Whilst writing this article, I couldn’t stop laughing to myself. I have heard most, if not all of these myths, so many times it makes me cringe to know the power of hearsay and the unquestioning nature of the majority. Come on people, lets start questioning, even if someone close to you tells you something ridiculous!
Here we go:
MYTH No.1 : Reading in dim light ruins ones eyesight
Errrm…..NO! The amount of times I have been told this one! There is no evidence to show such a thing, though focusing in such a condition has been found to be more difficult, not damaging.
MYTH No.2 : Drink at least eight glasses of water a day
There is no evidence for such a claim. If anything, we should talk about how one can utilise adequately the water they do consume and the role of fatty acids in contribution to this process. Also, too much water can actually be harmful and detrimental to ones health , possibly causing water intoxication, hyponatraemia (sodium deficiency) and even death. Listen to your body, it is the best indicator (usually), if you feel thirsty have some water, if not, then don’t…simple! Myth 3 should be: if you’re thirsty then you’re already dehydrated!
MYTH No.3 : We only use 10% of our brains
Well you might, but I don’t think I do. No such evidence has ever been produced, even as a result of the continuing advancements in neuroscience.
MYTH No.4 : Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker and coarser
These claims are disproven by strong scientific claims. The hair is darker because it has not been exposed to the sun and other chemicals which lighten the hair. As for it being coarser, shaving or even cutting hair would result in the hair not having the finer taper as seen in unshaved/uncut hair.
MYTH No.5 : Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death
The only possible explanation for why people may have thought to have seen this is due to dehydration of the body after death, thereby resulting in retraction of the skin around the hair and nails. The actual growth of hair and nails requires complex hormonal regulation which is not sustained after death.
MYTH No.6 : Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals
No causes of death have ever occured due to the use of mobile phones in a hospital. No references, dates or any such evidence is given, though the claims are substantial. In the United Kingdom, early studies showed that mobiles phones interfered with less than 4% of devices and that was at a distance less than one metre.
MYTH No.7 : Feeding children a lot of sugary foods will result in hyperactivity
No such evidence exists, though some doctors do like this old wive’s tale because a high-sugar diet itself has many negative health implications.
Take home notes:
Don’t believe everything you hear. It’s not that difficult to question something which sounds absurd, it just takes a little effort – which requires one to fight off laziness! Imagine, even doctors and health professinals sometimes believe these myths and many more, just shows you the brain washing power of the media!
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