I Didn’t Know That (Medical Myths)

How many times have you heard something that you just believed it as fact.  Unfortunately everyday we are faced with mountains of information for our brains to process.  Often times we take the information at face value and go on with our lives.

So, for this week’s blog I’d like to share with you 6 Medical Myths that have been circulating for years.  You’ve probably heard these before but never knew that they weren’t true.  Enjoy!

6.  Shaving body hair causes it to grow back thicker and or darker.  FALSE

When hair grows back it seems coarser because it’s short and darker because it hasn’t been exposed to light like the previous unshaven hair.

5.  We only use 10% of our brains.  FALSE

Don’t know where this started but many studies have proven that no area of the brain is inactive or unused.  If you only use 10% of your brain you couldn’t read this.

4.  Reading in dim light strains your eyes and causes bad eyesight. FALSE

Reading in dim light does make it hard to read but it won’t ruin your eyesight.  The bad lighting will make you blink less and dry out your eyes but not much else.

3.  Eating turkey makes you drowsy. FALSE

This is one of my favorites.  Remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry made his girlfriend a heavy turkey dinner complete with wine so she would fall asleep and he could play with your vintage toys?  Well it was the heavy meal and the wine that made her sleepy, not the tryptophan in the turkey.  As a matter of fact chicken and beef has as much tryptophan as turkey.  Pork and cheese actually contain more tryptophan than turkey.

2. When someone has a concussion, don’t let them fall asleep. FALSE

You hear this all the time when someone has a concussion.  The truth is someone who has had a concussion will probably be tired as the body signals to the person that they need rest.  Keeping them awake is making matters worse.

1.  You need to drink 8 glasses of water each day. FALSE (Sort of)

While the 8 glasses has been the rule of thumb, it’s actually 64 oz of liquids.  So other things like coffee and tea count.  However if given a choice between tea, coffee or water I think you should choose water.  Definitely no sugar drinks.  These liquids are the worst for you.  Water is essential for life so make it the main component of your 64 ozs.

There you have it.  Now, the next time you hear one of these myths you can know the truth.

Here’s to your health!

Dr. K Bennett