10 Most Popular Medical Myths
Medical myths have been present for a while in popular culture and they are gaining even more ground, as people guide their lives by taking them into consideration. The not so great part of it all is that many people take them very seriously, enabling them take bad decisions, endangering their health or even y suffer from non-existent illnesses. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular medical myths.
1. Myth! If you get a flu shot, you will automatically get the flu
Most people do not understand that a dose of flu vaccine contains inactive strains of influenza virus. In other words, the influenza virus inside the composition of the vaccine is “dead” and cannot be activated by anything in the body. Instead it actively fight the virus when the person is subject to contamination .
2. Myth! Dietary supplements are necessary for everyone and make you healthier
Vitamin and mineral supplements are not a universal cure. Also, not everyone needs them when there are outbreaks of cold and flu. Instead, doctors say that they should be administered only after recommended by your doctor since as overdose of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to serious problems and imbalances in the body.
3. Myth! You need to drink at least two liters of water daily
Not necessarily a myth, but rather a slight confusion that arises from this recommendation that people generally make. Drinking water is essential for the health, but make sure you realize this is the entire dose for one day. Other food and beverages you consume in a day contain water and should be taking into account when calculating the two-liter dose.
4. Myth! Computers damage your eyes
It is one of the most popular myths. After careful analysis, experts concluded that our eyes are not in danger of being affected by long exposure to the computer (and by the radiation emitted which only affect eyes in an insignificant proportion).
It looks like pressure caused by long ocular focus during prolonged activities on the computer, no eye rest, ignoring certain diseases and other underlying reasons are the ones responsible for diminishing eyesight.
5. Myth! Stress makes you get white hairs
It’s not stress that causes white hairs, but the fact that it prematurely ages the body. Early aging caused by stress occurs both outside and inside and causes specific reactions, including white hairs.
6. Myth! Eggs raise harmful cholesterol in the blood
Today’s experts say there is no danger in this respect. On the contrary, they have shown that if consumed the right way, eggs can actually have a positive effect. In addition, if you still believe that eggs are bad, there is no reason you cannot consume egg whites since they have no effect whatsoever on cholesterol.
7. Myth! Cancer treatments are painful and unnecessary
This idea was true a long time ago. Nowadays, research and discoveries in the field of medicine have managed not only to find the cure to a lot of different types of cancer, but to create a minimally invasive treatment with reduced side effects.
In the past, 90% of children with leukemia died and today 80% of them survive. It is true that this doesn’t apply in all types of cancer, but the generalization of this myth leads to strong emotional pressure on cancer patients.
8. Myth! If you eat at night, you gain more weight
Not true! What is really credible and important to consider is that eating at night can cause digestive problems. But experts say that in terms of accumulation of kilos, it doesn’t matter when you eat as long as you follow the recommended daily amount of calories.
9. Myth! Cholesterol is harmful to the health
Caution! There is “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol in the body. Harmful cholesterol is influenced by saturated fats in foods and can cause serious heart diseases. The “good” cholesterol “feeds” with unsaturated fats from healthy food and plays an essential role in the optimal functioning of the body.
10. Myth! We only use 10% of your brain
It’s a myth that has survived for decades, but experts say that there isn’t a part of the brain which remains inactive throughout life. They have shown that people use more than 10 % of the brain in daily processes and daily activities.