medical Journal which revealed the untruthful nature of some of these medical and health myths. Here are the surprising myths and why they arent true.
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is needed for health. Believe it or not, no scientific study or basis was found for this oft-repeated claim. Anyway, some diet experts even believe that drinking this much water may even be too much as ordinary drinking water does not contain the electrolytes needed by the bodys cells.
Reading in dim light will ruin eyes. This is one surprising myth indeed, as eye experts believe it will not do or cause any permanent eye damage. Reading in dim light will, however, make one squint, blink more and have trouble focusing.
Shaving will make hair grow faster. To the hair-challenged, take note. Shaving ones balding pate will not make your hair grow more lustrous, stronger and thicker. What it does provide is the illusion of hair growth as the hair that is growing is a bit more coarse. Thus, giving an impression of growth.
Turkey meat will make you sleep. Scientific studies indicate that turkey meat does contain tryptophan an amino acid that is involved in sleep and mood control. Believe it or not, however, the amount of tryptophan in turkey is the same and/or similar to the amount found in chicken and minced beef!
Humans use only 10 percent of their brain. The comedian/host Ellen Degeneres, has a humorous take on this myth. To paraphrase, she notes that humans do indeed use only 10 percent of their brain and that in the future will be able to use 60 percent more. Truly, her words underscore the fact that we know very little about how the human mind works. Anyway, this is one of the oldest medical myths around as this has been recorded around 1907. Anyway, brain remains silent or completely inactive at any moment.
Hair and fingernails continue to grow even after death. Hair and nails do not grow even after death, contrary to what corpses and desiccated mummies show. Actually, the flesh contracts, giving the appearance that hair and nails are growing! Whats true though is that hair and nails last long, with one specimen of hair, controversially dated at 13,000 years old.
Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals. It was long thought that mobile phones interfere with how medical equipment work. Nothing could be as false. Studies have actually indicated that mobile phones have minimal interference with medical equipment.