Over the years medicine has come so far, and it has played a considerable part in extending lives on the whole, but as medicine has advanced, so has other technology and that has brought with it many issues.
One of the biggest issues of note is the effect the internet has had on the medical world. In today’s post, we are going to be addressing one of the biggest epidemics the world has ever seen, and that is the plethora of medical myths that are being spread by millions.
This post is going to attempt to straighten a few things out and really get to the bottom of some of these medical myths.
Why Health Myths Start
While this post started off blaming the internet, some of these myths started many years before the mainstream internet as we know it, in fact, many of these myths began due to fearmongering or storytelling by the general public.
While we now have Dr Google that will stir up fear in the general public, back before the time of Google, there was generally a person of all knowledge in the neighborhood that would be happy to tell you some ludicrous things about illnesses that they had no clue about.
Hopefully, by the end of this post, you will feel the need to question a few of these questionable medical facts that are circulating and maybe even set them straight.
It’s important in the modern world to squash as many of these myths as possible to help remove the fear that’s attached to them.
The Harder You Brush Your Teeth, The Cleaner They Will Get
This myth goes back some years now and just seems to get more popular with age. In truth, this is one of those myths that has actually caused far more harm than good.
If you brush your teeth too hard, you can actually do them far more damage than you know. Hard brushing will eventually erode the protective enamel on the teeth; you could end up with decay and cavities by simply brushing your teeth too hard.
If this is something you have been guilty of you are probably all too familiar with one of the only solutions for this, which is dental implants. Dental implants are now more affordable than ever and an alternative to dental bridges.
Of course, if it’s not too late for you, make sure you follow your dentist’s advice when it comes to brushing and be very careful of some of those medical myths out there, they could see you land in some dental trouble.
You Need To Drink 8 Glasses Of Water Every Day
This is one of those myths that many people believe and the truth is, it started to really gain traction thanks to the famous Dr Google.
The truth behind this one is this; it makes no difference whatsoever whether you drink eight glasses of water per day, or whether you just drink a glass when you are thirsty. Most people consume more than enough water every day from their diet alone.
If you eat soup, fruit, vegetables and drink juice, tea or coffee, you will be getting more than your fair share of water anyway. The best way to tell if you need more fluid is to check your urine; if it’s dark, you need hydration.
Antiperspirant Causes Breast Cancer
Unfortunately, nowadays we live in a world dominated by conspiracies and online hearsay and things that claim to be scientifically proven that have never even been in front of a real scientist.
One of those things is this horrid little myth that antiperspirant gives you breast cancer. The original myth started that the chemicals found in the antiperspirant were absorbed by the armpit and transported to the breast.
Fortunately for us, there has never been a supported corroboration to these claims and both Cancer Research UK and The National Cancer Institute have both said that there is absolutely zero scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Sugar Makes Kids Go Mental
One of the most popular myths and it’s been around since the late 1960s is that giving sugar to your children will make them go insane and hyperactive.
While a lot of parents will be opposed to this fact, the simple truth is, sugar won’t make them go crazy, it won’t affect their focus and no, it’s not affecting their schoolwork either. The truth is that this myth simply started because of some unruly children that had had some sugar.
The sugar played no part in their behaviour at all; it was just wrongly attributed to it. Over the years, this has been the subject of hundreds of studies, and not in one of them has there ever been anything even close to an interesting result.
Don’t Crack Your Knuckles! You, Will, Get Arthritis
While it may be highly annoying to hear, this is yet again nothing but a myth and a very old one at that.
Many people still falsely believe that when you crack your knuckles that it’s the joints and bone rubbing together that cause the noise. In fact, it’s far more boring than that. When somebody angles their knuckles and gets them ready to crack, there are little gas bubbles in between the bones and they simply just pop.
So, you see there is nothing there that can cause you to get arthritis, you may get a few looks from people that are around you, but as far as being at risk is concerned, you are not.
It’s important nowadays to crush as many of these silly myths as we can and to do that we need to spread as much information as possible. Hopefully, this post will encourage you to get out and take a look at some more health myths and maybe, together we can bust them all.