Medical Myths Debunked

I’m sure many of you have heard one or more of the following medically related phrases over the course of your life either in the media or from your mother (or both):

  • Sugar will make you hyper
  • Poinsettias are toxic
  • You lose most most of your body heat through your head
  • Eating shortly before bed will cause you to gain more weight
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
  • Shaving causes hair to grow back faster/darker/thicker
  • Eating in dim light will make your eyesight worse

It turns out these are all myths!  The British Medical Journal has two great articles on these and many other medical myths that have been passed off as truth, check them out:

Festive Medical Myths [via]
Medical Myths (part 2) [via]


2 responses to “Medical Myths Debunked

  1. Hey Aaron,
    I think you heard all of these Myths from your Mom!

    Of course, I knew they were Myths but then what do I know. ;>)

    Love Ya, Dad

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