One would expect with information just a click away that we would be more open to true facts instead of baseless rumors.
How many times has your inbox flooded with messages which basically state everything causes cancer and we are dying? Or that you are stupid since you use only ten percent of your brain?
Time to let these weird ideas go their own way and welcome sanity! Here are certain silly health myths and urban legends that we picked from sites like Snopes, the authors of Don’t Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, which you won’t believe exist in this age of modernity.
Chewing gum takes seven years to pass through your digestive tract.
No, your body cannot digest chewing gum. But surprise! It is excreted just like those other things your body does not manage to digest. So now you can relax, there will not be a gum fortress in your tummy.
Plucking a gray hair causes two to grow back
You can definitely tweeze that one adamant grey hair. The factor behind the graying of your hair is not you plucking it, but genetics. The growth of your hair will take its normal course regardless of you tweezing it. It varies from person to person and depends on your diet.
Antiperspirant deodorants cause breast cancer
So yes breast cancer depends on a lot of things. This myth has its origin in the aaluminumcontent of some antiperspirants.
Aluminium-based compounds often form a temporary “plug” which stops the sweat from surfacing. It may increase your estrogen level which can increase the risk of breast cancer. No conclusive evidence has proved a link between the two, according to National Cancer Institute and FDA.
Cats can steal the air from a baby’s mouth
Cats have been associated with witchcraft and evil spirits for a long time. That is probably where this myth comes from. It is anatomically impossible for a cat, or any other animal for that matter, to suffocate a baby by sealing the mouth with its own. But child safety is very important and pets must be kept away from infants.
Mountain Dew can shrink a man’s testicles
Rejoice! This extremely foolish myth that Mountain Dew decreases the sperm count of a man and causes his penis to shrink is because of the belief that food coloring Yellow No.5 can have adverse effects on the male reproductive organs. There is no evidence to prove this allegation and all men can now relax. Enjoy your drink with a sigh of relief.
You can catch a cold from being outside too long
Letting your kids play outside may be beneficial for them. Being outdoors can in fact prevent them from catching a cold according to D.J. Verret, MD, a Dallas otolaryngologist. Colds are caused by bacteria that breed in winters due to close contact of people living mostly indoors. Time under the sun prevents a lot of diseases.
Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis
This myth is probably made up by someone who hates the sound of knuckles cracking! This irritating habit does not cause arthritis since a study conducted on long-term knuckle crackers and people who don’t, showed no difference. The drawbacks of cracking your knuckles are weaker grip and swelling of hands – so break the habit.
Drinking cold water after meals can lead to cancer
According to this insane rumor, cold water helps solidify oily fats from the meal into a “sludge” which lines your organs to cause cancer.
No medical research has ever proved this to be true and yet this rumor finds its way to your whatsapp chain messages. The truth is that water is the best thing to drink after a meal, be it warm or cold. Water helps to detox your body.
It’s okay to follow the five-second rule for dropped food
Why would you do that? Follow the “zero-second rule,” according to Roy M. Gulick, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dropped food causes ingestion of bacteria and subsequent gastrointestinal disease. It has nothing to do with the time the food remains on the floor. The next time you drop food, instead of being tempted to dust it, throw it away and save yourself.
You only use 10 percent of your brain
Aaron Carroll, MD, and Rachel Vreeman, MD, in their book Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health has busted this long favorite myth of motivational speakers.
Studies of patients with brain damage show consequences such as “specific and lasting effects on a human being’s capabilities,” they wrote. If the myth was true, hurting your brain would not affect you since only ten percent is used. You are using all of your brain….or maybe not, if you still believe in such things.